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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That time when the CN Tower had a clown on stilts

The CN Tower has memorably provided stout entertainment to Toronto and its visitors for almost four decades, but sadly history has not been kind to its original kid-friendly mascot, a humble, balloon animal wielding clown on stilts who went by the name of Diego. David Garrick, former general manager of …

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That time when Toronto got the Munchies and nothing else would do

There was a time locally when only one brand of potato chips mattered – Hostess Potato Chips. Owned by powerhouse General Foods, Hostess Potato Chips monopolized the snack food industry between 1959 and the early 1990s with strong flavours, and stronger favor. If you were a kid during that era, …

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That time when CFTR became 680NEWS

Exactly 20 years ago today, as the final notes of Starship’s paen to 80s era commercial rock “We Built This City on Rock’N’Roll” faded away into the murky 440 hz fuzz of amplitude modulation, Toronto’s once mighty Top 40 radio station AM CFTR 680 was re-born as the city’s very …

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That time when Toronto Ford meant something else

A quick Google of the names “Ford” and “Toronto” spits out over 300,000,000 depressing results, covering everything as you might well guess from subways to KFC to cocaine of the smokeable variety. While this ubiquitous association has many concerned for the global rep of this once fine and politically civilized …

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