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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: 10 touching treats for $30 or less

HELLO! Canada | posted Thursday, Feb 12th, 2015

Unless you’ve got a high-maintenance gal, most ladies are simply looking for a small token of your love on Valentine’s Day.

Some want you to scrap the cheesy roses and chocolates for more creative fare (heart-shaped pizza, anyone?), while others are happy being showered with scaled-down versions of the usual goodies.

We’ve rounded up 10 thoughtful gifts – ringing in at $30 or less – that your love (and your wallet) are sure to adore.

5 TV Shows to Binge on Family Day

Maria Tallarico | posted Tuesday, Feb 10th, 2015

Scheming mothers, unscrupulous fathers, covert KGB agent spouses—we’re spending some quality time this Family Day (Feb. 9 in B.C., Feb. 16 in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario) with clans that are more Borgias than Brady Bunch. (Don’t worry, we added in some warm-and-fuzzies, too.)

All titles are streaming now on Shomi!

Transparent

After a two huge Golden Globe wins (Best Series, Comedy or Music, and Best Actor, Comedy or Musical, for star Jeffrey Tambor), Transparent has gone from streaming darling to must-watch TV. Centering on the gender reassignment of a divorced father of three, Morton Pfefferman (who becomes Maura), the show was inspired by creator Jill Soloway’s father, who came out as trans a few years ago. With Bruce Jenner’s upcoming reality TV series on his transition into a woman, many are hoping 2015 will be a milestone year for LGBT awareness.

Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman in Transparent

Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman in Transparent 

Scandal

Dynamo Olivia Pope is known for her beautiful coats, passionate rallying cries and undying loyalty to her white-hat Gladiators. And although much is made of the love triangle with Jake and President Fitz, it’s her relationship with her omnipresent and intimidating father that creates the boldest, most dramatic moments—and gasp-worthy plot twists that have made Scandal the phenomenon it is.Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope and Joe Morton as her father in Scandal

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope and Joe Morton as her father in Scandal

The Americans

Set in the Reagan ’80s, The Americans mixes international espionage with the banalities of nuclear family life. After years in an arranged marriage, Russian husband-and-wife spy team Elizabeth and Philip Jennings (played by real-life couple Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys) must navigate the Cold War abroad—and at home, with increasing complications brought on by their feelings for America, their taut marriage and their two children.A scene from The Americans

A scene from The Americans

Sons of Anarchy

While we won’t get to enjoy Charlie Hunnam in Fifty Shades of Grey, his backside gets plenty of play on Sons of Anarchy. As does his dark side—he plays Jax Teller, the heir to an outlaw biker gang, unofficially controlled by a manipulative and brutal matriarch played by the brilliant Katey Segal. With notes of Hamlet, it’ s a pulpy and operatic look at a violent criminal underworld. (And did we mention Charlie Hunnam’s butt?)Charlie Hunam Sons of Anarchy

Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller in Sons of Anarchy

Parenthood

It recently came to a teary series finale, but it made us cry all along, didn’t it? Parenthood weaves around the Braverman family—two parents, four children, and several grandchildren—as they cope with life’s delightful messiness. The rambling, rapid-fire dinner table banter, the imperfect and evolving relationships and the shifting sibling dynamic make for a sentimental journey. To quote from Twitter, “I’m going to miss certain Bravermans more than I miss some actual people I am related to.”A scene from Parenthood

A scene from Parenthood

#ThrowbackThursday: GRAMMY nominees

Christina Balram | posted Thursday, Feb 5th, 2015

For #ThrowbackThursday this week, we go back in time and remember the songs that started the careers of some of music’s great artists.

Taylor Swift

Nominations: Best Solo Performance, Record of the Year, Song of the Year
Breakout song: Love Story

This song captured every girl’s dream to live like Romeo & Juliette… where they don’t die.

Beyoncé

Nominations: Album of the Year, Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song
Breakout song: Crazy in Love

Beyoncé set the bar with this song, and its sexy undertones have become standard in all of Queen B’s songs. #Fierce.

Pharrell Williams

Nominations: Album of the Year, Best Solo Pop Performance, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Music Video,
Breakout song: Drop it Like It’s Hot feat. Snoop Dogg

When this song came out in 2004, everyone who sang along in the club thought they were the coolest person in the world.

*Pharrell has done a lot of producing and writing for other artists, with one of his biggest songs he produced being ‘Slave for You’ by Britney Spears.

Coldplay

Nominations: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Music Film
Breakout song: Yellow

This song is called ‘Yellow.’ Coldplay has received 30 GRAMMY nominations overall. The GRAMMY awards are yellow. Coincidence?

Eminem

Nominations: Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rap Album
Breakout song: My Name Is

This was the introduction to Slim Shady, which answered the prayers of aspiring rappers near and far.

Social Stream: Entertainment City at the GRAMMYs

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Feb 5th, 2015

Breakfast TelevisionEntertainment CityCityline, and CityNews are live from the GRAMMY Awards with coverage from the red carpet in Los Angeles all week long.

City will be the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of music’s biggest night, and BT will have wall-to-wall coverage of the show with correspondents reporting on location.

For behind-the-scenes updates and more, check out our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine postings using the hashtags #CityGRAMMYs and #GRAMMYs, as well as in the social stream below.

Go to Citytv.com/GRAMMYs for the latest news, interviews, and interactive content. Plus, we have a full recap of the night’s highs and lows.

Madonna, Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande confirmed for the Grammys 2015

HELLO! Canada | posted Tuesday, Feb 3rd, 2015

Madonna will once again take the stage The 57TH Annual GRAMMY Awards. The singer informed fans of her involvement in the awards show by tweeting a picture of her Rebel Heart artwork meshed with a GRAMMY Award. “Rebel Hearts see you Feb 8th @TheGRAMMYs,” she wrote alongside the snap.

The GRAMMY’s official Twitter account confirmed the news shortly after, announcing: “The rumors are true! Seven-time GRAMMY winner @Madonna will perform at the 57th #GRAMMYs.”

Madonna will perform at the 57th annual GRAMMY Awards

This will be Madonna’s fifth time performing at the event, which will air on Feb. 8 on City. The seven-time GRAMMY winner last performed on the show just a year ago, with rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

More acts to be confirmed for the Staples Center stage include Ed Sheeran, Australian rockers AC/DC, Ariana Grande and country singer Eric Church.

Ed, 23, is nominated in three different categories, including Album of the Year for X.

 This will be Madonna’s fifth time performing at the event

Ariana was nominated for two awards – Best Pop Duo/Group Performance alongside Jessie J and Nicki Minaj for Bang Bang and Best Pop Vocal Album for My Everything. Eric scored four nominations, most notably Best Country Album for his The Outsiders.

The 57th GRAMMY Awards comes two days before Madonna’s new single, Living For Love, will officially begin its promotion to U.S. radio. It’s the lead track from the Rebel Heart album, which will be released on 10 March through Interscope Records.

Music’s Biggest Night® will be broadcast live exclusively on City on Sunday, February 8 starting at 6:30pm ET/PT with Entertainment City: live at the GRAMMYs, followed immediately by The 57 TH Annual GRAMMY Awards at 8pm ET/PT.

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