The regulars at Maddison Avenue Salon and Spa could easily dismiss beauty parlor movies like Shampoo and Steel Magnolias as mere documentaries, because. as they knew, no cinematic fantasy about the hair trade could ever compare in richness and texture with the real life frenetic screwball comedy that unfolded at Rino Pirro’s Locke Street salon, 6 days a week. Rino’s sudden and unexpected death in his sleep on June 30th threw his family and the thousands of customers who considered Rino their family into grief and disbelief. Thousands of messages of condolence…

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Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott are far more than independent candidates running for election in Vancouver-Granville, British Columbia and Markham-Stouffville, Ontario.

Wilson-Raybould and Philpott aren’t the usual incarnation of political party endorsement-bereft wannabe’s. Each is a national powerhouse in her own right. Each until very recently a senior federal Liberal cabinet minister much crowed over by a Prime Minister insistent on reminding…

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Last week the Toronto Star published an editorial urging members of the Ford cabinet to develop some backbone, stop applauding like trained seals and start pushing back against some of Premier Ford’s bad ideas. Ford has been forced to reverse himself on a number of proposals that were not well thought out recently, and the Star argued that experienced senior ministers like Christine Elliott and Vic Fideli need to speak out more to prevent these errors. Cabinet, after all, is supposed to be a forum for the free exchange of views, not an echo chamber for the Premier. The same could be said of some members of Hamilton City Council after last month’s “LRT update” at Hamilton’s General Issues committee meeting. It was a continuation of what has become a ritual in these LRT information sessions, –staff excitedly presenting information as if council’s only concern was getting on with the project. Meanwhile, the last time we surveyed members of council approximately half maybe more, are not in favour of the LRT. The number shifts…

It was 33 years ago when we moved into our house at 101 Melrose Avenue South. Brian Mulroney was Prime Minister of Canada, the White House was occupied by Ronnie and Nancy, and Bob Morrow was Mayor of Hamilton. David Peterson had just ended 43 years of Conservative rule and was Premier of Ontario. Something called The Internet Mail Access Protocol was developed which opened the way for something called E-Mail. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on March 28, 1986 at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Today she is known as Lady Gaga. Donald Trump was a young property developer in New York with three small kids aged 6,5 and 2.

We moved to Hamilton from Paris Ontario (named after the plaster of Paris deposits there, by the way, not the French capital) because Kaye had transferred to a job in Hamilton and I was in my fifth year at CHCH. I felt then and I still do that the head of a news operation should try to live in the…

Recently Premier Doug Ford was seen on TV participating in a round table discussion with stakeholders and the striking feature of it was how relaxed he was with the format and how clearly he articulated government policy without resorting to notes. That performance is in sharp contrast to his podium speaking style which is forced and unnatural and frankly, hard to take in. Hopefully his communication staff will look for opportunities to stage more of the former and less of the latter.

Then there is the issue of how to articulate policies which in many cases, frankly, consist of reducing funding to various programs. Ford’s government was elected in part because many Ontarians came to the conclusion that the spending programs of the Wynne government, especially the flurry of promises made before the last election, were unsustainable. So strong was the desire for change that voters took a leap of faith on a candidate who was either not well known to people outside Southern Ontario, or to those who…

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The Broadway jukebox musical with a Canadian connection is playing an encore engagement at the Princess of WalesTheatre in Toronto. The show stars Canadian Chilina Kennedy who has owned the title role for over 1,000 performnces on the Great White Way, and headlined a touring company playing Toronto in the summer of 2017. Kennedy says, ”I love this show and I think audiences will be blown away by both the music and the powerful story.”

Prior to her “Beautiful” commitment, Kennedy was cast as Mary Magdalene in the 2012 “Jesus Christ Superstar” Broadway revival. A veteran of the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, Kennedy has served three years at each facility. She was last seen in Hamilton in the 2014 Theatre Aquarius production of “Mary Poppins.” The multi-talented singer/songwriter has a busy life, as performer, wife, and mother.

In “Beautiful,” Chilina guides us through King’s life, from timid 16-year-old girl to superstar playing Carnegie Hall. The curtain rises and falls on that concert triumph, her story sandwiched in between.

The show references King’s top hits “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Up on the Roof,” and “It’s Too Late,” composed with her husband/writing partner, Gerry Goffin. Another chart-topper, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.” was written by their longtime friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. The book artfully describes the emergence of American pop in the 1960s, when the two couples toiled with fellow songwriters shopping their wares to hard-nosed music publishers and record producers. It wasn’t easy.

Theatrically, the show…

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