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The NHL Network spotlights Alex Ovechkin and his Capitals at the Air Canada Centre on Hockey Night in Canada with the CBC feed. The U.S. channel carries the Rogers Sportsnet game after the Hometown Hockey game as the Edmonton Oilers are in Boston. That game airs opposite the beginning of the 2017 Grey Cup. Besides the Maple Leafs hosting Washington, CBC finishes Saturday night with the Calgary Flames visiting their Rocky Mountain cousins in Denver in the nightcap. City TV gets its own game with the New York Islanders visiting the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night. Rogers Sportsnet has the Montréal Canadiens hosting Buffalo on Saturday early and the Jets versus the Sharks in the late game. Hometown Hockey gets an early start thanks to the Grey Cup from Oakville, ON as the Vancouver Canucks travel to Madison Square Garden. Wednesday Night Hockey has the Senators in Montréal. Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Canadian Crossing
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The 2017 CFL division semifinals went to the road team. In the division finals in Toronto and Calgary, the home teams prevailed, setting up a rematch of the 100th Grey Cup for the 105th Grey Cup Sunday at TD Place in Ottawa. Ricky Ray, who won the 2012 Grey Cup, and Bo Levi Mitchell, winner of the 2014 Grey Cup, set the pace for their teams. Calgary wants revenge over losing last year's Grey Cup in overtime. Toronto has risen back from being the worst team in the CFL in 2016 in great part due to new leadership from coach Marc Trestman and general manager Jim Popp. Ricky Ray is 38 years old. The likelihood of Ray pulling off a Henry Burris and retiring on top will be a focus in Ottawa. If the Argos win, this will be the 4th Grey Cup championship for the Toronto quarterback. Since the teams played their 2 games in August, the Stampeders won 41-24 in Toronto on August 3 and 23-7 in Calgary on August 26. The Stampeders went 6-1-1 against the East, tying at Ottawa 31-31 in Week 1 and losing in Montréal 30-23 in Week 4. The Argonauts went 3-7 against the West though 1-0 against the West in the playoffs. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Canadian Crossing
Toronto FC might feel like the team has an arm or two tied behind their back in the opening leg of the 2017 MLS East final in Columbus. Jozy Altidore received a red card for an infraction off the field that, according to the Toronto FC people, was based on an incident where New York Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan wasn't supposed to be. Toronto FC appealed the decision and lost. "The burden of proof for us was to unequivocally prove that what we think and what we understand to have happened did happen," said Toronto coach Greg Vanney. "We weren't able to do that conclusively with the video because there's still little gaps in the video." I'm definitely not the biggest fan of this sport but from a casual fan standpoint, the whole incident is bizarre. An official follows the players up the tunnel in case something happens. Kliestan had knocked down Altidore on the field. Kliestan may or may not have been in the wrong place. The Red Bulls behaviour was absolutely shameful to any organised sport, and there doesn't seem to be any pushback to their actions. The hope is that Toronto FC can recover from these actions, but the impression is that if the Red Bulls had come to play soccer that afternoon in Toronto, both Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco would be playing in Columbus tonight. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Canadian Crossing
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We like when Canada is the dominant country in a film, but we should also appreciate those moments when Canada is the icing on a cupcake and not the cupcake on a non-Canadian film. Let's look at a pair of recent films currently in the film festival circuit that have a spotlight on Canada. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Canadian Crossing
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Don't freak out but NBCSN is showing a whole Edmonton Oilers game. This isn't April. Okay, it's not a home game but baby steps. Connor McDavid will be on NBCSN for a whole game while cold weather exists. The Oilers are in St. Louis Tuesday night. CBC carries the Maple Leafs-Canadiens grudge match from the Bell Centre early and St. Louis visiting Vancouver late. City will simulcast Toronto at Montréal. Those in Chicago and Pittsburgh can view this game as the backup for the NHL Network Saturday game. Rogers Sportsnet has Hometown Hockey from St. Thomas, ON as the Ottawa Senators will be in the Big Apple but not in Brooklyn. Rogers Sportsnet One will carry a couple of Canadian teams in Philadelphia with Calgary on a Saturday matinee and Vancouver on Tuesday. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Canadian Crossing
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"If I can just get through the holidays." "Why do the holidays last so long?" "I just can't say no to grandma's pecan pie." Americans eat like no other country. That's sounds like praise; it is not. The holidays last longer in the United States with the effective combination of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas/other holiday. The other American sport is waiting to get through the holidays and then start exercising or dieting or some combination because of the weight gain. But why wait until January 2? You can start now to be more attentive to yourself. This isn't to say that temptations don't abound and family pressure is not a worthy opponent. But starting now shows you can defeat the worst of the battle in the beginning and not the end. The adult average holiday weight gain is 1-2 lbs. Perhaps you are on the upper side and normally gain 4-5 lbs. If you have a goal to lose 20 lbs. right now, being smarter now means you will be further along to your goal and winter won't be as disheartening in 2018. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Balance of Food
