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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 261: Sophia Jurksztowicz Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 261In this 261st episode, Mike and Sophia Jurksztowicz play and discuss her ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 1:38:49.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 260: Jay Onrait

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 260In this 260th episode, Mike chats with Jay about why he left TSN for Fox Sports, what went wrong there, why he's returned with Dan O'Toole and what the hell happened with that MuchMoreMusic show. This episode is exactly 1:11:38.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 259: Larry Fedoruk Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 259In this 259th episode, Mike and Larry Fedoruk play and discuss his ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 1:24:30.

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Sponsor my 2017 Terry Fox Run

Terry foxI'm running for Terry on Sunday, September 17 at High Park. I'm aiming to raise $500 for The Terry Fox Foundation. I'm really going to need your help.

Sponsor my run. They'll email you a tax receipt in PDF. It's easy, secure and for a good cause.

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My Appearance on CKWR's Arts Industry Radio

Last Monday, I was interviewed by Pete Fowler for a segment on AIR: Arts Industry Radio. The program airs on CKWR, but I managed to score a digital copy so you can hear my appearance right here.

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Daily Photo: Lake Huron Sunset

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Open Mike

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Jay Thomas, Dead at 69

Jay ThomasJay Thomas was 69. He was a comic and character actor whose credits include the roles of Carla's husband Eddie LeBec on "Cheers" and obnoxious tabloid talk show host Jerry Gold "Murphy Brown."

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Jerry Lewis, Dead at 91

Jerry LewisJerry Lewis was 91. He was a slapstick-loving comedian, innovative filmmaker and generous fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Music-themed online slots you’d instantly fall in love with!

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If you’ve played All Slots real money Canadian casino slots, you’d know how exciting these games can be! Considering the kind of popularity music bands and musicians enjoy throughout the world, online casino games’ developers have for long been tapping into their market potential, and have created plenty of music-themed casino games. If you can’t make it in person to one of Toronto’s casinos then you have another alternative! Let’s go over the top 5 of them below:

Guns n Roses

A fairly new online slot game, this one was released at the end of 2016. A creation of Net Entertainment, Guns n Roses online slot game shows you clips of the band’s various hits, including the hugely popular ‘Welcome to the jungle’. You also get to see Duff McKagan, Slash and Axl Rose on the reels as symbols, apart from various other images from the band’s amazing back catalogue!

Jimi Hendrix

Another popular online slot game from Net Entertainment, this is the next one (after Guns n Roses) to be based on the original Motorhead slot game from the same developer. All these three are a part of the Net Entertainment’s Rock series of online slots.

Jimi Hendrix online slot is a must play for any classic rock fanatic, featuring all kinds of imagery that celebrates Hendrix’s rich legacy. You get to hear some of the best known Jimi Hendrix numbers, apart from free spins named after songs like ‘Purple Haze’ and ‘Little Wing’!

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Kiss

Online slot games and hard-rock bands have enjoyed a love affair for a very long time! It doesn’t come as a surprise that the legendary rock band Kiss also has a slot game to its name! It’s a fitting thing considering they already have had their name put on all kinds of merchandise including bicycle shorts, checkers and coffins!

Originally launched as a real slot machine for brick and mortar casinos, Kiss slot game has been equally popular in its online version too! It features all kinds of imagery and iconographic you can expect from this larger-than-life rock group!

The Osbournes

A cool 5-reel online slot game from Microgaming, this one is all about the Osbourne family! A Microgaming product, The Osbournes features the ageing rock star Ozzy Osbourne and his crazy family as symbols on the reels! There are 20 different ways you can score handsome wins in this online slot game. Three unique bonus features make it an even exciting product, giving you a chance to score massive pay outs! The bonus games are: Grab a Gift bonus game, Minis Free Spin Trail bonus game and the Knock Knock bonus game!

Megadeth

Developed by Leander games, Megadeth online slot is all about this world famous rock band, and offers multiple ways of scoring killer wins, including a multi-level bonus game. All you need to do is match the identical instruments or band members to win the bonus money! Dave Mustaine is the Wild symbol, and once he expands on the reels, it becomes incredibly easy for you to score wins!

