50 Years of Toronto Basketball History | Hoops Talk Nation Podcast

It’s Canada Day here north of the border and as we celebrate my home country’s 150th birthday, I thought this would make for the perfect opportunity to share a recent interview I conducted with a good buddy of mine Lance Winn.
Lance is in the sports broadcasting business and much like myself grew up in Toronto loving the game of basketball.  It’s important to understand that in the early days of the sport, it’s popularity was nowhere what it is today.  There definitely were pockets scattered throughout the city where people gathered to play or watch and because camera phones didn’t exist, if you missed the action all you had to rely on was the stories of those who witnessed it first hand.
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 I talk to Lance about a DVD series that he produced called, “Hang Time: 50 Years of Toronto Basketball” which tells the story of these games that so many of us weren’t on hand to see for ourselves.  It reintroduces the legends and stories behind the rise of the city’s most popular sport, bringing together generations of Toronto’s basketball community to celebrate and appreciate those who paved the way for today’s successes. It was a great convo and an absolute pleasure to spend some time chatting about an era of basketball that served as a spark to a game that has captured a nation.
To order a copy of: “Hang Time: 50 Years of Toronto Basketball”

Canadian Urban Music Conference 2015

 

 

Canadian Urban Music Conference 2015

The 4th annual Canadian Urban Music Conference is Canada’s first city-style music conference with intimate and interactive seminars, A&R feedback sessions, VIP events at Private Members Clubs and live concerts for cutting edge music including Hiphop, R&B, and Pop. It provides music professionals with the tools to create, communicate and participate in this global multi-billion dollar music industry. It consists of a series of intimate and interactive workshops, A&R meetings, live concerts, networking lunches and private VIP cocktail events. CUMC is committed to giving professionals a competitive edge and a truly revolutionary way to Network… Learn… and do Business.

NBL Canada Stories: Anthony Johnson

During the 2012 NBL Canada draft, Anthony Johnson was made the second overall selection by the Moncton Miracles.  He would subsequently be traded and landed in Windsor where he was one of three players on the team to play in all 40 regular season contests for the Express.  The 6’5 forward would help the Express advance to the playoffs but they were defeated by the Storm in five games and his first year in NBL Canada would come to a close.  Johnson took his talents overseas where he experienced great success and traveled the world the next three years playing the game he loves. Looking to now play a bit closer to home, Johnson turns his sights in the playing in Canada once again. This is his story…

 

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About the National Basketball League of Canada

The National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) was founded in 2011, and is Canada’s only professional domestic basketball league. There are currently 9 teams, with two divisions: Central and Atlantic. The NBLC is committed to being one of the leading professional basketball leagues in the world. The NBLC provides Canadian athletes, international athletes, coaches and officials the opportunity to participate in the game they love at the professional level. The NBLC is also dedicated to raising awareness of the sport of basketball throughout Canada, by providing fans with an exciting and entertaining experience.

NBL Canada Visits Buffalo, NY!

The NBL Canada Combine Series pays a visit to Buffalo, New York in search of talented basketball players to join its league for the 2015-2016 season.

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About the National Basketball League of Canada

The National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) was founded in 2011, and is Canada’s only professional domestic basketball league. There are currently 9 teams, with two divisions: Central and Atlantic. The NBLC is committed to being one of the leading professional basketball leagues in the world. The NBLC provides Canadian athletes, international athletes, coaches and officials the opportunity to participate in the game they love at the professional level. The NBLC is also dedicated to raising awareness of the sport of basketball throughout Canada, by providing fans with an exciting and entertaining experience.

Toronto rapper, THRUST on the History of Canadian Hip Hop!

 

As an artist coming out of the T-Dot, THRUST has held an important role as one of the early pioneers that helped cultivate and develop the culture of hip hop to where it is today. Long before Drake became a worldwide phenom, it was rappers like Thrust who were doing their part to shift this underground movement into mainstream.

“Toronto is a very special place in the history of hip. A lot of people don’t really know because we only caught the light obviously in the last 5-7 years with Drake’s movement. And before that we hit with the “Northern Touch”which was the first one that was on an international level. But before that, its been here since the late 70’s and 80’s because we’re one of those cities that’s super close to New York. Even me, all my hip hop, all my growth, all my whole thing is because I was always travelling to New York. How it started was people like me that had family in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan – we just be going there since we were kids and we kept hearing the music and we would bring it back on mixtapes.”

