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Billy Bulletin Sept. 7-14: Rihanna and Fashion; Tragically Hip on Film; Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland

Also: Pizza! Beer! The Billy Bulletin appears every Thursday with news about travel and the cities we cover, to help our readers and passengers navigate the week ahead.

This week, a reminder that it’s Rihanna’s world; we’re just living in it … 

New York

Is Fashion Week over? That’s a question The New York Times posed this week – not in the sense of it being officially, factually over – it still exists, and kicks off Thursday, Sept. 7 – but, you know, over over, as in: “Over as a power player in a global system that puts a premium on showcasing clothes that redefine how women present themselves.”

Further, if Fashion Week is still a thing, Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman declares it Rihanna’s thing, given her ubiquity at fashion events: “She is going to be such a dominant presence, one might be forgiven for thinking it’s actually Rihanna New York Fashion Week.”

Courtesy Roc Nation LLC

What Rihanna wears matters

Toronto

Toronto’s own Canadian-sized Fashion Week is wrapping up as we speak (having been cancelled last year), but of course the Toronto International Film Festival is still going strong. Running Thursday, Sept. 7 to 17, the world’s most important film festival (sorry, Cannes) will bring Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Daniel Craig, Idris Elba and many, many others to town, with a program that’s 20% smaller than last year – a deliberate attempt to chuck out some of the chaff.

A Canadian highlight: Long Time Running, a documentary about The Tragically Hip directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, who were also behind Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark.

Courtesy TIFF

Long Time Running includes footage of the Tragically Hip's final concert in August 2016

Boston 

In this perennially sports-obsessed town, it’s huge news that Boston Celtics all-star point guard Isaiah Thomas has been traded to Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s even bigger news that he’s really sore about it, despite even his own kids pointing out that it means he’ll get to play alongside LeBron James.

Courtesy NBA.com

After three seasons, no more green jersey for Isaiah Thomas

Montreal 

Piping hot on the heels of last week’s Le Burger Week (#neverforget), it’s time for Montreal Pizza Fest. Running from Monday, Sept. 11 to Sunday the 17th, it involves special menu items, a passport you can stamp for a chance to win a trip to Naples – now who is pizza-mad enough to visit all 31 participating spots to really max out their odds?

Courtesy Pizza Fest

Pizza from Industria

Meanwhile, Tourisme Montréal has released a handy guide showing where in the city you can find free Wi-Fi – which, when you’re downtown, is more or less anywhere.

Timmins 

The craft brewing revolution continues to roll through Northern Ontario: In Timmins, a new outfit called Compass Brewing has announced it will open its doors late this fall. Watch for it, thirsty travellers.

Compass Brewing

Published Thursday, September 7th 2017

Header image credit: Shia LeBoeuf (left) and Sverrir Gudnason in Borg/McEnroe, the Toronto film fest's gala premiere this year. Courtesy TIFF

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