John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States and held office from January 21, 1961, until his death on November 22, 1963. He was president for a total of 1,037 days.
The 1980s are the moments in history when disasters were painted in neon colours. All it took was for one television network to finally give a voice the world’s hippest protest music. Launched in 1981, MTV started to gain its footing at the beginning of the decade. This new channel dedicated to music provided a platform for popular music from areas all of the world, as well as new genres to be heard by the American public.
From the very start of their journey as musicians you could tell the Beatles were different. Standing proudly at the top as one of the very first ever bands to write their own music, their fashion was what truly made them stand out from the rest.
It’s eerie to think about how just over 100 years ago, the world was in the midst of a different global pandemic. The Spanish flu took the lives of 20 to 50 million people, making it one of the worst viral outbreaks in human history. To put it into perspective, the Spanish flu killed around five percent of the planet’s entire population and wiped out more people than WWI. As we’re now faced with our very own contagion in 2020, there’s a lot we can learn by looking at the past.
April marks the 50th anniversary of when the Beatles broke up. Although the exact date is a little fuzzy, most people point to April 10 as the official day the biggest band in the world called it quits. An article written by Don Short titled, “Paul Quits the Beatles,” was printed on the front page of the Daily Mirror.
After watching Singin’ in the Rain, a handful of times I thought I’d concluded there was no way that this musical could possibly get any better. Since I’ve now seen it with a live orchestra, I can confirm I was certainly mistaken. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see this beloved classic take on a new form by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Let me just say that this elevated the film to another level, making it completely come alive, even after its initial release nearly 70 years ago. It was unbelievable to experience such a beautifully made piece of cinematic history alongside one of the best orchestras in Canada. To celebrate such a remarkable achievement, combining this timeless film with a live band, I decided to somehow put into words exactly how masterful Singin’ in the Rain really is.