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April 2, 2015

Happy Easter for those of us that celebrate this holiday.  Is this also our cue that spring is not far to follow?  I'm not convinced but forever hopeful.  If you're simply celebrating a long weekend, please enjoy safely.

Well, I'm back!  For those of you who have missed receiving my newsletters in your inboxes, I took a much-needed hiatus and you may note that just a couple of things have changed.  One, I have taken out a couple of categories and will proceed with the 'less is more' approach.  I figure we are inundated with information so the less time it takes you to scroll, the better.  And two, I will only be putting out this newsletter on a monthly basis, for the same reason. 

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Now, back to business. 
This week features your entertainment news including: Rapper and new Q host Shad; Tidal enters the streaming market; Human Rights Watch festival; Justin Bieber's roast; Trevor Noah; Joni Mitchell; Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God; Facebook recruits Canadian developers; and much more. 

Check all your news out under TOP STORIES and scroll down for moreLook out for
the articles labelled VIDEO - so be sure to check them out!   

Rapper and new Q host Shad keeps Massey Hall on its feet

(Mar 28 2015)  Shad played for them all: women in leather and skinny black jeans, bookworms in plaid, bearded denim jacket hipsters, a teen from the 519 with his head-bopping dad, hip hop kids in high tops, a young baby-wielding mother, a slew of silver-haired retirees.

Source: www.thestar.com - Daniel Otis 
VIDEO: Trevor Noah ushers in a new era of fake news

(Mar 30 2015) In 2011, when asked which three people, dead or alive, he'd invite to a dinner party, Trevor Noah replied, "Larry David, Eddie Murphy and Michael Jackson."

Source: www.thestar.com - Vinay Menon
National Arts Centre season revives Djanet Sears epic

(Mar 31 2015) The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God will get a major revival at Ottawa's National Arts Centre in the fall.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - J. Kelly Nestruck
Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell hospitalized in Los Angeles

(Mar 31 2015) LOS ANGELES — Joni Mitchell was in intensive care in a Los Angeles-area hospital on Tuesday, according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - The Associated Press
VIDEO: Tidal splashes into crowded streaming market

(Mar 31 2015) With the pomp and circumstance befitting a hip-hop mogul, Jay-Z has unveiled Tidal to the world, and with it, a promise to heal all the ills of music streaming.

Source: www.thestar.com - Raju Mudhar 
Ibeyi makes a virtue of minimalism

(Mar 26 2015)  AUSTIN, TEXAS—The scene in the bustling artist area at the South by Southwestfestival venue Spotify House couldn't present a more striking contrast to the hushed, sombre afternoon set delivered just a couple of hours before by rising French duo Ibeyi, but then again neither could the buoyant personalities of twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz.

Source: www.thestar.com - Ben Rayner 
AUDIO: Cuts from Will Downing's New Album: 'Chocolate Drops'

(Mar 29 2015)  *Will Downing, "The Prince of Sophisticated Soul," has another alias amongst close friends"WD Chocolate."

Source: www.eurweb.com
VIDEO: Rihanna Performs 'Bitch Better Have My Money' for the First Time Sunday Night

(Mar 29 2015) *In spite of LA activist Najee Ali vowing to get her latest single, "Bitch Better Have My Money," OFF the air, Rihanna performed the song Sunday night at the 2015 iHeart Radio Music Awards to rave reviews.

Source: www.eurweb.com
Ludacris, Chrissy Tiegen to Host 2015 Billboard Music Awards

(Mar 30 2015) *Ludacris is headed back to the Billboard Music Awards as the 2015 co-host, and his bringing Chrissy Teigen with him.

Source: www.eurweb.com - Tim Shufelt And Shane Dingman
With To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar is having his punk moment

(Mar 20 2015)  Most important music today doesn't heed expectations. The best punk never has. The most important punk record of 2014 was probably Against Me!'s Transgender Dysphoria Blues. 

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Josh O'kane
Music historian Samuel Charters used music to fight racism

(Mar 24 2015)  Samuel Charters, whose books and field research helped ignite the blues and folk music revival of the 1960s and 1970s, died March 18 at his home in Arsta, Sweden. He was 85.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Larry Rohter
Patti LaBelle Reveals Influence on Beyoncé and Destiny's Child

(Mar 28 2015) *There's no question that Patti LaBelle has influenced many singers.

Source: www.eurweb.com
Q&A: Arcade Fire's Will Butler goes it alone

(Mar 30 2015) AUSTIN, TEX.—Will Butler plays in one of the most popular contemporary rock bands on the planet, but at the recent South by Southwest festival he had his nose to the grindstone just like every one of the other 2,500 acts struggling to be heard above the din.

