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Coming Home Jays Ad Gives Me Goosebumps

jaysI love this time of year, when the puck drops on the NHL playoffs and Blue Jays baseball starts up.

I've seen the Rogers Sportsnet Blue Jays ad set to "Coming Home" by Diddy-Dirty Money featuring Skylar Grey about 100 times and it still gives me goosebumps when it comes one. You've got to love this.

Go Jays Go!

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Humble and Fred TV Ad From 1989

tvCourtesy of Retrontario, here's a 1989 television ad for CFNY's Humble and Fred morning show.

Man, that Miami Vice look did not work for Humble. Fred, however, still dresses like that.

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Rebecca Black vs. The Beatles

rebecca blackI'm not sure what the big deal is with the lyrics to Rebecca Black's Friday.

As you'll see, the lyrics align perfectly with one of my favourite Beatles songs.


If you've been living under a rock the last two weeks, here's Rebecca Black's Beatles-esque song, Friday.

[via The Daily What]

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Countdown To When It's Okay To Revisit Freddie P's Conservative Party Propaganda Machine

voteWith a federal election scheduled for Monday, May 2, 2011, my friend Freddie P's blog has become a part of the Conservative Party's propaganda machine.

It's essentially unvisitable until this election passes, so for your convenience and mine, I've created this handy little countdown clock:

Bookmark this entry and keep tabs on when it's okay to visit Canadian Thinker again. You're welcome.

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Roger Abbott, Dead at 64

In MemoriumRoger Abbott was 64. He was one of the driving forces behind CBC’s Royal Canadian Air Farce on both TV and radio.

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U-Knows Highlights from 1984

radioThe JUNO Awards are tonight. The JUNOs always make me think about the U-Knows, CFNY's music awards for Canadian independent and alternative acts. The U-Knows have been called the CASBYs since 1986. Check out this clip of CFNY's Nick Charles celebrating Chalk Circle's 1986 CASBY win.

Mondoville is sharing highlights from the 1984 U-Know Awards held at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto on April 2, 1984. The host was Jim Carrey and you'll see the Spoons, Nash The Slash, Sherry Kean, Paul Humphries (Blue Peter), Live Earl Jive & Beverly Hills, Men Without Hats, Peter Noble, Parachute Club, Lorraine Segato, Billy Bryans, Billy Idol and the late BB Gabor.

Great find. Do you remember the U-Knows?

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5 Reasons to be Psyched About Next Season #leafs

leafsThat was far more fun than I thought it would be. We limped into the all-star break, with little hope and almost no reason to care, and have gone 15-7-5 since.

I don't know about you, but I sure started to care again. Leafs games became must-see-tv, scoreboard watching became an integral part of the process again, it was a lot of fun.

But alas, it's over. There's always next season, and I've got 5 great reasons to be psyched about the Maple Leafs 2011/12 edition.

1. James "Optimus Reim" Reimer
I'm afraid to even talk about this kid for fear of ruining his career. On that note, on to #2...

2. The Mac-Russian Line
Phil who? Our top offensive line all season has been Mikhail Grabovski, Clarke MacArthur and Nikolai Kulemin. All three have impressed me, especially Grabovski. He's our true all-star.

3. Our Lord and Savoir Luke Schenn
He's back, baby! And the young Jedi has more hits than any other defenseman in the league. It's a fact, you can look it up.

4. Phaneuf and Aulie
The emergence of Mohammed Aulie and the recent return to power of Dion Phaneuf has made this my favourite defensive tandem. How ya like that trade with Calgary now?

5. Mike Brown's Mustache
Mike Brown's mustache has been epic all season. Who wouldn't be psyched about another season of this?


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Mark McAllister's Minor Medical Issue

tvGlobal News Toronto reporter Mark McAllister suffered what's being described as a "minor medical issue" while live on the air Monday night.

Here he is, struggling to speak about defence minister Peter MacKay.

He's been back on the air since and claims to be feeling fine. Here's hoping that moment of disorientation wasn't caused by anything serious.

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American Smarties vs. Canadian Smarties

foodI just learnt something new. In America, these are Smarties:


Those, of course, are called Rockets here in Canada. These are what we call Smarties:

I had no idea...

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Aurora Borealis Time Lapse Video

videoTerje Sorgjerd spent a week capturing one of the biggest aurora borealis shows in recent years.

This was shot in and around Kirkenes and Pas National Park bordering Russia, at 70 degree north and 30 degrees east.


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Elizabeth Taylor, Dead at 79

In MemoriumElizabeth Taylor was 79. She was one of the 20th Century's biggest movie stars, winning winning a best actress Oscar in 1960 for "Butterfield 8" and then again in 1966 for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Here she is on What's My Line?

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Dove Men+Care Figures Out How To Get Mentioned

notepadLet's call a spade a spade. I'm a pretty influential person. I'm the Oprah of the Toronto blogosphere, nobody said to nobody. Why do you think I won a Gemini?

A little over a year ago, Dove Men+Care sent me some nice smelling stuff. Well... they're at it again.

A new package just arrived.

Dove Stuff

If you're lucky enough to be around me, take a good whiff. I'm smelling pretty damn good.

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The Family Channel Has Changed

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.

At some point, my kids switched from Treehouse TV to Family Channel. It literally happened over night. Bob the Builder was replaced by Hannah Montana.

The Family Channel is wall-to-wall annoying kid-coms. We're talking Wizards of Waverly Place, The Suite Life on Deck and Good Luck Charlie. It's harmless enough, I suppose... except for the insult on the intelligence.

The Family Channel sure has changed. Here's a promo from 1988. Compare this to the Hannah Montana crap they're pumping out today.

Has a station changed more radically in 13 23 years?

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Paul Shaffer as George Costanza?

tvI love the character of George Costanza. I recently listed him as one of my favourite television characters of all-time.

It's hard to believe that David Letterman's sidekick and fellow Canadian Paul Shaffer was considered for the role. I'm glad Paul never became George.

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Toronto TV Service Options

tvWhen it comes to television, what's the most sensible option in Toronto?

Bell and Rogers seem to offer an assortment of digital TV programming packages, with or without a PVR. But it can start to cost you an arm and a leg. I have a very important question for you smart people...

What's the best television programming option in Toronto? What do you tv viewers have and how much do you pay?


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Finally, Playoff Hockey in Toronto

leafsIt's not the 4 points we're behind Buffalo that'll kill us, it's those 2 games the Sabres have in hand. That combination means this realist isn't getting his hopes up.

But that's okay. As commenter Ryan G. pointed out, we've been playing playoff hockey for the past few weeks.

that game felt playoffy because that WAS our playoffs. in fact the last week or two has been the first round of our playoffs.

sure the league nor anyone else recognizes that officially, but eff'em.

if we do in fact make it to their so called playoffs, it will be OUR stanley cup final.

and, if we make it past their so called first round of playoffs, there's really no more for us to do since that so called first round was our Cup final. so even if they want us to play in their so called second round, we'll just say no thanks, we're done...we've just won our Cup final.

and then when we get all the Leafs in convertibles, on like, a monday afternoon, and drive down yonge street, who cares if they don't really block off traffic for us.

and just wait and see what happens when our Leafs show up unannounced at the white house just like the blackhawks did this week..

Next season, Optimus Reim leads us to the Stanley Cup finals. You read it here first, folks.

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Sleeveface vs. Boom 97.3

radioA big glove tap to Mondoville for reminding me where I'd seen it all before...

Boom 97.3's new spring ad campaign is called Cover Up and you'll see the ads plastered all over Astral-owned ad space in this city. It's people holding vinyl record sleeves and covers in front of their faces. Here's a couple.



The concept is pretty cool, but not very original. has been doing it here for years. Here's "How to Sleeveface".

Based on this Sleeveface tweet, it's safe to say Boom 97.3 simply stole the idea, but does anyone actually own it?


They're pretty cool ads, but it's all been done before. Visit to see a whole bunch more.

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The New Way Is Now Old School

cdMy daughter has a boom box she plays her music on. It's got radio and a CD player, that's it.

When she wants certain tunes, I kick it old school. That means I make an audio CD from MP3s and she plays that disc. I'm actually glad I finally have a use for the CD-Rs that have been collecting dust in my basement the past 7 years.

