This used to be a rare event, worthy of noting, but now it's a regular occurrence. Note though, this is a Rihanna song featuring Drake. Drake has never hit #1 on his own.
Here's the complete list of 44 Canadian songs to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
- It's Love-Love-Love by Guy Lombardo
- Cry by Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads
- Sh-Boom by The Crew-Cuts
- Diana by Paul Anka
- Lonely Boy by Paul Anka
- Theme from A Summer Place by Percy Faith
- Ringo by Lorne Greene
- American Woman / No Sugar Tonight by The Guess Who
- Heart of Gold by Neil Young
- Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks
- Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot
- (You're) Having My Baby by Paul Anka and Odia Coates
- Rock Me Gently by Andy Kim
- You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
- Hot Child In The City by Nick Gilder
- You Needed Me by Anne Murray
- Heaven by Bryan Adams
- When I'm With You by Sheriff
- Black Velvet by Alannah Myles
- (Everything I Do) I Do It for You by Bryan Adams
- Informer by Snow
- All for Love by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting
- The Power of Love by Céline Dion
- Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? by Bryan Adams
- Because You Loved Me by Céline Dion
- My Heart Will Go On by Céline Dion
- One Week by Barenaked Ladies
- I'm Your Angel by R. Kelly and Céline Dion
- How You Remind Me by Nickelback
- Bad Day by Daniel Powter
- Promiscuous by Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland
- Say It Right by Nelly Furtado
- Give It to Me by Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake
- Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne
- What's My Name? by Rihanna featuring Drake
- Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
- Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell
- Rude by MAGIC!
- Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd
- What Do You Mean? by Justin Bieber
- The Hills by The Weeknd
- Sorry by Justin Bieber
- Love Yourself by Justin Bieber
- Work by Rihanna Featuring Drake
This is not a definitive list, but here's some things I dig.
And they're in absolutely no particular order.
- french press coffee
- Stride Spark Kinetic Mint gum
- Public Enemy
- Neil Young
- dunking chocolate chip cookies in milk
- The Wire
- the Olympics
- playing catch
- The Tragically Hip
- my Roots sweat pants
- The Howard Stern Show
- my smart phone
- playoff hockey
- Tarantino movies
- skating outdoors
- Arrested Development
- rooting for the home team
- Dave Chappelle
- The World Junior Hockey Championship
- The Simpsons
- tee shirts
- Toronto tap water
- The legend of Bill Barilko
- live music
- the smell of freshly cut wood
I started watching Saturday Night Live during the Sandler era. That crew, with Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, David Spade and Chris Rock, introduced me to the world of SNL.
Since then, I've watched it off and on over the years. Sometimes I'd tune out for a few years, only to rediscover a new cast and watch every week. Of the seasons I caught, here are my 10 favourite cast members.
- Mike Myers
- Phil Hartman
- Adam Sandler
- Chris Farley
- Dana Carvey
- Kristen Wiig
- Will Ferrell
- Bill Hader
- TIna Fey
- Taran Killam
You've seen the 10 most downloaded episodes of Toronto Mike'd in 2014, but here are my favourites. This was tough, as I thoroughly enjoyed recording far more than 10 episodes, and I excluded all episodes with my buddy Elvis, but here's my 10 favourite episodes of Toronto Mike'd in 2014, in no particular order.
Why it's a personal favourite: In early 2014, I wasn't certain what I wanted my podcast to become. Then, out of the blue, I received an email from Jonathan Torrens.
Jonathan was interested in renting my podcast studio to record the first episode of his podcast with Jeremy Taggart, but I was more interested in him coming on my podcast and answering my many questions about Street Cents, Jonovision, Trailer Park Boys and the Degrassi movie.
Jonathan took a very expensive cab ride to and from my place during a very short visit to Toronto and when he left I knew exactly what I wanted my podcast to be.
Ed the Sock
Why it's a personal favourite: I was a big fan of Ed the Sock growing up, and it was a thrill to not only chat with Ed's creator but also Ed himself. Yes, Ed is a sock, but he still succinctly and hilariously says what I'm thinking.
Why it's a personal favourite: To this day, no podcast has run as long as this one. The report was natural, the conversation fun and interesting and by the end of the first hour I forgot we were recording. I loved chatting with Jeffy.
Why it's a personal favourite: Maddog was a listener of the podcast, and if he was going to guest he wasn't going to hold back. The brutal and refreshing honesty from him made for compelling audio. With every episode I record now, I aim to recapture that rawness I heard from Maddog.
