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Pat Qunn and the number 23Prior to the Leafs game last night, they showed a tribute to Pat Quinn. I thought it was pretty good. Here it is, in case you missed it. The song, by the way, is The Parting Glass by The High Kings.

Pat Quinn wore #23 for the Maple Leafs, and yesterday's 6-2 win over the Washington Capitals was full of the number 23.

  • The Maple Leafs scored with 23 seconds left in the first period, then again 23 seconds into the second period.
  • When Washington scored its first goal of the game in the second period, we scored again, 23 seconds later. 
  • This was the Leafs' 23rd game of the season, and we fired 23 shots on goal. 

I don't believe this is anything more than a coincidence, but it's a fun one.

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Blue Jays Trade Brett Lawrie to Oakland for Josh Donaldson

Blue Jays Acquire Josh DonaldsonOk, it wasn't just often injured Canadian third baseman Brett Lawrie that was sent to the Athletics. It was also Kendall Graveman, Franklin Barreto and Sean Nolin. But Donaldson is one of the best players in the game.

If you look at WAR, only Mike Trout has been more valuable than Josh Donaldson among position players the past two seasons. Josh Donaldson's wins above replacement is 15.4. He finished fourth in 2013 and eighth in 2014 in AL MVP voting.

Sure, we gave up a lot of prospects along with Lawrie, but look what we got back. This move improves the Jays, and has me pretty excited about 2015.


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Whoville Mike


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Cinderella at the Elgin Theatre

Cinderella at The Elgin TheatreWe attended CINDERELLA - The Gags to Riches Family Musical at the Elgin Theatre yesterday. It was my second Ross Petty production, so I knew exactly what to expect.

There's fun call and answer, lots of booing from the audience when Petty hits the stage as the evil step mother, and parodies of current hit pop songs. It was a fun night.


Now, it wasn't as funny as SNOW WHITE, the Deliciously Dopey Family Musical, the last Ross Petty fractured fairy tale I attended, but people of all ages will laugh out loud.

If you'd like to buy tickets to CINDERELLA - The Gags to Riches Family Musical, go here.

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Friday Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Friday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 97: Colleen Rusholme

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 97In this 97th episode, Mike chats with GTA radio personality Colleen Rusholme about her life in Toronto radio, my Rick Hodge incident, the irony of Stu Jeffries and more. This episode is exactly 1:03:48.

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That Time I Used Google+

I had high hopes for Google+ back in 2011, but by the end of 2012, my hopes were dashed.

I was just deleting old posts on Google+ when I rediscovered something I wrote back in August 2011, two months before the debut of the Humble and Fred podcast.

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I never check Google+ anymore. For friends and family it's Facebook, and for everybody else it's Twitter and RSS.

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Hazel McCallion

Today, Hazel McCallion turned in her Chain of Office. She was Mayor of Mississauga since December 1, 1978.

I was four years old at the time. I have absolutely no memory of a time before Hazel McCallion was Mayor of our neighbour to the west. Hurricane Hazel has always been there. I've even run her 5k.

At 93, after 12 terms of service over 36 years, McCallion deserves a rest. Well done, Hazel. Well done...


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Everyone Loves Red

Everyone Loves RedI just heard Treble Charger's Brand New Low on the radio. As I was singing along I thought, "I dig this tune, but it's no Red".

With Treble Charger on the mind, I quickly thought of American Psycho, Friend of Mine and Even Grable, all great tracks (especially the fantastic Even Grable), but none as good as Red.

Everyone loves Red.

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Tuesday Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Tuesday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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Pat Quinn, Dead at 71

Pat QuinnPat Quinn was 71. He coached the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers, reaching the Stanley Cup Finals twice, with the Flyers in 1980 and the Canucks in 1994.

Under Quinn, the Maple Leafs had consistently been contenders, recording three 100-point seasons and making the playoffs every season until his last, reaching two conference finals.

Quinn was fired in Toronto after eight seasons having gone 300-222-52 with 26 shootout and overtime losses.


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Ranking the Canadian Gords

1. Gordie Howe - 97/100

If you're going to rank the Canadian Gords, you've got to open with Mr. Hockey. The man scored 801 goals and recorded 1049 assists over his lengthy and respected NHL career.

Gordie Howe also played the unsuspecting object of Ms. Krabappel's affections in Bart the Lover.


