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‘Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical,’ the production of all our dreams

When the pandemic caused theatre doors to close last year, musical theatre didn’t immediately find its footing in the online world. Fair enough—its appeal draws from the raw power of a live performance and booming applause. By the end of 2020, however, a new recipe for the musical had emerged, and Ratatouille was the final dish.Continue...

‘The Crown’ brilliantly portrays the decline of the British monarchy

I swore I would never be one of those people who watched The Crown . From the outside, it seemed like another series about the uptight British monarchy, layered with dry political humour and hidden history lessons in every episode.Continue...

The test of friendship during Ontario’s second wave

COVID-19 cases have spiked once again in Ontario, bringing a stay-at-home order which has relegated us back to our homes and away from socially distanced in-person interactions with friends. Much like last spring, as restrictions tighten, you might find the limits of your friendships tightening, too.Continue...

Point/Counterpoint: Synchronous vs. asynchronous online courses

Please—no more frantic note taking and screenshotting. Asynchronous learning lets you take a much-needed break from Zoom—and it has benefits for learning.Continue...

Stick with ‘WandaVision’—it’s headed places

It’s easy to fall in love with the tried-and-true format that has made Marvel movies so successful and reject anything straying from that formula, but WandaVision is a good reason to keep an open mind.Continue...

The Tricolour Sex Column: Navigating kinks

Almost a decade ago, the release of Fifty Shades of Gray seemed to mark an embrace of sexual liberation for women looking to be submissive in the bedroom. However, when the book was adapted for film in 2015, there was widespread critique over how dangerously portrayed BDSM by leaving out the need for consent.Continue...

STEM and the City: Put your best face forward in 2021

Monocoloured eyeshadows are in—in a big way. This is great news for those of us who have never felt comfortable in the makeup department as, unlike the intricate smoky eyes of days passed, these looks require very little commitment or technical prowess.Continue...

Regrowing my foreskin

You know it’s extremely common, right?” That’s what a psychiatrist said to me last summer when I admitted I was contemplating suicide because of my circumcision.Continue...

The sole problem with ‘Soul’

Disney and Pixar’s Soul could be a perfect knockout, but it plays things too safe.Continue...

How social media use shapes your sense of self-worth

The average person will spend a total of six years and eight months on social media in their lifetime—that’s a staggering commitment.Continue...

What’s the deal with Squishmallows?

In 2017, Squishmallows, a new line of soft toys by Kellytoy, hit the shelves. Only four years later, you’d be hard pressed to find a young person without one somewhere in their bedroom.Continue...

‘Hi, how are you?’: Learning to reconnect remotely

I can’t believe it will be March in less than two months. It doesn’t feel like it’s been almost a year since I was franticly packing, booking overpriced plane tickets, and finding a way to get to the airport as announcements of borders closing and rising COVID-19 cases broke daily.Continue...

Why normalizing pronoun sharing is a simple but important step

Including your personal pronouns in your social media bios, your email sign-offs, and your introductions is a small change that cisgender people can—and should—be making. Why? It’s the simplest step toward normalizing pronoun sharing.Continue...

‘The Queen’s Gambit’ doesn’t properly depict addiction

While stylish and bingeable, Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit fails to portray an authentic struggle with addiction.Continue...

The Capitol raid could change North American social media for good

On Jan. 6, thousands of Donald Trump supporters who believed the 2020 presidential election had been ‘stolen’ from their candidate stormed the United States Capitol. Two days later, the president was permanently suspended from Twitter.Continue...

‘Fresh Prince’ reunion reveals the emotional journey behind the iconic sitcom

’90s Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was one of my first real crushes: there was something about the way he lit up a room wearing baggy shorts and a ridiculous pattern that somehow looked good, and the way booming voice made everyone, including my parents, genuinely laugh.Continue...

Point/Counterpoint: What is Taylor Swift’s best album?

Though any personal favourite Taylor Swift album is valid—I will always be attached to Red , for instance—no one can deny that, objectively, her best is Folklore .Continue...

Travesty in the ‘Ton: ‘Bridgerton’ slips up

Without holiday plans to look forward to and with the incoming frost chasing us all indoors for good, I entered a lull in November—then the Bridgerton trailer dropped.Continue...

I thought I’d outgrown my eating disorder. I was wrong.

The story goes that if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will instantly leap out. However, if you put a frog in a pot filled with room-temperature water and heat it slowly, the frog will stay put until it boils to death.Continue...

How journaling is helping me overcome perfectionism

November 4, 2020: If I’m not my good grades, the hours I put in at the gym, or the clothes I spend hundreds of dollars on, then who am I?Continue...

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