Entertainment

A piano keyboard.
Arts Entertainment

Young African Pianist Achieves His Dreams

As a boy, Mehdi Ghazi had a dream. He wanted to be a classical pianist.

But he lived in Algeria, a northern African nation torn apart by a long-standing civil war between government forces and Islamic rebels. The war had shut down the music conservatory. And western classical music was nearly unheard of there—in fact, some called it “the devil’s music.”

Ghazi had no piano. He practiced on a keyboard drawn on a sheet of paper. And he had no teacher, so he taught himself to play.

Logo for Toronto International Film Festival.
Entertainment

Celebrities Swarm Toronto

There are lots of international celebrities in Toronto right now, because the city is hosting a huge film festival, called TIFF or the “Toronto International Film Festival.” Big stars like Natalie Portman (Queen Amidala from Star Wars), Matt Damon, Colin […]