Monday, February 08, 2016

Motorcycle Show Toronto 2016 coming February 19

The groundhog saw its shadow and said that it would only be three weeks until the Motorcycle Show. The cuddly prognosticator guessed right and the show takes place February 19-21 at the Enercare Centre in Exhibition Place. Visitors will also get a chance to win a 2016 Triumph Street Twin motorcycle and you can purchase advance discount tickets at select motorcycle dealers.
This will be the 29th anniversary of the National tour which showcases industry with over 500 bikes on display from some of the world's most famous brands and the newest models of motorcycles. Also featured will be the bike's slower cousins - scooters, ATVs, along with all the motorcycle gear and accessories you will probably ever need.
The Friday opening is She Rides Nite: "Women are taking to motorcycle riding at a record pace and we'll celebrate that on the Friday evening of the Show (Feb. 19). She Rides Nite features half-price Show admission for ladies after 5 pm (and free parking after 5pm), and industry experts will be on hand to provide information and advice specific to the needs of the female rider. There's a ladies-only draw that night to win a new 2016 Kawasaki Ninja 300."
Stunt riders from Team Empire Freestyle Stunt Team will be smoking up the concrete surface within the cavernous exhibit hall G which will also hold the Yamaha Riding Academy For Kids. Members of the Ontario Provincial Police Golden Helmets will put on a riding skills showcase.
"The Motorcycle Show-Toronto presented by Dalton Timmis Insurance is produced by Power Sport Services. This is the Show where enthusiasts will get their first live look at the new 2016 models set in impressive displays from the biggest brands in the business, including Aprilia, BMW Motorrad, Can-Am BRP, Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Honda, Husqvarna, Indian, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa, Victory, and Yamaha. Show hours are: Friday, February 19 (noon - 9 pm); Saturday, February 20 (10 am - 8 pm);Sunday, February 21 (10 am - 5 pm)."

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Return of the February BLAHS

Winter's stormy blast has been tamed by the El Nino affect - warmer and drier during the oscillations that happen every 2-7 years, and the February BLAHS have instead turned to blahs. Still, we just passed the Dead of Winter which is ten of the coldest days beginning January 21, so we have beat that hurdle. February is also time for the Toronto Black Film Festival.
To get us into Spring we need to take advantage of all the events coming up in the remaining days of February 2016. This Monday is the beginning of the Year of the Monkey as the Chinese New Year is celebrated all over the GTA. Celebrations in Chinatown (Dundas and Spadina) will happen over the February 13-14 weekend. Also starting next weekend is the annual Toronto Sears Great Canadian Chill at Yonge-Dundas Square. The official dip happens on Family Day on Monday, February 15.

The Canadian International AutoShow will fill the Metro Toronto Convention Centre starting Feb 12 with plenty of cars - including some stellar examples of Indy 500 racing history.
Coming up is also the Motorcycle Show Toronto Feb 19-21 and Sexapalooza Feb 26-28 are just some of the events that can keep you busy as we wait for the coming of of warmer weather, you can find more on my post here.

And after the jump there are some pretty ladies as photographed by Joe Hamilton.

Friday, February 05, 2016

@HondaIndy Toronto Bud Grid Girls

As the AutoShow 2016 brings some memories of the Indy 500 to Toronto, it also makes me think back to the Budweiser Pit Crew Girl contest during the 2011 Honda Indy Toronto. Here are some of Fresh Joe's photos of the contestants.

See more of the lovely ladies after the jump. All photos by Joe Hamilton.

Indy 500 at the Toronto @AutoShowCanada 2016

Six race cars from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum will be at the Canadian International AutoShow to celebrate the 100th running of the famous U.S. Memorial Day event at the Brickyard. Joining the vehicles will be Verizon IndyCar Drivers - Conor Daly and local hero James Hinchcliffe (photo at top), on Friday, February 12. The car show continues at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (north and south buildings) until the 21st.