2. Gord Downie - 92/100

The quality of Canada's Gords is so impressive, the lead singer of my favourite band of all-time only comes in second. I've seen Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip (including fellow Gord bass guitarist Gord Sinclair) eleven times and counting.

He also covered Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah for Saint Ralph, a version that lovingly haunts my dreams to this day.

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3. Gordon Lightfoot - 91/100

Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Early Morning Rain, If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown, Carefree Highway... these are iconic songs of Canadiana. After the holy trinity of Young, Mitchell and Cohen, you've got Lightfoot.

4. Gordon Sinclair - 83/100

Everything I learned about Sinclair I learned from the archives. Author, radio host and beloved commenter, many of his opinion pieces, such as The Americans, survive to this day.

5. Gord Martineau - 76/100

It's difficult for me to remember a time in this city before Gord Martineau. He's been at Citytv since its inception in 1977 and he's still their anchor.

Fucking bint.

6. Gord Stellick - 75/100

The youngest GM in NHL history when he assumed that role for the Maple Leafs in April 1988, Stellick went on to become a much better hockey commentator on television and radio, as well as a long-time host on The Fan.

7. Gord Miller - 72/100

You'll hear him calling games on the NHL on TSN, but Gord Miller is best known as the current voice of the World Junior Championships.

8. Gordie Johnson - 70/100

When I think of Gordie Johnson, I think of his rendition of O Canada on an electric double neck guitar.

Sure, he was also lead singer of Big Sugar, but this was his defining moment.

9. Gordon Korman - 69/100

As a young reader, my favourite books were from Gordon Korman. I thought his Bruno and Boots series was the bomb.

10. Gord Ash - 65/100

Today he's assistant general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, but we know Gord Ash best as GM of our Toronto Blue Jays from 1995 to 2001. Under his watch we drafted Roy Halladay, and that alone scores him 65.

11. Gordie Sampson - 61/100

This Nova Scotian singer-songwriter's claim to fame is writing "Jesus, Take the Wheel" for Carrie Underwood. Even if that's not your cup of tea, you've got to respect the rewards that tune won, including a Grammy.

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Raptors Lead the Eastern Conference

Raptors Lead the Eastern ConferenceThe last couple of nights I've been thoroughly entertained by my Raptors. Before you accuse me of jumping on the bandwagon, let me tell you I've been watching since Alvin Robertson dropped 30 on the Nets.

On Friday night, the Raptors actually led the Bucks by 50 in the fourth quarter. We've never led a game by 50, ever. The Brazilian rookies even got their first career NBA points. It was surreal.

Then last night, with one eye on the Leafs game, we battled back from an 18-point deficit on the road against LeBron and ended up dominating the Cavs. We're 11-2 and leading the Eastern Conference.

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All of this is to say there's plenty of room on the Raptors bandwagon if you want to join us. Get in now, though... because it's going to be a fun season. Our starters are the same as last season, but the bench is deep and effective. Sweet Lou Williams is such an upgrade over John Salmons, words don't do it justice.

Of the big three, this is the best Toronto pro-sports team since the '93 Blue Jays. Enjoy, Toronto. It's been a long time coming.

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They Screwed Up My Special K

They Screwed Up My Special KSpecial K was one of my favourite cereals. In fact, when I decided to reduce my caloric consumption in early 2012, Special K became my go-to breakfast.

I visited Amsterdam in August 2012 and ate the Dutch Special K for breakfast at the hotel. It was flakes instead of our rice shape, and the taste was different. As I wrote at the time, I preferred our Special K.

Little did I know that our Special K was a special (no pun intended) formula unique to Canada and made at Kellogg's London, Ontario plant. When Kellogg's closed that London plant, we lost our special Canadian Special K. Now we're shipped American Special K, and I don't like it.

The old Special K I knew and loved tasted better, was easier to eat and contained less sugar. I want the old formula back.

Here's a picture of the Special K I knew and loved.


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Friday Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Friday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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The Great Gordie Howe

The Great Gordie HoweI never had the pleasure of watching Gordie Howe play hockey. As a very young man, however, I read a biography on Wayne Gretzky and learned how Gretzky idolized Howe.

That made Gordie Howe my hero's hero. Here's a wonderful story about The Great Gordie Howe.

