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NBCSN features the Toronto Maple Leafs again this week with a Tuesday night game in St. Louis.The NHL Network remembers to carry a Canadian team with the Montréal Canadiens in western Florida on Hockey Night in Canada. This is the network's second and final telecast of the month for Canadian teams.CBC goes to the desert as the Toronto Maple Leafs travel to Auston Matthews' birth state. The network will have the Vancouver Canucks in San Jose in the nightcap.Citytv has the Habs in a sunny climate as we mentioned earlier. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Canadian Crossing
We have taken the idea of Valentine's Day over the years to celebrate Canadian women in various tributes, some more enlightened than others.I want to take 2019 to focus on one particular Canadian woman whose story of perseverance and determination has finally won her rewards that she deserved many years ago.Sandra Oh has done exceptionally well with her current TV show Killing Eve on BBC America and Bravo in Canada. Oh got an Emmy nomination but did win top honours from the Critics' Choice Television Awards, Golden Globes, and the Screen Actors Guild.Fans of this blog know that Oh distinguished herself early in her career with her performances in Double Happiness and Last Night. Oh won a Genie for her role in Double Happiness and a Gemini for The Diary of Evelyn Lau.Oh has also been in other great Canadian films such as Wilby Wonderful, Hard Candy, The Red Violin, Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity, Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming, and Meditation Park. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Canadian Crossing
The revision of the Canada Food Guide took 12 years but brought some significant changes. The new guide focusing on protein options and de-emphasizes meat and dairy. The guide encourages water as a beverage of choice. More importantly, the approach also doesn't suck up to food interests, either from growers or food companies.Cooking at home is also encouraged.The Trudeau Government has promised that revisions won't wait another 12 years.The meat and dairy people aren't thrilled with the new guide. You can consume meat and dairy and lentils and tofu. You can even get protein from vegetables and plant-based foods.The fruit juice people aren't thrilled with the new guide. Doesn't mean you can't get an occasional glass; just be more conscious about your fruit juice consumption. One of my favorite tricks is to mix 50-50 of water and juice. A great way to get flavor with your water and less juice consumption. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Canadian Crossing
The new Canada Food Guide offers very encouraging steps for better nutrition. The new guide de-emphasizes meat and dairy, focusing on protein options. The guide encourages water as a beverage of choice to the detriment of other drink options.The approach also doesn't suck up to food interests, either from growers or food companies.Cooking at home is also encouraged, a wonderful step that we have supported here at guide doesn't use the 4 food groups as a guide and doesn't focus on portion size. Lentils and tofu are mentioned as protein options. Fruit juice is discouraged. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Balance of Food
NBCSN shows the same Hometown Hockey game with the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original 6 game at Madison Square Garden Sunday night. The channel also has Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers in Pittsburgh with the same Wednesday Night Hockey game.The Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada festivities will be in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Other celebrations will be in Montréal, Halifax, and Whistler. The NHL Network is blowing off everything from the 2019 version. You can find out more details about the 2019 version of Hockey Day in Canada.CBC runs a tripleheader with the Winnipeg Jets in Ottawa as the matinee; the classic Toronto-Montréal battle from La Belle Province (simulcast on Citytv); and the Calgary Flames out west in Vancouver. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2019 at Canadian Crossing
Schitt's Creek and Anne with an E each have 15 nominations for the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards. Cardinal on CTV has 14 nominations.DramaThe best lead actress opened up with Tatiana Maslany and Orphan Black in the mix. A bit surprised to not see Lauren Lee Smith in that category for Frankie Drake Mysteries. A bit surprised to see Kristin Kreuk for Burden of Proof in that category. I'm a big fan of Caroline Dhavernas in Mary Kills People. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at Canadian Crossing
Jason Bay made a name as a Rookie of the Year in 2004 as a left fielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bay went on to hit 222 home runs and was a 3-time All-Star.Ryan Dempster is the second most-winningest Canadian pitcher in MLB history with 132 wins. (Ferguson Jenkins has 284 wins.) Dempster is a 2-time All-Star who finished 6th in Cy Young voting in 2008 with a 17-6 record.Bay and Dempster are the big names in the 2019 class of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.Rob Thomson did start out as a catcher and 3rd baseman in the Detroit organization. Thomson, now the Philadelphia bench coach, was a coach for the New York Yankees from 1990-2017. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Canadian Crossing
The folks at Bell Media thought they caught a break since the CUSMA or USMCA stipulated that CTV had to simsub the Super Bowl. The idea that coverage of a football game got to the level of international trade is more about the pettiness of an angry toddler.Since no country has passed this new trade deal, CTV had to follow the CRTC decision that doesn't allow CTV to simsub the Super Bowl.Canadians were able to watch U.S. commercials on CBS but only during Super Bowl LIII from Atlanta.Canadians had many options for the Canadian coverage on multiple Bell Media properties, including CTV and TSN. Bell Media even had a special SportsCentre with Jay and Dan that aired on CTV and TSN after Super Bowl LIII. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2019 at Canadian Crossing
The Burger King Super Bowl ad used footage from the 1982 film 66 Scenes of America from Danish filmmaker Jørgen Leth. The fact that the Heinz ketchup doesn't pour well lends authenticity since Heinz promoted the thickness of its ketchup throughout the 1970s. The Whopper is also very minimalist, so if there are other ingredients, they aren't visible.We are invited in the ad to #EatLikeAndy, which would be inviting if we could consume the product from that time. The bun Warhol eats likely didn't have high-fructose corn syrup and the ketchup would have been free of high-fructose corn syrup. That burger would taste better than the current model.Unlike most companies who use dead celebrities, you could likely conclude that Warhol would appreciate the idea of using the footage in an ad.The target audience of younger people may not be that familiar with Warhol. If people are going to #EatLikeAndy, they will eat a small bite of a Whopper and not eat any other Burger King food. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2019 at Balance of Food
NHL Network shows us another Canadian team in Philadelphia, likely with the home feed as Edmonton makes that trip on Saturday afternoon. The channel is forced to go dark on Saturday night because NBC is afraid to have another game during its national game Saturday night. [end of rant] CBC gets its first shot at the NHL after the All-Star Game break with Sidney Crosby and his group in Toronto. The Vancouver Canucks get a mile high in Denver in the nightcap. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at Canadian Crossing
If you started resolutions in 2019, chances are they are toast, unless your resolution involved toast. Since today is February 1, you can start fresh with a resolution and only have 11 months to consider instead of 12.You can even make some short-term resolutions, ones that only last a short period of time. Make this finally the Year of the Pulses Be fashionably late to this trend since the United Nations named 2016 the International Year of Pulses. You are late this year; why not be late to 2016. Pulses are primarily defined as legumes but with a low oil content, such as dried beans, chickpeas, and lentils. They are great with providing protein and fiber and are very cheap. Beans and rice make a complete protein. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at Balance of Food
Callum Keith Rennie and Molly Parker have a shared history in film and television. That magic and chemistry started in Paris or Somewhere, a TV-movie that dates back to 1994. The film starts with Christy Mahon (Rennie) hitching a ride to cross over into Canada. Mahon arrives in town bragging about killing his father. Meanwhile, there is a serial killer on the loose who wears a red bandanna. Mahon is wearing a red bandanna. Mahon ends up getting a job in the local general store run by Peg Kennedy (Parker). Kennedy is engaged but doesn't seem bothered by that fact. Kennedy thinks the stranger wants to leave with her and go some place such as Vancouver. Turns out Mahon is exactly where he wants to be in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. One minor character spends the entire film wearing a CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders hat. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at Canadian Crossing
Welcome back from the NHL All-Star Game break. NBCSN starts out with the Winnipeg Jets in Philadelphia but don't expect a real national telecast. The U.S. channel will likely give us the Philadelphia announcers on what might as well be a local telecast.The NHL will slowly build back from the break. Winnipeg is the only Canadian team playing between now and Friday: 3 times vs. 0 for the rest of the Canadian teams. ESPN+ will have the other Winnipeg Jets games this week. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at Canadian Crossing
