Monday, February 27, 2017

Warm up with the upcoming Sexapalooza 2017

Toronto will welcome the @SexapaloozaShow upscale adult expo March 3-5. The consumer sex show will be held this weekend at the International Centre (Entrance 6) with special guest appearances by International Fetish Model Bianca Beauchamp - Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 2 & 8pm. Time for toys, entertainment and knowledge in sex and sexuality.

"Looking for something new? Interesting? Maybe a little risque? Come to Sexapalooza this weekend in Toronto for all of that and more. Take in a few seminars or take part in a workshop. Stop by and play in the dungeon. When you're ready, head on over to the Main Stage with a drink in hand to take in the sinful sights. Ask our knowledgeable exhibitors how to revamp your love life with new products and bedroom tricks. Everything you are hoping for and more at Sexapalooza Toronto 2017!"

Show Hours Friday: 5-11pm, Saturday: noon till midnite and Sunday: noon till 6pm.

See photos from the 2016 Sexapalooza, 2015 Sexapalooza, 2014 Sexapalooza, 2013 Sexapalooza, 2012 Sexapalooza and 2011 Sexapalooza shows on the links provided.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Emergency Response in Toronto

Accidents seem to always happen in a flash of time, everything is normal and then bang, maybe your life has changed, although you might not realize it at the time. And after that single moment things start to fall into place. Do you need help, do we call 9-1-1 and get emergency services on scene, do we need to give first aid and comfort the injured?
When you call for an ambulance you often get everyone coming to the scene - fire, ambulance and police. I witnessed the aftermath of an accident at Bay and Adelaide Streets during the afternoon commute. Pedestrians and drivers hurry to get home and people certainly feel more invulnerable than they should. People step off the curbs without thinking that vehicles can hurt and traffic signals don't apply to themselves.
Earlier that same morning, at the same intersection a 79 year old pedestrian was struck by a pickup truck and died the next day.
In the afternoon the #6 Bay ttc bus sits in the middle of  Bay and Adelaide Streets while emergency crews took care of her, put her in a stretcher and got her in an ambulance for the trip to the hospital. I hope she is okay.

Street Performer: Cat

Not all buskers, street performers or panhandlers are human, sometimes they are animals and sometimes they can be cute, scary or in many cases, uninterested in the whole process. This cat is wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey, sitting in a little cat bed at Yonge and Dundas at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre and just chilling. While he doesn't particularly care if you give money, his human sure does and the sign says he is looking for rent money.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Outdoor Adventure Show Toronto 2017

Get in to get out with the exhibition of outdoor gear and adventure travel experiences at the Toronto International Centre. With Scuba World, Paddlers' Paradise, the Underwater Adventure Stage and Ontario Outdoor Adventures providing great resources to help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. You can shop for the latest gear, equipment and accessories and travel destinations.
The Outdoor Adventures Show Toronto also includes free parking and the show is in Hall 5 of the centre. The show will help you discover the best destinations for paddling, cycling, hiking, wildlife viewing and other adventures.
"Are you a paddling enthusiast? If so, you can’t afford to miss the Paddlers’ Paradise Pavilion with everything from cutting edge equipment and gear, clothing and accessories, to tour operators, and education for a full range of paddle sports. Paddling legends and experts will be sharing their unforgettable paddle trips, tips and must hear paddle adventure stories on the Paddling Stage."

The White Water Demo Pool in Scuba World will have scuba diving sessions while you can hear about some great experiences in the Underwater Adventure Stage with sessions about rebreathers, cold water, cavern diving and many others. "Come and experience the magical world of scuba! With two-thirds of the globe covered by water it is only natural that adventure enthusiasts want to explore below the surface! Learn what makes this underwater experience so addictive."

Show Hours
Friday, February 24, 2017, 11am – 8pm
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10am – 6pm
Sunday, February 26, 2017, 10am – 5pm

See more pictures after the jump.

Friday, February 24, 2017

#FITCToronto 2017 in April

Step into the light at the upcoming Future of Innovation, Technology and Creativity (FITC) digital media conference April 23-25 at the Hilton Toronto. Some of the world's best digital creators and influencers will speak at FITC 2017 including interaction designer Jared Ficklin and Key Speaker Anouk Wipprecht, fashion designer and engineer, who will present 'FashionTech': The Intersection of Fashion, Robotics and Technology.
Anouk created a smoking, octupus-inspired dress and the intriguing 'spider dress' (pictured above, photo supplied) which had robotic arms that can sense people in close proximity and react in a 'fierce style' to reinforce the boundary of one's personal space. Would be fascinating to see this dress in action in a crowded elevator at lunch time!

