Ewan McGregor Is A Big, Fabulous Seventies Fashion Designer

Murray Clark
Photo credit: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin

From Esquire

The big Seventies revival, with its Gucci flares and lacy collars and feathered haircuts, ushered in a return to menswear that really stands apart. Even better, though, is the real deal, in the shape of Ewan McGregor dressed as Seventies fashion designer in an all-black outfit that's more era-appropriate than a lava lump full of prawn cocktail.

While filming on the streets of New York, the 48-year-old nailed his latest role as Roy Halston, the American fashion designer and subject of an upcoming Netflix biopic. Known for kickstarting the cashmere and 'ultrasuede' trends of the Seventies, Halston made stuff for a coterie of Studio 54 regulars, like Elizabeth Taylor, and Andy Warhol, and Liza Minelli. But he was also famous for some very big menswear. Huge, in fact.

Photo credit: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin

His own look was all big-lapelled leather jackets and Liberace-out-West belt buckles, as well as rollnecks, boxy suede jackets and alien-lensed sunglasses (worn indoors, of course). If these clothes could talk, they'd breathlessly whisper "fabulous", before nipping to the loos, and coming back remarkably chatty.

But this isn't time capsule style. Just look to the S/S '20 showing of Ralph Lauren, Brunello Cucinelli and Fendi, which were awash in Seventies browns, corduroys and even the odd kick flare. Mixing leather-daddy into the mix is a bit trickier, granted. But, with Simply Halston set to premiere next year, McGregor's doubtless got plenty of big looks still in the tank. Well, if the Cuban heel fits.

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    A check stop set up outside the community of Fort Resolution, N.W.T. has screened over 45 cars in the last 24 hours, community leadership said.The check stop was put in place Friday afternoon after a post on Fort Resolution's Deninu Kue First Nation Facebook page from Chief Louis Balsillie suggested that the N.W.T.'s most recent case of COVID-19 was in Fort Resolution."We'll do everything in our power to keep this out of our community," Balsillie told CBC Saturday.The territorial government does not identify the location of confirmed cases when they appear in small communities, to protect patient privacy. But on Friday, MLA for Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh Steve Norn confirmed Balsillie's post that the individual was in Fort Resolution and had since been medevacked to Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife.A release sent Thursday night from the Chief Public Health Officer, Kami Kandola, said an individual had violated public health orders to self-isolate in designated centres and continued on to their home in an unspecified "small community."Since discovering the latest case was from his community, Balsillie says the First Nation hired six people to man the check stop located on the only road into the community, Highway 6. Every vehicle is stopped and questioned, he said.As of 8 a.m. Saturday, 47 vehicles had been checked, the majority of them being community members returning from getting groceries in neighbouring Hay River, Balsillie said.  "What's your business in Fort Resolution? If you're not from here and you're not supplying the groceries or the gas or the central stuff coming in to fix people's houses, then there's no need for you to be here," he said.Balsillie said workers don't have the authority to prevent anyone from entering the community, but have been instructed to tell non-community members who are not visiting family or providing essential services that they are not welcome. "We know who's who, right? We know you live in Hay River, we know you have parents, grandpas and grannies in the community… you're ok to come in," Balsillie said.  "What we're saying is if you're gonna come in from Alberta and you have no use in the community … we're saying no. Turn around and go back to wherever you come from."Other communities in the N.W.T. have implemented similar policies. The K'atl'odeeche First Nation near Hay River set up their own check stops March 20. Anyone entering the First Nation, either by the all-season road or the ice road, will have to show a security guard proof of band membership.Gov't refused request for check stop: chiefBalsillie said he approached the territory's department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) two weeks ago, asking if a check stop could be set up on the road into the community.Balsillie said the department refused his request, saying setting up a check-stop was outside of the First Nation's authority. After finding out there was a case in his community, he did it anyway, he said.No one from MACA was immediately available to comment.Balsillie also criticized the level of enforcement by the territorial government when it came to ensuring people returning from other jurisdictions were self isolating in designated areas, where medical services are easier to come by."What really bothers me is the government put this into place. They said 'ok, we're going to put a road block at the border.' ... Where's the follow-up from the government?" he asked. "I want to make sure that lady or that man went into isolation in Hay River."If not, let's find them and let's bring them back there," he said.In a press conference Saturday, Premier Caroline Cochrane suggested the territory would be implementing tougher enforcement and tighter restrictions, but didn't provide specific details.

