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Beyoncé endorses Toronto girls’ cover of ‘Pretty Hurts’

BT Toronto | posted Saturday, Jan 18th, 2014

Two Toronto girls got the Beyoncé bump when the superstar posted their cover of Pretty Hurts to her official Facebook page.

On Jan. 5, cousins Haley and Mckenzie Small posted a video to YouTube of themselves performing the song. Eleven days later the video was posted on Beyoncé’s Facebook page with the comment “Love it Haley and Mckenzie!”

And the views started rolling in.

“Our video just hit 100,000 views thanks to Beyoncé and all of our lovely supporters! So exciting!!,” said Haley on her YouTube page Jan. 16.

By Saturday the count was more than 200,000 views and climbing.

“I thought this song was perfect for us being that we are both young females dealing with the pressures of social media and the expectations of society as most are! Hope you enjoy!” said Haley when she posted the video.

Earlier this month Beyoncé promoted another fan cover of the song by sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey.

Week of Jan. 20, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jan 17th, 2014


It’s a star-studded lineup on next week’s Breakfast Television!

I, Frankenstein star Aaron Eckhart joins us live in studio to chat about the latest take on the classic monster.

We’ve got your red carpet wrap up from the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards.

Joannie Rochette stops by on Thursday to chat about what she’s up to.

Plus, we kick off our GRAMMYs coverage on Friday from Los Angeles! Go to GRAMMYs.ca for the latest news, interviews, and interactive content.

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!


City announces full GRAMMY coverage lineup

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Jan 13th, 2014


With music’s biggest night less than two weeks away, City is gearing up to provide wall-to-wall coverage that will be a must-watch for any GRAMMY fan. From the party-circuit buzz and highly anticipated red carpet arrivals, to unforgettable star performances – and everything in-between – the multi-platform coverage will include three national specials leading up to the big show on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on City, featuring Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson as part of the on-air team.


Breakfast Television (national edition) – Friday, Jan. 24 from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET/PT on City

Counting down to GRAMMY weekend, City’s popular morning show, Breakfast Television, will go live from Los Angeles in a special national edition. Anchored by Kevin Frankish and featuring City’s on-air red carpet team, viewers will get a sneak-preview of the events to come with the day’s first scoop on the most-talked about parties and GRAMMY gossip.

Entertainment City: Live at the GRAMMYs – Sunday, Jan. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET/PT on City and GRAMMYs.ca

As the exclusive Canadian media outlet broadcasting live from the official GRAMMY red carpet, City’s A-list team of on-air personalities – Dina Pugliese (Breakfast Television Toronto), Tracy Moore (Cityline), Alex Despatie (Breakfast Television Montreal), and Brad Smith (Entertainment City/Your World This Week) bring viewers up close and personal with the night’s big celebrity arrivals. Joining the on-air team is two-time GRAMMY nominee, Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies), along with Cityline and Chatelaine fashion correspondent Susie Wall.

Breakfast Television (national edition) – Monday, Jan. 27 from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET/PT on City

City takes viewers on an insider’s tour of the music industry’s biggest event with another special national edition live from Los Angeles where Kevin Frankish and the GRAMMY red carpet team share highlights from the 56th-annual GRAMMY Awards. Immediately following the broadcast, Cityline joins the action from Los Angeles, where host Tracy Moore and Susie Wall recap the night’s fashion hits and misses.

Rogers Radio Live Coverage and National Pre-GRAMMY Special

In addition to City’s expansive television coverage, listeners will get a glimpse into the action backstage at the STAPLES Center live throughout the night with Rogers Radio host Taylor Kaye (KiSS 92.5), and music reporter Rudy Blair (680News) (check local Rogers Radio websites for more details). Leading up to the event, music fans can get primed for the big night as Rogers Radio presents a one-hour special featuring music and intimate interviews from this year’s big GRAMMY nominees including Canadian superstars Drake, Robin Thicke, as well as leading songstresses, Lorde, and Katy Perry. The special will air on select Rogers Radio stations across Canada during the week of January 20. Special GRAMMY coverage to air on Rogers Radio stations across Canada, check local Rogers Radio websites for more details.

With files from Karol Orzechowski, GRAMMYs.ca

Week of Jan. 13, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jan 10th, 2014


It’s a star-studded lineup on next week’s Breakfast Television!

Music superstar Carly Rae Jepsen stops by to chat about her upcoming debut on Broadway on Monday.

Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson stops by BT with a special announcement.

Fashion and style guru Susie Wall is in Toronto on Wednesday.

Plus, our Frank Ferragine has another edition of Frankie Flowers on Friday!

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!


Week of Dec. 15, 2013

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Dec 15th, 2013


It’s a festive lineup on next week’s Breakfast Television!

Susur Lee stops by with his hottest recipes for the holidays.

Cityline stylist Lynn Spence is in on Wednesday with her top holiday décor picks.

On Thursday, our Winston Sih has your last-minute tech stocking stuffers.

Plus, on Friday, it’s our big BT Christmas Spirit of the Season holiday party. Stay with us overnight or stop by the morning of to meet your favourite personalities, as well as hear JRDN and Suzie McNeil perform at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

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

Blast of winter weather comes to GTA Saturday

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Dec 13th, 2013


Winter has arrived in the Greater Toronto Area.

The season doesn’t officially start until Dec. 21. But up to 25 centimetres of snow are expected on Saturday in parts of the region and temperatures will hover below – 20 with the wind chill.

A winter storm warning was issued for Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton. Environment Canada also issued a snowfall warning for Toronto, Mississauga and the Niagara area.

CityNews meteorologist Natasha Ramsahai said by the evening the downtown core had already seen between 10 to 20 centimetres of snow, with as much as 10 more centimetres possible by the morning.

“The snow is continuing right through the evening hours. It’s going to be heavy at times,” she explained. “We’re not going to start to see the snow taper to flurries until the wee hours of the morning…About the time we wake up on Sunday this snowstorm will be over.”

Toronto’s director of transportation services Peter Noehammer told 680News about 200 salt trucks have been deployed and 600 plows started moving at 2:30 p.m. on expressways and arterial roads.

Noehammer says once the main roads have been cleared plows will begin work on residential streets.

“We’ll hit the local streets after the snow’s done in the overnight and we’ll be plowing the local and residential streets,” he explained.

While crews work around the clock, Noehammer reminds residents to do their part to help keep the streets safe and clear.

“If you are shovelling your driveway, probably tomorrow, don’t put the snow back out onto the roadway,” he said. “That just causes it to be unsafe again and does carry a fine so our bylaw officers are instructed to look out for those things – especially from commercial parking lots.”

Meanwhile, dozens of flights through Toronto Pearson and Montreal-Trudeau airports have been delayed or cancelled.

Ontario Provincial Police are cautioning motorists to take care on highways, posting on Twitter — “IF YOU SEE SNOW, GO SLOW!”

Police also say there have been numerous accidents including a 20-car pileup on the Queen Elizabeth Highway in Mississauga.

Drivers should prepare for poor road conditions tonight and into tomorrow morning.

Take a look at your photo submissions below, sent in on Twitter via #CityStorm:


Snow totals forecast and timeline:

With files from CityNews.ca and The Canadian Press

Skating & food trucks on offer at City’s New Year’s Eve party

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Dec 12th, 2013


City will once again be hosting its annual New Year’s Eve party at Nathan Phillips Square, with a slight twist on years past.

The party will run from 8 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 31, the 29th year City has celebrated in the square.

There will be skating, food trucks, musical performances from KiSS 92.5 DJ Clymaxxx, R&B band Fathead and funk band God Made Me Funky, and of course, a spectacular fireworks show to ring in 2014.

New this year is a curling demonstration.

Hosts from City and Sportsnet will emcee live events and host coverage from the square, while on City, viewers can watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014.

CityNews Tonight will carry live coverage of festivities from the square at 11 p.m. in a special national news edition.

New Year’s Rockin’ Eve is a six-hour television marathon beginning at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 and running until 2 a.m. on City and Citytv.com. The show will begin with a two-hour countdown looking at the 30 greatest female artists in music, and continues with performances from Los Angeles and Times Square in New York City.

Rogers Media is the parent company of City, Breakfast Television, and this website.

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? Let us know in the comments.


With files from Erin Crigers, CityNews.ca

Week of Dec. 9, 2013

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Dec 8th, 2013


It’s a stylish lineup on next week’s Breakfast Television!

Design duo Colin and Justin McAllister drop by to give tips on allergy-friendly and stylish décor for the holidays.

Jenn’s clothing sponsor — Want Boutique — will be by with glittery holiday party looks!

Plus, we reveal the winner of our BT YouTube Week with digital media correspondent Winston Sih.

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


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