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Week of Feb. 2, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Feb 1st, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Monday is Groundhog Day and will Wiarton Willie see his shadow? Jenn and the Live Eye team will be on location to tell you if this cold is here to stay.

Another UK superstar is in studio this week! Olly Murs stops by and performs his new song ‘Wrapped Up.’

And on Friday we’ll be live from Los Angeles as BT goes to the GRAMMYs to celebrate music’s biggest night.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

Hitting a high note with exclusive multiplatform coverage of the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Breakfast Television | posted Thursday, Jan 29th, 2015


All-Access Pass to Music’s Biggest Night® with Rogers’s Exclusive Multiplatform Coverage of the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, Feb. 2 to 9 

A Canadian first for the GRAMMYs – log on to Citytv.com/GRAMMYs during Entertainment City: Live at the GRAMMY®s for an interactive second-screen experience live from City’s GRAMMY headquarters at L.A. Live –

– Barenaked Ladies lead singer Ed Robertson returns to join Rogers’s A-list team of on-air personalities –

To tweet this release: http://goo.gl/WgQ4bT

TORONTO (January 29, 2015) The Hollywood hills are alive with the sound of music as the countdown to the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® gets underway. Whether it’s inside L.A.’s hottest parties, front and centre on the red carpet, backstage at the show, or interviewing music’s hottest stars  Rogers hits a high note, bringing fans live multiplatform coverage of Music’s Biggest Night®.

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® air live on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings) on City, with coverage airing before and after across Rogers’s suite of media assets.

“Canadian music fans are getting more GRAMMYs than ever before, with our expanded rollout of multiplatform content,” said Jordan Schwartz, Vice President, In-House Productions, Rogers. “From our exclusive red carpet access to this year’s innovative new second-stream broadcast, Rogers’s exceptional on-air team are ensuring fans don’t miss a second of the action and get the most out of their GRAMMYs experience, no matter where they are.”


Monday, Feb. 2 to Friday, Feb. 6:

Entertainment City: Daily on Breakfast Television, Your World This Week, and CityNews

Beginning February 2, tune in to Entertainment City all week long, as host Brad Smith brings viewers exclusive behind-the-scenes highlights and interviews from all of L.A.’s biggest parties – including Clive Davis’s annual pre-GRAMMY party, the 25th anniversary of MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, honouring Bob Dylan, and the Canadian Consulate GRAMMY Gala.

Friday, Feb. 6:

Breakfast Television: 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET/PT (check local listings)

**National Edition**

As the countdown to the awards continues, Breakfast Television goes live from City’s exclusive GRAMMY headquarters at L.A. Live for a special national edition. Anchored by Kevin Frankish and featuring Rogers’s on-air red carpet team – Dina Pugliese (Breakfast Television Toronto), Tracy Moore (Cityline), Brad Smith, Tara Slone (Breakfast Television Calgary/Rogers Hometown Hockey), Alex Despatie (Breakfast Television Montreal), Winston Sih (Breakfast Television Toronto), HELLO! Canada editor-in-chief Alison Eastwood, and Chatelaine style correspondent Susie Wall – viewers will get the first sneak peek at all of the glamorous pre-GRAMMY events, straight from the heart of the action.

Cityline: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET/PT (check local listings)

Get red-carpet ready with a special GRAMMY-themed “Fashion Friday,” as host Tracy Moore and stylist Lynn Spence turn celebrity glamour into every-day wear and take viewers through trendy red-carpet looks. Plus, makeup artist Dino Dilio and hairstylist Janet Jackson provide tips on how to get a picture-perfect face and a head-turning hairstyle, and Kleinfeld’s Jessica Mulroney showcases accessories that rock.

Sunday, Feb. 8:

Entertainment City: Live at the GRAMMY®s: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings)

**Live Stream Available at Citytv.com/GRAMMYs**

As the exclusive Canadian broadcaster from the official GRAMMY red carpet, City’s A-list team of on-air personalities give viewers a front-row seat to all of the action with the night’s biggest celebrity appearances. Additionally, two-time GRAMMY nominee and Barenaked Ladies lead singer Ed Robertson returns to join the team as special guest host.

Plus, in a Canadian first for the GRAMMYs, music fans can log on to Citytv.com/GRAMMYs during the red carpet special, for a 90-minute, exclusive second-screen broadcast, produced live from City’s GRAMMY headquarters at L.A. Live. From this interactive hub, hosts will bring viewers behind the scenes of this innovative new experience, reacting to celebrity arrivals and sharing their expertise on fashion, music, and entertainment news. Tweet along using the hashtag #CityGRAMMYs.

Monday, Feb. 9:

Breakfast Television: 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET/PT (check local listings)

**National Edition**

Viewers get an insider’s tour of the music industry’s biggest event with another special national edition of Breakfast Television from L.A. Live, where Kevin Frankish and the GRAMMY red carpet team share highlights from the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Cityline: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET/PT (check local listings)

Joining the action live from Los Angeles, host Tracy Moore takes viewers behind the scenes of her own GRAMMY experience, and Cityline’s fashion panel – including Alison Eastwood and LOULOU beauty director Katherine Lalancette – react to red carpet looks and recap the night’s hits and misses. Plus, digital media correspondent Winston Sih recaps results from the night’s interactive polls at Cityline.ca/GRAMMYs, including best dressed, best performance, funniest moments, and surprising snubs.


Bringing listeners the music they love most, Rogers Radio presents a one-hour special hosted by Cory Kimm (98.1 CHFI), featuring today’s hottest hits and intimate interviews from this year’s GRAMMY nominees, including Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, and Pharrell Williams. The special will air on select Rogers Radio stations across Canada, beginning February 2. Plus, tune in to select stations countrywide leading up to the big show to hear special profiles on this year’s nominees, and log on to Rogers Radio websites for a new ‘Great GRAMMY Moment’ uploaded each day, featuring the most memorable highlights from GRAMMYs past.

Then, in addition to City’s expansive television coverage, Damnit Maurie (KiSS 92.5’s Roz & Mocha Show) lends an ear to listeners with behind-the-scenes backstage interviews live throughout the night.


A one-stop online shop for all things GRAMMY-related, Citytv.com/GRAMMYs invites viewers to immerse themselves in the music leading up and following the big night with tweets, photos, articles, and four exclusive live streams, including:

  • Entertainment City: Live at the GRAMMY®s broadcast special
  • Live 90-minute second screen broadcast from City’s GRAMMY headquarters at L.A. Live
  • Arrivals cam – be the first to see music’s biggest stars as they arrive
  • Fashion cam – get up close and personal with the most-talked-about looks of the night

Additionally, fans can get their GRAMMY on all week long leading up to the main event, with special online GRAMMYs content from Rogers magazines, including FLARE, LOULOU, and HELLO! Canada.

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About The Recording Academy®

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on Google+, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube.

About City
City™ television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, and Saskatchewan offer viewers intensely local, urban-oriented, culturally diverse television programming.  A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, City engages its viewers with dynamic on-air personalities and delivers an entertaining mix of news, local-interactive formats, such as Breakfast Television and Cityline, as well as local Canadian and acquired prime-time entertainment programming.  City is part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI), which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information on City stations and programming, visit Citytv.com.

Media Contacts

Stephanie Perron, City, stephanie.perron@rci.rogers.com, 416.764.3253
Stephanie Leslie, City, stephanie.leslie@rci.rogers.com, 416.764.3191

WATCH: 8 Super Bowl commercials worth seeing

Christina Balram | posted Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2015


It’s no surprise that people tune in to watch the Super Bowl because it’s one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, but it also has the best American commercials.


No one really knows why Kim Kardashian is still famous. She can be described as conceded, self-absorbed and taking more selfies than healthy. She is well aware of this and decided to play on it in a clever ad for T-Mobile. Regardless, she makes a valid point.

Old Spice – Terry Crews

There’s no horsing around this time! The Old Spice commercials are iconic and Terry Crews is not letting that stop now. In the newest commercial for the deodorant company, Crews enters into a nightmare wherein he marries himself. This commercial is nothing less than hilarious.

Snickers – Brady Bunch meets ‘Machete’

Snickers has stuck with their tagline of “you’re not you when you’re hungry.” If you have ever watched The Brady Bunch, and know who Danny Trejo is, then this combination is both strange and amazing.

Wix.com #ItsThatEasy

Wix is an American website company that makes it easy for people to create their own web page. This commercial seems to blend in with the rest, but it is worth watching for the plethora of football players.


This commercial with Nick Offerman from the show Parks and Recreation, seems to be a spoof of Clint Eastwood’s “It’s halftime in America” ad. Quite frankly, it’s one of those it’s-so-stupid-it’s-funny type of commercials.

Pizza Hut

In keeping with the football theme, Jets coach Rex Ryan and Cowboys star Tony Romo discuss the issue of crusts being left behind, wasting a perfectly good piece of the pizza due to lack of flavour.

Dove Men

It’s no surprise that majority of the ads airing throughout the Super Bowl are targeted towards men. Most of the commercials are about men being macho figure but this commercial highlights the importance of being a dad that cares about their childeren and family. Definitely tugs at the heart strings.


Bud Light brings Pac Man to life

The best for last. This is one of the coolest commercials among the pack. Everyone is familiar with the iconic game of Pac Man so what’s cooler than being in a real-life version of the game with hundreds of people cheering you on.

Week of Jan. 26, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jan 25th, 2015


Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

She’s music’s new it girl–Ella Henderson performs her hit song ‘Ghost’ on Monday.

Suzie McNeil and Big Sugar will take to the BT stage.

Plus, to end off the week Friday, Winston Sih will have the latest in high-tech man caves as we gear up for Super Bowl Sunday!