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For the second year in a row, a West team will play in the East final. The Saskatchewan Roughriders will play in the East final at BMO Field in Toronto against the Argonauts. The Saskatchewan Roughriders swept the Toronto Argonauts this season. The Roughriders posted a home win 38-27 on July 29. Saskatchewan edged out the Argonauts 27-24 at BMO Field on October 7. Toronto is 2-0 against Saskatchewan in the postseason. The Argonauts won the 1997 Grey Cup 47-23 in Edmonton. Toronto downed the Roughriders 24-14 in the 2002 East semifinal at Rogers Centre. Calgary won 2-1 over Edmonton but the Esks won the final game at home 29-20 on October 28. The Stampeders won on Labour Day at home 39-18 and 29-20 in Edmonton 5 days later. The last time the Battle of Alberta happened in the playoffs was the 2015 West final where Edmonton won 45-31 at home. The last time Calgary hosted the Battle of Alberta in the playoffs was the 2014 West final, the Stampeders won 43-18. This will be the 3rd time in 4 years that the West final involves the Alberta teams. Both final games will run on ESPNews with the TSN feed. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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Never Steady, Never Still gives us a peek into the life of a woman suffering from Parkinson's. Scottish actress Shirley Henderson gives a marvelous performance as Judy. The film from Kathleen Hepburn is a very personal tale based on her mother's struggle with Parkinson's. The other plot involves Judy's son Jamie (Théodore Pellerin), who is trying to date women to avoid the stigma of being gay. Jamie's focus shifts to Kyra (Mary Galloway), a young woman who helps bring groceries to Judy. Pellerin and Galloway are half of the TIFF Rising Stars for 2017. 2016 TIFF Rising Star Jared Abrahamson serves as a bully for Jamie while they work in the oil fields and also an object of desire for Jamie. You might recognize Henderson from Wonderland, a British film also starring Canadian actress Molly Parker. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
Chasing down Canadian TV and film outside Canada can be an exhausting challenge. Thanks to Encore Plus Media, the chase for some Canadian content will get a lot easier. A new YouTube channel is now live with a considerable library of older Canadian TV and film titles. The TV list is rather long, including well-known titles such as: Da Vinci’s Inquest Degrassi High Due South Mr. Dressup Little Mosque on the Prairie Film titles of note include: I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing New Waterford Girl Stardom Waydowntown Last Night Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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The 2017 Canadian film class at the 2017 Windsor International Film Festival was a little light in numbers and impact on the screen. Outside of Meditation Park, none were outstanding though there were some good Canadian films. There are some crossover potential films such as Meditation Park, Don't Talk to Irene, Eye on Juliet, and on a zombie level, The Ravenous. We are trying something a bit different with the reviews this season. Since we got quite a lot of feedback telling us our reviews were too short, we decided to expand the length of reviews. But few people on the Internet want to read 4,000 words in a setting. Below this story and the other 2 stories are links to the other stories. So you can read all the feature reviews or the documentary reviews or get access to both. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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Meditation Park reunites Mina Shum, a Chinese-Canadian family, and Sandra Oh into another feature film. The focus of this film is Cheng Pei Pei, whom you might know from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. She plays a woman who discovers that her husband has been cheating on her. Rather than directly confronting him, she uses her energy to increase her options within the world. The film brings a sense of place in Vancouver's Chinatown as well as a subplot of using their lawns to illegally allow parking for hockey games and concerts. Rogers Arena is very close by to Chinatown. Sandra Oh, who starred in Shum's Double Happiness in 1994, plays her daughter. Don McKellar is a neighbour who competes for the parking money. Liane Balaban plays a small but key role in the film. Shum has a way of making you understand a world that you may not know and treating this like a family drama. The orange peels on the porch may not make sense but you know they have a purpose. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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In the Name of All Canadians features 6 documentaries about the struggles of Canadians on human rights. Watching the film felt like re-experiencing the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg. L'Inspecteur showed us the world of Francophones in Manitoba where teaching French was not allowed in the province and school inspectors would come to trip up the students on their English. Using illustration helped the audience to understand the story, especially with the audio from teachers and students who suffered through these times in the 1930s and 1940s. The Thompson Act banned the teaching of French in Manitoba for 50 years until the late 1960s. This topic could have used more time for a fascinating story. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
