How Often Do You Shave?
Published by Toronto Mike on July 27, 2014 @ 09:38 in Miscellaneous

How Often Do You Shave?During a more corporate period of my life, I'd shave my face every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I've always hated having to shave my face.

For the past few years, I've fallen into a nice routine where I shave every five days or so. I actually feel more confident with a few days growth.

Gentlemen: how often do you shave your face?

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Friday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on July 25, 2014 @ 08:58 in Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Friday 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.

Open Mike

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Who Should I Interview on Toronto Mike'd?
Published by Toronto Mike on July 24, 2014 @ 10:19 in Podcasting

Who Should I Interview on Toronto Mike'd?I've been podcasting since August 2012 and have 85 episodes in the can. Until this year, episodes were me and my friend Rosie shooting the shit about current events and happenings in our lives. That was a lot of fun, but then Rosie got a job a million kilometres away.

In 2014 I started doing two types of episodes:

  1. One-on-one interviews with public figures I was interested in
  2. Fun chats about current events and pot pourri with my buddy Elvis

Although there were one-on-one chats with Humble and Fred in 2013, having a famous person join me in my studio is primarily a 2014 thing. So far this year I've spoken with Jonathan Torrens, Todd Shapiro, Alan Cross, Jason Agnew, Jeremy Taggart, Greg Brady, Bingo Bob, Barb DiGiulio, Jim Richards, David Marsden, Neil Morrison, Jeff Marek, Down Goes Brown, and Erin Davis. I've enjoyed each one of them.

I'd like to continue shooting the shit with my buddy Elvis, whenever he can drop by, but I'd like to have more interesting one-on-one convos with public figures of interest to me. Over the next couple of months I will be sitting down with George Stroumboulopoulos, Mark Hebscher, Jim Lang, Raymi the Minx and 88.1 PD Adam Thompson. But who else should I add to that list?

Let me know who I should ask, and bonus points if you know them personally or know someone who knows them and can help broker the deal. And no, I haven't heard back from Maestro yet, but I'm not giving up. If you know him, tell him to do my show!

And if you want to go back and hear these chats, they're all archived here.

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The Rogue BiWay
Published by Toronto Mike on July 22, 2014 @ 16:12 in Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus

The Rogue BiWayWhen I was a kid, there was a BiWay on Annette street just east of Jane. If a kid came to school wearing BiWay brand Champion's Choice clothing, the kids would let 'em have it. If you don't remember the BiWay, it was a discount department store chain that was shuttered for good back in 2001.

Although the BiWay doesn't exist anymore, there is one rogue BiWay that survives to this day. I snapped this picture yesterday on Lake Shore just west of Islington.

Rogue Biway

At least this rogue BiWay added the word "Zone" in small type and changed the logo. A mere five years ago, this is how that Rogue BiWay on Lake Shore appeared.

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Tuesday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on July 22, 2014 @ 09:06 in Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Tuesday 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.

Open Mike

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Free $100 Gift Card from MasterCard #PricelessToronto
Published by Toronto Mike on July 21, 2014 @ 09:01 in Win Free Stuff

Free $100 Gift Card from MasterCard #PricelessTorontoDid you know you can save money on fun Toronto stuff simply by using your MasterCard? For example, I recently learned that I can take the kids to Canada's Wonderland and save 38% off each ticket. I'm totally going to do that.

If you'd like to see more Toronto deals when you use your MasterCard, visit If you'd like a free $100 MasterCard gift card, simply leave a comment letting me know your favourite GTA destination for fun. I'll randomly pick a winner on my daughter's birthday, July 29.

I actually have this card in my possession now, so I'll have to work it out with the winner how to pass this card over. Good luck to all!

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James Garner, Dead at 86
Published by Toronto Mike on July 20, 2014 @ 10:11 in Celebrity Deaths

James GarnerJames Garner was 86. His whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western Maverick led to a stellar career in TV and films such as The Rockford Files and his Oscar-nominated Murphy's Romance.

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I Like My Eggs Scrambled
Published by Toronto Mike on July 19, 2014 @ 22:01 in Miscellaneous

I Like My Eggs ScrambledI could eat eggs every day. I love eggs. And there are so many different ways to make or order eggs:

  • Fried
  • Eggs Benedict
  • Hard Boiled
  • Omelette
  • Over Easy
  • Over Hard
  • Poached
  • Shirred
  • Soft Boiled
  • Sunny Side Up
  • Scrambled

All of those options, but there's only one way I'll make or order eggs, and that's scrambled. When I'm out for brunch, or whipping up eggs at home, that's my choice 100% of the time.

That may sound strange or stupid, but it's a fact. I only love eggs scrambled, but when they're scrambled I love them a whole lot.

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TTC Subway Hacks the Next Gen Won't Require
Published by Toronto Mike on July 19, 2014 @ 21:31 in TTC ~ Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto News ~ Toronto Focus

TTC Subway Hacks the Next Gen Won't RequireI took my oldest son to the Blue Jays game today, and we rode the subway to Union Station. On the Yonge–University line, both ways, we enjoyed the new Bombardier subway trains, and that got me thinking... This next generation of subway riders will never require the Red Rocket hacks we all knew and loved.

Anyone who has a regular subway route knows exactly where on the platform to board so when you reach your destination the doors open right across from the exit. This was always part of the game. It's a hack we all knew.

But the new subway trains allow you to walk between the cars while inside, so you can enter anywhere and simply walk to where the exit will be. It no longer matters where you board, as you'll see from this pic I snapped earlier today.


And any TTC subway veteran knows which side the doors will open on before you get to the station. All the guesswork has been taken out of the equation as the new subway trains give you the answer. My son will never know that feeling of getting ready to exit only to realize the doors are opening on the opposite side.


The game, by the way, was awesome. Stroman was brilliant and the Jays won. James is happy.


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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 85: Jeremy Taggart
Published by Toronto Mike on July 18, 2014 @ 20:13 in Podcasting, Toronto Mike'd Podcast

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 85In this 85th episode, Mike chats with Jeremy Taggart about his years drumming for Our Lady Peace, why he left the band, his podcast with Jonathan Torrens, his battle with alcohol, his tryout with the Atlanta Braves and what's next. This episode is exactly 1:20:27.

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