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Joshua Ostroff

Former Senior Editor, HuffPost Canada

Joshua Ostroff is a former senior editor at HuffPost Canada. Raised on the West Coast and based in Toronto, he covers politics and pop culture and has contributed to Vice, Maclean's, The Walrus, CTV and other newspapers, magazines and broadcasters.  

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What Kanye West Can Teach Us About Fame

It honestly feels a little strange attending a Kanye West concert in 2016, even for someone who has been to all of his tours, including the not-yet-famous rapper's "College Dropout" jaunt a dozen years ago when he brought along a huge live band led by also not-yet-famous pianist John Legend.
08/31/2016 04:47 EDT
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Tragically Hip's Gord Downie Sings Goodbye With Grace (Too)

While more fashionable bands have faded into musical footnotes, the Hip has enjoyed a 32-year career and domestic deification. But now the part of their name that has the most resonance as the Hip rocks its way across the nation one final time is "tragically." Not that you could tell from the surface euphoria onstage and in the stands as Gord Downie's incurable brain cancer took a backseat for a couple hours of communal rock catharsis during the band's 25-song concert at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.
08/11/2016 05:10 EDT
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Help Us End Food Waste In Canada Now

In Canada, we waste 40 per cent of our food every year, which equals $31 billion worth or about $864 per person. The "true cost," however, is as much as $107 billion based on the United Nation's Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) estimate that the value of food waste only represents 29 per cent of the true cost if one includes environmental and social impact. When you look at global food waste these numbers jump to an even more mind-boggling US$1 trillion as 30 per cent of all food produced on this planet goes uneaten while 800 million people go hungry.
08/10/2016 12:50 EDT
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It's Possible To Stop The Olympics From Screwing Over Host Countries

People around the world love the Olympics. The Games bring nations together and promote peace through friendly competition. They tell life-affirming stories of humanity's endurance and drive and the capabilities of our bodies. They bring joy to so many that we need to devise some way to stop them from also bringing so much pain in the form of billions of dollars of debt.
08/05/2016 03:08 EDT
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The Night Drake's Success Made OVO Fest Obsolete

When Drake strutted into the ACC arena on August 1, dressed all in black with an OVO shirt and a beard, he wasn't just the biggest star onstage or even the biggest rapper in hip hop. Drake can legitimately claim to be the biggest star in music and so he invited the only others operating at his level this year.
08/02/2016 12:35 EDT
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Music Festivals Like WayHome Provide Refuge From The Real World

It has been a stressful summer with a seemingly non-stop barrage of police shootings and shot police, terror attacks and terrible Trump. Even during the ride up to the Burl's Creek event grounds, there was the mass shooting in Munich. The world right now is a scary place, and WayHome provided refuge.
07/25/2016 05:42 EDT
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Trump Is Fuelling The Rise Of White Fright

Donald Trump's apocalyptic acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland was easily the scariest political event I've ever witnessed outside of 1930s newsreels. As CNN's Anderson Cooper summed up: "He painted a dark and frightening picture of America, he talked about people being attacked by criminals, attacked by terrorists, betrayed by their leaders, the game is fixed. And he said he can be their voice." The thing about this tactic -- a far cry from conservative saint Ronald Reagan's inspirational "shining city on a hill" much less Obama's hope and change optimism -- is that it captures (and, yes, fuels) the zeitgeist of white America.
07/22/2016 12:47 EDT
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Duran Duran Remind Us Why '80s Music Deserves More Respect

Unlike the Boomer-backed rock and folk scenes of the 1960s and 1970s, or the alternative '90s return to guitar-based authenticity, 1980s new wave has always been seen as style over substance, superficial synthpop that pales next to the... classics that came before and after. It was considered by music critics and other cultural gatekeepers to be as fluffy as a Valley girl's feathered hair.... For those of us who were kids in the '80s, who had no preconceived notions that rock was supposed to be better than pop or that dance music shouldn't be taken seriously or even that being on the cover of "Tiger Beat" killed your credibility, the music was just really good. And Duran Duran's summer tour is a reminder of why.
07/15/2016 12:28 EDT
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This Is What You Mean When You Say, Tweet Or Sing 'All Lives Matter'

I would like to think that the police, of all people, are following this controversy closely and that their social media managers know what they're tweeting out into the world and how it will be perceived. But maybe they don't. Maybe you don't. Maybe your uncle doesn't. (Though, c'mon, you've heard him rant after a few glasses of red at Thanksgiving.) Maybe you refuse to believe that when you say, tweet or even sing "All Lives Matter" what people hear is that you're racist. But if you don't think that it devalues the lives of black people consider this.
07/13/2016 05:47 EDT
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Black Lives Matter Protest Proves Pride Needs More Empathy, Less Prejudice

Instead of griping about a 25-minute delay, or complaining when people bring up issues that don't personally affect you, how about adding a little empathy to your pride instead of prejudice? LGBT rights have progressed because of protest and people who have benefited from those actions should look beyond themselves and consider the struggles of those still fighting because Pride is, always has been and always will be, political.
07/04/2016 02:31 EDT
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Let's Celebrate Immigrants This Canada Day

Anti-immigrant xenophobia is usually tied to nationalism, and nationalism tends to spike during independence celebrations. So here's something to think about this Canada Day: everyone in this colonized land that is not First Nations or Inuit is an immigrant. I'm fourth generation myself. Three of my four grandparents were born here. My wife's relatives immigrated to North America from Denmark and Scotland. Every single other citizen that is not indigenous immigrated here, too, be it from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, South America or wherever else.
06/30/2016 05:51 EDT