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Local Television Host, Actor, Singer, Bill Luxton Sr. Has Died

R.I.P. former local broadcaster, Bill Luxton Sr., who tragically drowned in his back yard pool in Westboro on Sunday. He was 92. Bill was part of the local scene at CJOH-TV – now CTV Ottawa – for 27 years as

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Boss Nova Pioneer João Gilberto Has Died At 88

Fans from around the world are mourning the loss of bossa nova pioneer João Gilberto, who passed away on Saturday. The father of bossa nova music died of natural causes in his home in Rio de Janeiro at the age

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Music Legend Steve Lawrence has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

Sad news for friends, family and fans of singer Steve Lawrence. In a letter released by his spokesman Howard Bragman earlier today, the 83-year-old singer, best known as a member of the musical duo “Steve & Eydie” with his late

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The Results Are In… A Brisk Walk Can Add Years To Your Life

People who walk briskly can expect to live years or even decades longer than people who prefer a more plodding pace, according to an extensive study. British researchers examined the physical health and self-reported walking habits of nearly 475,000 people

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[Video] ‘Marianne & Leonard – Words Of Love’ Documentary Trailer Just Released

When Leonard Cohen met Marianne Ihlen, she became his muse. A new documentary about their relationship is coming July 5th, directed by Nick Broomfield. The trailer was just released. Click on the image below to watch it. To quote an

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Pulitzer Prize Winner, Herman Wouk Has Died At 103

Herman Wouk (wohk), the author of “The Caine Mutiny” and the World War II epics, “The Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance,” has died at age 103, just 10 days shy of his 104th birthday. Literary agent Amy Rennert says

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[Video] Comic Actor Tim Conway Has Died At 85

Comedian Tim Conway died earlier today at a Los Angeles care facility. He was 85. According to a spokesperson, the cause of death was a disorder in which there is an excess of fluid on the brain. His wife and

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Elvis Will Be Leaving Collingwood After This Summer

This might be the last summer for the world famous ‘Collingwood Elvis Festival’. Earlier this week, town council voted to discontinue operating the event. In a release, the city noted a decline in attendance and economic impact as the main

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Lady Carnarvon To Discuss Canadian Connections With Her Home – Highlere Castle

Did you know that there’s a strong connection between Downton Abbey and Canadian history? The hit British television series was filmed at Highclere Castle, where Canadian officials stayed during the 1866 London Conference, in the final push towards Confederation. In

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Ernest Hemingway Fans Take Note – A Unique Piece Of Toronto History Is For Sale

An apartment briefly occupied by Ernest Hemingway while he was living and working in Toronto is up for sale. It’s an interesting little piece of the past that many Torontonian’s don’t know about, says the listing agent, Andrew Harrild of

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Tom Hanks To Play Colonel Tom Parker In Elvis Presley Biopic

Tom Hanks has played multiple real people throughout his career… Chesley Sullenberger in Sully, Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks, and Jim Lovell in Apollo 13, for example. Each time he has entertained audiences with his amazing talents, even drastically

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On This Day In 1955 – An Elephant Started Making Streets Safer For Kids

Elmer the Safety Elephant was born in 1947. Elmer had some pretty simple rules: “Look both ways before crossing the street,” and “Keep away from parked cars.” But they worked. Traffic accidents involving children dropped by 44 per cent the

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Scott Walker Of The Walker Brothers Has Died

Singer and songwriter Scott Walker, whose hits with the Walker Brothers in the 1960’s included “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore,” has died. He was 76. The Walker Brothers trio was formed in Los Angeles in 1964. The line-up included

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[Video] The 45 RPM Record Was Introduced 70 Years Ago

In 1948, Columbia Records came up with a game changing alternative to the old scratchy, fragile, 10-inch, 78 RPM record, which had been in existence since the late 1800s. It was the dawn of the new long-playing album, pressed on

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[Video] Dick Dale – The King Of Surf Guitar Has Died At 81

Before there were guitar heroes like Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix, there was Dick Dale – the inventor of surf rock, the twangy electric guitar style that found its way into everything from punk music, to the bluesy rock style

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