Why it's a personal favourite: Mike is a divisive personality amongst Jays fans. An ongoing joke in my circle when someone comes off arrogant or condescending is to call him or her "Wilner".
Mike came over intending to be as honest as possible and I believe he was. Afterwards, as people heard his hour with me, I kept hearing the same thing. I had humanized the beast. Those who disliked him immensely were willing to admit they simply misunderstood the man.
Why it's a personal favourite: I could record another 1000 episodes and not recreate this perfect storm. George was generous with both his time and his honesty, and we truly hit it off. We were two pals having a deep and interesting convo and to this day I can't quite remember what was said during the recording and what was said afterwards. It was pure magic.
Why it's a personal favourite: Much like with Ed the Sock, I grew up a big Hebsy fan. Sportsline was my show and Mark was the star. The conversation was so awesome, I've asked him to come back on to share more stories in late February.
Why it's a personal favourite: I had never met Erin Davis and wasn't sure what to expect. I suppose I thought she might play it ultra safe because of her prominent role on such a G-rated show.
Instead, she was completely down to earth and honest and completely engaging. Today, we exchange emails and Twitter DMs regularly and just last week I made my debut on CHFI during Erin's show.
Ashley Buchholz from USS
Why it's a personal favourite: Ashley is like nobody else I've interviewed. He just seemed to see things differently, and think in this creative manner that made it crazy fun to have a conversation with him.
It helped immensely that I was a legit fan of his band, making this a special thrill.
Tribute to Martin Streek
Why it's a personal favourite: No episode took longer to produce, and as episodes go, this one was definitely the greatest risk. Based on the positive response, it worked. I was extremely pleased.
Although some of the guests were clips from previous episodes (Alan Cross, Todd Shapiro, Fred Patterson, Bingo Bob, etc.) I made fresh calls to some very interesting people, including Brother Bill and David Marsden. I like to think Martin's memory was fairly and justly honoured.
Toronto Mike'd took a giant leap forward in 2014, attracting interesting guests and finding a whole new audience. You can't judge the quality of an episode by the number of downloads, but it does give some insight into the Zeitgeist.
Here are the 10 most downloaded episodes of Toronto Mike'd in 2014.
- Erin Davis
- Martin Streek Retrospective
- Humble and Fred
- Todd Shapiro
- Ed the Sock
- Greg Brady
- Mike Wilner
- Jeremy Taggart
1. Gordie Howe - 97/100
If you're going to rank the Canadian Gords, you've got to open with Mr. Hockey. The man scored 801 goals and recorded 1049 assists over his lengthy and respected NHL career.
Gordie Howe also played the unsuspecting object of Ms. Krabappel's affections in Bart the Lover.
2. Gord Downie - 92/100
The quality of Canada's Gords is so impressive, the lead singer of my favourite band of all-time only comes in second. I've seen Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip (including fellow Gord bass guitarist Gord Sinclair) eleven times and counting.
He also covered Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah for Saint Ralph, a version that lovingly haunts my dreams to this day.
3. Gordon Lightfoot - 91/100
Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Early Morning Rain, If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown, Carefree Highway... these are iconic songs of Canadiana. After the holy trinity of Young, Mitchell and Cohen, you've got Lightfoot.
4. Gordon Sinclair - 83/100
Everything I learned about Sinclair I learned from the archives. Author, radio host and beloved commenter, many of his opinion pieces, such as The Americans, survive to this day.
5. Gord Martineau - 76/100
It's difficult for me to remember a time in this city before Gord Martineau. He's been at Citytv since its inception in 1977 and he's still their anchor.
6. Gord Stellick - 75/100
The youngest GM in NHL history when he assumed that role for the Maple Leafs in April 1988, Stellick went on to become a much better hockey commentator on television and radio, as well as a long-time host on The Fan.
7. Gord Miller - 72/100
You'll hear him calling games on the NHL on TSN, but Gord Miller is best known as the current voice of the World Junior Championships.
8. Gordie Johnson - 70/100
When I think of Gordie Johnson, I think of his rendition of O Canada on an electric double neck guitar.
Sure, he was also lead singer of Big Sugar, but this was his defining moment.
9. Gordon Korman - 69/100
As a young reader, my favourite books were from Gordon Korman. I thought his Bruno and Boots series was the bomb.
10. Gord Ash - 65/100
Today he's assistant general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, but we know Gord Ash best as GM of our Toronto Blue Jays from 1995 to 2001. Under his watch we drafted Roy Halladay, and that alone scores him 65.