Välkommen till NHL i Sverige!! Welcome to the NHL in Sweden. The NHL Network will carry both games of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series from the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. Both games feature the Ottawa Senators with Erik Karlsson and Daniel Alfredsson serving as unofficial hosts. TSN5 is carrying Friday's game while Rogers Sportsnet picks up the Saturday telecast. Hoping for a simulcast from those outlets since we can't imagine the NHL Network will produce a telecast. Some of that focus will rest on Matt Duchene, who will play for Ottawa against his only NHL team until the trade this past weekend. The U.S. outlet isn't done with Canadian teams for the weekend. The NHL Network will also carry the CBC feed with the Maple Leafs in Boston. City TV will simulcast this game. Hometown Hockey from RMC - Kingston, ON with the Edmonton Oilers in the U.S. capital via Rogers Sportsnet will also run south of the border. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
The Roughriders are coming to Ottawa. The ESPN family will carry every CFL postseason game from the TSN feed. ESPN2 will carry the East semifinal in the nation's capital and the West semifinal as Winnipeg makes its playoff debut in its relatively new stadium. The schedule even allows for a look back at the 1997 CFL season in between games, depending on whether the East semifinal goes to OT. The Saskatchewan-Ottawa matchup is as even as you can get. The RedBlacks lost by a point (18-17) at home on September 29 while the Roughriders also lost by a point (33-32) at home on October 13. Winnipeg swept Edmonton, the reason why the Blue Bombers are the home team in the playoff game. The Blue Bombers handed the Esks their first loss after starting 7-0 with a 33-26 win at Investors Group Field 33-26 on August 17. Winnipeg added to the Edmonton losing streak with a 28-19 win in Edmonton on September 30. The winners advance next week to Toronto and Calgary. As for Montréal, BC, and Hamilton, they'll be off until June 2018. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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Fewer stories. More in-depth coverage. Analysis from the new anchors, sometimes interviewing each other. The new music imagines journalism through a Philip Glass. The National was a very different news program in its debut Monday night and not just because there were 4 new anchors: Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Andrew Chang, and Ian Hanomansing. The idea that a local killing of a police officer in Abbotsford, BC, however tragic, would be the lead story on a national newscast was a bit of a stunner. The Abbotsford story led into more dramatic coverage of the Texas shooting with Paul Hunter and Keith Boag being very cynical about Americans changing over guns. Chang and Hanomansing had an exchange on this story. Chang noted that you have to go back 30 years for a similar policeman fatal shooting. Presumably, Chang meant Abbotsford. From 1961-2015, 10 officers in British Columbia were killed by the direct actions of other people, according to Statistics Canada. Both Chang and Hanomansing point out they know Abbotsford. Chang identified that Abbotsford is an hour east of Vancouver, where Chang is based and where Hanomansing was before being shifted to Toronto for the new The National. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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Is he a Black Cop or a cop who is black? This is the core question for Black Cop, written and directed by Cory Bowles, who you might recognize from Trailer Park Boys. We see the black cop dealing with black protesters. We see the black cop wearing a hoodie out for a jog being questioned by white cops. Bowles uses multiple video and audio devices to convey the voices that the cop factors into answering that question. We get video from the POV of the cop's body camera. He listens to talk radio that presents the voices, symbolizing the chatter on social media, according to Bowles. He uses footage from real protests. The soft shoe scenes are symbolic and poignant. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
Toronto FC got caught up in an attempt by the New York Red Bulls to drag the game down. Unfortunately for the Reds, the team will be without Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco in the first leg against the Columbus Crew in the MLS 2017 East final. The Reds advanced to the next round with the advantage in away goals thanks to a 2-1 win in New Jersey on Monday. In the first game, Victor Vazquez got a quick goal for Toronto FC at 8'. Sebastian Giovinco added to his free kick prowess at 72' to snap a 1-1 tie at 72'. Giovinco set a league record with 6 free-kick goals in the regular season. Toronto FC went 2-1 against Columbus, all before May 26. Columbus won at home 2-1 on April 15. Toronto won 2-1 in Columbus on May 10 and 5-0 at BMO Field on May 26. The first leg will be in the Ohio capital on November 21 at 8 pm on ESPN, TSN, and TVAS. The second leg is in Toronto on November 29 at 7:20 pm on FS1, TSN, and TVAS. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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This is the film festival season for a lot of people. You can see several films in a row. You want to see more, but your stomach is growling. Eating during films is obviously encouraged in North America. In Europe, not so much. Theatres don't allow outside food, and we are not asking you to go out of your way to break the rules. If you decide to break the rules, here are some tips on the best ways to eat through a film festival. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Balance of Food
