After being one of the first to make a music video while quarantined, Drake is ahead of the celebrity pack in jetting off to a spot opening back up. The destination for “Air Drake” was Barbados, where the 6ix God posed for photos with his mask in place, outside his ex-girlfriend’s childhood home.
Mystery wrapped in a rap sheet
Tory Lanez, the Canadian hip-hop star recently acclaimed for his Quarantine Radio on Instagram, was arrested on a felony gun charge outside a party in the Hollywood Hills, where police were called to investigate a disturbance. Fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion had a foot injury at the scene, which she now claims resulted from a shooting.
We Charity will return to its roots of not parading celebrity speakers on a stage. The suspension of We Day comes in the wake of its student grant controversy, and just before a parliamentary committee will start probing what happened. Meanwhile, efforts to discourage reporting goaded a deeper look into We’s real estate holdings.
Back to the bars before school
Returning kids to Ontario classrooms this fall may include cutting French lessons to allow for more distancing. But first, Doug Ford wants to get bars and restaurants back to indoor business. The restricted patio status of Toronto nightlife has also brought controversy to MARBL on King Street West, based on a video of partying in proximity:
R.I.P. Don Jackson, the most romantic radio host in Canada. Lovers and Other Strangers was the nightly show Jackson brought from Montreal to Toronto in 1990, syndicated nationally until 2009 and followed by a brief podcast revival. Jackson’s soothing style left enough of an impression to inspire an improv comedy tribute in 2018.
Finally, binging a nonagenarian
Christopher Plummer last made headlines in 2017, when he was parachuted in to reshoot Kevin Spacey’s role in All the Money in the World. But now, at age 90, he’s the actor bringing the gravitas to NBCUniversal’s digital service, Peacock. Departure had been set for Global’s fall lineup, but now it will get the American air of prestige streaming: