After another hard week filming Fraggle Rock, the Muppeteers would hang out here at the Pilot in Yorkville. “Jerry [Nelson, who did Gobo Fraggle, Pa Gorg, Marjory The Trash Heap, The Count, the original Snuffleupagus, Lew Zealand, Robin The Frog, Camilla The Chicken and Sgt. Floyd Pepper of The Electric Mayhem band] would often hold court at The Pilot with cast and crew members at the end of a busy week shooting the show,” Karen Prell (Red Fraggle) later remembered, “regaling all assembled with songs, stories and jokes in a range of hilarious voices until the late hours.” Dave Goelz was there too — Boober Fraggle, Uncle Traveling Matt, The Great Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Zoot, the saxophonist from The Electric Mayhem band. Plus Richard Huntx who’d been responsible for Beaker, Scooter, Sweetums and the heckling old Statler, as well as Janice from The Electric Mayhem band. On Fraggle Rock, he was one of two people tackling the role of Junior Gorg — the huge Gorg puppet was so complicated that two people were needed to operate it at all times. And there were *plenty* others too.
Seth Rogen is speaking to me out of the ceiling at Coxwell Station. I’d be much, much more excited about this if we hadn’t just blatantly stolen Vancouver’s thing. Can we not come up with our own ideas?
Learning about William Lyon Mackenzie’s rebellion through the stories of the ghosts that haunt his old house with @tourguys last week. They have free “fact or fiction” ghost tours on Friday nights. (And should totally talk to @by_summerleigh about her Mackenzie ghost story.)
Goooaaal! 3-0 TFC at the end of a week it felt like Toronto could really use at least a small victory like this.
Protest! The crowd gathers outside City Hall to keep that thug up the street from subverting our election.
Soldier’s Summit, Yukon. It was on this spot in 1942 that officials from Canada and the U.S. met to officially open the Alaska Highway. We're going to have a whole episode of @ThisIsCanadiana about this bizarre and spectacular road, built by the American military on Canadian soil to protect Alaska from Japanese invasion and to ship weapons and warplanes to Stalin. It changed the North forever.
The 130 year-old Great Hall on Queen Street. Where Tom Longboat once trained for his marathons, where refugees found shelter during the Second World War, where doctors and nurses fought the Spanish Flu, where the Royal Templars of Temperance campaigned to ban drinking in the early 1900s (last night we did not do them proud), where Toronto’s famous occult leader Dr. Watson once talked about “The Twentieth Plane” while Lucy Maud Montgomery sat in the audience unimpressed, where Sonic Youth and Feist and Metric have all played and astronauts, authors and prime ministers have all spoken... and where Erin & Kevin got married last night. #kewl2018
The @SpacingStore has a super cool pop up shop at Nathan Phillips Square — and they’ve got the Toronto Book of Dead for sale! I just snuck a dream about Samuel Jarvis’ deadly duel into one of the copies.
The @spacingstore has a super cool pop up shop at Nathan Phillips Square — and they’ve got the Toronto Book of Dead for sale! I just snuck a dream about Samuel Jarvis’ deadly duel into one of the copies.