Monthly Archives: February 2014

I was in Grade 9 when Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road double album was released. For the longest time, my buddies and I would only listen to one song - Benny and The Jets. In fact, we would actually drop the needle on that one song and never listen to any other tracks. Then one day, someone had the brilliant idea of actually listening to the whole side, Suddenly we were enthralled with Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding and the entire album.

Elton John performed Feb. 12 at the GM Centre in Oshawa. PHOTO BY JEFF HURST
Elton John performed Feb. 12 at the GM Centre in Oshawa. PHOTO BY JEFF HURST

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road remains my all-time favourite album and I was fortunate enough to see Elton John perform Feb. 12 in Oshawa.

Elton John's current tour celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and he came to entertain.

During his two-and-a-half hour show, Elton John brought (more…)

seahawks_logoFor anyone who knows me, I have been a Seattle Seahawks fan for 40 years. Even though I'm Toronto-raised, I spent three years in Victoria, B.C. and that's when my love affair with the Seahawks began.

Well, even earlier. I first became aware of the Seattle Seahawks when I was living in Thunder Bay and I heard of a wide receiver named Steve Largent. He spent 13 years with the Seahawks, was selected to the Pro-Bowl seven times and held all major NFL receiving records when he retired and was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

But, no Super Bowl for the Seahawks. They've only made two appearances in the Super Bowl - losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-10 in 2006. That hurt.

But even more painful was last year's playoff defeat to the Atlanta Falcons. During the 2012 season, the Seahawks defeated the Washington Redskins in the Wild Card round (more…)

I didn't know that Philip Seymour Hoffman had a drug problem, but it comes as no surprise that his life ended tragically. Like the roles he played, Hoffman always seemed to be on the outside looking in.

The frustrated baseball coach in Moneyball, the lonely, lost gay friend of Mark Whalberg in Boogie Nights, and his brilliant portrayal of Truman Capote in Capote, showed an actor who was better than his craft. A truly gifted actor, but he somehow seemed flawed by the characters he played, by the notes he hit in each role.

There was always a darkness no matter what the movie. And other than Capote, he seemed to be bored by the big-budget roles. The Hunger Games seemed a strange fit, and his villainous turn in Mission Impossible III just wasn't quite there.

He was much more comfortable, and brilliant, in the smaller, juicier roles. He stole every scene he was (more…)