Thursday Thirteen guest post. Best Comedies of ALL TIME!!!

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This week’s Thursday Thirteen comes to us from Elliott Hurst, CEO SoCast.

Knowing I’m not much of a movie guy, Elliott has provided me with a list of the 13 best comedy movies of ALL-TIME!

So grab the popcorn, put on the earphones and hope no one is calling you and let’s go!

In no particular order.

These comedies are amongst the best of all time, I have selected them based on how many memorable moments/lines they have in them to truly make them classics:

1. Office Space

2. Blazing Saddles

3. Superbad

4. Animal House

5. Groundhog Day

6. Ghostbusters

7. There’s Something About Mary

8. Bridesmaids

9. The Breakfast Club

10. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

11. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

12. Annie Hall

13. Christmas Vacation



Honourable Mentions

14. The Big Lebowski

15. South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut

16. The Hangover

17. Young Frankenstien


Sadly, I have seen three or 4 of them…

Do you agree with Elliott’s list or not?  Who makes your list for best comedy with the most memorable lines?


Why this recognition is greatly appreciated.

I was added to the list of 7 new blogs by Dan Bohmer who writes Nine and a Half Hours Ahead as part of him receiving the One Lovely Blog Award.

Dan is a US Soldier overseas in Afghanistan.  He’s a father and he’s been blogging as an outlet in order to share some of his pictures and his thoughts.  I don’t think I have to go into detail about my thoughts on those who enlist in the services and who put their lives on the line to protect our countries.  In my opinion it is probably the most selfless, most courageous, thing one can do and I respect these men and women for doing something I could not do, but would if I had to.

So because Dan left me a note to nominate me and that he enjoys my blog (thank you Dan, the feeling is mutual), I am proudly accepting this award and complying with all the rules.  I also encourage you to check out Dan’s blog.  Read his thoughts, look at his beautiful pictures and enjoy.

The rules:  To post 7 things about myself and then to nominate seven other fantastic, inspiring bloggers:

1. My first online identify was “SpeakEasy” because I thought the concept of a speakeasy was very cool.  When my wife became the “Urban Mummy” it only seemed to make sense that I became the “Urban Daddy”

2. I grew up with a baseball glove on my hand, a baseball cap on my head and a hockey stick nearby, but never played any organized sports until I was 19-years-old.  At 41, I’m still playing!

3.  I started and ran a club in University for left-handed students.  The University subsidized me and provided me an office to use at my leisure and it was massive.

4.  I ran for student council president in my 3rd year of University and lost to some kid named Jian GhomeshiLook him up.  He’s done quite well for himself since that landslide victory.

5.  I was approached to be a regular participant on a TV show as a “Daddy Blogger” but turned it down because at that time it’s not something I could see myself doing.  As I get more comfortable in my skin, the door to something like that slowly opens again…

6.  I’ve been blogging since 2004 and that precedes the site that promotes cool things in big cities and which sells shoes.

7.  Ball-hockey: I once scored a goal on a slapshot from beside my own net.  It was our only goal in a 10-1 loss.  I have played well over 1000 games and have never been in a fight or injured another player on purpose.  I have, however hit someone hard enough that their shoe flew off and went over the boards.  🙂

Now for the seven utterly fantastic, must-read, blogs – they are not rank ordered, so the first one listed is not ‘better’ than the seventh one.

For those that I select, I want to reiterate that I completely understand if you do not wish to continue to keep the award chain going.

Just know that I enjoy your blogs!

1. Lazy Photographer;

2. Funny Things Are Everywhere;

3. Edudad;

4.  Luke, I am Your Father;

5. Good, Bad, Wicked;

6. Daddy’s In Charge;

7.  Aiming Low;

So for each of the above 7 blogs named, I am passing along to you the One Lovely Blog Award.  The avatar is below and you can add to your blog if you would like, or you can ignore this and continue writing some amazing posts and taking some incredible pictures.

