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It’s been a week in which the Republicans’ worst nightmares have come true.  Donald Trump’s ‘locker room’ misogyny, caught on video in 2005, has horrified even his staunchest supporters.  America is a country in which one in five women will be sexually assaulted, a point made by the more than three thousand sexual assault survivors who took out a full page ad in The Washington Post calling for Republican leaders to stop ‘enabling’ Trump. 

Then came Paul Ryan’s public renunciation of Trump and the drama took another turn.  Trump has become an Act Five Macbeth, alone in his castle, trusting no one, lashing out at his own supporters and yet still believing that he is invincible, but the bad news just keeps on coming.  TV producer Chris Nee has suggested that she’d been told of the existence of ‘Apprentice’ tapes ‘far worse’ than the ‘Access Hollywood’ material.  It has been reported that conversations with approximately twenty people who worked on ‘The Apprentice’ indicate that Donald Trump would sexually harass women, often while the cameras were rolling, making the existence of incriminating tapes highly plausible.  NBC’s position on all of this is a little awkward. 

The organization claims that it didn’t release the ‘Access Hollywood’ tapes because of fears that Trump might sue, when the tapes did surface NBC dropped Trump’s co-conversationalist, Billy Bush, in an instant.  Perhaps surprisingly, NBC claims it doesn’t own the alleged ‘Apprentice’ footage.  The gatekeeper of the material seems to be the executive producer of the show, Mark Burnett, who according to Buzzfeed News, is a Trump supporter.  He is on record as saying that anyone releasing footage from the show would be in breach of contract and would have to pay a $5 million leak fee. 

Enter one of the world's top ranked poker players Daniel Negreanu, the six-time WSOP champ who became a US citizen last year, who has been prepared to alienate some of his fans by speaking out publicly against Donald Trump. Negreanu is offering $100,000 of his own money to facilitate the release of ’The Apprentice’ material.  In a tweet to billionaire businessman Mark Cuban he wrote: ‘@mcuban I’m in to donate $100,000 to the cause if you decide to take this on.’  

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Mark Cuban officially endorsed Hilary Clinton in July 2016 at a campaign stop in his hometown of Pittsburgh; he subsequently challenged Donald Trump to a four-hour interview for which he would pay the presidential candidate $10 million.  The offer was declined by Mr. Trump. 

Daniel Negreanu may well get to keep his money though, because there’s no shortage of people out there willing to pay the leak fee.  David Brock, head of a pro Hilary Clinton superPAC has already offered to pay the fine.  It won’t be lack of money that prevents the release of these tapes.  Whether they are released or not, whether they even exist or not, the damage is done, because the general perception is that the allegations are true.

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The healthcare industry is so broad that there are a host of career opportunities available to those who wish to make a difference in the lives of others, and there are advanced degrees, such as a master of science in nursing from Bradley University, that can take an existing career to new heights. Whether you prefer to work behind a desk or you want to be out in the field, working directly with patients to make them well, there are so many choices. But there are also several careers that you probably haven’t even considered. Keep reading to learn all about them. 

1. Dental Lab Technician

You may not have ever heard of a dental lab tech, but this professional will work closely with a dentist in order to prepare the materials that will be used to treat patients, including dental prostheses. In order to become a dental lab tech, you will need about two years of education after high school, and you will also need to have good hand-eye coordination, a bit of an artistic side, and an eye for color because you will often be asked to prepare mixes and match colors. 

2. Respiratory Therapist

The field of respiratory care is growing, so there is an increased need for professionals known as respiratory therapists, or RTs for short. In this position, you can be employed as a part of an anesthesiology team so you can monitor a patient during surgery, or you can even work in a field that allows you to diagnose sleep related disorders. An RT can also work in rehabilitation departments, home care settings, and emergency settings. 

3. Medical Machinist

If you have a mechanical aptitude, you can get an education to become a medical machinist. In this field, you will work on repairing, as well as constructing, a variety of medical equipment. You can begin working in this field with an associate’s level degree in a major like biomedical engineering, and the pay will be rather good. Just beware that this work can also be quite stressful. 

