Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 272: Peter Bulut Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 268In this 272nd episode, Mike and Great Lakes Brewery owner Peter Bulut play and discuss his ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 1:26:23.

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Gord Downie, Dead at 53

Gord DownieGord Downie was 53. He was the lead singer and songwriter for The Tragically Hip, my favourite band of all-time.

I'll never forget the day I heard Blow at High Dough on Q107 back in '89. I picked up Up To Here and never looked back. I've since seen them twelve times, meticulously documenting the setlists each time. I was lucky enough to see them one last time on August 12, 2016, a show I'll never forget.

I'll also never forget watching the final Tragically Hip show in Kingston from Ingonish with my oldest daughter as we openly wept together. Gord wasn't just a rock star, he was our national poet, our conscious. Most importantly, he was ours. Hip fans get it. If you don't, it's probably better for us that you don't understand.

We all knew this day was coming, but that doesn't make it hurt any less. And damn, does this ever hurt.

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Update:

I didn't know what to do, so I went down to my podcast studio and recorded something for Toronto Mike'd subscribers. Just 26 unscripted minutes of me talking about the Hip while playing some Hip.

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John Dunsworth, Dead at 71

John DunsworthJohn Dunsworth was 71. He was the actor best known as the irreverent trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey on Trailer Park Boys.

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Supporting Independent Canadian Podcasts: Support the Supporters

I've been assisting in the production of podcasts for over a decade now, and I've managed the A-Z of my own podcast for over five years, so trust me when I tell you Canada is lagging far behind the United States when it comes to the monetization of podcasts. Sponsors seem hesitant to embrace the medium, avoiding the "bleeding edge" and parking their marketing dollars in traditional legacy channels.

Ask any podcast listener how many independent Canadian podcasts they listen to. If you remove podcasts from the CBC, Bell Media, Rogers Media and Corus, what Canadian content is on your playlist? I'll wait while you count them on one hand...

This is why it's vital we support those companies willing to step up and sponsor independent podcasts in this country. If you'll allow it, and you don't really have a choice, I'd like to talk about the three organizations spending real dollars from their marketing budgets on a completely independent podcast recorded in some guy's basement in southwest Toronto.

Pay TM
Pay TM Canada is located in Liberty Village and they recently signed on for six months to promote their bill payment app. This is pretty cool, and I urge you all to try it. Not only is it convenient to have all of your bills on the PAY TM app but they'll pay you to pay your bills. You’ll receive 3% cash back on everyday goods like coffee at Tim Horton's and Gas at Esso. Now here's what I need you to do...

  1. Visit paytm.ca and download the app for your smartphone
  2. Use promo code "TorontoMike" to get $10 off on your first bill payment
  3. Enjoy and profit!

Propertyinthe6ix.com
Brian Gerstein is a longtime supporter of the podcast who recently renewed his sponsorship for a second six-months. A real estate sales representative with PSR Brokerage, he's not only a solid citizen, but he knows his stuff.

If you are planning to buy and/or sell in the next 6ix months, call Brian at (416) 873-0292 and visit Propertyinthe6ix.com.

Great Lakes Brewery
Great Lakes Brewery were first to step up and sponsor Toronto Mike'd and they've just renewed for the third time. That's two years now (and counting)!

They're a fiercely independent brewery celebrating 30 years in the craft beer business and I can't tell you how many $5 pints I've enjoyed on their patio. In fact, I'm planning to bike over there today.

It also helps that they produce tasty beer. The next time you're thirsty, choose GLB and let them know you appreciate their support of independent Canadian podcasts.

Your Company Here
A podcast listener is a focused and loyal listener. If you have marketing dollars to spend, consider sponsoring an independent Canadian podcast. I'd like to hear more independent voices in this country and I'll bet you would, too.

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Open Mike

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 271: DJ Ron Nelson

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 271In this 271st episode, Mike chats with DJ Ron Nelson about his Fantastic Voyage show on CKLN, bringing the first hip-hop shows to Canada, the emergence of Maestro Fresh-Wes and Michie Mee, recording the Dream Warriors album in his home studio, Reggaemania and what he thinks of Drake. This episode is exactly 1:35:05.

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What Canadian Thanksgiving Means to Me

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Watching the Argos at BMO Field: My Experience

Thanks to this recent Toronto Mike'd guest, I took the entire family to this afternoon's Argos game. It was my first Argos game at BMO Field.

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Normally I bike to BMO Field, but since all four kids were going, we took the Go Train. it was the very first time in my life I took the Go Train and damn was that slick. A comfy six minute ride from Mimico to Exhibition couldn't have been more convenient.

By the opening kickoff, one thing was crystal clear. Argos games look a million times better at BMO Field than at the dome. The weather was perfect and the field looked great. This is a fantastic venue for football.

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You don't get the energy from the crowd you get from TFC supporters, but it was fun with so many Roughrider fans wearing green. The crowd was pretty thin at kickoff but looked much better by the end of the first quarter. There's no denying it, though. This team has a serious attendance problem when they can't come close to filling BMO for a 4pm game on a beautiful Saturday.

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When Mike Hogan heard I was coming to the game, he invited me up to the booth to see him and Jeff Johnson calling the game for TSN Radio. I managed to get media passes for me and my oldest son and we peeked in every room. Here are shots from the TSN Radio booth.

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Here's a peek into the TSN booth.

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I wanted to say hi to Don Landry, but they keep him locked up in this room throughout the game.

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And finally, here's where the press sits at BMO Field. I'm told Sean Fitz-Gerald was there, but I didn't see him. There was coffee and food. I did not partake.

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In the end, the Argos lost a close one, but it was a fun game in a great stadium. I really hope the Argos can fix their aforementioned attendance problem because they've been here since 1873 and I'd like them to stick around.

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It was the very first pro sports event I've attended with all four of my kids and a good time was had by all. Thanks, Jackie.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 270: Damien Cox Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 268In this 270th episode, Mike and Damien Cox play and discuss his ten favourite songs. But first, a frank discussion about his behaviour on Twitter. This episode is exactly 1:59:10.

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