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Here’s All the Culture News You Missed This Week

A Canada's Drag Race drive-in tour, Justin Trudeau's appearance at The Weeknd's HXOUSE and more.

From a live tour with the top 3 Canada’s Drag Race queens to an initiative announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to support Black creative entrepreneurs and business owners, here’s what you missed this week.

Tickets are on sale for Canada’s Drag Race Live at the Drive-In
The Queens of the North are going on the road. Tickets are now available for the Canada’s Drag Race live tour, taking place at drive-in venues in select Canadian cities. The top 3 queens from the show’s first season—Priyanka, Rita Baga and Scarlett Bobo—will be performing live, along with host Brooke Lynn Hytes. Other cast members will make appearances, with the lineup varying by city. The first stop of the Canada’s Drag Race tour is in Calgary from September 18 to 20, before moving on to Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa.

Justin Trudeau teamed up with The Weeknd for a major announcement
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived at the Toronto office of Hxouse, a creative entrepreneurship organization founded by The Weeknd and his longtime associates La Mar Taylor and Ahmed Ismail, to announce an initiative to help Black business owners and entrepreneurs impacted by Covid. He announced investments of up to $221 million in partnership with Canadian financial institutions to launch Canada’s first-ever Black Entrepreneurship Program.

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Today we were honored to welcome Prime Minister @justinpjtrudeau at our facility. The federal government is creating a HISTORICAL new national program to help Black Canadians get funding & business loans with national banks.⁣ ⁣ The Prime Minister, today announced investments of up to $221M in partnership with Canadian financial institutions – including nearly $93M from the Government of Canada over the next four years – to launch Canada’s first-ever Black Entrepreneurship Program. This program will help thousands⁣ of Black businesses & entrepreneurs to recover from this crisis & grow their businesses.⁣ ⁣ Program Includes:⁣ ⁣ Up to $53M to develop and implement a new National Ecosystem Fund to support Black-led business organizations. It will help Black businesses & entrepreneurs access funding & capital, mentorship, & financial planning services. ⁣ + up to $33.3M in support through the new Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund that will provide loans of between $25K and $250K for Black business owners & entrepreneurs. The Government of Canada is also partnering with⁣ financial institutions, to make up to $128M available in additional lending support.⁣ ⁣ +up to $6.5M to create and sustain a new Black Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub that will collect data on the state of Black entrepreneurship in Canada & help identify Black entrepreneurs’ barriers to success & growth opportunities. The Hub will be run by Black-led community & business organizations, in partnership with educational institutions.⁣ ⁣ We started HXOUSE because the system was broken. Lack of opportunity and lack of clear economic pathways remain the outcomes of a system that makes assumptions about people based on the color of their skin and not their merit. Today is proof that change is happening. Seeing first-hand BIPOC voices resonate with the Prime Minister & his Cabinet to take action is monumental & the exact reason we started our organization. ⁣ We are proud of all Canadian leaders making long-term investments in building new ecosystems that create sustainable value for all stakeholders, leveling the playing field, & advocating for equality until its no longer a topic for discussion.

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Keeping Up With the Kardashians is coming to an end
After 14 years on the air, the reality show featuring the extended Kardashian-Jenner family is coming to a close. Although no exact reason has been shared, Kim Kardashian-West shared a farewell message on Instagram saying, “It is with heavy hearts that we’ve made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians… We are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of these years – through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children. We’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories and countless people we’ve met along the way.” The 20th and final season is scheduled to air early next year.

And ICYMI, TIFF 2020 kicked off this past week. For a guide to what to watch, check out our roundup of Canadian films here and celeb-focused digital events here.