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It Friday and so I thought I'd share some music..hope you enjoy it

This guy is really an awesome guitarist.

March 20, 2015 @ 8:49 AM



Speaking of the SXSW music festival, it's now really a technical festival with music in the background. Is that happening at the Toronto version (north by north east i think). I'm curious.

March 20, 2015 @ 9:54 AM


Not sure..but I everything I've read about SXSW is about music as well..
why do you mean by Technical festival?

March 20, 2015 @ 9:59 AM


that anonymous was me..and was @ Irv

March 20, 2015 @ 10:00 AM


Who's watching March Madness?

Some great games yesterday. I love this tournament.

March 20, 2015 @ 10:45 AM

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I'm watching as much March Madness as possible. We did a family pool and the kids are all into it. I root for Canadians and underdogs.

March 20, 2015 @ 10:46 AM

Sam in Pickering

Rob Ford at scene of double shooting, one victim is brother of victim in Lisi extortion case.

March 20, 2015 @ 10:59 AM


And the Lisi trial is going on right now.

March 20, 2015 @ 11:02 AM


Ford could not be reached Thursday night for comment, but on Tuesday, just hours after the afternoon shooting, he told the Sun he happened on the scene and the victim was badly wounded and tight-lipped.

“He wouldn’t say anything,” the Ward 2 councillor said. “He was shot once in the shoulder and twice in the lower body. It was bad.”

But the man, he said, was coherent.

Ford said he had been in the area doing constituency calls.


March 20, 2015 @ 11:04 AM


Live by the gun, die by the gun.

March 20, 2015 @ 11:05 AM


Just so I have this straight:

Lisi is in the middle of a criminal trial regarding his alleged extortion tactics while trying to recover the first crack video. Guy gets shot in the Dixon hood and this guy turns out to be the brother of the alleged extortion victim. And one of the first people on the scene to offer support and comfort to the shooting victim is Rob Ford? Because he was "in the area doing constituency calls".

Really? Once again, here's this wildly incredible story of fantastic coincidence being delivered to me with a straight face and the assumption that I'll just swallow what's presented.

If I was Giroux, my eyebrows would be raised so high they'd recede into my hairline.

March 20, 2015 @ 11:07 AM


Habs did it again. 4 to 0. Coyotes lost though, but Suns won and my Orioles won last night as well as my Diamondbacks won. Baseball is going great. Hockey is going good for my Habs, but not my Coyotes. Oh, the Leafs lost as well. Anyway, I'm going to win the baseball pool. I'll be $100.00 richer by the fall. To recap, I have the Orioles, Royals, Angels, Nationals, Cardinals and Diamondbacks in my pool. I was kind of doubting the Royals. I wanted the Tigers in that division, but I picked too late and couldn't get them and then I asked for Indians and then Whitesox but they were taken as well so took Royals. I got everything I wanted in every other division though. I'm going to win the pool and $100.00.

March 20, 2015 @ 11:09 AM


Rob Ford involved in another murder? Say it ain't so...

Or maybe it's yet another unbelievable coincidence. I'm sure that's it.

March 20, 2015 @ 11:31 AM

Subways, subways, subways

Can't wait for Rob to become mayor again and save the taxpayers of this great city more shell casings. Er, money.

March 20, 2015 @ 12:10 PM


Open Mike CFNY classic of the day

March 20, 2015 @ 3:19 PM

Pete Griffin3

Another CFNY classic:

March 20, 2015 @ 3:56 PM

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Does anyone have a question for Rick Hodge?

March 20, 2015 @ 4:27 PM



The major feature at SXSW this year (and last) has been technology. It's getting all the media coverage too (I'm not referring to music media). I suppose the two go hand in hand. Technology IS the new music..especially in the social movement factor. Twitter is the equivalent of a political song in the 60s.

March 20, 2015 @ 4:55 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Almost forgot what a nice day was like, the sun is going down too early!
I was in a clients office yesterday for a full 8 hours, and they intercom in News 680, and by about the 3rd breaking news about Doug Fords take on the Toronto City Councillors expense accounts (they don't need a dime according to Doug), I was ready to try and sabotage the radio system. Can't believe this catches peoples interest all day long, and advertisers pay for the same reel of 3 announcers for a full day. At least if it was a radio station that plays music i can't stand, the play back of the same song would be staggered.
Almost forgot how nice it was not hearing the Fords in the news also.

A question for you Mike about Rick Hodge: You teased us for the past year or so about your mom having dated Rick, but never delivered on it.
I think I recall a young Rick Hodge in the late 70's going around promoting Chum FM to students when it was playing album sides and the DJ's sounded stoned or super mellow. Not sure if my Time Line is right.

March 20, 2015 @ 7:25 PM

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@Rick C in Oakville

Tune in to episode 116 for the story!

March 20, 2015 @ 7:29 PM



Huge T? fan.

That particular song never did much for me. But it's one of those hilarious examples of a poppy track that gets people to buy an album ... that turns out to be nothing like the single.

Troublegum was pretty damn intense, and left a mark on impressionable 13-year old me. Also discovered it around the time I first started distancing myself from 'God'.

Hilarious now, but way back then, I fell asleep listening to it late one night: only to be woken by the secret creepy rendition of You Are My Sunshine at the end, which I'd somehow never noticed in a previous few listens.

