Sunday, May 24, 2015

@Doors_OpenTO 2015 at Queens Quay

Waterfront BIA: Gangways Open on Toronto's Waterfront brings the pirate out in everyone along the inner harbour of Lake Ontario. Open both Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24, 2015, several tall ships and cruise liners extended the gangplanks so visitors could board the vessels for free tours.
Participating ships included the Great Lakes Schooner Company, Empress of Canada, Mariposa Cruises, Nautical Adventures, Toronto Brigantine and Harbourfront Centre Sailing & Powerboating (HCSP).
The Empire Sandy

"Visitors can walk the gangway to search the nooks and crannies of the port, bow, starboard and stern. Visitors can learn the history and secrets of each ship, meet the Captain, and discover everything there is to know about the world on the water, all on a guided tour - offered subject to availability. Visitors can participate in a free boat ride with HCSP or slide and bounce the day away in HTO Park East on an inflatable Pirate ship! The Toronto Fire and Marine Station 334 or Police Marine Unit will be open to help visitors gain a better understanding of water safety related to leisure activites. Visitors can also have their picture taken with the roaming pirates who might just have a sword duel, and if brave enough, a piece of treasure could be theirs!"
HTO Beach also had a giant blow up pirate ship that the kids could play on.
The view from the Natrel Pond/Rink

Construction of the Queens Quay roadway continues to mess up the area and construction is not supposed to finish in time for the Pan Am games, but it is getting close and the streetcars are back on the tracks.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Toronto @Anime_North 2015

Hands down better than the Toronto ComiCon for the sheer amount of cosplay participation. The May 22-24, 2015 fan run anime convention is at the Toronto Congress Centre and the International Plaza Hotel near the airport and it 'celebrates anime, manga, music, games and all other forms of Japanese Culture!'

Posted by James Hamilton and Joe Hamilton. See more cosplay after the jump.

@Doors_OpenTO 2015 Fort York National Historic Site

Over 155 incredible buildings in Toronto are open to the public over the May 24 weekend and Fresh Joe and I took the opportunity to see the historic military garrison at Old York on Artillery Day. 'Two centuries of firepower' featuring the Fort York Guard, the 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, the 7the Toronto Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery and the Limber Gunners' Association brought out their big guns and fired them at 12:30 and 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 23.

Located at 250 Fort York Boulevard the site is open from 10am to 5pm, Saturday to Sunday, with the last admittance at 4:30 for the Doors Open event at the Fort. No cannons or artillery will be fired on Sunday. The Toronto Doors Open, Canada's largest, is sponsored by Great Gulf and was started in the year 2000.
"Fearful of war with the United States, Simcoe planned to establish a naval base at Toronto so he could control Lake Ontario. Simcoe also moved the capital to Toronto from the exposed border town of Niagara. Civilian settlement followed and a community, named York, began to grow two kilometres east of the Fort. In 1834 York was renamed Toronto. Fort York National Historic Site is the birthplace of modern, urban Toronto, a battlefield, an archaeological resource, and is home to Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings. Through a wide range of exhibits, programs, special events, and other public services, it explores Toronto's rich and diverse history in Canada's military past."
The Artillery Regiment brought their band and volunteers also had a barbeque grilling hamburgers and hotdogs for donations.

Posted by Joe Hamilton and James Hamilton. See more after the jump.

Friday, May 22, 2015

GREY GOOSE at Cannes 2015

The French luxury premium vodka brought Le Grand Fizz cocktail to the celebrated Cannes Film Festival where they partied with the stars. Hosting after parties for 'A Perfect Day', 'A Sea of Trees', 'Carol' and ’SICARIO', GREY GOOSE continues to support the film industry and international film festivals.
Back in the French Riviera for the May 13th to the 24th, 2015 of the invitation only festival which started in 1946 and which has assumed major prominence in the world of film awards.

At the 'Carol' After Party at Baoli Beach Cate Blanchett (photo at top), Rachel Weisz (above) Rooney Mara joined Harvey Weinstein, Emma Miller, June Blanchett, killer films Christine Vachon, Eva Doll, costume designer Sandy Powell, actress Elsa Zylberstein, Emma Miller, actor Gary Michael Walters, Todd Haynes, Stephen Wooley, Elon Musk, Sundance Festival Director John Cooper, Editor-in-Chief of W Magazine Stefano Tonchi and director Francesca Gregorini. The film is a love story of two New York women who fall in love, when such love was illegal.

Later, Naomi Watts and Matthew McConaughey (above), Sienna Miller, Camila McConaughey, Megan Ellison, Ken Kao, Michael Damian, Chris Sparling, Alex Walton, Andrew Saffir, and Gus Van Sant. of "The Sea of Trees' and 'A Perfect Day' stars Benicio del Toro, Melanie Thierry, Fedja Stukan, Fernando Leon de Aranoa and Tom Bernard enjoyed the atmosphere at Nikki Beach for their After Parties.
Benicio del Toro celebrates for two films at the festival

Baoli Beach provided the location for the 'SICARIO' After Party with Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Kathryn Boyd, Trent and Thad Luckenbill, Patrick and Maggie Wachsberger, Sammy Hadida, Isaac and Otis Ferry, and Denis Villenveuve.
Emily Blunt
Josh Brolin and Kathryn Boyd

"Both the film industry and GREY GOOSE share the same daring spirit to defy expectations to achieve the extraordinary. The GREY GOOSE Le Grand Fizz cocktail is a summer twist on the signature celebratory GREY GOOSE Le Fizz, made with GREY GOOSE vodka, St-Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lime and chilled soda built over ice." Photos by GREY GOOSE.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fortinos Fuel for Kids

Dave Connelly, driver of the #82 FORTINOS Sportsman Cup stockcar, hosts the supermarket's school fundraising efforts that brings him and his race car to a school for a fabulous show and tell. After the show he brings the school out to the parking lot to see him burn a circle around the asphalt in his car. The donut is an impressive way to end the show.
Later the race team make their way to the local Fortinos to promote the charity barbeque portion of the Fuel for Kids program. Fortinos and it's partners donate the food and the money raised all goes to the school.

This time Dave visited the Robert J Lee Public School and the Fortinos on Mountainash in Brampton.

Posted by Joe Hamilton.

Walk a mile in her shoes Toronto 2015

Toronto showed support for ending violence against women by wearing high-heels and helping to raise money for charity. The annual HEELS HEAL walk included individuals and teams that met at Yonge-Dundas Square around noon on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

GoodLife Fitness

"Although we encourage men to wear high-heels at Walk A Mile, heels are not mandatory. We welcome men and women to participate in whatever shoes they choose. Gender based violence does not just affect women. It affects the men who care about them, their families, their friends, their coworkers, and their communities."
CP24 Breakfast host Steve Anthony returned to lead the event.

See more heels after the jump.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Toronto Anime North 2015 this weekend

Magna and glorious cosplay comes back to the Toronto Congress Centre with the annual Anime North convention from May 22nd to the 24th. This is my favourite Con because of the large amount of people wearing amazing outfits taking in the show.
From Anime North's website the Major events at the TCC are:
North Ballroom Main Stage: Our biggest room (seats over 2000) for our biggest events. Come and see the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Masquerade and Skit Contests, Anime Hell, AN Idol and Pop Idol, and the 404s Comedy Shows.
Dealer’s Room: 400 tables of anime, manga, and much more, all for sale and waiting for you. Open all weekend in Halls F and G
Comic Market and Crafter’s Corner: Approx. 250 amateur artists display their work and wow you with their talent. Open all weekend.
Pro Plaza: Come and see our artist guests.
Gallery Momiji: Displaying professional and amateur artwork alongside special guest displays, with pieces for sale at auction and prints for sale in the Gallery Store. Open all weekend in Hall F.
Photo Alley: Amateur and professional photographers take your picture. Hall D.
Anime Themed Wrestling: In association with Great Canadian Wrestling Expo ( and Wyldstar Comics. Hall E
J-Pop and J-Rave Dances: Dance Friday and Saturday nights away from 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM with our non-stop Dance Parties. Hall A and Outdoor Stage.
Concerts: Our Musical guests (Red Handed Denial, UCHUSENTAI:NOIZ, Umbrella) perform in Hall C on Friday and Saturday evening. Please note that Hall C is only accessible from the doors on the east side of the TCC, not from the rest of the convention (see the TCC map in the Pocket Program).
Autographs: Come and get a memento of our Guests of Honor. Autograph times will be listed in the Pocket Program. Hall E.
Nominochi: A Flea Market of used anime, manga, and assorted merchandise. Friday in Hall A from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM.
Cosplay Chess: Our anime-themed, live-action, chess battles. Hall A.
Charity Auction: Our Guests of Honor will help raise money for Sick Kids Hospital with an auction of anime merchandise. Sunday, noon in Hall D.
Mechayard Wars: Build your own model from our junk pile Sunday afternoon.
Otakubaloo: Music and dancing on an outdoor stage. West side of TCC.
Nagata Shachu: Japanese Taiko Drumming performance. Outdoor stage on west side of TCC, Saturday 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
Japanese Fashion Show: In Hall A. Includes a fashion presentation by Baby the Stars Shine Bright.
Tabletop Gaming, GO, and Gaming Demos: At the Gaming tables in Hall B. See the pocket program for the complete schedule.
Aerial Performer - Aerial hoop artist Miranda Tempest will perform for your amazement. In Hall E on Saturday and Sunday.
Show hours are Friday 5pm-1am, Saturday 10am-1am and Sunday 10am-5pm.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Andy Warhol Revisited exhibition coming to Toronto

