Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.
- The upcoming NBA All-Star Game will feature a half-time performance by Sting, because booking a Canadian artist would make too much sense. Even Rob Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North), that local King of Pain, is mad about it. In the meantime, GTA artists are burning up the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Drake, and The Weeknd in the top 20 alone.
- Speaking of singers: Do you have a lot of feelings about Toronto? Do TTC delays and the city’s consistently losing sports teams make you want to sing? If so, CBC’s Song in the 6ix contest could be your calling. Interested candidates are asked to submit video of themselves performing an original song about Toronto, though lyrics must include “the 6ix” or “Song in the 6ix”. The winner will take home $10,000 and produce a music video with the crown corporation.
- Four Toronto police officers have been charged with perjury and obstruction of justice after they planted drugs in a car during a 2014 traffic stop. The officers, who face a total of 17 charges, are currently suspended with pay. During a press conference, Chief Mark Saunders told media the police “will do our best to get the public trust back that we have lost.”