11. Gordie Sampson - 61/100
This Nova Scotian singer-songwriter's claim to fame is writing "Jesus, Take the Wheel" for Carrie Underwood. Even if that's not your cup of tea, you've got to respect the rewards that tune won, including a Grammy.
There were 1090 sources of traffic to this site in 2013. Excluding search engines, here are the top 10 sites that sent visitors over here throughout the year.
- My Toronto Scoop
- Humble and Fred Radio
- Canadian Thinker
Inbound links are always appreciated, and whenever possible reciprocated.
- Nelson Mandela, Dead at 95
- Stompin' Tom Connors, Dead at 77
- Roger Ebert, Dead at 70
- Lou Reed, Dead at 71
- Stan Musial, Dead at 92
- James Gandolfini, Dead at 51
- Marcia Wallace, Dead at 70
- Jonathan Winters, Dead at 87
- Jean Stapleton, Dead at 90
- Rita MacNeil, Dead at 68
It's December, and that means you'll likely need to assemble a Christmas party playlist for a holiday party or two.
A great deal of Christmas music is awful, but there are a few dozen or so I can stomach. Here are my personal favourite Christmas songs if you need a little help building your playlist. To make things extra fun, I'm going to mark my top 7 by making them bold.
- Christmas Don't Be Late - Alvin and the Chipmunks
- Christmas Must Be Tonight - The Band
- Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid
- Green Christmas - Barenaked Ladies
- White Christmas - Bing Crosby
- Mary Had A Baby - Bruce Cockburn
- Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Bruce Springsteen
- Merry Christmas Baby - Chuck Berry
- Joy To The World - Clem Snide
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Coldplay
- First Noel - Crash Test Dummies
- Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie and Bing Crosby
- Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Dean Martin
- Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Death Cab For Cutie
- Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
- I Believe in Father Christmas - Greg Lake
- Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto - James Brown
- Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John & Yoko And Plastic Ono Band And The Harlem Community Choir
- Honky The Christmas Goose - Johnny Bower
- I Wish It Was Christmas Today - Julian Casablancas
- Father Christmas - The Kinks
- Christmas Night in Harlem - Louis Armstrong & His All Stars
- Carol Of The Bells - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) - Nat King Cole
- Merry Christmas, Baby - Otis Redding
- Let Me Sleep - Pearl Jam
- Fairytale of New York - The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl
- 2000 Miles - The Pretenders
- Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) - The Ramones
- The Christmas Song - The Raveonettes
- Baby, It's Cold Outside - Ray Charles
- Christmas in Hollis - Run DMC
- Song For A Winter's Night - Sarah McLachlan
- What Christmas Means To Me - Stevie Wonder
- You're A Mean One, Mr Grinch - Thurl Ravenscroft
- O Holy Night - Tipitina's Foundation
- Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis - Tom Waits
- Baby Please Come Home - U2
- Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental) - Vince Guaraldi Trio
- Greensleeves - Vince Guaraldi Trio
- Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
- Welcome Christmas - The Who's of Whoville
If you're interested in hearing about the worst Christmas song ever, there's more on that here.
It's been raining cats and dogs all morning in Toronto and it doesn't look like it's going to let up for hours yet. That was the perfect excuse for me to assemble a brilliant 25 song "rain" playlist. Every song had to have "rain" in the title.
I didn't include songs with "rainy" or "raincoat" or "raindrops", just "rain. If I'm missing a "Rain" song you think just has to be there, let me know in the comments.
- Only Happy When it Rains - Garbage
- Purple Rain - Prince
- Have You Ever Seen the Rain? - Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Rain-O - Chilliwack
- Who'll Stop the Rain? - Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Red Rain - Peter Gabriel
- Rain - The Cult
- Rain Street - The Pogues
- The Naked Rain - The Waltons
- November Rain - Guns N' Roses
- Why Does it Always Rain On Me? - Travis
- No Rain - Blind Melon
- I Wish It Would Rain Down - Phil Collins
- Sad Sad Rain - Platinum Blonde
- Set Fire to the Rain - Adele
- Here Comes the Rain Again - Eurythmics
- Fire and Rain - James Taylor
- Rain When I Die - Alice in Chains
- Rain - The Beatles
- Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) - Melanie
- Make it Rain - The KLF
- Come Rain or Come Shine - Frank Sinatra
- Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Willie Nelson
- Early Morning Rain - Gordon Lightfoot
- Rusted From the Rain - Billy Talent
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