4. Healthcare Manager

Those who enjoy business related tasks but want to work in the medical field should consider becoming a healthcare manager. These professionals will be employed at a healthcare facility, and their job will be to take care of everything from accounting and budgeting, to evaluating personnel, analyzing data, managing risk, and more.  A masters of science in nursing is the place to start for this career.

5. Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy techs will work alongside licensed pharmacists, helping with providing prescription drugs to the patients who need them. If you do not want to become a pharmacist but you like the field, this could be the next best thing. Many pharmacies will provide on-the-job training, and there aren’t any federal licensing requirements either, so this job is accessible even if you do not want to pursue a costly college education.

These are just five of many careers in the medical field that most people don’t immediately think of. See which ones appeal to you, as you may be able to enter the medical industry in a capacity that you never thought possible.

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Choosing a watch to wear may seem like a simple thing to do at first glance, but there are actually several things to consider when matching a watch with your outfit. In order for your look to work, you need a watch that complements your wardrobe nicely. Not to worry -- we’ve put together a few tips here to get you started.

Pick a Watch from the Right Category

Similar to other fashion accessories, watches come in a wide variety of styles. Some watches are also designed to be unisex, while others cater particularly to men or women’s fashion.

Picking the right category is a good first step. Depending on the look you want to achieve, you can go with an analog or a digital watch. You can then dig deeper into the categories to find the perfect match for your outfit.

A dress watch, for example, usually comes with a plain white face and simple design. This type of watches doesn’t have an overly complicated set of accents. Dress watches work really well with simple dresses and suits for men, and they are perfect for formal occasions.

The skeleton watch is another interesting category. Watches in this category have their internal mechanism exposed, usually under a layer of glass or as the entire watch surface. These tend to be popular with the mechanically inclined, or anyone who finds the delicate workings of a timepiece similarly mesmerizing. But, visit Watches.com and you might be surprised to find skeleton watches that are perfect for your everyday look, and even for more formal occasions.

Leather and Metal

These two materials are quite commonly found in watches. The good news is, leather and metal complement each other really well. In fact, you should take the design of your watch as the centre of your fashion accessories. Again, this approach works really well for both men and women.

For example, you can wear a rose gold, semi-casual watch and pair it with other rose gold-toned accessories. An extra bracelet of the same tone or a pair of white gold or silver earrings work really well in this case.

Leather, on the other hand, can be paired with other accessories based on their colour or finish. If you’re wearing a brown leather watchband, try to match it with a purse that has the same leather colour and finish.

Your Watch and Shoes Should Work Together

A fashion-designer once told me a simple rule when it comes to choosing watches: go with a watch that pairs well with your shoes. This rule, as simple as it may sound, works every time. Since watches now come with interchangeable bands, it is also very easy to mix and match the entire look with ease.

There are still other things to consider when choosing a watch to match your wardrobe. The size of the watch is an important factor to take into account; never wear a watch that looks too big on your wrist. That said, the basic tips we discussed in this article are great starting points for a more fashionable and balanced look.

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Fall is upon us, which means two things: people are spending more time outdoors and the fall sports season is ramping up. Whether you're a die-hard professional sports fan or an avid outdoorsman, it's that time of year where weeknights and weekends are dedicated to your favourite pastime. Now that school has started, the tourists have gone home and the weather is ideal, it's a great time to go outside and enjoy the months ahead. Here are a few of our favourite fall activities.

Hunting

Fall is a great time for hunting as October opens antelope, bear, deer, elk and rabbit season in most states. With that said, turkey hunting is the most popular sport, beginning late October and lasting through mid-November. After you choose where to hunt, you'll need to research what you need to obtain before the trip, like a hunting license and a tag. For a successful season, you'll also want to stock up on all the essential hunting gear, such as calls to attract game, camouflage attire that blends with your surroundings, pocketknives, multi-tools and a fitting gun with ammunition.

