THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE
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.