THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE

Richmond Hill Post - - News -

In a ma­jor coup, THE GOOD: the Lu­mi­nato Fes­ti­val has an­nounced that the in­com­pa­ra­ble David Byrne will take part in the 2015 fes­ti­val in a show dubbed Con­tem­po­rary Color. Along with Byrne, of Talk­ing Heads fame, mu­si­cians such as St. Vin­cent, Kelis and Nelly Fur­tado will be per­form­ing dur­ing the show, which gives what will surely be a hip and fan­tas­tic up­date to the colour guard com­pe­ti­tions prom­i­nent at high schools and col­leges across North Amer­ica that fea­ture march­ing bands and ac­ro­bat­ics.

THE BAD: A me­dia dustup is drawing at­ten­tion to some ques­tion­able prac­tices at the city’s only al­ter­na­tive news weekly, Now. Po­lit­i­cal mover and shaker War­ren Kin­sella has been feud­ing with Now’s Michael Hol­lett for weeks. In De­cem­ber, Kin­sella was fea­tured in Now’s ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled “Peo­ple we hope to never have to think about again.” Ouch. And more re­cently, Kin­sella has been drawing at­ten­tion to the al­leged hypocrisy of Now’s pro–women’s rights stance when they also seem to profit from a pre­pon­der­ance of ads sell­ing sex­ual ser­vices. Stay tuned.

From re­tail THE BIZARRE: stores to restau­rants, the pop-up is all the rage. And now, Rich­mond Hill na­tive Lesley-Anne Evans is adding po­etry to the mix. On New Year’s Eve, she left about 25 of her po­ems in Mill Pond and Pleas­antville Park, flut­ter­ing out­side in the cold air. Some were at­tached to tree branches, some to benches. “Pop-up po­etry is trans­for­ma­tive and in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful. It bridges gen­er­a­tions,” Evans says. Her web­site pop­up­po­etry.ca has a map to de­tail the lo­ca­tion of her po­ems — so far, about 10 cities.

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