PROFESSIONAL AND COLLEGIATE SPORTS

Fall is the best time of year to be a professional sports fan — the NFL is ramping up, the CFL is already in full swing and the MLB is prepping for the World Series. And as autumn progresses, September begins the college football season and October opens both the NBA and NHL seasons. From Monday night football with the guys to hot dogs and cold ones at an MLB playoff game, no time is better to dust off your old college swag as you cheer for your alma mater or throw on your favourite jersey and root for your beloved team. If you like to watch sports and play too, consider joining an adult sports league. Many cities offer sports like basketball, softball and football throughout the year.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

For those who prefer to make nature their playground, fall provides the best season for outdoor sports and activities. The heat and humidity of summer are gone and winter's wrath hasn't caused snow closures or below-freezing temperatures yet. This perfect weather is a great opportunity for local day hikes or longer weekend backpacking and camping trips. If you'd like to kick it up a notch, the cooler weather is also great for trail running. Perhaps you'll train for one of the fall season's many trail races held all over the country.

Another perk of the season is the low traffic at national parks, nature reserves, lakes and rivers. Fall is that moment of peace between two busy seasons, and with the foliage changing colours, it's arguably the most beautiful time of year to be outside. To absorb more of the season's beauty, consider hopping on your bike and riding through bike-friendly trails. If you're looking to plan an overnight adventure trip, like rock climbing, the low-traffic season also means better deals on hotels, guided tours and rental cars.

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Watch history in the making as adventure icon, Trip Deacon bravely becomes the first person to bike across the desert ... on a stationary bike. Created by John Dabrowski & Mark Odlum from The SmartDepartment.com.

 

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I had been an analog smoker for nearly a decade before I decided to go full-time with using electronic cigarettes (e-cigs). Analog is what you’d call your traditional cigarettes; it could be the pack you smoke or had rolled.

The hardest part of the transition, for me, was:

- Replicating the “harshness” of the puff

- Finding a flavour I enjoyed

- Not falling back to the easy accessibility of a pack

Replicating the “throat hit” is one of the first noticeable aspects of making a switch from analog to digital nicotine. A normal cigarette is very harsh because it’s burning tobacco so naturally it has a “weight” when it reaches your lungs and if you allow it to fill your mouth (especially with cigars).

Electronic cigarettes provide that smoking alternative which has fewer carcinogens but not always the same sort of experience. The disposable e-cigs you’ll often find in drug stores and gas stations are very weak to where you feel like you’re inhaling air. You may be receiving the nicotine you crave but because it doesn’t have that “punch” – it doesn’t quite keep you satisfied compared to what you have become accustomed to with normal, analog cigarettes.

The switch to electronic cigarettes, which use a larger battery, tank, and custom e-juice makes all the difference. It sounds diminishing but in a way you are trying to get yourself addicted to vaping versus the traditional smoking ritual.

With the right setup – you notice the difference and begin to make the switch:

- A comparable (or even higher) nicotine level will entice you to switch to an electronic cigarette because it gives you the same buzz without having to sit and burn through the entire thing.

- A flavour that matches your favourite brand, or delivers a higher quality, can easily take its place (such as switching from a natural, American Spirit to Virginia tobacco flavored e-juice); a flavour you enjoy will keep you actively using the vape setup versus bland flavours you’ll most likely find at local stores.

The setup also matters in terms of satisfying the oral fixation.

Many people cutting back on smoking generally switch to chewing on mints as a way to distract them from the hand-to-mouth motion of smoking a cigarette. An analog smoke is one where you know you’re likely sitting there or 5-10 minutes in this crazed ritual.

With an electronic cigarette, you can take a quick puff, set aside your vape, and continue on with the important tasks at hand – you have accomplished the routine but without the chain smoking that’s likely to happen when a pack or fellow smoker is around.

When you have the “throat hit” and flavour taken care of, along with some commitment, you’ll notice you can easily transition from an analog smoker to one that’s purely digital within a few days. The ease-of-access to a puff or two of your vape starts to show how you’ve cut down on chain smoking because you don’t feel obliged to finish each new analog you light up.

The last component of it all is in knowing the fact that it’s still very, very easy to fall back to old habits. An e-cig is great but sometimes you may feel the urge to taste an analog cigarette (especially so if you run out of battery or juice when you’re out partying). It’s not the end of the world if you switch back for a puff or two but don’t let it continue to slip.

