Canada Day Long Weekend Open Mike

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I love this country, too.

June 28, 2013 @ 7:26 AM


I love long weekends. Bring it.

June 28, 2013 @ 7:26 AM

Sam from England

I stumbled across a Canada Day festival in Trafalgar Square, London a couple of years ago. The poutine was nice...although we have it where I come from too and it's called Cheesy Chips and Gravy.

June 28, 2013 @ 7:35 AM


Speaking of Canada, Toronto's Anthony Bennett was chosen 1st overall in the NBA draft last night.

It's the first time a Canadian was drafted first... and it'll happen again next year, too!

O Canada!

June 28, 2013 @ 7:42 AM

Mississauga Phil

Went to a private Ribfest function in Centennial Park last night. Weather was good, music was good, and oh my God the ribs.....going back Saturday!!!!!

June 28, 2013 @ 8:22 AM

519 Rob

WOOHOO!! Long weekend!
BBQ tomorrow, golf on Sunday, and relaxing on Monday.

3 Cheers for the weekend!

June 28, 2013 @ 8:39 AM


On this date in 1981, Terry Fox died of cancer in New Westminster, BC, one month before his 23rd birthday.

June 28, 2013 @ 8:46 AM


Best Canadian band of the last 25 years The Trews.

June 28, 2013 @ 9:11 AM


Happy Canada day weekend. my camping trip is off due to a friends Broken leg so we are backyard camping Tomorrow night at my nephews.

Any ideas what to to do with an 8 year old Girl in T.O. on the sunday of a long weekend?

June 28, 2013 @ 9:35 AM

Missisauga Phil

@ James - Ribfest at centennial. Rides, games, and RIBS!!!

June 28, 2013 @ 9:44 AM


@james - Kids love the Zoo. They have the Pandas too. I personally can't stand it but she'll love it.

@Phil - Don't forget the beer!

June 28, 2013 @ 9:52 AM

Matman.. the music snob

@ Duane.. seriously The Trews are the best Canadian Band for the past 25 years? What have you been smoking? Because I want some of that. I can think of many other great bands.. The Trews don't fit into that list at all..

June 28, 2013 @ 9:57 AM


@Matman it is apparent that of the two of us I am the one with taste.
You somehow did not list one other great band. Search google and get back to me.

June 28, 2013 @ 10:08 AM


james: take her to the pride parade!

June 28, 2013 @ 10:29 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Best Canadian band of last 25 years?

For me, it's the Hip... but you could argue Arcade Fire...

June 28, 2013 @ 10:32 AM

Missisauga Phil

@ Argie - Can't forget the Beer!!! Had beer last night, but probably not tomorrow as my son will be with me (might have 1 but definitely not getting drunk or anything)

@ Duane - the Trews are awesome!! Don't think I could call them the best band of the last 25 years (The Hip, OLP, Matt Good, I Mother Earth all come to mind and that's just off the top of my head here) I'd say they're the best new Canadian band of the last 10 years, definitely don't hear too many acts nowadays playing good old fashioned rock n roll like the Trews do.

June 28, 2013 @ 10:34 AM

Missisauga Phil

@ Mike - Arcade Fire = overrated and pretentious

...just one man's opinion

June 28, 2013 @ 10:35 AM


For me it would be The Pursuit of Happiness.

I've never been a Hip guy (ha ha). I'd need to stop hearing them everywhere I go for some time before I could give them a fair chance. They're just annoying as the token cancon band.

June 28, 2013 @ 10:37 AM

Al The Royal Pain

Ooooh Fun! Here are my top 20 favourite Canadian bands/ order (I'm sure I'm missing some):

#1 The Tragically Hip
#2 Neil Young
#3 Sloan
#4 Blue Rodeo
#5 Arcade Fire
#8 The Pursuit Of Happiness
#9 Our Lady Peace
#10 I Mother Earth
#11 Finger Eleven
#12 Sum41
#13 Barenaked Ladies
#14 Alexisonfire
#15 Rush
#16 April Wine
#17 Max Webster
#18 BTO
#19 Chilliwack
#20 Three Days Grace

June 28, 2013 @ 10:45 AM


Question for the parents out there: at what age did your child receive his/her own personal electronic device? I'm talking about iPads, iPhones, tablet, cell phone? Also, at what age did your child get his/her own email address?

June 28, 2013 @ 10:46 AM


@markosaar - yes! Because 8 years old is not too young to enjoy naked men necking with each other. The earlier we can expose kids to the celebration of sex the better!

June 28, 2013 @ 10:47 AM


@Al I agree with your top four although I would personally replace Sloan with Rush. I also agree with @Mississauga Phil - Arcade Fire = very overrated!

June 28, 2013 @ 10:48 AM


@ mark - I'm going to assume you're kidding. I realize its the Friday before the long weekend so we're all a bit giddy but let's not go completely crazy.

June 28, 2013 @ 10:54 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


My kids have had their own email address for years. I'm thinking they were 6 when they got it.

As for devices, probably around the same age...

June 28, 2013 @ 10:56 AM


Argie: 1
Corey: 0

June 28, 2013 @ 11:00 AM


@Al, yeah, you're missing 6 & 7!

June 28, 2013 @ 11:00 AM


Okay. Sean Hogan is the best Canadian country singer out there. Also no mention of the Stampeders. They're Canadian. Also no mention of Trooper, another great Canadian group. Also Ian and Sylvia. I have the Ian and Sylvia box set, the Best of the Vangard years. that's four CDs of Ian and Sylvia. I got that quite a long time ago. Also Dean Brody is another great Canadian country singer.

the Diamondbacks won last night, woohoo. I think they're still in first.

