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Goody. I'm first. Baseball will be back tonight, thank goodness. Hopefully my Indians, Orioles, and Diamondbacks will do well. I need them to. The all star break was really too long. I don't know why it has to be four days long, but it does.

July 14, 2017 @ 8:37 AM

Lyle Lanley

The all star break was always three days growiing up. That extra day really is a drag, man.

July 14, 2017 @ 8:49 AM


I really like Jim Van Horne's tee shirt in the picture from yesterday's Kick out the jams!

Great episode, too.

That is all. Happy Friday everyone.

July 14, 2017 @ 8:55 AM

Ryan G

A guy I work with was frustrated about something and said "man alive!" I haven't heard anyone ever use that term in real life. I'd say he's in his late forties, not in his early 100's so that rules the age factor out. So i will probe his background. I'm guessing he might have grew up in small town Ontario or perhaps Idaho.

Anyone else here regularly use old-timey terms like that?

July 14, 2017 @ 11:17 AM


@Ryan G
Heavens to betsy! I havent heard "man alive" in a fortnight! Thats some real Ballyhoo! Alright, enough Tomfoolery, I've got to get off the Davenport.

July 14, 2017 @ 11:36 AM


@Ryan G

"Probing his background" is what those "Coast to Coast" callers always claim happen to them with the UFO abductions! Seriously, though, I am always curious where those uncommon sayings originate from where the age and geography doesn't seem to match up. For myself I always picked up older expressions said by my grandparents (i.e. "She's a little ham", or "That's nifty!") being around them as a kid, although if I use where the situation is perfect I'll actually preface them with "As my grandmother used to say, ..."

This talk makes me want to watch "Back to the Future"!

July 14, 2017 @ 11:47 AM

Ryan G

@Brandon & Anonymous

Similarly, the gal who does weather on 1010 sounds like she might have a rural background as well, where older sayings may be more prevalent. When she refers to an incoming weather system she'll say something like "and you can expect some showers around suppertime". I was once in a Charlie Brown play and Snoopy sang a song called Suppertime. The interwebs say that play was written in the mid 60's, so it checks out.

July 14, 2017 @ 11:52 AM

Urooj Islam

Always trips me out when people call dinner "supper" or dinnertime "suppertime".

July 14, 2017 @ 11:55 AM

Rob J

When someone says "get a bite to eat", I know they're much older than I.

July 14, 2017 @ 12:05 PM

Ryan G

When someone says "here hide this bloody knife", I know they're much crazier than I.

July 14, 2017 @ 12:21 PM


Definitely rural. I use Suppertime.

Or supper.


Small town farm raised

July 14, 2017 @ 1:30 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I've never used "supper".... it's breakfast, lunch and dinner...

And I use "brunch" as the type of food, not the time of day it's eaten!

July 14, 2017 @ 1:33 PM


Been weirdly hearing people use the word "grok" again for the first time in years, a few times by different people in a few days. I kind of like it. It's a from Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, and basically means complete understanding or comprehension.

Curious if anyone has used Mike's Kick Out The Jams stuff, either podcasts or community lists, to check out new-to-them music?

July 14, 2017 @ 1:53 PM

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I have! I've been checking out JJ Grey & Mofro...

July 14, 2017 @ 1:55 PM


@Toronto Mike,

From what I know of your taste I think you might really like Record Collection by Mark Ronson ... besides/despite the one track I shared. For me it hits the sweet-spot of hiphop vs. rock. It's one album before he got insanely huge with Uptown Funk.

The revolving cast is just fantastic... Q-Tip, Ghostface Killah, Spank Rock, Boy George. Andrew Wyatt, Rose Elinor Dougall, Simon Le Bon to name a few.

