Memorable videos of 2012

2012 has been another great year of viral videos.  I’ve put together a blog of some of my favourites of this year (and maybe one or two from a few years ago).  Grab a drink and sit back and enjoy.  Please share your favourites with us!



And a favourite from 2010, but I only just saw it for the first time in 2012.

Please share some of your favourites with us!

Happy New Year and all the best in 2013!

Videos of 2011 that I will remember!

At this time of year it’s all about looking back on memories and events of 2011.  It’s been quite a year for natural disasters and not so natural ones.

But, let’s have some fun as we look back on 2011.  These are the videos that went viral, or not, that I remember or enjoyed for one reason or another.  Without any comments from me, here they ALL are (there are a lot), so pick and choose.  But, take time, enjoy or reflect on what 2011 was in the world of online video.  Let me just say one last thing, there is a lot that you can learn and appreciate from these videos, especially the “Thumbs Up, Rock n’Roll Kid”.  Happy New Year and all the best in 2012!

Lightning TO from Jon Simonassi on Vimeo.

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.

Toronto Tempo from Ryan Emond on Vimeo.

What videos stick out for you?  Please share.

Goodbye 2011.  Thanks for the memories.  Hello 2012!  What do you have in store?

All the best in 2012 to all!


Donny and Marie in Toronto – Great Entertainers!

Just home from a great show put on by Donny and Marie (Osmond) in Toronto.  Now those are entertainers.  They sing their own songs, they can dance and they can make us laugh (and maybe cry a bit).

I know that some don’t feel the way I do about them or may not even know who I’m talking about.  But Donny and Marie were my every Friday night growing up.  They were part of the last really great variety shows like Sonny and Cher and Carol Burnett.

I’ve seen their show in Vegas and it was fantastic.  Much more intimate.  Tonight there was a lot of the same bits and songs but quite a few new ones. Both shows were great in their own ways.  I truly enjoyed the new songs just as much as I did the old favourites. Amazingly, Donny said that they have been in showbiz for 48 years.  He’s working on his 60th album.

Their voices are so strong, the show is great for all ages. As Donny said on Breakfast Television, for those from 9 to 90. And I did have my 9 year old niece with me tonight and I think that she enjoyed it.

If you are a fan like me (or just enjoy a great show) and have the time, check them out at the Four Season Centre for Performing Arts before July 17th. Which I must say, that place is gorgeous and the sound is incredible.

And in the style of the Donny and Marie show, let me just say Good Night Everyone!

Toronto Public Library System is the best!

Sorry that it’s been so long since I’ve posted a blog, but here’s one that I’ve been thinking about for weeks if not months.  First off, I apologize to those that don’t live in Toronto or don’t have access to a great library system like I do.  Hopefully you do where ever you live or will now go and check out if you do.  It never hurts to go and check out your local library.

A few years ago I was reintroduced to the Toronto Public Library (TPL) system.  When I was a kid, I spent so much time at the library.  My parents didn’t spend lots of money on new books for us, as we had this great resource that provided us with new (to us) books each week.  I still remember how great it was to get my library card and take out all kinds of books each week to devour.

It was when a few friends (you know who you are) suggested I check out the library again now as an adult and someone on a very strict budget.  I got myself a library card and it changed my life.  Now, I’m not the library user I was when I was a kid.  Then I could spend hours searching and searching the shelves for books to read or cassettes (yes, I said it), or even records, to listen to.  Many people enjoy doing that in the library, but now I’m more of the person to search for what I want online.  And that’s what’s great about the TPL online system.  I can search for the DVDs, CDs or books all online and then request a hold on them and just wait for them to come in and all I need is a library card to do that.  It doesn’t cost me a penny.

All the books from the best sellers list, all current or classic DVDs and music galore.  Maybe you want a new exercise DVD or want to learn a language or how to cook.  You can find absolutely everything you could imagine or want at the TPL.

I often have visits that I like to refer to as “hitting the library jackpot”.  What I mean by that is when you by chance hit the library and there are all kinds of DVDs (or books) that you’ve been wanting.  Since the library has all the current blockbuster movies, sometimes you can get lucky and get a bunch in one shot or just a favourite here and there.  This is something that truly puts a smile on my face.  I know for my other library users friends, it can be to find that great recording of classical music or a live concert.  And for others it’s that new and amazing recipe or travel book.  It can be anything.  And I forgot to mention all the incredible programs that the library offers.

It’s endless what the TPL has to offer.  And it’s all right there for free for our use and enjoyment.  Thank you Toronto Public Library.  Now everyone, go out and get yourself a card and start enjoying it today.


The Big Bang Theory + The Barenaked Ladies = Great Day!

