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Toe is Broken (Up)

On Saturday, April 8th, news broke that Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have broken up after six years together, and relations between America and the UK have never been worse. According to an exclusive from Entertainment Tonight, the pair decided to amicably separate, much to the surprise of millions of fans who have spent the last six years idolizing the love that has inspired five of Swift’s albums. I mean, if the relationship that gave us “Call It What You Want” is no more, love is surely dead. Since people online got wind of the news, it’s been a debate whether it is true or not. Nevertheless, people (me) are heartbroken, and they’ve got things to say about it.

Here are my favourite tweets about the world’s most devastating break up.

Lastly, this one… if you know you know.



A Biased Review of The Eras Tour Set List

Last Friday (March 17, 2023), Taylor Swift kicked off the US leg of The Eras Tour with a bang. The show was highly commended by fans all around the world tuning in through social media, and also in major press reviews, such as Rolling Stone and The New York Times. The 3-hour show, split up into Swift’s 10 album eras from the past 17 years, clearly demonstrates her unmatched excellence in stage performance, and her love and dedication to her fans. Each era consisted of fan-favourite songs, stunning visuals and costumes, and jaw-dropping choreography. The concert attendees have said nothing but positive reviews on their experiences, which included watching the openers (Paramore and GAYLE), buying merch, and screaming along to their favourite current and nostalgic songs.

While I personally have little to no critiques to give on the show overall, and seeing the Glendale, AZ shows have only made me more impatient for the Seattle shows I’m attending, there are of course (probably controversial) changes I would make to the set list based purely on my own personal preferences. In a hypothetical world where she could realistically sing and dance for 8 hours straight, there are so many songs I would add to the set. Let’s get into some of them, era by era.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift sitting at a piano in a fuchsia dress on a stage with a packed crowd in the background.

Songs performed:

  • NONE 🙁

Songs I wish she would perform:

  • Our Song
  • Teardrops On My Guitar
  • Should’ve Said No


Taylor Swift dancing in a tasseled gold dress holding a microphone her mouth, on a stage with a mega-screen behind her.

Songs performed:

  • Fearless
  • You Belong With Me
  • Love Story

Songs I wish she would perform:

  • The Way I Loved You
  • The Other Side Of The Door

Speak Now

Taylor Swift standing on stage in a large sparkly pink ball gown, holding a microphone in her hand.

Songs performed:

  • Enchanted

Songs I wish she would perform:

  • Mine
  • Back To December
  • Dear John
  • Mean
  • The Story Of Us
  • Better Than Revenge
  • Haunted
  • Long Live


Taylor Swift dancing on stage in a Red-era themed outfit with a microphone held up to her mouth, and background dancers dressed in monochrome red outfits behind her.

Songs performed:

  • 22
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
  • I Knew You Were Trouble
  • All Too Well (10 Minute Version)

Songs I wish she would perform:

  • Red
  • Holy Ground
  • Begin Again
  • Come Back…Be Here


Taylor Swift dancing on stage in a 1989-era themed outfit with a microphone held up to her mouth, and background dancers in matching outfits pose behind her.

Songs performed:

  • Style
  • Blank Space
  • Shake It Off
  • Wildest Dreams
  • Bad Blood

Songs I wish she would perform:

  • Out Of The Woods
  • I Know Places
  • This Love
  • Clean
  • You Are In Love
  • New Romantics


Taylor Swift singing on stage in an asymmetrical body suit with snake decals, with red lights in the background.

Songs performed:

  • …Ready For It?
  • Delicate
  • Don’t Blame Me
  • Look What You Made Me Do

Songs I wish she would perform:

  • I Did Something Bad
  • Getaway Car
  • King Of My Heart
  • Dancing With Our Hands Tied
  • Dress


Taylor Swift smiling on stage in a rhinestoned bodysuit, holding a microphone.