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 258: Colin D'Mello

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 258In this 258th episode, Mike chats with Colin about growing up in Kuwait, his years at 680 News and anchoring CTV News. This episode is exactly 1:51:12.

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18 Months Straight of Cycling 500+ KM

Yesterday, I surpassed 500 KM of biking for August. I currently sit at 508.97 KM for the month.

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That's 18 consecutive months of clearing 500 KM. The last time I fell short was February 2016 when I only managed to ride 482.65 KM. I'm blaming mother nature.

Since I started biking again after an inexplicable 15 year break, I've almost pedaled 30,000 KM. In fact, I should reach that milestone later this month. Here are my yearly totals since I got back on the saddle.

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Every KM I've ridden has been on a hybrid bike, without clipless pedals and biker shorts. During these 29,493 KM I've only had to bury one bike. If you have any questions about biking Toronto, ask away in the comments.

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Bryan Murray, Dead at 74

Bryan MurrayBryan Murray was 74. He won the Jack Adams award as NHL coach of the year in 1984 with the Washington Capitals and executive of the year as general manager of the Florida Panthers in 1993. He coached 1,239 regular-season games over his NHL career, compiling a record of 620 wins (10th most in NHL history), 465 losses, 131 ties and 23 overtime losses.

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Flush Out of Ideas? Try the Toronto Poker Scene

Here’s a quick quiz to whet your appetite for what’s to follow! Let’s get started with 3 questions about legendary Canadian poker players:

This poker aficionado was born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1974. He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2014. His path to poker stardom was paved with uncertainty. He quit school a credit short, and decided to play full-time poker with people twice his age. He excelled at his craft, boosted his bankroll in double-quick time, and then headed to Las Vegas, Nevada. After a lackluster showing in Vegas, he returned to Toronto and rebuilt his poker bankroll.

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After perfecting his strategy, and fine-tuning his poker online game, this poker ace returned to Las Vegas and by 1997 was crowned the Best All Round Poker Player at the Foxwoods World Poker Final. In 2004, he competed at 11 final tables, with 2 victories at the WPT (World Poker Tour), and a third poker bracelet at the WSOP (World Series of Poker). He has won multiple bracelets over the years and is ranked the #1 all-time money list Canadian player with total live earnings of $34,093,588, and a best live cash win of $8,288,001.

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Who is he?

Here is a poker player with plenty of zing in his game. He was born in Boucherville, Québec in 1987. His forte is live poker, and he came to prominence at the Final Table of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in 2010. There he scooped up a massive first prize of $8.9. Million. He is second on the Canadian all-time money list, with total live earnings of $17,772,514 and a best live cash of $8,944,310.

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This Canadian poker star regularly competes in No Limit Holdem contests and places strongly. His last major cash was for $72,876 in the $10,000.00 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship event #48 on 24 June 2017.

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She’s a pro poker player from Toronto, and she excels in poker online games and live poker games. Her total tournament winnings to date are $375,000 +, and she got her start back in 2003. Then she bested several leading poker players including Kathy Liebert, Annie Duke, and Jennifer Harman. She plays an aggressive game and is well known in all variants of the game. In 2008, she placed 238 in the WSOP main event. PS: she also dated the first guy in our quiz...

Who is she?

The Quickest Way to Learn to Play Poker

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Poker is a game of skill, wit and strategy. Before you get started at the hottest poker venues in Toronto, it’s important to learn how to play poker. This 5-card draw game allows players to form the best-value hand starting with a High Card as the lowest-ranked hand, and a Royal Flush as the crème de la crème. Once you’ve got your hand rankings down, you can go about compiling the best hand given your pocket cards, The Flop, Turn and the River.

This interactive poker video explains the rules of the game in an easy-to-understand format. Getting started with a game of poker requires 2 players to place mandatory bets. These are the Big Blind and the Small Blind. These forced bets move around the table so that all players get to place these wagers. This makes poker a fair game.

