Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Episode 6B

Rejoice! The latest episode of The Hockey54 Show is now available as a podcast. It features former NHLer Phil Housley. Listen to one, two or all three periods!

- ER

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Re. Maple Leaf Gardens

For the record, Maple Leaf Gardens did not close in 1999, as some in the Toronto media have reported.

MLG was still used by the Leafs as a practice facility for a few seasons.

The Toronto Rock also used MLG as their home arena until 2001.

There was a OneXOne concert held in the facility, as well as a Nuit Blanche installation in 2008. In addition, the first season of Battle of The Blades was filmed at MLG.

Now, you know....


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Technical Issues

The latest episode of The Hockey54 Show didn't make it to air due to technical issues in Nashville. Fortunately, the first two periods of the episode are now available as a podcast. The remaining period will be included with this week's episode (Sunday, 11pmET/10pmCT on 102.5 The Game).

- ER

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tumbling Into Light

Episode 65 of This Is Toronto is now available.

This final edition features TUMBLING INTO LIGHT, a multidisciplinary performance that examines the journey through darkness.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Boom Boom Episode

The latest episode of The Hockey54 Show is now available as a podcast! Listen to one, two or all three periods. It's the best show to listen to, especially if you're occupying somewhere ;)

- ER

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Re. This Is Toronto

After 2.5 years and 65 episodes, This Is Toronto has reached its end.

The final episode will be released this Friday (Nov.18) and will preview Tumbling Into Light, a multidisciplinary performance by Diasporic Genius Productions.

Our lives are always evolving and when change occurs, one must adapt. That is certainly the case with me.
My life was quite different when I started This Is Toronto in June, 2009. In recent months, the aspects of my real job have changed. There were also new opportunities that came my way.  Because of these changes, I have decided to end the program.

I am very happy with how This Is Toronto turned out. Its goal was to highlight the artists, events and organizations that were given little coverage by the mainstream media. It definitely accomplished that objective.
All the episodes will remain online, along with the program’s website and Facebook page.

Although This Is Toronto has finished, this is not the end of my journalism “career.” I will continue to co-host The Hockey54 Show and contribute articles to and I will eventually return to podcasting. In fact, I’ve been toying with the idea of a baseball-themed podcast for quite some time.

To all those who are close to me: Thank you for your love and support. To all the individuals who appeared on the show: Thank you for taking the time. To all those who listened to the program, whether it was for one episode or all 65: Thank you very much! I hope you enjoyed it.

Despite its many issues, Toronto is still a beautiful city. Be sure to embrace it!  

- ER

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Episode 4 aka The Bobby Orr Episode

The latest episode of The Hockey54 Show is now available as a podcast. It features former Predator (and current Washington Capital) Joel Ward and Mike Milbury getting called out by Launy Schwartz. Listen to one, two or all three "periods."

- ER

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Final Thoughts: World Series

Yeah, I know. It's a little late.

Full credit has to go to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Here was a team that was well-back in the wild card standings at the start of September. Yet their hard work mixed with a little luck (meltdown by wild card leading Atlanta) and it all paid off in the end.

It was fitting, given that it turned out to be Tony La Russa's final season as a manager and possibly Albert Puljos last season as a Cardinal.

I love a good underdog story and the Cards were classic underdogs.

Nobody thought they could make the playoffs as the regular season was entering its final month. But they did it. Nobody thought they could beat the Philadelphia Phillies, picked by many, including yours truly, to win it all this year. But they did it. People also doubted they could beat Milwaukee and Texas. But once more, they did it.

And how can you not love David Freese? Regardless of how his career turns out, Freese has cemented his legacy in St. Louis.

Finally, congratulations to the former Blue Jays on the Cards' roster:

- Chris Carpenter
- Mark Rzepczynski
- Octavio Dotel
- Corey Patterson
- Dave Mckay

- ER

Friday, November 04, 2011

The Rose Centre

Episode 64 of This Is Toronto is now available!

This latest edition features The Rose Centre for Young Adults with Disabilities, a unique organization that helps 18 to 35-year-olds living with a disability.

NEXT EPISODE: Nov. 18, 2011

- ER

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The Season Begins

Yes, there's a new edition of Zamboni Ramblings.

The latest targets:
- Battle of The Blades
- YouTube
- John Tortorella
- The Habs and Blue Jackets
- The Hockey54 Show


- ER

(Coming soon: World Series Final Thoughts)