Overall, switching from analog to digital is going to do wonders compared to inhaling all those toxins, spending a good deal of money for each pack, and what you’re missing out on when you have to take a smoke break. Remember that each time you start to feel like you’re slipping back – take a breather, remember you’re doing better than before, and it’s still only just nicotine.

Make the switch.

It may seem quite foreign to you, at first, but it’s a step in the right direction. Who knows? You may be able to use e-cigs as a stepping stone for quitting altogether – even if you don’t, it’s immensely better than what you’re putting in your body compared to burning actual tobacco.

It’s your choice. You’re not powerless to tobacco and nicotine.

Experiment and find the right blend of hardware, juice, and routine that will fit your lifestyle.

 

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At least 12 people took ill and five were taken to hospital on Tuesday after eating at Toronto’s annual exhibition, the CNE.

The news as to what exactly is causing this gastrointestinal sickness has yet to be uncovered but according to the CBC, one Ex patron reported that “his wife became sick after eating a cronut burger, seafood chowder fries, ice cream waffles and a smoothie at the CNE.”

Uhhh, DUH? Whether or not this ostensible ailment is related to actual contaminants or not seems moot. We at TORO feel that getting a tummy ache from eating what amounts to be two days worth of calories (most of which come from fat) in one sitting and then complaining about it is akin to sticking a hand into a beehive and whining that you were stung.

In other news, at least three people got nauseous after riding the tilt-a-whirl.

 

 

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The Toronto International Film Festival has just announced 75 (of the likely 250) movies that will play this year, and as per usual, the lineup is loaded with Canadian and international stars. You can check out the complete list below.

Opening the festival is Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate, the WikiLeaks film starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange.

Other big big movies making an appearance: Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt; Justin Chadwick's Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom with Idris Elba; Mike Myer's directorial debut, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.

As always, TIFF will be the world's greatest showcase for Canadian films. Also playing the festival will be Jason Reitman's Labor Day, Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot, Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, Jean-Marc Vallée's Dallas Buyers Club, Don McKellar's The Grand Seduction, and John Wells's August: Osage County.

TIFF 2013 will take place in downtown Toronto from September 5 to 15.

Related >> Film: TORO's Complete TIFF 12 Coverage

World Premieres
All Is By My Side (John Ridley)
The Art of the Steal (Jonathan Sobol)
Attila Marcel (Sylvain Chomet)
Bad Words (Jason Bateman)
Belle Amma (Asante)
Can a Song Save Your Life? (John Carne)
Cannibal (Manuel Martín Cuenca)
Devil's Knot (Atom Egoyan)
Dom Hemingway (Richard Shepard)
The Double Richard (Ayoade)
Enough Said Nicole (Holofcener)
For Those Who Can Tell No Tales (Jasmila Žbanić)
Going Away (Nicole Garcia)
The Grand Seduction (Don McKellar)
Half of a Yellow Sun (Biyi Bandele)
Hateship Loveship (Liza Johnson)
Ida (Pawel Pawlikowsk)
The Invisible Woman (Ralph Fiennes)
Labor Day (Jason Reitman)
Life of Crime (Daniel Schechter)
The Love Punch (Joel Hopkins)
Prisoners (Denis Villeneuve)
Quai d'Orsay (Bertrand Tavernier)
The Railway Man (Jonathan Teplitzky)
Starred Up (David Mackenzie)
Those Happy Years (Daniele Luchetti)
Violette (Martin Provost)
Visitors (Godfrey Reggio)
Le Week-End (Roger Michel)

International/North American/Canadian Premieres
American Dreams in China (Peter Ho-Sun Chan)
Blue Is The Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche)
Cold Eyes (Cho Ui-seok and Kim Byung-seo)
Dallas Buyers Club (Jean-Marc Vallée)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her (Ned Benson)
Don Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
Exit Marrakech (Caroline Link)
Felony (Matthew Saville)
Gloria (Sebastián Lelio)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino)
L'intrepido (Gianni Amelio)
The Love Punch (Joel Hopkins)
Joe (David Gordon Green)
Kill Your Darlings (John Krokidas)
Like Father, Like Son (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Man of Tai Chi (Keanu Reeves)
MARY Queen of Scots (Thomas Imbach)
Omar (Hany Abu-Assad)
One Chance (David Frankel)
Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch)
Parkland (Peter Landesman)
The Past (Asghar Farhadi)
Philomena (Stephen Frears)
Pioneer (Erik Skjoldbjærg)
REAL (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
The Right Kind of Wrong (Jeremiah Chechik)
Rush (Ron Howard)
Shuddh Desi Romance (Maneesh Sharma)
Tracks (John Curran)
Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
Walesa. Man of Hope. (Andrzej Wajda)
We are the Best! (Lukas Moodysson)
Young and Beautiful (François Ozon)

