Liz Smith

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The Golden girls

As a general rule, it’s unwise to get caught up in Hollywood hype. All too often, that which is highly anticipated ends up falling flat. Enter 2013 Golden Globe hosts Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler, kick-ass comedians and real life BFFs. If anything, the duo exceeded expectations; delivering a relaxed, brash and above all, charming hosting debut. It took only […]

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Calling out to Mother Mother

Indie-rockers Mother Mother have a sound as refreshing as a day trip to the beach — one far enough away where no one knows who you are. The band, who have been regulars on the local and national music scene since their debut release Touch Up, in 2007, have frequented music festivals and favoured intimate shows. Touch Up was succeeded […]

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Tolerance in the industry

“If I was gay, I’d think hip hop hates me,” raps Mackelmore on a track from The Heist, his recent debut studio release.”Have you seen the YouTube comments lately?” With lyrics that point a finger at the intolerance of a “culture founded from oppression,” the Seattle rapper is part of the growing minority of rappers and hip-hop artists with a […]

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The Weeknd in TO

“Toronto, we’re about to get sexy for you,” The Weeknd promised a riotous Sound Academy crowd downtown Toronto on Friday, Nov. 2, as he opened his first of four consecutive nights at the venue. Sexy, a word that perfectly captures the essence of the live performance of Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd for the uninitiated,) as well as his body of […]

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