  • Tom Jackson launching online benefit variety show for musicians affected by COVID-19
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    Tom Jackson launching online benefit variety show for musicians affected by COVID-19

    Like so many people right now, well-known actor, singer and philanthropist Tom Jackson said he feels overwhelmed by the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic."We're all very much feeling the weight of this crisis … and it's very depressing," Jackson said on the Homestretch.Jackson jokes that in a glum moment he considered putting his Christmas tree back up to awaken some joy, but "that was a little more work than I actually wanted."Despite this, Jackson did what he's always been able to do — get out of those moments and focus his energy on a way to help.The question he and his wife, Alison, put their minds to answering is, "How do we create health versus managing disease?"After noticing how many of their connections in the music industry were struggling due to things like cancelled tours, they finally landed on the idea of hosting concerts.The series of benefit concerts featuring Canadian musicians will aim to support those in the industry negatively affected by COVID-19.From his home base in Calgary, Jackson called connections like Jeffrey Remedios, the president of Universal Music Canada and Paul Dornian, the president and CEO of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, to help bring the project to life.The resulting product, the digital variety series Almighty Voices, will launch the first of 12 episodes on April 5 at 10 a.m.Each hour-long episode will be pre-recorded and released periodically until June 21."The messages that we're delivering, along with the music and the entertainment and the laughs, [is] this show is infused with creating health and making people happy," Jackson said.Canadian artists such as Whitehorse, Susan Aglukark, Chantal Kreviazuk, Myles Goodwyn and Terra Lightfoot are already on board for the project, and Jackson said the list is growing. Canadian actress Cythia Dale is also confirmed.All the artists taking part have been contributing from their home studios."Our community here in Canada is showing some solidarity in helping themselves help others," Jackson said.It has taken 14 to 16 hours a day of work to put together Almighty Voices, Jackson said — perhaps more effort than putting up a Christmas tree — but said, "There is not a moment that is not filled with joy."Asked whether he will be hosting the event, Jackson replied with trademark humour. "I was trying to work myself out of being the host, but it's not as easy as I thought," he said."My world is really stories and songs and tomfoolery, and I'm more than happy to share that."Donations generated by Almighty Voices will go toward the Unison Benevolent Fund, which offers counselling and emergency relief services to Canadian musicians.That fund is part of the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project, and donations made through it will be matched by Spotify up to the collective amount of $10-million.Artists participating in episodes will be compensated through Jackson's non-profit.The first episode of the series can be viewed directly on the website and through YouTube.

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    TransLink further reduces service on bus, SeaBus and West Coast Express as ridership plummets

    Metro Vancouver's transportation authority announced Saturday it is further reducing service on bus, SeaBus and West Coast Express routes because of plunging ridership and financial pressures amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes include: * SeaBus service will be reduced to every 30 minutes, all day long. * West Coast Express Train 4, which leaves Mission at 6:55 a.m. and Waterfront at 5:30 p.m., will be cancelled. * Buses with very low ridership will have reduced service.Changes to buses and SeaBus will start Monday, whereas the changes to the West Coast Express start Wednesday.TransLink didn't specify which bus routes would be reduced, but said it will maintain routes where riders are frequently passed up because the bus is full. It said it will monitor the routes to ensure that physical distancing measures — keeping at least two metres away from others — can be maintained. The transportation authority said since mid-March: * SeaBus ridership is down 90 per cent. * West Coast Express ridership is down 95 per cent. * Bus boardings are down 82 per cent. * Total boardings on the entire transit system are down 83 per cent. It's not just a reduction in ridership that has reduced TransLink's income in the past few weeks. Those who are still taking the bus are no longer paying fares because they have to board through the back doors in order to protect drivers. Also, it says fewer people driving has led to a 60 per cent drop in its fuel tax revenues. TransLink said it's "committed to continuing to provide essential service for people working in health care and other vital sectors," but further reductions in service may still come as it tries to balance those needs and its budget. The authority acknowledged that the service reductions would mean longer wait times for riders. It's asking people to only use transit if absolutely necessary so that space is available for essential service workers.TransLink also said it would not implement a fare increase that was scheduled for July 1. It will consult with the mayors' council to schedule it at a later date.