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Check out this interview with THRUST as he offers up some historical perspective on the birth of hip hop in Toronto as well as touch on the mega smash single, “Northern Touch” which he did in collaboration with Checkmate, Kardinal Offishall,  Rascalz and Choclair. Northern Touch goes down as one of the most important songs in the history of Canadian hip hop.

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The 2014-2015 NBL Canada MOST Furious Finishes!

A collection of the most exciting finishes from the 2014-2015 NBL Canada season!

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About the National Basketball League of Canada

The National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) was founded in 2011, and is Canada’s only professional domestic basketball league. There are currently 8 teams, with two divisions: Central and Atlantic. The NBLC is committed to being one of the leading professional basketball leagues in the world. The NBLC provides Canadian athletes, international athletes, coaches and officials the opportunity to participate in the game they love at the professional level. The NBLC is also dedicated to raising awareness of the sport of basketball throughout Canada, by providing fans with an exciting and entertaining experience.

The 2014-2015 NBL Canada Mixtape!

Complete highlights from the 2014-2015 NBL Canada season.

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About the National Basketball League of Canada

The National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) was founded in 2011, and is Canada’s only professional domestic basketball league. There are currently 8 teams, with two divisions: Central and Atlantic. The NBLC is committed to being one of the leading professional basketball leagues in the world. The NBLC provides Canadian athletes, international athletes, coaches and officials the opportunity to participate in the game they love at the professional level. The NBLC is also dedicated to raising awareness of the sport of basketball throughout Canada, by providing fans with an exciting and entertaining experience.

Andrew Wiggins Highlights Canada’s Olympic Qualifying Roster!

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With 10 NBA players on Canada’s Olympic qualifying roster Minnesota Timberwolves, star Andrew Wiggins highlights a very talented roster and  most NBA laden team the national team has ever presented.  The top two teams at FIBA Americas will qualify for the Olympics in Rio next year. Canada’s men’s team has not qualified for the Olympic tournament since 2000, back when Steve Nash was on the squad.

“We have a talented mix of NBA and pro athletes and we’re excited to get them in the gym together,” Canadian coach Jay Triano said in a release. “This camp will be an opportunity to train, build team chemistry and prepare for a tough and important tournament with the goal of qualifying for Rio.”

Wiggins is joined by Anthony Bennett (Minnesota), Sim Bhullar (Sacramento),  (Orlando), Cory Joseph (Toronto), Andrew Nicholson (Orlando), Kelly Olynyk (Boston), Dwight Powell (Dallas), Robert Sacre (Los Angeles), and Nik Stauskas (Philadelphia) to make up the NBA contingent for the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament that tips off Aug. 31 in Mexico City.

Ejim recently signed with the Orlando Magic last week for the upcoming NBA season.

The 16 players will open training camp Friday in Toronto.

The first and second-place teams in Aug. 31-Sept. 12 tournament earn berths in the Rio Games. The Canadian men are looking for their first Olympic berth since 2000 in Sydney.

The roster’s remaining six players are Aaron Doornekamp, Carl English, Olivier Hanlan, Brady Heslip, and Phil Scrubb, who are all on European teams, and Jamal Murray, who recently graduated from high school and is headed to the University of Kentucky.

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NBL Canada Summer Combine 2015 – Washington, DC!

The NBL Canada Summer Combine Series took a stop in Washington DC on the hunt for new and talented players to compete in the league during the 2015-2016 season. Check out the recap!

Denham Brown presents: The 1st Ever CXI Basketball Clinic!

Canadian basketball legend, Denham Brown once scored 111 points in his senior high school year during a basketball game in 2002.

He subsequently would move on to become an NCAA champion in while attending UCONN, hear his name called during the 2006 NBA draft, play on the Canadian national team and have a successful professional career overseas.

As his playing days approaches the tail end, Brown’s desire was to assist the next generation of ballers learn the fundamentals of the game by sharing the lessons he learned over the course of his storied playing career.

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Brown hosted a youth basketball clinic at Falstaff Community Centre, called “CXI” which equates to 111 in roman numerals, referencing the historical game where he filled the stat sheet.

According to Brown, “111 is just an inspiration and the mind frame to be able to do something like that – I want these kid to have that mind frame that when they think of CXI”

Youth in attendance were also fortunate to have fellow Canadian baller Toronto Raptors point guard, Cory Joseph on hand as well.

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