SuperBowl, SuperBowl, SuperBowl … what can I say … it came, it was extended and ended with a bang. The power outage in half of the stadium which saw the game delayed by 30 minutes, was the talk of the night as was Beyonce’sshow-stopping performance. Much to the delight of several audience members was the Baltimore Ravens victory. I don’t know … I was rooting for the San Francisco 49ers the whole time and while the 49ers were beginning to find their mojo after the blackout, much to my dismay they were defeated 34-31. Bummer. Well there is always next year … With Ray Lewis playing his final game, Baltimore’s win could not have come at a better time. Congratulations Baltimore Ravens … grrrrr

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And The Oscar Goes To …

I have a tendency to want to catch up on all the movies receiving hype so that my Oscar-viewing pleasure is at its optimum. This year I have managed to pencil in one, that’s right, one Oscar-nominated film — ‘Silver Linings Playbook’. It is a weird name for a film but never judge a movie by its title is what I say.

Jennifer Lawrence did an outstanding job of playing a normal dysfunctional person as did her leading man Bradley Cooper. The chemistry between the two was perfect and Cooper did a fab job himself of playing crazy dysfunctional. I predict Jennifer will nab a statue for Best Actress this time around but I’m not so sure if the Academy will hand over Oscar to Bradley.

Zero Dark Thirty has an intriguing title but is that enough? I haven’t seen it yet but plan to do so very soon. Reviews are in and critics are loving it. Les Miserables looks favorable for Anne Hathaway and possibly for Hugh Jackman. I don’t know though, that Lincoln movie is also the talk of the town. Could Daniel Day-Lewis be so lucky again? Probably.

Somehow I think the Academy gets it all wrong and some years I think they’ve got it bang on. Can someone please tell me why Anna Paquin won for ‘The Piano’? Why didn’t Don Cheadle win for ‘Hotel Rwanda’ as was Ryan Gosling for his brilliant performance in ‘Half Nelson’. Is it a politics thing or is it timing — a response to the trends? Sometimes I think I have it all figured out. I say to myself, there is no way they are going to give it to so and so because they are a newcomer and they have to earn their creds. Not the case for first-time nominee Hilary Swank in ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. Annette Bening was nominated over four times and has been  in the biz longer than Hilary but she wasn’t so lucky.

I didn’t catch the SAG awards last night but it is a pretty good indicator of who will be taking home what. There is still time to make an educated guess as to who will emerge triumphant on the night of the Academy Awards, by seeing these epic films on the silver screen, and just as each announcer  says “And the Academy goes to …” I’ll probably be saying, “And the Oscar should have gone to …”

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Yesterday like no other

Yesterday was not like any other day, it was super special. I had the opportunity to be a part of the ‘When Sisters Speak’ audience down at The St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts. It was a great turnout for the evening coming from far and wide to see their favorite spoken word artists perform. On the list were radio host Jemeni from G98.7, Toronto’s up-and-comer Britta B, d’bi young and many more. After 13 years, show presenter Up From The Roots still has it goin’ on!

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Today Like No Other

I have less than a week to prepare for some big time moderating duties. The topic of discussion is Defining the Canadian Urban Voice. I was invited to ask questions of six panelists by Kya Publishing founder Stacey Marie Robinson. Their work is varied and their interests are wide but what they all have in common is a desire to discuss the Canadian Urban Voice. I’m looking forward to a thought-provoking afternoon at Malvern Public Library and for all those in the Toronto area, I hope to see you there! Feb. 2 at 2 pm.

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Loving the Toronto Public Library

There are so many reasons why I love the Toronto Public Library. It provides a wealth of services for patrons round the clock.

The numerous books, dvds, sheet music, paintings (yes you can sign them out), magazines, e-material and the list goes on. There is the bookmobile too which houses the largest amount of feature films that I have ever seen is a good bet too. But it wasn’t until recently that I discovered the library has special services for seniors as well.

Their Home Library Service is available for Toronto residents who are homebound for three months or longer due to age, illness or disability. A variety of library materials, including books, paperbacks, large print books and talking books, are selected and delivered free of charge. I have always been a supporter of the Toronto Public Library and will continue to do so because of the wonderful services.

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Natalie Cole Concert Cancelled

Probably the most disappointing part of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival was the cancellation of Natalie Cole’s performance at the Sony Centre today. Apparently bad weather made travelling a no-no from New York. Lot’s of unhappy people were in the house but life happens. You learn to roll with the punches, dodge the bullets and try desperately not to cuss a mean streak as you haul yourself back on to the subway at Union. Speaking of which, the place is showing no signs of the previous flooding that took place there a few weeks back. The aftermath that was the flood that saw thousands stranded and others wading in raw sewage is now spotless!!

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Union Station Flood

Things were a mess at Union station today. Heavy rains led to flooding which led to sewage backing up which eventually led to chaos at Union and the Royal Bank Plaza. Over 100 buses were dispatched to shuttle  weary riders away from the murky flood. I can just imagine the shoving to get on to one of those buses.  What a way to end the day.

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