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Recent articles by Debra:

Bob Marley exhibit will open in Toronto in July

“Bob Marley One Love Experience” “transports you right into the heart of Marley’s music,” Lighthouse Immersive says. → Read More

TV writer Zarqa Nawaz creates stories that challenge stereotypes about Muslim women

Writer behind “Little Mosque on the Prairie” has a new CBC Gem comedy series in which she plays a divorced Muslim woman trying to get even with her ex. → Read More

The world premiere of ‘Fall on Your Knees’ and Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney’s ‘Choir Boy’ highlight the new Canadian Stage season

The works in the 2022-23 season “grapple in different ways with discussions about race, climate and political divisiveness that are dominating global conversations right now.” → Read More

Wayne McGregor-Margaret Atwood ballet ‘MADDADDAM’ will finally gets its world premiere in National Ballet of Canada’s new season

Hope Muir’s first full season as artistic director also includes works by Alonzo King and David Dawson, and the return of “The Nutcracker,” “Cinderella,” “Frame by Frame” and “Romeo and Juliet.” → Read More

‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ actors talk about the fun and demands of tackling beloved characters

Besides the “Star Trek: Discovery” versions of Spock and Pike, “Strange New Worlds” brings fans new iterations of Number One, Nurse Chapel and Uhura. → Read More

The story of two ‘extraordinary’ gay women continues in Season 2 of ‘Gentleman Jack’

Creator Sally Wainwright and actors Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle share their admiration for 19th-century lesbians Anne Lister and Ann Walker. → Read More

Ballet dancers, opera singers and other artists will be United for Ukraine at Meridian Hall

April 28 concert will raise money for the Canada-Ukraine Foundation, which supports Ukrainian families displaced from their homes by Russia’s war. → Read More

For Kim Coates, Kevin Hanchard and Eric McCormack, theatre laid the groundwork, then TV opened doors

Theatre and the Stratford Festival were first loves for all three Canadian Screen Award nominees, who went on to career-defining TV roles. → Read More

Simu Liu’s ‘Hello (Again)’ leads a new crop of web series featuring Black and Asian characters and stories

Short-form series like “Topline” and “Revenge of the Black Best Friend” give creators of colour chances that are harder to come by on broadcast TV. → Read More

From ‘Downton Abbey’ to ‘Bridgerton’ and ‘The Gilded Age,’ historical drama is having a renaissance

Gareth Neame and Chris Van Dusen talk about how they tried to shake up the genre with their respective megahits. → Read More

Sam Heughan promises fuller storylines and ‘really great performances’ as ‘Outlander’ returns for Season 6

“This season, Jamie’s in a less strong place,” Scottish actor Heughan says of his highlander character Jamie Fraser. The popular time travel drama returns March 6. → Read More

Through sandstorms and invasive flies, Jamie Dornan and Danielle Macdonald take a ‘mad journey’ in ‘The Tourist’

The actors’ first scene together in the Australia-set thriller series involved a sandstorm that halted production followed by flies that had to be digitally erased from their faces. → Read More

CBC’s ‘The Porter’ sheds light on part of Canadian history with ‘energy,’ ‘sexiness’ and ‘fun’

“The Porter,” set in Montreal, tells the story of Black railway porters in the 1920s but goes beyond their work to “the amount of fight that was in them.” → Read More

The CN Tower, the Distillery District and Russell Peters: Toronto gets its moment in ‘Bachelor’ spotlight

Episode of ‘The Bachelor’ airing Monday features Bachelor Clayton Echard and his dates in Toronto and Niagara Falls. → Read More

Toronto actor Kevin Alves talks about filming ‘Yellowjackets’ and the thrill of not knowing what comes next

The Toronto actor who plays Travis on his love of mysteries, the fun of not knowing what comes next and portraying Travis’s fear in Episode 9. → Read More

After getting his start on ‘The Office’ Toronto showrunner Anthony Q. Farrell is creating opportunities for others

Farrell, named Playback’s Showrunner of the Year, wants to see “more writers of colour who are in positions of power” in the TV industry. → Read More

In ‘Children Ruin Everything,’ producer and dad Kurt Smeaton mines the hard parts of parenthood for comedy

Past family sitcoms were about “becoming a family is fun and beautiful and all that, and I really wanted to focus on what you lose and what you gain by becoming a parent.” → Read More

Mirvish postpones Jake Epstein’s ‘Boy Falls From the Sky’ due to latest COVID-19 closures

“Jake’s superb show deserves the best opportunity to be seen,” says David Mirvish in postponing the solo show to April and May. → Read More

Canada, ‘we’re your new family’: Andrew Phung’s ‘Run the Burbs’ picks up the baton from ‘Kim’s Convenience’

Andrew Phung and his best friend, Scott Townend, have created a CBC comedy about what happens when the children of immigrants like the Kims have their own kids. → Read More

‘This is so juicy’: The cast of Canadian hospital TV series ‘Transplant’ talks Season 2

Hamza Haq, Laurence Leboeuf, Ayisha Issa and Jim Watson on what to expect as ‘Transplant’ returns to CTV on Jan. 3. → Read More