About a decade ago, I thought this was the most amazing thing. Dragging and dropping MP3 files on my desktop to create a CD that would play on my CD player was friggin' amazing. No more dubbing from cassette tapes, no more reliance on five different albums for the five songs you want to hear, it was a digital world and it was awesome.

Today, when I make these mix CDs for my daughter, it seems so ancient. My life is all MP3 playlists and syncing with my iPod Touch. The act of burning a disc and playing the songs on that physical media feels as if it's from a different era.

Has anything changed as radically as the way we share and listen to music? Oh yeah... there's the way we share and watch movies...

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Family Band: 5-minute Hip Doc

tragically hipIn this short documentary about The Tragically Hip, director David Battistella uses a split-screen and acid-etched colours to distil the iconic Canadian band’s essence. After decades together, through hotels, highways, gigs and recording sessions, The Hip’s members have forged a powerful brotherhood. "These guys are my life partners, musically" says bass guitarist Gord Sinclair. The Hip's brand of straight-ahead rock and roll has catapulted the band to international stardom, and ensured them a place in Canadian musical history, but at heart, they remain a bunch of guys from Kingston, Ontario, making music together just for fun.

This film was produced for the 2008 Governor General's Performing Arts Award..

I'll be seeing them Canada Day. Can't wait.

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Irish Blessings of the Fake Variety

irsh blessingHere are some great fake Irish blessings.


[via Incidental Comics]

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The Pogues with The Dubliners Performing Irish Rover

shamrockThis is The Pogues with The Dubliners performing "Irish Rover".

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Nate Dogg, Dead at 41

In MemoriumNathaniel D. Hale a.k.a. Nate Dogg was 41. He was part of an extended family of rappers known as the Dogg Pound Gangsta Crips (DPGC).

You likely know him best from Regulate with Warren G.

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30 For 30 Documentaries: My Rankings

televisionI first wrote about ESPN's 30 For 30 series back in July. I had just watched Barry Levinson's The Band That Wouldn't Die and loved it. I'm happy to report it only got better from there.

As I type, I've seen 28 of the 30 sports docs in the series. I only have "No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson" and "Silly Little Game" left on my hit list. Of the 28 I've seen, most were great, some were absolutely fantastic and only a handful missed the mark.

Here's how I rank them. Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments.

  1. "The Two Escobars"
  2. "The 16th Man"
  3. "Once Brothers"
  4. "King's Ransom"
  5. "The Best That Never Was"
  6. "Pony Excess"
  7. "Into the Wind"
  8. "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks"
  9. "June 17, 1994"
  10. "Fernando Nation"
  11. "Muhammad and Larry"
  12. "The U"
  13. "Guru of Go"
  14. "Without Bias"
  15. "The Band that Wouldn't Die"
  16. "Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?"
  17. "The Birth of Big Air"
  18. "Four Days In October"
  19. "Tim Richmond: To the Limit"
  20. "Little Big Men"
  21. "One Night in Vegas"
  22. "Run Ricky Run"
  23. "Jordan Rides the Bus"
  24. "Straight Outta L.A."
  25. "The Legend of Jimmy the Greek"
  26. "Unmatched"
  27. "The House of Steinbrenner"
  28. "Marion Jones: Press Pause"

Although The Fab Five wasn't part of this series, I highly recommend it as well. You can see it here.

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Twitter Client Usage - How Do You Tweet?

twitterAccording to a Sysomos survey, Twitter users only send 58% of their overall Tweets using the company’s own proprietary Twitter applications and website. If my math is right, that means 42% of us use non-official Twitter apps.

I'm in that 42%. I happily use Seesmic.


I have one simple question for those of you who tweet. What do you use to Tweet?

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Beware the Ides of March

The Ides of MarchWe're all familiar with the story of Julius Caesar's death. On this date in 44 B.C., he was stabbed to death in the senate house. A soothsayer had warned Caesar to "Beware the Ides of March".