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    Woman who allegedly lied about having COVID-19 faces obstruction charge

    A Gatineau, Que., woman faces a charge of obstructing a police officer after she allegedly claimed to have COVID-19 but wasn't infected with the virus, police say.On March 31, police arrived at a home to speak with a 21-year-old woman, according to a Friday news release from the Gatineau Police Service.Later that day, the woman claimed she was infected with COVID-19, police said. That led to several officers going into self-isolation and required the decontamination of police vehicles and workspaces.The woman's claims were later shown to be false, the police force said.Never got tested, police say"The investigation determined that the woman had lied about her health. She had never tested positive for COVID-19. In fact, she had never been tested for COVID-19," police said."Criminal charges can be laid when an individual knowingly provides incorrect information about his or her health in connection with COVID-19."A warrant for her arrest has been issued, Gatineau police said. Police also said people who test positive and deliberately transmit the virus can be charged with causing bodily harm or criminal negligence.

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    Coronavirus outbreak: Elliott says no long-term care patients will be blocked from hospital

    Asked about a directive to keep long-term care residents who may be exhibiting signs of COVID-19 out of hospitals, Ontario Deputy Premier Christine Elliott denied that residents would be refused access to hospital and said “if they need to go to hospital they will be taken there.” Elliott said, however, that efforts would be made to keep residents in these facilities as long as they are able to manage their symptoms.

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    Vendors adapt to life without Boyce Farmers' Market

    It's a Saturday tradition for Frederictonians to flock to the Boyce Farmers' Market; grab a coffee, wander the stalls, and pick up some local groceries. But recent COVID-19 precautions have left market-goers without their usual Saturday practice. In order to keep their businesses afloat, many market vendors are testing the waters of delivery and pick-up. Hetty Smyth, owner of Armdale Farm Dairy says although it was sad to see the Market close its doors, she's transitioned smoothly to doing delivery and take-out."Well it's definitely been an adjustment. But we're very humbled and appreciative of the support that we've received."Smyth says business is still thriving, but she misses the community at the Market."Words cannot describe how humbling that is that our customers are looking for us, and we're certainly missing them, that's for sure. We're seeing a few of them on our pick up days and delivery days," she said. "We definitely miss everyone and we hope that we can see them back at the Market sooner rather than later."Smyth has partnered with Country Home Bakery and Mountain View Produce, so customers can get all their essentials in one stop. "Just keep adapting, that's the name of the game."  \- Hetty SmythCustomers can order online during the week, and can then pick up their hauls on Saturday on George Street, where Smyth will put orders directly into trunks so as to avoid any contact.Smyth is also offering curb-side pick up at their Armdale Farm store in Sussex."it's definitely strange, and every day seems to be a different chapter of this huge book that we call COVID-19," she said. "But it is what it is and we just have to do the best that we can and be safe and responsible. "Just keep adapting, that's the name of the game." As of this weekend, 15 vendors have moved to a delivery and pick-up model for local produce, meat, dairy and more.Support localStacey Russell is the tourism manager for the City of Fredericton, and also sits on the board of the Market. She says losing the Saturday tradition has been an adjustment for everyone."There's quite a few traditions that have been unfortunately changed right now, but it is very important for the Boyce Farmers' Market and for everyone to continue to ensure that the public practices social distancing," she said. "When everything is lifted the market will be back and we look forward to welcoming everyone again."The Market is helping out its vendors all it can, including launching its new website sooner than planned, and promoting vendors who are offering delivery on social media.Russell said the city has also compiled a list of all local businesses that are offering delivery and pick up, in an effort to boost the local economy."It is wonderful to see how much the general public is supporting local as much as they can.As to whether the Market will be able to survive a potential long-term closure of its doors, Russell said discussions around finances have yet to be had.

  • Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival goes online as COVID-19 forces people indoors
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    Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival goes online as COVID-19 forces people indoors

    The pale pink cherry blossoms that bloom across Vancouver in the spring usually draw flocks of people outside, but this year, it's a little different. Public health officials are asking British Columbians to stay inside to minimize the spread of COVID-19. That's forced organizers of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival to get creative in finding a way to move an outdoor festival indoors. "We've had to take a lot of the programming online," festival founder Linda Poole told CBC's The Early Edition.Instead of organized walks through blooming neighbourhoods, the festival has created "virtual walks" through the trees that anyone can follow online. Winnipeg poet Sally Ito would have led one of these walks through the Marpole neighbourhood. Instead, website visitors can browse through photos of the cherry blossom trees accompanied by Ito's haikus.The Cherry Jam concert has been cancelled, but the festival promises to bring the performances online. Later this month, the festival will share maps for self-guided tours that people can do themselves — while maintaining physical distancing outside, of course.Poole says keeping the spirit of the festival alive by moving it online was important as Vancouverites spend more time inside. "That's what everybody's telling me, that it's the cherry blossoms that are getting them through this right now," she said."And we still have many more to come until early May. We're very fortunate COVID-19 hasn't affected the cherry trees."The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival runs online until April 26.

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    Coquitlam actor Logan Williams dead at 16

    Coquitlam actor Logan Williams, 16, died suddenly on Thursday, a week before his 17th birthday.Williams appeared in several television shows including When Calls the Heart, Supernatural, and The Flash. "Just the brightest light went out when we lost Logan. His whole family is absolutely devastated by this sudden loss," said his mother, Marlyse Williams."He was so easy going, yet [a] very very complex person."Logan was perhaps best known for playing the role of young Barry Allen on the television series The Flash, which is filmed in the Vancouver area. Several actors from the show took to social media to share photos of Williams and express their sadness about his death. "I'm so grateful for everyone I have had such wonderful responses, condolences, and people pouring out their hearts and sharing their memories with Logan and how he touched so many people at such a young age," said Williams.Williams said her son decided to start acting at age 10, and quickly came into several roles. "He landed his very first audition at the age of 10 in a Hallmark made for TV movie with Lacey Chabert. And he was in that, and then about a week later he landed a recurring role in When Calls the Heart with Lori Loughlin," said Williams.  "Then he went in once to audition for The Flash and he came out with a big smile on his face, and he was like, 'Mom Mom, I think they really liked me. They want to see me again.'"Williams did not reveal the cause of her son's death, but said the family is waiting for the results of a toxicology report. She says a celebration of life will likely take place at the Northside Foursquare Church in Coquitlam at a later date.

  • Premier's 'Stay the blazes home' inspires music, merchandise, memes
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    Premier's 'Stay the blazes home' inspires music, merchandise, memes

