This is the first year without the sponsorship of Scotiabank (they really did bankroll quite a few community events in Toronto) and it was reported that they have a $2 million shortfall when the bank dropped out. The parade will still go on as they continue to scout out corporate sponsorship.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Toronto Caribbean Carnival brings the bold colours of Masquerade to Exhibition Place and Lake Shore Boulevard on Saturday, July 30 from 10am to 8pm. Fences along the parade route have been lowered from 10 to 4 feet so it should be easier to take photos of the dancers and floats.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
roar by the lakeshore is almost a memory as the last of the barriers, fences and grandstands are being taken down in Exhibition Stadium. It has only been two weeks and the removals are going smoothly, remember it takes over a month to put up the track and all the associated stuff.
See more race photos after the jump.
IndyCar races on Ovals, Road Courses and Street Courses and streets contain manholes, catchbasins, curbs, streetlights and other municipal plant, both above and below ground. In Toronto even the trees along the main the start line are in planters and are removed every year for the running of the Honda Indy. If they want to make it pretty they could always coat the road with some new tar but this is no reason to move the race out of Toronto.
The bridge is still standing
It takes a lot of steel and concrete to setup the Honda Indy Toronto
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Toronto's Festival of Beer for the beer, but stay for the food!" said Les Murray, President of Intelivents, operator of TFOB. "2016 will see more food options than ever before and the Grilling Tent experience will showcase grilling with beer and so much more!"
Keep tuned as I check out the breweries and keep my eyes out for balls from wayward beer pong games during "Canada's largest summer beer celebration". See more photos after the jump and if summer comes back next year, keep this event in mind.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
World-class tennis returns July 23-31, 2016 with the mens tournaments at Aviva Centre while the women are in Montreal. To promote the event, which is held outside of the downtown core, Canadian Milos Raonic and Toronto Mayor John Tory officially kicked off the Rogers Cup with a game at Nathan Phillips Square on July 21.
The tennis court has been setup in the pond for the past two days as Rogers Cup has a full slate of activities scheduled with clinics, learning how to be a tennis official and ball kid demonstrations, fastest serve contests, tennis circus show performances and open play games.
Unfortunately a couple of the top players have dropped out of the Toronto competition. Rogers Cup defending Champion Andy Murray will not compete and "Tennis Canada announced Tuesday that world No. 3 Roger Federer and world No. 4 Rafael Nadal have withdrawn from Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto. "I have made the tough decision to withdraw from Rogers Cup,” said Federer. “Toronto is one of my favourite events on the calendar and I am disappointed that I won’t be able to compete in front of the great tennis fans in Canada. Looking ahead, it is best for me that I take more time after Wimbledon. I look forward to coming back to Canada next year and I wish Karl Hale and everyone at Tennis Canada a very successful tournament.”
Monday, July 18, 2016
General admission tickets include 5 sample tokens and a Commemorative Festival Sampling Cup. Tokens are available on site for $1 each and most 4 oz samples are 1 token with some brewers charging additional for imports and premium brands. Hoptomized tickets are available with more tokens and early access and if you want to go all out there are VIP tickets as well.
Some top Canadian Chefs will join the festival preparing tasty offerings at the Club House La Grille along with renowed Chefs from Sweden - Peter J Skogstrom and Roland Persson in the Sample Sweden pavilion.
"The Festival boasts almost 100 brewers featuring more than 333 beautiful brews from all over the globe. From lagers to stouts, fruit beer to ales, we have something for everyone! The Festival features more than just beer; there are several non-malt based beverages available including cider and ready-to-drink beverages! Our food vendors are all well known Toronto food purveyors creating some great grub for you to enjoy! Whether you’re looking for oysters, poutine, or a burger, you’ll be able to find the perfect thing to satisfy your appetite!"
The Festival music lineup is after the jump.