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Weakened week ends with a soft working Weeknd
Start with “Here We Go… Again”
The Beach Boys legacy is represented on Dawn FM, the Weeknd’s second pandemic album, in the form of Bruce Johnston co-writing “Here We Go… Again,” which also has backing vocals from Christian Love, son of Mike. The old man makeover of the album cover is also conceptually accompanied by an avuncular interlude from Quincy Jones.
A baby and a bobblehead
Jagmeet Singh intends to take the kind of parental leave the NDP campaigned for, after his wife, Gurkiran Kaur, gave birth to a girl quickly commemorated with Lego. Meanwhile, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame in Milwaukee is marking National Bobblehead Day by unveiling its Justin Trudeau models, with and without facial hair.
Air Canada blocked 19 of the passengers from the Quebec influencer party plane from flying home. While some who flew to Cancun with the infamous group made it back from Mexico to Montreal, others were denied return options. A further complication: some of the 111 Private Club members tested positive for COVID-19.
Keeping score of sports media
The New York Times Company paying $550 million for The Athletic means the startup seeking to destroy all newspaper sports sections has now become one. The venture’s expansion to Canada proved less of a threat in the end amidst speed bumps. But it’s still the kind of outlet that writes about a producer’s pitch for a new arena sound:
The class-action lawsuit over alleged bread price fixing got the go-ahead in Ontario. A judge’s decision released on New Year’s Eve got belated media attention, as the accused grocery giants declined comment. It covers a period ending in 2021, implying the inflation continued past the point when Loblaw admitted its involvement.
Finally, a truly hippie ending
Catseye was the name of a rock band whose music is streaming online 48 years after it was recorded in London, England. The story involves Duane O’Kane from Vancouver, who met a British guitarist on a train through the Rockies. A vinyl demo found for a quarter in a rural Alberta thrift shop led to resurrection: