A still from the documentary, Long Time Running, premiering at TIFF next month, captures frontman of the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, as he leads the band through a concert in Vancouver last summer. The writer attended the Tragically Hip’s final tour stop in Kingston, Ont. (Courtesy of TIFF)

Ahead by a century: The Hip imagines a better future

Matty J, the current Bachelor in the Australian version of the franchise, prepares to reward one of his suitors with a rose. Network 10/Warner Bros. International Television Production

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Ryan Kelly’s iconic photograph of the moment that James Fields’ car plowed into a crowd of protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ryan M. Kelly/AP

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Ryan Kelly's iconic photograph from Charlottesville evokes a 'Unite the Right' moment from 1937 – and the anti-war masterpiece by Picasso that emerged from it.
From European beginnings, Spotify looks set to take the crown of the #1 music streaming service in the US later this year. dougliz/flickr

Spotify: Soon to be the Google of music?

While Pandora continues to lead in the US in streaming music all the signs from investors, user momentum and tech talent indicate Spotify is on the verge of seizing the crown.
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In the wake of Trump’s proposed transgender military ban, new research highlights the potential for entertainment –more than news coverage – to open minds on even the most polarizing issues.
Jay Z, Beyoncé and daughter Blue Ivy sit court side at a basketball game in New Orleans in Feb. 2017. Jay Z opened up about his relationship with Beyoncé on his new album, “4:44.” (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Jay-Z sets his emotions free

In 4:44, his 13th album, Jay-z gets confessional and socio-political, challenging traditional notions of Black male bravado and masculinity.
Arundhati Roy, in 2010. jeanbaptisteparis/Flickr"

Arundhati Roy’s new novel lays India bare

Author and activist Arundhati Roy proves once again that she is a passionate voice of dissent in a nation that's tilting towards authoritarianism.
Keanu Reeves and Lily Collins in To the Bone (2017), which follows a young woman struggling with an eating disorder. AMBI Group, Sparkhouse Media, Mockingbird Pictures

As local networks retreat, Netflix fills gap in teen TV

Netflix's edgy teen dramas attract criticism, but it is targeting a demographic that Australian broadcasters have almost entirely abandoned. We need more local stories that speak to teenagers.
Four Seasons of the Canadian Flag, painted by Maxwell Newhouse for John Burge. (Maxwell Newhouse)

Composer inspired by Canadian flag painting

Composer John Burge speaks of his drive to create a musical piece to mark Canada's 150th year of confederation and to capture our collective experiences.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard died of complications from ALS on July 27, 2017, at his home in Kentucky. Jakub Mosur/AP

Where Sam Shepard’s roots ran deepest

To the recently deceased playwright, the nation's greatest tragedy was its move from an agricultural society to an urban, industrial one.
A wonderful evocation of the horrors of last year’s long election campaign by David Rowe in the Australian Financial Review. Amid industry turmoil, newspaper cartooning is increasingly becoming a niche activity.

Friday essay: political cartooning – the end of an era

One of the great satirical achievements of the mass media era, the editorial cartoon, is losing its centrality in the digital age. Yet the 'visual terrorism' of cartoons can cut through the verbiage of political commentary.
J Cole at Etihad Stadium in 2014. Cole (aka ‘Therapist’) runs non-profit organisation Dreamville Foundation, and houses single mothers rent-free in his childhood home. Photo supplied by Michelle Grace Hunder

The healing power of hip hop

Hip hop often gets a bad rap but for therapists and teachers it can be a transformative tool.
Part of Jordan Eagles’s Blood Equality – Illuminations, 2017, an installation that uses imaged blood on plexiglass.

Spilling blood in art: tampons, Trump and taboos

Contemporary artists from Judy Chicago to Stelarc have made art from blood. And an exhibition at Melbourne's new Science Gallery addresses our ambivalent attitudes to this life-giving fluid.

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Ahead by a Century is a song...about Canada’s identity and the politics of hope. It is a song in which the Hip asks us to shed what holds us back, and to imagine a future that sets us free. Robert Morrison

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