Two Shady Characters

Hampton Catlin and Joey deVilla at Hampton's "Mad Men"-themed birthday
Photo by John Papamarko.

Here’s a photo of Hampton Catlin and me at his Mad Men-themed party on Saturday. Between the way we’re dressed and the graininess of the photo, it looks as if a hidden camera is catching us conducting some kind of sordid business deal. I love it!

Happy birthday, Hampton!


Sam Javanrouh’s Timelapse Video of the Yonge-Dundas Scramble Crossing

Scramble from Sam Javanrouh on Vimeo.

Last week, I wrote about the new scramble crossing at the corner of Yonge and Dundas. I haven’t yet had a chance to see it in action for myself, but luckily Sam “Daily Dose of Imagery” Javanrouh has posted timelapse video of the crossing. It’s not Shibuya Crossing, but it makes for interesting viewing.

[Found via BlogTO.]


The Original “Sarah Palin in a Bikini Photo” and the Republican National Convention Schedule

Yes, It WAS a Photoshop Job

Leigh Honeywell wins the prize for spotting the Photoshoppery in yesterday’s entry, titled The Preferred Costume for Halloween 2008. The original is here.

The original bikini photo
Not Sarah Palin, but probably one of her supporters.

The Republican National Convention Schedule

While we’re on the subject of barely-plausible-yet-believable Republican campaign stuff, here’s the schedule for the Republican National Convention:

Republican Convention Schedule
Image courtesy of Miss Fipi Lele.


“In a World…Without Don La Fontaine”

R.I.P. Don La Fontaine

We’re now in a world without Don La Fontaine, the voice actor whose work you’ve probably heard — he’s the guy famous for the deep voice-over in movie trailers that go “In a world…”

Here’s a short YouTube video on Don La Fontaine:

and here’s his GEICO ad:

R.I.P., Mr. La Fontaine.


The Preferred Costume for Halloween 2008

Since this Hallowe’en takes place less than a week before the U.S. presidential elections and women’s costumes have been getting skimpier over the years, may I suggest this Sarah Palin bikini costume for you trick or treaters?

Sarah Palin in a bikini, toting a rifle
Feel free to invent your own caption — post yours in the comments!

(You might want to see this entry as well.)


Accordion City and “Accordion Guy” Featured in National Geographic Traveler

C5 Restaurant
C5 restaurant in the Royal Ontario Museum.

National Geographic TravelerAccordion City gets the spotlight in the City Life section of the September 2008 edition of National Geographic Traveler.

Here’s the introduction to their piece:

Buzzing with 140 singular neighborhoods and a soundtrack of 150 languages, Toronto is anything but straight-laced. New architecturally bold museums, a celebrity-packed international film festival, and top-notch dining give the city plenty to brag about. But even with a population of five million in the greater metro area, Canada’s largest city boasts an emerald netherworld of parks and ravines for unpeopled moments with nature. Before a visit to Toronto, browse Traveler’s picks for the ultimate blogs, podcasts, newspapers, magazines, maps, and more essential resources.

Included in their list of notable blogs: this one!

The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the Twenty-First Century
Born in the Philippines, Toronto resident and rock-and-roll accordion player (no, that’s not an oxymoron) Joey deVilla presents an assortment of local highlights with his unique and insidery voice. Heed his picks for the city’s best burger and soft-serve as well as festivals worth attending, sprinkled among his personal politics and policy rants.

Go check it out — they cover Toronto’s blogs, podcasts, newspapers, magazines, maps, books and movies.


What’s Open in Toronto on Labour Day?

Want to know what’s open in Toronto on Labour Day 2012? Click here!

Vaughan Mills Mall
“Neighbourhood 6” in Vaughan Mills Mall.

According to the Toronto Star and other sources, here’s what’s open and closed in Accordion City today…

What’s Closed

  • Most department and retail stores, with the exception of the malls that are open for the holiday (see below)
  • Major grocery stores (some smaller ones will be open)
  • Liquor and beer stores
  • Government offices
  • Banks
  • Post offices
  • Libraries

What’s Open

The TTC and GO Transit will be operating on holiday schedules.

Want to know what’s open in Toronto on Labour Day 2012? Click here!

Bonus Reading: Malls

As you can see, three of the items in the “What’s Open” list are malls. If you don’t like the idea of shopping at malls, indie comic artist Peter Bagge — a recovering mall-hater — has Malls, a comic that might make you see them in a slightly different light. Here’s an excerpt:

Excerpt of the comic "Malls" by Peter Bagge
An excerpt from Malls by Peter Bagge.
Click the image to read the full comic.