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Celine Dion Is Set To Make Her Acting Debut + More Culture News You Missed This Week

Here's why Celine Dion, Drake and Sandra Oh made headlines this week.

From an upcoming movie co-starring Celine Dion, Canadian drag queens performing to Sam Smith’s new album and a new Drake album, here’s everything that made headlines this past week.

4 Canadian drag queens are coming together to celebrate Sam Smith’s new album
This weekend, four Canadian drag queens are celebrating the release of Sam Smith’s new album, Love Goes, with a virtual drag show. Hosted by Canada’s Drag Race contestant Tynomi Banks, the show will feature Jada Hudson, Ivory Towers and Miss Jade, who will be performing to Smith’s catalogue of music. The show will premiere on YouTube on Saturday, October 31 at 8pm EST, with a 15-minute pre-show party during which Banks will answer questions and chat with fans. For more on Smith, read our interview about their new album.


Celine Dion is making her acting debut
Celine Dion’s voice may be an integral part of one of the most iconic films in cinematic history, but next year the singer herself will be making her very first silver screen appearance. According to Entertainment Weekly, the Quebec-born music icon will be making her acting debut in Text For You, alongside co-stars Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Sam Heughan. An English-language remake of a German box office hit, the romantic drama revolves around two grieving people whose paths cross thanks to a twist of fate.

Drake dropped a teaser for his new album
Toronto’s very own Drake confirmed the release date for his new album Certified Lover Boy—January 2021—and also released a one-minute teaser featuring visuals recreating his past album covers. In addition, Drizzy is celebrating the upcoming release of his sixth studio album with a merch drop in collaboration with Nike. According to Women’s Wear Daily, “the collection includes puffer bomber jackets in black and pink with a quilted heart pattern and inside chest pocket with a poem, graphic T-shirts, hoodies, socks and a cap bearing Nike branding and the album title “Certified Lover Boy” and its shortened version “CLB” and artworks like hearts, kiss marks, and a masked Cupid in a balaclava.”

Goop launched a fair-trade coffee line
Gywneth Paltrow’s wellness empire has now extended into the caffeine space, with the launch of a fair-trade coffee line. The Arabica beans are sourced from Astrid Medina, a third-generation grower from Tolima, Colombia, and roasted by Common Room Roasters, a gourmet coffee shop in Newport Beach, California. “It’s so good—this coffee is just what I need right now,” Paltrow told Vogue. “It’s the richest, best-tasting coffee we could find, and the farmer, Astrid Medina, is a brilliant female founder I’m so proud to support.” The coffee is currently not shipping to Canada, but stay tuned for updates.

Sandra Oh is appearing in a film with Awkwafina
Deadline reports that Sandra Oh and Awkwafina are teaming up for a sister comedy for Netflix. Oh reportedly stars as “a lonely recluse whose life is upended when her train wreck of a sister vows to mend their relationship by helping her fulfill her lifelong dream: to be a contestant on her favourite game show.” Watch this space for more details.

And in case you’re still at a loss for what to do for Halloween this year, check out our roundup of ideas to help you celebrate safely at home.

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