Thursday Thirteen – 13 Iconic Canadian artists

A while back I posted a Thursday Thirteen on the 13 essential Canadian music acts that everybody living in Canada should know about, regardless of the type of music they listen to.  They should either be able to recognize the name of the band or name a song, or recognize them on the radio. 

Some of the bands that made that list included; Rush, The Guess Who, Platinum Blonde, The Tragically Hip, etc.

But what about solo artists? 

So please find this week’s Thursday 13 – with some help from Social media guru and all around music genius, Elliott hurst – the 13 must know, Iconic, Canadian individual or solo artists.

1. Neil Young
2. Joni Mitchell
3. Leonard Cohen
4. Oscar Peterson
5. Bryan Adams
6. Gordon Lightfoot
7. Celine Dion
8. K.D. lang
9. Alanis Morrissette
10. Shania Twain
11. Robbie Robertson (of The Band)
12. Stompin’ Tom Connors
13. Avril Lavigne

Honourable Mentions:

Bruce Cockburn
Anne Murray
Rita MacNeil
Sarah McLachlan
Andrew Jacob Scott
Paul Anka
Lee Aaron

Justin Bieber
Michael Buble
Nelly Furtado
Robert Goulet
Corey Hart
The late, great Jeff Healey
Colin James
Sass Jordan
Diana Krall
Chantal Kreviazuk
Multiple Grammy award winner Walter Ostanek
Amanda Marshall


Did I miss anyone?

Are the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees really HOF worthy?

The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has some new inductees, and they are;

Guns N’ Roses

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Beastie Boys

Late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro

Scottish folk icon Donovan

The Small Faces (which later morphed into The Faces featuring Rod Stewart)

Guitarist Freddie King.

Are you like me, and said, “who” to this list?  Sure I think GNR are great and I’m okay with the Beastie Boys and the Small Faces, but personally I hate the Chili Peppers and have no idea who the others are.  I gather this being the “Rock and Roll” Hall of Fame means quite little and really it’s just a music HOF nowadays.

Here is a little about the bands;

I always felt that Guns N’ Roses were the band that took the glam rock era and moved it into the grunge era.  Their first album, “Appetite for Destruction” featured the huge hit “Sweet Child of Mine” in which the band were portrayed with a little make up, a little hair spray and a little glamorous, but as their success peaked, they went more towards the jeans, and leather which made them famous. 

The band was led by volatile frontman Axl Rose and lead guitarist Slash, whose wicked guitar solos drove many of the band’s early hits including “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Paradise City,” the original lineup produced their debut album, Appetite for Destruction in 1987 which I’m pretty sure I bought on cassette tape.

After that album came the majorly disappointing G N’ R Lies, which produced only one song, “Patience,” which I refused to listen to until a few years ago.  Once I heard the whistling at the beginning of the song I would turn it off.  Fortunately for fans, quite soon after that disaster the band came out with Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II.  These albums produced a ton of monster hits including; 2 versions of “Don’t Cry” “Estranged”, “November Rain”, “Knockin on Heavens Door”, “Live and Let Die”, “Civil War”, “Garden of Eden” and “Yesterdays”.  Sadly, Axl pissed off the band and after no music for 15 years the new GNR put out the garbage that is Chinese Democracy, in 2008.

To me, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are vocalist Anthony Kiedis and bass player Flea.  The only stuff they did that I could stand was with guitarist John Frusciante on 1989’s Mother’s Milk, which featured a scorching cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground”; Once their next album came out, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and the songs  “Under the Bridge” and “Suck My Kiss”, I was sick of them.  Overplayed indeed.  I like the Rollercoaster of Love… Sometimes. 

As for the Beastie Boys, the trio of Mike Diamond (Mike D), Adam Yauch (MCA) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) are three Yids from the Bronx (sorry, don’t recall where they are from), but their most famous song, “You’ve got the right… To Party!!” was the one I hated the most.  The rest is okay, but also in the category like above.  Are they Hall material? 

Nyro, a gifted pianist and composer who hailed from the Bronx, wrote numerous tunes that were recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Peter, Paul & Mary, and the 5th Dimension before striking out on her own in the late ’60s/early ’70s and skyrocketing up the charts with such singles as “Up on the Roof.”