Karen Dwyer had bright red hair but still blended in well as a Canadian actress in film and television. I can’t say I’ve seen most of her work. Her Republic of Doyle episode work was from 2010 where Dwyer played a role that seemed much younger than her then 35 years on the planet. Dwyer was best remembered for her lead role as Maggie in Better Than Chocolate, a film that I consider to be one of the best lesbian films ever, Canadian or otherwise. Her naked protest toward the end of the film was amazingly vulnerable.I got invited to a party in 2016 in Toronto. Sometimes you are talking to someone at a party for awhile before you realize the significance of the person in front of you. When I found out her connection to the film, I went a bit overboard over how much I loved her in Better Than Chocolate. When I wrote the Better Than Chocolate film review in 2017, I pointed out that I met Dwyer at that party. "She was very nice and let me go on about how much I loved the film." Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2019 at Canadian Crossing
The focus has shifted from Montréal to Toronto in the Canadian perspective of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Long-time Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay made the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first attempt with 85.4% of the vote. 75% of the vote is required to make the hall.Halladay pitched from 1998-2013, spending the first 12 years with the Blue Jays. He was one of 6 pitchers ever to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues, winning in 2003 and 2010. Halladay was a 8-time All-Star, including appearances as a Blue Jay in 2002, 2003, 2005-2006, and 2008-2009.He had 63 complete games from 2002-2011, at least 30 more than any other pitcher in that time.On December 15, 2009, the Blue Jays traded Halladay to Philadelphia for Travis d'Arnaud, Kyle Drabek, and Michael Taylor. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at Canadian Crossing
The 91st Academy Awards have a foreign flavour with The Favourite and Roma each having 10 nominations. Unfortunately, Canada isn't a strong part of those foreign ingredients. Canada does have a pair of nominees in the best animated short category: Animal Behaviour from Vancouver-based Alison Snowden and David Fine via the National Film Board as well as Toronto-raised Domee Shi for Pixar's Bao. The other nominees in this category are Late Afternoon; One Small Step; and Weekends.Montréal is the unifier for a pair of nominees in the live action short film category with Jeremy Comte for Fauve and Marianne Farley for Marguerite. The other nominees in this category are Detainment; Mother; and Skin.Sound mixer Paul Massey is up for Bohemian Rhapsody and set decorator Gordon Sim is nominated for Mary Poppins Returns. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at Canadian Crossing
I was at a social event last month where they were showing Rock and Roll Circus on a continuous loop. Taj Mahal was playing on the screen. I looked at the band on screen and recognized Jesse Ed Davis on guitar. Then I remembered where I first learned about him: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World.You can learn about Jesse Ed Davis and other native people and their contributions to rock and roll thanks to the Canadian documentary debuting tonight on Independent Lens on PBS.I saw Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World during the 2017 Windsor International Film Festival. I enjoyed the film and found the information new, interesting, and well-presented.I knew nothing about Link Wray and his influence on many well-known rock-and-roll stars. There were more unknowns to me, such as Jesse Ed Davis. I knew of Robbie Robertson and The Band as well as Buffy Sainte-Marie. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at Canadian Crossing
As a scrawny kid who was fixated on the fine cuisine of Long John Silver's, if you had told me that someday I could have an all-you-can-eat Long John Silver's dinner, I would cry with joy.Like most things kids wish for, the reality as an adult is not as exciting.If I were an adult who needed to gain a few pounds, the reality of an all-you-can-eat Long John Silver's dinner would be an ideal invitation. Unfortunately, these days needing to lose a few pounds is the reality.Despite the current weight status, I came across those words that would have made me happy as a child. On Sundays, you could get all you can eat at Long John Silver's. I decided to indulge the kid within me to experience an all-you-can-eat Long John Silver's meal. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2019 at Balance of Food
