Entertainment

Concerts aren't selling like they used to

A growing number of music fans are looking at the astronomical prices for concert tickets and saying, “In this economy? No, thanks.”

What happened: Big-name acts accustomed to filling arenas are finding sales are slow this summer, with some even cancelling their tours in recent weeks.

NHL scores the Hollywood treatment

In the days leading up to the Stanley Cup Final, Prime Video has announced it’s launching a new NHL docuseries

While it likely won’t include a behind-the-scenes look into the feud between John Tavares and the CRA, you’ll get to see some of hockey’s biggest — and famously uncharismatic — stars on and off the ice.

An Olympics competitor sprints to the front

In track and field, nothing inspires elite athletes more than the chance at eternal glory… though $150,000 could prove even more inspiring.

Driving the news: World Athletics, the global track and field body, plans to launch a new global athletics competition in 2026 called the Ultimate Championships. It will pay medallists money from a US$10 million pot, with gold medallists raking in a record prize of $150,000.

Cineplex leans into premium experiences

Movie theatres hope that adding a few bells and whistles will distract you from the fact that they’re not playing anything you actually want to see. 

Driving the news: Cineplex, Canada’s largest movie theatre chain, plans to expand its video arcades and other on-site attractions to try and pry butts off living room couches and get them into theatre seats during a time when audiences are trading big screens for streaming.

Pro women’s basketball is coming to T.O.

After selling out an exhibition game last year, Toronto has nabbed its very own pro women’s basketball team.

What happened: Toronto is set to be awarded Canada’s first Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) team, sources told CBC Sports.

Canadian writers are ready to strike

Canadian screenwriters are making moves towards a possible strike. (But don’t worry, it won’t impact your favourite Canadian content: this newsletter.)

Driving the news: For the first time in its 33-year history, the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) has voted to authorize a strike if it can’t reach a deal with the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) that secures things like better pay and protections against AI.

Raptors scandal highlights worries about sports betting

After one of its worst seasons in franchise history, Canada’s only NBA team now has the indignity of seeing one of its players kicked out of the league. 

Driving the news: Toronto Raptors player Jontay Porter has received a lifetime ban from the NBA after an investigation found he broke the league’s gambling rules by betting on games and, more seriously, manipulating games that he played to benefit sports bettors.

Track and field to pay its Olympic gold medallists

New hardest way to earn 50 grand just dropped: winning the Olympic 400-metre hurdles.

What happened: This year in Paris, track and field will be the first-ever Olympic sport to pay prize money to gold medallists. World Athletics, the governing body in charge of track and field, has set aside US$2.4 million to pay $50,000 to first-place finishers across 48 events. 

Cancellation-fest

Arts and culture festivals could sadly be following the woolly mammoth trajectory — once prominent across Canada, but slowly on their way to extinction. 

Driving the news: The shockingly sudden cancellation of this year’s Just for Laughs comedy festivals in Montréal and Toronto has brought to light the dire state of the business of festivals in Canada. Everything from music fests to theatre fests are struggling.

Investments that (literally) perform

Here's one way to really make your TFSA returns sing: Invest in Beyoncé’s next hit song. 

Driving the news: If you’re looking to brag about owning 0.01% of “Single Ladies” at your next dinner party, a startup called JKBX has launched a digital marketplace that will let you buy shares in popular songs from artists including Taylor Swift and Major Lazer.