Bill Cosby case could be heading for U.S. Supreme Court as prosecutors ask for review – National |

Prosecutors are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the ruling that overturned Bill Cosby‘s sexual assault conviction, arguing in a petition Monday that a dangerous precedent could be set if press releases are treated as immunity agreements. Cosby’s lawyers have long argued that he relied on a promise that he would never be charged … Read more

Fans frenzy over Tim Hortons’ newly dropped Justin Bieber merchandise – National |

It’s been a mere few hours since Tim Hortons dropped its Justin Bieber–branded Timbits merchandise, and Canadians are proving extremely hungry for it. The Canadian coffee giant announced earlier this month that it had teamed up with Bieber for its latest marketing campaign, in an attempt to attract new customers. And it looks like it’s … Read more

A beginner’s guide to backstage passes – National |

If there’s one question I get most often about live shows, it’s this: “How can I get a backstage pass to [insert name of artist here]? The short answer is always the same: “You can’t. Besides, what did you think you’d find backstage, anyway? Caligula-strength orgies with groupies? Wild parties catered with all manner of … Read more

Ryan Reynolds awarded Governor General’s award with song tribute that brings him to tears |

Hollywood superstar and Canadian fan favourite Ryan Reynolds was honoured Friday with a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and a touching video including an original song by one of the Barenaked Ladies co-founders. The B.C.-born actor is well known for his frequent tributes to his hometown of Vancouver and support for Canadian causes. On Friday … Read more

Royal Family really not happy with new documentary’s ‘unfounded claims’ – National |

The British Royal Family has come out swinging, accusing the BBC of giving credibility to “overblown and unfounded claims” in a new documentary that puts the spotlight on the relationship between the media and the younger generation of Windsors. The Princes and the Press, the first part of which aired on U.K. television Monday night, … Read more

Keanu Reeves says it’s possible he’s actually married to Winona Ryder – National |

Are Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves actually married? According to Reeves, it’s a possibility. Answering questions in a video for Esquire magazine, Reeves explained that while making 1992’s Dracula with Ryder they actors “did a whole take of a marriage ceremony with real priests.” But let’s back up for a second. Reeves was addressing rumours … Read more

Canadian Afghanistan war veteran finds music helps soothe battle with PTSD |

Despite dabbling in music since he was a teenager, it was only recently that Afghanistan war veteran Dennis MacKenzie came to appreciate its power to ease the mental turmoil he has struggled with since returning to Canada. Dennis MacKenzie was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder soon after finishing a seven-month deployment in the war-torn country … Read more

COMMENTARY: Meet 3 unsung, pioneering heroes of music whose names you probably didn’t know – National |

Chances are you’ve never heard the name Vasili Arkhipov, but he could be the reason you’re alive. Back during the Cuban Missile Crisis, he stopped his commander from accidentally firing nukes on the US when things heated up. It’s possible that he prevented the entire planet from plunging into a nuclear war. Talk about an … Read more

Prop gun use on movie sets: What, exactly, is the protocol? |

A Winnipeg-based film producer says strict protocols around gun use in filmmaking mean the incident that killed a woman on the set of a western in New Mexico was — thankfully — a rare occurrence in the industry. Halyna Hutchins, director of photography for the film Rust, was killed by a prop gun fired by … Read more

COMMENTARY: The world is suffering from a shortage of vinyl records and massive price shocks – National |

A couple of weeks back, someone sent me a picture of a Tragically Hip album on display in a record store. It appeared to be a standard vinyl issue of the band’s 2006 album, Music @ Work, priced at $71.99. It wasn’t a typo. To put that into perspective, a copy of the deluxe 2-CD edition of … Read more