July 14, 2017 @ 4:05 PM

Javed Jafri

@Markkosar this is the first time I became aware of Mark Ronson:

Mark Ronson ft. Sean Lennon - Sail on Sailor/Beach Boys

July 14, 2017 @ 5:29 PM


I'll second the opinion that Mark Ronson's Record Collection is an excellent album
from top to bottom. Much more enjoyable than the the subsequent album with "Uptown
Funk" on it!

July 14, 2017 @ 5:45 PM



I hadn't heard that one! I thought his first "breakout" was Valerie with Amy Winehouse.

Sidenote, I'd previously seen it written how disgusting and creepy he was for recording the video with an Amy Winehouse impersonator ... I just noticed that the video was created four years before her passing!


Top to bottom is right. The following album is totally fine, but not as memorable I agree. I have to admit that for whatever reason the success of Uptown Funk makes me less inclined to give it an honest go.

"I liked Mark Ronson before he was cool..."

July 14, 2017 @ 6:15 PM


Fun (useless!) fact: Mark Ronson is the stepson of Mick Jones from
Foreigner. Perhaps this would seem much cooler intel if his stepdad
was THE Mick Jones from The Clash! In fact, he once produced a remake
of an old Foreigner song for his step-pappy about ten years ago called "Fool
For You Anyway." And upon hearing it you will believe that Foreigner can
be funky (aside from "Hot Blooded" and Urgent", that is!!).

July 14, 2017 @ 6:26 PM


Man Alive will always be Roy Bonisteel and that theme music.
I know I was always confused with 'dinner' as a kid because lots of other kids meant 'lunch' when they said 'dinner'.
Dinner (the late meal) is more formal or affluent, supper is familial or common. Lunch is not dinner.

July 14, 2017 @ 7:12 PM

Rob J

Re: Man Alive

"Man alive! There are... men alive in here!" is a great Simpsons quote. I'm too lazy to give the context.

July 14, 2017 @ 8:02 PM

Blind Dave

A guy I know (and his son) say "dinner" at lunch time. I'll often hear him say on the phone to a customer that someone will be by "after dinner" and he means early afternoon. My wife & I use lunch for the midday meal and supper for the late meal.

My wife's late grandmother used to say "holy cats!" instead of "holy sh--!".

Sigh. My cat just knocked the bulletin board off the wall...

July 14, 2017 @ 8:59 PM


Suppers Ready as per Genesis 1 of their best songs. Not Dinner Ready.
Time to blow up the Jays?
Tulo, Estrada, Bautista time to go.
Kessel love T.Dot with friends on previous Leaf teams. Would Lou consider???
gotta go - suppers ready.

July 14, 2017 @ 9:36 PM

Rob J

Geez, the CFL fan that won a $1 million after a 2nd kickoff return for a touchdown...until a flag on the play nullified the score (and her huge payday)

July 14, 2017 @ 10:27 PM

Rick C in Oakville

I grew up with grandparents that were farmers and dinner was lunch, and you would get the warning don't be late for supper.

July 14, 2017 @ 10:32 PM


Dinner vs Supper.

My kids just show up & say: "Food?" :)

July 15, 2017 @ 1:03 AM

Jason from Sudbury

We've always called it Sudbury and New Brunswick. I always thought dinner was an American thing cause I have a friend in the states who calls it dinner.
Lunch is lunch.

July 15, 2017 @ 2:28 AM


I always thought supper was an American thing. Everyone I know uses the term dinner.

July 15, 2017 @ 8:19 AM

Rob J

I cringe when people call chocolate "candy"

July 15, 2017 @ 11:16 AM


Rob J hates candy bars


July 15, 2017 @ 11:30 AM


Chocolate bars, not candy bars. Coffee Crisps are the best. Arash Madani is a tool. Venus Williams did not have a great second set. Watched the Yes performance of Roundabout at their RRHOF induction again, with Geddy Lee playing that great bass line - it was as awesome as you would expect. For anyone out there who thinks they are cool - you will never be Rick-Wakeman-wearing-a-cape-and-playing-a-keytar-cool. Or even Geddy-playing-Roundabout-cool. So get over it. That is all.

