Say what you will about the era in which your siblings, cousins and ultra cool day camp counsellors grew up, but the year Jian Ghomeshi describes in 1982 sounds like a whirlwind adventure made possible without tablets, Netflix or Starbucks. Continue reading
CBC Q’s Jian Ghomeshi, a witty entertainer oozing with indie charm, is also a sharp mind overflowing with insight into Canadian art, culture and – yes, even politics. At first, he explained during a Q and A period Friday, March 9th in the Althouse Auditorium, the CBC took a while to warm up to his program.
“There’s still a snobbery that comes with the CBC. They were like, this is going to be a pop culture show, isn’t it?” Ghomeshi joked, “Isn’t that the end of the world?”
In fact, CBC’s two-year-old “art and culture” program Q aims to eradicate the division between “high art” and “pop culture,” the host explained to a smitten audience consisting of FIMS journalism students and members of the London media community. The program is meant to combat the notion that classical visual artists, writers, and musicians require more “serious” discussions about their work than graphic artists and rock bands do.
It’s easy to rely on financial advice from experts with whom we share no personal connection. Monday night, however, 400 members of the Western community heard Kevin O’Leary’s advice in person, without a television or computer screen dividing the business guru and ticketholders. The predominantly male audience at Somerville House had an unobstructed view of the Ivey alumnus.
Known as the ruthless venture capitalist on CBC’s Dragon’s Den and ABC’s Shark Tank, Kevin O’Leary garners interest from viewers ranging from “9 year old girls to 90 year old men.” In between bragging about his shows’ high ratings, O’Leary marvelled at TV’s ability to propel his career. Nevertheless, O’Leary insisted that “television is not just about narcissism.” Continue reading
By: Melanie Anderson
Over the past week the CBC has been criticized for denying information requests, of one-sided coverage, and being unworthy of our taxpayers’ dollars. The critics? Media conglomerate Quebecor and the Conservative government. The underlying motive? Profit. So, what else is new? Continue reading