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Mike Nichols, Dead at 83

Mike NicholsMike Nichols was 83. He won an Oscar for directing the 1967 film The Graduate, and was nominated for Working Girl, The Remains of the Day, Silkwood and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

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An Ugly, Ugly Game

An Ugly, Ugly GameFollowing that debacle in Buffalo last weekend, I tuned into last night's Leafs game looking for a rebound. I figured they'd come out strong at home against Nashville. I was wrong.

At 3-0 Nashville, Bernier was pulled for Reimer and I shut off the game to watch an episode of The Newsroom.

When I tuned back in, it was 8-0.

It ended up 9-2 and it reminded me of a game I watched on a black and white 13 inch television back in 1986. We won that game 11-9 against the mighty Oilers and Miroslav Fryer scored four goals. That game was a lot more fun than this one.

I honestly believe things will get worse for the Leafs before it gets better. It's not a very good team, and the coach is living on borrowed time. I don't think he makes it to Christmas.

At least we have one good team in this city. I can't wait for tonight's Raptors game.

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Hi Vince

Hi VinceHi, Vince!

Remember me?

I loved you, man. I was in attendance when you scored 51 against the Suns, I gushed on this blog often when you were Air Carter, and I even busted a television when you missed the buzzer-beating three in game seven against the 76ers.

You're in town with the Grizzlies set to play my Raptors tonight. I hear we've got a tribute in store for you, and the pro-Vince spin doctors are out in full force. I'm old enough to remember what really happened. I remember everything.

Heading into the 2004 season, I hoped for a rebound. I literally gave you 41 reasons to kick ass, but by November 23 it was clear you were dogging it.

Apparently, Vince Carter needs more than 41 reasons to kick ass this season. A player who is averaging 24.1 points for his career is only averaging 14.5 points per game thus far this year. Carter scored just four points on 2-for-9 shooting and didn't play in the fourth quarter while his team mates overcame a 20-point deficit in the second half to beat the San Antonio Spurs 96-91 Sunday. He's not contributing and others are picking up the slack.

Now comes word the "Half-man, half-amazing" doesn't want to dunk anymore. He'll leave the dunking to others and opt for a layup instead. He's as whiny about the pressure to dunk as he is about the league's decision to strip him of his iPod during warmups. It's been a tough week for the $12 million man.

I've been rather vocal in my support of Vince Carter. I want him to play like he can and be a superstar once more for my Raptors. Sadly, it's becoming abundantly clear that he's doing everything in his power to reduce his trade value. He's averaging 14.5 ppg, refusing to dunk and sitting for most fourth quarters. When we finally do trade this major disappointment, we'll likely get little of value in return. Then, without a doubt, Carter will kick it up a notch and shoot the lights out for his new team. I'll bet he even dunks for them.

What a shame.

When Rob Babcock finally pulled the trigger on that brutal trade, I was relieved. Afterall, you quit on us long ago. At least we suspected as much. in December, you confirmed our suspicions.

Since being traded by my Toronto Raptors to the New Jersey Nets, Vince Carter is averaging 22.5 points per game. He's playing hard, taking it to the hoop and putting up points. Those are three things he didn't do before the trade.

TNT broadcast an interview with Carter yesterday in which he was asked if he pushed himself as hard as he should have in Toronto. Below was his response.

"In years past, no. I was fortunate to have the talent ... you get spoiled when you're able to do a lot of things. You see that you don't have to work at it. Now, with the all the injuries, I have to work harder. I'm a little hungrier. Getting a fresh start has made me want to attack the basket."

What an ass. He's essentially admitting he didn't try his best with Toronto. This explains why he looks like a different player in New Jersey. I used to defend Vince Carter when others wanted to get rid of him. Now, I wish him nothing but the worst. Eff him.

So welcome back, enjoy your tribute video, and enjoy our local media all too happy to help you reinvent history. But this fan remembers what really happened. This fan knows better.

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Tuesday Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Tuesday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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Russell Martin Signs with Blue Jays

Russell Martin Signs with Blue JaysThe Blue Jays have signed Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract. Martin hit .290 with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season with 11 home runs and 67 runs batted in.

The Toronto-born player is poised to become the 21st Canadian Blue Jay. I'll update this list after he gets in his first regular season game.


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Notable Episodes of Toronto Mike'd

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

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




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is This the Worst Ad in Toronto History?

I'm sure the Cashman could give this guy a run for his money, but I believe this 1986 ad for National Furniture is the worst ad in Toronto television history.

