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This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Sonic, voiced by Ben Schwartz, in ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2.’ (Paramount Pictures via AP)

‘Sonic 2’ steals weekend box office, but ‘Ambulance’ stalls

Movie speeds to top of charts, earns $71M in its opening weekend

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Sonic, voiced by Ben Schwartz, in ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2.’ (Paramount Pictures via AP)
Rock band Dear Rouge performs at Surrey’s Party for the Planet festival in 2014, in celebration of Earth Day. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C.’s new ARC program aims to give musicians the tools to build sustainable careers

Applications from B.C.-based musicians now welcomed, with 15 to be picked for program’s first round

Rock band Dear Rouge performs at Surrey’s Party for the Planet festival in 2014, in celebration of Earth Day. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Ukraine Benefit Concert is May 6 at Greendale Acres. (Ukraine Benefit Concert)

Fraser Valley musicians take the stage next month for Ukraine Benefit Concert

Outdoor concert in support of Hungry For Life International’s war relief efforts in Ukraine

The Ukraine Benefit Concert is May 6 at Greendale Acres. (Ukraine Benefit Concert)
Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band are coming to Abbotsford later this year.

Ringo Starr making Abbotsford debut later this year

Former drummer for The Beatles performing at Abbotsford Centre in October

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band are coming to Abbotsford later this year.
An actor believed to be Ryan Reynolds is dressed as Deadpool on a movie set in downtown Vancouver, B.C. Monday, April 13, 2015. What constitutes a Canadian film, TV program or “content” is at the heart of new legislation before Parliament that would require streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ to feature a certain amount of Canadian content, similar to the obligations long placed on traditional broadcasters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

What’s Canadian? Regulator will define what qualifies as a Canadian film

Some of the highest-profile movies featuring and made by Canadians have not officially counted

An actor believed to be Ryan Reynolds is dressed as Deadpool on a movie set in downtown Vancouver, B.C. Monday, April 13, 2015. What constitutes a Canadian film, TV program or “content” is at the heart of new legislation before Parliament that would require streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ to feature a certain amount of Canadian content, similar to the obligations long placed on traditional broadcasters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Will Smith arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Will Smith slapped with 10-year ban from the Oscars

The ban comes in response to Smith’s on-stage slap of Chris Rock

Will Smith arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
FILE - David Gilmour performs in the ancient roman amphitheater of the Pompeii archeological site, Italy, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Pink Floyd is releasing its first new music in almost three decades to raise money for the people of Ukraine, the band announced Thursday, April 7, 2022. “Hey Hey Rise Up” features Pink Floyd members David Gilmour and Nick Mason, with vocals from Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the band BoomBox. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Pink Floyd members reunite to record song for Ukraine

‘“Hey Hey Rise Up’ the band’s first new music since 1994

FILE - David Gilmour performs in the ancient roman amphitheater of the Pompeii archeological site, Italy, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Pink Floyd is releasing its first new music in almost three decades to raise money for the people of Ukraine, the band announced Thursday, April 7, 2022. “Hey Hey Rise Up” features Pink Floyd members David Gilmour and Nick Mason, with vocals from Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the band BoomBox. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
Conductor Boris Brott in a photo posted by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra ahead of its “A Tribute to Ukraine” benefit concert, April 20 at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre.

VSO’s ‘A Tribute to Ukraine’ benefit concert now pays tribute to conductor killed on a Hamilton street

Boris Brott died Tuesday in Ontario city, two weeks before April 20 concert in Vancouver

Conductor Boris Brott in a photo posted by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra ahead of its “A Tribute to Ukraine” benefit concert, April 20 at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre.
Former teen idols from the ’50s and ’60s Frankie Avalon, left, Fabian, centre, and Bobby Rydell, right, show off their foot prints in plaster casts Friday, July 3, 1998, on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J. Rydell, a pompadoured heartthrob of early rock ‘n roll who was a star of radio, television and the movie musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” died Tuesday, April 5, 2022. He was 79. Along with James Darren, Fabian and Frankie Avalon, Rydell was among a wave of wholesome teen idols who emerged after Elvis Presley and before the rise of the Beatles. (AP Photo/B. Vartan Boyajian, File)

Bobby Rydell, 1960s teen idol and ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ star, dies at age 79

Between 1959 and 1964, he had nearly three-dozen Top 40 singles

Former teen idols from the ’50s and ’60s Frankie Avalon, left, Fabian, centre, and Bobby Rydell, right, show off their foot prints in plaster casts Friday, July 3, 1998, on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J. Rydell, a pompadoured heartthrob of early rock ‘n roll who was a star of radio, television and the movie musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” died Tuesday, April 5, 2022. He was 79. Along with James Darren, Fabian and Frankie Avalon, Rydell was among a wave of wholesome teen idols who emerged after Elvis Presley and before the rise of the Beatles. (AP Photo/B. Vartan Boyajian, File)
Aaron Pritchett will play the Summerfest Country Music Festival in Abbotsford on June 11, as part of this year’s West Coast Women’s Show. (Photo Courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)

