Metro Reviews: Mario Kart 8, Governor General’s Awards, Salute The Desk

Here’s my Metro Canada News reviews for the week of May 19th.

The Performing Arts In Canada: A Celebration
By Governor General’s Performing Arts Award
Three Stars
Using timelines, short films, and acceptance speech videos to transform an awards ceremony into an interactive book is a fantastic idea. True, the Governor General Awards are more prestigious than entertaining, lack video content for their older years, but they do highlight the best names in TV, film, dance, music, and theatre, and has William Shatner hilariously speak-singing “O Canada”.


Salute The Desk
Clear instructional videos share every important movement in this well-made mini Yoga series designed to help improve your working posture and avoid the harmful tensions of sitting all day.



The Photo Cookbook – Barbecue Grilling
This visual collection of sixty step-by-step recipes includes skewers for meat, poultry, and seafood, plus some really inventive veggie choices including stuffed mushrooms, flatbread, and a baked camembert berry compote.


Google Play Music
Free/$7.99 subscription
Google’s streaming music service lets you upload your own MP3 files into their radio mix for access from any device creating one true library for your playlists, recommendations, and shares.


Mario Kart 8
Nintendo Wii U
Rated: Everyone
5 Stars
With karts that can stick to the ground, Nintendo is free to take their courses vertical into gravity-defying swells and loops that, thanks to their enriched, dazzling graphics, is something you feel in the pit of your stomach. The core racing remains unchanged, but with a better sense of visual motion. It’s the music though, with unfortunate jazz wanderings, that feels one dimensional. Yes, there are new characters and new boomerang and flower weapons, but it’s the online racing and video sharing that add new twists to this family favourite.


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