    As Premier Stephen McNeil concluded a COVID-19 update on Friday, he offered a stern warning that may well become the mantra of his political career: "Stay the blazes home."The phrase has taken on a life of its own online, inspiring music, merchandise and memes. "We looked at each other like, 'Did he just say blazes?' And we both sort of laughed, like, no he must not have said that," said Emma VanRooyen, who wrote a song using the now-famous phrase with her husband."And then when he said it again, both of us looked at each other and were like, 'That's a country song.' We kind of laughed about it, but then as soon as we were done work, we sat down and started brainstorming."They wrote the song, recorded it and posted it to YouTube.As of Saturday afternoon, the video titled "Stay The Blazes Home! A Tribute to Stephen" had more than 8,200 views."I think this is kind of a strange time in our lives and people feel very disconnected from each other. So when we can find something that brings us together, people sort of flock to it," VanRooyen said."That is what we were doing really, was recording something so we could reach out to people because we don't actually get to see our friends and family all that much."She said the phrase was "quintessential Nova Scotian.""If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. But then if you really need to get a point across, figure out how to say it in a Nova Scotian kind of way," VanRooyen said."And I think saying, 'Stay the blazes home' — we all know what he's getting at, but it also makes everybody laugh and doesn't just make you feel like you're being yelled at."She said the Annapolis Region Line Dancing Club, which is doing free online classes with local songs to help people stay active during the pandemic, reached out to ask if they could use the song.Twitter user @AdamNFAber also released a song where he sings and plays the accordion. He sings about spending a week in pyjamas and working from bed."Don't go out, stay the blazes home," he sings. "Just sit down and watch the news. I'm not going out."The video was posted at 8 p.m. Friday and has had close to 14,000 views so far.Stephen McNeil memes have picked up steam too.Twitter user @seandmcmullen posted an Uncle Sam-style photo of the premier issuing his warning.During the press conference on Friday, McNeil said a few things that reminded people of Liam Neeson's character in the movie Taken.In the movie, Neeson says "I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you."In a similar way, the premier said on Friday, "The virus will find you, then it finds your loved ones."McNeil also mentioned data from Google that suggested people were still going to public parks despite an order to stay home.Someone made a meme with McNeil as talk show host Maury Povich delivering a lie detector test result.Finally, a few industrious people began making merchandise using the phraseWithin hours of the news conference, T-shirts, pillows and shower curtains with the premier's face next to "Stay the blazes home." became available at redbubble.com.The McNeil shower curtain retails for $74.89.If you're looking for a shirt without McNeil's face, but with the phrase — My Home Apparel has you covered.According to the company, profits from sales of this shirt will be donated to the QEII Home Response Fund, Shelter Nova Scotia and Feed Nova Scotia.The shirts go for $35.As for Premier Stephen McNeil, he appears to be pleased with how the phrase has caught on."The weekend is here, and we need to be vigilant," McNeil tweeted on Saturday."Wash your hands. Walk to exercise, not to socialize. Stop looking for loopholes. Please, just stay home."Attached to the tweet was a picture with the "Stay the blazes home" slogan.MORE TOP STORIES

  • Life of Clarenville woman celebrated with virtual funeral
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    Life of Clarenville woman celebrated with virtual funeral

    Despite restrictions on funerals and other gatherings as a result of COVID-19, a family has still been able to remember the life of a Clarenville woman after her funeral was taken online.Andrew Ball, pastor of Calvary Pentecostal Tabernacle in Clarenville, organized and performed the service in front of a video camera to remember Megan Warren, who died suddenly on March 28 at the age of 31."A lot of aspects have changed. In regards to the service, it was just myself up in the church," Ball said."The funeral home brought the individual up to our church and we did the whole service pre-recorded. So I preached and I prayed and I sang some hymns from the piano and had to kind of piece that all together."The choice for a virtual funeral comes after restrictions around gatherings, including funerals, have increased. As of March 24, the maximum amount of people that can gather at a funeral is 10.On Saturday, 153 of Newfoundland and Labrador's 203 COVID-19 cases are connected to a visitation at Caul's Funeral Home in St. John's.'It changed how we got to the destination'During the recording of the funeral service, Ball said members of the family came into the church one by one to record tributes and songs."We actually had one family member who is living in China read a scripture and send it through a video that we could incorporate," he said.Ball said the biggest challenge in performing the service in an empty church was not having people in the room and not being able to see the faces of the congregation. He also worked to edit the service together after everything was recorded."It's a lot of extra work, but at the end of the day I have a deep sense of satisfaction," he said."I'm happy to know that I was able to help a family."In talking with the family, Ball said they were extremely thankful to be able to have a funeral despite these challenging times."They [were] just so grateful," Ball said. "Having a funeral, a memorial service … having that time is very important for the grief process and very important for the closure, kind of letting reality sink in that this person has passed away.""In that moment of grief and loss, you want to be able to do what everyone else has done. You want to be able to honour their life … celebrate and gather together and support one another," Ball added.Ball said the recorded funeral will also help reach family who might not have been able to come to the funeral under normal circumstances, helping family who live in different parts of the world share the experience."This individual has family all over the world, and now they [will] all be able to tune in and watch this at the same time."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

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    1 bus driver, 2 other Calgary Transit workers test positive for COVID-19

