CanCon Flashback: Definition

Definition host Jim Perry on set

Definition host Jim Perry on set

The game itself was a groaner, we never cared for all that give a letter, take a letter stuff – but That Song sucked us in and Canada watched the game show Definition, with host Jim Perry, for 15 years.

From 1974 to 1989, Toronto housewives, with the help of CFTO TV personalities, would solve silly puns, sort of hangman-style, to win really low rent prizes. Even at a very young age, it was clear the prizes were really really, very cheap. Continue reading

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Uncle Bobby’s birthday ritual

Remember Uncle Bobby? Every Saturday, CFTO used to air a kids show starring “Uncle” Bobby Ash – the Merv-Griffinesque pantsuited ringmaster who would run sort of a puppet circus variety show.

What every Canadian of that era will remember is how at the end of each show Uncle Bobby used to do this strange, actually downright creepy birthday letter ritual. It went like this… Continue reading

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CanCon flashback: Rick Moranis making everyone uncomfortable

You know that Gerry Todd can do no wrong in my eyes. And as circular as this argument is, his endorsement of this video is enough to make it worthy.

But I wonder how Rick Moranis feels about this nugget today? Ipanema Rap circa 1989. Was it prescient insightful parody of early hip hop culture? Or the most awkward and uncomfortable Girl from Ipanema cover ever – delivered by two white guys who seem to be satirizing rap but getting their wardrobe from Spandau Ballet.

Rick? Are you out there?

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