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Momofuku Milk Bar, Chef David Chang's temple to all things sweet and buttery, is now open in Toronto.

Co-founder and pastry chef Christina Tosi made the announcement this morning via the Toronto Star.

"We’re so excited to watch this come to fruition," she said. "It’ll be really interesting to see how it goes."

Located on the second floor of Chang's glass cube building next to the Shangri-la Hotel, Toronto's Milk Bar will be the first of its kind located outside of New York City.

Given the limited space, customers will be afforded what Tosi calls the "grocery experience": everyone gets a basket and selects what packaged goods they like. All of the food is baked in New York and shipped daily by UPS.

Available treats include blueberry and cream cookies, cornflake cookies, and of course, Tosi's legendary Crack Pie.

Related >> Daily TORO: David Chang On MSG's Goodness | Watch David Chang Eat Astronaut Food

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Child actor turned CGI stand-in Shia Labeouf is pissed (again).

Recently in Burbank, YouTube user PhilipJCaputo was riding his motorcycle when he noticed LaBoeuf staring at him at an intersection. You can watch the creepy incident below in the aptly titled video, "Shia Labeouf staring at me in Burbank."

Maybe LaBeouf was simply in character, preparing for his upcoming war film with Brad Pitt. Or maybe he's still shell shocked from the alleged live sex scenes he participated in for Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac. Or maybe he's just a douche.

Sadly, we may never know.

Related >> Daily TORO: Here's Footage of Reese Witherspoon's Drunken Arrest

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In a recent interview with the New York Times, Greatest X Ever Woody Allen said that he'd like to do a buddy comedy with Louis C.K. Can you imagine how much complaining would be in that movie?!

When asked about his decision to cast C.K. in the upcoming Blue Jasmine, Allen had nothing but praise and added that he wants to work with the comedian again.

"I’d love to do a movie with him and me, a comedy," Allen said. "But some day, I will get something that we could do together, because I do think it would be fun. I’m such a great fan of his."

Allen couldn't come up with an adequate script for himself and C.K. before deciding to go ahead and film his current Emma Stone / Colin Firth project.

The director also expressed his interest in returning to standup after recently seeing one of his idols, Mort Sahl, perform in New York.

"He inspired me [in the 1950s] to be a standup comic, and all these years later, I thought of it again because of him," said Allen. "He makes that phenomenon so enticing."

Related >> Daily TORO: Watch the Trailer for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine

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Yesterday, we held a contest via the TORO twitter feed to give away a stellar pair of Bang & Olufsen headphones. In it we asked for your favourite summer tune. Sadly, there was only one winner but the good news is, for the runners-up, we’ve put together a playlist from your picks. Here it is.

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke

This release by the somewhat unlikely popstar (who also happens to be the son of 80s sitcom dad, Alan Thicke) seriously reaps the benefits of its producer, Pharrell Williams. And despite the stiff, awkward talent that is #Thicke, “Blurred Lines” has a smooth beach ball beat that carries the tune easily from poolside to patio. To borrow the words of Mr. Thicke, “maybe I’m deaf, maybe I’m blind,” but for whatever reason, it works.

Same Love – Macklemore

A slow, socially conscious beat reminiscent of Tribe Called Quest with less anger and more heart. Perfect for road trips and long runs.

Summertime – Beyoncé

Nothing says summer like the smoky, throaty falsetto that indicates Ms. Knowles is in da’ house - especially when she repeatedly sings the word “summertime.” So, what can we say?  It’s on the list.

Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert

A whimsi-comedic country tune in the spirit of Dolly Parton, “Mama’s Broken Heart” is a (don’t) pull up your socks breakup song that favors meltdowns over makeup.