Source: www.thestar.com - By: Ben Rayner
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Ernie Hudson Stars in TV One Film 'To Hell and Back'

(Mar 29 2015)  *For Easter, TV One will air new original film, "To Hell and Back," the story of a man who loses everything in life – except his faith. The film stars Ernie Hudson and will bow on Saturday, April 4 at 8PM/ET.

Source: www.eurweb.com - Katie Fuchs
VIDEO: Home is where the Boov is: movie review

(Mar 26 2015)  There's no place like home — specifically your homes, Earthlings — when aliens on the run need a place to hang their space helmets.

Source: www.thestar.com - Linda Barnard 
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Joins Will Smith, Viola Davis in 'Suicide Squad'

(Mar 31 2015) *Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has join Warner Bros.' "Suicide Squad," a source close to the project told Variety.

Source: www.eurweb.com
Human Rights Watch festival: Film fodder for the collective conscience

(Mar 19 2015) Like other growing things around here, film festivals tend to sprout in late March, and multiply through the summer.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Liam Lacey

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VIDEO: Justin Bieber's roast to redemption

(Mar 29 2015)  Justin Bieber has a message for everyone who thinks they know Justin Bieber: you don't know Justin Bieber.

Source: www.thestar.com - Vinay Menon 
The Voice recap: Predictable contests end knockout rounds

(Mar 31 2015) Knockout rounds ended on The Voice on Monday night with one of the least suspenseful episodes ever.

Source: www.thestar.com - Debra Yeo 
VIDEO: Q&A with Outlander star Sam Heughan

(Apr 01 2015) Billowing kilts, slashing swords, steamy sex and Druid time travel: welcome to the gripping sci-fi historical romance that is Outlander.

Source: www.thestar.com - Daniel Otis
Patricia Clarkson weathers the craft of acting

(Mar 27 2015)  Patricia Clarkson is back onscreen, only this time she's armed and dangerous.

Source: www.thestar.com - Richard Ouzounian 
Celebrating 25 years of pushing boundaries at Kaeja d'Dance

(Mar 20 2015) In 1981, a 22-year-old dance student named Allen Kaeja was warming up in a downtown Toronto rehearsal space when a young woman walked into the room.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Martha Schabas
Brandy to Make Her Broadway Debut in 'Chicago'

(Mar 24 2015) *Grammy Award winner Brandy will look to make her mark on Broadway for the first time in the long-running musical, "Chicago."

Source: www.eurweb.com  
Facebook recruits Canadian developers to help enhance Messenger app

(Mar 25 2015)  Facebook announced its latest plan to make its Messenger app more attractive, this time with a little help from third-party app makers including two Canadian companies.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Tim Shufelt And Shane Dingman
Microsoft teams with Intel for new Surface 3 tablet

(Mar 31 2015) Microsoft is rolling out its thinnest and lightest Surface tablet yet, and in doing so is abandoning ARM-based chips and the specialized Windows RT operating system it created to run on them.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Shane Dingman 
Apple wants to be hip, but wearable tech not catching on

(Mar 31 2015) If technology itself is fashionable, does that make it fashion? The designing minds behind wearable technology seem to think so. But so far the fashion world, which is besotted with the iPad and the iPhone, has greeted Apple's efforts at fashion design with little more than a yawn.

Source: www.thestar.com - Karen von Hahn 
Barbados: Luxury meets relaxation on the island's less-travelled coast

(Mar 13 2015) Anthony Hunte's secret garden fills a deep gully in the Bajan parish of St. Joseph. Its steep staircases and stone pathways are lined with bursting beds of papyrus pom poms and prehistorically scaled palm fronds that lead visitors to discreet clearings outfitted with rattan loungers and ornate patio sets.

Source: www.globeandmail.com - Andrew Sardone
Three old-school workouts to rival trendy fitness fads

(Mar 30 2015) You can swing from a pole, strap yourself into a harness dangling from the ceiling, balance on a faux surfboard, and still not have even scratched the surface of today's out-there exercise offerings.

While these workouts can be fun, they're not always the most practical and convenient way to stay fit.

Source: www.thestar.com - Deven Hopp Byrdie
Motivational Thought

Destructive thoughts and emotions undermine the very causes of peace and happiness. If you think clearly about it, it makes no sense to think you’re seeking happiness, if you do nothing to restrain angry, spiteful, and malicious thoughts and emotions.

Source:  Dalai Lama

Have a great week!


Dawn Langfield