Archive for June, 2010
Friday, June 25th, 2010
I was flipping through the channels and came across a game unlike any I have witnessed before. Two men battling it out on the tennis court at Wimbledon, a game that will go down in history as the longest tennis match. John Isner of the US beat out Nicolas Mahut…eventually. The battle lasted 11 hours and ended in the fifth set with a 70-68 score.
Can you imagine the stamina you would need for a game like that? Unbelievable.
If you’ve watched any of the World Cup Soccer games, you may have noticed the same type of thing; these players run the entire length of the field over and over, while I can’t imagine having to walk once down the field. What a sport!
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
I’ve made no secret on this very blog that “Exile On Main Street” is not only my favourite Rolling Stones album, but one of the best rock albums of all time. Now this classic double disc has a rockumentary to go with it and it is brilliant.
In one of the best moments on the “Stones In Exile” DVD, Keith Richards talks about his working relationship with Mick Jagger. Keith paints Mick as the type of guy who is organized, who likes to have a plan. Richards, on the other hand, likes to take things a little more loosey goosey, to let things unfold with less structure. Keith’s quote about the dynamic is spot on - “Mick is Rock and I’m Roll”. I laughed out loud at that quote and was completely drawn in by many of the moments in this documentary.
Much of the movie has the Stones telling the behind the scenes tales of the making of “Exile On Main Street”, with plenty of pictures and film from the era. It really makes you feel like you are along for the ride, sitting in on the making of a rock classic.
Some of today’s crop of rock stars give their take on “Exile”, from Jack White to Will I. Am, to Caleb Followill from Kings of Leon, and you can see the admiration in the way they speak about the album.
Life in the south of France, the parties, the drugs, the drink, and the hard work of making a double album – all of it is exposed in “Stones In Exile”, warts and all.
If you’re a rock fan, you have to see this movie.
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
Mitch and I had the chance to meet a student by the name of Tom Stevens today. We had heard about his perfect attendance, but had to find out for ourselves if it was really true. I mean come on, to go from junior kindergarten all the way through high school with a perfect record, never missing a day of school, it’s just unbelievable. Well, believe it! We met with Tom and his mom Rachel and found out he enjoys school and seeing his friends each day. He also gave us the secret to his success. We asked him how he did it all those years, he said “just show up”. Simple as that.
At the age of 18 Tom has never cut class, never had a parent/teacher conference request and runs his own Maple Syrup business in Garden Village. What an outstanding student! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors Tom!
Monday, June 21st, 2010
Now that summer is officially here as of today, the summertime parties will kick into full gear, and what’s a party without good tunes? Here is a list of five can’t miss party albums:
5. Achtung Baby – U2 I still remember the first time I heard “The Fly” on the radio – it blew me away. It was a wall of sound with a riff that oozed with feedback. This album is a combination of experimental sounds and great melodies, and you can also shake your ass to it. The handful of singles will get the party stoked, and album cuts like “Ultraviolet” and “Until The End Of The World” may just have your guests looking for a copy of “Achtung Baby” at their local record store come Monday morning.
4. Fully Completely – The Tragically Hip Many a Northern Ontario bash has been christened by this Canadian classic! From top to bottom, Gord Downie and the band deliver an exceptional piece of music. The Canadiana of “Fifty Mission Cap” and “Wheat Kings” will have your guests talking and classics like “Courage” and “Locked In The Trunk Of The Car” should have everyone howling at the moon by midnight!
3. Some Girls – The Rolling Stones Something about this album makes me reach for it time and time again. If the thumping bass of “Some Girls” doesn’t get you moving, “Shattered”, “When The Whip Comes Down” and “Respectable” should have the stereo cranked to 11 before the night is through.
2. Appetite For Destruction – Guns ‘n Roses Looking to inject some high octane into the party mix? Forget the tequila,(well maybe not altogether) and fire this one up. With hardly a ballad to slow things down – even “Sweet Child O’ Mine” rocks – this disc has got the goods to make it a memorable bash time and time again.
1. Back In Black – AC/DC When you need to take the party to the next level there is one album that delivers like no other. I remember a party on a boat about four summers ago where this album was on continuous play for over three hours and nobody even batted an eye. I don’t need to remind you that every single cut on this album is solid. No, not a dog in the bunch. The only challenge is keeping the volume low enough to keep the cops from crashing the party. Good luck with that!
Got a favourite party album to share. Let’s hear about it!
Thursday, June 17th, 2010
Mitch and I talked this morning about some of the all time great television dads. Some of the names that we thought of were Frank Costanza from Seinfeld played by Jerry Stiller, Frank Barone from Everybody Loves Raymond played by Peter Boyle, Cliff Huxtable from The Cosby Show played by Bill Cosby.
Those are just a few that stood out for us, because they were funny, corky and lovable. With fathers day on Sunday it has us thinking about dads, how about you?
Let us know which Television Dad you think is the most memorable.
Happy Fathers Day!
Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
A travel website recently listed the fastest, fiercest, and most ferocious roller coasters…could come in handy if you are looking to be blown away this Summer!
5. “Furius Baco” in Spain
4. “Steel Dragon 2000” in Japan
3. “Tower of Terror” in Australia
2. “Eejanaika” in Japan
There’s good news if you’re looking for a thrill and don’t plan on heading out of the country to get it. The number one spot goes to a coaster here in Ontario. Built in 2008, this $26 million ride starts with an 85 degree descent that develops speeds of up to 80 mph in just 3.9 seconds. There are 8 drops plus double banked horizontal loops. The number one spot goes to…
1. “Behemoth” Canada’s Wonderland in Toronto
Monday, June 14th, 2010
Ozzy Osbourne’s new album “Scream” comes out on June 22nd, so the Metal Madman thought he’d get out and promote the album by making fans “scream” with fright at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. Check out the video below!
Friday, June 11th, 2010
Oh to be rich. Wouldn’t it be nice to win the lottery? Think of all the things you could do if you won a large sum of money. You could buy a fast car, take a luxury vacation, build your dream home…the possibilities are endless.
I think a lot of us try to imagine winning it big, why else would so many head to the store to grab a lottery ticket when the jackpots climb high?
On the other side of the coin, would it really be a blessing? Sure you could help out family and friends and buy anything you wanted, but those long lost friends would most likely pop out of the wood work. What about your job? Would you feel alienated if you decided to stay working? Would people you know look at you differently, or expect you to do more to help them out?
I don’t know if the pros outweigh the cons in this situation. It would be nice to win big…but maybe just enough money to keep the same life I have now. I don’t think I need the 50 million, but 1 million would sure be nice!
Good luck to you if you are hoping to win big tonight!
Thursday, June 10th, 2010
World Cup Soccer fever begins this week with the launch of the event in South Africa.
I don’t watch soccer on a regular basis, but I do tend to get into it more during the World Cup. To me there’s some added excitement when the top soccer nations of the world compete for the ultimate crown.
Vicki and I will broadcast live from Boston Pizza tomorrow from 7-9am for the World Cup Soccer Breakfast. Hope you can join us for the big event and enjoy a breakfast pizza or wrap to celebrate the launch of World Cup.
Now I know a few offices will also be doing a World Cup pool this year. At the Fox, we all draw a country out of a hat, so I will be cheering for…..wait for it…..Uruguay this year. lol
Enjoy the soccer, or should I say football!