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Canadian author Catherine McKenzie’s latest thriller, You Can’t Catch Me, is a diabolical game of cat and mouse that is guaranteed to keep readers on their toes until the very last page. The story begins with our protagonist, Jessica Williams, experiencing what is thought to be a chance enco…

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CBC’s SCHITT’S CREEK made Canadians proud at the 72nd Emmy Awards, winning a total of nine awards including a historic win for Outstanding Comedy Series, marking the first time a Canadian television program has won an Emmy in the Outstanding Comedy or Drama series category, and the most prim…

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Indians On Vacation is the latest novel by American-Canadian author Thomas King. Once again, King brings us a book full of his dry wit and sarcasm, even when dealing with heavy subject matters. On the surface this book seemed like it would be a comedy about an Indian couple taking a vacation…

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Filmoption International announces that the SLAXX, which has been premiered at the renowned Fantasia Festival will be released in Quebec and Canada on September 11th. Directed by Elza Kephart, the film stars Romane Denis (Charlotte a du fun), Brett Donahue (Come Back), Sehar Bhojani (Coroner…

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When I first came across the latest novel by celebrated author Emma Donoghue (Room, Wonder), I was hesitant. I wasn’t sure about reading a book about a pandemic while living through another pandemic. In the end however, the influenza pandemic of 1918 serves as a back drop in The Pull of the …

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Final Cut is the latest psychological thriller by acclaimed writer S.J. Watson. The book follows Alex Young, a documentary filmmaker, as she attempts to unravel the a mysterious death and the disappearances of two young woman, in a small waterfront town. Even though the events take place ten…

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In 1947, Canwood Saskatchewan, young Leonard Flint befriends the local recluse known as Rabbit Foot Bill, only to witness a horrific crime that sees Bill off to prison. The story is loosely based on actual events of a crime in the small prairie town, as well as the experimental LSD trials at…

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A recent press release announced CBC Podcasts’ extensive roster for fall 2020. The upcoming collection features 15 podcasts across a range of genres, including: new investigative series BRAINWASHED, exploring secret government mind control experiments; historical series RECALL: HOW TO START …

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The 2020 Canada Reads debates have concluded and a winner has been crowned! The theme of this year’s competition was “what one book should  all of Canada read to bring Canada into focus”. It was not an easy pick. Much like everything else around the globe, the competition was originally plan…

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The Canada Reads debates, originally scheduled for the end of March but postponed due to the pandemic, kicked off today. Unlike like every other year, the debates are not in front of a live studio audience and two of the panelists are joining the debates virtually.

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CBC recently announced via press release that the public broadcaster’s beloved annual battle of the books, CANADA READS 2020, will convene Monday, July 20 to Thursday, July 23, following its postponement in March due to COVID-19. Hosted by Ali Hassan, a panel of advocates will champion Canad…

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Ten years after the final instalment of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins returns with a villain origin story that follows President Snow’s path to the top. Unlike most villain origin stories, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes does not leave the reader sympathizing, rooting for, or …

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According to a recent media release, and with schools and daycares closed across the country, CBC is making more content available for children and their caregivers across many of the public broadcaster’s platforms including CBC Kids, CBC Gem and educational platform Curio. 

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According to a media release, and in response to the postponement of the NHL season due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, CBC will be hosting MOVIE NIGHT IN CANADA, a celebration of acclaimed Canadian films back-to-back on Saturday evenings beginning at 7pm on CBC and CBC Gem. MOVIE NIGHT …

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Samra Habib’s memoir, We Have Always Been Here, was the 5th and final book that I read from the Canada Reads shortlist and I simply couldn’t put it down. Habib chronicles her journey to finding herself and her identity as a queer Muslim. Born in Pakistan, Habib immigrated to Canada at a youn…

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Radicalized by Cory Doctorow is a collection of four short science fiction stories set in the near future. The stories cover many social issues such as immigration, racism and capitalism. Though the first story, Unauthorized Bread, was a slow read, I overall really enjoyed this book. The sta…

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Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson is a page-turner that I simply couldn’t put down. It’s a coming-of-age fantasy novel with a mixture of sarcasm and dry wit that had me instantly charmed by the main character, Jared Martin. Sixteen-year-old Martin’s life is far from easy, as drugs and alco…

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According to a press release, Bell Alt TV will present OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival, in collaboration with Coors Light, from July 31 to August 2 at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal. To celebrate 15 years of Canada’s premiere music and arts festival, OSHEAGA has put together an unbelievable l…

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, at least for literary addicts such as myself. It’s time for the CBC’s annual battle of the books, Canada Reads. Debuting in 2002, Canada Reads is the annual competition that pits 5 books against each other, declaring which title is the one that…

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Ciné Gael Montréal is a non-profit organization that is funded by the St. Patrick's Society of Montréal and various sponsors. Their committee is made up of volunteers from the Montréal Irish community. Ciné Gael Montréal organizes the largest annual Irish film series in North America. The se…