Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 293: Retrontario Christmas Crackers, Vol. 1

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 293In this 293rd episode, Mike and Ed Conroy present Retrontario Christmas Crackers Vol. 1 featuring Mark Dailey, Elwy Yost, Heather Conkie, Peter Silverman, TODAY’S SPECIAL, Uncle Bobby, Lynn Griffin, Harry Forbes, Harvey Atkin, The Racoons, Billy Van, Olivia Hussey, Tommy Ambrose, Ivor Raymonde, Scrooge, The Beach Boys and a MOOG! This episode is exactly 1:43:48.

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Great show!

In regards to Uncle Bobby and mothers from Just Like Mom, the timelines don't match. Uncle Bobby ran on the air from 1964 to 1979, but certainly longer in re-runs. Just Like Mom ran from 1980 to 1985. I was on the first season of Just Like Mom (there was a different host Stephen Young, who was much better and did not kiss the children.) It was filmed on Saturday morning so even if Uncle Bobby was filming during the time span, he wouldn't have been there on a Saturday. Feel free to ask me anything....

December 16, 2017 @ 9:33 AM

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Sorry, we were unclear. Uncle Bobby liked the moms of the kids who would come to his show, not Just Like Mom.

The full Uncle Bobby story is in this previous episode with Retrontario:

December 16, 2017 @ 9:38 AM

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I had no idea there was another host of Just Like Mom before Fergie!

December 16, 2017 @ 9:46 AM


Nice mention of Mike Flowers Pops!! His whole album is great, especially the cover version of Prince's
"1999". Also, Uncle Bobby's awesome theme song totally calls out for some kind of hip hop or dance
music sampling, or at the very least key usage in the next, inevitable Austin Powers film! P.S., I wonder
how many illegitimate children were created as result of these illicit backstage trysts with star-struck

December 16, 2017 @ 10:06 AM


Many rumours back in the day of a dalliance between Dave Stieb and Fergie Olver's "Just Like Mom'
co-host/wife Catherine Swing back in the day!!

December 16, 2017 @ 10:13 AM


Hands down, the two Retrontario episodes were the best of the year!! Can't get enough of that sweet
Harry Forbes music!

December 16, 2017 @ 11:14 AM

Retrontario Ed

@Sarah Uncle Bobby did live on at CFTO after 1979 in it's rebooted form called "Kid's Corner" (later "Uncle Bobby & Friends") up until 1981 or 82. Mike & I talked about that one - which had robots instead of humans interacting with Uncle Bobby - in one of the earlier episodes I appeared on.

December 16, 2017 @ 2:40 PM

Jeff Bentley

I would have to The Silent Partner ranks up there as one of the greatest films shot in Toronto, it also qualifies as a Christmas film.

December 16, 2017 @ 9:16 PM

Javed Jafri

Very nice to hear the alt Beach Boys track Feel flows. The song was written by Carl Wilson and was featured on the Almost Famous soundtrack and played during the closing credits of the movie. Was wondering what the retroontario tie in to the Beach Boys would be and we heard it.

Was mentioned that the song was not a hit but the album that the song is taken Surf's Up was played on progressive rock radio and I have two air checks featured on my site that I recorded where Feel Flows is played.

The song Surfs Up written by Brian Wilson & Van Dyke Parks was not the surfin BB's and as mentioned on the podcast by Ed was more esoteric. In fact there is a great line in the song that goes "columnated ruins domino."

December 16, 2017 @ 11:30 PM

Retrontario Ed

@JeffBentley - 100%! That is an amazing, slept-on classic Toronto Christmas movie. Definitely will cover if/when we do Vol. 2 next year!

@JavedJafri thanks I did not know Feel flows was in Almost Famous! Truly, a Carl Wilson beauty.

December 17, 2017 @ 8:39 PM

Tyler Campbell

@Ed - did you manage to find that message board post about the KOTJ episodes? I'd be very interested to read it.

This was a great episode - Retroontario eps are always a favourite of mine.

BTW, a "great" Christmas show filmed in Toronto is called "The Search for Santa Claus", starring Sir Peter Ustinov, and a young up and comer (yours truly). It's awful, mostly stock footage, but charming in its badness. Check it out here, if you dare -

December 20, 2017 @ 3:28 PM


Always a great episode.

Sad trivia about Bob Clark of Black Christmas fame...

"Clark and his son, Ariel Hanrath-Clark, 22, were killed in a head-on car crash on the Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles on the morning of April 4, 2007. The crash occurred when an SUV driven by an illegal alien crossed the median and struck Clark's Infiniti I30, causing the closure of the highway for eight hours. Police determined that the SUV's driver, Hector Velazquez-Nava, had a blood alcohol level of three times the legal limit and was driving without a license.He initially pleaded not guilty to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, but changed his plea to no contest in August. On October 12, 2007, Velasquez-Nava was sentenced to six years in prison under the terms of a plea agreement. Valazquez-Nava was deported and re-entered under a different name and is currently living in Los Angeles illegally."

December 21, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

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