July 15, 2017 @ 11:54 AM


Sid_V just covered the gambit.

Mike, lock this thread. Nothing can be added

July 15, 2017 @ 12:06 PM


Well, better late than never. I tried to get on earlier, but I got this certificate error. I don't know why I got it, but I did. I logged back on and I don't have it anymore. I don't want to talk about baseball. All my teams lost. My Indians, Orioles, and Diamondbacks lost. Nobody won. It's really awful. Okay, so the all star break used to be only three days? They should make it only three days again. As for names of meals, I don't care what they're called. In boarding school, lunch was our big meal, and it was often called dinner or lunch. Supper was called supper. Now I use the word lunch for lunch or dinner for the evening meal. I really don't care. People can call lunch dinner if they want to. I really don't care.

July 15, 2017 @ 12:27 PM


Cheryl, Mike's been passing off bad certificates for years. Don't sweat it.

Sorry to hear about all 12 of your baseball teams losing. that is a tough pill to swallow.

July 15, 2017 @ 12:59 PM

James Edgar

My Mom used supper and dinner alternatively she grew up in Manitoba in the 1920's ( yes I'm old and she was 48 when she had me in 1962)

They have places like this " New Glasgow Lobster Suppers" in P.E.I.

We went to that one and another one in new rustico when we did a family trip in 2013.

So i think it's probably a traditional usage.

Speaking of words there's show on english tv called countdown. it's quiz thing and quite boring . however there's a take of called Eight Out of Ten Cats Does Countdown with Jimmy Carr as the host with celebrity /comedian contestants. it's really funny if you can get British humour. two of the cast from regular countdown also do Eight Out of Ten Cats Does Countdown Rachel Riley and Susie Dent. Susie Dent is a lexicographer and checks the spelling part of the show. the origin of supper made me think of her hence this long winded note. It's on youtube and possible worth a bit of time if you have some to waste.

July 15, 2017 @ 2:00 PM


8 out of 10 cats does countdown is the greatest "game show" on tv.

Love love love it.

July 15, 2017 @ 3:17 PM


8 out of 10 cats does countdown is the greatest "game show" on tv.

Love love love it.

July 15, 2017 @ 3:17 PM


Joe Wilkinson cracks me up and Rachael Riley is my future ex wife

July 15, 2017 @ 3:19 PM


Remember (Can say no wrong Cheryl) use to HATE,HATE baseball.....
Now we get minute by minute updates on HER TEAM/Teams of the day sicking..
Bonus round....NOW we get to hear that the baseball A/S break is too long..
Never mind the team of the day happens to get rained out (why does it have to rain I HATE RAIN.)
Tomorrow...The Hackey off season is too long..why does it have to be soo long?
And for desert she hates the TTC (never uses it) Hates Bell (does not have it)
Oh and hates the bath-tub

July 15, 2017 @ 4:52 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Going on a bit of a technology rant, as a 55 year old, I have been sort of immersed in technology as a CSR for a medical instrument company for 30 + years, but hit my wall the last 2 weeks.
I run a BB Z10 cell phone, love its ease of use, has been dropped an uncountable number of times, but 2 weeks ago a dollar store cigarette lighter adapter and cable took it out. Fried it beyond recoveribility. Found a replacement on Kijijji new in box for $110. Transferred my sim and SD card and recovered about 75 % of what was on my old phone, except 3 years of archived emails and some contacts that somehow got saved to the device memory. Tried setting up my new phone so that everything saves to either Sim or SD card, no go. Now I have another device to back up on top of my Laptop, PC and office network.
Had a panic moment last week when I left my laptop adapter in a customers office in New Brunswick, discovered this the nest day when I went to my office to use it. Our company has always used HP computers/laptops for over 15 years, and have amassed a sizeable amount of HP laptop adapters that we have in several bins. Of course none fit my Laptop and realised HP has about 10 different plug in variants. They are all the same 19.5 vdc, why not make all of them the same connector. Had to run to a local electronics supplier to find a compatible one as I am heading to Northern Alberta this week.
Lastly WIN7 has been updating security etc. on their OS and now my laptop runs as slow as the XP version I had a couple of years ago.
I know first world problems.
Heading back to the deck for another GLB Canuck Pale Ale.