“Fashion for me is about expression and communication, but the things we wear at the moment are 'analog.’ Putting electronics in fashion opens up a whole new world of possibilities on how we can express and communicate ourselves." The Dutch designer also notes that “the relationship between the body and technology is closer than ever. Electronic systems can now be layered seamlessly onto a material. Embedded processors and sensors for transmitting and receiving information create a vision of cultural transformation that is both exciting and disturbing.”

The three day conference will feature over 75 presenters and the opportunity to see augmented and virtual reality along with 3D printing, robotics, motion graphics, interactive film and everything digital. In addition to the speaker series you can also see the technology and hardware displays on the exhibition floor. Oh, and I understand there will be parties as well.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Winter Stations Design Competition 2017

The winning designs of the third annual display of temporary public art installations are on display along The Beaches in Toronto from February 20 to March 27.  This year's international competition has eight installations ranging from Woodbine Avenue to Victoria Park Avenue in Balmy, Kew and Ashbridges Bay.

The installations are "exhibited to celebrate Toronto's winter waterfront landscape" surround the lifeguard stations with the "utilitarian structures to be used as the armature for temporary installations, which will need to be able to withstand the rigours of Toronto winter weather." The successful designs are Collective Memory, Midwinter Fire, Beacon, Buoybuoybuoy, North, The Illusory, Flotsam and Jetsam and I See You Ashiyu.

Catalyst is the theme for 2017: "Converting one form or substance into another. Its the finger that tips the first domino over. Its the flap of butterfly's wing that that sets off a chain of chaotic, unpredictable reactions. The theme for Winter Stations’ third year is Catalyst. In 2017, this seems especially fitting in this time of international political, social and cultural search for a better way forward. This winter, we ask artists and designers to unearth and intervene in such a way as to open up the landscape, as well as the minds of those who come to view and interact with the installations. We ask that proposals seek to disassemble and re-shape our notions of Toronto’s waterfront, with particular attention to the sand and materials strewn across the beach. The installations this year will also be a catalyst for change: We would like to see less waste and more re-use. Designers should consider how their materials can be repurposed and recycled; we are excited to see proposals that evolve into future iterations, as on-going research and design projects."
The Winter Stations map

See more of the Winter Stations after the jump.

Monday, February 20, 2017

NASCAR Pinty's Series 2017 Schedule

Canada's national stockcar racing starts up again with the Castrol Presents the Victoria Day Speedfest at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park May 19-21. A fireworks display happens Saturday evening at the track. See more of Toronto racing and car shows on my blog post here.
NASCAR Home Tracks has 13 races scheduled through to September 16 at Kawartha Speedway. Here are the individual race dates and their respective tracks.

May 21 NPS CTMP 5/21/17
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Jun 3 NPS Delaware 6/3/17
Delaware Speedway

Jun 17 NPS Chaudiere 6/17/17
Autodrome Chaudiere

Jul 8 NPS ICAR 7/8/17
Circuit ICAR

Jul 15 NPS Toronto 7/15/17 at the Honda Indy Toronto
Toronto Exhibition Place

Jul 26 NPS Saskatoon 1 7/26/17
Wyant Group Raceway

Jul 26 NPS Saskatoon 2 7/26/17
Wyant Group Raceway

Jul 29 NPS Edmonton 7/29/17
Edmonton International Raceway

Aug 13 NPS Trois-Rivieres 8/13/17
Circuit de Trois-Rivieres

Aug 19 NPS Riverside 8/19/17
Riverside International Speedway

Sep 3 NPS CTMP 9/3/17
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Sep 9 NPS St-Eustache 9/9/17
Autodrome St-Eustache

Sep 16 NPS Kawartha 9/16/17
Kawartha Speedway

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Motorcycle Show Toronto 2017

The Trials Demonstration and Stunt Show in the feature hall at Enercare Centre was an exciting feature at the Toronto stop of the seven-city national motorcycle series. Hall-of-Famer rider Jordan Szoke and Canadian rider Craig Latimer (photo at top) perform tricks in front of large crowds throughout the Feb 17-19, 2017 Dalton Timmis Insurance presented event located in Exhibition Place.

Top brands showcased their new models and products for the two and three wheeled vehicles with over 500 machines from Aprilia, BMW Motorrad, Can-Am BRP, Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Honda, Husqvarna, Indian, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa, Victory, Yamaha and others.
Ducati Motorcycles

"This is the 30th edition of Ontario's biggest motorcycle manufacturers' show, and much like the auto show, will showcase the industry's latest technical innovations for motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-sides and scooters, along with riding gear, accessories and travel destinations. In addition to the more than 500 bikes on display, there will be thrilling stunt shows, beginner riding lessons for children, a special night for female riders, and draws to win a new motorcycle and a European riding vacation."
 New riders seem to be starting younger and younger
Attendees were able to pick up some good deals

See more pictures after the jump.

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Lake Ontario

Nathan Phillips Square