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Published on May 29th, 2019 | by Alan Cross


Attention NBA fans: Here’s the battle between bands from Toronto and Golden State (okay, Oakland)

[Frequent contributor Gilles LeBlanc has set up a battle between the two cities with teams in the NBA finals which start Thursday night. – AC]

For obvious reasons, I have been remembering when the Toronto Blue Jays won back-to-back World Series titles in 1992-93. Didn’t think anything would ever approach that short of the Leafs (*insert sarcastic smirk*), but the Raptors’ run seems infinitely more momentous. Maybe that’s because basketball is played wider internationally, appealing to Toronto’s diverse multicultural population. Maybe it’s because every single little thing is blown up to the nth degree in 2019, tough to tell what’s really newsworthy anymore. Or maybe it’s all the attention Drake has brought onto them like he’s the bastard fanboy of Spike Lee and Mark Cuban.

I don’t have a problem with the passion the former Degrassi star turned global ambassador shows at games, but apparently, it’s drawn the ire of Golden State Warriors supporters Smash Mouth. The “All Star” singers must still think it’s 1999 and Drake is Eminem, as they’ve decided to pick a fight with Drizzy; well, tried to anyway, tweeting at him to keep his rah-rahs in check.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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