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I Snap TFC's 9-Game Losing Streak & You're Welcome

tfcI was at BMO Field last night to watch Toronto FC defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0. My presence snapped a nine-game losing streak by TFC.

At BMO Field for some TFC action with @oshawaelvis

Still scoreless at #tfc vs #whitecaps

We won! #tfc

Commenter Elvis took me to the game. The rest of you need to step up your game!

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Cirque du Bev: Last Chances!

clockI have a couple of contests running here that expire at midnight tomorrow.

Firstly, there's Win Tickets to Cirque du Soleil in Toronto. Click through and leave a comment for a chance to win two tickets to see Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM show at the Grand Chapiteau here in Toronto on August 11. The odds are pretty sweet.

And last, but certainly not least, there's Who Wants to Date Bev?. Bev is looking for love in the big smoke, and if there's a guy who meets the criteria, you could date her. Click through to see Bev and read more...

Both opportunities are available for another day and a bit. Click over before it's too late!

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I Missed The Entire Myspace Era

rewindRumour has it Myspace is going to lay off at least 150 of its around 400 employees. I missed the entire Myspace era.

I never got Myspace, and never created a profile. Myspace was the biggest thing in social networking, and everyone seemed to flock to it, but I hated it. I truly hated it.

It was the worst designed site I'd ever seen. It seemed intentionally ugly and cumbersome. I couldn't comprehend the appeal to anyone over the age of 13. I once delved into the ugly world of Myspace when helping Custom share his music, and that experience was horrible.

As recently as 2006 I referred to it as the Myspace beast but today I never hear about it unless they're laying off a bunch of people. It seems the Myspace era came and went and I successfully managed to resist.

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Were you ever on MySpace?

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Ontario Boat Licenses: Where to Pick Up Your Application Forms

InfoDid you know that any boat powered by a motor of 10 hp (7.5 kW) or more must have a valid licence?

To get your boat licence, you must mail the following documents to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre:

  • a completed application form;
  • proof of vessel ownership; and
  • a signed copy of a valid piece of government-issued identification.

Application forms are available for download or, for all your boat license Ontario needs, pick them up in person through your local Service Canada Centre. Here's a handy list of Ontario Service Canada Centre locations:

Now I just need a boat...

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Bridget's Chairs Are Now Mine

Blue Jays ChairsIn the late-90s, I had many lengthy discussions about the Blue Jays with Bridget. Bridget didn't grow up with the game, but she adopted the Jays as her team in the mid-80s when pennant races were the norm.

We'd talk about Carlos Delgado, and Pat Hentgen, and reminisce about WAMCO and the back-to-back World Series wins. Bridget took ill, moved into a home in Ottawa, and we lost touch. In 2009, Bridget passed away.

This past weekend I learnt I was to inherit Bridget's beloved Blue Jays chairs. I took possession of them yesterday, and here they are:

Blue Jays Chairs

Thanks, Bridget. When the Jays return to the World Series, I know what seat I'll take for the opening pitch.

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Let's Be Nicer To Cheryl

humourThis entry is for those who actually leave comments on this blog. You lurkers can do what you do best, but you commenters need to chime in here.

I've never met Cheryl, but I feel like I know her. She's left 336 comments here over the years, starting with this one following that infuriating Na Na Hey Hey overtime loss against the Habs in October 2009.

I want to say I am happy. I live in Toronto, but am a Habs fan. That's just the way it is. I love my Habs and I also like the Phoenix Coyotes. I hate the Leafs.

The following 335 comments have all been variations on that theme, and the repetition has annoyed a few of you to the point where you're really giving her the gears in the comments. Cheryl has admitted to being blind, but that doesn't make it cool to label her dumb.

Let's be a little nicer to Cheryl. She takes the abuse like a champ and keeps coming back day after day to throw her two cents in the mix. Everyone is welcome. Even Habs fans like Cheryl.

