Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Queens-based hip-hop legend Nas at the Vogue. Hasham Brar was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Nas at the Vogue Theatre on October 16, 2014. Thanks Hasham.

In Toronto, you have to be a resident of the city to run for mayor.

That's according to the candidate-qualification rules listed on the City of Toronto website.

In Alberta, the rules state that you have to live in a city for at least six months before being allowed to run for municipal office. No carpetbaggers are allowed to run for mayor in that province.

The small island community (traffic island to be precise) at Ontario Street and 18th Avenue—home to most famous open air chessboard in Vancouver—may, or may not, be getting ready to declare it’s independence from the rest of the city of Vancouver.

On a recent ride-by of the little park, I certainly saw unmistakable signs of the area’s growing independent spirit.

The royal family of Ontario and 18th

Stanley Q. Woodvine

There were the two royals I saw out on a walkabout.

This week, Femen protesters drenched themselves in simulated blood to express their outrage over Russian president Vladimir Putin's treatment of Ukraine.

But this isn't the first time that fake blood has replaced ice-cube-filled water to get a political point across.

In September, a Philadelphia youth council called In Defense of Black Bodies posted a blood-bucket video on YouTube to oppose racism in America.

The images are accompanied by the song "Strange Fruit" by Nina Simone.

Live Nation has announced that English singer-songwriter Sam Smith will play a show at Rogers Arena on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, in support of his debut studio album, In the Lonely Hour.

When he reached number one on the singles chart last year, collaborating with London production wizard Naughty Boy, on the global hit single La, La, La, Smith says he felt relieved.

"It’s almost like a little gift," he says. "Now I’ve had a number one I don’t feel that pressure. Of course I want the songs to do well but it’s about making an artistic statement."

Lululemon athletica has managed to piss off the entire city of Buffalo, New York.

The Vancouver-based yoga apparel company placed the words “wide right” and “no goal” on the floor of its Walden Galleria retail store, offending sports fans after the tile mosaic received widespread attention on social media.

In Buffalo, “wide right” references a missed field-goal attempt that caused the Buffalo Bills to lose Super Bowl XXV to the New York Giants in 1991. “No goal” refers to an equally devastating loss that the Buffalo Sabres suffered to the Dallas Stars in triple-overtime of game six in the 1999 Stanley Cup finals.

Update: Oppenheimer vacated peacefully but homeless say they have nowhere to go

Late last night (October 15), a court-issued deadline for campers to leave Oppenheimer Park came and went.

The group of homeless people—many of whom had lived in the park since mid-July—had shrunk considerably. At its peak size in mid-August, it was estimated that as many as 400 people were sleeping in Oppenheimer.

At a media event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California today (October 16), Apple revealed details of new models of its iPad tablet (along with software updates and a new iMac).  

“iPad is everywhere,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told the crowd. “It’s transforming the way we work. The way we learn. The way we play. It’s transforming the way we communicate.”

Since the first iPad was released four years ago, 225 million iPads have been sold, and there are 675,000 iPad apps available to users, something Cook said was a “huge advantage”.

In addition to revealing new iPads and free software updates today (October 16), Apple also unveiled a new iMac desktop computer with the world’s highest resolution display.

The iMac with Retina display is a 27-inch monitor with the computer built into a chassis that is only five millimetres thick. 

The new Retina 5K display has a resolution of 5120 x 2880 and 14.7 million pixels, which is seven times more pixels than a standard high definition television, and 67 percent more than 4K displays that currently sell for around $3,000.

Apple today (October 16) announced free upgrades to some of its software as well as new models of iPad and Mac computers.

The announcements were made to media assembled at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. 

Yosemite, the newest version of Apple’s OS X desktop operating system, has a completely new look and feel that echoes the changes made last year to iOS. A number of the programs built into the operating system have also been redesigned, including iTunes, Mail, Messages, and web browser Safari. 

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