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Here’s All the Culture News You Missed This Week

Simu Liu is celebrating Asian-Canadian content creators and entertainers for Asian Heritage Month, YouTube is launching a global film festival online, and more.

Made Nous is celebrating Asian Heritage Month with Simu Liu
Digital media platform Made Nous, which promotes and shares the work of Canadians in entertainment, is celebrating Asian Heritage Month with Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu. To acknowledge the contributions that people of Asian descent are making to the entertainment industry, Made Nous has partnered with Liu—who was recently cast as the first Asian lead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe—to spotlight the work of notable Asian Canadians over the month of May. Starting today and throughout the month of May, fans can follow Liu and Made Nous on Twitter to see the talent and content he will be highlighting this month. Tamil-Canadian actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who just made her debut in Mindy Kaling’s new Netflix series Never Have I Ever, will also be participating, giving fans an inside look at her journey via her personal account on Instagram.

YouTube announced a virtual global film festival
With film festivals around the world forced to cancel their schedule of events, YouTube has figured out a way to take the film appreciation online. The platform is launching a 10-day digital film festival with 20 partners, such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, Cannes, Venice and Berlin. We Are One: A Global Film Festival is set to run from May 29 to June 7, and will include feature films, shorts, documentaries, music and panel discussions. The online festival will be completely free, with viewers encouraged to make donations for COVID-19 relief.

Sonic Boom launched a virtual concert series
Canada’s largest independent record store, Sonic Boom, has launched weekly online concerts to support local Canadian artists and music lovers. The e-concert series will feature artists whose record tours were cancelled due to the pandemic, such as experimental ambient jazz artist Joseph Shabason and Canadian-Ethiopian singer Witch Prophet. The artists will do these live-streamed shows from inside the historic landmark store in Toronto.

The Juno Awards announced an online music series
CBC and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) have announced a series of five virtual events featuring some of Canada’s best songwriters sharing the stories behind their songs and performing them from their homes. Titled the Junos 365 Songwriters’ Circle, the series kicked off on May 1 with Juno winner Brett Kissel bringing together stories and songs from Juno nominees Dominique Fils-Aimé, Kaia Kater, and Devon Portielje from Half Moon Run. The virtual series is available to watch in Canada on the free CBC Gem streaming service and globally on CBC Music’s Facebook and YouTube pages and cbcmusic.ca/junos.

And if you’re wondering what to binge-watch this weekend, here’s our roundup of exciting films and TV shows coming to streaming platforms this month.