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IN PHOTOS: Behind the scenes on the Halloween special

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Oct 31st, 2013

Halloween is one of our favourite times of the year, and we threw one of Toronto’s biggest Halloween parties with our Star Wars-themed special Thursday morning.

Once again, you made our hashtag #BTboo trend online, and thousands of you were interacting with us at home through Twitter and Facebook.

Watch some of our best moments from this year’s Halloween show here, and check out some of the fun behind-the-scenes moments in the photo gallery below!

Thank you for making our Star Wars Halloween show a success!

Why are there so many giraffes on my Facebook feed?

Winston Sih | posted Tuesday, Oct 29th, 2013

Facebook users have noticed that giraffes are quickly taking over the profile of friends and family.

The latest trend to take over social media is called ‘The Great Giraffe Challenge,’ and was created by an Australian travel blogger Andrew Strugnell, who often challenges his YouTube subscribes with these tasks.

The premise is simple: Find it posted on a friend’s Facebook feed, and if you get it wrong, repost the riddle on your own wall and update your profile photo to that of a giraffe.

The original post was published on Oct. 26, and has since taken off with thousands of Facebook users worldwide.

Now it’s your turn–take the challenge, and let us know if you figure it out in the comments below. And remember, if you get it wrong, change your profile photo and repost the riddle!

For a detailed description of how the game works, watch the video below.

The Great Giraffe Challenge (Repost to your Facebook wall):

I’ve changed my profile to a giraffe. I tried to answer a riddle and got it wrong. Try the great giraffe challenge!

The deal is I give you a riddle. You get it right you get to keep your profile pic. You get it wrong and you change your profile pic to a Giraffe for the next 3 days. MESSAGE ME ONLY SO YOU DONT GIVE OUT THE ANSWER.

Here is the riddle: 3:00 am, the doorbell rings and you wake up. Unexpected visitors, It’s your parents and they are there for breakfast. You have strawberry jam, honey, wine, bread and cheese. What is the first thing you open?

Remember… message me only. If you get it right I’ll post your name here. If you get it wrong change your profile pic.

Week of Oct. 28, 2013

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Oct 25th, 2013

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

On Monday, chef Rob Rainford stops by with some great recipes. Plus, you know him from America’s Got Talent–Nick Cannon is by to share some exciting news.

Gentleman Husbands is in studio Wednesday with some of their favourite hits.

And it’s our big BT Halloween show Thursday. We can’t wait to show you what we have up our sleeves this year. It’ll be out of this world!

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!

Breakfast Television unveils its new mobile app

Winston Sih | posted Tuesday, Oct 22nd, 2013

For years, you’ve called Breakfast Television Canada’s number-one morning show, and now we have a brand new way for you to wake up with us.

The new Breakfast Television app for iPhone is free and available to all iOS and Android devices through the App Store and Google Play, and boasts a stunning, easy-to-use interface with the features you need to get your day started.

Among the features include video on demand, a live stream of the broadcast, a full seven-day weather forecast, and a social stream so you can stay connected to us while on the go.

The app’s built-in alarm clock will let you wake up with the voices of your favourite BT personalities, as well as easily watch a high-quality, full-screen video stream of Breakfast Television.

Download the app below, and watch the above video as Breakfast Television digital media correspondent Winston Sih gives you an in-depth tour!

UPDATE: For alarm clocks to ring through audibly, ensure that silent mode on your iOS device is turned off.

UPDATE 2: The Breakfast Television app is now available for both iOS and Android devices.

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

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.

Good luck!

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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.

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