Toronto Mike

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Let's Do the Star Wars Again!

Today, I took the teenagers to see the new Star Wars. At this point, I've lost track of the movie titles, but I'm pretty sure this was #8. Everything I write here will be spoiler-free, so don't get your knickers in a knot. I'm just going to share some general
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Barenaked Ladies at Massey Hall

That was quite the night. After watching TFC's thrilling win, I biked to BMO Field to soak in the thrills of victory. Then, to Massey Hall to see the Barenaked Ladies. With BNL, two things are guaranteed: you'll get great songs and truly funny banter. That banter, which is always
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Guns N' Roses at the ACC - What a Setlist!

Guns N' Roses played for well over three hours last night and gave us everything that even smelled like a hit. Check out this setlist. It's So EasyMr. BrownstoneChinese DemocracyWelcome to the JungleDouble Talkin' JiveBetterEstrangedLive and Let DieRocket QueenYou Could Be MineNew RoseThis I LoveCivil WarYesterdaysProstituteComaSpeak Softly Love (Love Theme
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Dream Big: Engineering Our World

I took my three oldest kids to the Ontario Science Centre yesterday. That's where you'll find the OMNIMAX® Theatre, where the giant screen is a dome with 13,000 watts of sound being delivered from 44 speakers. It's really something else. We saw "Dream Big: Engineering Our World", an incredibly
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Gleason

I'm a sucker for movies on a plane. Even mediocre flicks hook me when I'm mid-flight. Heck, I shed a tear during Kevin Costner's Draft Day. Having already been underwhelmed by the new Ghostbusters and pleasantly surprised by the new Barbershop, I decided to try a documentary. There was one
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Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre

On Friday, I did something I had never done before. I attended dinner theatre. The show was called "Getting Hitched! An Engagement Party Directed by Alfred Hitchmock" and it took place at the Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre at 2026 Yonge Street. If you've never been to dinner theatre, you're served
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Cinderella at the Elgin Theatre

We 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,
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Snow White at The Elgin Theatre

We attended SNOW WHITE, the Deliciously Dopey Family Musical at the Elgin Theatre on Thursday.  It was my first Ross Petty production and I wasn't sure what to expect. It was great fun with kids and adults laughing out loud.  My kids loved it, especially when they'd parody current hit
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Million Dollar Quartet

I spent the evening in 1956.  Tuesday December 4, 1956, to be precise.  It was the day an impromptu jam session broke out among Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash at Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. That's the scene for Million Dollar Quartet, a new
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Shrek the Musical in Toronto

I took my daughter to the opening night of Shrek the Musical last night at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.  She's seven, and she loved every minute of it.  Heck, I should have had her write this review, because I'm not sure it matters what I thought. From an
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IN THE HEIGHTS Review

I've just returned from opening night of In The Heights at the Toronto Centre For The Arts.  Excuse me, DanCap Productions has just advised me it's to be written IN THE HEIGHTS.  That's not me yelling, just me following orders. I didn't think I liked these musical things, but this
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American Idiot Review

I'm not really a Broadway guy.  Musicals typically make me cringe.  I liked the Lion King, but other than that I've always left the theatre pretty underwhelmed. Tonight I saw American Idiot from the 2nd row at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.  It was pretty damn good. Of course,
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Tim Hortons Lasagna

Yesterday at about this time, Humble took us all out to Tim Hortons for lunch.  Imagine Humble, Fred, Scary Pete and me walking into your local Tims and that was the scene.  There was a new item on the menu, so we decided to try it. The plan was for
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Moneyball is Just a Movie, Right?

I actually wrote this entry on Google+ first... then realized nobody will read it there.  So here's a modified version for the 12 of you checking in on a Saturday morning. I saw Moneyball last night, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It's great fun for those of us who like
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True Grit Review

True Grit: 7 out of 10. Don't believe the hype.  True Grit is a very good movie, that's well acted and easy viewing, but it's not the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world you've been hearing about. I saw it yesterday and I was disappointed.  Hopes were sky high for
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The Social Network Review

The Social Network: 8 out of 10. Yeah, The Social Network is pretty good.  Even if you think you know the story, it's compelling stuff. It's not Best Picture good, but it's solid work from David Fincher.  This is definitely his best since Fight Club. The Trent Reznor and Atticus
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The Informant! The Review!

The Informant!: 7 out of 10. Matt Damon is very good in this flick about Mark Whitacre, the highest-ranking executive in U.S. history to blow the whistle in a case of corporate fraud. It's a very funny flick, primarily because of Mark Whitacre's asides.  Here are a few: When
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