That time when Master T gave MuchMusic its groove

Pop quiz, hotshot: Can you name the very first Canadian hip-hop music video as listed in the MuchMusic archives? Hint: It’s not Michie Mee, Maestro Fresh Wes or even the Dream Warriors. It’s Master T and the Super Hip 3’s colossal MuchMusic Groove, a part station promo, part party-anthem that …

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Goofball City: Toronto mascots past and present

Derived from the French word “mascotte” meaning bringer of good luck, mascots have amused, embarrassed and terrified us in equal measure since the 1800s. Usually affiliated with sports (dutifully illustrated by The Simpsons in the form of the Capitol City Goofball), and meant to embody the spirit of any given …

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That time when Star Trek fever gripped Scarborough

Stardate 1993 — television series Star Trek: The Next Generation is midway through its celebrated 6th season, and about to launch its first spin-off show in the form of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Airing in the GTA on “Your Federation Station” Citytv, ratings are cruising at Warp 10, grown …

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Museum of Television flips switch in Liberty Village

Toronto’s own visionary prophet of the airwaves Moses Znaimer re-opened his Museum of Television yesterday, and now welcomes all curious and card carrying fans of the medium to visit this weekend as the MZTV Museumof Television & Archive participates in the citywide Door’s open program. Not just content with pioneering …

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That time when the Jays had songs, anthems & albums

Where have the all Blue Jays songs gone? For much of their formative era, campy odes and anthemic ballads about the Toronto Blue Jays and their star players were aurally ubiquitous in the city: major airplay on the radio, music videos on TV, and even a series of pop albums …

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Wasteland of the Gods at Muzik Nightclub

Mythical Toronto sculptor Elford Bradley “E.B” Cox (1914-2003) would likely be appalled to see what has happened to one of his greatest collections of work – The Garden of the Greek Gods – donated to the City of Toronto and displayed at the CNE since 1979. Nightclub Muzik has absorbed …

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Remembering Toronto restaurants of days gone by

Used to be when it came to family dining out on a budget, Toronto was spoiled for choice. The Gods of frugal yum smiled down on us, bestowing fabled chains which offered affordable eats for family friendly visits and left behind indelible impressions in our minds and taste buds even …

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That time the Toronto Police had a talking police car

Today’s Santa Claus Parade will once again feature an auto-riffic appearance from Blinky, the semi-retired Metropolitan Toronto Police Car who for decades has taught kids about traffic safety, inspired and terrified in equal measure. While Pixar may reap the almighty dollar now, it was 1950s era educators and law enforcement …

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That time when Halloween was the Dark Night

Long before Christopher Nolan’s moody Batman sequels kind of seized the phonetic, Dark Night was the title of YTV’s annual Halloween celebration: a candy haze, pop and chip frenzy induced bumper marathon of spooky ’90s kids shows like Goosebumps, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and …

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That time when CKEY/590 was Toronto AM gold

Much like the music you hear played on them, radio formats are notoriously fickle and prone to constant change. For example, rising star Indie88 might feel as if it’s been with us forever, but is barely a few months old. Now occupying the 88.1 MHz frequency previously occupied by CKLN, …

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