March 20, 2015 @ 11:39 PM


My Nets won and the Raptors lost. Goody. I need more days like that. My Orioles also won yesterday. That's great, but my Diamondbacks lost. Oh well, two weeks from Monday is opening day for baseball and I've never been so excited about that in my life. Anyway, I'm looking forward to winning the pool. Everyone I have will do well I'm sure. Then hopefully a football pool will start up in a few months. Can't wait. Anyway, my Habs will win tonight and hopefully my Coyotes will as well. PK Subban got fined $3000.00. That's too bad. Stupid people had to fine him because he was diving. He doesn't dive. He's not a dirty player, believe me.

March 21, 2015 @ 8:05 AM

4X4 Time

@TOMike - Please ask Rick the background of how the Sunday Funnies came about and if he ever tried to keep it going and selling to other stations back in the day.

March 21, 2015 @ 8:32 AM

4x4 Time

SXSW - I have been to 3 of these, last year being the last. You can still see lots of great music in the bars during the day, but the wristband costs for the evening showcases are now North of $200 if you are not an Austin resident.

Best memories - 3 years ago seeing The Sheepdogs play an afternoon set on a rooftop and last year seeing July Talk at Canada House

Irv is right about the real focus of the event now being on technology - Film, Music, Entertainment.

Austin is a really cool place to visit, if you are a music fan. Lots to do and see and do.

March 21, 2015 @ 8:47 AM


If anyone's interested Macleans cover story this week is about Elton Mcdonald, the builder of Toronto's mystery tunnel.

The article is fascinating.

Here's the link:

March 21, 2015 @ 9:20 AM


In light of recent remarks from Owen Sound & Bruce-Grey MP Larry Miller we are going ahead with plans for a 'Music Against Racism' concert. Comment, share, or PM is if you would like to help, or perform.

Found on facebook.

March 21, 2015 @ 10:34 AM

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@4X4 Time

As a huge fan of the Sunday Funnies, we'll definitely be talking about that. I loved that show.

March 21, 2015 @ 12:49 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Habs win. Price gets his 9th shut out, 2nd in a row. Life is good.

March 21, 2015 @ 11:56 PM


Yes, life is good. Well, my Coyotes lost. That's not good. My Suns and Nets both won. My Orioles and Diamondbacks both won. Carey Price is an amazing goalie. Nobody is better than him. Anyway, this is going to suck. Hockey and baseball going on at the same time and now I am really liking baseball as well. I know it can drag though if pitchers can't get batters out but what I like is you hear all about an individual player when he bats. Anyway, why I hated it before, I have no idea. From now on I will always be a baseball subscriber, but I still love my hockey as well though.

March 22, 2015 @ 8:01 AM


Cancer cures?
"We must eliminate chemicals that are poisoning us from the shelves of our supermarkets and drugstores." -Marika Holmgren, breast cancer survivor ‪#‎TSCA‬ ‪#‎RealReform‬

March 22, 2015 @ 8:55 AM


@ Glen and Mike

It's a great article.

What's interesting to me is the Doug Ford connection. This is why the Ford's have such loyal supporters. He didn't have to get involved and he did. And he didn't once make a big deal about it to the media. I had no idea and I'm actually impressed with *gasp* him.

But really interesting kid. We need more public profiles on people like him.

March 22, 2015 @ 12:58 PM


@McNulty: If Ford had "such loyal supporters" as is believed, he'd still be mayor.

Ford Nation is, and always has been, a marketing term. An imaginary army of boogeymen. An all-powerful majority that simply doesn't exist.

March 22, 2015 @ 1:10 PM



I'm not a Ford supporter but you can't deny the over 30% of the vote that Doug got. I don't agree with and I don't fully understand it but their supporters exist.

You can't deny it. It's there.

And you can't deny that Doug, as a private citizen, did a pretty good thing for Elton.

March 22, 2015 @ 4:46 PM

cross beam

It gives Doug Ford a chance to feel important. He made a five minute phone call. He 'gets in good' with the police
(supposedly still) investigating his brother's links to organized crime. 5 - 10 minutes of effort. No big deal.

March 23, 2015 @ 7:03 AM


Rob Ford has a huge fan base (still) across Toronto. Don't forget it was the conservative and liberal establishment that took him down (not NOW magazine). There are a lot of alienated people who (mistakenly) think Rob Ford is there for them.

March 23, 2015 @ 8:40 AM


Well, my Coyotes lost last night. That's not good, but my Suns won. Unfortunately the Raptors won as well though. My Orioles lost yesterday. They were winning, but then they blow it in the ninth inning. They didn't have their closer on the mound, Zack Britton. If they did, he would have gotten three outs, but instead they didn't. They used a guy I haven't heard of yet and he blew it. Oh well, the game would have made no difference money wise. The Cardinals beat them and the Cardinals are in my pool as well, NL central so if this game counted, it would have been a win in my pool regardless. My Diamondbacks lost though and boy did they ever 6 to 0. Anyway, baseball is good. I like it now so the question is do I listen to hockey or baseball. I know I am going to win the pool though.

March 23, 2015 @ 10:42 AM


C'mon Ford Nation: Cough it up!
On the weekend Doug Ford, who replaced his ailing brother for the final two months of last year's mayoral race, told CP24 that he spent $900,000 -- about $600,000 of it out of his own pocket.

Doug Ford says Rob, who was elected to his old Ward 2 Etobicoke North council seat, has a debt of about $200,000 from his $500,000 campaign.

March 23, 2015 @ 5:27 PM

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