What a great afternoon.  My favourite show and my favourite band.  The boys from The Big Bang Theory (BBT) and the boys from The Barenaked Ladies (BNL) were in town yesterday taping an episode of eTalk Live at CTV down at 299 Queen Street West, in the parking lot.  It was a laugh.

Didn’t think that I would get in when I saw the length of the line.  There are quite a few fans of The Big Bang Theory in Toronto that are willing to skip school and work just to catch a glimpse.  I guess that’s why it’s the number one show in Canada right now.  3.3 million viewers.  Awesome.  Such a well written and cast show.  But,  for me it was the combo of BBT and BNL.

Our Toronto guests from BBT were Emmy award winner Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper), Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali).  Missing were Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadler) and Kaley Cucco (Penny), who recently broke her leg shooting an episode.  Didn’t think that it was such a full contact show.

The three boys from BBT were fantastic.  Keeping us all laughing and while having a great time themselves (they were taking pics of the crowd during the breaks).  I think that they were surprised about how popular they are in Canada.  Not sure that any of them had spent much time up in Canada before (lack of hockey knowledge).  They were presented, when they arrived in Toronto, with Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys.  I think that they got to go to the NHL season opener last night for the Leafs.  At eTalk they also received Team Canada hockey jerseys.  All set for…not sure what.  But they have 2 more jerseys than I do.

You may be wondering why The Barenaked Ladies were also at the taping?  They sing the theme song for The Big Bang Theory.  It’s a very catchy theme song in an era where not many shows have good theme songs or even anything other than a sound or a graphic.  As fans of the show, we were asking to sing it a few times at the taping.  There were even a few that had translated it into French and could sing that.  Impressive.  Check out BNL having some fun then singing the complete theme song.  For BNL fans, it wouldn’t be the same if they didn’t have a little fun before getting down to business.

The bonus to the afternoon, as a huge Barenaked Ladies fan, was that they stayed on after the taping of the show and played 4 more songs for us.  A few classics like “One Week” and “Pinch Me”, along with a few songs from their new album.

To top off the afternoon the lovely people at CTV provided all of us with free hot dogs, water, chips and candy floss.  Really, how much better does an afternoon get than that.

In closing, all I have to say is “BAZINGA”.  If you don’t know what that means then you better watch The Big Bang Theory. (Thursdays at 8pm on CTV and CBS).

Wait, one more thing.  If you wonder where you’ve seen Jim Parsons (Sheldon) before, check out this great commercial from a few years ago.

Thanks Michael Bublé!

Spent great evening with Michael Bublé Last night. Sadly there were about 12,000 other people there with us. But that’s okay, I know that he was singing directly to me up in the nose bleed seats at the Air Canada Centre.  All that aside, for anyone who hasn’t seen Michael Bublé in concert you are really missing a great combination of an awesome singer, an incredible band and hilarious banter.

It’s always great to see a Canadian artist performing in their home country and their adoptive city, where they lived during the leaner times.   Michael has lots of great memories of his time in Toronto and shared those with us.  Being Canadian Michael can have some fun with the fans that he just can’t have outside of this great hockey loving nation.

Sadly this is not my video, but thanks to someone who had awesome seats and posted it on YouTube. It was right after this that Michael claimed he was going to sing one of his first hits. Amazingly the first few notes lead to him breaking out into “The Hockey Song”, which turned into a big sing along.

Oh! The good old hockey game,
Is the best game you can name;
And the best game you can name,
Is the good old Hockey game!

This definitely wouldn’t happen outside of Canada. What a predictable place we live in. Sing a hockey song in the home of the Leafs and we go nuts. Hilarious!

Along with all of Bublé’s great songs from new and old albums, he really does a great job befriending his audience with personal stories about things he loves.  With him being of the same generation as me, born just a few years after me, our memories of movies and songs we love are quite similar and I can totally relate.  He talked about how everyone expects that he grew up loving singers like Sinatra and Martin, but according to Michael, it was that great moment in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off where Ferris was singing in the parade.  First singing Danke Schoen, then getting the crowd going with Twist and Shout.  It was this entertaining of the crowd that did it for Michael Bublé.  Heck, we all wanted to be Ferris.

Michael, like the rest of us, loved Michael Jackson growing up in the 80s.  He learned the moves.  And could sing the songs.  Check what he did for us last night.

All in all it was a completely entertaining concert.  Music, stories and lots of laughs.  Not what you always expect from a concert.  Michael Bublé is the complete package and knows how to put on a show.

Finally, I really need to thank Michael for writing a song that addresses us single people.  Not a song about broken love, the wrong guy or being alone and unhappy forever.  It gives us hope about what’s just around the corner for us all and it’s been my theme song since it was released last year.   Thanks for singing it to me (and my 12,000 friends) last night.

Thanks Michael Bublé!