July 15, 2017 @ 6:30 PM

Dawn Keibals

If Francisco Liriano throws 1 more pitch as a Toronto Blue Jay then it is a Euge mistake.
Waive him NOW cutbait pay whatever..
How many mistakes is that now Shappy ??

July 15, 2017 @ 8:03 PM

James Edgar

@Beatts could be. And yes Joe Wilkinson is one of the hilarious people who pop up quite often. As for Rachel picture homer drooling over a doughnut .

July 15, 2017 @ 9:36 PM

James Edgar

My daughter has made her first concert request! Imagine Dragons ! We are watch videos as I type this. Sadly they are her in Ontario 2 days after we leave for France on the 27th. And in France on the 22nd just to be dicks probably. Maybe we will take her to Montreal for my birthday in October. Or not.

July 15, 2017 @ 9:42 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Speaking of Concerts, anyone going to Metallica? Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat are opening up for them. Sounds like it'll be a heluva show. My buddy is going, I think he said he paid like $500 for his ticket but apparently has a good seat. I'm jealous. lol

July 16, 2017 @ 2:49 AM


I hardly ever use the TTC at all. I don't need to. The thing is that people jump and then it has to shut down. Anything can happen to it. It's unpredictable. I would never pay for that shitty service. Well, baseball was not good again last night. My Indians can do better than this. They lost, but Edwin Encarnacion hit another home run. He has 19 now. I thought he would have more than that at this time, but no. My Orioles lost another game big time. It sucks. Also my Diamondbacks lost again. They all lost. It really sucks.

July 16, 2017 @ 8:33 AM

Urooj Islam

The Blue Jays are old but at least they don't have any awful long-term contracts on the books outside of Tulowitzki.


July 16, 2017 @ 2:32 PM


Joey Vendetta (formerly of Q-107) has moved back to T-dot from LA after 20 years. Anyone know why or what his job is now? Still with Live Nation?

July 16, 2017 @ 2:42 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I believe he's still a Senior Vice President at Live Nation Entertainment, but I need to confirm this with him.

July 16, 2017 @ 2:56 PM


Thanks Mike. Is this a promotion do you think? I know he's been doing sports radio here from LA.

July 16, 2017 @ 3:06 PM

Jason from Sudbury

@Mike: You should try to get Joey Vendetta on the podcast. I'm sure he's got all kinds of cool stories.

July 16, 2017 @ 5:37 PM

Rob J

An 8th Wimbledon title for Federer. What better time than now for Mike Richards to "appeal to a worldwide audience" and have him in-studio. Admitedly, Doug Gilmour may have to be pushed back another day.

July 16, 2017 @ 5:59 PM

Urooj Islam

@ Rob J

He's killing it with 179 YouTube subscribers.

July 16, 2017 @ 6:43 PM

Rob J

@ Irooj Islam

When Gilmour walks in, he's guaranteed to add 4 or 5 more subs. People worldwide are desparate to know how much weight Gilmour lost in the playoffs 24 years ago.

July 16, 2017 @ 7:14 PM

Rob J

Oops, sorry for spelling you name wrong, man!

July 16, 2017 @ 7:18 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Rob J
@Urooj Islam

There's a lesson here about managing expectations...

July 16, 2017 @ 7:36 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Jason from Sudbury

I agree!

