Toronto Legends

Toronto Legends

Personalities share their Toronto stories and memories with host Andrew Applebaum.

Episodes

June 23, 2022 61 min
Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to BodyBreak’s Hal Johnson about his multi-sport athletic career, his breakout appearance in a Tylenol commercial, the status of his iconic moustache [spoiler alert: it’s coming back!], how a fortuitous session on the pec deck led to his life/business partnership with Joanne McLeod, and why it’s now more important than ever to Keep Fit and Have Fun!
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Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to iconic actor, comedian, impressionist and author John Byner about his appearances on Ed Sullivan and Johnny Carson, voicing ‘The Ant and The Aardvark,’ working with Bob ‘Super Dave’ Einstein, his autobiography ‘Five Minutes, Mr Byner!’ and playing over 350 characters on 6 seasons of the BIZARRE comedy sketch series (filmed & produced right here in Toronto)!
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June 16, 2022 62 min
Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to iconic radio personality/podcaster/author Jeff Woods about the enduring appeal of classic rock, getting along with Alan Cross & Eric Alper, how his trademark voice developed [hint: smoking, alcohol, lack of sleep], his upcoming podcast Blue Hotel, and how often his is mistaken for Metallica’s James Hetfield (spoiler alert: daily)!
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June 15, 2022 58 min
Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to gardening expert Mark Cullen about being a Member of the Order of Canada, hitting the soil with the 7th generation of Cullens, maintaining ‘brand’ integrity, building Markham’s Eco-Sandbox, why you need to ‘think like a fish,’ and his positive experiences with David and Sharon Johnston, Ed Mirvish, Mel Lastman and Frankie Flowers!
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June 8, 2022 62 min
Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to Cheese Boutique’s Maitre Fromager Afrim Pristine about his food emporium, his cookbook, his food/travel docuseries, his new wine, the ‘cheese shot’ heard around the world, why the lactose intolerant can rejoice, grilled cheese tips, great places to eat in Toronto NOW, and where to picnic with the best views of the city!
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Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to World Series Champion/Former Blue Jay Rob Butler about starting out with Mom’s wrong-handed mitt, getting cut DURING a game at 12, team freezeout leading to the Seoul Olympics, unusual notification of his callup to the bigs, John Kruk’s wise words at 1B, Dave Stewart’s cleat kindness, 2 bros living the dream playing for their hometown Blue Jays, the Philly WS hotel conspiracy, breaking out his WS rin...
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Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to Sportscaster/Writer/Podcaster Paul Romanuk about 'Paul’s Friday Night Party' radio show, shishkabob skewers at Filmores, ‘The Penflip’ incident, hockey hotbeds Helsinki & Davos, Beatles Beatles Beatles, and ‘hidden gems’ for Beaches dining!
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Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to former Maple Leafs goaltender Ken Wregget about calling his shot on Draft Day, teaming up with Allan Bester, ‘the Save’, winning the Stanley Cup, stopping Joe Juneau’s OT penalty shot, sharing the ice with 66 and 99, and ‘Having Fun at the 31’ Sports Bar & Grille in PA!
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Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to NorthStar Gaming CEO Michael Moskowitz about the Apple Newton, the innovation of the hotsync cradle, his love for Halifax AND South America, the early trauma of wiring your car for satellite radio, his made-in-Ontario NorthStar Bets platform, and why CONTENT will be the differentiator in the burgeoning legalized gambling market!
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Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to Advertising Guru/Podcaster/Author Terry O’Reilly about great mentors, overcoming your ‘best’ mistakes, fist slam moments, solving for what’s stepping on your garden hose, driveway podcasts, and 17 seasons of being Under the Influence!
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April 28, 2022 47 min
Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to CreateTO CEO Vic Gupta about leading the City of Toronto’s real estate agency, its key projects within this $27 billion portfolio, working for and with Mayor John Tory, his ‘bromance’ with Aubrey Drake Graham, and where he goes to get the best East African food!
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Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to former Maple Leafs goaltender Allan Bester about playing in the NHL at 19, facing a barrage of rubber for the Leafs of the 80s, billeting with Bob Probert, sharing the bunker with Harold Ballard & King Clancy, how he got Gerry Cheevers fired, and why his post-hockey career in Orlando is sweet (hint: golf)!
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Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to ‘the sports voice guy’ Simon Bennett about reaching 500 Marlies games, the awesome 2018 Calder Cup championship run, crossing paths with some guys named Barack, Joe and Henry, and why it’s so tough to do play-by-play for swimming!
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April 19, 2022 49 min
Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to Celebrate Toronto’s founder/CEO Micayla Doria about throwing Toronto’s birthday party festival, the Toronto Made Market, why OCAD rules supreme, Guildwood Park’s sculptural sanctuary, Reservoir Lounge/El Mocambo/Orbit Room/Salad King/King Taco, and how to get the best view from Humber Bay bridge!
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Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to Toronto Star baseball columnist Mike Wilner about the Blue Jays, Lime Rickeys/Pickle Barrel/Jumbo Video, CIUT-FM 89.5 radio, Peter Gross’ influence, the Hardware City Rock Cats, working with baseball’s first blind announcer, and the irony of scheduling anarchist programming!
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April 15, 2022 63 min
Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to King of All [Tech] Media Marc Saltzman about betting big on MP3s, translating Geek to English, hanging at the Playboy mansion, and why ‘turn it off and turn it on again’ is still better than the help desk!
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April 14, 2022 61 min
Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to Toronto Mike from Toronto Mike'd about his 1000th episode, getting Chuck D to open up, and learning to play in the Internet sandbox.
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April 13, 2022 68 min
Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to Beck Taxi’s Kristine Hubbard about continuing the legacy of her Grandfather’s family business, ongoing changes in the industry, working with Jason Priestley, and some tips on passenger etiquette [hint: no snakes]!
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April 11, 2022 58 min
Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to writer and historical consultant Jamie Bradburn about being The Quizmaster, the joy of walking Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods, and why editors deserve more credit than they get!
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April 6, 2022 61 min
Host Andrew Applebaum speaks to educator, motivator, author and ‘Ultimate Hockey Dad’ Karl Subban about ‘potential’ as a 3 legged stool, his THREE boys’ path to the NHL, PK’s training hill and first pair of skates, his love for Ken Dryden and the Habs, and where to get the best Jerk in Toronto!
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