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Norm Kelly is an International Treasure

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Not everyone spends as much time on The Twitter Machine (as I like to call it) as I. 'Tis part of my job, and therefore I spend copious hours wading through the odd, the mundane, and the inane tweets that come out of every corner of the globe, scouring for relevant and delightful tidbits that might further my cause. And that is how I became familiar with the Twitter Genius that is Norm Kelly.

Norm Kelly (@norm) is a City of Toronto Councillor for Ward 40, and, according to his Twitter bio, "Mrs. Kelly's Favourite Son." And with good reason. @norm first pinged onto my radar with his ingenious lampooning of what became known as The Great Raccoon Memorial of 2015. The story goes that a Torontonian spotted a deceased raccoon on the sidewalk early one morning, and thoughtfully alerted the city's contact centre. And while the City responded that they were on the ball... that was apparently not the case. The poor procyonid had reached rigor and a bizarre memorial began to spring up around his fluffy corpse. When photos of the memorial began to pop up, @norm got involved:

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The Long Road from Actor to Rapper

It happens more than you might think: actors or actresses who decide they want to make a name for themselves in music - some successful, others not so much. Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, and Justin Timberlake are a few who made it. However, there’s another actor-turned-successful-musician who stands out. His name is Aubrey Graham, known to most of us as Drake. Why didn’t I mention him in the same breath as the others? The answer is simple, Drake’s work as an actor didn’t directly lead to a record contract, like his previous mentioned counterparts.

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10 Awesome and Surprising Musician Cameos

Mastodon On the Set

We all love a good cameo. With Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones we got to see heavy metal super stars Mastodon [SPOILER ALERT] act as Wildlings, and then die, and then come back as ice zombie Wildlings. Since the band are self-professed GoT fans, they seemed positively tickled pink by the personal invitation from show runner Dan Weiss to don the costumes and personae of Westeros's neighbors to the North, particularly as they contributed to the Game of Thrones mixtape Catch the Throne Vol. 2. Mastodon's joyous (just look at those grins) guest spot was hard to pick out in the utter melee of the episode, so this still is credited to HBO and Helen Sloan, and now we are looking back at other fantastic (or fantastically bad) musician cameos in film and television.

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Drake announces "Would You Like a Tour?" arena tour

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Drake fans, would you like a tour? If so, you're in luck, because he has a brand new one coming soon. Following up on the success of his previous Club Paradise Tour, the 41-city "Would You Like a Tour" arena tour kicks off on September 25 at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, OR, and ends on November 25 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. The tour features stops in St. Louis, Newark, Miami, Phoenix, and more. R&B; artist Miguel will open on all dates, and there will be other special guests, including Future, on select dates.

Since the end of the Club Paradise Tour last June, Drizzy has been busy with his upcoming album, Nothing Was the Same, to be released later this year. He released the first single, "Started from the Bottom," in February.

The U.S. dates for the tour are below. Click here to find an event and place an order for tickets.

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Last summer I did an analysis of how far people travel to get to a festival, thinking that most people were willing to go far from home to get to them. In fact, people did not travel very far. As it turned out, the largest chunk of people was only willing to travel up to 150 miles from home to attend a festival.

That was festivals; what about regular concerts? Well, at the time I generally knew that people traveled only short distances to get to them. What hadn't been done was an actual analysis. Now one has been done and the results are pretty stark.

Not only are people also willing to travel only up to 150 miles to get to a regular concert, it is the upper limit pretty overwhelmingly. While the numbers for festivals varied a lot (between 33% and 90% depending on the festival), with regular concerts the norm is almost always 60% of attendees only traveling 150 miles or less.

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