Rumour has it @RadioVendetta has moved back to Toronto in order to appear on @torontopodcast #realtalk

— Toronto Mike (@torontomike) July 16, 2017
July 16, 2017 @ 7:56 PM


I don't know, but baseball sucked this weekend. All my teams lost. Yesterday Orioles lost, Diamondbacks lost, and Indians lost again. Can't they win anymore? It's really really bad. It sucks. Something has to be done. They all lost.

July 17, 2017 @ 8:27 AM


Oh good I'm the 58th poster.

Sorry to hear about your teams striking out this weekend Cheryl.

Are you a fan of any particular curling teams or the CFL ?

July 17, 2017 @ 9:15 AM


So I recently returned to active listening of Q107 after an absence of
several decades, and I have to admit that I find myself rather dismayed
by the state of their current playlist. On another blog, 12:36, I incredulously
read that Bronski Beat's "Smalltown Boy" is now considered part of the classic
rock canon, and so I humbly took it upon myself to listen until I actually heard this
turd blossom of a track on air. Sadly, although I haven't managed to encounter this
"rocker" to date, I have heard multiple ads for Air Supply's 3-night takeover of Fallsview
Casino in the fall! Look, I get it: I know that times are tough in the terrestrial radio
business and ads are hard to come by, but freakin' Air Supply?!? Granted, I love this band
as much as your regular, suburban run-of-the-mill metalhead might(!), but they don't
belong on the formerly Mighty Q in any capacity! Perhaps it is time to change the station's
name to LimpFM? (Trademark forthcoming!!)

July 17, 2017 @ 9:52 AM


It's the boom effect.

Boom 97.3 is beating them so the once mighty Q decided to ditch the classic rock for just rock...Albeit with everything from the Spin Doctors, to Thompson Twins thrown in...

July 17, 2017 @ 11:07 AM


At the first real job I had back in 1980s, one guy from Alberta (Grand Prairie, I think) always used the word "dinner" for lunch, which confused me and the others. I always thought it must have been some strange thing with him, although now reading the other comments here, I suppose not.
Another "hoser-ism" I heard a few people use as a kid was pronouncing Saturday like "Sare-day" or "Sayer-day". Did anyone else ever run into that, or was it just a peculiarity with a few people I happened to meet?
BTW, typing that weirdly made me think of Leo Sayer who I'm sure I've never thought of in about 40 years -- not that I'm glad it did.
I'm not entirely convinced that Leo Sayer, Arnold Horshack, and Richard Simmons were three separate people.
(Warning -- contains mime makeup, scat singing, and a 1970s white-guy afro.)

@Jason -- $500 to see Metallica?! -- (in Abe Simpson old-man voice) -- It was $15 for me not too long ago.

I don't know what a "good seat" last night would have been, since the floor was general admission and all the actual seats (like mine in the 500 level) were far away. All I can think of is that it must have been some kind of VIP-meet-and-greet thing, or maybe the inner-circle or whatever the thing inside the ring part of the stage extension is called.

July 17, 2017 @ 11:51 AM


Eesh -- YouTube then continued another Muppet Show video with someone else forgotten from the 1970s. And were Paul Williams and Cousin Oliver from The Brady Bunch definitely different people?

July 17, 2017 @ 12:05 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Re: Metallica
My buddy paid $500 for 2 tickets for him and his wife. I need to proofread my shit before clicking submit.

July 17, 2017 @ 12:30 PM


@Jason from Sudbury

I went! It was amazing. Had floor tickets. Sixth time seeing Volbeat live. Metallica put on a great show over 2 hours. 60,000 people was a sight to see as well.

My only complaint is A7X' sound was off. Mic was low at times. Bass was overpowering, then drums were. Stokley would've cringed!

July 17, 2017 @ 2:18 PM

Jason from Sudbury

@Matt: Floor tickets? Nice. I talked to my buddy and he said the show was awesome too. 60,000 people though? I thought they could only fit 50,000 in there?

July 17, 2017 @ 7:19 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

The dome capacity for baseball is 49,282 and about 55,000 for concerts.