The hand begins once the blinds have posted. Each player at the table will be dealt 2 cards, one at a time, face down. Players are then tasked with an important decision: Do you stay in the hand? Or do you fold? Once the Big Blind has posted, a round of betting begins. This position is known as ‘under the gun’ since the Big Blind must act first.

If you wish to stay in the hand, you call the Big Blind (match the bet), or you can increase the stakes by raising. The most common decision that experienced poker players make is to fold if they don’t have a premium poker hand. Your 2 hole cards determine whether you should call, raise or fold. A weak starting hand is typically not worth playing unless you can outsmart other players at the table.

As soon as all players have acted (made their decisions) the first 3 community cards will be dealt. These are the Flop. An additional round of betting ensues, and players will again have the opportunity to check, raise or fold. If other players choose not to match the raised bet, the bettor will win the round.

Once all players have acted, the fourth community card is dealt, known as The Turn. It is a single card, and can be used by all players at the table to form the best 5-card hand. If players decide to check on The Turn without any raises, the fifth and final community card will be drawn – the River. A final round of betting takes place after The River. These rules are the same in online poker games too.

After this round of betting, a showdown may take place if 2 poker players remain in the hand. The winner is the player with the best 5-card hand. Of course, there are many unique games of poker available to players, including Omaha Hi-lo, 7 Card Stud, Texas Holdem, in fixed limit, pot limit, and no limit variants.

Hot Poker Venues in Toronto

The Canadian poker scene is bubbling over with excitement. Toronto is one of the hottest destinations for poker players. Ontario casino poker rooms include Casino Niagara where players can enjoy Omaha Hi-Lo at 12 poker tables, Texas Holdem in limit and no limit games, and Daily Poker Cash Games.

Another popular hotspot is Casino Rama. This features 12 poker tables and it runs 24/7.

Players get to enjoy limit and no limit games of Texas Holdem poker. The online poker scene is equally popular among Toronto poker players. Poker online games offer added comfort, convenience and excitement for players, since these poker rooms are available from the comforts of home, or on the go. Plus, players get to buy in at affordable wagers, and they can raise the stakes as they see fit.

Quiz Answers:

  1. Daniel Negreanu
  2. Jonathan Duhamel
  3. Evelyn Ng

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Open Mike

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Podcast Potpourri

It's the dog days of summer, so here's some podcast stuff for the curious.

Firstly, those who thought the folding Costco chairs podcast guests had to sit on should be upgraded will be happy to know that's happening today. Blue Sky Agency in Liberty Village has donated a couple of beauts and I'll be adding them to the podcast studio tonight. According to the schedule, Colin D'Mello from CTV will be the first to sit in them.

And I know they're great chairs because they weigh a ton!

This summer, I've started a new series of podcasts I call "Kick Out the Jams!". That exclamation mark is very, very important. Some love these episodes (as do I), but I've had some feedback that they miss the regular style episodes.

Admittedly, there have been a lot of KOTJ episodes lately, but this is primarily because it's tough to get a new guest to visit during these dog days of summer. Larry Fedoruk, Alex Pierson, Michael Hainsworth, Ziggy and Bob Mackowycz were regular episodes, and Colin D'Mello next week will be a deep dive, and come September there will be more of these. KOTJ episodes are just so damn fun, and a great way for a guest to return for a brief catch-up, so I'll be continuing those as well.

As always, in an effort to please everyone, I'll please nobody. :)

Here are some important podcast links I'd like you to be aware of.

If you experience any technical issues with the podcast, or would like me to make a change to the way I write the metadata or create the MP3, this is a great place to share.

Thanks for listening to Toronto Mike'd!

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Glen Campbell, Dead at 81

Glen CampbellGlen Campbell was 81. He was the singer and guitarist best remembered for a string of country-inflected hits that ran from the mid-'60s to the late '80s: "Gentle on My Mind," "Rhinestone Cowboy," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "Southern Nights" and "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" among them.