Today is the Ides of March, but what the heck does the Ides of March signify? It turns out it was simply the standard way of saying "March 15". The Roman calendar organized its months around three days, each of which served as a reference point for counting the other days:

  • Kalends (1st day of the month)
  • Nones (the 7th day in March, May, July, and October; the 5th in the other months)
  • Ides (the 15th day in March, May, July, and October; the 13th in the other months)

The remaining, unnamed days of the month were identified by counting backwards from the Kalends, Nones, or the Ides. For example, March 3 would be V Nones - 5 days before the Nones (the Roman method of counting days was inclusive; in other words, the Nones would be counted as one of the 5 days).

So, in actuality, the Ides of March is nothing to be scared of... unless you're Julius Caesar.

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The Fab Five Documentary

fab fiveThe Fab Five was my adopted NCAA basketball team. Ask my brothers. I lived and died by that team in the early 90s. Here's something I wrote about The Fab Five 8 years ago.

I just filled in my March Madness bracket for an office pool, and I still find myself going with Michigan. That's all because of Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwon Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson.

Here's the ESPN documentary on The Fab Five that premiered yesterday.

Now to dig up my old Wolverines jacket...


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Rick Martin, Dead at 59

In MemoriumRick Martin was 59. He was the first ever 50 goal scorer for the Buffalo Sabres and a member of their famed “French Connection” line.

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I Won't Blog About the Leafs Today

LeafsThe Leafs beat the Sabres last night in a very intense game that felt awfully playoffy, but I'm not going to write a word about it.

There will be no reference to the fact we're only four points back of 8th. I'm not even going to mention the fact we're just two points out of 9th. I'm not going to say a damn word.

In fact, this entry is over.


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Friday Open Mike

microphoneA magnitude 8.9 earthquake hit Japan today, unleashing a tsunami that swept debris miles inland. Dozens of nations are under a tsunami warning.

Use the comments of this entry to discuss this massive quake, or anything you want. This is your space.

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The Wire's Snoop Arrested - Excuse to Revisit Hardware Barn

the wireFelicia “Snoop” Pearson from The Wire was arrested earlier today during a drug raid in Baltimore.

When Snoop hits the news, it's a great excuse to revisit her trip to the Hardware Barn to buy a nail gun.

I love that scene.

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Retro Ontario 45s = Awesome Ontario MixTape

OntarioI love this. From Retrontario:

To celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Retrontario, I've pulled out some dusty 45s and made a thirty minute mixtape of sun-stained Ontario floor fillers with the odd vocal sample thrown in for good measure. Listen out for cameos from Retrontario luminaries like John Delazzer, Mark Dailey, and Dave Devall, and a very special thanks to 117 for his blissed-out remix of the title track.

Here are the amazing tunes you'll hear, but it's worth a listen even if just for the little audio cameos. Thanks, Retrontario, you golden god!

  1. Terry Bush - Ontario - Is There Anyplace You'd Rather Be?
  2. Jerry Toth - A Place To Stand
  3. The Laurie Bower Singers - Season Of The Young
  4. Tommy Ambrose - People City
  5. Al Cherney - Hogtown Hoedown
  6. Bobby Gimby - Let's Get Together
  7. Rupert Bailey & The Swingers - Mississauga Evacuation
  8. Frank Motley & The Hitchhikers - Hook And Sling
  9. Dolores Claman - Theme From Ontario Place
  10. Bob Homme - Early One Morning
  11. The Gang - The Goodbye Song
  12. Terry Bush - Ontario - Is There Anyplace You'd Rather Be? (117'S Ontariock Mix)
  13. Nonnie - Imagine, Imagine
  14. Dan Gibson - The Sounds Of Algonquin Park

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Shamrock Shake Returns to Ontario

foodJust last year, I complained that the Shamrock Shake had disappeared from McDonald's. From the comments of that entry, I learned that the Shamrock Shake was still being sold in other parts of North America, but not in Ontario.

The folks at McDonald's Googled 'toronto shamrock shakes' and ended up at that entry. They then sent me vouchers for free Shamrock Shakes, one of which I redeemed last night. It was good!

I'm still not sure why Shamrock Shakes left these parts after 2008 or why they returned, but if you're looking for an ultra sweet, minty treat, you might want to score one before they're gone.

Ya never know when or if they'll be back.