Bell sent me more junk mail again. They want me back. Too bad. Why would I go back. They're more expensive. They always go down. Sympatico has gone down many times when I had it. Primus hardly ever goes down. That's why Primus is the best.

June 28, 2013 @ 11:14 AM


I started a blog to see what blogging is like. I just posted about a traumatic childhood memory:

Someone mentioned "Ananas" on a forum. I had an instant flashback to grade school.

Anyone else remember that little nightmare-inducing hellspawn demon?.

I mean-- holy crap, look at that thing!

He resides in the burnt-out husk of a car. Did he torch it himself? Was the driver in the driver’s seat, or stuffed in the trunk after having his soul sucked out? What’s up with the scepter? Does he design himself our lord dread ruler? Is it a weapon? The bones of his enemies forged into the source of his power?

June 28, 2013 @ 11:15 AM

Al The Royal Pain

Right you are @markosaar! Here is a revised list with a couple of artists I missed.

#1 The Tragically Hip
#2 Neil Young
#3 Sam Roberts
#4 Sloan
#5 Blue Rodeo
#6 Arcade Fire
#7 The Pursuit Of Happiness
#8 Our Lady Peace
#9 I Mother Earth
#10 Leonard Cohen
#11 Finger Eleven
#12 Sum41
#13 Barenaked Ladies
#14 Alexisonfire
#15 Rush
#16 April Wine
#17 Max Webster
#18 Alanis Morissette
#19 BTO
#20 Chilliwack

June 28, 2013 @ 11:17 AM


@markosaar - hey, why do I get a 0?

June 28, 2013 @ 11:18 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Al The Royal Pain

3 of your top 5 artists provided the "first dance" music at my wedding.

The Tragically Hip - Long Time Running
Neil Young - Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Blue Rodeo - Try

June 28, 2013 @ 11:19 AM


I've always liked The Hip, OLP, BNL, Rush but no one has mentioned the Payolas. They weren't around long but they were awesome.

June 28, 2013 @ 11:19 AM


@Mike - your kids had cell phones when they were 6?

June 28, 2013 @ 11:21 AM

Al The Royal Pain

@Toronto Mike

You obviously have impeccable taste in music.

June 28, 2013 @ 11:29 AM


Boy, after growing up with CFNY and buying tonnes of Canadian music like OLP, Moist, Econoline Crush, Sloan, etc., judging from my profile, I listen to hilariously few nowadays:

14. The Birthday Massacre
17. The Pursuit of Happiness
53. Skinny Puppy
80. Conjure One
98. Decoded Feedback
100. Universal Honey
102. Headscan
109. Austra
110. Fjord Rowboat

Birthday Massacre, Skinny Puppy, Decoded Feedback and Headscan are electro-industrial-type bands that I doubt most people here would be interested in.

Conjure One is Rhys Fulber from Delerium/Front Line Assembly. Adult contemporaryish world-music.

Austra is a retroesque synthpop band featuring the operatic vocal talents of Katie Stelmanis.

Fjord Rowboat are an amazing indie shoegazer-type band. Highly recommended if you liked early Catherine Wheel.

June 28, 2013 @ 11:29 AM


@Corey because you took the bait

June 28, 2013 @ 11:31 AM

Al The Royal Pain


I liked the Payolas too. my list could probably go another 10-15 artists strong before I ever hit Nickelback.

June 28, 2013 @ 11:33 AM


I'd caution against saying Canada is the "best country". I hear that statement all the time, but usually coming from America. Over and over again they quote it like a mantra.

But this is a great (and very entertaining rebuttal) :

And according to the UN, we are presently 11th in the world :

So let's be proud of our country, but not be ignorant of the problems we have and our need to continue to strive to make it better.

June 28, 2013 @ 11:55 AM

Missisauga Phil

@ Al - I could run the entire gamut of canadian artists (and yes that includes Len) before i ever hit nickleback

June 28, 2013 @ 11:55 AM


@ Phil - That's funny. How about Glass Tiger - would you rank them ahead of Nickelback?

June 28, 2013 @ 11:59 AM

Al The Royal Pain

@Missisauga Phil

LOL! Poor Nickelback. Here is the thing about them...I don't listen to a lot of music on the radio (anymore) so it took me a lot longer to get burnt out on Nickelback than most other people.

When I first heard them, I thought they were a pretty solid rock band...but now, even I can't listen to it anymore. Although I don't mind their cover of Elton John's Saturday Night's Alright.

Still, I feel like all they do is be successful and get put down for it.


That would be a close one.

June 28, 2013 @ 12:08 PM


Glass Tiger and Len? It is easy to spot the ones that will be marching this weekend.

June 28, 2013 @ 12:08 PM

Ben Vidal

@ Mississauga Phil: Agreed Arcade Fire is pretty much like mad men, over hyped, overrated, completely void of substance and not the least bit entertaining. To top it off I've met some of the band members from Arcade Fire and on a personal level they are devoid of any real personality.

As for Canadian music, I wouldn't say the trews are the best, but certainly rank up there. I agree with Markosaar. If I didn't listen to the hip for a couple of years and cam back to it, I think I'd rank them higher.

Nobody even listed the old Edgefest house band "Tea Party" as a Canadian fav haha. My top 20, but in no particular order
#1 I Mother Earth
#2 The Headstones
#3 Sam Roberts
#4 Sloan
#5 Big Wreck
#6 54 40
#7 Matt Good
#8 Our Lady Peace( only their first 2 albums)
#9 Finger Eleven(up until their last album)
#10 The Trews

Honorable mention goes to Rush and April Wine.

The HIP will re enter the race when I don't have to listen to them all day on the Wolf at the cottage.

June 28, 2013 @ 12:14 PM

Dawn Keibals

WOW !!! 42 comments and not one Rob Ford mention. Maybe this blog can be good again if it keeps up.

June 28, 2013 @ 12:17 PM


@Elba - when we came back from the hospital I registered for my child's birth certificate, SIN and Gmail account.

June 28, 2013 @ 12:18 PM

Ben Vidal

@ Elvis: What no Facebook?

June 28, 2013 @ 12:21 PM


@TorontoMike and @elvis Wow, age 6 for PDAs and birth for an email account? Huh. Thanks for the insight.

June 28, 2013 @ 12:22 PM


@Dawn congrats on being the one to break the streak!

June 28, 2013 @ 12:25 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Not cell phones.... devices like Nintendo DS.

June 28, 2013 @ 12:37 PM

Missisauga Phil

@ Argie - I really hate Nickelback, so yeah, i'd probably take glass tiger over them...

@ Dave W.....i mean Duane - what do you mean by that??

June 28, 2013 @ 12:39 PM


Okay Duane.. here are some I consider to be way better then the Trews if you ask me. I tend to lean to the alternative side of music.. here would be my Top 15 list.. in no real particular order.
1 - Broken Social Scene
2 - Arcade Fire
3 - Stars
4 - Tragically Hip
5 - Sloan
6 - Blue Rodeo
7 - BNL (when Steven Page was in the band)
8 - Metric
9 - Neil Young
10- The Dears
11- Austra
12- Trust
13- Crystal Castles
14- 54-40
15- Guess Who

Again, in no particular order. I just am not into these crap bands that only make money playing live gigs for beer companies ie. The Trews, Arkells etc, Down with Webster, Hedley. Being in the radio business, I chose to listen to real music by real artists who have global recognition!

June 28, 2013 @ 12:51 PM


@Ben Vidal - I'm content to keep my girls off of social media for a long while even though it pays our mortgage. ;)

June 28, 2013 @ 1:07 PM

Al The Royal Pain

Bands that I forgot and would definitely make my list:

The Headstones
Big Wreck
54 40
Matt Good

Honourable mentions: The Northern Pikes, Guess Who, Triumph, Trooper, Platinum Blonde

June 28, 2013 @ 1:12 PM

Al The Royal Pain

@Ben Vidal

Personally, I'm not a fan of Tea Party...I'd rank them just ahead of Nickelback.

June 28, 2013 @ 1:14 PM


Seeing some of the lists here for great Canadian Bands, I can think of some fun acts that haven't been mentioned. The Sheepdogs, Joel Plaskett, The Planet Smashers, Chixdiggit, Thrush Hermit, Eric's Trip, Treble Charger (although I hated the newer stuff that really made them popular) Hayden, Jimmy Swift Band, Japandroids.

As for the Trews, I'm not really a fan. Around here they are over hyped and over played.

June 28, 2013 @ 1:39 PM


I hear they are still looking for the Rob Ford video.
Not sure who, but somebody must be. Maybe Donovan?

June 28, 2013 @ 1:41 PM


No love for The Balconies?

June 28, 2013 @ 1:46 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Duane - Seriously man. You took a dig at me and called me a bully so I'd like to know what you meant by that "It is easy to spot the ones that will be marching this weekend." comment...

If I like glass tiger (which I don't really) does that make me Gay?? if so, what's wrong with being gay??

June 28, 2013 @ 1:58 PM


And here we go again...

June 28, 2013 @ 2:02 PM


"If I like glass tiger (which I don't really) does that make me Gay?? if so, what's wrong with being gay??"

First question: No
Second question: Geez, where do I start???

June 28, 2013 @ 2:07 PM


It was nice while it lasted...very civil to each other

June 28, 2013 @ 2:56 PM

Blind Dave

I am at work and I just got a text from my 14 year old son. "Mom and I are in Canadian Tire HELLLLLLL x750".

June 28, 2013 @ 3:00 PM


I'm at work, but everyone else has already left for the long weekend. Suppose I shall too.

June 28, 2013 @ 3:15 PM

Al The Royal Pain

I've got about half an hour until Yabba-dabba-doo time. Man, this afternoon is dragging!

June 28, 2013 @ 3:20 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I just got asked if I'd like to ask Lance Reddick a question.

The Wire fans would know him best as Cedric Daniels.

June 28, 2013 @ 3:32 PM


None of you have BNL in your top 5??

June 28, 2013 @ 4:17 PM


Or Anne Murray?!?!??!?!??!?!

June 28, 2013 @ 4:20 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

On Canada Day in 2007 I put together my personal list of the top 100 Canadian songs:

The Tragically Hip - New Orleans Is Sinking
Neil Young - Helpless
The Band - The Weight
Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
Gordon Lightfoot - Canadian Railroad Trilogy
Stan Rogers - Northwest Passage
Sloan - Underwhelmed
The Guess Who - American Woman
Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
Neil Young - Heart of Gold
Blue Rodeo - Try
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
The Tragically Hip - Courage
Barenaked Ladies - Brian Wilson
Cowboy Junkies - Misguided Angel
Arcade Fire - Wake Up
Gordon Lightfoot - Early Morning Rain
Neil Young - Rockin' In The Free World
Rush - The Spirit of Radio
The Guess Who - Share the Land
Blue Rodeo - Lost Together
Death From Above 1979 - Romantic Rights
Our Lady Peace - Naveed
Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
Blue Rodeo - Diamond Mine
Bruce Cockburn - Lovers in a Dangerous Time
Gordon Lightfoot - If You Could Read My Mind
Five Man Electical Band - Signs
Bachman Turner Overdrive - Takin' Care Of Business
Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown
The Guess Who - These Eyes
Blood, Sweat and Tears - Spinning Wheel
Hayden - Bad As They Seem
Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl
Ian and Sylvia - Four Strong Winds
Joni Mitchell - Woodstock
Rush - Closer to the Heart
Joni Mitchell - Both Sides, Now
Our Lady Peace - 4am
Maestro Fresh-Wes - Let Your Backbone Slide
k.d. lang - Constant Craving
The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon
Neil Young - Old Man
Dream Warriors - My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style
Sarah Harmer - Silver Road
Jeff Healey - Angel Eyes
The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
I Mother Earth - So Gently We Go
Our Lady Peace - Clumsy
Joni Mitchell - The Circle Game
The Pursuit of Happiness - I'm An Adult Now
The Lowest of the Low - Henry Needs A New Pair of Shoes
Ashley MacIsaac - Sleepy Maggie
Robbie Robertson - Somewhere Down the Crazy River
Tom Cochrane - Big League
Rush - Tom Sawyer
Moist - Push
Billy Talent - Nothing To Lose
Rusty - Wake Me
The Northern Pikes - Teenland
Sarah Harmer - Basement Apartment
Sarah McLachlan - Hold On
The Tragically Hip - Wheat Kings
Sloan - Coax Me
Spirit of the West - Home For A Rest
Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
Crash Test Dummies - Superman's Song
Stars - Ageless Beauty
The Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century
The Demics - New York City
Barenaked Ladies - If I Had $1,000,000
54-40 - I Go Blind
Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
The New Pornographers - Use It
The Watchmen - All Uncovered
Treble Charger - Red
Sam Roberts - Brother Down
Randy Bachman - Prairie Town
Sarah McLachlan - Angel
Tom Cochrane - Boy Inside The Man
Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Skydiggers - I Will Give You Everything
Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
Rough Trade - High School Confidential
Hot Hot Heat - Bandages
Corey Hart - Sunglasses at Night
Loverboy - Working For The Weekend
Metric - Combat Baby
Rusty - Misogyny
k-os - Heaven Only Knows
Tokyo Police Club - Nature Of The Experiment
Stars - Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
Rheostatics - Record Body Count
Odds - Heterosexual Man
The Gandharvas - The First Day of Spring
The Diodes - Tired of Waking Up Tired
Feist - Mushaboom
Gowan - A Criminal Mind
Grapes Of Wrath - All The Things I Wasn't
Max Webster - A Million Vacations

June 28, 2013 @ 4:21 PM


Do the Argos have the worst luck? Coming off a championship season, hoping to build on that momentum, and their home opener falls on a day when the Lakeshore and Gardiner are flooded, as is Union Station. Gonna be a dismal night in the Dome I'm thinking.

June 28, 2013 @ 5:57 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


It's not bad luck as much as it's the wrong league for this city.

If the Argos were an NFL team, no flood could keep the fans away.

June 28, 2013 @ 5:59 PM

Al The Royal Pain


I only half agree with Mike, yes people would brave water for the NFL, but I submit that the Argos are playing in the wrong location...they need to be north of the city...near highways...somewhere like Downsview where people can get to the games either by car or public transit and there is room to tailgate. The Dome has always been the wrong place for the Argos.

June 28, 2013 @ 6:18 PM


Missed it again. I need a new summer goal.

June 28, 2013 @ 6:25 PM


@Mike - I'm not convinced of that. I don't expect them to fill the Skydome but it was only a few years ago they were averaging over 30,000 a game, which is where a CFL team should be. When there's at least that amount of people in attendance (especially when the roof is open) the dome suddenly isn't such a bad place to watch a game.
The Bills experiment hasn't exactly set the city on fire either - yeah, it's not Toronto's own team, but I think the ticket prices are as much to blame as anything, and they wouldn't be any cheaper if we had our own NFL team.
I think the saying is true - this city supports winners. The only exception to that is the Leafs. If the Jays stink, no one's there. Same with the Raptors, and the honeymoon is over for TFC too.

June 28, 2013 @ 6:30 PM


The announcement of the OSSTF president Ken Coran is running for the Liberals in the London-West riding in the next provincial election is worrisome. This is the same union that protested the Liberal leadership convention at the same time as they were donating to the leadership candidates including Kathleen Wynne. They've also been withdrawing after school activities to protest their treatment by the Liberals as well campaigning against the PCs in the last provincial election.

The union is being financed by the enormous raises given to them by Liberal Government in return for their help getting reelected. The relationship is subverting democracy. It's not helping the students, parents, or the taxpayer. Only the teachers and the Liberal Party

Doesn't anyone else find this troubling?

June 28, 2013 @ 6:49 PM


Happy Friday of the Long Weekend Fellow Toronto Mike'ers!


I completely understand why you're asking. Our son was given a cell phone in Grade 8 along with a laptop. His teachers requested/preferred assignments be submitted electronically. We gave him a Mac this past Christmas and boy oh boy, it's been fantastic for him. I'm consistently blown away by what it can do.

Are you guys at that electronic crossroad with your kids?

Thanks again to those here who helped with that decision last November - you were SO right. I remain grateful for the guidance.

Now @Duane. Stop. Just stop.

Here's what Phil wrote:

@ Duane - Seriously man. You took a dig at me and called me a bully so I'd like to know what you meant by that "It is easy to spot the ones that will be marching this weekend." comment...

So you're a homophobe and a d-bag? Your dance card must be full most weekends.


June 28, 2013 @ 7:09 PM

4x4 Time

Give the Canadian Bands a listen this weekend -
The Sheepdogs
Monster Truck
Gentleman Husbands
The Dinner Belles

You will not be disapointed..