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WAR Ruins Joe Carter's Legacy, I Choose Not To Care

jaysWhen I was growing up, I loved reading baseball boxscores. I was a stat junkie, particularly when it came to my Blue Jays, in a simpler time before the WAR.

WAR stands for "wins above replacement", and it is used to show how many more wins a player would give a team as opposed to a "replacement level", or minor league/bench player at that position. I don't know when WAR showed up, but Tom Cheek never mentioned it once.

WAR isn't very kind to Joe Carter, a player celebrated here in Toronto for his ability to hit 30+ homers and deliver 100+ RBIs like clockwork. Baseball-Reference.com listed the worst 100 RBI seasons by WAR and Joe Carter dominated the list.

  1. Dante Bichette
  2. Ruben Sierra
  3. Joe Carter
  4. Tony Armas
  5. Joe Carter
  6. Eddie Robinson
  7. Joe Carter
  8. Joe Pepitone
  9. George Bell
  10. Bill Buckner

That's our Joe holding down 3 of the top 7 spots. That's 3 seasons when Joe Carter's team would have won more games by replacing him with a minor-leaguer.

But worse is how he ranks among the 19 guys who have amassed 1400 to 1500 RBI in their careers. His career WAR is by far the lowest, an underwhelming 16.5. Again, that means his teams won exactly 16.5 more games than they would have with a replacement player in Joe's spot.

I'm glad we didn't talk about WAR when I was a kid. I remember Joe Carter as a consistent producer who delivered in the clutch. He was worth more than 16.5 additional wins, including this one.



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Nick Charles, Dead at 64

In MemoriumNick Charles was 64. He was CNN's first sports anchor and served in that role for nearly two decades. I spent many a night watching Nick Charles and Fred Hickman on "Sports Tonight."


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Leafs Trade For John-Micheal Liles

leafsFrom TSN, it begins...

The Avalanche sent the defenceman to the Maple Leafs in exchange for Toronto's second round draft pick in 2012. That draft pick was acquired when the Leafs dealt Tomas Kaberle to the Bruins last year.

Liles has been with the Avs for all seven of his seasons in the NHL. Last year, he posted six goals and 40 assists in 76 games.

The 30-year-old has 68 goals and 207 assists in 523 career games.

Liles has one year remaining on his contract at $4.5 million, with a cap hit at $4.2 million

I like it. What say you?

BTW, the Maple Leafs 2011/12 Season Countdown Clock is live. There's 104 days, 2 hours, 15 minutes, and 4 seconds left until the puck drops!

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Peter Falk, Dead at 83

In MemoriumPeter Falk was 83. He marshaled actorly tics, prop room appurtenances and his own physical idiosyncrasies to personify Columbo, one of the most famous and beloved fictional detectives in television history.


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Open Mike (2011 NHL Entry Draft Edition)

microphoneSome crazy shit happened in Philadelphia yesterday, and today is the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Use the comments of this entry to discuss that, or anything you want. The hosting is on me...

Father's day

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Talking to Gord Downie About Hallelujah

musicI've got an entire category committed to Gord Downie's cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". Gord recorded the song for the movie Saint Ralph, but it's never been officially released. I've got a copy, however, and that led to this comment from Nik.

I ran into Gord Downie in Toronto in summer of 2005. My friends and I walked past as he stood in the entryway of a cathedral on Bloor. I said aloud "Hey, that was Gord Downie. Lets say hi". While the others were hesitant, I had a question I wanted to ask him: where can I get a copy of your cover of Hallelujah from Saint Ralph? (I had just seen the film 2 weeks before at the Review Cinema) He was very approachable but was not pleased when I told him that I had exhausted my search for the soundtrack and had come up empty. He said he was told that there would be a soundtrack. I told him it was the best version of the song I had ever heard. He replied, to my surprise, that he had never actually heard the original before he recorded it himself. I suggested he put the track on his next solo project but he said he'd look into the Saint Ralph soundtrack first, thanked me for bringing this to his attention and shook our hands. He's had 3 solo albums since...

I've wanted to ask Gord about this song for a while now, and Nik's comment was quite revealing. I wonder why "Hallelujah" has yet to see the light of day?

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Andrew Krystal Fired From The FAN 590

radioThe very fine Toronto Sports Media is reporting that Andrew Krystal has been fired from Sportsnet’s the Fan 590.

The Andrew Krystal experiment at Sportsnet’s the Fan 590 has ended less than a year after it started. “Andrew is moving on to pursue other opportunities within Rogers and we wish him the very best” said Program Director Don Kollins. “A job posting will go up tomorrow for Andrew’s replacement” added Kollins. Although he didn’t say, I expect a summer of the Rog and co to fill in.

You may recall Andrew Krystal was the morning guy on the Fan 590 until he lost that gig in February to Greg Brady and Jim Lang.

Speaking of Brady and Lang, what do you guys think about their morning show? Also, are you as underwhelmed by Mike Richards on TSN 1050 as I am? Which of the two do you prefer?

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What's Wrong With Storm? (This Entry Will Bore You)

baseballI play for two teams in the RSPA. Some tell me this isn't allowed, but I got special permission from the commissioner. Besides, one team is in the Competitive division while the other one is Intermediate. There's no overlap.

That Comp team is Storm, formerly known as Raging Storm, and originally known as Hooray For Everything. The core of this team has been together for about a decade now, and we've been very successful. Just last season we made the finals of the highest co-ed division in the biggest slo-pitch league in West Toronto / Mississauga. Yes, we're getting tee-shirts that say that.

Something's very wrong this year. Last week, we were mercied, and we started to implode. Last night, up by six runs in the last inning, we coughed it up. Three errors did us in. We've lost six in a row.

Remember when Canada's hockey team finished poorly in the '98 Olympics? There were symposiums held to fix what ailed our men's hockey program. I'm thinking we need a symposium. We've got to fix this.

Something's wrong with Storm. I warned you this entry would bore you...

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Climate Change Is Happening, People

newspaperThere's a great article on the public opinion of climate change over on NPR.org.

The American public is less likely to believe in global warming than it was just five years ago. Yet, paradoxically, scientists are more confident than ever that climate change is real and caused largely by human activities.

97 percent of American scientists say that climate change is happening.

Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academy, paraphrased its most recent report on the subject.

"The consensus statement is that climate changes are being observed, are certainly real, they seem to be increasing, and that humans are mostly likely the cause of all or most of these changes," he said.

That's not just the view of the U.S. National Academies. There's also a consensus statement from the presidents of science academies from around the world, including the academies of China, the United Kingdom, India, Japan, Russia, France, Brazil, the list goes on.

I'm not sure how climate change became politicized, but it has become just that. My Conservative Party / Republican Party backing friends typically deny the existence of climate change. Conversely, my Liberal Party / NDP / Democrat Party pals do not.

97 percent of American scientists say that climate change is happening. Scientists know way more about this stuff than me or my friends. It's happening, people.

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Remember Peter Griffin on June 23

candleMy friend Freddie P wants me to pass on some information regarding Peter Griffin who passed away last month.

Everyone is welcome to gather at the Charlotte Room on Thursday night to celebrate his extraordinary life. Even if you just knew the man through his work on Toronto radio, you're welcome to reminisce and raise a glass to Pete.

It all takes place Thursday night at 7:00pm at The Charlotte Room, 19 Charlotte St.

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I Never Got Jackass, Did You?

notepadRyan Dunn died today. I had never heard of him, but he apparently starred in "Jackass".

I wished no early death for Ryan Dunn, but I hated his show. I once listed "Jackass" as one of the things everyone liked that I hated. "Jackass" seems so popular, but the allure baffles me. I haven't been able to sit through 30-seconds of the movies or television shows.

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Do you enjoy "Jackass"? Why?

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Who Wants To Date Bev?

loveMeet Bev. She's single, and looking for Mr. Right, but having a little trouble finding him. She's come to me for help after striking out with a local speed dating service.

If you're a single guy, over the age of 30, live in the GTA and not a psychopath, keep reading...

Here's Bev:

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Here's something Bev just wrote for this little experiment:

I love to keep my lifestyle active. I do maintain a regular workout routine. Love the outdoors. I have a passion for the health/wellness industry in personal development and alternative medicine. Don't like horror movies. Love animals. The kinda guy I look for, well there are several traits but to keep it simple, a strong sense of humour, a strong spiritual foundation and of course not afraid to let his heart take the lead from time to time. Ok all the time.

Outdoor activities/Fitness: 

Hiking ,  Jogging / running ,  Martial Arts ,  Mountain climbing ,  Walking ,  Weight lifting ,  Horseback Riding

Sports I participate in: 

Tennis

Sports I watch: 

Volleyball ,  Boxing

Entertainment: 

Concerts ,  Music - Pop ,  Music - Jazz ,  Reading

Hobbies & Other Interests: 

Astrology ,  Creative writing ,  Dogs ,  Philosophy / spirituality ,  Traveling ,  Yoga

If you're interested in a date with Bev, and you meet the criteria, leave a comment below that starts with the sentence "I want a date with Bev". That's how I'll separate the interested from the social commentators. Please chime in by June 30 and make sure you enter a valid email address in the email field.

In addition to the date with Bev, I'd love to publish your synopsis of the experience. Bev will do the same. We'll all follow along with this experiment right here.

Who wants to date Bev?

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Clarence Clemons, Dead at 69

In MemoriumClarence Clemons was 69. He was a saxophonist with the E Street Band and a vital ingredient of Bruce Springsteen's sound and an invaluable onstage foil to "the Boss".


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Happy Father's Day From Durex Condoms

father's dayTo all the dads who frequent this blog, Happy Father's Day.

Here's a great ad from Durex condoms. "To all those who use our competitor’s products: Happy Father’s Day".

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If you're in the mood for something more sentimental, revisit last Father's Day when Johnny Mac went deep for dad.

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Betty Fox, Dead at 71

In MemoriumBetty Fox was 71. She was Terry Fox's mom and she nurtured his legacy into one of international action and inspiration in the fight against cancer.

Every year I raise funds here and run in the Terry Fox Run. This year, I won't just be running for Terry, I'll be running for Betty, too.

#heromom

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What Humble and Fred Would Sound Like in 2011

radioFreddie hasn't had an on-air gig in radio since 2005. Humble's off the air now as well. It doesn't take a rocket surgeon to realize the time is right for a Humble and Fred reunion on terrestrial radio.

For you radio folks who are wondering what Humble and Fred would sound like in 2011, here are a few short clips culled from recent podcasts.

Colonoscopy

Cold Sore

Charlie Drives

What Men Want

Sex Rehab

Sexless

Kids

Ken Shaw

Il Duce

Let's start the bidding...

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The Pool Ends, Vancouver Burns, Leafs Watch Commences

StanleyI was glad the Canucks lost. Normally, I hate Boston, but in this series, they had my full support.

It sounds like more folks are talking about the riots than the series. That's too bad. If you want to see some amazing photos of the Vancouver riots, you want to visit the National Post.

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In my annual playoff pool, I actually finished second. My brother Steve finished first. Good times...

And with hockey officially behind us this season, our Leafs watch officially begins. Go Leafs Go!

Go Leafs Go

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Win Tickets to Cirque du Soleil in Toronto

ticketsCirque du Soleil has given me a pair of tickets to see their TOTEM show at the Grand Chapiteau here in Toronto on August 11. I'm going to give both tickets away to someone who leaves a comment on this entry.

Simply leave a comment here telling me how you first found this blog. I'll randomly pick a winner on June 30, 2011. Make sure you fill in the email field so I can contact you with the good news.

Here's the Cirque du Soleil marketing spiel:

TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations.

Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species.

Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

Here's some Youtubery:

And here's a pretty poster for Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM:

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Who wants to go?

Update: If you want to buy tickets, this link gives you a 15% discount.

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RapidFAX on Much Music

RewindYouTube user Retrontario frequently uploads fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips never fail to bring back a ton of memories for me, so I feature them from time to time.

As Retrontario points out, Fax used to mean "breaking news". This was 1993.

I wonder what became of Monika Deol? I know she left Citytv in Toronto for VTV Vancouver. She was a news anchor for Citytv in Vancouver until 2002 when she seems to have retired to raise her kids.

Aren't we due for an Electric Circus reunion?

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Carl Gardner, Dead at 83

In MemoriumCarl Gardner was 83. He was the original lead singer of the R&B group the Coasters, best known for the 1950s hits "Yakety Yak," "Searchin'," "Poison Ivy" and "Young Blood."


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Wanna Be Program Director at 102.1 The Edge?

radioCorus Radio Toronto has an exciting and very rare opportunity available for a Program Director (at 102.1 The Edge), reporting to the General Manager and to the Vice President, Brands and Programming for Corus Radio.  The successful candidate will have major market programming experience, be a solid talent coach, compelling content developer, innovative marketer and strategic thinker who is sales friendly. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Recruit, develop and coach talent
  • Create and execute programming and market strategies
  • Brand responsibility: On-Air, On-Line, On-site
  • Working with sales on revenue generation
  • Direction of on-air product in keeping with the overall objectives of the division
  • Develop annual business plans and execute budget planning and follow through
  • Accountability for operational matters relating to programming

REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Knowledge of the competitive Toronto Radio Market
  • Solid leadership skills
  • Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated marketing experience with a proven track record as a Program Director
  • Research literate
  • Solid understanding of Multi-platform options and social networking
  • Intimate knowledge of CRTC and CBSC regulations
  • Solid work ethic with an ability to implement detailed strategic operating plans
  • An ability to work with divisional personnel to implement broad strategic initiatives
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Outgoing, energetic FUN attitude
  • Demonstrated sales experience
  • Knowledge and appreciation of sales and revenue development and the need to collaborate with sales department to achieve financial targets
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work well under pressure within a rapidly changing environment
  • A positive, friendly manner and customer service approach that will enable the successful candidate to deal with challenging situations with empathy and sincerity 
  • Proven track record in working with a team of experienced radio personnel
  • PPM, RTS, Selector knowledge essential to drive opportunities for listener growth

If you're interested in the gig, leave a comment below.

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FAN 590 vs. TSN 1050 Radio: Who's Winning the Ratings War?

radioWe recently discussed 1050 TSN Radio as a potential threat to The FAN 590. The PPM ratings recently came out, and it's safe to say TSN 1050 has their work cut out for them.

Here's how they match up in their targeted Males 25-54 demo.

The FAN 590: 5.8% Share of Hours Tuned
TSN 1050: 0.6% Share of Hours Tuned

That prompted this Bob McCown tweet.

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As bad as that 0.6% looks, it sure beats the 0.1% that their CP24 pulled down in the preceding ratings period.

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Somebody Really, Really Loves Cats

videosThis is Debbie's eHarmony video bio.

She really, really loves cats.

I don't particularly care for cats.

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Cool Steve on CFNY / Edge 102

radioIt's time for another Edge 102 rant from Cool Steve. Hold on to your hats, kids, this is another good one.

Hello again, Mike.

I visit the CFNY section of your blog now and again, so I just found out about the latest firings. I thought both personalities were decent and I certainly didn’t dislike them. I still can’t stand Fred though, and Josie has morphed into a shallow air-head. Only Adam and Bookie remain that I enjoy.

Since it was before my time, I gotta ask – this Pete guy from Pete and Geets who passed away at 81. Hasn’t CFNY always been youth orientated? Because he would have been in his 50s during his time at the station and, at least to me, he sounds out of place. Or maybe radio didn’t care about older age in a younger market back then, I dunno. I mean no disrespect to him; I am just surprised at his age.

I have to say that I don’t give 102.1 The Edge the time of day anymore, and when I do listen to the radio, it’s mostly stuck on 88.3 CJIQ which is ten years old now, or Boom 97.3 but its signal struggles in Kitchener. I drove to London a few weeks ago and 88.3 held out for as long as possible, and the playlist mix is night and day better than The Edge. My only gripe with them is that they have no playlist on their website, so when the DJ doesn’t give me the name of a song I don’t know, I can’t check back on it.

One of my favorite groups/artists is Matthew Good, and I always gave The Edge the smallest bit of points when it came to playing his solo singles as he got older. They spun the singles from his greatest hits collection in 2005, the ones from 2007’sHospital Music and 2009’s Vancouver. I decided to scroll back in their playlist three weeks to see if they were spinning “In Place Of Lesser Men” off Good’s recent album Lights of Endangered Species, as I heard it on the college station already back in April. I’m a bit shocked, but the song is no where to be found. They have no problem playing the same three/four songs from 1997-1999 era Matthew Good Band, but zero new Matthew Good. Why? Same label, Universal, released it and his last two albums. Is it because Good is turning 40 at the end of this month? He played the Casbys only two years ago. Perhaps an unfair comparison due to the levels of success – but Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters are all hovering around the same age, and we hear their newest songs repeated several times a day. We still hear the new Beastie Boys as well – all in their mid 40s.

Radio is a fickle thing. As an artist as you get older, a station will only play your greatest hits from a certain period. Even if they play your newest songs over the next five years, they will still go back to the older stuff from when you were really big when your newest singles have died down. It makes you wonder when the oldest, ‘newest’ singles an artist released will ever get played again. Maybe they never will be. 102.1 The Edge has spun every one of Matthew Good’s solo singles since 2003’sAvalanche. After those songs have run their course, you only hear old Matthew Good Band tunes. And even then, they ignore the singles from the band’s first 1995 album and their last 2001 album because both didn’t do as well as 1997’s Underdogsor 1999’s Beautiful Midnight.

I know I’m only mentioning one artist/group above, but I’m sure the same applies for several. You may never hear “newer” 2000-2008 Oasis on The Edge again, but you can bet your ass they will still play the shit out of anything from the 1994-1997 period of the band. They spun the singles from the Gorillaz’s 2001 and 2005 releases but completely ignored 2010’s PlasticBeach. I didn’t even know they released a new album, The Fall, until a few days ago. The Edge also loved to play Sloan’s newest singles. Their newest song “Unkind” is a catchy tune, it’s all over college radio. Its no where on The Edge, only the band’s 90s tunes – did the band suddenly get too old and uncool? I wonder if Our Lady Peace’s upcoming release will get any air time?

At the end of day, I really shouldn’t care anymore. Terrestrial radio sucks the big one these days. No one is going to listen to lifeless and annoying DJs who talk over half the song, repetitive play lists, choppy radio edits, and ads everywhere in between.  I only need it for weather, news and traffic reports these days. It ticks me off when good artists are ignored just because they are getting older. It’s almost like radio sabotages them and doesn’t want them to succeed anymore.

If you want more, his rants are buried within my rants right here.

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What's Good? What Sucks?

microphoneThere's a lot going on. I haven't had time to cover it all, so I need you to do that for me.

Use the comments of this entry to go crazy. The Mavs lead the Heat 3-2, that's good. The Stanley Cup final is now a best-of-three, that's good. Warm weather is here and The Hip are playing Downsview Park on July 1, that's good.

What else is good? What sucks? Share!

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Zach Galifianakis' Awesome Quotes

humourZach Galifianakis recently did an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. These quotes are just awesome.

His longest job was on a Fox drama called Tru Calling, about a mortuary attendant played by Eliza Dushku who could commune with the dead. He tried his hardest to get fired. He’d tell Dushku she was eating her way to cancellation, or stand up after a table read and say to the writer, “Great script, Karen,” and throw the script in the trash.

At one point, he was hired to write for SNL, where he pitched a sketch to albino-python-era Britney Spears in which she’s being interviewed on Entertainment Tonight when she suddenly, and without explanation, starts bleeding from the mouth. She didn’t laugh. “I remember staring at the ground for, like, 20 seconds, just silent,” Galifianakis says. “45,000 open mics, and I’m trying to impress this 18-year-old pop star.” He was there two weeks.

He hasn't made it easy for mainstream Hollywood to tap his off-center charms. When Sean Penn called to offer him a role in Into the Wild, Galifianakis told him he had an appointment at Arby’s and to "send my Jews the script."

“I saw that Ke$ha woman the other day,” he says. She’d e-mailed him about getting a drink, and a few days later, he ran into her in a bar. “She was sitting by herself, and I walked up to her and said, ‘Listen, I got your e-mail. Your music is really bad! I don’t know who listens to it, but I imagine it’s, like, six-year-olds – and it’s a bad message.’ ”

He thinks reality TV is a scourge – that we’re not far off from Celebrity Toilet Cams or World’s Funniest Gay Bashings. When little kids tell him they loved The Hangover, he’ll tell them they have terrible parents. “And I mean it.”

Love it.

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The Difference Between Leafs Fans and Habs Fans

Stanley CupI haven't written much about these Stanley Cup finals, but I've been watching. Truth be told, it's been tough to get into this series. I hate Boston, and want to root for the Canucks, but I'd like the next Canadian team to win the cup to be my Toronto Maple Leafs.

On Twitter, it seems the bulk of hockey fans outside British Columbia are rooting for the Bruins. The Canucks are an easy team to dislike. You can't blame the masses for turning on Vancouver, but you can blame Habs fans.

That's the primary difference between Leafs fans and Habs fans. No Leafs fan worth his or her salt would ever root for the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup finals. We'd root passionately for the other team, regardless of which one that is. Habs fans, at least the ones I follow on Twitter, seem to be cheering for Boston.

Don't Habs fans hate Boston the way we Leafs fans hate Habs fans? I realize these Canucks are pretty hateful, but there's no way Habs fans should be cheering for Boston.

I guess that's the difference between Leafs fans and Habs fans. We hate better.

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That Men Behaving Badly Look

picturesThe New York Times put together this collage of Representative Anthony Weiner of New York, former Gov. James McGreevey of New Jersey, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York, former Representative Eric J. Massa of New York, President Bill Clinton and former Senator John Ensign of Nevada.

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They all have that look.

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reddit Addicts

redditToronto has plenty of reddit addicts.

Here are the most active cities by total pageviews (reddit's Google Analytics, Jan-May 2011:

  1. New York: 9.5M
  2. Toronto: 5.4M
  3. Los Angeles: 5.3M
  4. Chicago: 4.7M
  5. San Francisco: 4.5M
  6. Seattle: 4.3M
  7. London: 4.1M
  8. Austin: 3.7M
  9. Vancouver: 2.7M
  10. Houston: 2.6M

A strong second place for this city. Here's the most addicted/engaged countries by avg. pageviews per visit (reddit's Google Analytics, Jan-May 2011):

  1. Canada: 15.72
  2. United States: 15.46
  3. Denmark: 13.99
  4. Norway: 13.81
  5. Sweden: 13.34
  6. Netherlands: 12.89
  7. United Kingdom: 12.86
  8. Ireland: 12.57
  9. Belgium: 11.98
  10. Finland: 11.27

reddit's Today I Learned has become a daily must-read for me. How else would I know that less than a century ago, this man, Frank Williams, was considered so fat he could be part of a circus freak show.

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Today, we'd consider him slim.

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Canada Is A Very Happy Place

canada24/7 Wall St. has named "The Happiest Countries in the World". Canada finished in second place.

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Canada scores extremely well in the majority of metrics used to calculate “well-being.” The country has the tenth greatest life expectancy of all OECD countries. Furthermore, 88% of people in Canada report being in “good health,” compared to the OECD average of 69%. Although this is a subjective measure, it is “a good predictor of people’s future health care use,” according to the OECD. Education is also exceptional in the country. Eighty-seven percent of the population have received a high school degree or more, compared to the OECD average of 73%. In addition to this, the country has one of the highest literacy rates in the world. Canada is also relatively safe, with the lowest rate of reported assaults. The country’s homicide rate, while higher than many other OECD countries, is still lower than the OECD average.

Are you happy?

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Neil Young on 102.1 The Edge

radioHey kids, ever heard of Neil Young? Here's a little thing I wrote for the guy a few years back. Or, you can browse all 346 entries* on this entry about the living legend, if you prefer.

You never hear Neil Young on 102.1 The Edge. Sure, they played City and Colour's cover of Cowgirl in the Sand, and Bono joining Pearl Jam for Rockin' in the Free World (fun fact: Ed Vedder chose Bono over me that night!), but I've never actually heard Neil.

Wait a minute... did Neil get any airplay during his Pearl Jam years, when he released Mirror Ball? Maybe Downtown? I don't think so...

Neil Young's getting plenty of airplay on 102.1 The Edge these days. Redlight King's Old Man samples Neil's Old Man and 102.1 is currently playing it every hour on the hour. Luckily, it's good.

Neil Young on 102.1 The Edge... better late than never.

* actual number probably lower

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Born in Edmonton

edmontonEdmonton is the northernmost North American city with a metropolitan population over one million. I'll bet you didn't know all of these fine folks were born in Edmonton.

  • Michael J. Fox
  • W. P. Kinsella
  • k.d. lang
  • Mark Messier
  • Robert Goulet
  • Marshall McLuhan
  • Scott Niedermayer
  • Nellie McClung
  • Moe Berg
  • Jill Hennessy
  • Tommy Chong
  • Dion Phaneuf
  • Bruce McCulloch
  • Jarome Iginla

There are others. Who's your favourite person born in Edmonton?

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First Weekend of June Open Mike

microphoneIt's June already? WTF?

Use the comments of this entry to discuss anything you want. Seriously... I almost never delete a comment!

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Jack Kevorkian, Dead at 83

In MemoriumJack Kevorkian was 83. He was a former pathologist, dubbed as “Dr. Death” in the 1990’s for his “right-todie” campaign, who assisted in more than 130 physician-assisted suicides.

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The 100 Greatest Movie Threats of All Time

moviesI friggin love this. It's the 100 greatest movie threats of all time.

Any of you fucking pricks move, and I'll execute every motherfucking last one of ya!

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Howard Berger Fired By Sportsnet Fan 590

radioIf you're my age, and you grew up listening to The Fan 590, try to remember a time before Howard Berger. Love him or hate him, and the disdain for this man in the Twittersphere is intense, you knew him and you listened to his Leafs reports.

Toronto Sports Media is reporting he's been relieved of his duties at Sportsnet Fan 590.

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This YouTubery is aptly titled "Ron Wilson Destroys Howard Berger".

And no, there's no truth to the rumour that Colin Campbell has been hired by The Fan 590 as Berger's replacement.

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Joey Bats! You Got Marinara All Over My New Suit!

joey batsFellow Jays fans will get a kick out of this bit called "The Hitman" that stars our very own Joey Bats.

Nice cameo by Bobby Bacala.

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Literally Unbelievable

humourI'm enjoying a site called Literally Unbelievable that shares "Stories from The Onion as interpreted by Facebook".

Here's one such example:

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Are there really folks out there who don't realize The Onion is satire?

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