 

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime

Equal parts actor and rapper (not much of either) Will Smith managed to drop this perfect time capsule of a tune back in 1991.  Breezy beats, clean rhymes and really big tee-shirts (?) keep this song relevant. 

Janis Joplin - Summertime

As it happens, the living wasn’t so “easy” for Ms. Joplin but GOD did singing come naturally to her – as naturally in fact as a warm breeze on an August day. In many ways Ms. Joplin’s voice WAS the summer – quiet, heated and quickly fleeting. She owns this song. 

Daft Punk – Get Lucky

Wow, that Pharell guy really gets around! At any rate, unlike “Blurred Lines,” this autotuned tune unquestionably belongs to the Daft Punk brand and, come on; it’s a sick track. We dare you to not press repeat. WE DARE YOU!

Beck – Defriended

This track from the original hipster wraps around your ears as if you were listening from inside a boom box atop his shoulders. For this reason it’s summerlike. Otherwise, it’s actually kind of dark.

Bryan Adams – Summer of 69

We would be remiss if this storied tune didn’t show up on a summertime playlist. But it does beg the question: Really?

 

 

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Only a week after its premiere, the it's-good-because-it's-a-piece-of-shit TV movie Sharknado is already getting a sequel.

According to fellow linkers Coming Soon, Syfy has greenlit Sharknado 2 for a 2014 premiere. And this time the airborn predators will be landing in New York City. 

"Every once in a while, there is a perfect storm," said Thomas Vitale, Executive Vice President, Programming and Original Movies, Syfy. "The fans are clamouring for a sequel."

In case you have a life, Sharknado is movie about an ecological phenomenon that involves sharks falling from the sky via tornadoes, eating everyone in sight. The movie is a viral success built on a campaign of Internet hype similar to those of The Room and Snakes On a Plane.

Syfy also announced a Twitter contest wherein fans are encouraged to tweet a potential subtitle for the sequel to @SyfyMovies using the hashtag, #Sharknado

Related >> Talking To: The Room's Tommy Wiseau

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Last week, after learning that seven-foot manchild Dwight Howard had finally found a home with the Houston Rockets, NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal took out his knives and claimed that the young big man could not handle the "bright lights" of Los Angeles, and would fare better in a "little city" like Houston.

Obviously, Rockets fans were pissed, but perhaps none more than one little guy with a big mouth.

Witness below the greatest kid ever, a kid so ballin' he threatens Shaq with a big, "Don't ever disrespect Houston like that again!"

The little man calls Dwight Howard the best centre in the NBA, a statement with which we'll have to humbly disagree, but you got to love the kid's spirit.

Related >> Throwin Smoke: Houston's Rocketman Will Look for Exit | Daily TORO: Bargnani Out, Hansbrough In

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This morning the Polaris Prize Short List was announced at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. And here it is:

1. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
2. Zaki Ibrahim – Every Opposite
3. Metric – Synthetica
4. METZ – METZ
5. Purity Ring – Shrines
6. Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
7. Tegan And Sara – Heartthrob
8. A Tribe Called Red – Nation II Nation
9. Whitehorse – The Fate Of The World Depends On This Kiss
10. Young Galaxy – Ultramarine

All of the nominees are worthy, but based on our reviews, TORO Music has a particular affection for Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Young Galaxy. But we're not on the Polaris jury.

In case you didn't know, the Polaris Prize uniquely honours Canadian albums based solely on artistic merit, awarding the winner a $30,000 prize.

Past winners include Feist, Arcade Fire, Fucked Up, and Karkwa.

The Polaris Gala will be held on September 23 at The Carlu in Toronto

Related >> Music: A Chat with Young Galaxy | In Conversation with A Tribe Called Red

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Finally: A Hollywood movie about slavery that is actually told from the perspective black slaves and directed by a black person. Witness below the trailer for Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave.

The film chronicles the real-life story of Solomon Northup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free African American living in New York who is kidnapped into slavery.

Also in the film are Michael Fassbender (playing a slave owner), Brad Pitt (playing a Canadian abolitionist), Michael Kenneth Williams, Quvenzhané Wallis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, and Paul Giamatti.

