Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Entertainment Briefs from the Canadian Press

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Entertainment Briefs from the Canadian Press

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Canadian Press Entertainment briefs

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Wednesday, Feb. 27

Garth Drabinsky stripped of Order of Canada

TORONTO -- Disgraced theatre impresario Garth Drabinsky has been stripped of his Order of Canada appointment and is going to court to try to get it back.

Drabinsky was released to a Toronto halfway house earlier this month after serving part of his five-year sentence for fraud.

He and business partner Myron Gottlieb were convicted in 2009 for a book-cooking scheme that ultimately resulted in the demise of now-defunct Livent Inc. -- the company behind such hits as "Phantom of the Opera" and "Ragtime."

Drabinsky is asking the Federal Court to order the advisory council of the Order of Canada to reverse its decision, which he says was made without properly hearing from him.

In documents filed Tuesday, Drabinsky says he was first informed that the council was considering revoking the honour in June, when he was still in prison, so he couldn't prepare an adequate response.

Drabinsky says he sent in some preliminary but incomplete submissions and then didn't hear anything else until Feb. 1, when his lawyers got a letter saying the Governor General had accepted the council's recommendation to remove Drabinsky from the Order of Canada.

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Van Cliburn, American classical pianist, dies

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Van Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock star status, has died. He was 78.

Cliburn died early Wednesday at his Fort Worth home surrounded by loved ones following a battle with bone cancer, said his publicist and longtime friend Mary Lou Falcone. …

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