Alberta is changing. What was once a stronghold now feels like the way we hold someone's hand when we're about to break up with them. In the ten years I've lived in Calgary, this city and this province has undoubtedly changed. So much so that sometimes it feels like I've moved to a whole other world. This is likely the first Federal election where Albertans, especially in the urban ridings, have a chance for their vote to actually matter. And I mean that literally.
Anyone who's become mildly obsessed with the guilty pleasure that is Big Brother Canada knows that being a fan of the show comes with certain risks, none of which is more annoying than how easy it is to hear spoilers week in and week out.
It's been only five years since Justin Bieber first started uploading videos onto YouTube. In that time, his videos have amassed millions of views, and countless fans around the world. But as impressive as those numbers are, like so many Canadian acts before him (Nickelback, Celine Dion) the number of Justin's haters almost rivals his legion of his fans.
Over the Christmas break I spent time catching up my neglected Netflix Canada account. And while scanning the ever-expanding library, I noticed they'd added Portlandia, a small show that features Satu...
Like Scrooge himself, I need to go back in time in order to understand my appreciation of the story. Long before cell phones, Buffy and fully receded hairlines, I once played Tiny Tim in a touring production of the show with Theatre New Brunswick.
I feel like DVRs have changed the relationship I once had with my television shows, and not for the better. Now, if I'm finding a show boring, I can now simply fast forward through it. If I'm not paying attention and I miss a Nancy Grace nipple slip, I should be punished, not rewarded with the power of a rewind button.
Thanks to Twitter and Facebook, Canadians are now getting a second-by-second update by the festival. Sadly, it isn't about the movies, the directors or even the actors. Instead, social media has translated TIFF into a 10-day brag-fest.
Select Tim Hortons in Ontario will soon be testing a larger 24oz cup. Tim Hortons loyalists are already calling foul and I can practically see Morgan Spurlock smugly sitting in his New York apartment, working on his essay on why we don't need bigger portions, but like Spurlock took on the Big Mac, I'm all over it.
After watching nearly 11 seasons, I can't emphasis enough how awesome this show continues to be. Halfway through the summer season, we've seen a murder, cocaine use, a student stealing his teacher's underwear, liver failure, bed bugs... Seriously folks, I couldn't make this stuff up.
If you had asked me three months ago if I could ever fall in love with a kitchen-based reality show that didn't involve a screaming British man, I would have told you that you were crazy -- crazy like...