Have a good July 1 all!

June 28, 2013 @ 7:32 PM


I don't care about the CFL. I won't really be into sports until hockey and basketball get back.

Never heard of lots of these groups. Nobody mentioned the Stampeders, Sean Hogan or Trooper. Oh well.

Habs got rid of Kaberle. Good for them. He wasn't that good anyway. He got bought out.

June 28, 2013 @ 7:56 PM


BNL should probably be higher on some of these lists. And how does no one mention Great Big Sea?

June 28, 2013 @ 8:33 PM


Here are a few for you to chew on

Images in Vogue

Men without hats

The Spoons

June 28, 2013 @ 9:07 PM


Five loaves of onsale and marked down bread, and some, meh, pasta sauce. It's a faux-vegetarian hotdog long weekend / week! (And I was only feeling disappointedly restless when I bothered to go to the supermarket.)

June 28, 2013 @ 9:15 PM


@Tim (21:07)
Men without Hats, The Spoons, Platinum Blonde, The Grapes of Wrath, and yes, Glass Tiger. All of these former bands have had recent song(s) or album releases within the past two years.

June 28, 2013 @ 9:20 PM


Since we're talking up Canadian artists, I'd like to add Danko Jones and Matt Mays to the list.

@4x4time already mentioned monster truck.

June 28, 2013 @ 10:17 PM


I was going to mention grapes of wrath how about david wilcox and and sara maclachlan.....or maybe cowboy junkies

June 28, 2013 @ 10:45 PM

Suburb Steve

I acknowledge most if not any of these are not worthy of top 20 status but they have had some impact on my ears throughout my formative years. In honour of celebrating all things Canada here is a shout out to a bunch that have not been mentioned.

Big Sugar, Helix, Killer Dwarfs, Honeymoon Suite, Saga, Chalk circle, Wide Mouth Mason, Brighton Rock, Frozen Ghost, Haywire, Barney Bentall, FM/Nash the Slash, Graffitti Knoxx, Parachute Club, Slik toxik, Wild T and the Spirit...
Better stop there, I'm stretching it now.

June 28, 2013 @ 11:29 PM


Just a question.
Why has CANADA DAY been taken over in the TV media by the pride / dyke parade.
Personally I find that offensive, self promoting bullshit.
I am sick of it.

June 28, 2013 @ 11:43 PM


Hey do not let it bug you. I am not about the parade or what it stands for but I am not offended it happens this weekend in the summer.
Remember if this what not Canada they could not have a parade....Happy Canada day!!!!!!!

June 29, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Ben Vidal

@ Speyside: drop the right wing agenda. It's getting tired. Rage against it all you want parade ain't changing.Have a beer and relax this weekend and stop worrying stuff you can't change. if you don't like it there are a number of countries you can go to where there won't be a parade. Start with Moscow

June 29, 2013 @ 12:22 AM


Oh yes, Great Big C. they had a couple good songs out.

Well, I just don't bother with the parade. It doesn't mean anything to me anyway. They could have always had it the weekend before or the weekend after, but I guess they want to do it around Canada Day.

Diamondbacks lost last night, but so did the Jays.

June 29, 2013 @ 7:16 AM

4x4 Time

@Stu - Terry Fox was certainly a Canadian legend, and remains so today. Thanks for the mention and reminder.

June 29, 2013 @ 8:25 AM


Pleased to see I was wrong about the Argos opener. Despite the weather there was a strong, loud crowd there. And they pulled out a win in a very entertaining (if you like offence) shootout. One of those rare nights when I was flipping back and forth between the Argos and the Jays.

June 29, 2013 @ 9:07 AM


Yah, it's shameful the media also had/has stories about the Argo game, TFC game, Blue Jay game & CHIN picnic on Canada Day weekend. CBC has hours of Canada Day programming on too but that doesn't count because no one can receive their signal.

June 29, 2013 @ 9:51 AM


@elvis (9:51)
Don't be a Cdn Media / Corporate apologist.
The CFL is stupid. The 99th and 100th Grey Cup games couldn't even get broadcast coverage when they were both scheduled to a U.S. holdiay weekend. Last year's College champion home opener (McMaster) was timed exactly to the kickoff time of the marquee Hamilton (hosting) Toronto Labour day game, etc.
Blue Jays? I'll find a few of their games against the Yankees, on a Buffalo subchannel in widescreen. That Grey Cup last year - I did find it on digital cable during the Christmas holidays around midnight, cropped to 4/3 dimension on TSN2.
BTW, there's yet another subchannel starting in Buffalo, NY, next week; channel 23.2 Bounce TV.
Chin picnic? Is it still held at the Exhibition grounds where the Dufferin Bridge is now being replaced, too late for the Pan AM visitors in 2015. Of other multi-cultural interest: this city's Asian channel's evening newshour program was shutdown this year. And we still fund the Anti-Israel participation with the Pride parade.
CBC? Whoop. Now try the radio for timely Cancon. This is partly why I've been suggesting a expansive 67-hour Canada Day for the past year and a half.

June 29, 2013 @ 11:18 AM


There was not one mention of pride events on the Star homepage this morning outside of their Pride Week section which you had to scroll down to see. The only pride story on there right now is focused on a investigation related to a hate crime, compared to three stories directly related to Canada Day celebrations.

I'm not sure how thinking the CFL is stupid, not being able to watch the Blue Jays on a Buffalo station, the Dufferin bridge and a radio marathon have anything to do with the original suggestion which was, the pride parade has taken over the media.

June 29, 2013 @ 12:08 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I hope you realize how different your tv viewing habits are compared to the rest of the country.

Most Jays fans (who want to follow them on tv) have a digital cable package that ensures they get Sportsnet. Every game is on Sportsnet in HD. My buddy who cancelled his cable bought an MLB web package to watch Jays games online.

As for the CFL, it's all on TSN. Most sports fans have TSN. Heck, that's where the Grey Cup airs, right?

This is the nature of television in 2013.

As for the Pride parade, it does absolutely nothing to detract from Canada Day. Canada Day is July 1 and this country will celebrate it as we always do.

June 29, 2013 @ 12:17 PM

Blind Dave

I really just see Canada Day as a long weekend to have fun and relax. Baseball, football, BBQs, family time, yard work time (yecch) and all sorts of other wonderful things.

I see the parade as more timing than any kind of insult to our country. Do I like the parade? No. I think it is derogatory and makes fools out of the gay community, and it so clearly sends the wrong message. Do I have an issue with gay people? No. A very dear friend of mine, who I have known since the mid-90s, met his partner at about the same time he and I became friends. I am very happy for both of them to this day.

Pertaining to my posting of yesterday, my wife and son made it out of Canadian Tire alive, but it's a good thing we have the oxygen masks and first aid kits at home!!!

Tonight I am taking above mentioned wife and son out for Chinese food. It's his Grade 8 grad dinner, and we have invited along my wife's dad and his partner. He and I are going to battle it out over who pays, but he has been informed by both of us that this one is on me.

Soon I am heading up to The Source to upgrade my phone to the GALAXY S4, WHOOOHOOO!!!!!! My buddy is the manager there and he has put one aside for me. My wife asked if this a want or a need, and given it has a much larger screen than my current android phone (Incredible S), I guess I can argue "need" as a partial justification due to my low vision.

Ok, ok, it's still more of a want, I suppose.

Thanks to all to have offered up their lists of Canadian music gems. There's a few in there I haven't heard of, so I'll be doing some you tube searches over the weekend to see if anything catches my fancy. I've picked up a lot of great music ideas from this site in the last couple of years.


I'm really enjoying your posts on different topics. You are a fun read!



June 29, 2013 @ 1:23 PM

Sheldon Cooper

I find the dislike of the Pride festivals from religious people baffling. Photos & descriptions of Jesus show him as being a male. Mr. Christ was often seen in the company of a group of males whom photos show as it being a sort of male bonding style get together. These males ate together, bathed together & slept together. One could understand if they were part of the same family, but they were not. This type of behaviour has homosexual indicators.

Mr.Christ did have a female companion. Her name was Mary of Magdalene. Ms Magdalene was purported to be a sex worker (hooker). There are no accounts that Mr.Christ or any of his friends engaged in coitus with Mary. This strikes me as odd because typical male behaviour would have been to convince Mary to engage in group sex. In fact, repeated studies have shown that male sperm engages in a sort of battle with sperm from other men. The hypothesis is that the battle was so that the strongest sperm would win. The result is the strongest, healthiest male would impregnate the women with the obvious goal of creating a stronger species of human.

Logically, it's clear that Jesus Christ was gay as were those who hung out with him. Given that Mr. Christ was essentially a liberal & very open minded, we could accurately assume he would have had no issue with the Pride Parade.

June 29, 2013 @ 2:11 PM


You can be anti-pride without being anti-gay. I'm anti-pride. My explanation's been all over a couple open mike entries already, so no need to go through it again. But if something similar existed in Ottawa, I'd be just as embarrassed to be called a resident of the city.

June 29, 2013 @ 3:15 PM


"This strikes me as odd because typical male behaviour would have been to convince Mary to engage in group sex."

Possibly the stupidest thing I have ever seen written on this site.

June 29, 2013 @ 3:27 PM


You might have to move james.

June 29, 2013 @ 5:18 PM


@Corey, I concur but
"If I like glass tiger (which I don't really) does that make me Gay?? if so, what's wrong with being gay??

runs a close second.

June 29, 2013 @ 5:26 PM


Ian Thomas Band
Braids, The Besnard Lakes, Great Lake Swimmers, Ox, Hollerado
2 newer artists from Toronto worth hearing- Cold Specks (she has the pipes!), Lindi Ortega
Currently enjoying the brand new first release EP from Toronto band, ev ree wuhn
Paper Tokyo and Colours are excellent, as is the entire EP. It's worth the 6 bucks, but they are offering the EP as a free download on their website.
ev ree wuhn

June 29, 2013 @ 6:22 PM

Sheldon Cooper

Corey I assume you mostly agree with my claim that Jesus Christ was a homosexual? Even in those supposed modern times the more conservative faction would view Mr Christ as a potential homosexual or, at the least, an individual of questionable status.

Multiple studies have shown us that males who are most homophobic are often more likely to be homosexual. It's a case of them simply repressing their natural urges to share affection & engage in coitus with another member of the same sex. To counter their own insecurity of being homosexual they lash out against gay people with the mistaken belief it will stop their insecurities.

It remains plausible that this forum may be used as a conduit for closeted middle aged homosexuals to hook up as youth refer to it. Rather than risk advertising in XTRA or in NOW Weekly, they meet on a forum where they feign disgust towards homosexuality yet regularly comment on it. Perhaps this is an element of what is known in gay circles as gaydar; the ability for homosexuals to identify without using speech.

June 29, 2013 @ 6:55 PM


Augh. Didja have to?

June 29, 2013 @ 7:01 PM


@ irvine


June 29, 2013 @ 7:29 PM

Sheldon Cooper

Mr.Corey, I can assure you I am not this Irvine individual you keep referring to. I do find your fixation with this fellow fascinating as well as concerning. Any individual that counters your opinion at any level immediately becomes "Irvine". Even more perplexing is your near paranoia that this individual may be taking part in the discussion this forum.

For your own enlightenment I choose this name because like Sheldon Cooper, I am gay. The concern about Pride on this forum is most perplexing. If you don't wish to partake in our celebrations may I suggest you stay away. Pride is not centric to Toronto but happens across Canada and that includes Ottawa. In fact, Ottawa has it's own distribution of XTRA magazine which targets GBLT. Even Calgary has a diverse and robust Pride celebration along with their marvelous mayor.

June 29, 2013 @ 8:11 PM


Poverty Plainsmen is another really good Canadian country music group. Also the rock group, Loverboy or another rock group Harlequin.

I like Oh Canada but only if it's the original Oh Canada. I don't like God keep our land in there. It never used to be there. It replaced another Oh Canada. It used to be Oh Canada glorious and free. I'll always sing it that way. Take God keep our land out of there. Also far and wide replaced stand on guard, so what's wrong with stand on guard. Nothing. Just keep it the same old way.

Diamondbacks lost another one today. Oh well, it's just baseball. I just want them to win though.

June 29, 2013 @ 9:07 PM


What I'd like to Private Parts by Howard Stern okay to watch with my 8-year old niece? I heard it was a good movie and should be fine.

June 29, 2013 @ 10:33 PM


@Sheldon Cooper

I have no problem with Gay People.
I have a problem with the way the small minority of Gay want to flaunt it in the pornographic spectacle that is the gay parade. You look like idiots.
Why can't you just accept that everyone else has accepted your lifestyle and just go on your merry old way.
You Gays just can't get over the second class system that you think you still live in.

June 29, 2013 @ 10:46 PM

Sheldon Cooper

Well Speyside Philip, maybe you should stop being a drama queen and deal with it. Have you seen some of the breeders out there? Let's start with the rampant obesity in the straight community coupled with the horrific sense of fashion. Have you ever noticed there are no queer white trash? What's a sweetheart like you from Speyside doing hanging out on a big city blog anyway? Was the ActonMike blog too slow for you all night?

June 30, 2013 @ 12:06 AM


@sheldon Cooper

I think I have dealt with it very well thank you.
What the hell,is your problem ?
Why such sarcasm.
Don't answer that I think I know.

June 30, 2013 @ 12:11 AM

Sheldon Cooper

Oh Speyside Philip, stop it. I know where your dreadful little village is. I know you moved there to escape the riff raff of the city (defined as gays, immigrants, or anyone not a WASP). You take great offense to a parade that takes place in the gay area of a city which you live 80 kms away from. Do you think the residents of Toronto, gay or straight, give a shit what happens up in your hinterland? The only reason anyone goes up your way is if they're a bored suburban housewife who wants to buy overpriced trinkets from farmers market.

Please take your white, straight ass and go fuck yourself.

June 30, 2013 @ 1:48 AM



From my perspective, this was a pretty refreshing post to read from you. I don't mean that condescendingly: I see it as a point possible agreement. At the very least, some slight overlap in opinions.

Qualifying, I am 100% straight through and through. I just can't even imagine men as attractive (though I suppose I could grudgingly respect fine male form, which I frankly lack.)

1. It's nice that you have no problem with gay people. I KNOW though, through personal experience, there are plenty here in Toronto that have TONNES of trouble with gay people.

I believe them to be extremely bigoted, hiding behind cherry-picked "studies" claiming all sorts of crazy nonsense. I'll elaborate in later posts (on future Open Mikes or when appropriate). (I'm also going on arguments I've recently gone through.)

2. I don't know that gay pride is a small minority of gay people. (Also you're talking about a minority of a minority). If nothing else, it's a substantial tourist attraction. Also downtown would be a ghost town if not for pride on this long weekend.

3. I'm not exactly a fan of it being flaunted, which no doubt occurs, but on the other hand, I kind of see it as a validation of "straight pride". I don't mean that politically -- every other day is effectively straight pride in that regard. But I'm not a fan of adult sexuality being repressed as it is.

I'm a little bit envious that gay people can be more open about it. I've watched many years of straight people lying about what they're looking for. Not just in my peers, but I've seen the vast majority of the relationships of the generation prior to me screw up due to lack of honesty.

I love sex, have a great monogamous relationship and couldn't be happier. It works for me. But I'm a little bit disappointed that friends and acquaintances that don't perfectly fit the 'norm' get a lot of grief for it.

I'm sure some of the more conservative here are scoffing by this point, but where did the stereotype come from that sex, or specific acts, drop off after marriage?

(I also believe children should be shielded from this stuff as long as possible, but with technology and the internet as it is, it's not that long unfortunately.)

June 30, 2013 @ 2:23 AM


Well, just learned that one of my former teachers died. Don't know if you knew him. You probably didn't. His name was George Barnie. He was 91. He was a math teacher I didn't like very much. He gave lots of homework, yelled, went over stuff way too fast, told some dirty jokes. I don't think a lot of people liked him, but he's gone now at 91, died on June 26, but just learned about it today. Happy Canada Day, guys.

June 30, 2013 @ 7:36 AM


"Any individual that counters your opinion at any level immediately becomes "Irvine". "

Nope. Only when that individual is a moronic troll.

June 30, 2013 @ 8:12 AM


It seems that Sheldon Cooper has similar issues to other "bullies" that post. He keeps getting more anal "pun intended" then eventually resorts to elementary name calling and profanity.
People would respect his opinion more if he kept his points on a conversational level.