If you can think of a worse ad, let me know in the comments.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 96: Mike Wilner

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 96In this 96th episode, Mike chats with Blue Jays broadcaster Mike Wilner about his career in radio, the Cito controversy, whether he's condescending and arrogant to BlueJaysTalk callers and when and why he'll block you on Twitter. This episode is exactly 1:11:24.

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Friday Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Friday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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Open Mike on Toronto Mike

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Questions for Mike Wilner

Questions for Mike WilnerI will be sitting down later this week with Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Mike Wilner. He'll be dropping by to record an episode of my podcast Toronto Mike'd, and I get an entire hour to ask him anything I want.


I know what questions I'll be asking him, but I'd love to know what you would ask him. What questions would you like me to ask Mike Wilner?

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Exhibition Stadium

Exhibition StadiumSince we recently revisited Maple Leaf Stadium, a local venue I never had the pleasure of visiting, it got me thinking about Exhibition Stadium.

Exhibition Stadium is where I watched my Blue Jays from my first game in the early 80s through the final Exhibition Stadium home opener I skipped school to attend. If you bought your general admission grandstand ticket at Dominions, it only cost you a dollar. Those were the days...

I recently discovered a Flickr album from Jerry Reuss that brought back a flood of Exhibition Stadium memories. Yes, it was a shitty stadium for baseball, but it was our shitty stadium for baseball.

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In Flanders Field

PoppyIn Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
      - John McCrae, In Flanders Fields

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Tuesday Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Tuesday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

The SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975. All 29 on board perished.

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My Thoughts on True Detective

My Thoughts on True DetectiveThe Wire has pretty much ruined my television watching experience. Since I watched all five seasons of The Wire, I'm been disappointed by pretty much everything I've seen on the small screen, except for my second viewing of The Wire.

It's got to the point where I rarely watch anything, because I'm always left a little disappointed. Yes, I enjoyed Breaking Bad, but the finale ticked me off royally until I decided it was not as it seemed. (Don't click through that link unless you're ready for a monster spoiler).

I'm still watching (and enjoying) Mad Men, but that show is a little different. Nothing really happens in Mad Men, it just looks and sounds awfully cool. I can't wait to see how they end it.

I didn't even bother diving into The Walking Dead or Boardwalk Empire or Sons of Anarchy or Game of Thrones or House of Cards or Homeland or any of the other dramas people rave about. I get enough drama from the Leafs, Raps and Jays.

Enough people who loved The Wire told me I should see True Detective, so my wife and I decided to bang off the eight episodes last week. This entry is about that experience, and if you haven't seen True Detective yet, you might want to stop reading now.


I loved the look and feel of True Detective. The production values were top notch, and the shots of Louisiana were stunning. And the way they aged the two stars over 17 years was pretty awesome. You would likely enjoy this series on mute.

And those two stars, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, are both great in True Detective. I've never seen McConaughey this good, and that includes his Oscar-winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Of course, it's easier to be good when the writing is so strong.

I was loving True Detective by the half-way point, and still digging it heading into the finale, but True Detective failed to maintain it's brilliance for the full 8-hours. And this is significant, as it was only eight episodes and difficult to compare to much longer series like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire and Breaking Bad.

I'm glad I finally saw True Detective, but I wish the second half was as strong as the first half. And no, it didn't come close to The Wire.

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My Visit to the Berlin Wall

It's been 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. In January 2012, armed with my trusty paper map of Berlin, I set out to see as much of the wall's remains as possible.


Here are my pictures of the Berlin Wall, taken by yours truly in January 2012.






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2015 Hyundai Sonata Test Drive

2015 Hyundai Sonata Test DriveOn Halloween, I exchanged my '99 Mazda Protegé for a week with a 2015 Hyundai Sonata. It was orange, of course.

As usual when you borrow cars from a media fleet, it was fully loaded. We're talking a touch-and-swipe navigation screen, backup camera, heated front and rear seats, high-power audio system, LED running lights, and Bluetooth phone capability. Convenience features included the smart trunk, which unlocks when the proximity key is within three feet of the trunk for more than three seconds. Another useful item is the adaptive cruise control, which monitors the speed of the car ahead and adjusts the Sonata’s speed to maintain a safe distance.

Driving this 2015 Hyundai Sonata for the next week #fullyloaded

I could honestly see myself in a Sonata long-term. It's a very fun drive, and surprisingly roomy. Five of us fit without that cramped feeling, and the trunk had room for both the baby stuff and my oldest son's hockey gear.

