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Gordon Pinsent, award-winning Canadian actor, dies at 9…

Gordon Pinsent, an award-winning Canadian actor acclaimed for his performance as a heartbroken husband in the film “Away From Her,” has died at 92.

His family said in a statement that Pinsent died in his sleep Saturday.

“Gordon Pinsent was one of Canada’s most iconic actors,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday on Twitter. “He was passionate, captivating and endlessly talented.”

Pinsent worked for decades in radio, television and movies. In 2008, he received the Academy of Canadian Television and Cinema’s Genie Award for best actor in a leading role for “Away From Her.” He played a husband losing his wife not only to Alzheimer’s but also to another man.

Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley directed “Away From Her,” starring Pinsent and Julie Christie, which premiered at film festivals in 2006 before its theatrical release in 2007.

“Gordon had an enormous capacity for joy in absolutely everything he did,” Polley said Sunday on Twitter. “It was infectious and educational. There wasn’t a moment without a twinkle of mischief and a determination to enjoy the moment.”

Pinsent was born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, in 1930, and began acting in his late teens. With his deep baritone voice, Pinsent played in radio drama on the CBC before working in movies and television.

Pinsent spent about four years in the Canadian Army in the early 1950s. After returning to acting, he appeared on children’s shows in the early 1960s, including CBC’s “The Forest Rangers.” He later appeared in dozens of Canada’s top television shows, including “The Red Green Show,” and was the voice of the animated elephant King Babar on TV and in a movie.

He played a role in the 1968 Steve McQueen movie, “The Thomas Crown Affair,” and portrayed the U.S. president in director Joseph Sargent’s 1970 film, “Colossus: The Forbin Project.”

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Toronto is getting a new fashion and music festival next month

MODECANADAROCKS will be bringing Canadian music and fashion together into one big night this March.

The festival – held at Rebel –  will highlight some of the up and coming talent in Canada’s music and fashion scene, and is set to open with a red-carpet reception, followed by a night of live music, DJs and performances. 

The live performances of the night are set to be divided into three parts, with different focuses throughout each act – Of Art and Indigeneity, The Order of Canadian Style, and Black to the Future. 

Canadian musicians like Cody Coyote, Tyler Shaw and Savannah Ré will also be taking the stage throughout the night. Ari Hicks and Zeina are among some of the other artists performing, and the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance will also be in attendance.

You’ll also get the chance to grab some food, drinks, and browse around, as small local businesses will be setting up shop throughout the night. 

MODECANADAROCKS Fashion Music Festival will be held at 11 Polson Street on March 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Tickets range from $50 to $275, and are available on Eventbrite. Proceeds from the event will be donated to organizations supporting homeless youth in Ontario.

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