Vegan advocacy from Bryan Adams came with a side of accusing “fucking bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards” for his Royal Albert Hall shows being called off. The post remained on Instagram after being deleted on Twitter—where Corey Hart trended as the belated winner of the 1980s Canadian rock rivalry.
The kids who aren’t alright
More than half of the tweens and teens polled by the Angus Reid Institute say they miss their friends the most after two months without school, and also feeling bored and uninspired while trying to learn at home. And yet, a growing number of Canadian universities are confirming fall classes will primarily happen online due to COVID-19.
Doug Ford’s cherry-cheesecake-making distraction from rule breaking. A joke about his own baking prowess was part of the briefing where Ontario’s premier confessed his two daughters, who don’t live at home, came over on Mother’s Day. The admission led to more public confusion over the intention of physical distancing rules.
Things move faster in Florida
Restaurant Brands International has begun to transform the “dining rooms” of Burger King, Popeyes and Tim Hortons, while Starbucks Canada is gradually returning to business. Meanwhile, the expectation that the Toronto Blue Jays will be playing a shortened season in Florida accompanies a return of dine-in restaurants to that state:
“The Daily Essentials are not that essential.” Bell Media is producing CTV and TSN updates for Quibi, but its founder Jeffrey Katzenberg admits the timely content proved the least popular part of the short-video app. The point was raised in a New York Times interview, in which Katzenberg blamed COVID-19 for the rough first month.
Finally, a new Toronto TV star
Tory Lanez recently released the New Toronto 3 mixtape to liberate himself from what he felt was an American record deal that restrained the range of his talents. But then he started demonstrating them on Instagram. The pop-up rounds of Quarantine Radio turned into their own phenomenon, giving him new fuel to reach for the top: