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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 255: Norm Wilner Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 255In this 255th episode, Mike and Norm Wilner play and discuss his ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 1:26:28.

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Never Tell Me the Odds

Despite my best efforts, my oldest never took to baseball. I knew I was in trouble during the pennant race of 2015 when he chose to watch a preseason Leafs game over a Jays game against the Yankees. He just doesn't love baseball the way I do.

In his 15 summers of life, he's probably seen about 15 games at the dome. He was there with me in 2008 when Gregg Zaun hit a walk-off grand slam, he was there last Thursday when Steve Pearce hit a walk-off grand slam and he was there today when Steve Pearce did it yet again.

In case you think walk-off grand slams are common in Blue Jays history, let me tell you there have been exactly three since my son was born. There have only ever been four, the first being a 1988 walk-off by George Bell. Somehow, against all odds, my son has seen all three Blue Jays walk-off grand slams in his lifetime.

And he's done so by only attending about 15 games. Whip out your calculators and figure out the odds on that one. It hurts my brain to think about it.

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Sunrise in Toronto

My oldest daughter turned 13 today. She wanted to start the day before dawn with a short ride to the waterfront to watch the sun rise.

We got up at 5:30 am and watched the sun come up. It was spectacular, and I took some great pics.

Here's a few of them.

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Fire in the sky

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Open Mike

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Humber Bay Driftwood Sign for Toronto

If you bike, jog or walk the waterfront trail just west of the Humber Bay Arch Bridge, you've likely seen the new Toronto sign that's been erected this week. Local artists Thelia Sanders-Shelton and Julie Ryan built it from driftwood that washed up on a nearby beach.

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It's only driftwood, so I suggest you see it while it's still standing. I just love shit like this.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 254: Larry Fedoruk

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 254In this 254th episode, Mike chats with Larry Fedoruk about his years at CFTR, CKFM, CISS and Newstalk 610 CKTB. This episode is exactly 1:32:57.

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That Was a Fun Two Years

At the end of April, I wrote that the Blue Jays were in trouble but not done yet. It was easy to say we were toast after that horrific start, but there was plenty of time to right the ship that had made two consecutive playoff appearances. To quote a man who recently dropped by to kick out the jams, it was early.

It's now late July and we're almost at the point two years ago when AA made a series of moves to propel the hype train out of the station. Today, our Jays are 44-52, better than only the White Sox and Athletics in the American League. Too many games resemble the 19-1 debacle I attended, or last night's 13-3 loss in Cleveland. This team is not very good.

I've got some great memories from the past two years, which reminded me of the early 90s when everyone in this city was on the Blue Jays bandwagon. We had the bat flip, Edwin's wildcard walk-off and this. After a couple of decades in the wilderness, Jays fever returned and it was glorious.

But now, it's time to blow it up. I'm in favour of completely rebuilding this team Maple Leafs style, and building a contender from the farm up.

It's time to scorch the earth.

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Open Mike

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 253: Alex Pierson

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 253In this 253rd episode, Mike chats with Alex Pierson about her years at City TV and the rise and fall of the Sun News Network. This episode is exactly 1:30:29.

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Chester Bennington, Dead at 41

Chester BenningtonChester Bennington was 41. He was best known as the frontman for the rock band Linkin Park.

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Martin Landau, Dead at 89

Martin LandauMartin Landau was 89. He was the versatile actor who won an Oscar for his role as Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood".

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George Romero, Dead at 77

George RomeroGeorge Romero was 77. His 1968 film "Night of the Living Dead" spawned an entire school of zombie movies while revolutionizing the horror genre.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 252: Elvis Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 252In this 252nd episode, Mike and Elvis play and discuss his ten favourite songs on his birthday. This episode is exactly 1:38:54.

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Open Mike

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 251: Jim Van Horne Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 251In this 251st episode, Mike and Jim Van Horne play and discuss his ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 59:05.

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4 Things You Can't Miss on a Trip to Toronto

Toronto is a diverse, vibrant and interesting city with plenty of options to choose from when it comes to amazing things to see and do. If you’re looking for a trip that’s packed with adventure, interesting attractions and plenty of fun, then you’re headed to the right place. Whether you’re looking to spend some time in a stunning natural setting, hit the shops, explore art and history or have some fun placing bets in a casino, Toronto has it all to offer and then some. If you’re currently planning a trip to Toronto and are in the process of putting a list of things to see and do together, here are some of the must-do’s that you simply can’t miss out on.

#1. Go to a Casino:

In Toronto, the casino scene is pretty big, with many to choose from. Unlike in the US where gambling is only permitted in certain areas, Canada’s gambling rules are a little more relaxed. If you’re hoping to stay within the hustle and bustle of the city, there are several great casinos to choose from, including The Ex, an annual CNE casino which offers a range of games to play, such as blackjack, Texas hold ‘em, roulette, Spanish 21, three-card poker and many more. However, you’ll need to time your journey right as this popular casino only opens for a short time each summer. If you’re willing to travel further afield, there are many great casinos to explore just outside of the city and in the surrounding areas. Don’t forget that you can also play casino games online using your smartphone or tablet if you get tired of the busy casino action.

