Arts and Entertainment

Jackie Evancho, Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform at inauguration, but A-listers gather at unofficial events

The new president called out “Great job, Jackie!” after 16-year-old Jackie Evancho delivered a soft-voiced rendition of the national anthem at Friday’s swearing-in ceremony. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang America the Beautiful, and the Missouri State University Chorale sang Now We Belong, in a ceremony that featured decidedly less star power than in 2013. At President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, Beyoncé sang ...

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E-book publishers and Apple reach new deal with Competition Bureau over pricing

Three major book publishers have signed a deal with Canada’s Competition Bureau that will allow retailers to sell those publishers’ e-books at whatever price they want — something they couldn’t do before. Holtzbrinck (which operates under the Macmillan brand name)  along with Simon & Schuster and Hachette​ have come to an agreement that could allow electronic book sellers such as Apple and Kobo to set the prices of books ...

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Found photo likely Frédéric Chopin, says Polish cultural group

Poland’s culture institute in France says it believes a previously unknown photograph of Polish composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin has probably been found by private researchers. If so, it would be only the second confirmed photographic image of him. According to Kohler, the originating daguerreotype was made around 1847 by Paris-based artist Louis-Auguste Bisson, who took the only confirmed photo ...

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A Dog’s Purpose Hollywood premiere, some preview screenings cancelled

The Hollywood premiere of A Dog’s Purpose has been cancelled amid growing concern and calls to boycott the shot-in-Canada film, following the release of a video — purportedly from the movie set — showing a distressed German shepherd being forced into turbulent water. On Thursday, producer Amblin Entertainment cancelled the movie’s weekend promotional events in Los Angeles. “Because Amblin’s review ...

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Actor Miguel Ferrer dead at 61, cousin George Clooney pays tribute

Miguel Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit NCIS: Los Angeles and, years earlier, to NBC crime drama Crossing Jordan, has died. CBS said Ferrer died Thursday of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61. He had played assistant director Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles since 2012. Before that, he played the chief medical ...

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Arcade Fire deliver new song ‘I Give You Power’ on eve of U.S. inauguration

Arcade Fire is back with a new song that appears directly aimed at Donald Trump on the eve of his inauguration. The Montreal band released I Give You Power exclusively on Tidal’s streaming music service Thursday. Frontman Win Butler sings alongside soul performer Mavis Staples, who herself is a longtime civil rights activist. Arcade Fire announced the song on social media with a message ...

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3 Doors Down shows at Canadian casinos criticized after Trump inauguration gig

Today, the U.S. presidential inauguration. Soon, the Halifax casino. American rock band 3 Doors Down, one of the bigger musical acts at the U.S. pre-inauguration concert for Donald Trump, will follow up Thursday’s performance in Washington, D.C., with a couple of gigs at Maritime casinos. The shows, scheduled for March at Casino New Brunswick in Moncton and Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax, follow a show at the ...

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Western University student getting a PhD in Drake

Amara Pope is a long-time Drake fan, so it was only natural for the Kitchener, Ont. woman to turn to one of her favourite artists for her master’s thesis and her PhD. Pope, who did her master’s at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., focused on Drake because she was interested in his ability to connect with and represent many ...

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