TikTok dreams getting even more commercial

Fifteen seconds of commodified fame

While its future in America remains politically unclear, TikTok has launched its first Canadian ad campaign, bolstered by much pandemic momentum. The service hopes to platform more aspiring stars, having registered to lobby the government and hired an editor-in-chief in an effort to secure the status of TikTok clips as a cultural force.

An unfortunately familiar face

Chris Saccoccia’s arrest at Moncton Airport, days after he was charged with breaking quarantine rules in Toronto, meant he couldn’t bring his anti-masker message to a protest rally within the Atlantic bubble.

Hudson’s Bay has fallen behind on the rent. The department store was technically evicted from three Quebec malls, while also facing lawsuits over arrears elsewhere. Winnipeg’s historic downtown Bay location is scheduled to shut forever in February, leading to questions about how such spaces will be filled in a future with fewer retailers.

Lex Luthor’s ring cycles back

Supergirl star Jon Cryer was walking to meet fellow cast members in Vancouver when his wedding band fell off along the seawall. A pop-up ad on Craigslist pointed him to the Ring Finders, a global directory based in that city, whose founder Chris Turner broke out the metal detectors to rapidly retrieve it from the grass, and contribute a new testimonial:

Charlamagne tha God is content with being cancelled in Canada. The Breakfast Club was touted as a potential saviour for hip-hop radio station Flow 93.5. But its debut was delayed due to the pandemic, then a growing focus on American politics didn’t help its prospects in Toronto. The local hosts will now return to their abdicated morning slot.

Finally, a three-year-old version

Adonis Graham started life as Drake’s secret son, yet photos from his third birthday shows two parents enthusiastic to have him grow up in public. While recent Instagram posts left it unclear if mom Sophie Brussaux was bringing him to school in Toronto, that’s where the party seemed to be, as the exes revelled in their biological collaboration: