1 Buyer beware: Céline Dion’s 19-acre Île Gagnon retreat is the most expensive property ever listed on the Quebec housing market. The Normandy-style château is listed at almost $30 million, but rumour has it they may trade it straight up for Spain.
2 Not cool: Last weekend, an Ontario couple allegedly left their dog in a car with no water in 30 C heat. The dog died, and the owners face a $2,000 fine, six months of jail time, or 18 hours in a sauna.
3 Tall tales: Friday, Nik Wallenda will attempt to cross the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope. Offspring of the legendary Flying Wallendas have been bred into death-defying feats for almost two centuries. Despite meticulous training, several have actually been killed or left disabled performing these acts. Someone in my family tripped on their shoelace in 1978, and the rest of us have been wearing loafers ever since. Just sayin’.
4 Set your PVRs: CBC’s newest reality show will feature auditions to play Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Wizard of Oz, which hits Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre in December. Girls will compete for a chance to wear the ruby slippers on the cleverly entitled Over the Rainbow, where they will sing (you guessed it) Over the Rainbow. Another innovative gem from our federally funded friends at the CBC.
5 Dallas: TNT’s revival of one of the most popular ’80s shows is a success. With a good-looking new cast and a few originals, there probably won’t be a “Who shot JR?” cliffhanger this time around. A more likely ending would be “Who slipped JR a Viagra?”
6 Papillon: A study at Yale University recently revealed that female butterflies preferred males with flashier wings. Erica Westerman, the study’s lead author, says: “The male did not have to court them or engage in flashy behaviour. There is a bias in what females learn…. Extra ornamentation is better.” Is this a metaphor?
7 Rock of Ages: The star-studded film version of the successful play debuts Friday. A safe choice for viewers who enjoy a good soundtrack. As I said two years ago when the play opened, you can expect your “run-of-the-mill, guitar-grinding, drum-thumping, head-banging, cross-gender, glam-metal, ’80s rebel-rock.” Who among us can’t relate to that?
8 Righteous rockers: This week in 1964, the Rolling Stones were touring in the U.S. when they were reminded of a show that had been booked a year earlier. The band had to fly back to the U.K. to perform at Oxford’s Magdalen College for £100 ($160). Despite increased rates and demand, the gentlemen honoured their obligation. Airfare cost them £2,500 ($4,000).
9 Three words: This weekend we pay homage to the men that raised us, taught us right from wrong, picked us up when we fell and snuck us a treat when mom said “No.” Some left abruptly and some suffered far too long, but if your dad is around today, pick up the phone and tell him you love him, or head on over and give him a hug. It’s better than a tie or that awful cologne, and will last a whole lot longer. Happy Father’s Day.