Daily Photo: Water at Dusk


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Retro Apartment Signage on Lake Shore

Along Lake Shore, in the west end of the city, there's a series of apartment complexes just east of RoyalYork that continue to sport their original signage. This retro signage dons names like "The Deauville", "The Eldorado" and "Cornell Manor".

Yesterday, I decided to snap a few pictures before these apartments are razed for pricey waterfront condos. (Don't panic, tenants... this hasn't been announced, I'm just looking into my crystal ball.)





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The Ultimate Toronto Morning Show (Early 90s Edition)

I stole this from John Gallagher's Facebook feed. It's a photo that appeared in the Toronto Sun in the early 90s.

In this picture you will see Brother Jake Edwards and John Gallagher from Q107's Q Morning Zoo, Marilyn Denis and Roger Ashby from CHUM-FM, Tom Rivers from 680 CFTR, Humble Howard from CFNY Mix 99.9 and Don Daynard from CHFI.

Early 90s Sun photo

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 184: Avery Haines

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 184In this 184th episode, Mike chats with Avery Haines about her sister's musical career, her controversial episode at CTV NewsNet, her years at CityTV and sharing her story of love following the shooting in Orlando. This episode is exactly 1:26:54.

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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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Too. Much. Cuteness.

I'm a very lucky guy. I have four amazing children. My youngest, who is now four months old, is also going to be my last.

The next time I'm caring for a child this size, I'll be a grandfather, so I'm really trying to soak this in. Every day I'm blown away by just how adorable everything is at this stage. Sometimes, the cuteness is almost too much to bear.

When she's not sleeping or eating, she's smiling and cooing. That's her day: sleep, eat, smile and coo.

This is my fourth time enjoying this phase, but memories are a funny thing. I really only think of my kids as the age they are now. Currently, that means I'm an expert in raising a teenager, pre-teen, toddler and baby.

Variety, they say, is the spice of life. Like I said, I'm lucky.

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Garry Marshall, Dead at 81

Garry MarshallGarry Marshall was 81. He created such television shows as Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy and directed movies, including The Flamingo Kid and Pretty Woman.

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Keith Hampshire on OK Blue Jays


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I'm Not Going to Write About Donald Trump

I've yet to write a single word about Donald Trump's pusuit of the most powerful job in the world. To be honest, I kept waiting for common sense to prevail, but here we are....

The RNC is taking place in Cleveland this week, and it's what I'd have expected. Here's a nice synopsis from Daniel Dale, who knows a thing or two about covering populist candidates in pursuit of power.

I've gone this far without writing about Trump, and I'm not going to stop start now.

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Let's Talk About The Simpsons

It's hard to believe they're still making new episodes of The Simpsons. The Simpsons was my favourite show when I was a teenager. Those first six seasons were so good, I still revisit them often.

The first episode ever aired was "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", the Christmas episode where they get Santa's Little Helper. It's so old, it aired in the 80s. For me, it was love at first sight.

I own the first ten seasons on DVD and still watched on Sunday nights until about six years ago. These days, I prefer to do deep dives, usually after listening to an episode of Talking Simpsons, a podcast fellow Simpsons fans will love. We're currently revisiting season three which gave us such gems as "Flaming Moe's" and "Like Father, Like Clown."

As I watch these episodes I've seen dozens of times the past 27 years, I'm still amazed at the perfect blend of humour and sweetness struck by this cartoon. When The Simpsons got it right, the writing was on point, the acting was stellar the laughs were plentiful and the eyes were moist, and during the first six season, they almost always got it right.


Although the show is now a shadow of its former self, I look forward to one day, as an old man, settling in to binge watch the many seasons I've missed. That, in a nutshell, is my exit strategy.

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