The Vietnam War may be Ken Burns’ masterpiece

Last year, when I was at the south end of Vietnam in the Mekong Delta (tracking contestants of The Amazing Race Canada), the sound of passing riverboats had a strange but familiar ring. Far enough in from the shore so that the source of the sound could not be seen, the tiny outboard engines with their long… Read on


Coming to your neighbourhood: Kim’s Convenience

Talk about convenience: CBC’s hit series Kim’s Convenience now delivers! The corner store comedy returns Tuesday, Sept. 26 for a second season. To promote the return, CBC has booked the six main cast members — Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (‘Appa’), Jean Yoon (‘Umma’), Simu Liu (estranged son Jung), Andrea Bang (daughter Janet), Andrew Phung (Jung’s pal Kimchee) and… Read on


TONIGHT: T.O. teams set to triumph on Amazing Race

First thing first: I was embedded on two legs of this season’s run of The Amazing Race Canada. That was back in May, when the teams competed in Beijing and in Bangkok. I knew who won those legs of the race, but, like viewers, I have no idea who wins tonight’s fifth edition of Canada’s… Read on



CFC’s annual TIFF BBQ another sunny delight

The Canadian Film Centre held its annual Toronto International Film Festival BBQ Sunday on a glorious, sunny day at its historic Windfields estate campus.  On hand as always was the centre’s founder, Norman Jewison, still full of vim and vigor at 91. He can’t believe that these TIFF schmooze-fests have been gate-crashed for 29 years already.… Read on


Q&A: Tobias Menzies on Season 3 of Outlander

After a 14 month wait, Outlander returns for a third season Sunday night on Starz and, this season, in Canada, on the W network. The shot-in-Scotland bodice ripper returns with an epic first episode showing the bloody aftermath of the Battle of Culloden, with bodies strewn all over the battlefield. One of them is Jamie… Read on


Kim Clarke Champniss throws the book at MuchMusic

“Hello, I’m Kim,” said the wiry, friendly fellow sitting next to me yesterday in the muffin-filled CHCH green room. Took me a sec but I placed him: Kim Clarke Champniss, one of the first VJs back when MuchMusic truly was Canada’s Music Station. Champniss waved off my suggestion that he was a MM Day Oner.… Read on



VIDEO: A sneak peek at the new Fall TV season

What’s the best new show this fall? I get asked that question every year around this time. The person asking early Thursday morning was Annette Hamm, co-host of CHCH’s Morning Live. We cram in as many clips as we can in the seven minute segment, including a look at one of the most anticipated shows… Read on


Q&A with Twin Peaks’ Kyle MacLachlan

Still puzzling over Sunday’s Twin Peaks finale? You’re not alone. Kyle MacLachlan, who played FBI agent Dale Cooper (and a few doppelgangers), is also much befuddled. The 58-year-old actor was in Toronto Tuesday to address what could be the end of the series (now streaming in its entirety on CraveTV). The folks at Bell/CraveTV set up… Read on