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Week of Oct. 21, 2013

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Oct 18th, 2013

It’s a jam-packed lineup on next week’s Breakfast Television!

On Monday, we reveal our first magic word for your chance to win a trip for four to Disney Aulani Resort and Spa. Be sure to watch to win!

We kick off Fashion Week in style, with a preview of the spring’s hottest looks!

Plus, Jenn is at Theatrix Costume House getting ready for Halloween.

Later in the week, we have July Talk performing, and Miss America Nina Davuluri stops by!

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, or right here at BTtoronto.ca/live!


Frankie Flowers: Bulb planting tips for the fall

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Oct 17th, 2013

Flowering bulbs are a spring tradition. Nothing says winter’s over like cheerful snowdrops and daffodils pushing their way through the snow and earth.

Frank Ferragine shared his best tips and tricks to make sure your tulips, daffodils, and other bulbs give their all for your spring display!

Here are some of Frankie’s top bulbs to plant:

1. Princess Irene tulip

These large, fragrant orange blooms feature a red flame that resembles a maple leaf trailing up the centre. They were bred by the Dutch to thank Canada for helping liberate the Netherlands during the Second World War.

Requirements: Full sun. Zones 3 to 8.

2. King Alfred daffodil

The largest of all trumpet daffodils, the King Alfred is also squirrel and rabbit-resistant, as daffodils are poisonous to them.

Requirements: Full sun to part shade. Zones 3 to 9. Daffodils are the best bloom for your buck!  Perennials and great for naturalization!

3. Allium giganteum

Also known as an ornamental onion, this perennial is a particular favourite of bees.

Requirements: Full sun. Zones 6 to 9. Repel aphids in the veggie garden!

4. Crown Imperial ‘Rubra Ma xima’

This traffic-stopping perennial has tall stems, bright red blooms and a tuft of crown-like foliage. The stinky bulb repels squirrels and deer.

Requirements: Full sun. Zones 5 to 9. My yak-factor plant!

5. Giant Dutch crocus mix

Plump, colourful crocuses are the first bulbs to flower in spring – even when snow is still on the ground.

Requirements: Full sun. Zones 3 to 8. Grow them in your lawn, crocus bloom, and finish their life cycle early even before you have to cut your lawn!

Are you an expectant mother? Join us for the BT Baby Bonanza!

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Oct 16th, 2013

BT Baby Bonanza

Calling all moms-to-be!

Breakfast Television and Target Baby invite you and your beautiful pregnant belly to our studio for the special BT Baby Bonanza show!

The special airs on Thursday, October 24, and we’ll have baby gear, tons of baby giveaways, special guests, and much more.

If you’d like to be a part of it, fill out the form below and attach a photo of you and your glowing belly!  Selected audience members will be contacted directly by our producers.

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DJ Deadmau5 to play Toronto concert Wednesday

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Oct 16th, 2013

Canadian DJ Deadmau5 (pronounced dead-mouse) will play a surprise concert at Toronto’s Kool Haus on Wednesday

The announcement was first made on Breakfast Television on Wednesday morning and tickets will be given away at secret locations throughout the city.

The concert is sponsored by Microsoft and will support the Canadian launch of the Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro tablets.

There are three ways to get tickets: Tweet @microsoftcanada using the hashtag #surfacehaslanded or track down roaming street teams using this link.

Finally, fans can try their luck at the door – tickets are first come, first serve.

With files from Erin Criger, CityNews.ca.

BT live from Deerhurst Resort

Winston Sih | posted Friday, Oct 11th, 2013


On the Road: Deerhurst Resort

Breakfast Television was live from Huntsville, Ont., at Deerhurst Resort Friday morning as Dina Pugliese, Frank Ferragine, and the BT crew took the show on the road.

Follow along with us on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #BTdeerhurst, and if you joined us on location, email us your pictures at comments@bttoronto.ca.

Take a look below to follow along with the show’s live chat, as well as on-location photos, exclusive behind-the-scenes clips, and more!

