Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Entertainment Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Entertainment Report

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(OBIT-Avicii)

Music producer Nile Rodgers is expressing sorrow at the death of DJ star Avicii (ah-VEE'-chee), with whom he developed a close friendship during their collaborations.

Rodgers says he considered the Swedish-born DJ his "little brother" and one of the best melody writers he ever worked with.

He's among many stars and fans mourning Avicii, who was found dead in Muscat, Oman, on Friday at age 28.

Rodgers says his last performance with Avicii was three years ago and was a painful experience because the DJ was drunk.

The DJ suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking.

Rodgers says he called out Avicii about being drunk and although he still performed he was upset and left because his heart was breaking.

Avicii's hits include "Wake Me Up!" and "You Make Me." (The Associated Press)

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(Kimmel-NS-Explosion-Complaint)

A Nova Scotia cabinet minister has written a letter of complaint to talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel, saying he didn't appreciate a recent segment that made light of the Halifax Explosion.

The letter from Labour Minister Labi Kousoulis says even though the disaster happened more than 100 years ago, Nova Scotian families still live with the memories of the blast that killed about two-thousand people in 1917.

During the segment, broadcast Monday, Kimmel and actor Rob Lowe used irreverent humour while discussing the disaster, with Kimmel saying at one point, "It was 100 years ago, so we can laugh about it.''

Kousoulis says Kimmel owes Nova Scotians an apology. (The Canadian Press)

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(MUSIC-Loreena-McKennitt-Facebook)

Singer Loreena McKennitt is shutting down her Facebook profile over concerns for her fans' privacy.

The Manitoba-born performer, known for her 1997 hit "The Mummers' Dance," told her 547-thousand Facebook followers she'll close the fan page on June 1st.

McKennitt says she researched the data exchange between Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, and wasn't satisfied with Facebook's response after learning how private information was being used. (The Canadian Press)

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(Rainbow-Rejected)

Prominent Newfoundlanders are criticizing a town's rejection of a rainbow crosswalk sought by a high school group as a show of support for the L-G-B-T-Q community. …

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