Songs performed:

  • Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince
  • Cruel Summer
  • The Man
  • You Need To Calm Down
  • Lover
  • The Archer

Songs I wish she would perform:

  • Paper Rings
  • False God
  • Afterglow
  • Daylight


Taylor Swift standing in a house-like structure made of wooden planks and covered in moss on a stage, in a purple flowy dress singing into a microphone. The set is dimly lit with warm, dark colours.

Songs performed:

  • invisible string
  • betty
  • the last great american dynasty
  • august
  • illicit affairs
  • my tears ricochet
  • cardigan

Songs I wish she would perform:

  • seven
  • mirrorball
  • this is me trying


Taylor Swift on stage smiling while playing a piano covered in moss.

Songs performed:

  • tis the damn season
  • willow
  • marjorie
  • champagne problems
  • tolerate it

Songs I wish she would perform:

  • gold rush
  • ivy
  • cowboy like me
  • right where you left me


Taylor Swift performing on stage, holding a microphone with one foot up on a chair and wearing a sparkly blue/black bodysuit with dancers behind her in the same pose.

Songs performed:

  • Lavender Haze
  • Anti-Hero
  • Midnight Rain
  • Vigilante Shit
  • Bejeweled
  • Mastermind
  • Karma

Songs I wish she would perform:

  • Question…?
  • The Great War
  • Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve


Aramesh, W. D. (2023, March 18). Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour is a 3-hour career-spanning victory lap. Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 23, 2023, from https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-live-reviews/taylor-swift-the-eras-tour-glendale-review-1234699496/

Caramanica, J. (2023, March 18). Taylor Swift, pop’s maestro of memory, returns to the stage. The New York Times. Retrieved March 23, 2023, from https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/18/arts/music/taylor-swift-eras-tour-review.html


Aramesh, W. D. (2023, March 18). Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour is a 3-hour career-spanning victory lap. Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 23, 2023, from https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-live-reviews/taylor-swift-the-eras-tour-glendale-review-1234699496/

Breaking down Taylor Swift’s ‘eras’ tour wardrobe – fashionista. (n.d.). Retrieved March 23, 2023, from https://fashionista.com/2023/03/taylor-swift-the-eras-tour-outfits-costumes

Courtneypochinmirror. (2023, March 18). Taylor Swift’s full setlist for the eras tour – and it’s bound to divide fans. mirror. Retrieved March 23, 2023, from https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/us-celebrity-news/taylor-swifts-setlist-eras-tour-29459246

Iasimone, A. (2023, March 20). All the surprise songs Taylor Swift has performed on the eras tour (so far). Billboard. Retrieved March 23, 2023, from https://www.billboard.com/lists/taylor-swift-eras-tour-surprise-songs/this-is-me-trying/

Lutkin, A. (2023, March 22). All about Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour setlist and Outfit changes. ELLE. Retrieved March 23, 2023, from https://www.elle.com/culture/music/a43355124/taylor-swift-eras-tour-setlist-outfits/

Rudner, D. (2023, March 19). Photos: Taylor Swift Kicks Off ‘eras tour’ in Fine Fashion. News. Retrieved March 23, 2023, from https://www.expressnews.com/entertainment/article/taylor-swift-eras-tour-17848411.php

Staff, A. O. L. (2023, March 20). Here are all the outfits Taylor Swift has worn on her eras tour (so far). Click here to refresh. Retrieved March 23, 2023, from https://www.aol.com/lifestyle/outfits-taylor-swift-worn-her-221600475.html

We the South: Raptors to temporarily call Tampa home to start 2020-21 NBA season

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry. Photo credit: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images.

One season removed from being named the NBA Champions, the Toronto Raptors will have a new challenge to contend with this upcoming season, courtesy of the Canadian federal government.

The Raptors released a statement penned by president Masai Ujiri on Friday, confirming the team’s upcoming absence from Toronto. It reads in part, “The Raptors worked diligently with public health officials at the local, provincial and federal level to secure a plan that would permit us to play our 2020-21 season on home soil and on our home court at Scotiabank Arena.”

