Shots of the empty downtown Toronto streets at night make way for Drake’s masked dancing tour through his $100 million Bridle Path mansion, which he spent four years building, in the video for “Toosie Slide.” (The decor incorporates a salute to Kobe Bryant.) Drake’s self-isolated adventure ends with a fireworks display.
A fight over affectionate signs
“We’re all in this together!” posters around Toronto, which an artist called Dreeem made by remixing a hand-painted Honest Ed’s sign, have become the subject of a gripe from one of their several in-house painters. Wayne Reuben considers its detail to be distinctly his, but Ed’s son David Mirvish appreciated the salute to the former store.
Airbnb Canada sent the federal government six bailout ideas. The request from its public policy director, Alex Dagg, outlined hopes for how short-term rental hosts could be accommodated in COVID-19 relief. And while Airbnb cancellation policies are creating confusion, the pandemic could also end its influence on the housing market.
Chrystia Freeland’s air apparent
The deputy PM is calling Doug Ford her “therapist” while praising Ontario’s premier for his recent approach. And the sentiment is mutual, even if the province is taking a leap ahead of the feds by releasing COVID-19 projections. A higher profile has generally arrived for Chrystia Freeland, as the highest-ranking Liberal who hasn’t been quarantined:
Postmedia’s fried chicken dinners prove a winner. The Mary Brown’s sponsorship of free clicks on 16 Canadian newspaper websites earned considerable attention at a time when other outlets are openly appealing to advertisers not to blacklist content about COVID-19. (But the pandemic was a trigger that closed the Canadian Jewish News.)
Finally, when people partied
Peter Gatien, the Cornwall, Ontario, jeans store owner who conquered New York with nightclubs like Limelight—then attempted a comeback with Circa after deportation to Toronto—is still promoting his memoir. The Club King is Gatien’s side of a story that culminated in a 1998 drug trial, which he won, prior to pleading guilty to tax evasion: