TIFF survival guides take on new meaning

Where are those large automobiles?

Opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival involved one illuminated tunnel en route to David Byrne’s American Utopia, with supporting player Jacquelene Acevedo coming home to represent it. Byrne and director Spike Lee introduced the movie on-screen: the boldface names otherwise were basically limited to supportive politicians.

A city defined by seven letters

What was meant to be a temporary sign for the 2015 Pan Am Games was finally taken away, to be replaced by a more permanent TORONTO at a cost of about $760,000, as the letters proved insatiable for selfies.

Bill Morneau was fined $300 for promoting other Liberal candidates while finance minister. Doing this outside of the election writ period last summer was in violation of the Canada Election Act. Findings from the multiple investigations involving Morneau and We Charity remain to be seen, as political fallout follows We winding back.

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Silicon Valley continues pursuing better press by funding journalism projects: Google started some news startup lab, while Facebook-funded Canadian Press reporters were announced. But Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault is still readying more regulation of digital giants, which newspaper publishers already got in line to benefit from:

Q107 Toronto boasts the biggest boost from the pandemic summer radio ratings. Data compiled by Numeris favoured the familiar retro formats in their reflection of commuter listening declines. The supermarket rock playlist of Q107 gained where talk stations lost, and work-from-home also means waking up later.

Finally, a river to skate away on

Joni Mitchell reappeared in public last fall in San Diego for the premiere of the stage musical version of Almost Famous, whose creator Cameron Crowe did the most famous interview with her in 1979. So, it’s no surprise Crowe is doing all the liner notes for Mitchell’s archive releases, which kick off in 1963 with her on the radio in Saskatoon: