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Al Reda

Get outside this weekend and enjoy this great country.


July 11, 2014 @ 9:32 AM


Dean Blundell coming to Hamilton to do a show? Hell must have frozen over.

July 11, 2014 @ 9:38 AM

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Does anyone know how Blundell's tryouts on The Fan and 1010 turned out?

July 11, 2014 @ 9:40 AM

this guest

Mike, what is your background in terms of having a connection to these
radio people and radio programs?

I'm out of the loop (not their demographic).

Well maybe in the Erin Davis demographic as I have fond memories of
Don Daynard with 'Saturday Night Oldies.'

July 11, 2014 @ 9:52 AM


An open mike! I love this idea!

I saw Erin Davis link to your podcast and listened yesterday. Then I listened to your last episode. And I kept going...

I just wanted to tell you that I love your podcast!

~ A new listener (and reader)

July 11, 2014 @ 9:52 AM

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@this guest

There's some good Don Daynard chatter in episode 84. Give it a go!

Each guest has a different story as to how they got on my podcast. Erin Davis, for example, follows me on Twitter and pledged my Ride to Conquer Cancer. So I just wrote her and asked her to drop by for a chat. She said yes.

Jonathan Torrens didn't even know who I was and just wanted to rent my studio for his podcast with former OLP drummer Jeremy Taggert. I asked him and he agreed to spend $80 on cab fare to spend a sweet hour with me.

With Alan Cross, I just wrote him an email and asked if he'd appear on Toronto Mike'd. He was more than happy to.

Todd Shapiro came on because I was doing some work for him as he launched his new podcast and SiriusXM show.

I met Jeff Marek at Humble and Fred's studio a couple of years ago, and we hit it off. I now consider him a friend.

Barb DiGuilio is another person I met at H+F's studio. I chatted her up there and extended the invitation.

Jay Agnew was a good friend of my brother, and my buddy Elvis asked Greg Brady because of their Western University connection.

Others, like Humble, Freddie P and Bingo Bob were already personal friends, and I asked Jim Richards (who I had met back in 2007) via Twitter.

So there's the quick and dirty scoop on how I hooked up with those cats.


Thanks! I'm glad you enjoy the show. I've had fun with it for 84 episodes now.

July 11, 2014 @ 10:01 AM


Have you thought of having Taggert on a podcast? That would be interesting.

July 11, 2014 @ 10:03 AM

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Yes! Because just a week ago there was a surprising announcement that he's left Our Lady Peace as OLP is going on tour to promote their new album. I want that story!

July 11, 2014 @ 10:04 AM


He seems like a guy that would do it. He pops up on TV and radio once in awhile.

July 11, 2014 @ 10:07 AM

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I agree. And as an added bonus, I've had his podcast partner on, so he knows I'm not a psycho killer.

July 11, 2014 @ 10:17 AM

this guest

thanks Mike for your reply and I will definitely hit up Episode 84 for Don Daynard chat.

I remember him laughing after playing 'Harper Valley PTA' about
something inappropriate happening on the gym mats piled in the corner during
the PTA meeting. It was bizarrely hilarious.

July 11, 2014 @ 10:32 AM

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On this note, if anyone has someone they'd like me to ask to be on my podcast, let me know.

So far I'm pursuing Maestro Fresh-Wes and Strombo. And I'm asking Jeremy Taggart today.

Otherwise, I think Elvis is going to ask Elliotte Friedman because they have some Western University connection or something.

July 11, 2014 @ 10:37 AM


If Google was a guy

July 11, 2014 @ 10:44 AM


Yes, TGIF. Well, let's hope my trainer's wife wins on Sunday. That would be good. Anyway, less than two months until my Cardinals play their first game on September 8. Cardinals will win the Superbowl. I'll have the best Superbowl party ever.

July 11, 2014 @ 11:11 AM


Ed Vedder :) Make it happen

Strombo would be cool guest I think..and if you can actually catch him free while in Toronto LOL

One of the more popular Maple LEafs would be cool or Raptors.

Gerald Eaton of The philosopher Kings? met him once..he seemed cool, his friends no so much

Someone from the Hip :)

Ian Thornley of Big Wreak
Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar
David Usher of Moist

ok I'm just reaming names of guys I'd like to have a beer with..(or coffee if not the drinking sort)

someone cool from Canadian Music..and no not Chad kruger pls.

July 11, 2014 @ 11:11 AM


Here's a fun Y2K computer error story:
The U.S. Selective Service System issued 14,000 draft notices since Jun. 30th, across Pennsylvania, to men who were born in the 1890s. A clerk had neglected to select a century figure when records were being transferred beforehand.
Link to The Guardian UK's news story:
H/t to Quotulatiousness.

July 11, 2014 @ 12:35 PM


LBJ is a Cav again.

July 11, 2014 @ 12:55 PM

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I've already decided to adopt the Cavs as my 2nd team because of the three GTA players on the roster.

There's heavy rumour, however, that Wiggins will be traded to Minnesota, so that'll mess that up.

I'm glad LeBron signed with the Cavs.

July 11, 2014 @ 12:59 PM

519 Rob

Hey Mike,
How about Dave Bidini of the Rheostatics and now fronting The Bidini Band?
I think he'd have some awesome stories.

He's very active on Twitter, plus he's always doing, album, tour...

If you're interested and need a connection, let me know. I know someone who knows someone.

July 11, 2014 @ 1:04 PM

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@519 Rob

Great suggestion... I was thinking maybe Moe Berg, too. Guys like that are always interesting.

My daughter still wants me to get Drake.

July 11, 2014 @ 1:09 PM

this guest

Kudos to the TTC for donating a bus to Foodshare and to
architects LGA for converting bus to mobile vegetable/fruit market
for low income neighbourhoods with no
access (or facing super high prices) to fresh produce.
Great story in today's Globe.

July 11, 2014 @ 1:14 PM

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I watched the 2nd season of Derek and loved it. It's a very tender and sweet show.

If you have Netflix, check it out.

July 11, 2014 @ 1:25 PM


Derek is a great show. The 2nd season was as good as the first one.

July 11, 2014 @ 1:36 PM

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Although that final scene of the season one finale... man.... cutting onions!

July 11, 2014 @ 1:41 PM

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It's also all I can think of now when I hear this Coldplay tune:

July 11, 2014 @ 1:43 PM


True. The very last scene in the 2nd season was nice too.

July 11, 2014 @ 1:53 PM

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My daughter wept (a lot) at the scene with Derek and the dog.

July 11, 2014 @ 1:54 PM


@Mike- I listened to Blundell a little on The Fan and 1010. He was good on the fan except when Gerry Dee (who is super annoying) was co-hosting with him. He seemed bored on 1010 with the mundane topics they covered.
It's ironic that he was on 1010 doing the type of radio he always mocked when he was on the Edge! I've listened to a few of his podcasts too and they are mostly the same comedians telling stories that really aren't very funny

July 11, 2014 @ 2:11 PM


@Mike and @Argie

Not sure if I would have given this a second thought otherwise - but given your thoughts about Derek I'll give it a shot later one tonight. Just checked it out on Netflix and it's an interesting premise, to be sure. I'll let you know!

July 11, 2014 @ 4:38 PM

4x4 Time

@Mike - When hockey season rolls around get Jeff Oneill for a podcast. The guy has a ton of great stories and is funny as hell when he tells them.

July 11, 2014 @ 5:32 PM

4x4 Time

Shooting the shit after golf today with some of my hockey buddies and we decide to hold a pool for the last game Carlyle coaches this year. 20 guys with 4 blind game days each, $25 each buy in. The last two games go to the local Food Bank.

If Carlyle is fired in season, half goes to the guy with the last game played, half to the Food Bank.(Pretty sure all but one guy will also donate his share) If he survives the regular season and coaches all 82 games, Food Bank wins...Think he makes it through the season?

July 11, 2014 @ 5:46 PM

Blind Dave

Took the day off work today -- a rarity for me. It's already cost me over $230. Maybe that's why it's such a rarity!

Looks like we have a gorgeous mid-20s weekend on the Prairies. Should be a great time for lots of outdoor stuff -- both fun stuff and chores.

So I have a question for y'all. What is your opinion on fish pills? Wild salmon omega 3 and the like? Are they worth it?

Looking forward to the Erin Davis interview. Will try to listen tomorrow or Sunday when it's quiet.

July 11, 2014 @ 5:57 PM


@Mike and @Argie

Just watched the first episode of Derek - the pilot. SO SWEET. [redacted].

"It's better to be kind than good looking or smart. I'm not good looking or smart but I am kind." Awww...

Yep. I'm in.

Thanks for the recommend.

July 11, 2014 @ 5:58 PM


I noticed the province of Ontario lost about 34,000 jobs in June according to Statistics Canada

You know who's to blame for this?

Mike Harris.

July 11, 2014 @ 6:41 PM

this guest

Stop cheering Glen.

July 11, 2014 @ 7:05 PM

4x4 Time

Is it OK to say Y'all if you live here in Ontario?

July 11, 2014 @ 7:31 PM


@Mike Howard Berger? His website is so old timey, i'd love to hear some of his Leaf stories, and some of his off the record stories. Maybe he is someone you would get that 'extra' out of.

July 11, 2014 @ 7:59 PM

this guest

Just trivia:

I walked past Moe Berg at five in the morning, maybe six, down on Queen W.
when his music was hot, he was on a roll.

25 years later I stood next to him in a grocery store.

Nothing insightful or cynical to add. Just a small fact. Not even a story.

July 11, 2014 @ 8:21 PM


I feel like I'm the one person that would care who has never run into Moe. One acquaintance has apparently almost hit him with his car three times.

July 11, 2014 @ 9:03 PM


@this guest
That is a story. A perfect story.

July 11, 2014 @ 9:14 PM


@Liz -

[redacted], eh? Gee, thanks - I guess I can skip the pilot now.

July 11, 2014 @ 9:15 PM



Oh, stop it, smarty pants.

Skip the pilot at your peril.

This thing is ridiculous.

Do it.

July 11, 2014 @ 9:45 PM

Rick C in Oakville

I would suggest Pinball Clemons for one of your podcasts. Met him a few times about 10-12 years ago as his daughter played on the same soccer team as my daughter. Super nice guy in real life and he has adopted Toronto and is a great ambassador for it.

@Glen: I know more than a dozen under 30's (family and friends of my son) who have all headed out west for work. It wasn't their choice, but the compensation, and the opportunities were too hard to turn down. Ontario has very few( or none) large scale opportunities for recent Engineering grads.

July 11, 2014 @ 10:02 PM

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@this guest

I originally shared this Moe Berg story at but here it is again.

For a couple of years in my early 20s I worked at Dufferin and Dupont and lived near Yonge and Bloor. My route to work was a bike ride along Davenport to Dupont, and more often than not I'd see Moe Berg walking that street. There he was, taking a stroll in his city, and every time I saw him I heard "I'm An Adult Now" in my head.

July 11, 2014 @ 10:29 PM


The episodes seem to get better but sadder as they go along.

Gervais is brilliant .

July 11, 2014 @ 10:31 PM


To elaborate on my earlier comment ... was a big vague from my phone. Everyone I know that enjoys TPOH has met or seen Moe at some point randomly on Toronto's streets. I've never had the pleasure.

July 11, 2014 @ 10:41 PM


Reminds me, I have his The Green Room collection on my night-stand, waiting to be read. I just carry my tablet everywhere and devour books on that.

July 11, 2014 @ 10:43 PM


Forgot to close the italics tag, oops.

July 11, 2014 @ 10:43 PM


@Mike: If you're going to the Science Centre, restaurant recommendation for you: Memories of Japan. It's just up the street on Don Mills. Best teppanyaki (cooking table) ever-- both in terms of quality of food and price. I always order the cuttlefish dinner, if seafood's your thing.

Make sure to ask for the flaming volcano. Your kids will thank you. =)

July 11, 2014 @ 11:02 PM

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Yes, we're going tomorrow to catch The Science of Rock ā€˜Nā€™ Roll and Island of Lemurs: Madagascar flick.

July 11, 2014 @ 11:09 PM

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ty Anon&on.

well Mike, sounds like Moe Berg is the unseen/seen man of toronto.

