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Exclusive: Dalton Pompey's Father's Electric Circus Past Revealed

A couple of days ago, CBC Toronto news anchor Dwight Drummond dropped by for a chat. Dwight started at City TV and worked on Electric Circus as a security guard. He mentioned the cowboy hat wearing dancer.

Immediately, I remembered a story Maestro Fresh-Wes told me about this cowboy hat wearing dancer on Electric Circus back in the day. Maestro referred to him as "Soul Train meets Dukes of Hazzard". This guy was so notable a commenter referenced him in this comment left here back in 2011.

I'm more curious as to where the cowboy hat wearing guy that used to "dance" on Electric Circus every week is now. He could really hold that cheap cowboy hat and bust-a-move!

Dwight shared a bizarre legend he'd heard that this cowboy hat wearing Electric Circus dancer was Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey's father. That sounded too good to be true, but I was curious. So I asked Dalton.

Confirmed! The legend is true! Dalton Pompey's father, Ken Pompey, was a regular dancer on Electric Circus back in the day! Ken Pompey was the Cowboy!

Here's Ken Pompey dancing on EC.

Dalton's Dad

Here's Ken Pompey today.

Ken Pompey

You can see more of Cowboy Ken Pompey dancing on Electric Circus in this Retrontario clip.

Update:

Dalton Pompey's father, a.k.a. Kenrick "Cowboy" Pompey, famed Electric Circus dancer, released a house track in 1992 entitled "Summertime Summertime". It was distributed by Sony Music Canada and included a radio mix, a club mix and a smooth mix.

Deborah Cox is listed as a writer and, according to Dalton Pompey's mother, did the backup vocals. Here's the cover of the album and vinyl:

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Here's the radio edit of K. Pompey's Summertime Summertime featuring Deborah Cox. If Dalton doesn't make this his walk up music, I've lost all hope in humanity.

Thank you to Brian McKechnie for getting me the MP3 and Steve Magyari for ripping it from his personal CD collection. Awesome!

Update 2:

Tristan Pompey has shared the music video for Summertime Summertime to his YouTube account. Here it is.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 106: David Marsden

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 106: David MarsdenIn this 106th episode, Mike chats with broadcasting legend David Marsden about his years as David Mickie, his time at CHUM FM, the Spirit of Radio days at CFNY, his years at Iceberg and The Rock and his latest venture, NYthespirit.com. Tears are shed. This episode is exactly 1:45:39.

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 102.1: George Stroumboulopoulos

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 103In this 103rd episode, re-branded episode 102.1 by marketing, Mike chats with George Stroumboulopoulos about his years at The Fan 590, CFNY Edge 102, MuchMusic, CBC and his current gig at Hockey Night in Canada. There are laughs, tears, The Wire references and almost two hours of open and honest dialogue with Canada's boyfriend. Seriously, we cover everything, from how the death of Martin Streek affected his working relationship with Corus to how he ended up hosting a reality show on ABC and what happened to his CNN show. I even ask Strombo if he'd take Jian Ghomeshi's old hosting spot on Q. This episode is exactly 1:50:46.

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

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Notable Episodes of Toronto Mike'd

Can't Miss Toronto Mike'd EpisodesIf you haven't yet sampled Toronto Mike'd, my independent podcast, now's the time. I've had dozens of interesting and revealing conversations with many people you know and enjoy.

Here are some episodes you may have missed. If you like what you hear, I hope you consider becoming a Toronto Mike'd Patron. All "Kick Out the Jams!" episodes are conveniently archived here.

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Music

Miscellaneous

Radio

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It Was The Best of Times...

Yesterday, was a great day. In fact, it was one of those all-time wonderful days that I'll remember forever. I enjoyed my first day with baby Jarvis and got to introduce James and Michelle to their new brother.

It was awesome.

Me and My Brood

At about 6pm, James, Michelle and I decided to make the trip from St. Joe's to Princess Margaret to visit my good friend Mike Kic. In his room on the 17th floor, Michelle told the story of how she named Jarvis, James promised everyone he wouldn't beat me up when he's bigger than me, and I reminisced with Mike Kic about our days playing ball together, this Raptors team he sold me on and shared the story of Jarvis's birth.

Then, when it was time to go, Kic and I exchanged exploding fist-bumps, as we have every week of every summer for well over a decade. It was likely our 300th fist-bump, and our last.

And that's what the kids and I talked about on the ride back to St. Joe's. One day you're saying hello to someone who will be a key part of your life forever, the next you're saying goodbye to a dear friend.

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Windsor Road House From Rob Ford Photo Linked to Rinse's Comment

The Comment From Rinse about Rob Ford's Crack UseAs we've discussed, this comment left by Rinse on March 26 included details about Rob Ford's use of crack cocaine:

Here's the thing: Rob Ford DOES use crack cocaine. A friend of mine, her mother is a serious drug addict. Rob Ford regularly goes over to her house to smoke crack.

The problem is this: The daughter wants to expose Rob Ford's drug abuse, but her oldschool Italian grandmother won't allow her to "bring shame" upon the family, long story short. So basically the daughter has become complicit with the entire thing instead of doing the right thing. Shame on you Jasmin.

According to this Globe and Mail article, information about the house Rob Ford was photographed in front of with Anthony Smith gives credence to Rinse's comments.

The house on Windsor Road is officially owned by an elderly couple. The neighbours believe the husband died in the past few years and say that the primary residents of the home are the grownup children, believed to be in their 40s.

A Redditor did a little digging and discovered the following:

15 Windsor Rd is listed to "E Basso" in the phonebook. I found an obituary that says "Elio Basso" passed away on November 6, 2009, with funeral service at a chapel at Rexdale & Kipling. The obituary lists Jasmine as his granddaughter. "Jasmin" is the name mentioned at torontomike.com/2013/03/the_problem_with_rob_ford_and.html#comment-234172

Here's the Canada411 listing for E Basso at 15 Windsor Road, and here's the obituary for Elio Basso that mentions Jasmine.

