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Game on: Rogers offering 4K ‘gigabit’ download speeds for NHL, Blue Jays games

CityNews | posted Monday, Oct 5th, 2015

Rogers is launching “4K gigabit” Internet speeds, including live broadcasting in 4K with HDR, taking viewers “closer to the action.”

With Rogers Ignite Gigabit, customers will get access to over 100 live sports events broadcast in 4K – four times the pixels of HD – including every Blue Jays home game next season.

“We are solving both problems in one go with the world’s largest commitment to 4K broadcasting and a new 4K set top box for customers that will allow customers to see sports and entertainment in the highest resolution and with the fastest internet speeds,” Guy Laurence, president and CEO of Rogers Communications said in a release.

“4K gets you closer to the action than the linesman and first base coach, and HDR brings those images to life with intense colour and contrast.”

More than over 20 NHL games this season will be available in 4K as well, starting with the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 23, 2016.

“As we go into year two of our 12-year partnership, it is exciting that Rogers is bringing even more innovation to the game and our fans,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “4K will deliver a broadcast experience like no other in sports and I’m thrilled Canadian hockey fans will get even closer to the game and action with this technology.”

Rogers Ignite Gigabit will be available in Harbourfront, Cabbagetown, Riverdale, King Street West, Queen Street West, the Financial District, Discovery District, Yonge and Bloor, and elsewhere in the GTA including Vaughan, Markham, Richmond Hill, Pickering, Ajax, and Whitby.

By the end of 2016, it will be available to more than four-million homes across Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

The “4K gigabit” Internet speeds will also be available on Netflix for original series such as House of Cards, Marvel’s Daredevil, and Chef’s Table. More than 100 hours of movies, series and TV shows will be available on 4K on shomi as well.

A 4K set top box and Rogers Ignite Gigabit Internet with unlimited usage is available for $149.99 atRogers.com/4K.

Tag and tow time for drivers parked illegally during downtown rush hour

CityNews | posted Monday, Oct 5th, 2015

Toronto police will be out in full force on Monday, targeting drivers who park illegally on rush-hour routes. Park illegally, and it’s tow time for you.

With the latest “tag and tow” blitz, police will be tagging and towing vehicles parked or stopped illegally on major streets bound by Dufferin Street, Bloor Street, Don Valley Parkway and Lake Shore Boulevard.

The blitz aims to combat gridlock by ticketing and towing vehicles that obstruct rush-hour routes.

Last month, Mayor John Tory said it is “selfish” and “unacceptable” for anyone who chooses to park illegally and block traffic on city roads, adding this is the only way to make the message clear to drivers.

Having a car tagged and towed comes at a hefty price tag for drivers.

A $150 fine will apply for standing, stopping or parking illegally on rush-hour roads between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Drivers whose vehicles are towed away will also face a towing fee of $200 and daily storage of $80.

During the last tag and tow blitz earlier this year, drivers faced a fine of up to $230 to get back their vehicle, while delivery trucks faced as much as $1,000.

Police have issued more than 61,000 tickets and towed over 12,000 vehicles since the campaign started in January. Around 960 of the vehicles had out-of-province licence plates.

Blue Jays will face West-champion Rangers in American League Division Series

Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Oct 5th, 2015

The Toronto Blue Jays will face the American League West-champion Texas Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.

Game 1 of the American League Division Series is Thursday at Rogers Centre.

David Price will start for the Blue Jays, while Yovani Gallardo is expected to take the mound for the Rangers to begin the best-of-five series.

Gallardo went 2-0 against Toronto this season and didn’t allow a run.

The Blue Jays had a chance to earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs but went 1-4 in their final five games after clinching the AL East, including a 12-3 loss Sunday to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Kansas City Royals, who led the AL for months, won five straight to end the season and earn home-field advantage.

Kansas City will face the winner of the AL wild-card game between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros.

In the National League, the New York Mets will face the Los Angeles Dodgers, while the Central Division-champion St. Louis Cardinals will play the winner of the wild-card game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs.

Whoever comes out of the American League will have home-field advantage in the World Series because of the All-Star Game.

While the Blue Jays popped champagne to celebrate their division title Wednesday in Baltimore, Texas needed a victory on Sunday to clinch the AL West.

Cole Hamels, whom the Rangers acquired at the deadline before the Blue Jays got Price, started the final game of the regular season and would be on regular rest to pitch in Game 2 Friday.

The Blue Jays have not announced a Game 2 starter, though the decision would seem to come down to Marcus Stroman or Marco Estrada.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos said the Blue Jays wouldn’t decide based on who’d be better to pitch at home but rather, “Who’s our best option to win that game.”

Whichever pitcher doesn’t get that start will likely go in Game 3 on Sunday, Oct. 11 at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey would figure to start Game 4 Oct. 12, if necessary, with Price lined up for Game 5 on Oct. 14 if it’s required.

‘Nuit’ to know: All-night art festival dominates weekend roundup

Patricia D’Cunha and Amber LeBlanc | posted Friday, Oct 2nd, 2015

Much of Toronto will be transformed into a giant art gallery at Nuit Blanche this weekend, but much to the chagrin of drivers it comes with road closures. On a positive note, the TTC and GO Transit are coming to the rescue with special service.

There are other events taking place in the city and beyond like the CIBC Run for the Cure, which is being held across Canada on Sunday

Nuit Blanche

“I want to turn the city inside out for one night with the help and energy of the community, so that Toronto creates a powerful image that will be remembered.” – internationally acclaimed artist JR.

