Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 238: Richard Syrett

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 238In this 238th episode, Mike chats with Richard Syrett about The Conspiracy Show, Coast to Coast AM and various conspiracy theories from JFK to 9/11. This episode is exactly 1:24:24.

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Teams That Have Not Made a Stanley Cup Final Since 1967 Shrinks to 5

Somehow, against all odds, the Nashville Predators have made the Stanley Cup Finals. They were the 16th seed, and I had them going out in the first round. I was so confident in that, I drafted many Chicago Blackhawks in my annual playoff pool.

Leafs fans will take some delight in the fact P. K. Subban might win a cup the season after being traded by Montreal, but Nashville making their first finals simply magnifies the Leafs drought. Not the championship drought, but the fact we haven't even played in a finals since 1967.

Below are the active teams who haven't played in a Stanley Cup final since 1967. One of these teams is not like the others.

  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Winnipeg Jets
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Phoenix Coyotes

But it's coming... you know it and I know it.

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Roger Moore, Dead at 89

Roger MooreRoger Moore was 89. He was the actor best known for playing James Bond in seven films, including Live and Let Die and the Spy Who Loved Me.

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Q107's Birth was 40 Years Ago Today

Q107 is 40 years old today. The station signed on with Deodato's "Also sprach Zarathustra" back on May 22, 1977 and the first song played was "Hard Rock Town" by Murray McLauchlan. The first voice you heard belonged to John Rode.

A tweet by @arc185 led me to this page that has a soundcheck of Q107's debut, but I didn't like the dead air at the beginning, so I edited the audio and am pleased to share it with you here.

Just before grunge broke in the early 90s (thereby keeping me tuned to CFNY 102.1 constantly to hear as much Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden as possible), I would try not to miss Q107's Top Ten at Ten. That's where I discovered Guns N' Roses and The Tragically Hip, after all.

Happy 40th to the Mighty Q!

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Open Mike

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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The Toronto Mike'd Studio: A Video Tour

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Chris Cornell, Dead at 52

Chris CornellChris Cornell was 52. He was best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Soundgarden and as lead vocalist and songwriter for Audioslave.

This one hits me square in my youth. I had a Badmotorfinger poster hanging in my bedroom as a teen. I just searched this blog for the term 'cornell' and see I've been writing about him for 15 years.

As I glance at those old entries, it's clear I always deemed him the best vocalist of the grungers. I may have been a bigger fan of Pearl Jam, but Nirvana and Soundgarden were right there on Mount Rushmore. Here's a few copy and pastes from yesteryear.

  • "Of all the great grunge rockers I've enjoyed through the years, nobody can touch the voice of Chris Cornell."
  • "Some great rock voices emerged from Seattle in the late 80s and early 90s. Kurt Cobain had that wicked scream and Ed Vedder had that definitive angsty croon but Chris Cornell had that impossible range. He was the best of the bunch and "Jesus Christ Pose" is that song I first skip to when I'm craving some Soundgarden."
  • "When I first read that the members of Rage Against the Machine were forming a group with Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, it was music to my ears. I'm a huge fan of both Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden, and Audioslave didn't disappoint."

From Soundgarden to Hunger Strike to Audioslave and his haunting and exceptional solo covers of "Nothing Compares 2 U", "Billie Jean" and more, there was no other voice like his, and I'm going to miss hearing new music from the man.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 237: Liana K and Steven Kerzner

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 237In this 237th episode, Mike chats with Liana K and Steven Kerzner about Live from Canada – it's Ed the Sock!, Liana's Lady Bits, Gamergate, what went wrong at MuchMusic, the Hard Rock Cafe closing and why Canada prefers to eat her own. This episode is exactly 1:40:00.

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Biko App Test Drive in Toronto

There's a new app for cyclists in Toronto, and it's called Biko. I installed the Biko App on my Android phone last week and have been using it to record my rides.

The key benefit of Biko is the digital reward points you collect for each kilometre you ride. These points are called "Bikos" and they can be exchanged for goods and services. New businesses are joining all the time and after a few rides I already qualified for ten free cold brews from Jimmy's Coffee, a free six pack of beer from Amsterdam Brewing or $40 off a tune up at Urbane Cyclist.

In addition to collecting Bikos, which is a whole lot of fun, the app measures your average speed, carbon emissions saved, and calories burned while recommending safe paths to ride. It couldn't be easier to use.

This valuable data on urban biking behaviour is shared with city planners looking to increase bike lanes and facilitate safe cycling. This cyclist thinks that's awesome.

For those interested in getting the Biko app, you can visit your phone’s app store or visit Bikoapp.com.

Here's my current home screen after my first four rides.

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Here's my current list of my rides.

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Details of each ride are easily accessible.

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And redeeming your Bikos is fun and easy.

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Redemption Song

Bob Marley released Redemption Song in late 1980, mere months before his death. It's a powerful song that always struck a chord with me. "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery" is Marley making Marcus Garvey's words immortal.

I love the song, but my go-to version isn't Marley, it's Joe Strummer. Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros recorded Redemption Song just prior to Strummer's death and it was released posthumously. Here it is, if you've never heard it.

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