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An official Friends cookbook was announced + More Culture News You Missed This Week

An official Friends cookbook was announced
Monica may be a legit chef, but she and the gang have still made some pretty questionable choices in the kitchen: from Mockolate Mousse to not-quite-vegetarian pâté to of course, the infamous English trifle. Now, some of those meals have actually made their way into a cookbook inspired by the show. Titled Friends: The Official Cookbook, the book features over 70 recipes including Just for Joey Fries, Phoebe’s Grandmother’s Cookies and The Moist Maker. Written by chef Amanda Lee and described as a “fun homage to the show that’s always been there for you,” each page includes a recipe from Friends along with details about its backstory on the show. The book is slated for a September 2020 release.

Canadian photographers are raising money for Food Banks Canada
Over 30 of Canada’s top photographers are coming together for Photos to Nourish, a print sale in support of Food Banks Canada. Each photographer has donated one print, priced at $150, with 100% of proceeds going to the food-based charity working round the clock to provide meals during this challenging time. Participating photographers include Caitlin Cronenberg, Saty+Pratha, Maya Fuhr and Theo Skudra. The prints are available for purchase from May 28 to June 11 at

The 2020 Hot Docs Festival is now online
Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, has taken its 2020 slate digital, with more than 140 official selections from this year’s festival streaming online from May 28 to June 6. Streaming is geo-blocked to Ontario audiences only, who will be able to watch documentaries and pre-recorded Q&As, and partake in virtual live events over the course of the 10-day festival. Many titles will be available for post-festival viewing until June 24, and tickets are $9 per film.

The Luminato Festival announced its 2020 lineup
Luminato, Toronto’s international arts festival dedicated to performance, media and visual arts, is going virtual this year, with an online edition scheduled to run from June 11 through June 13. This year’s lineup includes a cooking and singing session with award-winning Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman; a request radio hour with Canada’s godfather of hip-hop, Ron Nelson; and Black Summers Night, a virtual dance party with Black Lives Matter Toronto, Unit 2, Tea Base and The REVELATION. Find the full schedule of events at

And ICYMI, Schitt’s Creek won big at the Canadian Screen Awards this year.

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