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The Weekender: Toronto Jazz Festival, Top Gun! The Musical and six other items on our to-do list

1. TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL
At the risk of sounding a little cliché, this annual music fest is definitely in the “something for everyone” category. With upward of a thousand musicians playing hundreds of shows over the next 10 days, we are supremely confident that you’ll find at least one show you’ll want to attend, even if you’re not that into jazz. This weekend, be sure to catch soul singer Janelle Monae (Friday), Vancouver indie rocker Destroyer (Saturday), jazz pianist Hiromi and New Dutch Swing ensemble Ig Henneman Sextet (both Sunday). Later in the week, Natalie Cole, Ziggy Marley and Esperanza Spalding—the surprise Best New Artist winner at the 2011 Grammys—perform. June 22 to July 1. Various locations, torontojazz.com.

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See, Hear, Read: our experts pick the movie, music and book release of the month

They love it. We want it. Three red-hot releases

Game of Thrones, Season 1“I have to admit: I haven’t read the books this TV series is based on, and I probably won’t. I really love it as a show. It’s full of political intrigue, with all these knights and noblemen vying for power in the mythical Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. The plots can be intricate, but the stories are very character-based. It’s more grounded than Lord of the Rings, and the fantasy never gets too grandiose.”
—Daniel Hanna Owner of Eyesore Cinema

Game of Thrones, Season 1 (March 6)


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Random Stuff

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How does Ford Nation stack up to other nations—Leafs, Colbert and Bieber?

Leafs Nation
Colbert Nation
Ford Nation
Bieber Nation
Leader
Brian Burke, Leafs general managerStephen Colbert, TV hostRob Ford, mayor of TorontoJustin Bieber, teen pop star
Enemy
Ottawa Senators, successRain, bearsDalton McGuinty, pinkos, cyclists, streetcars, gravy, lattes, gravy lattesEsperanza Spalding
Followers
Incalculable, but every game since 2002 has been sold out1.5 million nightly viewers379,755 voters22 million Facebook fans
Defining moment
May 1, 1967Infamous White House correspondence dinnerElection night 2010The day he got that haircut
Inherent contradiction
Middling performance, astronomical sales figuresShares audience with Jon Stewart“Toronto has a spending problem, not a revenue problem,” but asks province for $150 millionThe most desired boy in America can’t show PDA
Desperate for
Respect, playoff spotEmbrace from Papa Bear (Bill O’Reilly)Dry, tasteless meatVirginity loss
Fuelled by
Molson CanadianJesus ChristRage, respect for taxpayers, unleaded gasolineHormones
Weapon of choice
Blind faith, waffles TruthinessElectoral threatsHair toss

(Images: Waffle leaf, Danielle Scott; gas pump, Valerie Everett; O’Reilly, WACP; Gomez, Loren Javier; Stewart, cliff1066; hair, DonkeyHotey; Spalding, Andrea Mancini; pinko button, Spacing; bear, aoife; Bieber, sheilapic76; Ford, Shaun Merritt; Colbert, U.S. Army;  Burke, Tsar Kasim)

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People

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Justin Bieber on sex, health care, abortion and how awesome Canada is

This being awards season, it must have seemed fitting to the folks at Rolling Stone to put Canadian mega-star Justin Bieber on the cover their current issue (that is, before he lost the Best New Artist Grammy to Esperanza Spalding). The Bieb’s hair may channel the cast of Jersey Shore, but the article inside delves deeper than mere primping. The Rolling Stone Web site provides a few details from the pop star’s interview. Vanessa Grigoriadis manages to get his views on the predictable stuff—sex, love, Canada—and a few stranger topics, including abortion and Korean politics. Here, our favourite opinions from the interview.

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Dispatches from the Brit Awards: Twitter reveals little animosity between Justin Bieber and Brit winners Arcade Fire

The Grammys have come and gone, but the animosity Justin Bieber fans have unleashed at poor Esperanza Spalding—the musician who won Best New Artist over the Biebs—has yet to ebb. The 16-year old sensation, however, is taking the high road by celebrating fellow nominees and their wins, including Arcade Fire. Tweeting live from The Brit awards yesterday, he used the hash tag #Canadianswag to congratulate the Montreal band for their recent wins.

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