The sunset to sunrise contemporary art event is celebrating its 10th year in the city. This year, there will be more than 110 projects by 400 artists. Seven of the projects are curated by artist JR as part of the Black and White Night exhibition. One of them is Inside Out, which showcases large-scale portraits of people making “strong” faces. There is free admission to all the Nuit Blanche installations.

The Inside Out project in 2013, part of the Black and White Night exhibition at Nuit Blanche 2015, curated by artist JR. SCOTIABANK NUIT BLANCHE
The Inside Out project in 2013, part of the Black and White Night exhibition at Nuit Blanche 2015, curated by artist JR. SCOTIABANK NUIT BLANCHE

Road closures
The following streets will be closed to motorists:

  • Queens Quay from York to Parliament streets, 4 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday,
  • Queen Street West from Yonge Street to University Avenue, 6 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday,
  • Bay Street between Dundas Street West and Queens Quay, 6 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday,
  • Queen’s Park between Bloor Street and Queen’s Park Crescent, 5 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday,
  • Queen’s Park Crescent from Queen’s Park to College Street, 5 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday.

Click here for more road closures from Toronto police.


Nuit Blanche 2015: Five installations to check out

CityNews | posted Friday, Oct 2nd, 2015

Saturday night marks the 10th annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, which turns downtown Toronto into a living art gallery.

Here are a just a handful of installations that you might want to check out between sundown on Saturday and sunrise on Sunday morning.

Beaufort 3: Glaciology


Part of the Work of Wind zone, Anandam Dance Theatre members will create a “living landscape,” forming a human glacier that will drift west along Queens Quay for the duration of Nuit Blanche.

The East Side Story

The Department of Imaginary Affairs spent the past few months going to local festivals, gathering stories that will make up the content of giant books displayed outdoors at St. James Park.

Inside Out

New York and Paris-based artist JR has curated seven projects for the Black and White Night zone. One of the projects is Inside Out, large scale full-frame portraits of people showing off what they stand for. Starting last Saturday, Torontonians were invited to take their photos in photo booth trucks across the city, and have them added to the installation.


Censored Cuban artist Tania Bruguera’s mystery project, part of the HTUOS/HTRON zone, will only be revealed on the night of the art festival. She is currently being held against her will in Havana. Bruguera was arrested in December of 2014 after trying to revisit her installation in Havana’s Revolution Square.

Tania Bruguera speaking at the Artes Mundi 5 prize announcement in Cardiff, Wales, on Nov. 29, 2012. GETTY IMAGES/Simon Burchel
Tania Bruguera speaking at the Artes Mundi 5 prize announcement in Cardiff, Wales, on Nov. 29, 2012. GETTY IMAGES/Simon Burchel

Light Cave

Described as “a cathedral of the spirit,” the energetic and colourful enclosure in the 10 for 10th – Memory Lane zone aims to join people together. “The main goal is to open a dialogue that is inclusive of all people under one Light Cave,” the artist group FriendsWithYou says.

The Live Cave installation by FriendsWithYou. Photo via friendswithyou.com.
The Live Cave installation by FriendsWithYou. Photo via friendswithyou.com.

If you’re heading out for Nuit Blancheclick here for our survival guide, complete with everything you need to know about the all-night contemporary art event, including a map of all venues and transit details.

Trending: Jays fans worried about Taylor Swift curse

Erin Criger | posted Friday, Oct 2nd, 2015

Toronto Blue Jays fans are worried about the so-called Taylor Swift curse as the singer prepares to play two sold-out shows at the Rogers Centre.

It goes something like this: every time Swift plays an arena or stadium that is also used by a baseball team, that team loses their next game.

Now, as curses aren’t real and athletes are responsible for their own fortunes, there’s not a lot of logic behind this.

There is, however, precedent.

According to ESPN, who crunched this all-important data, the Houston Astros have had a 8-11 recordsince her Sept. 9 concert.

The Washington Nationals have been eliminated from the postseason (and have a 32-39 record since her show) and so have the San Diego Padres, who have “gone 11-18 since Swift’s Aug. 29 performance at Petco Park.”

There’s also this 2009 photo of Swift, in her curly-haired days, with four members of the Pittsburgh Penguins. All of them have since been traded. From left to right, Max Talbot now plays for the Boston Bruins, Jordan Staal plays for the Carolina Hurricanes, Alex Goligoski plays for the Dallas Stars, and Tyler Kennedy is attending camp with the New Jersey Devils. .

Taylor Swift with four members of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.  NHL.COM.

The Jays have more than Swift to worry about: they need politicians to stop coming to their games, and they need to stay away from local superstar Drake. Let’s hope the rapper, who is always eager to boost his hometown (aka The 6ix), is too busy with the Toronto Raptors to bother with the Jays.

He may have doomed Serena Williams to losing at the U.S. Open, after cursing a string of teams in 2014. In that year, the Drake-supported Kentucky Wildcats lost in the NCAA finals, the Miami Heat lost the NBA finals, Toronto was eliminated early in the NBA playoffs, and now England in the world cup.

Let’s just remember, curses aren’t real.

And if they are? I hear Taylor Swift likes kittens. Maybe the Jays should bring her some.

iPhone eating up a lot of data? You may want to turn this feature off

Winston Sih | posted Friday, Oct 2nd, 2015

There’s a new feature in iOS 9 that promises to help supplement slow Wi-Fi connections with fast LTE data, but it may be eating up your data plan quickly.

The feature is called Wi-Fi Assist, and to toggle it on and off, navigate to Settings -> Cellular -> Scroll to the bottom -> Wi-Fi Assist.

To see what apps are consuming your data, go to Settings -> Cellular.


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