Donovan is best known for his ’60s folk-pop contributions, including “Catch the Wind” and “Sunshine Superman” and influencing the likes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, among others.

Famed music producer and promoter Don Kirshner, who died last January, also received a Hall Pass in the nonperformer category for launching the so-called Brill Building group of songwriters including Carol King and Neil Sedaka through his company Aldon Music.

Of course, what’s always fascinating about the Rock Hall’s selections is who got left out. Among the artists getting the shaft this year include Joan Jett and the Black Hearts, The Cure, Heart, Rufus with Chaka Khan,  Rush, Kiss, Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues?

I asked’s founder, Toronto’s own Elliott Hurst, his thoughts on who was left out…

He totally agrees that Rush need to be in there, probably the Cure, but none of the others really fit the bill for “Hall of Famers”.  Elliott also questioned the inclusion of lesser known artists, or the one-hit wonders.  Do people come to the Hall to see the barely known guitarists, or international performers or do they come to see the big bands, like GNR.  I think we all know the answer to that. 

I think the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more closely resembles the Hockey Hall of Fame in that there are some questionable folks getting in diluting the reputation of the Hall.  In baseball, however, some very good performers are not included in the Hall and not every Joe Shmoe gets in.

Now having never been to the Hall, I would think there is a super-group area where the majority of the folks go to see the big bands of today and yesterday and there must be an area tucked away somewhere for the families of the lesser lights to come and see their stories, because if I had to walk through the Hall and sort through the displays based on who got in this week, for example, I’d be pretty disappointed.

So in your opinion, do all the inductees deserve to be there and who would you add if you could?


Thursday Thirteen – Thirteen Iconic Canadian Bands according to Supernova CEO Elliott Hurst and me!


I am a born and raised Torontonian and as a result, I grew up listening to AM and FM radio which under Canadian regulations were required to play a percentage of Canadian music.  Due to that ruling which I believe is still in place, I became fond of Canadian acts such as; Platinum Blonde, Glass Tiger, Gowan, Mitsou, Triumph, the Box, TPOH, and the list goes on.

When discussing music around my office, with so few people as, ahem, aged as I am, and so many 1st and second generation immigrants, they have no idea who Canadian bands are, so I thought about creating a list – checking it twice with the help of Supernova CEO Elliott Hurst, and sharing some Canadiana with my readers.

If you are Canadian, you should recognize at least half of this list regardless of what kind of music you listen to.

If you are a non-resident of Canada, you should recognize 3 bands on this list.

Can you guess which ones?

So here are the 13 most iconic Canadian bands, and some honourable mentions.  For each band I have attached a YouTube link to probably their most memorable song and the name of that song;

1. Rush – – Tom Sawyer

2. The Tragically Hip – – Ahead By A Century

3. Guess Who – – American Woman

4. Arcade Fire – – Rebellion (Lies)

5. BTO (Bachman Turner Overdrive) – – Takin’ Care of Business

6. The Band – – Don’t Do It.

7. Max Webster / Kim Mitchell -> Max Webster’s Paradise Skies.  Kim Mitchell’s Go For Sode –>

8. April Wine – – Could Have Been a Lady

9. Triumph – – Follow Your Heart (LOVE this song!!!)

10. Steppenwolf – – Born to be Wild. 

11. Barenaked Ladies – – 7, 8, 9.

12. Blue Rodeo – – Try

13. Our Lady Peace – – Starseed


Honourable Mentions:

Chilliwack –

Trooper  – 

Billy Talent –

Saga –

I Mother Earth – One More Astronaut –

Sloan –

Honeymoon Suite –

Glass Tiger –

The Pursuit of Happiness –

My personal favourite band – Platinum Blonde –

The Headstones.-

Tom Cochrane and Red Rider –

Great Big Sea –

Nickelback –

So, what do you think?  Have you listened to any of these songs?  Did you recognize the bands?  Who makes your list?