June 30, 2013 @ 10:15 AM

that girl

Hey Beth - Private Parts is a great movie, not sure I'd show it to an 8 year old though, and to be honest, she'd probably be bored. My opinion? Skip it with the kid!

June 30, 2013 @ 11:02 AM

Mississaug my old bua Phill

@ Duane - I'm not sheldon cooper (mike...please attest if you can) but I'm pretty sure you're my old buddy Dave.

@ Speyside - believe it or I agree with a lot of the points you have made here...

June 30, 2013 @ 11:44 AM



Not an ideal movie for a little girl - you'd have to explain certain things that are beyond what an 8-year old should be thinking about.

I saw it quite some time ago but remember enjoying it. But I'm a Stern fan - I have to say I liked him best when he was married to Alison.

Look to another movie to watch with your niece - lots to choose from! Enjoy.

June 30, 2013 @ 12:03 PM


Liz, you are finally showing some sense. There is a person in that shrew like persona.

June 30, 2013 @ 12:13 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Seen Private Parts lots of times and enjoyed it, but yeah not a movie I would watch with an 8 year old.

June 30, 2013 @ 12:33 PM


I'm absolutely nauseated by this persecution of Paula Deen going on in the States right now. Up to this past week, she only existed in the periphery for me but I'm a supporter now. The fact that this woman answered truthfully about having used the term "nigger" 20 or 30 years ago, and is now being public ally vilified, humiliated and has her sponsors rushing to drop her is sickening. I guess the there are two lessons to be learned here: 1) You should lie when asked if you've ever used a derogatory term and 2) if you have ever used a racial epithet in your life, no matter how long ago, you are a horrible human being, and deserve to be ruined.
Every single movie that focuses on black culture will contain scenes of black people calling each other "nigger". Black comedians use it, and its rampant in hip hop. You literally can't escape it in popular culture, but white people must only refer to "the N-word" in solemn tones? It's bull shit. I have never heard Jews refer to each other as "Kike". I have never heard Chinese people refer to each other as "chink", etc., etc. If "nigger" is to be banished for good, it's time black Peoria stopped using it as well.

June 30, 2013 @ 4:42 PM


Auto-suggest decided I meant "Peoria" rather than "people".

June 30, 2013 @ 4:44 PM

African American from Dallas

We rarely use nigger, we use the term nigga and there is a difference. She also wanted to have a theme wedding for her brother in a GA plantation style with black men as servants. She was also on the hot seat last year for promoting a high sugar diet while she had Type 2 diabetes. Ya'll are Canadian and don't understand the severity of racism in the United States. I been up to Toronto many times. It's a beautiful city with friendly people who don't hate and the women are hot and friendly.

June 30, 2013 @ 5:04 PM



Go fuck yourself, you backwater douche.

June 30, 2013 @ 5:14 PM


Wow. Who knew Toronto Mike had such a diverse and geographically-dispersed audience?! Literally 20 minutes after I post, suddenly "African American Dude" is replying! I don't recall a poster by that name ever posting here before. What are the odds that as soon as a comment on a racial topic is made, AAD happens by? Amazing. What's the emoticon for eye-rolling?

June 30, 2013 @ 5:15 PM


@Corey - I would agree if she didn't also host slave parties. While forgiving someone for previous digressions is great, she didn't just say the n-word 20 to 30 years ago. It's much more than that.

June 30, 2013 @ 7:43 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Corey - So right about Paula Dean.

@ Afro - tool...

June 30, 2013 @ 7:45 PM


@elvis - easy on the hyperbole, big fella. Slave parties? Really? She's a 65 year old woman who grew up in a culture that is extremely unfortunate, and thankfully dying out. Doesn't make her a malicious KKK Grand Dragon. The rabid zeal with which this is being pursued is waaaaay over the top. More white media types feeling good about themselves, sputtering politically correct, righteous indignation.

June 30, 2013 @ 8:05 PM


It's not hyperbole, it's her words:

“The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America… after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War… It was not only black men, it was black women… I would say they were slaves.”

June 30, 2013 @ 10:56 PM


@Suberb Steve. I love your list of bands. Brighton Rock!

@Corey. I too don't understand how Paula Dean is getting absolutely screwed. She told the TRUTH about something that she said 20-30 years ago. Teaching everyone to lie, lie, lie. Don't dare tell the truth.

June 30, 2013 @ 11:55 PM


@elvis - so because she made that statement, based on a recollection of a restaurant she once went to, that means she hosted "slave parties"? Your comment is a perfect example of what bothers me about this whole thing.

July 1, 2013 @ 8:14 AM


Well, sure hope Boland won't make the Leafs much better. The Habs and Coyotes will still go to the finals though. That will be good.

I just read Shania Twain's autobiography. Actually I listened to it on an audiobook. It's good. She had a troubled life though. I liked her music when she first came out, but then she got really commercialized. She's not doing anything anymore though.

July 1, 2013 @ 8:30 AM


I believe Shania has a contract with one of the Las Vegas Hotels.

July 1, 2013 @ 9:01 AM

Jason from Sudbury

I hate to say this but the Leafs picking up Dave Bolland was a good move. I'd take him on my team any day. I was actually hoping my Habs would try and get Bryan Bickell but he re-signed with the Hawks.

July 1, 2013 @ 9:57 AM


You win Corey. You're exhausting.

July 1, 2013 @ 10:26 AM

Sheldon Cooper

Oh my Corey, you're more shrill & whiny than a twink whose curtains don't match the carpet. Only a trannie could be such a drama queen.

July 1, 2013 @ 4:46 PM



I dont I've read a more gay comment than the one you just wrote. You sure know your various depraved groups dont you?

July 1, 2013 @ 7:16 PM

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