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entertainers | Dec 12th, 2018

In Honor of His Hotly-Anticipated New Show, The New York Times Chats With Illusionist David Kwong

A New York Times crossword builder, TED speaker, and illusion consultant for major Hollywood blockbusters, David Kwong’s latest project is The Enigmatist: an immersive theatrical event, set in New York City’s historic High Line Hotel. In anticipation of the show, The New York Times sat down with... Continue Reading →
entertainers | Nov 30th, 2018

Peter Mansbridge’s Documentary About the State of Human Rights Airs Tonight on CBC

It’s been 70 years since the UN established the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—a set of basic principles to uphold human dignity. In Search of a Perfect World, Peter Mansbridge’s special documentary project, explores the state of human rights today, confronting the subject’s most crucial... Continue Reading →
entertainers | Nov 19th, 2018

Rick Mercer Final Report is a Toronto Star and Globe and Mail #1 Bestseller

Rick Mercer’s new collection of essays, never-before-published rants, and greatest hits—titled Rick Mercer Final Report—is an instant #1 bestseller in the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. “I think any political junkie out there will want the book—it’s a record of Canadian history and a great... Continue Reading →
entertainers | Jan 31st, 2016

#AskASpeaker #8: Twitter Q&A with Steve Patterson

Last week we held our eighth live Twitter Q&A—this time with none other than award-winning comedian, MC, and host of CBC’s The Debaters, Steve Patterson. If you still haven’t seen him on television (or heard him on CBC Radio), Patterson’s a thinking-person’s comic: well-versed in pop culture and... Continue Reading →
entertainers | Sep 7th, 2015

Wicked-Smart Comedy: Introducing The Debaters Live

CBC’s The Debaters—the hit radio show where comedians debate, and the audience adjudicates—is also a live performance series pitch-perfect for light-hearted events. With veteran comic Steve Patterson playing host, and two of the country’s top comedians squaring off on a topical, extremely important... Continue Reading →
entertainers | May 10th, 2015

Wired to Solve: New Speaker David Kwong Performs Crossword Magic

When new Lavin speaker David Kwong was planning his 2014 TED Talk, he knew he wanted to do something big—but to accomplish what he had in mind, he needed a little help. Kwong, an illusionist and veteran puzzle-maker, is a firm believer in the connection between puzzles and magic—a link that many of... Continue Reading →
entertainers | Feb 28th, 2013

Club Comedy vs. Corporate Comedy: Dave Hemstad Has Them Both Down [VIDEO]

As comedian Dave Hemstad explains in a new interview with Lavin, there's a big difference between presenting your material at a comedy club and delivering it it to a room full of businesspeople. Making that distinction, and then being able to host an event while catering to different standards, is... Continue Reading →
entertainers | Feb 21st, 2013

Dave Hemstad Talks "Awards Season" On The CBC

In his standup, Dave Hemstad often provides observational musings on day-to-day life: the frustrations and social issues we all think about, but don't often discuss. Hemstad recently appeared on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight to do just that—cracking jokes about the upcoming Awards season and life... Continue Reading →
entertainers | Sep 27th, 2012

"Do What You Love. That's It.": Spike Lee On Becoming A Filmmaker [VIDEO]

When it comes to making a choice about your future, filmmaker Spike Lee says that "the worst thing to do is to choose your major based solely on how much money you think you'll make when you graduate." In a recent video interview, the Academy Award-nominated director advises that finding fulfillment... Continue Reading →
entertainers | Sep 19th, 2012

Ranting About Our Nation: Lavin's Celebrity Speakers Get Patriotic

Colin Mochrie and Rick Mercer believe that Canada is A Nation Worth Ranting About. The two celebrity speakers stopped in to CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on Sept. 18 to give their takes on national issues and popular cultural icons—in the irreverently intelligent demeanour they're both... Continue Reading →
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