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Can Chris Bosh Take the Heat?

boshLike you, my primary motivation to follow the NBA this season is my passionate desire to see the Miami Heat fail.

The Heat have lost five in a row. I repeat, the Heat have lost five in a row. FIVE IN A ROW.

Adding to the good news is this article about Chris Bosh's frustrations.

After bringing up his frustration about not getting the ball where he wants it in a postgame news conference Tuesday night, Bosh said that he didn't even talk to Spoelstra or teammates Dwyane Wade and LeBron James about the issue before or during practice Wednesday. He did say he planned to address it before the game with the Lakers.

Bosh struggled in a 105-96 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday night, going just 3-of-11 from the field and finishing with seven points. But his displeasure seems to have been building for some time, including last Sunday when he only got one shot in the fourth quarter of a one-point loss to the Chicago Bulls.

No Heat No!


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Blockbuster and HMV: Victims of Technology

digitalMarc Weisblott just wrote about Blockbuster and HMV in his Daily Brew blog. Both Blockbuster and HMV are facing uncertain futures resulting in a sudden wave of store closings.

As a teen, there were only a few stores I gave a shit about. Both Blockbuster and HMV appeared on this very short list. VHS cassette rentals was a key source of entertainment, and my Blockbuster membership was well used. Buying CDs was a monthly ritual, and HMV and Sam the Record Man downtown were my go-to spots... unless the disc was cheaper at A&A.

Both Blockbuster and HMV are disappearing because technology has destroyed them. Our digitized universe not only makes piracy easy for a complete n00b but presents more convenient legitimate channels for music and movies as well. Blame iTunes and Netflix as much as The Pirate Bay.

I'm as guilty as anyone. I can't remember the last time I visited a Blockbuster, and HMV is strictly for browsing these days.

Do you still buy CDs or rent DVDs?

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Blue Jays on Twitter

blue jays on twitterThere are nearly 300 verified Major League Baseball Twitter accounts.

If you're looking for members of our Toronto Blue Jays to follow on Twitter, here are all Blue Jays on Twitter.

J.P. Arencibia @jparencibia9
Brett Cecil @Cec0208
Brett Lawrie @blawrie13
Jesse Litsch @JesseLitsch
Ricky Romero @RickyRo24
Travis Snider @Lunchboxhero45

The official Twitter account of the Blue Jays, by the way, is @BlueJays.

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Which Leafs Jersey Should I Get?

leafs jerseyOn the heels of our "which baseball team to root for" flowchart is this handy "Which Leafs Jersey Should I Get" flowchart from Maple Leafs Hot Stove.

Click the image below to see it full-sized.


According to this, I should get a Joey Crabb #46.

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If A Foul Ball Came My Way, I Would...

baseballHere's a great flowchart if you're looking for a baseball team to root for this season. It's from pcaputo1 on Flickr.

Click the image below to see it full sized.

You should join me as a Blue Jays fan if you'd answer yes to the following statement:

If a foul ball came my way, I would seek out a child and give it to him or her.

You should root for the New York Yankees if you'd answer no to the following statement:

I have a soul.

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CFNY 102.1 The Edge Thursday 30 with Martin Streek & Pete Fowler

RadioShe calls herself Guelph Gal, and she recorded a bunch of CFNY audio from the 1990s. She's now in the process of uploading the audio to YouTube, and she's happy to have me spread the love here.

This is 13 minutes of The Thursday 30 with the late great Martin Streek and Pete Fowler. This was January 1997...

I'll have more in this series soon. Guelph Gal just has to get the audio off her cassettes...

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Rainy Weekend Open Mike

microphoneIt's a rainy weekend here in the big smoke, and the weather is screaming for an Open Mike.

Use the comments of this entry to discuss anything you want. Get something off your chest, start a debate, or simply rant away.

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Rain Songs - Updated With 50% More Rain!

rain musicI tweeted a five year old collection of rain songs earlier on this rainy Saturday, and I wish I hadn't. A playlist this important needs to be fresh.

Here's a fresh filter in my iTunes of all songs with the word rain in the title. I had to manually remove all my train and brain songs.