Open-wheel racing at the celebrated race track only took a short hiatus during World Wars but otherwise the 2.5 mile oval track has felt the fast rubber of the 'Greatest Spectacle in Racing' since 1911. The vehicles, a Duesenberg, Ford V8 Miller, Cummins Diesel, Lotus Type 56 "Wedge" Turbine, Rislone Special and a Norton Spirit (see more info on the cars below). In addition to the IndyCars there will also be some famous Canadian cars - a replica of Jacques Villeneuve's 1995 Indy 500 winning car, and Sott Goodyear's 1992 Lola Mackenzie Financial which took second place at the 500.

“The Indy 500 is not only iconic in the world of motor sports, but it has transcended into pop culture,” says Betsy Smith, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation. “Who hasn’t heard in some form or another the traditional opening command to ‘Start your engines’? We are excited to be coming to the Canadian International AutoShow to help celebrate the 100th running of the Indy 500.”

Honda Indy Toronto continues it's own annual motorsport weekend event July 15-17, 2016 in Exhibition Place. “The popularity of Indy car racing is huge, and Toronto is a big piece of this racing legacy and culture,” says Ivan Cropper, Senior Director of Marketing for the Verizon IndyCar Series. “The Indy 500 has a strong following in Canada, and the Honda Indy Toronto is an important jewel in our racing season thanks to a passionate and dedicated fan base. Canada has also produced a number of incredible drivers that have a special place in the history of racing, including Jacques Villeneuve, Paul Tracy, Scott Goodyear and James Hinchcliffe.”

"The AutoShow is offering discount tickets to the 2016 Honda Indy Toronto. Please visit for more information. About the Indy Cars coming to the 2016 Canadian International AutoShow."

Monday, February 01, 2016

The skeleton on Queen Street West

The legend says that a wandering minstrel fell in love with the wild west street and asked to be left on a corner when he died, haunting the street and all the visitors.
After a number of horrifying years on the street, homeless and unable to sing anymore, the skeleton was lucky enough to find work at the Spinal Joint

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Acton Winter Carnival 2016

This has been one of the best winters that I can remember - balmy and little snow so far. It was a little melty at today's annual Acton Winter Carnival in Prospect Park from 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday, January 31. An ice hockey tournament became a game of slush.
A warming fire was fun to look at, but much less important than last year's deep freeze, but it was still enjoyable. The event happens during the last weekend in January and features fun for all ages as well as a pancake breakfast and a chili cook off at Town Hall. Eight teams cooked up their brand of chili and went head to head in a tight competition won by Mayor Rick Bonnette and Clark Somerville. The winning team usedtasty smoked meat and beat out teams like the Acton Firefighters and the Acton Sobeys ladies. The Acton 'better food for all' grocery store used turkey in their chili trying to get the healthy alternative vote.

Normally the day includes tractor and wagon rides, ice skating, outdoor curling, ice sculpting, bingo and other outdoor games. The ice skating and curling were cancelled this year but everything else was a go! The day of fun was sponsored by local businesses like Acton Optical and the Rotary Club of Acton.
Dog cart rides

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Do Not Block Drive

It's come to this - DO NOT BLOCK DRIVE. I hope winter ends soon because I am thinking of going into hibernation
And a picture of pigeons taking off as a TTC bus drives in the background

Sunday, January 24, 2016

America gets Snowzilla

The Washington Post shows a picture of Godzilla breathing out a hellfire of a storm onto the east side of the United States in the screengrab above. The weather monster has already been responsible for 19 deaths up to January 24, 2016 and will cost over $1 billion USD in damages. We have been lucky in the Toronto area as we head into above average seasonal temperatures and not much snow so far. Still I am tired of winter, it's time for SummerZilla!
It's time to start dreaming of summer and some of Toronto's best events like Carnival, Pride and the Honda Indy Toronto. Throw in some fantastic motorcycle and car shows like MegaSpeed and Importfest, some picnics and festivals and these memories can keep you warm through the February Doldrums.

See more models and bikini contestants after the jump.

Doors Open

Scarborough Bluffs





Lake Ontario

Nathan Phillips Square