National Newswatch

Cineplex faces another quarterly loss as movie theatres slowly reopened across Canada

Aug 12 2021 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Projectors began lighting up the big screens at many Cineplex Inc. movie theatres over the spring, but Canada's biggest cinema chain still faced another quarter of deep losses. The impact of theatre closures from the COVID-19 pandemic and moviegoers still cautious to return to multiplexes continued to wreak havoc on the company's financial […]

Lightfoot suffers fall, postpones tour dates

Aug 9 2021 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Gordon Lightfoot is recovering after a fall at his home last week caused him to fracture his wrist. The "If You Could Read My Mind" singer-songwriter has been forced to postpone a number of upcoming tour dates after undergoing emergency surgery at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Victoria Lord, a representative for Lightfoot, said […]

Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson on finding a roundabout way to pandemic album ‘Detour’

Jul 19 2021 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ed Robertson says when early chatter about COVID-19 began circulating through the music industry, he feared that live concerts were headed for a world of trouble. Having more than three decades of experience in Barenaked Ladies, the singer-songwriter said he couldn’t imagine thousands of people gathering at shows while a mysterious virus raged. […]

Quebec’s Dominique Fils-Aimé, Toronto’s Tobi among Polaris Music Prize contenders

Jul 15 2021 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Albums from Quebec singer Dominique Fils-Aimé and Toronto rapper Tobi have been shortlisted for this year's Polaris Music Prize. The selection of 10 albums vying for the $50,000 award includes projects spanning an array of music genres. Fils-Aimé's "Three Little Words" completes a trilogy of albums celebrating the history of Black-American music, while […]

Dan Levy, Scott twins among Canuck Emmy nominees

Jul 13 2021 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — "Schitt's Creek" may be over but the Emmy Awards aren't done with Dan Levy. After sweeping the top categories last year with the final season of the CBC hit comedy, Levy is up for a trophy again — this time for guest hosting "Saturday Night Live." He joins several Canadian Emmy contenders announced […]

Telefilm restoration project to bring influential Canadian films into digital era

Jul 7 2021 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Telefilm and several of Canada’s other leading film organizations are working together on a new project that will dust off homegrown cinematic gems for the digital generation. More than 10 Canadian films, including English- and French-language fictional narratives, documentaries and shorts, are part of a restoration effort that will see each digitized to […]