Autumn is the New Summer

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Welcome to this week's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 268: Jackie Perez Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 268In this 268th episode, Mike and Jackie Perez play and discuss her ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 1:37:01.

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Jake LaMotta, Dead at 95

Jake LaMottaJake LaMotta was 95. He was the professional boxer known as The Raging Bull who was World Middleweight Champion in 1949 after defeating Marcel Cerdan.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 267: Tim Thompson Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 267In this 267th episode, Mike and Tim "Boundless" Thompson play and discuss his ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 1:49:21.

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Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Dead at 73

Bobby Bobby "The Brain" Heenan was 73. He was the professional wrestling manager, wrestler and colour commentator I knew best from his years in the WWF. Young Mike watched many a match called by Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.

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The Ongoing History of All Jams Kicked Out

We've had 13 jam kickers thus far in the Kick Out the Jams! episodes of Toronto Mike'd. You'll find all 13 (and counting) right here.

Listener Tyler Campbell has meticulously documented every jam kicked out and recorded this detail in a shared spreadsheet. Click here to open the KOTJ spreadsheet in Google Sheets.

It's not just which jams have been kicked out by whom, but the frequency in which each artist pops up. The Beatles, for example, have been kicked out seven times, and unbelievably, it's seven different songs.

Knowing the jams before you listen is an obvious spoiler, so I've asked Tyler to wait a week before updating the spreadsheet. Now if you're up to date and have already heard Mike Stafford's jams, click through!

Thanks, Tyler! I owe you a six-pack of Great Lakes Beer.

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Thank You!

This morning's Terry Fox Run at High Park was amazing. I've been participating every year for over a decade now, and I don't remember a morning as warm as this one. Some years I'm wearing my Terry Fox tee shirt over a sweater but this year it was hot when the run began at 9am.

I want to thank every single person who pledged my run. Together we raised $737.

Terry Fox Run 2017

My 2017 Terry Fox Run heroes are:

  • Thomas E.
  • Faunie H.
  • Steve Y
  • Javed Jafri
  • Brian Gerstein
  • Shawn G.
  • Steve L.
  • Stephen B.
  • Troy
  • Cheryl
  • Rick C in Oakville
  • Blind Dave.
  • Dale
  • Paula A.
  • Eric M.
  • Maarten H.
  • Miriam. D
  • Broni
  • markosaar
  • Pete Fowler

I rode with the two older kids to High Park and had to stop and take a picture. It really was a perfect day.

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Harry Dean Stanton, Dead at 91

Harry Dean StantonHarry Dean Stanton was 91. He was the actor best known for his roles in “Paris, Texas,” “Twin Peaks,” “Big Love,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “Repo Man.”

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New Toronto Waterfront Driftwood Art: A Giant Known as El Corazón

Toronto artists Julie Ryan and Thelia Sanders-Shelton are set to unveil their latest Waterfront driftwood installation. It's a giant that will soon have a heart. The heart is scheduled to be installed during the grand opening on Tuesday morning.

I spoke with one of the artists today and was told this giant has a name. He's El Corazón, which is "The Heart" in Spanish.

Here's a pic I took earlier today. I'll return to snap a picture of El Corazón with his heart in place.

El Corazón

If you'd like to see pictures I've taken of their Toronto sign, here's a daytime shot and here's a shot I took at sunrise to commemorate my daughter's 13th birthday.

If you'd like to visit these awesome art installations yourself, here's where you go:

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