Holy shit. Rinse wasn't kidding.

Update: The Star story confirming the details is here.

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Fearless Fred Really, Really Hates Me

radioI just listened to today's episode of Humble and Fred Radio. At about the 30 minute mark, between some typically hilarious banter and a great performance by 54-40, guest Fearless Fred from Edge 102 goes off on me. You have to hear this 5:27 of audio to believe it.

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As I was listening to Fearless Fred, I really felt for him. He's clearly emotional and carrying a great deal of hate for this site and me. Of course, as with any interview, a great deal of context is missing. Before you decide to join Fearless Fred in hating me, please hear me out...

In May of 2009, Edge 102 fired a couple of very popular deejays. Of course I wrote about it, Martin Streek was fired after working at CFNY forever. I don't have to tell you what happened a couple of months later. Martin Streek hanged himself.

That was tragic, and in no way did I ever suggest Fearless Fred had anything to do with Martin Streek's suicide, but he was hired when Streek and Barry Taylor were fired, so I wrote about it.

I just re-read that entry, unedited since I first published it on August 8, 2009. I didn't write anything negative about him at all. I just broke the news he was coming from Edmonton and speculated as to where he'd be dropped in the lineup. That's it until I read something he wrote about me on a comedy blog. He went off on this blog because of some negative comments posted by readers. Fearless Fred, it seems, attributes the opinions expressed in the comments to me.

I only wrote about Fearless Fred one other time. I admitted I don't know shit about radio, because I didn't dig Fred's schtick and thought Barry Taylor had the same schtick, only funnier. I expressed my opinion, something I'm apt to do on this site. There were no personal attacks, and no lines crossed.

And that's my final point to Fearless Fred. I've never, ever written a single word about your wife or family. I never cross that line. I spoke about you as a radio host, a public figure, and merely commented on the situation at your radio station and your abilities as an on-air talent.

Fearless Fred really, really hates me, and that's a shame. I think Humble's right... I think we'd hit it off and like each other. It's just too bad Fred can't decipher between my words and actions and the opinions and actions of my readers.

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2010 Santa Claus Parade (Snark Version)

SantaI just wrote the sweet as all hell recap of the 2010 Santa Claus Parade. That's the one you can show your kids or little nephews and nieces or cousins. This is the snark version.

I'd like to know how much DreamWorks had to pony up for the massive Shrek DVD push that opened the parade. In addition to Shrek himself, every kid at the parade got a little gift pack complete with Shrek ears. There were more Shrek ears than reindeer antlers and Santa hats combined.

2010 Santa Claus Parade

Hey, celebrity clowns. I don't mean to look a gift horse in the mouth and all, but where was the chocolate? It was all candy, no chocolate, and I friggin' love those holiday eggs you've handed out in previous years. Couldn't you have taken some of that DreamWorks money and scored some chocolate?

2010 Santa Claus Parade

The first real float was called "Rob Ford" and it passed without any fanfare. It was surreal, really.

2010 Santa Claus Parade

Poor Blinky... he doesn't even blink anymore. First he stops driving himself, then he stops talking, but now that he's not blinking, is he really Blinky anymore?

2010 Santa Claus Parade

Nothing says Christmas like Lady Gaga!

So very, very creepy.

2010 Santa Claus Parade

These guys just stink.

2010 Santa Claus Parade

Really, Ken? A pink tie?

2010 Santa Claus Parade

I don't know what these things are, but I hate them.

2010 Santa Claus Parade

These guys might be creepier than the upside down clowns.

2010 Santa Claus Parade

I for one am sickened by the continuous and overt sexualization of animals in this parade.

2010 Santa Claus Parade

A notorious criminal celebrated in front of our precious children? Disgusting.

2010 Santa Claus Parade

Blowing through walls just got a little easier.

2010 Santa Claus Parade

Somebody has an ego!

2010 Santa Claus Parade

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If You Love the Leafs, You Hate the Habs: It Is Written

LeafsIf another supposed Leafs fan tells me they're cheering for the Habs, I'm going to blow. The commonality amongst the people I'm hearing this nonsense from is that they're all young. It seems our youth thinks it's okay to love the Leafs and root for the Habs.

When I ask these young Leaf fans why they're cheering for Montreal, they give me the same two reasons:

  1. They're a Canadian-based franchise, and we should root for a Canadian team
  2. They're underdogs, and we should root for the plucky underdog

Kids, let me be clear: under no circumstance is it okay for you to cheer for the Montreal Canadiens if you love the Toronto Maple Leafs. There are no exceptions. Should Montreal face Ottawa in the conference finals, you cheer for an influenza outbreak that suspends the season.

Luckily, Montreal isn't facing Ottawa in the conference final. Montreal's facing Philadelphia, and that means for the next couple of weeks I'll be rooting with all my might for the Philadelphia Flyers. Normally, I strongly dislike the Flyers, but in this situation, as a die-hard Leafs fan, the choice is clear. Actually, it's not a choice at all.

If you know a young, ignorant, misguided Leafs fan who has decided to cheer on the Habs during these playoffs, please direct them here. We need to put an end to this despicable nonsense. Again, so there's no misunderstanding: If you love the Leafs, you hate the Habs. There are no exceptions.

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My Appearance on Team 990 - Pissing Off Habs Fans

RadioI appeared on Montreal's only English sports radio station tonight, The Team 990. The show is called Game Points and they had me on following their discussion about my blog last week.

It's not easy being cocky when your team hasn't played a playoff game in five years but I think I pulled it off. Have a listen and tell me what you think.

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