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COME AWAY WITH ME

14 JUN 2019: Norah Jones is in town for the Toronto Jazz Festival in a couple of weeks, so we though this week’s music video of her hit ‘Come Away With Me’ would be a tranquil way to end the week.


MOUNT ETNA ERUPTS AGAIN

03 JUN 2019:  Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, is spewing ash and lava once again, but officials say the activity is taking place at its summit and does not pose a risk to people. Etna began a new phase of eruptions on Thursday as new cracks in the volcano opened up, sending lava down its flank.


VENICE COLLISION REVIVES CALLS FOR CRUISE SHIP BAN

03 JUN 2019:  An out-of-control cruise ship rammed into a dock and a tourist riverboat on a busy Venice canal Sunday morning, injuring five people. The collision sparked new calls for placing restrictions on cruise ships in the famed city. The crash happened about 8:30 a.m. on the Giudecca Canal, a major thoroughfare that leads to St. Mark's Square in the northeastern Italian city.


SCATTERLINGS OF AFRICA

31 MAY 2019:Recently my daughter Meghan took part in a student volunteer trip to South Africa with the terrific VESA program. She helped build houses, taught English, looked after kids at an orphanage, and got to see some of the amazing country as well, including experiencing some of the colourful Zula culture.


LOVE THIS TOWN

24 MAY 2019: With this week’s announcement that the federal government would be investing in Canada’s tourism, and earmarking funds specifically to cities outside of the top three, (Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver) we thought it would be appropriate to share a video from Canadian rock musician and songwriter Joel Plaskett. The song is ‘Love this town,’ and this particular video was filmed in Halifax’s ‘Two if by Sea Cafe.’ VIDEO


THE PIANO MEN

10 MAY 2019: These two artists are both brilliant at what they do. I’ve been fortunate to see each performer individually but the two together are something special. Here’s Elton John and Billy Joel performing Joel’s Piano Man.


SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDERS
Someday sometime spring will show up

03 MAY 2019: Unless today is any different – it’s too early to tell right now – this has been a decidedly miserable, cold, wet, wintery week (in Toronto). We even had snow – on April 30! So, in the absence of signs of spring - though I did see a guy (coat, scarf, gloves, hat and one glove ) on a patio (of course the gloveless hand held a cigarette) - here’s John Denver with something we can all look forward to.


YOU GOTTA BELIEVE

26 APR 2019: Given that Cher was in Toronto this week with her ‘Here we go again’ tour I thought it appropriate that this Friday’s music video feature the lady herself. Here’s ‘Believe’


DANCING IN THE STREET

12 APR 2019: It’s Friday - okay it’s not summer yet - but it’s almost (fingers crossed) spring, maybe it’s even a sunny day. So, wherever you are, whatever your weekend plans – let’s hope they include some music and dancing - somewhere.


A REVOLUTION IN 90 SECONDS.

12 APR 2019: The newly transformed Celebrity Summit has completed its dramatic transformation. The ship’s “Revolutionary” revitalization is the part of The Celebrity Revolution, Celebrity Cruises’ biggest fleet-wide modernization ever, with more than $500-million in luxurious upgrades taking the brand’s fleet to the Edge.


EXPRESS YOURSELF

29 MAR 2019: A change of pace for today’s music video. Yo-Yo Ma is undeniably one of the greatest musicians alive today. Aside from his musical virtuosity, he is a creative genius who constantly finds new ways to partner with artists and individuals in differing disciplines to create inspired and inspiring works.


WALKING IN MEMPHIS
More than just about a place

22 MAR 2019: While ‘Walking in Memphis’, composed and recorded by American singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, reached number 13 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ way back in 1991, I only heard it recently (thank you Mike Baginski) and loved it. Cohn has said the song is "100 percent autobiographical”, describing it as a pretty literal transcription of a visit he made in 1986.


NOT A PLAYBOY BUNNY
Man recreates bunny suit marriage proposal

22 MAR 2019:  A New Hampshire man celebrated his wedding anniversary by showing up at the airport in a bunny costume similar to the one used when he first proposed to his wife. Londonderry resident, Mark DeAngelis says he asked his wife Jolene to marry him on Easter 1998, surprising her in a bunny suit. 


