Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Huge Loss To The Music World This Week With The Death Of Legend Leonard Cohen at 82

The Montreal-born singer and songwriter had a lengthy career, filled with songs that so many of us know, "Hallelujah" arguably being the one that fans and fellow musicians most readily identified him with over the years. The soulful singer was also known for his romances with singer Joni Mitchell, his musical muse Mariannen Ihlen, who passed away in July and actress Rebecca DeMornay, to whom he was once engaged.

In a lengthy tribute, Prime Minister Trudeau wrote that he was "a most remarkable Montrealer" and "one of the most influential and enduring musicians ever."

Countless musicians took to Twitter to express their admiration for Cohen including Elton John and Justin Timberlake. John tweeted "Leonard Cohen was unique. A giant of a man and a brilliant songwriter. Irreplaceable. Loved him and his wonderful music." Timberlake said he was "A spirit and soul beyond compare." Singer Rufus Wainwright, who was raised in Montreal, became famous in his career for his soulful rendition of "Hallelujah." He co-parents a daughter with his childhood friend Lorca Cohen.

Cohen's funeral was Thursday afternoon in Montreal at the Shaar Hashomayim Cemetery on the slopes of Mount Royal. Per his wishes, he was laid to rest in a traditional Jewish rite in a family plot.

Watch Wainwright pay his respects  here:

And read Trudeau's tribute here:

Monday, September 19, 2016

Finally, Emmy Recognition For Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany

At the 68th Annual Emmy Awards that aired earlier tonight, fellow Canadian Keifer Sutherland presented Maslaney with the the long-overdue Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama. Maslaney was nominated for the first time last year, answering the prayers of many fans of the BBC America show that films in Toronto. She beat out Claire Danes, Taraji P. Henson, Keri Russell, Robin Wright and last year's winner, Viola Davis. In her speech Maslany said, "I feel so lucky to be on a show that puts women at the center." Next season will be the fifth and final one for the show.

Friday, September 16, 2016

A Great Opportunity To Move To Bucolic Cape Breton, If You Can Work In Canada

Is the concrete jungle killing your soul? Have you always yearned to be closer to the land? Do you want to see what small town life is all about? The island of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia is looking to grow beyond its population of 150,000. The Farmer's Daughter Country Market, a bakery and general store, is in need of employees and put a call out on Facebook. Anyone who is willing to relocate (and can work legally in Canada) will be offered a job and two acres of land.

Check out their Facebook page here:

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Milos Raonic Is In His First Wimbledon Final As The First Canadian Man To Play In A Grand Slam Final

Raonic, ranked #6 in the world, is playing Scotland's Andy Murray, the #2 seed. The Canadian is making his bid to take the title after beating Roger Federer on Friday in five sets after dropping the second and third sets to the seven-time Wimbledon champ. Raonic is being coached by former champions Carlos Moya and John McEnroe.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Justin Trudeau Wants The World To Know Canada Is Ready For The Invictus Games

Founded by Prince Harry in London last year, the games will be held this month in Orlando. The event is for wounded soldiers and next year it will be held in Toronto.

Check out Trudeau, Prince Harry and The Obamas throwing down

Monday, April 4, 2016

If You Haven't Heard About The Dancing Starbucks Employee With Autism, See Him On Ellen

Sam Forbes, a 17-year-old Toronto teen, has become famous in the last few weeks after a video someone posted of him dancing at work went viral. Forbes's story is all the more unique because Forbes had been told he wasn't employable due to his disorder. However, the man who would become Forbes's boss, Chris Ali, met Forbes at a Camp Thrive, an event affiliated with Integrated Services for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ISAND).

During his interview, Forbes explained how incredibly meaningful Starbucks taking a chance on him was: "In that moment my life changed, my whole world changed."

Degeneres gave Forbes a custom tip jar and is sending him on a trip to Japan, making a lifelong dream come true for him.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Fun For Your Friday

If you're stuck in an office today or just have a case of the blahs, this Polar Bear cub from the Toronto Zoo frolicking in the snow for the first time will perk you right up with all the cuteness.