The Toronto International Film Festival wrapped up yesterday. We are very excited about the upcoming Canadian film season.
@Midnight airs on Comedy Central in the States and Much Music in Canada and pokes fun at things Internet. One of its more popular segments is Hashtag Wars, where comedians modify something already popular according to the category of the day.
To honor TIFF, @Midnight created a hashtag #MakeAMovieCanadian.
Some of the examples on the show included Poutine Wolf (Teen Wolf), Brokeback Mountie (Brokeback Mountain), Honey I Shrunk the Kids in the Hall (Honey I Shrunk the Kids), and Canadian Pie (American Pie).
Non-comedians jumped on the Internet and added their own examples. Some notable ones: Tim Horton Hears a Who @chadrogers; Snow Country for Old Men @JayGurl73; High Noon (12:30 In Newfoundland) @ruhee_; Guess Who's Coming For Kraft Dinner @offersheet; You've Got Globe and Mail @bobharrisdotcom.
@Midnight airs, well, midnight Eastern on Comedy Central in the United States and Much Music in Canada.
Mike Tyson had a memorable trip to Toronto, at least memorable to the rest of us. Besides endorsing Rob Ford for mayor (does his endorsement extend to Doug Ford?), Tyson did a live interview on CP24.
Nathan Downer, the interviewer, asked Tyson whether his rape conviction could have a negative effect on his Rob Ford endorsement.
“Some of your critics would say, you know, there’s a race for mayor, we know you’re a convicted rapist, this could hurt his campaign. How would you respond to that?”
Tyson reacts calmly at first but later responds at several points with expletives (calling Downer a "piece of shit" a relatively mild example).
Tyson was in Toronto for his one-man show at Air Canada Centre. To get access to the video (very much NSFW), click here.
If you recall, CP24 carried the Rob Ford "more than enough to eat at home" news conference. The young reporter wondered whether CP24 could air those words. Well, the Tyson interview was worse and yet those words also went out live.
Susan Bonner is the new anchor of CBC Radio's "World At Six." Bonner replaced Allison Smith, who retired from CBC Radio.
The show went with various anchors throughout the summer, including Martina Fitzgerald, the current anchor of "The World This Weekend."
Bonner is still getting comfortable in the anchor role, though she did do an interview with Finance Minister Joe Oliver in an episode last week.
If you already download podcasts, the two newscasts are a good way to get a distinct perspective on the United States and the world as well as Canadian news. The newscasts run about 30 minutes.
The Chicago Cubs hadn't been in Toronto since 2008, but the Cubs spent a 3-game series last week. Monday night's game was featured on WGN America, so more Americans had a shot to see baseball north of the border.
Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies, Cubs TV announcers, took advantage to play a lot of Canadian music in the bumpers. They also talked a lot about Canada and even the CFL; Deshaies came across as more than a casual CFL fan.
The merriment continued in the next 2 games on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago with a more limited national audience. The announcers had a lot of time to fill since the Blue Jays blew out the Cubs in all 3 games.
Canadians get the WGN local feed.
If you wondered what happened to "Seed" on the CW, we're still a bit confused. They debuted the program after repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway" but an hour after the Web series "Backpackers" (also Canadian) that was awful. Then they switched the order around for the next week, and then the shows disappeared completely.
If we thought CW didn't treat "18 to Life" well, this was much worse. "Seed" was always the stronger show, yet the CW treated it worse than a Web series.
"Seed" was charming, a cute take on a "controversial" topic. A nice quiet Canadian comedy can easily get lost in the U.S. programming shuffle.
Maybe "Seed" was too smart for the CW (not the audience, the executives). The program would have done well on U.S. cable, but we'll likely never get to find out.
People started lining up at 7 am for the In-N-Out Burger popup in Toronto. The wristbands sold out in 60 minutes.
You can almost count on In-N-Out Burger never permanently coming to Toronto, but not for lack of enthusiasm on the part of Torontoians.