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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That time when Murdoch Mysteries went to sea

Murdoch Mysteries kicks off its new season on Monday night with a salty sea-bound whodunit that not only showcases how polished this homegrown chestnut has become during its seven years on air, but also serves up a slice of legit historical Canadian rolled gold – the S.S. Keewatin, last of …

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That time when ’80s fashion haunted Toronto

Eighties nostalgia is a Gowan-esq strange animal. Bizarrely it actually started to manifest itself before the decade had even come to a close, and has been feeding on its sparkly, padded shoulder wearing, Diet Coke swilling, cocaine tooting, Magnum PI mustached dreamy Max Headroom neon self ever since. Like an …

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That time when Toronto television did the movies right

Long before time-shifting VCRs, DVDs, Pay-TV and Netflix allowed movie lovers to mainline with all the ease of turning on a tap to get water, TVOntario treated Toronto denizens to double helpings of film classics on Saturday nights, doled out generously by the most perfectly employed man in the history …

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The top 10 things to do in Toronto on the August long weekend (30 years ago edition)

August, 1983: it might have been thirty years ago, but in the grand scheme of things that’s hardly a raindrop in Lake Ontario. Here’s some rad options Toronto denizens had as the sweltering August long weekender kicked off. GO TO CANADA’S WONDERLAND Only wto summers old, and already $10.95 a …

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That time when Toronto was People City

To mark the 175th birthday of the great city of Toronto in 2009, Mayor David Miller presided over the Toronto Song Contest, inviting Canadian residents 13 years of age and older to submit a song that reflected “Toronto’s amazing spirit and unparalleled diversity,” offering up a prize of $5000 and …

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