Art & Culture

Queens of the Qing Dynasty casts Cape Breton locals

In making the follow-up to her hit debut feature Werewolf, Canadian filmmaker Ashley McKenzie says she used a gonzo style of casting that felt “scary” but also offered more freedom and authenticity.

Queens of the Qing Dynasty, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on Feb. 15, was shot on Cape Breton Island, N.S., and pays homage to the people, cultures, and ideas that have migrated to the region in the past five years, McKenzie tells Playback Daily.

Written, directed, and produced by McK

Meet the Canadian running this year’s Oscars awards show

Off Duty is a series of lively conversations with influential people, from CEOs to celebrities, on life, work and the art of taking time off

Raj Kapoor says his favourite Hollywood award-show moments are the ones that give viewers a glimpse into the humanity of stars.

Fresh off executive-producing the 2024 Grammy Awards, the Edmonton-raised director is in the midst of preparing film’s biggest night: the 96th Academy Awards, a.k.a. the Oscars.

Having earned six Emmy Award nominations and one w

TikTok-turned-TV star Boman Martinez-Reid is living the dream

Boman Martinez-Reid began his ascent to TikTok fame during the pandemic, when his short parodies of hit reality TV shows such as The Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules charmed thousands of fans on the popular app. Since then, the 25-year-old Toronto native has amassed an audience of more than 2.1 million followers on the platform, under the handle Bomanizer.

Those parodies have garnered him more than 70 million likes, a TikTok campaign splashed on billboards across Canada and red-carpet appea

How to be fearless: Grammy nominee Allison Russell and eight other notable Canadians share their secrets to success

Success comes in many forms, but often has a single ingredient: boldness. We asked headlining Canadians to reflect on how they stayed fearless in 2023, and how they plan to challenge themselves in the year ahead.

For Allison Russell, 2023 began in December of 2022.

The Montreal-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter recorded The Returner – now a four-time Grammy-nominated album – during that year’s winter solstice. Helping her over six days at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles was the a

Toronto's Polaris 2022 shortlist nominees on their latest albums

Shad and Charlotte Day Wilson are up for the prize. Get to know them better here

Shadrach Kabango, a.k.a. Shad, has been in the rap game for nearly two decades. Since his 2005 debut album, the Toronto rapper has toured North America with fellow Canadian k-os, beat Drake at the 2011 Junos and hosted two shows: the CBC radio program Q and the docuseries Hip-Hop Evolution, which won the 2017 International Emmy Award for best arts programming. Six studio albums later, Shad’s music has remained uniq

Mind Bath's Year of Firsts

Mind Bath and I listen to the hiss of a kettle as we settle into the leather loveseat at his studio. We’re only a block up from Bloor and Lansdowne — a busy intersection in Toronto — where the train is rumbling, car horns are honking and pedestrians are scurrying between rush-hour traffic. They wait to cross the street; we wait to drink our licorice tea.

It's been a year of firsts for Mind Bath (real name: Michael Brock). He purchased his first car, bought his first recording studio, is moving

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