Laura Thompson

Laura Thompson is a producer for CBC Entertainment News.

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Canada is slowly reopening, but is live theatre being left behind? 3 insiders weigh in

Provinces are rolling out step-by-step reopening plans. But as COVID-19 lingers, can live theatre in our country make the comeback that performers need and audiences want? Three performing arts insiders share their views.

2021 Juno Awards celebrates 30 years since creation of rap music category

The rap genre in Canada has evolved over the last 30 years, but not without hurdles along the way. With some of the biggest names in hip hop coming out of the north, can new artists find the same success?

Canadian awards show honouring Black talent to air on CBC

The first-ever Canadian awards show dedicated to Black talent will celebrate achievement in film, television, music, sports and culture, and air on CBC in fall 2022.

Friends: The Reunion full of cameos, little-known facts and more

After years of reunion rumours and a false start due to COVID-19 in 2020, the original cast of Friends reunited on the show's original soundstage at the Warner Bros. studio in California.

Hollywood creators and film fests highlight LGBTQ stories

LGBTQ artists and organizations such as the Toronto International Film Festival and the Inside Out Festival are working to shift conventional thinking by bringing more diverse content to the forefront.

YouTube list reveals Canadians can't get enough of animals, Despacito and Star Wars

This year's top trending videos in Canada include a sea lion pulling a girl into the water, the chart-topping hit Despacito and the trailer for the upcoming Star Wars instalment, The Last Jedi.

Tragically Hip tour, 1st since Gord Downie's cancer revelation, kicks off in Victoria

Hip fans in B.C. are breathlessly anticipating tonight's concert, as the band plays its first show since late May's shocking revelation that front man Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Spice Girls hint at long-awaited reunion, but without Mel C. or Victoria Beckham

Melanie Brown, Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton have released a video announcement that coincides with the 20th anniversary of their hit single Wannabe.

Scrapping Toronto Fashion Week is 'shocking and disappointing' but chance for new approach

It was announced Thursday that Toronto Fashion Week — the showcase of the best of designer talent in Canada — is no more. And a ripple of implications is being felt across the country.

Leslie Jones: "there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress"

Prompts a reply from designer Christian Siriano, who says that he would "love" to dress the Saturday Night Live star, but that nothing is confirmed.