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

5 things to do this weekend: Say goodbye to The Guvernment and hello to Burns Night haggis

Sarah-Joyce Battersby | posted Saturday, Jan 24th, 2015


Jan. 23-25, 2015

Interior Design Show: Whether you’re redecorating or just like to keep up to date on the latest in kitchen gadgets and window treatments, the Interior Design Show is where decorators, wood-workers, and architects display the finest in home design. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front St. W. $19-$22. interiordesignshow.com

A Midwinter’s Night Feast: A group of Toronto’s hottest chefs will be serving up dinner for the next four Fridays in support of Community Food Centres Canada. This week’s theme is “Grow,” featuring chefs from The Harbord Room, The Drake, and Ruby Watcho among others. Friday, 6:30 p.m. Propeller Coffee Roastery, 50 Wade Ave. $75. chefsforchange.ca

Burns Night at Allen’s: For Scots and other fans of oat-based meals cooked in stomach linings, Burns Night is a chance to strap on the kilt and celebrate. Honour the life and times of the Scottish poet Robbie Burns with the traditional piping in of the haggis and other Scottish merriment. Sunday, 6 p.m. Allen’s, 143 Danforth Ave. $65. dine.to

The Guvernment Finale: Fans of dancing, lazers, and DJs say goodbye to all that as The Guvernment closes its doors after 19 years. The nightclub is going out with a bang, hosting DJ Armin Van Buuren, Knife Party and deadmau5 over the weekend. Friday-Sunday, various times. The Guvernment, 132 Queens Quay E. $30-$125. theguvernment.com

MEC Winter Run: Get the blood pumping on a January day with an invigorating outdoor run. Sunday, 8 a.m. Outside the Royal Canadian Legion #344, 1395 Lake Shore Blvd. $15-$20. mec.ca

VIDEO: Woman melts down after missing her ferry in B.C.

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015


An video recording of a woman’s overly frustrated reaction after missing her ferry in British Columbia has gone viral.

The unidentified woman, with her suitcase in tow, stands at the counter, and then begins yelling “You have no idea! You don’t understand!”

As she walks away from the counter, she begins shrieking, “You don’t understand what this means!” and screams “I’m so mad,” as she storms out of the terminal, stomping her feet towards the end of the video.

The video was posted on Monday to a Facebook page called Spotted in Victoria.

So far, it has been viewed over 663,000 times with over 7,200 shares and over 5,100 likes.

“She had a little temper tantrum after finding out that BC ferries were full!,” the post reads.

However, according to a report, BC Ferries said the woman missed her boarding time to Vancouver Island by three minutes.

The video was reportedly recorded on New Year’s Eve.

While some commenters chuckled or expressed bewilderment at the incident, others were more sympathetic.

“I don’t find this funny. It’s sad how other people’s problems and distress become everyone else’s entertainment,” one person wrote.

“Poor woman. something is obviosly [sic] upsetting her in her life that has nothing to do with BC Ferries. My first thought is that there is some kind of emergency. I don’t find this funny,” another wrote.

Toronto police also weighed in on the post, saying “What value is it? Be kind.”

Do you think it was appropriate for this woman’s meltdown to be recorded and posted online? Share your comments in the space provided below.

Week of Jan. 19, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Jan 18th, 2015


Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

On Monday, The Ting Tings will get us grooving with a performance of their hit single, Wrong Club.

Dr. Karyn Gordon stops by with help us understand more about the teenage brain.

Plus, Frankie Flowers is back on Thursday with some helpful gardening advice.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

5 things to do this weekend: Flamenco, axe-throwing and Union Station transformed

Marcia Chen | posted Saturday, Jan 17th, 2015


Jan. 16-18, 2015

Villa Toronto: Toronto joins past hosts Warsaw, Reykjavik and Tokyo as the site for a roving art exhibit to “create encounters with the general public and local art communities.” Nineteen private galleries from Dundas West to Milan will transform Union Station’s Great Hall with their works. Jan. 16 (Friday) to Jan. 23, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m; opening 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Union Station, 65 Front St. W. Free. villaraster.com

Dance Ontario: Live Flamenco, Egyptian and contemporary dance for less than the cost of a movie. Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Friday to Sunday. $10 suggested donation. danceontario.ca

Come Up To My Room: Artists and designers build installations specifically for the rooms and hallways of a 125-year-old Queen West hotel. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Until Jan. 25. Free; some paid events. comeuptomyroom.com

Axe Throwing – like darts, but not: Learn how to hurl an axe at a target and then test your skills in a tournament. What could go wrong? The winner takes home a wood-burned hatchet. Beginners welcome. Friday. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Batl, 33 Villiers St. $45.facebook.com

Singsation Saturdays: A sing-along of opera classics led by Sandra Horst of the Canadian Opera Company. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $10, including refreshments. tmchoir.org

If you have a suggestion, email us at torontoweb@citynews.ca,or submit it online at CityNews.ca or 680News.com, or via our iPhone & iPad apps.

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