#2. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada:

If you enjoy exploring sea life and amazing at the natural world, then a trip to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada should definitely be on your itinerary. Here you’ll be able to explore the largest indoor aquarium in the country, which boasts over sixteen thousand different aquatic animals to provide an underwater adventure that’s perfect for everyone. Whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or even on your own, you’ll never forget some of the awesome species of fish and sea life that you can visit here.

#3. Toronto Islands:

For an outdoor adventure during your visit to Toronto, look no further than the Toronto Islands. Perfect for families, couples, and even people traveling on their own, the Toronto Islands are a park which consists of the four main islands, along with several trails, beaches, and even amusements parks for the family to enjoy. The islands are connected by ferries, and there are many spots that are filled with natural beauty; perfect for sitting to relax a while or even enjoying a picnic.

#4. CN Tower:

If you have a good head for heights, then a trip to the CN Tower cannot be missed during your visit to Toronto. A National icon in Canada, the CN Tower is an iconic part of the skyline of Toronto and also an award-winning destination for dining and entertainment. You can travel right to the top in the Tower’s elevators, which feature glass floors and a glass front for the best possible views of the city during your visit. On the observation decks, you can take in stunning city views that go on for around one hundred miles. Visit at night, and you’ll be able to take in the amazing architectural illumination of the tower, too! If you’re a bit of an adrenalin junkie, then the thrilling EdgeWalk is definitely for you.
Would you like to add to this list? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 250: Andrew Stoakley Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 250In this 250th episode, Mike and Andrew play and discuss his ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 1:31:54.

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Witnessing that 19-1 Debacle

I remember catching the Jays vs. Cleveland many years ago and watching our boys in blue get trounced. I think it was 14-0, but I can't remember exactly. All I know is that up until yesterday it was the worst Jays defeat I had ever witnessed live.

My oldest daughter and I had great seats for yesterday's game. The day started wonderfully, with a great ride along the waterfront trail and the dome opening before first pitch. The Jays were trying to take 3 of 4 from the powerhouse Astros as they head into the all-star break. By the end of the second inning, it was clear that was not to be.

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In fact, it was 19-0 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Had Ezequiel Carrera not homered, it would have been the worst shutout loss in franchise history. But Zeke went deep and it ended up just being the worst loss I'd ever witnessed live.

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Truth be told, because I was there with my daughter in fantastic seats, it was great fun. We even got serious air time coming out of a break on Sportsnet. Someone on Twitter was kind enough to share the footage with me. Clearly I was enjoying the tunes!

We were one of the few to stick around for the final out and now we have a great story to share. During our ride home, we wondered if that all really happened. Did the Jays really just lose by 18 runs? Did we really see it all unfold before our eyes?

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I'm still not certain it actually happened...

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Open Call to Kick Out the Jams!

I've been inviting past guests of Toronto Mike'd to revisit the studio to kick out the jams! These episodes are archived here.

The purpose of this entry is to collect commenters' top 10 song lists. Drop your favourite 10 jams in the comments and drop by periodically to see what songs appear on others' lists.

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Open Mike

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 249: Michael Hainsworth and Alan Cross

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 249In this 249th episode, Mike chats with Michael Hainsworth and Alan Cross about the return of Geeks and Beats, Michael's career in radio and television, and what's new with Alan since episode 66. This episode is exactly 1:41:51.

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Patrick Marleau: Toronto Maple Leaf

Mr. San Jose Shark Patrick Marleau is now a Toronto Maple Leaf. Mike Babcock knows him well, having coached him to gold medals in 2010 and 2014. Marleau has had a stellar career and is as durable as they come. Clearly the Leafs are trying to win now.

But it's not all good. Marleau's so old, he was born in the 70s! And he didn't come cheap. His three-year contract is worth an annual average of $6.25 million. Oh, and he has a no-trade clause, so you can understand why some Leaf fans are concerned.

This Leafs fan is fine with the deal. We gave up no prospects, no draft picks, just cap money we had available. For three years we can watch Marleau play with the kids. And remember, we had a better regular season last year than the Predators, so anything can happen!

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Roots of the 6ix

When I learned Dream Warriors, Michie Mee and Maestro Fresh-Wes were performing at Nathan Phillips Square tonight, I knew I had to be there. They called it Roots of the 6ix and it all started at the kid-friendly time of 6:30pm.

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I absolutely loved And Now the Legacy Begins, the debut album by Dream Warriors. I knew every word and tonight they played their three biggest hits: Ludi, Wash Your Face in My Sink and My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style.

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Then there was an energetic set by Michie Mee. I've been calling my oldest daughter Michie Mee her entire life in tribute. It was great seeing her again.

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And finally, the Maestro. This is the first time I've seen him since he visited my home and answered my many questions for an hour. He was stellar, as always. There's a reason we call him the godfather of Canadian hip-hop.

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Toronto Duck Tweet Now My Most Popular Tweet Ever

I actually prefer this pic of the Toronto Duck I took from a little west of HTO Park

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Happy Canada Day

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