AERIAL VIEWS
Billy Bishop Airport voted one of the most scenic airport landings for fifth straight year

22 MAR 2019: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has once again made Private Fly’s top ten list for Most Scenic Airport Approaches in the world. YTZ ranked eighth among 129 airports worldwide, representing the fifth consecutive year that Toronto’s city airport has made the top ten global list.


HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY

15 MAR 2019:  Well, it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, (you might have noticed) and as we can’t all get together to down a Guinness or two, or sip glass of Irish whiskey, let’s enjoy some music.  This is a couple of years old, but it’s the biggest ever street performance of Steve Earle's "Galway Girl" and took place on June 11th, 2016 in Galway, Ireland. 


IN A THEME PARK FAR FAR AWAY
Star Wars opening date delivered by Disney

15 MAR 2019: Wookie wannabees rejoice. Disney’s much-anticipated and long-awaited Star Wars attraction is set to open ahead of schedule in Hollywood and later in the year in Orlando. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will welcome guests at Disneyland beginning May 31 and at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort on Aug. 29.

 


I AM WOMAN

08 MAR 2019: Singer songwriter Helen Reddy won a Grammy Award for her 1972 hit 'I Am Woman' which shot up the charts, made her a star and became an anthem for the women’s movement. Currently there is a film in production chronicling the story of the song and Reddys rise to stardom. British actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey stars as the Australian singer.


NOT READY TO MAKE NICE

08 MAR 2019: The Dixie Chicks are comprised of sisters, Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines. On March 10, 2003, during a London concert, nine days before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, lead vocalist Natalie Maines told the audience, "We don't want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States (George W. Bush) is from Texas", which got a positive reaction from the British audience but unleashed a barrage of problems in the US. 


ROAR

08 MAR 2019: Here Katy Perry’s anthem for women. This is from her ‘Prismatic World Tour’ and was the theme of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign where Perry performed it live at numerous campaign stops. Cathcj this video – especially her jump rope bit about half way through.


THINK SUNSHINE

01 MAR 2019: We ran this video a year ago, but given the weather – and even though Wiarton Willie didn’t see his shadow thereby predicting an early spring, (fingers crossed) this little ditty serves to remind us that we’re often in the business of linking people to the sun, which is where we’d probably like to be about now.

 


CAPTURING THE ESSENCE OF A BRAND
Palm Springs says it with a song

01 MAR 2019:   To capture their “oasis” brand essence in a way that would reach all audiences, the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau worked with the artistic team Echoer to create a sound whose music represents the voice, culture, experience, identity and positioning of the destination. This video gives us a behind the scenes look at how they went about it


CUBAN DANCERS BLAZE THROUGH CANADIAN WINTER

01 MAR 2019: It’s one way to keep warm. The Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba returned to Canada to heat up a bone-chilling winter. Made in Cuba is a love story that left audiences enthralled as performers took them through a taste of Cuban culture. The production is one of over 200 artistic events taking place in and outside of Cuba to celebrate Havana’s 500-year anniversary.


GET GOING OR START SINGING
Route 66

22 FEB 2019: Around this time of year many of us get itchy feet and I don’t know about you, but I love driving trips (provided I am driving) and today’s music video is about a trip I really would like to take. I’ve done a small stretch but the whole route is a dream. The only drawback is - I know all the words and would sing all the way. Not a pretty sound.


THINK WARM THOUGHTS
Dream on

15 FEB 2019: Today’s musical video was suggested by our editor at large who suggests “it captures the zeitgeist here in Canada at the moment”. Given that it was a chilly 14C last evening in Los Angeles you might want to dream someplace slightly warmer – but hey – it’s all relative.


THE MUSIC OF OUR LIVES
Beatles and Boomers

15 FEB 2019: For Baby Boomers, the music of our lives was the Liverpool sound. Who among the Boomer generation can forget that Sunday night over 50 years ago (February 9, 1964) when 73 million people tuned in to see Ed Sullivan introduce four guys from Liverpool?

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