Aaron Pritchett hits main stage at new Abbotsford country music festival, women’s show

West Coast Women’s Show in Abbotsford hitches wagon to three-day country music festival

Aaron Pritchett will play the Summerfest Country Music Festival in Abbotsford on June 11, as part of this year’s West Coast Women’s Show. (Photo Courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)
Helen Mobach of Abbotsford has translated from Dutch into English the story of her husband’s family during the Second World War. (Submitted photo)
Helen Mobach of Abbotsford has translated from Dutch into English the story of her husband’s family during the Second World War. (Submitted photo)
Jon Batiste accepts the award for album of the year for “We Are” at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Jon Batiste tops Grammy Awards, winning 5 trophies

RB supergroup Silk Sonic takes home four awards

Jon Batiste accepts the award for album of the year for “We Are” at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Estelle Harris, at right, and Don Rickles arrive at the world premiere of “Toy Story 3,” Sunday, June 13, 2010, at The El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles. Harris, who hollered her way into TV history as George Costanza’s short-fused mother on TV’s “Seinfeld” and voiced Mrs. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” franchise, has died. She was 93. Harris’ agent Michael Eisenstadt confirmed the actor’s death in Palm Desert, Calif., late Saturday, April 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Katy Winn, File)
Estelle Harris, at right, and Don Rickles arrive at the world premiere of “Toy Story 3,” Sunday, June 13, 2010, at The El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles. Harris, who hollered her way into TV history as George Costanza’s short-fused mother on TV’s “Seinfeld” and voiced Mrs. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” franchise, has died. She was 93. Harris’ agent Michael Eisenstadt confirmed the actor’s death in Palm Desert, Calif., late Saturday, April 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Katy Winn, File)
Presenter Chris Rock, right, speaks onstage as Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, bottom left, look on after Smith went onstage and slapped Rock at the Oscars, Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Oscars producer says Los Angeles police offered to arrest Will Smith

Despite slap from actor, comedian Rock was ‘very dismissive’ of the idea

Presenter Chris Rock, right, speaks onstage as Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, bottom left, look on after Smith went onstage and slapped Rock at the Oscars, Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
The Geekenders theatre troupe returns to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre with their newest show Pokemon A-Go-Go on April 16. (Chelsey Stuyt)
The Geekenders theatre troupe returns to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre with their newest show Pokemon A-Go-Go on April 16. (Chelsey Stuyt)
FILE - Billie Eilish appears at the world premiere of “‘No Time To Die” in London on Sept. 28, 2021. Eilish is nominated for seven Grammy Awards. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)

Grammy Awards sets sight on Las Vegas for first time

Sunday’s ceremony relocated to Las Vegas for the first-time ever

FILE - Billie Eilish appears at the world premiere of “‘No Time To Die” in London on Sept. 28, 2021. Eilish is nominated for seven Grammy Awards. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)
Rock group Styx comes to the Abbotsford Centre on Oct. 6.

Styx coming to Abbotsford in October

Rock group set to perform at the Abbotsford Centre on Oct. 6

Rock group Styx comes to the Abbotsford Centre on Oct. 6.
This Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, photo shows music streaming apps clockwise from top left, Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Pandora and Google on an iPhone in New York. SOCAN has revealed that on average Canadian sogwriters earned only $67 last year in royalties from digital streaming services.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jenny Kane

Canadian songwriters made on average $67 in royalties from digital platforms in 2021

Overall Canadians gained record royalties from streaming platforms in 2021

This Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, photo shows music streaming apps clockwise from top left, Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Pandora and Google on an iPhone in New York. SOCAN has revealed that on average Canadian sogwriters earned only $67 last year in royalties from digital streaming services.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jenny Kane
Will Smith cries as he accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for ‘King Richard’ at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Academy: Will Smith refused to leave Oscars after Chris Rock slap

Comedian returns to stage for first time after incident

Will Smith cries as he accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for ‘King Richard’ at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actor Bruce Willis appears at the premiere of “Glass” in New York on Jan. 15, 2019. Wills is stepping away from acting after a diagnosis of aphasia, a condition that causes the loss of the ability to understand or express speech, his family announced Wednesday. In a statement posted on Willis’ Instagram page, the 67-year-old actor’s family said Willis was recently diagnosed with aphasia and that it is impacting his cognitive abilities. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Bruce Willis, diagnosed with aphasia, steps away from acting

67-year-old’s family announces condition impacting his cognitive abilities

Actor Bruce Willis appears at the premiere of “Glass” in New York on Jan. 15, 2019. Wills is stepping away from acting after a diagnosis of aphasia, a condition that causes the loss of the ability to understand or express speech, his family announced Wednesday. In a statement posted on Willis’ Instagram page, the 67-year-old actor’s family said Willis was recently diagnosed with aphasia and that it is impacting his cognitive abilities. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)