Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.
- Surf’s up—or was up, at least, at Toronto’s first-ever Aloha Festival, held this past weekend. Though the event was generally quiet, there were some lovely moments, like the one in the photo above, which organizers dubbed “surfer healing,” and during which several famous surfers from Hawaii and California took about 30 kids with autism out into the lake.
- Bruce Springsteen played on Friday. As is tradition, he brought up a kid—in this case, 10-year-old Halle Tator—to sing during “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day.” As you might expect, the results were very endearing.
- The fall books season is about to get underway, and with it many awards. Announced today: the short list for the Toronto Book Awards. The nominees will participate in a group reading hosted by the Toronto Public Library on October 3, and the winner will be announced on October 11.
- More awards! The Canadian Comedy Awards winners have been announced. Among them: Picnicface won three awards for their cancelled, self-titled show (Best Show, Best Ensemble, Best Writing); Rebecca Northan won two awards for her touring show Blind Date; James Gangl won Best One Person Show for Sex, Religion & Other Hang-ups; and Nikki Payne, who was the partial target of some controversial remarks about women, comedy, and attractiveness earlier this year, won Canadian Comedy Person of the Year, as determined by nominations and public voting. (Full list of winners [PDF].)