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What You Need To Look For In A VPN Provider

There’s a reason the internet is obsessed with VPNs these days. For the past decade, our identities have swiftly been becoming entirely downloadable. With a person’s online activity, along with access to his or her social media pages, you can find out pretty much all there is to know about him.

That is, if they're not secure about how they interact with the web. Smart users don’t put all their information in one place (like Google’s holistic web of services). They don't make their social media profiles too public. And they don’t go online without a VPN.

A VPN encrypts your data and hides your location. That is the very least you can expect from them, while at the same time being all you need.

But what differentiates one from another? There are so many options online, this is how you should differentiate the good VPNs from the bad.

Their price

I’m going to address this from two sides. Firstly, free VPNs will never be good enough. That’s not necessarily because they're not secure. Some of the best providers offer free options. However, there will always be limits to what you can do. Bandwidth caps are in place, and if it’s not working, you can’t expect much from customer service. Ultimately, you get what you pay for.

But secondly, higher prices don’t necessarily mean a better service. So, when you download a free VPN, you get what you pay for, but when you're paying, price doesn't always reflect value.

Research the paid VPNs, looking for the following.

Do they keep your information?

Some cynics complain that using a VPN is simply swapping one ISP tracking your activity for another. After all, the VPN provider has access to your information. Nonetheless, that information is harder to access and, consequently, to track back to you.

However, some VPN providers promise complete anonymity. They don’t get any of your info, and you can even subscribe without providing too many details.

Of course, we can never be sure they're keeping their word, and if you're paranoid about being watched, this won’t necessarily help you. In your case, creating your own VPN is the only answer.

Are streaming services blocked?

We’re all well aware that Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, et al, blocked people using VPNs from viewing their content. This was to prevent those in countries where content is already syndicated from violating copyright laws.

Unfortunately, you don’t have to be doing anything illegal to be affected by this ban. If you are trying to be more secure, turning off your VPN every time you want to watch a series is counterintuitive. For this reason, you should go for a VPN that still works with Netflix, et al.

Speed

Finally, speed is an all-important factor. No matter what VPN you use, you're going to lose out on speed. You're sending your data through another server, after all. But some are slower than others. Find an option that has servers close to you. This will inevitably be quicker, and you won’t have to worry about ruining your online experience.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 257: Ivar Hamilton Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 257In this 257th episode, Mike and Ivar Hamilton play and discuss his ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 1:29:44.

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Don Baylor, Dead at 68

Don BaylorDon Baylor was 68. He won the 1979 American League MVP with the California Angels, playing for six teams over a 19-year MLB career. He later went on to manage the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs.

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Halton County Radial Railway: TTC Time Machine

With the day off, we drove to Milton to visit the Halton County Radial Railway. It was like discovering a time machine.

Having just seen the Spoons this weekend, I was playing their video for Romantic Traffic and telling the kids about the old red subways. Little did I know I'd be inside one mere days later.

Here are some pics of the subways and streetcars on display.

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Here are some old ads that were still on display in the old subway cars and streetcars. These really took me back.

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Darren Daulton, Dead at 55

Darren DaultonDarren Daulton was 55. He played 1,109 of his 1,161 career games for the Philadelphia Phillies, leading them to the World Series in 1993 before winning it with the Florida Marlins in 1997.

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Open Mike

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House of Lords Closing - Vintage CFNY Ad

In the mid-to-late 90s, I lived at Charles Street and Yonge for a couple of years. I was going to school down the street, so it was awfully convenient. During this period of my life, I got every haircut at House of Lords at 639 Yonge Street (website).

As a young man, House of Lords seemed very cool. They played loud music, had a funky creative vibe and the price was right. I think it was $14 a cut back then.

House of Lords is closing for good this October after 51 years. They're blaming increasing property taxes.

Here's a great old ad for House of Lords that aired on CFNY back in the day.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 256: Fred Patterson Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 256In this 256th episode, Mike and Fred Patterson play and discuss his ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 1:31:58.

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