Markosaar-have you read any of those Green Room stories yet? If so, do you

July 12, 2014 @ 7:50 AM


Don't know much about fish pills. I do remember back in boarding school they used to give us cod liver oil pills. Those things were horrible and I remember I used to chew them for some reason, yuck. Oh well, they eventually gave us something else, but apparently before I was at the school, they used to get cod liver oil in a liquid form and get a spoonful of the awful stuff. Oh well, I have no idea if other fish pills are good or bad. I wouldn't waste my money on those things, but it's up to you. Well, let's hope Pan Am games doesn't mess things up, but I have a feeling the roads will be a mess more than before. Venues will be everywhere. If my trainer still commutes, he may not make it either. Wish they would cancel the whole thing. It will cost the tax payers as well.

July 12, 2014 @ 7:59 AM

Hey Glen

So the month before when there was job growth it must have been because of the Liberals too, right? But you're a fan of Ezra Levant so that explains everything.

July 12, 2014 @ 10:16 AM

twins from bolton

Ribfest this weekend here in Bolton. Went last night & had a great time. Ribs were succulent & the music was even better with Steele County Band (local GTA) & Larry Berrio from Sudbury. The fairgrounds were packed & assume will be again later & tonight.

Worth the trip to Bolton.
Going again.

July 12, 2014 @ 2:04 PM


Whitby is having their Ribfest this weekend as well. It's the 3rd year running and it's been a big success the previous 2 years. My personal favorite though is the Northumberland Ribfest in Cobourg every August...takes place right by the the beach on Lake Ontario and it's a fantastic way to spend a summer day and night!

July 12, 2014 @ 5:42 PM

this guest

Cheryl are you going to worry about traffic at the the Pan Am games for the entire next year?

How long do they run? Two weeks? A month?

It's not like being invaded by Vikings and having to plan our escape.

Just saying this so you don't worry yourself sick. Peace.

July 12, 2014 @ 5:51 PM


Spent the day condo shopping in Liberty Village.

Undecided about the lowest of the low - lawyers or real estate mother fuckers.

Decided all that's going on is a bit too much.

Drove west on the QEW. Hit Port Credit - walked the pier. Saw all manner of ridiculousness.

Got back to the house. Watching more episodes of 'Derek' and trying to figure out how this jewel escaped my radar. Hannah just called that Rebecca douche 'a cunt' - I burst out laughing because no one could see that coming. Now, in another episode, Derek is hugging an estranged father.

I adore Hannah. No one better point out she's fictional. I will seriously cut a bitch.

July 12, 2014 @ 10:07 PM



I know, right?

Maybe Derek is showing up when I need kindness most!

July 12, 2014 @ 10:27 PM


Pan Am games goes on from July 10 to July 26, but then there are para Pan Ams that go from August 7 to 15 so in total I would say about a month the whole thing goes on, but they're already starting counting down for it, stuff like that. Who knows what will happen, but just prepared for the worst.

Well, let's hope my trainer's wife wins today. They can't afford to lose much more I don't think. I want them to win the cup. Let's start up a summer hockey league so there's at least hockey in the summer. That would be good.

July 13, 2014 @ 7:38 AM

4x4 Time

@Liz - Copper wire was invented by a lawyer and a real estate agent fighting over a penny...Good Luck with them.

July 13, 2014 @ 8:20 AM


@4x4 Time

Ha Ha! That's funny.

And, thanks.

July 13, 2014 @ 9:12 AM

Jason from Sudbury

So glad the world cup is over. Seems it's all I've heard about for the last month.
And yes as you've probably figured out by now I'm the non soccer fan lol

July 14, 2014 @ 12:36 AM


Well, of course, there's boring baseball as well. I don't like soccer except my trainer's wife's team. I don't know if they won yesterday or not. I won't see my trainer until tomorrow. Too bad it's not posted on the net anywhere. Anyway, I would love a summer hockey league. There is already still hockey in June. If they can keep the ice in June, they should be able to keep ice during the summer as well.

July 14, 2014 @ 11:09 AM


@this guest,

I haven't read them yet. I'll try to get through it this week.

July 14, 2014 @ 3:04 PM

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