You could say 12 Years a Slave is Django Subverted, a sober, authentic counter to Tarantino's outrageous fetishization of violence and slavery in the South.

The film is scheduled for limited release October 18.

Related >> Film: TORO Reviews McQueen's Shame | TORO Reviews Tarantino's Django Unchained

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Fresh from their stay in the Mushroom Kingdom, Passion Pit have just announced a fall tour with four Canadian stops. You can check out all of the dates below.

The dance mavens will visit Calgary for X-Fest August 31, Edmonton for the Sonic Boom Festival September 1, Saskatoon September 3, and Winnipeg September 4.

With the tour, Passion Pit continues the support of their formidable album Gossamer.

The band will also play two "make up" shows at New York's Pier 26 for those who were unable to attend their February Madison Square Gardens show due to a blizzard at the time. Proceeds will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Related >> Music: Chatting with Passion Pit | TORO Reviews Passion Pit's Gossamer

08-10 Somerset, WI - Summer Set Music
08-24 Monterey, CA - First City Festival
08-30 Chicago, IL - North Coast Music Festival
08-31 Calgary, Alberta - X-Fest
09-01 Edmonton, Alberta - Sonic Boom Festival
09-03 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - The Odeon
09-04 Winnipeg, Manitoba - Garrick Centre
09-06 New York, NY - Pier 26
09-07 New York, NY - Pier 26
09-08 Boston, MA - Boston Calling Festival
09-29 Charlottesville, VA - nTelos Wireless Pavilion
10-01 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
10-02 Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggys
10-03 Birmingham, AL - Iron City
10-05 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10-07 Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
10-08 North Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
10-10 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Music Park
10-11 New Orleans, LA - The Civic Center
10-12 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10-15 Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Center
10-16 Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
10-18 Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House
10-19 Portland, OR - Theatre of The Clouds 
10-21 Sacramento, CA - The Theatre at Sleep Train Arena
10-22 San Diego, CA - Open Air Theatre
10-25 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
10-26 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
10-27 Las Vegas, NV - Life is Beautiful Festival
10-29 Kansas City, MO - The Midland by AMC
10-31 Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center
11-01 Atlantic City, NJ - Showboat Atlantic City
11-03 Norfolk, VA - The Norva
11-08 St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
11-09 Tampa, FL - Live Nation Amphitheatre
11-10 West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre

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Toronto electro-pop favourites Austra have just released their new video for "Painful Like." You can watch it below. 

The video's like a low-budget version of Videodrome starring 20-something rollerbladers instead of James Woods. Also, glowsticks.

If the video is any indication, Austra seems to be having more fun than ever in terms of sound and performance. And the more permanent arrival of the back-up singing Lightman sisters adds a welcome tonal counterbalance to founder Katie Stelmanis's soaring voice. 

"Painful Like" is the third track off Olympia, the band's second studio album. You can pick it up wherever people "buy" music these days.

Related >> Music: TORO Reviews Austra's Olympia | TORO TV: Catching up with Austra

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If you're like us, your dream is to hear legendary actor Morgan Freeman recite Taro Gomi's classic children's book, Everyone Poops. Also, wouldn't it be great if they started making English muffins a little bigger so they could hold more sandwich ingredients?

Luckily for us, the former dream has come true, thanks to YouTube impressionist Joseph Scales. You can watch his uncanny performance below.

We particular enjoy "Mr. Freeman's" reading of the two-hump camel poop line. He brings so much conviction.

So, the man who played God, Nelson Mandela, and the voice of Visa at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, can cross another great role of his list.

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Lord knows that we love you Little Miss Carly Rae Jepsen, but you suck at throwing baseballs.

On Saturday at the Rays-Astros game in Tampa Bay, the Canadian songstress was asked to throw the ceremonial first pitch. And she failed. You can watch the spectacle below.

To be fair, the last time Charlie Brown Jepsen threw a first pitch, she threw a strike right down the middle.

It's a good thing that Jepsen is adorable and rich and a pop sensation. Otherwise we'd feel bad for her.

Related >> TORO TV: Carly Rae Jepsen Performs in the TORO Garage | A Chat with Carly Rae Jepsen

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