    Calgary Transit says three workers have tested positive for COVID-19.Two have had no contact with the public, Transit said on Twitter on Saturday, while a third has had "limited to no contact with customers."A City of Calgary spokesperson told CBC News that the first two employees work within training operations, while the third is a bus driver.The city spokesperson said that the bus driver would have limited to no contact with the public due to physical distancing measures that have been put in place.That bus driver works out of Spring Gardens with some contact with the Stoney Transit Facility, Calgary Transit said.CBC News reached out to inquire what transit routes the driver was on, when the driver tested positive and when the driver was last at work. The city spokesperson said that the bus driver tested positive on April 3, but did not state when the driver was last at work or what routes the driver was on, adding that notifying Calgarians would be up to AHS and reiterating that customers likely had no contact with the driver.All employees who have come into close contact with those three workers have been contacted, Calgary Transit said, and any locations or buses they came into contact with have been deep cleaned and sanitized.Calgary Transit tweeted that it's also implemented the following measures to keep passengers and drivers safe: * Rear-door boarding on big buses. * Two-metre physical distancing requirements. * Shuttle-bus front-seat closures. * A 50 per cent seat capacity limit on all buses.In Ottawa, after a driver tested positive, OC Transpo released information about which routes that driver had been assigned to, and the day and time the driver was on each route.As of Saturday afternoon, 734 people in Calgary have tested positive for COVID-19, out of 1,181 in Alberta.

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    Moving homes in the middle of a pandemic

    Edmontonians have had to postpone travel plans, weddings, and birthdays due to the pandemic, moving homes can still go ahead.That's due to moving companies being deemed an essential service. Eager Beaver Moving, a company based in south Edmonton, continues to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic and has been kept busy."The last three weeks have been insane, we have been completely swamped," said owner John Watson.Watson said the company has a number of measures in place, listed on their website for customers to know. They work to thoroughly disinfect trucks and equipment used as well as ask employees to regularly wash their hands.The company also has measures for customers to follow, including keeping a safe distance from employees, not bringing in extra people to help, and doing a wellness check where they call their customer a day before a move to make sure they are healthy. But despite all these measures, Watson still finds sending his crew into people's homes stressful. "I feel really anxious about sending my people out there," Watson said. "I almost sometimes wish that we were just shut down so it would make it easier, but then of course you would have the financial stress that everybody else is living with."Some of Watson's crew members — those living with senior parents or with kids who have compromised immune systems — decided to self-isolate and stay at home. His full staff of 22 movers is down to only 16."We had to hire new guys to make up for the shortfall," he said.To keep his employees safe, Watson is currently on the lookout for masks and gloves but has had trouble finding them."You phone suppliers and unless you have ordered them in the past, they are not selling them to you," he said. Watson credits the busy schedule not only to the pandemic — he believes many people who had put off moving to later months are now doing it earlier — but also because he claims some moving companies will cancel at the last minute if they believe it's not safe for them to operate. He said he has received calls from customers that were cancelled on from other companies. 'I cannot imagine the stress'One of Watson's customers, Bernadine Whitford, actually had to put off moving due to quarantine. She was supposed to move sometime at the end of March but had to go into quarantine for 14 days after returning from travel. She hired Eager Beaver for her move on Saturday. Whitford said the company came highly recommended and she appreciated the extra precautions that were listed in the email they sent her. "I don't feel like I'm going to Lysol everything as soon as I get home," she said. "They are very conscientious and I appreciate that a lot."Despite content customers, Watson said he still worries about his staff. "Especially in apartment buildings, you are riding up in elevators, people are touching stuff, it's a very anxious time for them," he said. "I cannot imagine the stress that they must be feeling."Watson said he tries to be there for his crew and listen to them if they ever need to talk."That's often all they really need to do," he said.Although they had a busy run in March, Watson believes business might slow down as the pandemic continues. "I think we are really going to feel a slowdown in a month or two," he said.

