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Description: Valerie In Toronto



A personal, sometimes-profane primer on things particular to Toronto and Canada, from a radio refugee born in the USA but Canadian by choice.



Last Build Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2014 23:07:22 PDT

 






Description For the Great Canadian National Day of Podcasting 2012

Sat, 01 Dec 2012 17:08:46 PST

This year, Valerie and Matt are on a bus in Bristol UK, trying to review her last two months here.

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All of this is explained better in the Tumblr Gert Lush, Eh?

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Description for the Canadian National Day of Podcasting 2011

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 18:03:27 PST

A year to the day since the last Description podcast episode, Valerie stands on a windy beach in Shediac, New Brunswick and tries to update you on stuff while fighting off pneumonia.

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Associated links
The Second (Great) Canadian National Day of Podcasting
Town of Shediac
Description 75: Be...In This Place
Description 73: The Dual Citizens (aka the one with the birth mother)
Movies For the Blind
Bayley on the Baize
Demo of my day job
"My City Was Gone" by The Pretenders (ironically now associated with a very unpleasant radio show in the U.S.)

Actually, I had some great material for National Podcast Post Month this year, but I was just too busy to even try to start. But I still want to put it out, so I suspect if there comes a month where I'm not as busy, NaPodPoMo or not, I'll put it out there, so hang in. Thanks!(image)


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Description Daily: December 1st

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 20:55:18 PST

For the Canadian National Day of Podcasting, Matt and Valerie review their National Podcast Post Month, with what they did and didn't learn. Concludes with Derek and Clive.

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Description Daily 30

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 19:08:28 PST

With pauses edited out, Matt talks on the phone with his pub landlord friend Ben, who fills in the holes of a story in which Matt shoots himself and an old woman, gets thrown in the trunk of car and finds himself on a 100-foot-high cliff.

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(Note: there'll be one more episode tomorrow, to celebrate The Canadian National Day of Podcasting.)(image)


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Description Daily 29

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 17:12:17 PST

Elsewhere in Valerie's podcast world...audio-described scenes from the cult favourite Dementia 13, part of Episode 148 of Movies For the Blind.

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Description Daily 28

Sun, 28 Nov 2010 21:23:31 PST

In Ohio, while watching a Manchester United game on tv, Valerie dad and Matt compare notes on their respective versions of football.

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Description Daily 27

Sat, 27 Nov 2010 14:48:16 PST

Matt and Valerie walk through downtown Buffalo, New York and inevitably go into a Tim Horton's.

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Description Daily 26

Fri, 26 Nov 2010 06:15:09 PST

With pretty bad sound quality, Valerie finds out more about one of Matt's favourite songs as a spanner (British for nerd, as he means it), "Quark, Strangeness and Charm" by Hawkwind.

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Description Daily 25

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 05:53:32 PST

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In High Park, Matt and Valerie chat with two women taking care of a well-behaved Sheltie dog with a difficult home life.

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Description Daily 24

Wed, 24 Nov 2010 08:06:43 PST

From another proper Description episode not completed, Valerie starts a soundseeing tour of the Art Gallery of Ontario and settles herself in the Henry Moore statue just outside.

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"Down by the Henry Moore" by Murray McLauchlan
Wikipedia explains the Shmoo
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Description Daily 23

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 12:05:23 PST

After Matt finds himself onstage with seven other guys doing another podcast, he and Valerie (who gets too loud again - sorry) discuss credibility and the dynamics of male conversation.

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Description Daily 22

Mon, 22 Nov 2010 16:05:56 PST

Matt talks about a stay in Blackpool, when a guest house owner had an unorthodox way of finding out who wrecked his stuff.

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/description/~5/CdfooZh5j2A/dd22.mp3




Description Daily 21

Sun, 21 Nov 2010 18:43:37 PST

Valerie meets up with Matt just after he discovers Canada's largest Christmas parade going on steps away from where they live.

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/description/~5/SauOq3G0EY0/dd21.mp3




Description Daily 20

Sat, 20 Nov 2010 15:15:50 PST

A voiceover artist with a terrible cold, Valerie finds herself being an announcer for one of the world's most famous series of infomercials.

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Description Daily 18

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 16:44:49 PST

Maybe the prototypical episode: Watching the World Series, Valerie explains some baseball and Matt explains some cricket while everyone else in the bar is watching the hockey game.

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Description Daily 17

Wed, 17 Nov 2010 11:15:33 PST

Matt talks about visiting a snooker tournament in Wales, complete with hand injuries, smoke-filled chalets, a drunken meeting with a hero and girl-on-girl action.

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Description Daily 16

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 15:39:28 PST

At Fynn's of Temple Bar before going to Podcaster LIVE Nite last week, Matt and Valerie discuss the wealth of Toronto stories left untold, and chat with one of the few non-immigrants remaining.

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Scarborough Dude's Dicksnjanes podcast
"Caker" in the Urban Dictionary
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Description Daily 15

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 19:27:52 PST

Valerie reads from the newsletter by Bob Lefsetz about his most recent encounter with Lars Ulrich of one of Matt's favourite bands (though more in the past than now): Metallica.

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The post Valerie read: "Lars"
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Description Daily 14

Sun, 14 Nov 2010 10:58:51 PST

After discovering the combination of orange juice and beer, Matt discusses the Black Velvet in different cultures and the Purple Nasty in his.

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Okay, you can't really be Canadian and mention Black Velvet without thinking of the Alannah Myles song. Sorry.
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Description Daily 13

Sat, 13 Nov 2010 11:58:25 PST

In what was supposed to be Matt's official podcast debut in April, the Manchester United supporter and Valerie walk to their first TFC game, with a bypass and a stop at the loo.

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Belated thanks to Toronto Mike
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Description Daily 12

Fri, 12 Nov 2010 18:40:30 PST

Matt and Valerie introduce you to the happiest speed metal band ever: DragonForce.

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(Btw, these guys are looking for a new lead singer. Check their site for details.)

Valerie's favourite sequence starts about 3:23.
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Description Daily 11

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 22:59:56 PST

For Remembrance (Veterans) Day, Valerie and Matt talk about a Bristolian looking for her Canadian soldier birth father, Matt's dad in a field of poppies and the charms of Weston-Super-Mare.

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Description 47 - Remembrance Day
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Description Daily 10

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 16:18:04 PST

At Podcaster LIVE Nite, Matt and Valerie (beware of her audio distortions - sorry) are visited by Keith McNally, a Canadian who tried living in New York City and decided there's no place like home....or at least Toronto.

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