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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!


Hamilton mom wants school to ban dairy products

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Jan 15th, 2014

A Hamilton mother has pulled her 6-year-old daughter out of school and filed a human rights complaint because she says the school hasn’t accommodated her child’s life-threatening allergy to dairy products.

She wants the school to ban dairy so her daughter can enjoy her experience at school without the threat of severe allergic reactions.

The story has opened up a storm of controversy and CityNews reporter Tammie Sutherland has a full report in the below video.

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!


Rain heading to Toronto, GTA under special weather statement

CityNews | posted Friday, Jan 10th, 2014

Warmer temperatures and rain could be heading to Toronto and the rest of the GTA on Friday, Environment Canada warned.

The federal agency has issued a special weather statement for the region, warning that widespread fog patches and areas of freezing drizzle are likely on Friday morning.

680News meteorologist Jill Taylor said Toronto will see a cloudy Friday with some flurries ending by the afternoon, followed by flurries or showers in the evening.

“A centimetre or two of snow this morning, mainly for the west end. We get a break for the afternoon, generally just a cloudy sky, and then showers and flurries mixing in through the evening hours, so your drive home could be slippery as well,” Taylor said.

The GTA received more snow overnight, which made for slick driving conditions during the Friday morning commute. The 680News traffic department reports vehicles spun out on several routes.

There’s a high of 2C in the forecast, Taylor said, and the temperature is expected to rise overnight.

The same deepening low pressure system will bring widespread fog patches and areas of freezing drizzle across the GTA. It should clear later in the day, Environment Canada said.

Late Friday evening, the rain will move into southwestern Ontario and eastward. About 10-20 millimetres of rain are expected, and for most areas, it will end by Saturday afternoon.

Ponding and flooding are a concern with the incoming rain and melting snow and ice. Peter Noehammer with Toronto Transporation told CityNews on Thursday they have crews out with bobcats and front-end loaders trying to open clogged catch basins.

With files from Erin Criger and Jaime Pulfer

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