Drake has made it clear that he wants “no new friends,” but the tide is turning for Drake and his rival Tory Lanez.
On Instagram, two pictures with the rappers standing together were posted yesterday. One of the photos was posted on the Instagram of both Tory Lanez and Drake, and was captioned with vague, yet amicable comments about each other and the city they represent.
Is this the end of their seven year beef? Only time will tell. But as of right now, everyone is agreeing that they are moving on so that Drake can focus on his beef with Meek Mill. The feud between Drake and Tory Lanez has a long history, beginning in 2010 and staying alive through Tory Lanez’s attacks on Drake. Drake clapped back occasionally at the little-known rapper, but sent his strongest rebuttal in his latest album:
His verses here include veiled references to Tory Lanez, and argue that Lanez wants to be like Drake, and only projects his insecurities about not being famous at Drake by insulting him.
Lucky for fans of both rappers, the feud seems to have subsided, and the question has turned to when the rappers will write a single together. For now though, two pictures on Instagram will be the only appearance together in public for Drake and Tory Lanez.
(JTA) — If you enjoy bagels or sport a big, fuzzy beard, you’re Jewish enough to enjoy the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.
That at least is the message of the upcoming festival’s new ad campaign. The series of 15-second ads and posters are a conscious attempt to broaden the festival’s appeal, according to the man behind the campaign.
“You’ve got these great, diverse films that you’re probably not going to see elsewhere,” Jon Flannery, chief creative officer of advertising agency FCB Toronto, told Marketing Magazine last week. “Yet [the festival] has this built-in audience limit in that people automatically assume since it’s a Jewish film festival, it’s for and by Jewish people, and that’s not really the case.”
In each video ad, a person performs a mundane activity with a loose Jewish connection, like toasting a bagel, saying “gesundheit” after someone sneezes or combing a lush beard. Then, the words: “Jewish enough” appear on-screen alongside the festival’s logo — followed shortly by “for the Toronto Jewish Film Festival: May 5-15, tickets at tjff.com.”
Some of the ads could be nitpicked by an actual Jew. The Hasidic beard-hipster beard parallel is pretty well-worn territory. And the actual Yiddish sneeze response is “zu gesunt,” which translates roughly to “to your good health.” But the whole point is to appeal to non-Jews. So fine.
The fourth video — a reference to circumcision — will viscerally connect with men, Jewish or not.
Watch all the videos below.
Rush frontman Geddy Lee called it “an important fixture on Toronto’s musical landscape.” Singer Feist wrote of the “importance of commemorating and protecting” it. Crooner Anne Murray called it “an integral part of music history in Canada.”
Now, after years in storage, Toronto’s iconic red-and-white Sam the Record Man sign, complete with spinning discs, will return to public view near its original downtown perch.
Toronto’s City Council voted recently to install the sign on the roof of the city-owned Toronto Public Health building, steps from where the retail chain’s flagship location once stood, Toronto’s City News reported.
It’s hard to overstate the significance of the sign for generations of Canadians who cherished Sam’s as a scrappy homegrown haven for music lovers. As the chain grew to 140 stores nationwide, the sign also came to symbolize one of Canada’s most storied and successful Jewish family businesses. Sam Sniderman died in 2012 at the age of 92.
(JTA) Olivia Wise, the Jewish teenager from Toronto whose cover of Katy Perry’s “Roar” became a viral hit, died of brain cancer on Monday, CNN reports. She was 16.
Wise made the moving recording in September after learning her condition was untreatable. She was wheelchair-bound, unable to stand or walk, but her spirit was evident nonetheless.
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