A Mirror for Today brings a rare look at some of the most famous prints and paintings in the pop artist's extensive catalog of works, curated by the Los-Angeles based Revolver Gallery and showing in Yorkville in the summer.  The Andy Warhol Revisited: A Mirror For Today will be a multi-level and interactive exhibition of over 120 pieces starts July 1, 2015 and runs to the end of the year at 77 Bloor Street West in Toronto. Adult admission will be $10 - for more information on the location, prices and hours you can check out their website.
Included in one of the world's largest collections of Warhol pop art is the Marilyn Monroe portrait and the Campbell's Vegetable Soup Can. Revolver plans to upsize their recent Vancouver show, Warhol: A Different Idea of Love, with a monumental exhibition experience in Toronto.
"Being a native of Toronto, the city holds a very special place in my heart. It is an important part of the person I am today, and I feel compelled to give back to Toronto with this exhibition,” said Ron Rivlin, Founder, Revolver Gallery. “I want to share my passion for the importance of Andy Warhol’s work with my fellow Torontonians.”

Works chosen from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Christie's Auction house and many other museum and private collections will be displayed in a chronological order to expose the progression of the artist's style. Using educational materials, mobile apps and audio tours the exhibition will also highlight Andy's his lasting impact on Society as well as provide a window into The Factory where Andy Warhol had his main New York City art studio from the early 60s to the mid 80s.

All images & photographs of Andy Warhol artwork © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sunday at the Victoria Day Speedfest 2015

The best of the best battled it out on the last day of the Speedfest weekend and after Scott Steckly and Andrew Ranger tangled on the last lap, newcomer Gary Klutt captures the trophy for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Pinty's presents the Clarington 200 season opener. Scott once again remains without a road course win in the series. Gary celebrates with his team in the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park's Victory Circle after the race.
Drivers meet the fans at autograph sessions throughout the weekend
NCTS driver autograph session was on Sunday before noon at the upper level paddock area. Pirelli World Challenge, Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, Canadian Touring Car Championship, Canadian Supercar Series and the Toyo Tires F1600 Super Series also had driver autograph sessions througout the weekend.

Sunday May 17th, 2015 Schedule
7:00 am - 2:00 pm Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Registration
8:00 am - 9:00 am Pirelli World Challenge TC/TCB Championship Race #3 (40 minutes)
9:10 am - 9:30 am Formula 1600 Super Series Qualifying
9:40 am - 10:40 am Pirelli World Challenge GTS Race #2 (50 minutes)
10:55 am - 11:40 am Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Race #2 (45 minutes)
11:40 am - 12:30 pm LUNCH 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Race (51 laps) 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Pirelli World Challenge GT Race #2 (50 minutes)
4:15 pm - 4:55 pm Canadian Supercar Series Race #2 (40 minutes)
5:10 pm - 5:50 pm Canadian Touring Car Championship Race #2 (40 minutes)
6:05 pm - 6:35 pm Formula 1600 Super Series Race #2 (30 minutes)
Previous NASCAR lap speed in a race was set by J.R. Fitzpatrick in a Chevrolet Impala on May 18, 2014 with a speed of 176.616 km/h. 
MOMO Italy ladies

Offering several campground areas, the park also encourages pets (on leashes) and camp fires. The next major 2015 events are the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix (July 9-12), the Superbike Doubleheader Weekend (August 14-16) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 (August 28-30).

See more of the racing action after the jump.

Doors Open

Scarborough Bluffs





Lake Ontario

Nathan Phillips Square