What’s On Our Pop Culture Radar in August
Charting what you'll be loving this month.
Oh, boy—we just found the ultimate mashup of our love for all things Disney and sweet. Sugarfina and Disney have teamed up to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse. The Mickey the True Original Collection a diorama bento box, chocolate bars and, of course, candy shaped like the iconic cartoon character’s ears. We’ll take one of everything, please.
If you had a billion dollars… you probably still wouldn’t come close to the bank balances of the characters in Crazy Rich Asians. But imagining/pretending/hoping your very own Nick Young is sitting beside you in the theatre is part of the fun watching this blockbuster adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s bestseller starring Constance Wu.
Here’s an idea for your next girls’ night: a comedy roast…of the patriarchy. Second City Toronto’s She The People sketch show is created, designed and performed entirely by women, who hilariously tackle everything from the struggle of having it all to more serious injustices.
You may recognize Troye Sivan as a former YouTube star, or from his latest single, “Dance to This, with Ariana Grande. But his sophomore album Bloom—out at the end of this month—will introduce you to the South African-born, Australian-raised singer on a much deeper level. Familiarize yourself with the artist now, because he’s about to be everywhere.
If the jaw-dropping second season finale of The Handmaid’s Tale left you looking for another dystopian-set narrative, allow us to present Vox. Christina Dalcher’s debut novel takes place in a U.S. where women are only allowed to speak 100 words every day. As gendered restrictions escalate, Dr. Jean McClellan can’t believe what’s happening and vows to reclaim her voice.
Turning your home into a smart one shouldn’t mean sacrificing good decor or your painstakingly-cultivated aesthetic. With Ikea’s new Bluetooth speakers, that’s no longer a concern. The Scandinavian brand’s Eneby line is sleek and minimalist, complementing your design style, and they deliver powerful sound too. Plus, we’re always looking for an excuse to nibble on some Swedish meatballs while shopping, so it’s a win/win.
Open Roof Festival (disclaimer: events aren’t actually hosted on a rooftop) has been taking over Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood all summer long. On August 15, they’re holding their penultimate event of the season: a screening of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs paired with a performance by Toronto-based art-pop duo Goosebump. And there will be beer, making it the perfect encapsulation of summer.
Rejoice! The summer of the rom-com continues with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. The new Netflix flick, which is adapted from Jenny Han’s YA novel of the same name, follows Lara Jean Song Covey (Lana Condor), who’s dismayed when her ultra-private, diary-like love letters are sent to her former crushes. You might want to double check that your own journals are still safely locked away afterwards.
Okay so, we’re kind of breaking our own rules with this one: technically, author and journalist Amitava Kumar’s new book (part-bio, part-novel) was published last month. But Immigrant Montana—which follows Kalish, a young immigrant new to the U.S., through his years at a university in New York—is so honest, thoughtful and personal, that we couldn’t let it go unmentioned. Besides, it was released on July 31, so it’s not that big of a cheat.