  • New Orleans calliope tribute for jazz great Ellis Marsalis
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    New Orleans calliope tribute for jazz great Ellis Marsalis

    NEW ORLEANS — A tourist riverboat calliope blasted hymn and gospel tunes across New Orleans' French Quarter on Friday as a tribute to the late jazz pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis.Marsalis, who taught generations of jazz players, including four of his six sons, died Wednesday of pneumonia brought on by COVID-19.On Friday, a medley including “How Great Thou Art” and “I’ll Fly Away” climaxed with “When the Saints Go Marching In” and the “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.Most of the city has been staying inside, but Tristan Dufrene was among several people making cellphone videos of the performance, which she said she'd learned about from an Instagram post."It was beautiful,” she said afterward.About two dozen people, many of them journalists, spaced themselves along the Bienville Street wharf for the 15-minute performance by Debbie Fagnano, who plays calliope on the riverboat Natchez.New Orleans has been especially hard-hit by the coronavirus outbreak and the state's governor has warned that the region is projected to run out of ventilators by Tuesday and hospital beds five days later.The boat may host brief Friday concerts as a morale-booster, since the sound carries a long way, said Adrienne Thomas, a spokeswoman for the steamboat company. “Perhaps next week we might be playing the tunes we usually play for Good Friday,” she said.A few miles away, at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, a sign saying classes are suspended until further notice was partly covered by one reading, “Rest In Peace Ellis. Forever in our hearts.”Saxophone player Branford Marsalis, one of Ellis Marsalis' sons, and singer and pianist Harry Connick Jr., who was among the elder Marsalis' students, founded the centre in 2011 to preserve New Orleans music and culture.Ellis Marsalis' son Wynton, a Pulitzer- and Grammy-winning trumpeter, is America’s most prominent jazz spokesman as artistic director of jazz at New York’s Lincoln Center.Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press

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    San Francisco park's 150th birthday celebration goes online

    SAN FRANCISCO — Golden Gate Park turns 150 years old on Saturday, and the huge party to celebrate San Francisco's beloved treasure will, for the time being, take place online.Originally, city officials planned a yearlong celebration that included free museum admission, concerts and the participation of more than 150 cultural institutions and community groups. A giant Ferris wheel that lifts passengers 150 feet into the sky was brought in for the occasion.But the spread of the coronavirus forced them to postpone the event.Instead, they launched an online concert series featuring musical sets performed in the park over the years. They include an appearance by Boz Scaggs at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in 2016 and Metallica's headlining performance at the Outside Lands festival in 2017.“Golden Gate Park has served as a place of inspiration, hope and refuge for San Franciscans for 150 years,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement.“We hope these virtual experiences will bring some joy and entertainment during this challenging times.”April 4 marks the day the park was chartered by order of California State Legislature 150 years ago. Skeptics doubted the city's sand dunes could be converted into park land, but field engineer William Hammond Hall and master gardener John McLaren figured out a way to blanket more than 1,000 acres on the city's west side with trees.Associated Press, The Associated Press

  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada
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    The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada

    The latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 8:22 p.m. on April 4, 2020:There are 14,018 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada._ Quebec: 6,997 confirmed (including 75 deaths, 306 resolved)_ Ontario: 3,630 confirmed (including 94 deaths, 1,219 resolved)_ British Columbia: 1,203 confirmed (including 38 deaths, 673 resolved)_ Alberta: 1,126 confirmed (including 20 deaths, 196 resolved), 55 presumptive_ Nova Scotia: 236 confirmed (including 50 resolved)_ Saskatchewan: 231 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 55 resolved)_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 203 confirmed (including 1 death, 18 resolved)_ Manitoba: 172 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 17 resolved), 22 presumptive_ New Brunswick: 98 confirmed (including 28 resolved)_ Prince Edward Island: 22 confirmed (including 6 resolved)_ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed_ Yukon: 6 confirmed_ Northwest Territories: 4 confirmed (including 1 resolved)_ Nunavut: No confirmed cases_ Total: 14,018 (77 presumptive, 13,941 confirmed including 233 deaths, 2,569 resolved)This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 4, 2020.The Canadian PressNote to readers: This is a corrected file. An earlier version, based on information on a government website, did not differentiate between Alberta's confirmed and presumptive cases.