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ROUTE 66
08 NOV 2019: The news regarding the misguided attempt to rename the historic Route 66, gave us the inspiration for this Friday’s music video. Here’s Bobby Troup, who wrote the song, performing it way back when. Route 66 has been sung by any number of artists from Nat King Cole to the Rolling Stones – and if you’re at Toronto’s Jazz Bistro (or any other venue) some night when Colin Hunter is performing, you’re in for a treat – it’s one of his standards.   MORE

IT WAS A GRAVEYARD SMASH
31 OCT 2019: There’s another video to come tomorrow in our ghoulish tribute series this week (can you guess?), but it only seemed fitting to give you the best today, All Hallows’ Eve. No song is more synonymous with Halloween than “Monster Mash,” a novelty hit that reached No. 1 on Billboard in October, 1962 for Bobby “Boris” Pickett, who took the nickname after the actor Boris Karloff, whom he imitated in the song.   MORE

I AINT AFRAID O NO GHOST
30 OCT 2019: Our Halloween song countdown continues – following the “Time Warp” on Monday and “Werewolves of London” yesterday. And, of course, you already know by the headline that No. 3 is “Ghostbusters” – the theme song to the 1984 film of the same name, which also spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1984 and was nominated for an Academy award (but lost). Yet, so memorable was the song – written and sung by Ray Parker, Jr. – that its chorus line, “Who ya gonna call?” became part of the everyday vernacular. MORE

HAVE A NICE DAY
11 OCT 2019: It’s Friday folks. Hopefully it’s sunny wherever you are and not too cool and you are planning a fun and relaxing long weekend. For Canadians it’s Thanksgiving weekend – so Happy Thanksgiving, enjoy the turkey and pumpkin pie and now liven things up with Bon Jovi for our Friday music video. Have a Nice Day! MORE

BAD TASTE
11 OCT 2019: The early bird catches the worm. In this video, chef Gordon Ramsay hangs off a cliff to grab a cactus full of worms, in order to taste a Peruvian delicacy. And how does that go? If you have a taste for the exotic (and even if you don’t) watch this. MORE

MEXICO
James Taylor with Crosby, Stills and Nash
20 SEP 2019: "Mexico" written by James Taylor that first appeared as the opening track of his 1975 album Gorilla. The lyrics of "Mexico" describe a dream of enjoying a night in a Mexican border town and seem to describe the singer's first-hand experiences in Mexico. But there’s a twist – MORE

THE KING AND I
Finally coming to grips with Graceland
13 SEP 2019: For reasons I cannot explain, some part of me wants to see Graceland – Paul Simon. I like Elvis Presley as much as the next guy/gal – well, not our friend Darlene, who’s simply cuckoo about the King – but I must admit to having grown up in a world in which the rock and roll trailblazer and 1950s sex symbol had sadly devolved into a peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich-scarfing Vegas sideshow act whose cultural relevance had become comedic rather than quintessential. Elvis always seemed to be leaving the building, thanking people very much in trademark baritone or inspiring a legion of impersonators from grooms to sky divers. Looking back, I’m not surprised that unlike John Lennon, I don’t know where I was when Elvis died (Aug. 16, 1977). MORE

SOME THINGS ARE NOT FOR SALE
23 AUG 2019: With all the talk of buying and selling this week, we thought it might be appropriate to remind ourselves with this week’s music video, that some things cannot be acquired by political maneuvering, or bought for cold hard cash. MORE

RHIANNON
16 AUG 2019: Earlier this year the Rock and Hall of Fame in Cleveland inducted its class of 2019. For all the worthy recipients, the most notable was certainly Stevie Nicks, who became the first woman to enter the hall twice – this time as a solo act (she was first inducted with her band, Fleetwood Mac, in 1998). So, put your hands together for Ms. Nicks, who channels her inner Welsh witch here in “Rhiannon” from the classic 1997 Mac live performance/album The Dance. MORE

