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Is that a sceptre? Did Prince bring a sceptre to the French Open? Pop singer Prince, left, watches the fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament between Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Monday, June 2, 2014. (Photo: Michel Spingler/The Associated Press)

Is that a sceptre? Did Prince bring a sceptre to the French Open? Pop singer Prince, left, watches the fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament between Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Monday, June 2, 2014. (Photo: Michel Spingler/The Associated Press)

As a staple in the pop culture diet for decades in Quebec, singer Ginette Reno has loaned her voice to several well-known institutions: Singing for the Hells Angels at a wedding reception and singing at the funeral for Maurice (The Rocket) Richard famously among them.This spring, though, the 67-year-old has emerged as the unlikely good luck charm for the highest-ranking institution in the province. Months after suffering a heart attack, she has performed O Canada for the Montreal Canadiens at two home playoff games — and the team won both.And not only did they win both, they started both with quick goals, the Bell Centre still buzzing from the effects of her singing. The Canadiens scored 11 seconds into Game 3, on Sunday, and they scored two minutes into Game 4 on Tuesday, sweeping the Tampa Bay Lightning from their first-round playoff series. Reno’s powers appeared to extend beyond her command performance with the anthem, too. As she was leaving the ice on Tuesday night, she shook hands with Daniel Brière, a veteran Canadiens forward who had not scored a goal in the series.Brière was the one who scored that first goal, two minutes 24 seconds later. (Photo: Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

As a staple in the pop culture diet for decades in Quebec, singer Ginette Reno has loaned her voice to several well-known institutions: Singing for the Hells Angels at a wedding reception and singing at the funeral for Maurice (The Rocket) Richard famously among them.

This spring, though, the 67-year-old has emerged as the unlikely good luck charm for the highest-ranking institution in the province. Months after suffering a heart attack, she has performed O Canada for the Montreal Canadiens at two home playoff games — and the team won both.

And not only did they win both, they started both with quick goals, the Bell Centre still buzzing from the effects of her singing. The Canadiens scored 11 seconds into Game 3, on Sunday, and they scored two minutes into Game 4 on Tuesday, sweeping the Tampa Bay Lightning from their first-round playoff series.

Reno’s powers appeared to extend beyond her command performance with the anthem, too. As she was leaving the ice on Tuesday night, she shook hands with Daniel Brière, a veteran Canadiens forward who had not scored a goal in the series.

Brière was the one who scored that first goal, two minutes 24 seconds later. (Photo: Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

Anybody worried about how Bruno Mars would do on one of the world’s largest stages had obviously never seen the young star perform live. That all changed Sunday night when tens of millions got their first chance to see why he’s one of the most exciting live acts of his generation.Mars, 28, took his high-powered live show to Super Bowl halftime, creating what felt like an intimate show in the arena in East Rutherford, N.J., and supersizing it in what has become a defining moment for those who preceded him on the list of halftime performers in the big game. (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Anybody worried about how Bruno Mars would do on one of the world’s largest stages had obviously never seen the young star perform live. That all changed Sunday night when tens of millions got their first chance to see why he’s one of the most exciting live acts of his generation.

Mars, 28, took his high-powered live show to Super Bowl halftime, creating what felt like an intimate show in the arena in East Rutherford, N.J., and supersizing it in what has become a defining moment for those who preceded him on the list of halftime performers in the big game. (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The great thing about Drake — and there is no irony in the use of “great” here — is the dichotomy that defines him. Sometimes, he is just so darned earnest, such an emotional open book. To the openhearted, that is wonderful; to the jaded, it is a bit embarrassing. And then sometimes, he is able to wink at that.The guy has a sense of humour about himself, which is a large part of his appeal. He charms you into liking him. If he took himself as seriously as it seems he does in his confessional lyrics, it would be absurd. The fact that he embraces the mockery, and even takes part, puts the hip-hop artist standing in as the Toronto Raptors’ global brand ambassador just on the right side of tolerable.As soon as you want to give him, and this whole idea of him representing the Raptors, the benefit of the doubt, the preposterousness of the whole arrangement looms again.“Tonight isn’t a Drake show. It has nothing really to do with Drake,” Drake said before Drake Night, an evening that was a glorification of Drake’s brand, only tangibly related to the Toronto Raptors’ 96-80 win over the Brooklyn Nets. (Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

The great thing about Drake — and there is no irony in the use of “great” here — is the dichotomy that defines him. Sometimes, he is just so darned earnest, such an emotional open book. To the openhearted, that is wonderful; to the jaded, it is a bit embarrassing. And then sometimes, he is able to wink at that.

The guy has a sense of humour about himself, which is a large part of his appeal. He charms you into liking him. If he took himself as seriously as it seems he does in his confessional lyrics, it would be absurd. The fact that he embraces the mockery, and even takes part, puts the hip-hop artist standing in as the Toronto Raptors’ global brand ambassador just on the right side of tolerable.

As soon as you want to give him, and this whole idea of him representing the Raptors, the benefit of the doubt, the preposterousness of the whole arrangement looms again.

“Tonight isn’t a Drake show. It has nothing really to do with Drake,” Drake said before Drake Night, an evening that was a glorification of Drake’s brand, only tangibly related to the Toronto Raptors’ 96-80 win over the Brooklyn Nets. (Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

The 2016 NBA All-Star Game is coming to Toronto and the Raptors are looking to one of the music industry’s biggest stars to help revamp the franchise in time for the festivities.The club has named Drake its new “global ambassador” and the Toronto rap star will have a voice in the team’s rebranding.Mayor Rob Ford also attended the Monday’s announcement. (Photo: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

The 2016 NBA All-Star Game is coming to Toronto and the Raptors are looking to one of the music industry’s biggest stars to help revamp the franchise in time for the festivities.

The club has named Drake its new “global ambassador” and the Toronto rap star will have a voice in the team’s rebranding.

Mayor Rob Ford also attended the Monday’s announcement. (Photo: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

The Yankees held a pregame ceremony to honour retiring closer Mariano Rivera before Sunday’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Among the gifts was a rocking chair made of baseball bats, presented by New York manager Joe Girardi and shortstop Derek Jeter. Metallica performed Enter Sandman as part of the ceremony. (Photos: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images; Elsa/Getty Images)

This happened: Philadelphia Eagles coaches hold up Rocky and Elvis signs in the second quarter while taking on the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 9, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

This happened: Philadelphia Eagles coaches hold up Rocky and Elvis signs in the second quarter while taking on the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 9, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Roger Federer tries to play the violin during an advertising film shooting in Zurich, Switzerland to promote the Lucerne Festival, a prestigious classical music festival that celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The festival will last September 16, 2013.  (Photo: AFP Photo/Credit Suisse/Lucerne Festival)

Kid Rock. Tiger Woods. Playing. Golf. What. (Photo via Kid Rock/Facebook)

Kid Rock. Tiger Woods. Playing. Golf. What. (Photo via Kid Rock/Facebook)

The Miami Heat were so hot last night, Justin Bieber’s sunglasses ended up being SEARED ONTO HIS FACE. Because that’s the only reason why he would be wearing sunglasses inside, OBVIOUSLY. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Miami Heat were so hot last night, Justin Bieber’s sunglasses ended up being SEARED ONTO HIS FACE. Because that’s the only reason why he would be wearing sunglasses inside, OBVIOUSLY. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)