National Newswatch

From ‘Mutt’ to midriffs: Six memorable moments from Shania Twain’s new documentary

Jul 27 2022 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Shania Twain’s new documentary “Not Just A Girl” digs into a rich archive of video footage to tell the story of the Timmins, Ont. native’s rise from hopeful bar singer to global superstar. Along the way, the full-length film sheds light on the many struggles and triumphs that colour her nearly 40-year career. […]

‘I’m still levitating’: Allison Russell on joining Joni Mitchell at Newport Folk Fest

Jul 25 2022 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Allison Russell is riding an emotional high after she joined several friends and music contemporaries on stage during Joni Mitchell's surprise performance at the Newport Folk Festival. Sunday's concert was the first time the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter played a full live set in more than two decades, while Montreal-raised Russell lent backup vocals […]

Steven Spielberg heading to TIFF for first time with ‘The Fabelmans’

Jul 22 2022 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Steven Spielberg is coming to the Toronto International Film Festival. Organizers say the 75-year-old Hollywood director will make his first-ever appearance at the fest with his semi-autobiographical drama "The Fabelmans," starring Michelle Williams, Paul Dano and Vancouver-born Seth Rogen. The 20th century coming-of-age tale draws from Spielberg’s youth growing up in Arizona with […]

Deborah Cox, Heather Reisman, Lionel Conacher among Canada’s Walk of Fame inductees

Jul 22 2022 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — R&B vocal powerhouse Deborah Cox, retail executive Heather Reisman and the late multi-faceted athlete Lionel Conacher are among the names joining Canada's Walk of Fame this year. The first round of 2022 honourees was named at the organization's annual Music Under the Stars fundraiser on Thursday night at Casa Loma in Toronto. The […]

Tenille Townes leads with seven CCMA Award nominations

Jul 20 2022 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Tenille Townes is returning to her spot as a front-runner at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter from Grande Prairie, Alta. emerged the leading contender with nominations in seven categories this year. They include both single and music video of the year for "Girl Who Didn't Care." Her release "Masquerades" […]

From travel woes to inflation, music festivals face most unpredictable summer yet

Jul 19 2022 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Organizers at Canada’s summer music festivals say even as pandemic restrictions lift and live concerts return to some semblance of normalcy, it's anything but normal behind the scenes. While concertgoers descend on outdoor events, the people leading the country's largest music gatherings are facing a long list of anxieties — from travel delays […]

Martin Short, Sandra Oh, Norm Macdonald among Canadians picking up Emmy nominations

Jul 12 2022 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Late comedian Norm Macdonald was the leading Canadian Emmy nominee announced Tuesday, with Martin Short and Sandra Oh earning nods in top acting categories. The Quebec-raised comic pulled in three nominations for Netflix's "Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special," a single-take routine he filmed at home in the summer of 2020. Macdonald died last September […]