  1. After the Rain - Blue Rodeo
  2. Amazon Rain - Paul Janz
  3. Another Rainy Day In New York City - Chicago
  4. Black Rain - Soundgarden
  5. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain - Willie Nelson
  6. Box Of Rain - Grateful Dead
  7. Carl Thomas: Summer Rain - DJ Jazzy Jeff & Mick Boogie
  8. Come Rain Or Come Shine - Frank Sinatra
  9. Come Rain or Come Shine - Ray Charles
  10. The Crying Rain - Emm Gryner
  11. Didn't It Rain - The Band
  12. Didn't it Rain - Louis Armstrong
  13. Don't Rain On My Parade - Glee Cast
  14. Early Morning Rain - Gordon Lightfoot
  15. Easy As The Rain - The Little Willies
  16. Entranced By The Rain - James Heatherington
  17. Every Morning [Raindropz Remix] - Basshunter
  18. Every Time it Rains - Nazareth
  19. Famous Blue Raincoat - Leonard Cohen
  20. Fire and Rain - James Taylor
  21. Fool In The Rain - Led Zeppelin
  22. Go Ahead in the Rain - A Tribe Called Quest
  23. Happy When It Rains - The Jesus And Mary Chain
  24. Have You Ever Seen The Rain? - Spin Doctors
  25. Have You Ever Seen The Rain? - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  26. Here Comes The Rain Again - Eurythmics
  27. Hey Mr. Rain [Version I] - The Velvet Underground
  28. Hey Mr. Rain [Version II] - The Velvet Underground
  29. I Can't Stand The Rain - The Commitments
  30. I Can't Stand The Rain - Tina Turner
  31. I Think It's Going to Rain Today - Randy Newman
  32. (I Want To Be) The Rainmaker - The Band
  33. I Wish It Would Rain Down - Phil Collins
  34. In The Rain - The Dramatics
  35. It's Gonna Rain - Steve Reich
  36. It's Raining on Prom Night - Cindy Bullens
  37. It Can't Rain All The Time - Jane Siberry
  38. It Never Rains In Southern California - Albert Hammond
  39. Keeps On Rainin' - Billie Holiday
  40. Kiss the Rain - Billie Myers
  41. Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) - Melanie with the Edwin Hawkins Singers
  42. Let It Rain - Cypress Hill
  43. Little Black Rain Cloud - Disney
  44. Little Rain (For Clyde) - Tom Waits
  45. Make It Rain - The KLF
  46. Naked In The Rain - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  47. The Naked Rain - The Waltons
  48. Neon Rainbow - The Box Tops
  49. No Rain - Blind Melon
  50. Nothing Like the Rain - 2 Unlimited
  51. November Rain - Guns N' Roses
  52. Only Happy When It Rains - Garbage
  53. Only Happy When It Rains (Garbage) - Richard Cheese
  54. Over The Rainbow - Glee Cast
  55. Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland
  56. Over The Rainbow - Ray Charles
  57. Purple Rain - Prince
  58. Rain - Bob Geldof & The Boomtown Rats
  59. Rain - The Cult
  60. Rain - Guano Apes
  61. The Rain - k-os
  62. Rain-O - Chilliwack
  63. The Rain Came Down - Steve Earle
  64. Rain Dance - The Guess Who
  65. Rain King - Counting Crows
  66. Rain Man - Eminem
  67. Rain On Your Parade - Duffy
  68. The Rain Song - Led Zeppelin
  69. Rain Street - The Pogues
  70. Rain When I Die - Alice In Chains
  71. Rain Will Fall - I Mother Earth
  72. Rain, Rain, Rain - Rheostatics
  73. The Rain, The Park & Other Things - The Cowsills
  74. The Rainbow - Ween
  75. Rainbow in the Dark - Dio
  76. Rainbows All Over Your Blues - John Sebastian
  77. Raindrop - Tripping Daisy
  78. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head - B.J. Thomas
  79. Rainfall - The Vines
  80. Rainin' In My Hart - Slim Harpo
  81. Raining In Baltimore - Counting Crows
  82. Raining In My Heart - Buddy Holly
  83. Raining In My Heart - Leo Sayer
  84. Raining Like Magic - Raffi
  85. Raining Men - Rihanna
  86. Raining On Our Love - Shania Twain
  87. Raining Revolution - Arrested Development
  88. Rainman - Jamie Foxx
  89. The Rains Came - Doug Sahm and The Sir Douglas Quintet
  90. Rainshine - Bran Van 3000
  91. Rainy Day People - Gordon Lightfoot
  92. Rainy Day Woman #12 And 35 - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
  93. Rainy Day Women #12 and 35 - Bob Dylan
  94. Rainy Days And Mondays - Carpenters
  95. Rainy Dayz - Raekwon
  96. Rainy Night in Georgia - Brook Benton
  97. Rainy Night in Georgia - Ray Charles
  98. Rainy Night in Soho - The Pogues
  99. Red Rain - Peter Gabriel
  100. Red Rain - The White Stripes
  101. Remember When It Rained - Josh Groban
  102. Rider in the Rain - Randy Newman
  103. Right As Rain - Adele
  104. Right As Rain - The Band
  105. Rusted From The Rain - Billy Talent
  106. Sad Sad Rain - Platinum Blonde
  107. Saddle In The Rain - John Prine
  108. See The Sky About To Rain - Neil Young
  109. She Gathers Rain - Collective Soul
  110. She Talks To Rainbows - The Ramones
  111. Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Jeff Beck
  112. Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
  113. Standing In The Rain - Billy Talent
  114. Steel Rain - Chris Cornell
  115. Summer Rain - Carl Thomas
  116. Summer Rain - U2
  117. Tears and Rain - James Blunt
  118. Tomato In The Rain - Kaiser Chiefs
  119. A Walk In The Irish Rain - The Irish Descendants
  120. When It Rains - Kid Rock
  121. Who'll Stop The Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  122. Why Does It Always Rain On Me? - Travis
  123. Wilma's Rainbow - Helmet
  124. Yesterday I Heard The Rain (Esta Tarde Vi Llover) - Tony Bennett
  125. Rainmaker - Sparklehorse
  126. Black Rainbows - Type O Negative

