Entertainment

How to snag tickets to hit musical Hamilton? You might have to go back to school

More than 2,000 students got into the hottest show in Chicago for free — Hamilton: An American Musical — as part of their acceptance to Northwestern University. It’s one of the ways colleges and high schools are using the hugely popular musical to teach students about history, art, drama, culture, and even politics. There’s even a high school program co-ordinated through the show that ...

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Sister of murdered Inuk woman 'turns pain into positive action' with opera project

It has been three weeks since Inuk artist Delilah Saunders and her family testified at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls at Membertou First Nation in Nova Scotia. Now, Saunders says she’s “turning her pain into positive action,” collaborating with a Labrador City composer on a chamber opera.   Loretta Saunders, a Saint Mary’s University student, was murdered in February 2014 by the couple who was subletting ...

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'He still feels like Michael from Vancouver:' Junos tap 'guy next door' Bublé as 2018 host

After the curtain fell on the 2016 Juno Awards, producers behind the Canadian music celebration received an effusive call from a devoted fan praising the awards telecast: Michael Bublé. “He said: ‘I would love to host again.’ We took him up on that,” Juno Awards president Allan Reid said of that backstage phone call. The Burnaby, B.C.-born singer will indeed return to ...

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Della Reese, singer and Touched by an Angel actress, dead at 86

Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama Touched by an Angel, has died at age 86. Reese’s co-star on the series, Roma Downey, said in a statement that the actress died peacefully Sunday evening in her home in the Los Angeles area. No ...

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Renowned fashion designer Azzedine Alaï​a dead at 77

Some might know his name from a quick reference by Alicia Silverstone about her party dress in the 1995 film Clueless. Others will recognize his extensive celebrity clientele. Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaï​a, whose form-fitting designs earned him the title “king of cling,” has died at the age of 77, according to media reports. Alaï​a was renowned for his uncompromising integrity in an exclusive business, refusing to ...

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Guy Maddin 'ludicrously honoured' to have designed Winnipeg warming hut

A warming hut designed by Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin will be among those lining The Forks’ Red River skating trail in Winnipeg this winter. The Winnipeg-born Maddin’s piece holds as much mystery as its name: Temple of Lost Things. According to the description from The Forks, the design features several “memory” pillars made of ice, supporting a mesh screen where projection art ...

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