July 17, 2017 @ 7:44 PM


No, I don't follow the CFL. I like the NFL. As for curling, I like my trainer's team, but they don't curl much anymore. I also like Team Kean as well. My Indians won last night. That's great. Yan Gomes hit another home run. Also my Orioles won as well. Chris Tillman is back to his old self. Seth Smith also homered. My Diamondbacks didn't play. This makes up for a weekend that really sucked. I would not pay $500.00 to see Metallica. For one thing, I don't like them. For another thing, I am retired and don't have a lot of money. For another thing, speakers are too overdone at concerts, they're too loud. $500.00 is too much for a concert anyway.

July 18, 2017 @ 7:18 AM

James Edgar

$500 for a pair is a lot but these days not out of this world. I paid just under $400 for my pair of floors last year for the Aug 10th ACC Hip Show. Still grates on me a bit I still have a few $7 ticket stubs from the 70's when the floors were probably $10

I haven't seen Metallica I wouldn't mind but if it was the ACC i'd be interested a little more than the dome.

And definitely not for $500 a pair.

July 18, 2017 @ 2:17 PM


Saw Metallica back in the 90's with GNR here in TO at CNE Grandstand..
great show by both bands..but aside from a hand full of songs not a huge Metallica fan..
The drummer really bothers me :) I wouldn't mind having a beer with James or the other guitarist who's name I don't recall right now.

July 18, 2017 @ 2:46 PM


Was lucky enough to buy Metallica tickets when they went on sale and went with my son. My first time seeing Metallica and Volbeat which I am a big fan of both. My son was excited to see Avenged and yeah, their sound mix was definitely off. Volbeat sounded fantastic and Metallica were super loud. All in all a great show and fun to watch all the people on the general admission floors.

Joey Vendetta would be incredibly interesting and I would hope it would be the longest Toronto Mike ever.

July 18, 2017 @ 2:46 PM


Well, my Orioles and Diamondbacks both played great games. That was great. They both scored a bunch of runs. My Indians lost though. That was no good. Anyway, Chris Davis hit a couple homers for my Orioles as well as Trey Mancini. Dylan Bundy pitched a gem again. Robby Ray pitched a gem for my Diamondbacks and Brandon Drury hit a home run. anyway, my Indians have to get their act together, that's for sure. If you are retired and don't have a lot of money, then it's hard to shell out $500.00 or $400.00 even to go to concerts. I'm hoping I will be able to afford money for Mike's Terry Fox run. Well, I should be able to although it may not be as much as last year even.

July 19, 2017 @ 8:34 AM



I thought 60k was high but just went by what bands said. Lots of people on the floor though. The stage was set up in the outfield

July 19, 2017 @ 1:40 PM

Rob J

Just imagine how many secret "adoption" meetings there'd have been if there actually was inter-country collusion in 2016.

July 19, 2017 @ 3:04 PM

Urooj Islam

As if TSN pushing the CFL isn't suffocating enough, now they're pushing CFL Fantasy Football. LOL!

July 19, 2017 @ 6:57 PM

Rob J

Further to the week's developments down south, now that even FOX News has (finally and begrudgingly) reported on the president and his skincrawlingly hideous son accurately, it'll be a welcome relief to be spared TVOR's bizarre anti-CNN rants.

July 19, 2017 @ 8:21 PM


At least my Orioles won. That's great that they are winning now. I just wish my Indians would win as well. They almost won, but they had to blow it in the end. My Indians better win on the weekend. My Diamondbacks lost as well which is no good. Anyway, football starts soon. I hope my Ravens, Cardinals and Browns do well. They better.

July 20, 2017 @ 7:15 AM

Ben V

@ Rob J: If you think the new developments will sway TVOR at all in his anti CNN rants you are sorely mistaken. He'll continue to be obtuse and hyper partisan no matter what the outcome.

July 20, 2017 @ 11:54 AM

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