If you have a rain song that I don't have, let me know in the comments.

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Leafs 3 Points Back With Game In Hand #winning

leafsI loved last night's Leafs game. An overtime win against the Penguins got me out of my seat, screaming like it was a playoff game. Tonight, when Boyce scored late in the third against the Flyers, I did it again. Throw in a James Reimer game saving stop and it was clear I was hooked.

Here's the current standings. Take it in and meet me after, k?


Those pesky Hurricanes are still 4 points up, and those damn Sabres still have the two games in hand, but the Rangers are falling fast. We're only 3 points back with a game in hand.

At the risk of jinxing it all with this entry, I'm going to come out and say what we're all thinking. We can make the playoffs this season. We're getting great goaltending, playing excellent hockey and earning points. We can do this.


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Famous Objects From Classic Movies

linksHere's a fun game if you're looking for a distraction.

It's Famous Objects From Classic Movies. You get an object like the one below and you guess the movie it's from.


That one was easy.

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Degrassi's School's Out

tvAbout five years ago, I wrote a thank you letter to Degrassi. As a kid, I watched "The Kids of Degrassi Street", "Degrassi Junior High" and "Degrassi High". It was appointment viewing for me and I watched every single week.

When "Degrassi High" was done, everything was wrapped up in a made-for-tv movie called "School's Out". Here's the promo for "School's Out", a 90-minute flick I thoroughly enjoyed in 1992.

I remember Caitlin dropped an F-bomb and Wheels ended up in jail. I also remember thinking it was a fitting end for a fantastic series.

This was the end of my Degrassi.

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Top Organic Search Keywords for February 2011

Search Strings According to Google Analytics, here are the top ten organic search keywords that brought people to this site in February 2011.

  1. toronto mike
  2. songs about snow
  3. girl talk all day sample list
  4. jason barr
  5. andrew krystal fan 590
  6. andrew krystal
  7. andrew krystal fired
  8. mike richards radio
  9. i choo choo choose you
  10. rick hodge

Six of the top ten search keywords that led people here involved radio. There was a lot of buzz about Jason Barr's new gig and the disappearance of Andrew Krystal.

Personally, I'm most proud of my "i choo choo choose you" ranking. Mission accomplished.

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