Impact of XXTENTACIONS Life on the Music Industry

The death of yet another young musician on June 18, 2018 has sparked up conversations about various controversial global issues – gun crime, recklessness of hip hop feuds and the disrupted mental health of musicians to name a few. One of the most critical ones is the debate of whether or not artist’s music should be separated from the crimes they commit in their personal lives. Prior to his death at the mere age of twenty, XXX had been rather notoriously known for his violent past. His childhood consisted of numerous expulsions due to physical fights, nine months of his […]

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October’s Best in Music

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I think October was an amazing month in the music world. Not just any music, but in the alternative rock scene especially. If you couldn’t keep up with all the releases, or if you didn’t really pay attention to them, I’m here to catch you up! Keep reading for my review: here are my favourite albums and hit songs of the month. Twenty One Pilots- Trench Trench, the fourth studio album from American duo Twenty One Pilots, is another journey through a lot of deep emotions. They returned from touring their last […]

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A Shared Warmth: Vignette by Kathleen C. Rogers

Kathleen C. Rogers’ thirteen-minute art film Vignette is on exhibition at the Ryerson Artspace at the Gladstone Hotel from November 1 – 16, 2018. Kathleen, who is in the final year of her BFA at Ryerson, is there herself when I visit the film’s opening reception on the evening of November 1st. She greets me with a warm smile and offers me tea, before gesturing for me to sit and watch her film. “Try to make sense of it,” she jokes. I watch Vignette three times. Partly because as I talk to Kathleen the film plays on loop, projected on […]

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Get Your Camera Ready, A Happy Place Has Arrived

For months now, Torontonians have been hearing all about the Instagram famous art installation entitled HAPPY PLACE, from Los Angeles, arriving in Toronto. Well, the wait is finally over and the question of, “is it really worth it?” arises – the answer is 100% yes. If you are a fan of interactive exhibits, photography, or just need a little boost of happiness, this place needs to make an appearance on your social media feed. With over a dozen pieces being showcased, including the largest indoor confetti dome, getting to leap from a rainbow into a pot of gold, a cookie […]

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A Star Is Born, Review

Since I saw the advertisement for the film, A Star is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, I was absolutely dying to watch it.  I am a fan of Bradley Cooper and have always been a fan of Lady Gaga because of her outstanding vocals and originality.  I must say that after watching this film, I have an even greater respect for the two. Their vocal performances and acting were phenomenal.  Their presence on screen was so captivating, it was easy to tell that every single person in the theatre felt like they took part in the story.  People […]

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Cheap Japanese Lunch Donburi Combos Perfect For Students

Kinka Izakaya is a chained authentic Japanese restaurant that offers the perfect low-budget lunch combos ideal for students. Kinka Izakaya has multiple locations across Downtown Toronto. The best part is that one of its location is only about a 5 minute walk from the Ryerson campus! They have a wide selection of Japanese cuisines features in their lunch menu. For example, noodles, donburi combos, sashimi, and even light snacks too. Almost everything is under the $15.00 budget! The space is also really organized and clean with both indoor (tables, benches and bar seating) and outdoor seating area. Quick service and […]

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Halloween Themed Activities In Toronto

Its that time of the year folks! Spooky season has once again made its appearance in the Ryerson campus. So if you are looking for some fun ways to get your spirit on, than we have all your major go-to activities and events in Toronto and within the campus covered right here on SpiritLive. RU Student Life’s Halloween Contest: Enter this year’s annual halloween costume contest to earn some amazing prizes from gift cards to discounts from many of your favourite stores. Contest Details: http://studentlife.ryerson.ca/studentlife/ruscared-halloween-costume-contest-2018/ Watch a Movie at Yonge-Dundas Square Theatres: What better way to catch up with a […]

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How the Legalization of Marijuana Has Affected Universities

Within the past week, Canada has legalized marijuana, causing many changes within the way many universities set their smoking rules. Many schools have banned smoking as a whole; including cigarettes. The University of Toronto already has a non – smoking residence which also prohibits smoking in all of the university building, and now these rules will extend to cannabis. One of the U of T’s senior director told HuffPost Canada. “Under Ontario’s Cannabis Act, use of cannabis will be banned in all workplaces and public spaces. At U of T, that includes offices, classrooms, libraries, athletic facilities, and campus grounds.”On […]

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The Fat Funny Guy’s Web Series

“Sometimes what some people may perceive as a flaw turns out to be someone’s greatest strength.” This is a quote from Brandon Hardesty’s “No Small Parts” episode about Gwendoline Christie, otherwise known as Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones. I suppose you could also use this quote for Brandon Hardesty himself. As an actor who’s known for roles as “the funny fat guy,” he sure knows how to create captivating videos about his appreciation for fellow character actors. A character actor plays eccentric or unusual people rather than leading roles. In other words, they’re the actors and actresses you […]

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