BRAD OSWALD Ñ TV
Canuck HGTV returns roster of homegrown stars
They say that Canadian show business doesn't have a star system, but you'd have a hard time convincing fans of home reno/decorating shows that that's the case. The Canadian version of HGTV has done a great job of building its brand by creating homegrown stars, and four of the biggest have new seasons/shows premiering this fall: Bryan Baeumler (Leave It To Bryan, Aug. 26); Mike Holmes (Holmes Makes It Right, Aug. 27); Sarah Richardson (Real Potential, Sept. 19); and Scott McGillivray (Income Property, Sept. 19). Clearly, the network ain't broke -- but they're fixin' it anyway.
RANDALL KING Ñ MOVIES
The ability to quaff a brew while watching movies at the McGillivray VIP cinemas has never been more welcome than it is with Friday's debut of The World's End, in which Simon Pegg and his buddies attempt an epic pub crawl through 12 drinking establishments in their quaint hometown. There's a lot of drinking in this movie, and the ability to take the occasional sip should make for an immersive experience to rival 3D.
MORLEY WALKER / BOOKS
We're still betting on Marion Warhaft
New York celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has written the foreword to a collection of restaurant reviews by Marilyn Hagerty, the ageless writer for the Grand Forks Herald, whose positive review of the Olive Garden had upscale foodies in an uproar a year-and-a-half ago. Manitobans who cross the border on shopping expeditions have no doubt taken Hagerty's plainspoken advice. "She misses nothing," Bourdain writes. "I would not want to play poker with her for money." Her book, in 128 reviews, comes out Aug. 27.
ANTHONY AUGUSTINE / MUSIC
Funk on the water
DJ Co-op and Hunnicutt's 11th annual Funk Boat (a.k.a. the MS River Rouge) is for set to cruise on Saturday, Aug. 24. Special guest this year is vinyl purist Steve St Louis. Advance tickets are $10 at The Urban Bakery and Music Trader. To get you in the mood, Hunnicutt has put together a scorching mix of funk edits and originals that includes Kool & the Gang, the Jackson Sisters, Vibrettes and the Gaff. Visit bit.ly/funk_boat11 to hear the veteran DJ's latest mix. Be sure to get your ticket in advance; this annual event usually sells out.