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Chicago's Windy City Smokeout

Chicago for Windy City Smokeout, country music & BBQ

My family raised me on country music. When I was a kid, my mother and grandmother listened to nothing but old school country, and that certainly rubbed off on me. My tastes are all over the place, but country still speaks to kid in me that grew up on it, so when I got an invite to come down to Chicago to cover the Windy City Smokeout country music festival, I was excited for a whole bunch of reasons.
Amybeth McNulty

March with Sonos, ‘Killjoys’, ‘Anne’ and ‘Rogue One’

March is almost over and it's been a fun month, and just a tad more relaxed than I expect in April. A little down time is welcome, and it's certainly easy to hibernate when the weather is not so hot out. There has still been a lot to do though, and this weekend would have been a lot busier if I'd been able to make the Juno Awards, but I'll be watching the festivities from Toronto.
Lincoln Navigator concept

AutoShow with Lincoln & Ford, ‘Moana’ director interview, and ‘Orphan Black’ set visit

This week's excitement started with the media preview for the Canadian International AutoShow at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The AutoShow opened for the public yesterday, and it's bound to be another big year for the event--there's a lot to see and do: classic cars, concepts, prototypes, and new vehicles that are either coming out, or making their way to market late this year.
Tian Tan Buddha in Hong Kong

Best of 2016

Thank-you, 2016. Yes, it was a tough year, both personally and as a fan of popular culture and its icons, but it was also one of The GATE's best years. It's worth taking a moment now at the end of 2016 to look back on some of the awesome that came our way over the last 365 days.
La La Land

Movie montage: 25 best films of 2016

Do you know what I love the most about the Oscars? It's not really the awards for me, but the frame that it puts around the year in cinema. It's about the love of movies, and in particular I love the way their montages make films come to life again, like you're seeing them for the first time. They're fresh, exciting glimpses into the real heart of cinema--those heart-racing, action-packed, emotional core moments that keep us going back for more stories time and again.