Ujiri maintains that conversations were productive, but due to the public health crisis and the Raptors’ urgent need to find a home for the upcoming season, the decision was made to make Tampa their temporary home. As a result, the Raptors will be playing just over 80 miles down the road from the NBA bubble where they spent two playoff rounds this past summer before bowing out to the Boston Celtics in a seven-game series.

NBA teams and fans have poked fun at the Raptors’ slogan, “We the North,” for several years now, pointing out that the Trailblazers (Portland, OR) and Timberwolves (Minneapolis, MN) actually play their home games further north than Toronto. Of course, the defining point of the Raptors’ argument is that they play for and represent the entire country of Canada, but their new home is prompting some to suggest a new slogan.

While the location clearly makes sense for the Raptors for several reasons, it’s difficult to ignore the irony that the only team further south than Tampa is the Miami Heat. In that regard, an adjusted slogan might be warranted. With NBA training camp being less than two weeks away, Toronto was in a hurry to find a home in the US, so what’s most important right now is that they got that done.

It remains to be seen whether Toronto will have to play all 36 of their home games this season in the US or if they’ll be able to make the transition to Toronto at some point this winter. If the Raptors are looking for advice on how to settle in to a temporary home away from home, however, they can look no further than the MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays who were forced to play in the US this past season at the hands of the Canadian government.

Masai Ujiri said in his statement that the team will continue to work with public health authorities and the federal and provincial governments as they prioritize “planning for a safe return to play in Toronto.”

As of right now, the NBA has not released an official regular season schedule for any of its 30 teams, but the start date is tentatively set for December 22nd, 2020.

CFL announces 2021 season schedule for all nine clubs

Photo credit: Geoff Robins / CFL Photo

The Canadian Football League is among professional sports leagues to have taken the biggest hit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to having their entire 2020 season wiped out, the league also requested and was denied $150 million in financial assistance from the federal government in April, before also being denied a $30 million loan in August.

Unlike other sports leagues which have been able to resume play without fans in the stands thanks to lucrative TV deals, the CFL doesn’t make nearly enough money from broadcast partners. The nine-team league relies heavily on the presence of fans in the seats, with ticket buyers providing the greatest source of revenue.

When the CFL officially ruled out the possibility of a shortened season on August 17th, it left many questions to be answered about the future of the league. But two days shy of what would have been the 108th Grey Cup in Regina this weekend, the league has officially rolled out its plans for the 2021 season on Friday.

To kick things off, the B.C. Lions and Calgary Stampeders will face off in Calgary on May 23rd for the first game of a three-week, two-game preseason for each team. The contest won’t count for anything in the standings, but the significance won’t be lost on the fact that it will be the first CFL game in 546 days by the time the players take the field.

As an all-Canadian league with an 18-game schedule, all nine teams are already quite familiar with the other teams in the league. However, in order to minimize travel across the country, the CFL will is implementing more divisional games than normal.

The B.C. Lions, for example, will play Ottawa and Montreal two times in 2021 but will only face Toronto and Hamilton once each. In 2019, they played all four teams in the East Division twice. Similar tweaks will be made to the schedules of all nine teams to keep teams closer to home during the season.

Still, the season won’t be without some exciting inter-division matchups. Hamilton and Winnipeg will square off on June 10th for opening day in a rematch of the 107th Grey Cup that saw Winnipeg come out on top 33-12.

The regular season is set to conclude on October 30th with a handful of rivalries. The Toronto Argonauts will host the Montreal Alouettes while the still-unnamed Edmonton Football Team will wrap up its season in Winnipeg against the Blue Bombers.

The CFL Playoffs will begin on November 7th, while the 108th Grey Cup will take place one year from tomorrow on November 21st, 2021 in Hamilton, Ontario. It remains unclear if fans will be permitted into the stadiums by the time action is set to begin this spring, but for now Canadian football fans have a tangible date to hold onto which is a step in the right direction.

You can check out the full 2021 season schedule here.