DOWN BY THE HENRY MOORE
09 AUG 2019: Probably the most quintessential song about Toronto, Murray McLauchlan’s ‘Down by the Henry Moore’ was released in 1974 and holds up just as well today. McLauchlan said he wrote it as a sort of travelogue to make people feel good about Toronto. MORE

CRACK UP
Massive iceberg in Antarctic poised to break off
09 AUG 2019: Cracks growing across Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf are poised to release a massive iceberg. Stunning drone footage captures Chasm 1, a huge crack on the Brunt Ice Shelf. When it inevitably intersects with the nearby Halloween Crack, an iceberg the size of Houston, Texas will break off into the ocean. MORE

UP TO BAT
Stowaway gets in the Spirit
06 AUG 2019: About 30 minutes into a Spirit Airways flight a bat made an appearance in the cabin, flying over the heads of shocked passengers. There were horrified shrieks of 'Oh my God', but also much laughter and cries of ‘Bat Plane’ and ‘it’s the Batmobile’ as the bat flew up and down the cabin. MORE

WE ARE THE WORLD
02 AUG 2019: 1985’s "We Are the World", was a superstar charity recording for famine relief efforts in Ethiopia. The album sold over 3 million copies. According to Billboard on April 27, 1985, it reached Number 1 in 2 weeks, something only formerly accomplished by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. MORE

WHAT NOW
26 JULY 2019: Isn’t that the question? Overwhelming heat waves, melting glaciers, out of control fires, floods, political elections, resignations, unease, anger, fear. With everything that is happening in the world today whether political or environmental or technological or just nonsensical - one can sometimes only look around and wonder ‘What Now?’ MORE

COULD YOU BE LOVED
A Frank Orlando favourite
11 JUL 2019: We thought it appropriate to conclude the week with a music video that was a Frank Orlando favourite. This Bob Marley song was recorded in honour of his 70th Birthday. Typical of Frank, it’s original, upbeat, has something to say, and makes you want to join right in and sing along. MORE

LAND OF DREAMS
05 JUL 2019: In 2012, for the launch of Discover America and for the very first global marketing campaign to promote US tourism, Grammy award winner and songwriter Rosanne Cash wrote and performed the song “Land of Dreams.” The video was released on the United States' tourism website Discover America. We thought it appropriate to remember it now. MORE

LOOKING BACK
What happened to the Trump Shuttle
05 JUL 2019: For a short time in the late 1980's and early 1990's, Donald Trump owned an airline. In 1989, Trump raised US $365 million to purchase the Eastern Shuttle which provided business travellers with quick flights between New York, Boston, and Washington. What happened? Well, it was a good news, bad news situation. MORE

AINT TOO PROUD TO BEG
21 JUN 2019: The Rolling Stones begin shedding some moss again tonight in Chicago with a series of rescheduled North American tour dates following Mick Jagger’s recent heart surgery. And as the band will roll into an open-air venue near Barrie, Ont. for its only Canadian date on June 29, we thought we’d offer up a little teaser with a vintage video of a cover of The Temptations’ classic “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” which the Stones released in 1974. MORE

WE THE NORTH
Toronto celebrates
21 JUN 2019: We couldn’t let this week pass without congratulating the Raptors for their fantastic achievement and applauding both the win and the aftermath as Toronto celebrated in a massive outpouring of joy and appreciation at Monday’s events. Here’s a short review of the parade and ceremonies – and those of us in the business – will have noticed a very familiar face on the stage. MORE

LET YOURSELF IN
Tourism Toronto launches new destination campaign
20 JUN 2019: Fresh on the heels of the Raptors capturing the NBA title and Toronto's sense of welcome and diversity, Tourism Toronto is launching a new destination marketing campaign, “Let Yourself In”. The campaign also arrives as Toronto celebrates another record year in visitation having welcomed 44 million travellers into the city in 2018. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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 MORE
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