NBCSN brings Canadian teams to the U.S. audience on back-to-back evenings. The U.S. channel will be in Edmonton Tuesday night with the Detroit Red Wings. The first-round series from spring 2017 is on tap Wednesday night with Washington in Toronto.NHL Network will carry Hometown Hockey via the Rogers Sportsnet feed.CBC is lost without the Maple Leafs but gravitates toward the Montréal Canadiens hosting Philadelphia. The CBC knows what to do with the Battle of Alberta in the provincial capital in the late game.Citytv showcases for the Ottawa Senators on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis.Rogers Sportsnet has Hometown Hockey has the lonely desert team in Toronto with festivities in West Kelowna, BC. Wednesday Night Hockey offers the aforementioned Washington game in Toronto. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2019 at Canadian Crossing
We've mentioned CBC Gem recently, CBC's new streaming service, in our recent Canadian TV updates. This is only for those in Canada, but if you are in Canada, you get a lot.There are 2 different options: free and $4.99/month. The monthly fee takes away ads from the programming, though children's programming doesn't have ads, and includes live streaming of CBC News Network.You get programming from 14 local CBC channels, so you can keep up with other parts of Canada. You can stream current and past episodes to a lot of CBC shows. You can also access international shows from the United States and the United Kingdom. You can also watch French language programming from the ICI Tou.TV streaming service. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Canadian Crossing
When Tatiana Maslany got Emmy love for her work in Orphan Black, the show itself wasn't honoured. So Schitt's Creek getting a nomination from the 2019 Critics Choice Television Awards was a big surprise. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel beat out 7 other nominees, including Schitt's Creek, for Best Comedy Series. Canadian shows and films aren't ineligible but aren't usually considered. Schitt's Creek is the first Canadian show to ever be nominated in the category. Schitt's Creek (nominated through Pop TV) was up against Atlanta (FX); Barry* (HBO); The Good Place* (NBC); The Kominsky Method* (Netflix); The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel* (Amazon); The Middle (ABC); and One Day at a Time (Netflix). Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2019 at Canadian Crossing
NBCSN shows its only Montréal Canadiens game of the season Monday night and, of course, the game is in Boston. The NHL Network picks up the CBC feed for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada. CBC has those Bruins in Toronto in the early game with the Ottawa Senators finding the way to San Jose in the late game. Citytv copies the CBC feed in the early game and features the Edmonton Oilers hosting the older desert team late. Rogers Sportsnet carries the hot Colorado Avalanche in Montréal early on Saturday night. The regional channels have Roberto Luongo back in Vancouver with Hometown Hockey in Langley, BC. Wednesday Night Hockey follows Colorado to the Canadian capital against Ottawa. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2019 at Canadian Crossing
2018 brought a highly rare minority government in New Brunswick, a first-time party in charge in Quebec, and the mess that is Ontario. Marijuana legalization was also a big story. How can we top that in 2019? Did someone say federal election? The three people above plus Elizabeth May will run in the October 21 election to be prime minister. Bill C-76 allows all Canadians who live abroad to vote in the federal election. The Harper Government had banned Canadians from voting if they had been outside the country for 5 years. The new bill rescinds the old policy. Voter information cards will once again be a valid identification form for voting. Spending will be limited within the campaign and for the 90-day period before the election is called. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2019 at Canadian Crossing
The Toronto International Film Festival has a Canada's Top Ten for 2018 Canadian films with new guidelines for presentation. Week-long engagements throughout the year will replace the January festival. "We're still making the list of films, so that doesn't change at all," said TIFF's co-head Cameron Bailey. "It's really just how those films get delivered to audiences."The list has 6 films directed or co-directed by women. Here is the 2018 Top Ten list with the directors and province of origin: Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at Canadian Crossing
We talk about the 49th parallel bordering the U.S. and Canada since that is the border from Manitoba west to British Columbia. Everything above the 49th parallel belongs to Canada except for the Northwest Angle. The Northwest Angle consists of a small land mass jettisoning north separating Manitoba and Ontario via the state of Minnesota. Reportedly, about 120 people live in this extension. There is a petition in the United States to give that land back to Canada. The petition is called "Give Canada back the Northwest Angle located in Manitoba." The petition is launched under We the People under the White House Web site. If a petition reaches 100,000 signatures, they are reviewed by administration officials for an official response. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at Canadian Crossing