WEDNESDAY: Ice Pilots NWT flies off into the sunset

One of my favourite reality shows ends Wednesday night: Ice Pilots NWT. The series, based in Yellowknife, has soared for six seasons on History. I had the great pleasure, on two occasions, to make the trek to the ‘Knife and hang with Buffalo Joe, Mikey and all the colourful McBryans of Buffalo Air. What drew… Read on

Video: Letterman’s Christmas gift of Love

Since 1986, Darlene Love has come on David Letterman’s late night shows every December and sung her ass off doing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” In the above video, CBS jammed all those years into one cool Yule montage. With Letterman leaving Late Show next May, Love gives her final performance of the song this… Read on

Some information on Super Channel’s Too Much Information

Shortly after winning two silver medals at the 1968 Olympics, swimmer Elaine Tanner appeared as the mystery guest on Front Page Challenge. The popular series ran for decades on CBC, from 1957 to 1995. When the young swimmer’s identity was revealed, panelist Gordon Sinclair, a well-known and occasionally irascible Toronto radio personality—kind of the Don… Read on

This week’s podcast: Rudolph, Chuck and Jean

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson gets me yakking about the 50th anniversary of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (airing Dec. 20 on YTV and Dec. 22 on CBC). I go into detail on stories I’ve posted recently about Toronto radio and TV legend Paul Soles,who voiced Hermey the Elf. Also mentioned are other Toronto-based voice artists who helped bring… Read on

O yeah! Doyle drives off into the sunset after six seasons

Wednesday night, CBC airs the final regular season episodes of Republic of Doyle. The two-hour Doyle-fest begins at 8 p.m. This was a series that was easy to embrace for me right from the beginning. For one thing, it wasn’t another formulaic, procedural, Canadian cop show mimicking a formulaic, procedural, American cop show. It screamed St.… Read on

Rudolph survives 50 years on heart and Soles

“What did Rudolph do? He saved capitalism! Kids got their presents. Can you imagine? The very idea that we won’t get our loot, our gifts, and there’ll be no Black Fridays—O my God!” That was Paul Soles, putting it all in perspective, when I spoke to him last week about Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. Fifty… Read on

Canadian comedy elite salute 22 years of 22 Minutes

Thursday in Toronto, a comedy Who’s Who packed into the Bell Lightbox to celebrate 22 years of This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Half of Newfoundland seemed to make it down to the Bell Lightbox for the salute. The Pope (Gordon Pinsent) and the ex-premier (Danny Williams) were both in the house, as was every 22… Read on