Sucker – The Jonas Brothers Come Back

The very popular 2005 band, The Jonas Brothers, had broken up back in 2013 and many fans were devastated.  Brothers, Nick and Joe had mutually decided that they wanted to see what they could do by going solo, and Kevin decided that he wanted to take a break to focus on his wife and the baby that they had on the way. Both, Nick and Joe ended up being very successful in their solo careers.  Nick sang solo and released songs like “Jealous”, “Chains”, and “Close”, meanwhile Joe formed a band that went by the name DNCE, who released songs […]

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The Umbrella Academy Review

By now, you’ve probably heard of the Netflix show released a couple weeks ago, The Umbrella Academy. The show is based on the comic book series created by Gerard Way, the lead vocalist of the punk rock band, My Chemical Romance. Hence, you can already get a sense of the strangely brilliant mind behind this story. Heads up – everything I mention about The Umbrella Academy is in the trailers, so there are no spoilers. The first episode begins in 1989. 43 not pregnant women unexpectedly give birth. Sir Reginald Hargreeves, billionaire, offers a large sum of money to the […]

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The Latest Art Installation, Only Ten Minutes from Campus

Many interactive, Instagram worthy art installations have been coming to Toronto, the most recent entitled “The 7”. This free exhibit features eight unique themed set ups: a Jurassic Park room, a wedding themed room, a ball pit, a flamingo display, a piñata room, a balloon room, a Venus de Milo room, and a room filled with pink flowers.   “The 7” is located on the 7th floor of the Hudson’s Bay on 176 Yonge Street and has been open since January, with no closing date mentioned as of yet. Make sure you drop by for a visit before it leaves! […]

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2019 Oscars Predictions and Controversies

2019 Oscars Predictions and Controversies

Another year of film has come and gone and if you have been paying close attention on social media, the lead up to the Oscars has been a rollercoaster. First it was Kevin Hart dropping out of the job of the host due to past homophobic comments that upset a lot of people. Next the possible introduction of the category of most popular film, offended some people because it seemed like the Academy was not taking some films seriously. Then the Academy decided they would not air the winners of important categories such as Cinematography. Although the Academy has gone back on that decision.

Now after exhaustingly viewing a lot of the contenders this year by avoiding my school work and gathering opinions earlier on this year at the Toronto International Film Festival, I have decided what will win and what I want to win. I must be honest it was hard for me for two reasons: 1. The films this year seemed lackluster to me and 2. I have my pride to look after. So, if your workplace is doing an Oscars pool or if you just want to gloat to your friends about how many winners you got right, let these predictions be your guide. I will only brush upon the major categories as I don’t have pages to discuss nominations and I have midterms. Also, these are my opinions based on research and statistics, and personal preferences.

Who will probably win = yellow  Who should win = blue   Should and will win = green. 

 

The Academy Awards are on February 24th, Saturday. The red carpet starts at 7pm EST and the ceremony begins 8pm EST.

Post by: Jesse Law

 

 

Fun Date Ideas That Will Keep You Warm

At this time of year, especially since we’ve just passed the test of all new relationships (Valentine’s Day) many couples are searching for things to do. I have to say, I’m a very good planner, and that involves me planning things for my boyfriend and I to do. These ideas aren’t only for couples though! They’re also really fun activities to simply do with your friends when you’ve run out of ideas. Here are some fun indoor dates that will keep you warm while we wait for the weather to do the same! An Escape Room Escape rooms are a […]

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Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires – Exhibit at the AGO

  Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires “To see yourself and for others to see you is a form of validation… I’m interested in that very mysterious and mystical line that is how we relate to each other in the world.”   This is artist Mickalene Thomas’s thesis statement for her new exhibition at the AGO, ​Femmes Noires​, which explores how Black women are represented in art and popular culture. Each work is politically charged and vibrant, with inspiration from artistic movements such as Impressionism, Cubism, Dada, and the Harlem Renaissance. Each work is also shockingly different: Thomas’s exhibition ranges from paintings, […]

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Toronto’s Special Ice Cream Ft. Taiyaki Ice Cream & Chimney Ice Cream

