Media Beat: April 03, 2020

Today's column is a series of mostly unconnected videos about life, people, the infamous and people who just choose to make us laugh.

Media Beat: April 03, 2020

By David Farrell

Today's column is a series of mostly unconnected videos about life, people, the infamous and people who just choose to make us laugh. It is a column that consciously or unconsciously tries to avoid the pandemic of news alerts, the torrent of updates, and bullhorn warnings about life in Q1, 2020. It is a collection of videos that I suppose reflect my own reaction to being penned up, cloistered, cut off from social engagement and threatened with quarantine.

It is a column that mostly makes light of our situation and challenges the myth that this is the worst thing to ever happen. As my 96-year-old mother likes to tell me, 'I lived through the war, I have seen and heard this all before and lived through it'.


Today, against better judgement, I will take the TTC to visit her in her confined solitude, cook up a breakfast, converse with her and try to be strong as even she becomes increasingly concerned about her sons and daughters as the TV blasts out a punchbag of troubling stories about these dark months we live through as winter ebbs and the days grow longer and the sunshine brings life back to the frozen earth.

Maybe it is time for newscasts and media in general to take a pause and look on the bright side of life.

Hope -- Klaatu

Mike Myers salutes Sean Connery in a kilt

Dr. Evil gets fired from the Trump cabinet

Donald Trump: The making of a President

Tim Minchin: Some People Have It Worse Than I

Tom Lehrer - We Will All Go Together When We Go

James Cordon and Eric Idle look on the bright side of …

Phil Ochs - There But For Fortune

Admiral McRaven on how to change the world

Fuck All The Perfect People - Chip'Taylor & The New Ukrainians

Karan Aujla
Photography team: Ishmil Waterman, Lane Dorsey, Sasha Jairam/Billboard Canada. Styling by Veronika Lipatova, Nikita Jaisinghani, Aliecia Brisette. Makeup & Hair by Franceline Graham.

Karan Aujla

Chart Beat

Canadian-Punjabi Artists Ikky & Karan Aujla Make YouTube’s Top 10 Most-Watched Videos of 2023

The two artists, who were part of Billboard Canada's Punjabi Wave cover, sit amongst the top artists in the world on YouTube's list.

Ikky and Karan Aujla continue to take their place alongside the biggest artists in the world. After making the highest-charting Punjabi album debut in Canadian history this year, the two Punjabi-Canadian artists are now among Canada’s top most-watched music videos of 2023 on YouTube.

Two of Ikky and Aujla’s collaborations made the top 10 list, with “52 Bars” at No. 3 and “Take It Easy” at No. 8, both from their Four You EP.

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