Live chat transcript (For a mobile-friendly version, click here):

Alice Munro wins prestigious Nobel Prize for literature

CityNews | posted Thursday, Oct 10th, 2013


Author Alice Munro of Clinton, Ontario, has won the Nobel Prize for literature.

The 82-year-old becomes the 110th Nobel laureate in literature and the first Canadian-based writer to secure the honour.

She also becomes only the 13th woman to receive the distinction.



Considered one of the world’s greatest living writers of short stories, Munro last published the 2012 collection Dear Life.

That book won the Ontario-born writer her third Trillium Book Award.

She has also previously won the Man Booker International Prize for her entire body of work, as well as two Scotiabank Giller Prizes, three Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the inaugural Marian Engel Award and the American National Book Critics Circle Award.

She had been considered a perennial contender for the Nobel prize in literature, with British-based betting company Ladbrokes positioning her as the second-most likely recipient this year behind Japanese master Haruki Murakami.

Among Munro’s celebrated works are her 1968 debut Dance of the Happy Shades, 1986′sThe Progress of Love, 2004′s Runaway and 1978′s Who Do You Think You Are?

Past winners include such literature luminaries as George Bernard Shaw, Ernest Hemingway, Herman Hesse, T.S. Eliot and Toni Morrison, with the last three prizes being awarded to Chinese writer Mo Yan, Sweden’s Tomas Transtromer and Spanish scribe Mario Vargas Llosa. Canadian-born, American-raised writer Saul Bellow won in 1976.

The award money fluctuates, but in 2012 the monetary value of the prize was 8,000,000 Swedish krona (roughly C$1.3 million).

With files from The Canadian Press and CityNews.ca.

Cityline celebrates Tracy Moore’s 1000th show

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Oct 8th, 2013


She’s done it all — from interviewing celebs (hello, Oprah!), to cooking with the 3 Chefs, to admiring the latest styles with our Fashion Friday stylists, to helping our decor experts with their DIY projects — and she’s done it with grace and poise. (Although Trace would probably laugh to read that.)

Tracy Moore and Cityline are celebrating her 1000th show as host with Canada’s longest running and most successful daytime show for women in Canadian history.  She was on Breakfast Television Tuesday to celebration this momentous occasion.

The crew at Cityline was able to sneak in a few surprises for her big day, including  getting their beloved viewers to share congratulatory messages, memories, and photos.

While Tracy wasn’t looking, their producers also shot video messages from some of the show’s amazing roster of guest experts.

Watch below as she stopped by Breakfast Television this morning, and see the full episode of the Cityline special.  Plus, check out Tracy’s favourite moments and the behind-the-scenes photos from the show taping here.

From everyone at BT, congratulations, Tracy!

With files from Suzanne Ellis, Cityline.ca.

Tips for improving your circulation and energy flow

Winston Sih | posted Monday, Oct 7th, 2013

Spending time sitting in an office chair or driving in your car can create stagnant circulation and bloating in your legs. This can be even more prominent for pregnant women, and it affects more than 50 per cent of men and women over the age of 50.  Alternative health expert Bryce Wylde stopped by to share his tips for improving circulation and energy flow.

  1. Wear compression socks to promote blood circulation back to the heart.  These socks will prevent blood from pooling in the veins in your legs, and Wylde says this is something that can be easily warn while flying or driving.
  2. A lymphatic brush can boost blood flow in the peripheries.  Simply brush in an upwards direction and towards the heart.
  3. A leg massager will improve circulation and compression in your legs and ankles.  They can be purchased for approximately $500, and the vibrating motions will move blood back up your legs to reduce swelling–perfect for pregnant women.
  4. If you’re laying down at home, a few pillows to elevate your legs will encourage blood flow back towards the heart.  
  5. Lastly, a topical cream like Delivra from LivRelief is an excellent, safe product to tighten and prevent visible varicose veins (also known as spider veins) often visible in the leg area.

What other tips do you have to improve circulation and energy flow in the peripheries? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

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