Here’s All the Culture News You Missed This Week

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Here’s why Shawn Mendes, Emily Ratajkowski and others made headlines this week.



From a Shawn Mendes documentary to an upcoming book by Emily Ratajkowski, here’s what made headlines this week.

There’s a Shawn Mendes documentary coming to Netflix
Grammy-nominated singer Shawn Mendes is the subject of an upcoming documentary scheduled to land on Netflix on November 23. The film, titled In Wonder, is a portrait of the 22-year-old Canadian musician’s life, chronicling the past few years of his career and journey. In related news, earlier this month Apple TV+ announced the release of another documentary about a young musician’s rise to fame: Billie Eilish.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are hosting a TIME100 virtual chat
On October 20 at 1pm EST, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be hosting a specially curated conversation as part of TIME magazine’s TIME100 Talks series. Themed around the topic of “Engineering a Better World,” the virtual chat will focus on how to build more compassionate and safe online communities. According to TIME, the couple was involved in creating the theme and topics and curating the guest list, which includes Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa, activist and founder of The Loveland Foundation Rachel Cargle, and disinformation researcher Renée DiResta. Prince Harry and Meghan are expected to make opening and closing remarks and lead some of the conversations with guests. Register for the livestream here.

Hot Docs launched a new BIPOC-focused film series
Hot Docs has added a new monthly film series titled For Viola to its VOD platform Hot Docs at Home. Named in honour of Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond, the series will centre around the stories of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. Currently streaming on the site are Canadian films Unarmed Verses and Lessons Injustice, with Australian film In My Blood It Runs arriving on the platform on October 29. All presentations included in For Viola will be available to view free of charge but for those who are able, donations of $10 are encouraged. View the offerings here.

Emily Ratajkowski announced her debut book
Last month, model Emily Ratajkowski wrote an essay about body image, consent and image ownership that went viral. Now, she’s working on a whole book of essays about the same topics. “Thrilled and humbled to announce my book of essays entitled My Body will be published by Metropolitan Books @macmillanusa @henryholtbooks,” she shared via Instagram. “It’s surreal to be working with an imprint that has published so many writers I admire (Noam Chomsky! Edward Snowden!) Now it’s time to get to work!” The essays will focus on “what it means to be a woman and a commodity, how men treat women and why women permit it,” according to Metropolitan Books.

One Of A Kind announced an extended online show
Toronto’s beloved biannual One Of A Kind Show is taking its Winter event online this year with an extended two-month show. Celebrating Canada’s independent craft makers, the event is scheduled to run from October 22 to December 20 instead of the usual 11 days. “Our mission is to save our small business partners,” said Janice Leung, Show Director, in a release. “Understanding our artisans have seen a decline in sales due to COVID-19 and rely on face-to-face shows as their main source of income, we have created a platform to bring the show to life online; a space where artisans and consumers can foster connections essential to small business success.” In addition, One Of A Kind is giving away five scholarships to small business owners to support them in their time of need, in partnership with Duuo Insurance. Over 700 makers from across Canada will participate in the virtual Winter show, which will also offer online gift guides, DIY workshops, virtual studio tours and customized product recommendations.

And ICYMI, there are some great virtual events taking place Canada-wide this month and next, such as The 519’s first-ever virtual gala. Read about them here.




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