Angry Robot

Canada Doesn’t Know How to Party

This is the most Canadian thing I will ever write, I know, but I’m proud of my country for its lack of pride.

The 2017 Polaris Music Prize Long List Is Here

Canadian TV in the Netflix Age: In Defence of the CRTC Television Licensing Decision – Michael Geist

The decision, which set a uniform spending requirement of 5 percent on programs of national interest (PNI, which includes dramas, documentaries, some children’s programming, and some award shows), means a reduction in spending requirements for some broadcasters.

Canadian Colleges See Surge of Foreign Students

This makes me happy

Jonathan Kay Is Going to Be Just Fine

Bell Fibe Alt TV

Lookee here, Bell launched an over-the-top TV service and it’s not terrible. (Full disclosure: I work for Bell Media.) It’s bundled with Fibe Internet which is too bad, but the low end is a $15 skinny basic, and the “good” package for $43/mo is most of the channels most people might want. Sucks that they’re still charging $25 for HBO though.

The Other Side of Anne of Green Gables

Didn’t realize this adaptation is run by a Breaking Bad writer, Moira Walley-Beckett.

With her TV series, Walley-Beckett is trying to solve a riddle: If everything about “Anne of Green Gables” is what prestige TV usually avoids, how do you adapt it in a way that is both sufficiently sophisticated and yet not a betrayal of the source material? Can Anne Shirley, the yummy pleasure who has flourished by cheerfully gliding above her trauma, be transformed into an almost-antiheroine who, in the fashion of contemporary television, has to grapple with her awful past directly? And can she do so whil

A community divided: The fight over Canadian values threatens to boil over in Peel

Where does Canada’s accent come from?

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It’s time for Scotland to find a new home – in Canada

Love this.


Warning: you cannot unsee this. (It’s something about the audio/video mismatch perhaps that makes this extra creepy? Like we’ve been let into the psyche of a deranged car-man.)

RIP Denis McGrath

Met Denis in 2001 when he was still working at Space. We have lost a great voice.

Justin Trudeau Brings Ivanka Trump to Broadway Show on Welcoming Outsiders

The play’s the thing?

Joseph Boyden defends his story against allegations

“There is an Incentivized Path to Mediocrity”

Re: problems with the Canadian film industry

Unfounded: Police dismiss 1 in 5 sexual assault claims as baseless, Globe investigation reveals

So this is what Robyn Doolittle has been up to

Liberal fears of proportional representation and a referendum killed Trudeau’s reform promise

I don’t get why they didn’t just go with a ranked ballot.

Quebec City mosque attack suspect known for right-wing online posts

Nirvanna the Band the Show puts Toronto front and centre in hilarious new show for VICELAND

Awesome!

Trump’s stand on immigration could work in Canada’s favour

Why Do Canadians Say ‘Eh’?

Even in the use of “eh” as a criticism or a command, the word seeks to find common ground. If I say “you’re an idiot, eh?”, what I’m saying is, you’re an idiot, but you should also think you’re an idiot, and our understanding of you as an idiot finds us on common ground.

52 Places to Go in 2017 – NYTimes

  1. is Canada. Done!

The Dirties

The Dirties Poster

My post today is an endorsement of The Dirties, the first film by Matt Johnson, the dude from the interview I posted yesterday. I liked what I read, and I respect the opinion of Radheyan Simonpillai, so the missus and I checked it out last night. It’s the best Canadian film I’ve seen in a while (since Incendies maybe? Room and Brooklyn don’t count), one of the best found-footage movies I’ve seen, and the most refreshing directorial debut I’ve seen since Primer. It approaches a tough topic (school shootings) with a unique tone. It’s on iTunes and YouTube. Here’s the trailer.