Barenaked Ladies at Massey Hall

That was quite the night. After watching TFC's thrilling win, I biked to BMO Field to soak in the thrills of victory. Then, to Massey Hall to see the Barenaked Ladies.

With BNL, two things are guaranteed: you'll get great songs and truly funny banter. That banter, which is always crisp and smart, sometimes comes in rap form. It all makes for a dependably fun night.

Put them in Massey Hall and you get the added bonus of the best venue in the city. The acoustics are incredible. Catch a show or two before it shuts down for three years!

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This is the first time I've seen them since Steven Page left the band, and it's not quite the same. They still sound great, but here they are performing Brian Wilson. You can't hear Brian Wilson without missing Steven's contributions to the band.

I often joke about my mild 90s Cancon obsession. BNL are right there with The Tragically Hip, Lowest of the Low, Rusty and Skydiggers, only BNL experienced significant success in the USA. Still, they're Toronto boys, and they let you know it. The hometown crowd returned the love all night.

Most of us are old enough to remember when $1,000,000 was a lot of money.

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TFC: 2017 MLS Cup Champions

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 290: Gill Deacon

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 290In this 290th episode, Mike chats with Gill Deacon about being in a band, Gord Downie, her broadcasting career, her battle with cancer, her current hosting duties on Here and Now on CBC Radio and her favourite holiday music. This episode is exactly 1:33:51.

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A Clean Android Slate: My Essential Apps

I just got a new LG G5 Android phone, a clean slate. Well, it's not exactly clean, because it comes with a bunch of LG apps I have absolutely no use for, but once I cleaned up that mess, I could customize everything to my liking.

This is my current home page. The apps I access here are those I consider The A-Team.

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Here's a breakdown of my A-Team apps and why they're essential. We'll skip the six obvious defaults (phone, messages, camera, clock, Play Store, and settings) because, well... they're obvious.

Gmail
They say young people don't use email anymore. I must be old, because email is still the heartbeat of my digital communication. I use Gmail for email and I use it throughout the day, everyday.

Chrome
Chrome is my go-to web browser, and if you're browsing the web on your smartphone, you're going to need a web browser.

Google Calendar
Every time-sensitive thing I have to do goes in my Google Calendar. And once it's in there, it happens. Be it a dentist appointment, my son's hockey game, or Skydiggers at the Horseshoe Tavern.

MapMyRide
Every bike ride I've taken the last five years has been recorded with this app. It's why I'm able to tell you with certainty I've biked 10,041.22 KM in 2017.

Hangouts
My go-to online instant messenger is Google Hangouts. Enough said.

Twitter
I like Twitter, ok? That explains all the tweets. Of all the social media options, it's by far my favourite and the one I use most often.

Facebook Shortcut
This is not the Facebook app. I choose not to use the Facebook app and instead have a a shortcut to the mobile version of facebook.com. This shortcut defaults to a list that allows me to bypass the shitty algorithm.

Stitcher
I listen to a lot of podcasts, and I use Stitcher to manage them. I cherry pick episodes from my favourite podcasts and they're downloaded automatically when I'm on wifi. Then, they're literally stitched together for seamless enjoyment.

Instagram
My teenaged kids enjoy Instagram, and I'm warming up to it. I don't post often, but I like to check in once or twice a day.

Feedly
I'm sure I'm showing my age again, but I swear by RSS. I subscribe to many, many RSS feed and manage them all via Feedly. The desktop and mobile versions are synchronized, making this app ideal for me.

Flickr
I've been using Flickr to store photos since 2004 and I still swear by it. It's why I can throw my phone into Lake Ontario without losing a single pic.

Skype
Like Hangouts, I use Skype for long distance chats. Even Microsoft has been unable to ruin this useful tool.

As for my B-Team, on the second page, I have the following:

  • Flipp - for finding deals
  • theScore - for sports updates
  • PayTM - for paying bills
  • TinyScanner - for scanning documents
  • Sync - for reddit
  • All the other Google stuff, from Drive to Play Music to Contacts

What are your essential apps?

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 289: Andy Maize from Skydiggers

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 289In this 289th episode, Mike chats with Andy Maize of Skydiggers about the origins of the band, the highlights, the lowlights, Gord Downie and giving back. This episode is exactly 1:21:37.

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Gregg Zaun Fired by Rogers Sportsnet

Gregg Zaun will no longer be a part of Blue Jays telecasts. He was fired today. Rick Brace, President of Rogers Media, sent the following email to employees this afternoon.

This week, we received complaints from multiple employees at Sportsnet regarding inappropriate behaviour and comments by Gregg Zaun in the workplace. After investigating the matter, we decided to terminate his contract, effective immediately.

This type of behaviour completely contradicts our standards and our core values. We must all be held to the same standard - regardless of our position, our contributions or our status.

We believe in a professional workplace where all employees feel comfortable and respected. We believe in a culture where our employees share their feedback or our status.

We are grateful to the employees who spoke wth us and we will take every measure to protect their privacy.

If you have concerns related to inappropriate behaviour of any kind, I encourage you to talk to your manager, HR business partner, or phone our anonymous hotline.

Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment.

Rick

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 288: Steve Simmons Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 288In this 288th episode, Mike and Steve discuss several topics including the recent Postmedia and Torstar swap and cut, Cash Pomer, the cancellation of The Reporters, Bob Elliott, The Athletic, the Argos, TFC, Roy Halladay, Phil Kessel, Joey Bats, his diabetes, his sleep disorder, the death of his brother and haters on Twitter before they play and discuss his ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 2:17:42.

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Jim Nabors, Dead at 87

JimJim Nabors was 87. He was the singer and actor best known for his role as Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show." His character was spun-off into a new series, "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," which ran for five seasons.

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