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The NHL Network has a pair of Canadian games but not Hockey Night in Canada this week. The U.S. channel will hopefully have a simulcast of the Rogers Sportsnet feed Friday night with the Edmonton Oilers hosting New Jersey. An Alberta team on a live game on the NHL Network is a rare treat indeed. The NHL Network will also have the Hometown Hockey game Sunday night from the Rogers Sportsnet feed with the Montréal Canadiens in the Windy City. CBC has the Toronto Maple Leafs on the road in St. Louis in the early game. City TV will simulcast the early game. Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins finish their Western Canada road trip in Vancouver in the late game. Post 2017 World Series, Rogers Sportsnet is back with a flourish. The regional channels have the Edmonton Oilers at home Friday against New Jersey. The regional channels will have the all-Canadian game with the Montréal Canadiens only trip to Winnipeg. Hometown Hockey Sunday night from Orillia, ON has the Habs in Chicago. Wednesday Night Hockey has the Maple Leafs hosting Minnesota. Rogers Sportsnet 360 helps out with a late game on Sunday as Calgary hosts New Jersey. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Saskatchewan made CFL playoff positioning intriguing going into the final week of the season. Winnipeg and Edmonton are now tied with Saskatchewan a game behind. Calgary, losers of 2 games in a row, had its streak of 103 games without back-to-back defeats come to an end, hosts Winnipeg. Edmonton travels to Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan can't finish 2nd; Winnipeg can't finish 4th. Winnipeg gets the tiebreaker over Edmonton and Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan has the tiebreaker over Edmonton, but that only comes into play if the teams tie on Saturday. The 2 green teams do have the advantage of knowing how Winnipeg did Friday night before playing their game. Given how Winnipeg has played lately, the whole notion of which way to go -- West or East -- in the playoffs can go either way. These teams should play to win and see what happens. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
As an anglophone, what you learn about Quebec is sometimes thwarted by language. There are other times that even if you were fluent in French, je ne comprends pas what happens in Quebec. Most of the time these quirks are harmless such as co-habitation as opposed to marriage and protesting tuition increases even if your tuition is already low. Bill 62 in Quebec is a different matter. The basic premise behind Bill 62 is religious neutrality so people can't be identified by a particular religion. Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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Strong female characters are not what you expect from a horror film. Usually, they are almost naked in the forest, tripping over a meddlesome branch. Or the virgin who watches her friends die but she gets to last for the entire film as her reward for not having pre-martial sex. Fans of Orphan Black might not be surprised to learn that show-co-creator John Fawcett created Ginger Snaps. Ginger and Brigitte are teenage sisters who are dark and have a fascination with death. They stand out quite a lot in the suburb of Bailey Downs (yes, Bailey Downs is also the home of Alison Hendrix from Orphan Black). Neither sister has had their period yet. There are a lot of dog killings in the neighbourhood. Ginger finally gets her period, and as as result, is attacked by the creature. Soon, Ginger changes quite a bit. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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"I want to know what's your strategy to ensure that our theatrical screenings are part of the continuum of our film [industry] and not seen as a sunset technology," asked one member of the audience. "Particularly outside of the big six cities, I’m seeing it's virtually impossible for Canadian film to get onto Canadian theatrical screens." This very good question came out of a discussion with Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly at an event during the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival. Tyler Hagan, producer of Never Steady, Never Still, said in a Q&A for that film that there are 10 major Canadian cities that would play an art film. The Big 3 would be Toronto, Montréal, and Vancouver. Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Ottawa, Quebec City, and Halifax would be serious contenders for the other major cities. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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The Vancouver Whitecaps were the first Canadian MLS team to make the playoffs (2012) and the first to get a bye in the playoffs (2015). Until Wednesday night, the Whitecaps were the only Canadian MLS team never to win a MLS playoff game. Fredy Montero scored a header off a corner kick to give the Whitecaps a 1-0 halftime lead. Vancouver kept adding insurance, scoring 4 goals between 57' and 80'. Nicolas Mezquida had the final 2 goals within a 2-minute span at 78' and 80' to seal the 5-0 decision, having come into the game at 68'. Cristian Techera and Kendall Waston had the initial goals of the second half for the Whitecaps. Techera (corner kick) and Waston (header) helped out on the Montero goal. San Jose actually dominated the first half in the Whitecaps 5-0 win but didn't have goals to show for their effort. The Vancouver Whitecaps have little time to celebrate with the West semifinal starting tomorrow night with their Cascadia Cup rival Seattle Sounders. BC Place will be the home of the first leg at 8:30 pm Eastern on Sunday. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Canadian Crossing
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The NHL Network has a weekend full of Canadian teams. The channel will pick up the City TV feed for the Original 6 game with the New York Rangers in Montréal early on Saturday. The U.S. based network will also carry the Rogers Sportsnet feed for Hometown Hockey coverage from Truro, NS on Sunday. The game features Nova Scotia native Sidney Crosby in Winnipeg. This is a rare chance for the U.S. audience to get to see the Jets. CBC has the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting Philadelphia in the early Saturday game. Alex Ovechkin and his Capitals travel to Edmonton in the nightcap. Rogers Sportsnet One takes over Wednesday Night Hockey as Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh are in Edmonton for a 6:30 pm local time start. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Canadian Crossing