It’s never too cold for ice cream right? But why eat ice cream in a plain waffle cone when you can have it in the insta-worthy taiyaki or chimney cone! Taiyaki NYC Straight Outta Japan $8.00           | Rating  ★★★★★ Mangonificent $8.00                       | Rating  ★★★★★    Downtown Toronto’s Taiyaki NYC is a newly opened specialty ice cream shop from New York that serves ice cream inside a Japanese taiyaki cone. Taiyaki is a fish-shaped traditional Japanese dessert that comes in red bean or custard flavour, tastes kind of like a spongy pancake or waffle. There are […]

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Ariana Grande’s thank u, next Album

  On February 8th Ariana Grande released her thank u, next album which included previously released singles “than u, next” and “imagine”.  This album outlines all of the struggles Grande has publicly faced over the past year. The tracks on the album are: 1. imagine 2. needy 3. NASA 4. bloodline 5. fake smile 6. bad idea 7. make up 8. ghostin 9. in my head 10.  7 rings 11. thank u, next 12. break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored It is speculated that “imagine” and “ghostin” touch upon her past relationship with rapper, Mac Miller, who passed away […]

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How the Music Industry is Impacting Conversations About Mental Health

Various musicians in the music industry are taking action to normalize conversations about mental health through their music, music videos and platforms such as their social media and interviews. Artists such as XXXtentacion, Billie Eilish are one of the many few who have become known for their ‘sad teen’ aesthetic. Some say that this has been beneficial in terms of removing the stigma around mental health while others argue that this may be promoting the trend of the ‘sad teen’ vibe. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are approximately 800,000 people that are lost to suicide annually. Considering […]

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Films Around Toronto

There’s much more to the theatre than watching the latest films, and Toronto has a great collection of unique shows up its sleeve. February is the time to stay indoors, especially with the TIFF New Wave coming up. Head over to the Ontario Place Cinesphere to watch some action-adventure classics in the best possible way:             Inception: The IMAX Experience playing from February 15-18 at 7:30pm.             The Iron Giant (Signature Edition) playing from February 16-18 at 3:30pm. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience playing from February 22-24 at 7:30pm. Are you interested in […]

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Festival of Lights

  Like most Torontonians in February, I’m sick of winter. The wind is biting, the ice is life-threatening, and the TTC is late. (Although, let’s be real, that happens regardless of the season.) With the shorter winter days, it’s hard not to feel as if the city’s constantly shrouded in darkness, shivering in our Timberlands as we bitterly pine for summer. In these hollow months following Christmas and New Years, it seems as if there isn’t anything else to do but wait for the warmth to return. But in the midst of the dark and the cold and the slush, […]

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FYRE Festival

Social media plays a massive role in the way that we perceive things and it impacts the trust we have for people. Fyre festival was a festival that was introduced to the world in 2017, Billy Mcfarland wanted to recreate Coachella. He wanted a celebrity based music festival that would attract the public into wanting to attend. This festival was supposed to take place on two weekends in the Bahamas, festival goers were promised high quality food, luxury huts on white sand beaches, exclusive flights and proper luggage care. There were endless promotions, including top supermodels that were being shown […]

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tiff Next Wave

Are you a broke university student who’s feeling stressed because of school and need to have a little fun? Well I got just the thing for you. If you think the non-profit organization, TIFF only runs the major Toronto International Film Festival every year, only to hibernate the rest of the year; you’ve joined my mother on the list of people who think TIFF doesn’t run after the festival. Every year, since 2010, TIFF has run an annual festival, called TIFF Next Wave. The festival aims to support and help growth the next generation of film enthusiasts and filmmakers. In […]

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Toronto Light Festival

The Toronto Light Festival is back, for its third year in a row, at the Distillery District. With contributions from over twenty-two local and international artists, there’s so much to see. While some displays are there for aesthetic purposes, making it great for photos, others are actually informal. One educational installation to look out for, is the giant 35-foot tall polar bear. Entitled “Longview” by Don Kennell, this structure is constructed out of car hoods, representing how the carbon footprint affects habitats. Yes, the light festival does take place during some of the coldest months; however, conveniently, the Distillery District […]

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Pursuit OCR: A New Outing For You and Your Friends

Are you dying to get out of the house and be active? Or dying to stay in where it’s warm? Either way, Pursuit OCR is the place that will get your heart racing and get your temperature up! This past weekend, a few of my friends and I went to celebrate a birthday and do something unconventional! Among the other high-intensity activities like taking a spin class, trying axe throwing or going to a shooting range, we chose Pursuit OCR. According to their website, https://pursuitocr.com/, they are Canada’s largest fully indoor obstacle course training & movement centre. They used to […]

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