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And the Hyundai truly gets the touch screen right. This car had Sirius/XM and it was easy to toggle between Howard Stern, FM/AM and my smartphone. The navigation system's interface was both intuitive and efficient.


This is my second great experience test driving a Hyundai automobile. If they have a most improved award in the auto sector, it's got to go to Hyundai.

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RaptorsThe Raptors have started the season an impressive 5-1, the best start in franchise history.

In April, the biggest Raptors fan I knew passed away. His burial spot is not marked by a gravestone or marker, but by a "WE THE NORTH" flag.


I'm just sorry he's not here to see this hot start. He'd have dug it the most.

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USS at the RHCPA: James's First Concert

USS at the RHCPA: James's First ConcertMy daughter's first concert was Selina Gomez, but my oldest son chose a different sound. Last night, we enjoyed Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.

They were amazing, as always. Damn I dig their sound. It's rock, it's hip hop, it's EDM, it's folk, it's awesome.


The best part was experiencing it all with my boy. I can't wait to do it again.


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Bryan Adams and Ryan Adams Have the Same Birthday

Bryan Adams and Ryan Adams Have the Same BirthdayBryan Adams celebrated his birthday earlier this week.

On that same day, Ryan Adams celebrated his birthday.

Isn't that mind blowing?


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Friday Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Friday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

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Old Dogs Taught New Tricks: Humble and Fred's 25th Anniversary

Last night, at the Horseshoe Tavern, I attended a party for Humble and Fred's 25th anniversary.


John Tory showed up, I finally cornered George Stroumboulopoulos about coming on my podcast and Ash from USS (hear him on episode 95 of my podcast) performed a sweet acoustic version of Yin Yang. It was a great night.


Humble and Fred started out on CFNY in the 80s, and today they're their own boss, doing things their way, thanks to modern communication protocols that didn't even exist back then. I think that's awesome.

Who says you can't teach a couple of old dogs a few new tricks?


I was humbled (no pun intended) by this moment late in the episode.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 95: Ash from USS

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 95In this 95th episode, Mike chats with Ash, lead singer and songwriter for Ubiquitious Synergy Seeker, about the band, the music, Martin Streek and Ash's restless mind. This episode is exactly 34:09.

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Tuesday Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Tuesday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

Open Mike on Toronto Mike

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Maple Leaf Stadium

Maple Leaf StadiumIf I could go back in time and visit one Toronto landmark that no longer exists, I'd attend a baseball game at Maple Leaf Stadium.

Maple Leaf Stadium existed at Bathurst Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West and seated about 13,000 people. The field was natural grass, of course, and it was home to the Toronto Maple Leafs baseball club from 1926 to 1967.

When the Maple Leafs left Toronto for Louisville, Kentucky after the 1967 season, they decided to demolish Maple Leaf Stadium rather than maintain it in a city without a professional baseball team. You'll find apartment buildings there now.

Here are some photos of old Maple Leaf Stadium, courtesy of the City of Toronto Archives. It's a shame we didn't keep her.





It's interesting to note that Harold Ballard considered buying the team and stadium after the 1967 season, but decided the price was too high. The NHL Maple Leafs haven't won the Stanley Cup since.

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Reusable Cloth Diapers a Success

Getting Started with Cloth DiapersIt's been seven months since I wrote about the reusable cloth diapers I'm using with kid #3, so I thought it was time for an update.

To recap, my first two children used disposable diapers. This time, my wife bought reusable cloth diapers from BumGenius and Fuzzibunz. Yes, those are the brand names.


I can honestly say after seven months that it's been a complete success. Baby Jarvis has had less diaper rashes than his siblings, changing these diapers has been far less disgusting than I anticipated, and the only expense is the cost of washing these diapers every two days.

Up until Jarvis switched to solid foods, you simply rolled up the dirty diaper and put it in the washable bag that hangs on his door. Now that things are solidifying, we've introduced a flushable paper sleeve between him and the diaper that makes it easy to simply drop the waste into the toilet. It's really very easy.

I wasn't sure how this experiment was going to play out, but so far, it's been a resounding success.

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Cycling: October 2014 vs. October 2013

Cycling: October 2014 vs. October 2013As I did for September, here is how my cycling in October 2014 compared to October 2013.

October 2014: 502.16 km

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October 2013: 161.9 km

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This wasn't exactly a fair fight. My October 2013 total would have been much higher had I not left the country for a couple of weeks.

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