A future Hollywood heavyweight has an early excellent adventure.
What we need in this country and what people look for is a Margaret Thatcher. - MP candidate Peter Worthington
Politics may not be a man's game, but you have to turn into a pseudo-man to play it. - feminist Germaine Greer
Give me Brian Mulroney for several weeks. I'll eat him alive. - Jean Chretien at the Liberal leadership all-candidates meeting
Technology makes war more capital-intensive and less labour-intensive. It makes war more acceptable. Fewer soldiers dying and fewer mothers in the U.S. Midwest freaking out. - Derek Rasmussen of Ottawa Microtechnology Group
I believe in free enterprise with a heart. - John Turner at Liberal leadership all-candidates meeting
We are all the lords of this world, and whether you see it as positive or negative, it entertains us with drugs, sex and disco. - aboriginal artist and mystic Norval Morrisseau
I can't go anywhere without being recognized and I wouldn't change it. It's a pain in the ass for about a minute. - Jerry Lewis on stardom
I know it's about vampires, but I like to think of it as a relationship movie. - Susan Sarandon on The Hunger
"This jingoistic, musically and thematically redundant album is proof that you can start a fire without a spark (of an idea). It is a boring album - too self-referential, as Springsteen wears deep ruts in the overly travelled pathways of his youth." - on the Boss's Born In The USA, which spawned seven top-10 singles and sold 15 million copies
"One could go on about how bad it is, but it would be uncomfortably akin to kicking a cripple to death." - about Two Of A Kind, with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
"Daryl and John are back on the charts with a hot new set of rock and soul tunes, indicating that there's no limit to the duo's capabilities." - about Hall & Oates's Big Bam Boom
"It has an air of grindingly unpleasant sadism, an appallingly active level of racism, long sequences that are less allusion than plagiarism and not a single performance that could be called acting." - about Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
"The celebrated incident that saw Rough Trade's Carole Pope pick up Anne Murray's Juno Award years ago seems less and less ironic thanks to their latest album." - about Rough Trade's O Tempora! O Mores!
"It's only apropos that the Ontario Censor Board has made trouble for Forbidden Films, the festival of films that have been banned in their country of origin for political reasons." - about the Forbidden Films Festival
Top 10 albums
Psychedelic Furs Mirror Moves Men Without Hats Folk Of The 80's
Laurie Anderson Mister Heartbreak
Jane Siberry No Borders Here
Black Uhuru Anthem
Parachute Club Feet Of The Moon
Prince Purple Rain
Hugh Masekela Technobush
Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual
Top 10 movies
This Is Spinal Tap
Broadway Danny Rose
Beverly Hills Cop
The Killing Fields
in this year
The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale.
Michael Jackson's hair goes up in flames while shooting a Pepsi video.
Just in time for Valentine's Day the city hands out free condoms as part of Birth Control Week.
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announces his retirement, paving the way for John Turner as Canada's 17th PM.
The Young Offenders Act is introduced
Andy Kaufman, Taxi's lovable cabbie Latka Gravas, dies of cancer.
NOW's circulation reaches 60,000.
Inspired by election victories in West Germany, the Green party announces it will field six candidates in Toronto and 59 nation-wide for the next federal election.
Canada wins more medals than ever before at the L.A. Olympics, mostly because of the Eastern Bloc boycott.
SCTV finishes its run.
Pope John Paul II is accorded rock-star treatment as 300,000 attend mass at Downsview Airport.
To protest the Pope's visit to Montreal, retired U.S. soldier Thomas Bernard Brigham bombs Central Station, killing three people and wounding more than 30.
Brian Mulroney wins the federal election with the largest majority in Canadian history.
Challenger astronaut Marc Garneau is the first Canadian in space.
Fearful small business owners along the low-rent avant-garde Queen West strip between University and Spadina say the area is on track to becoming a Yorkville clone after small independent business rejuvenate the area. Hey Parkdale, sound familiar?
George Orwell was wrong. Mostly.