Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cool weather in Fall

I haven't turned on the furnace yet, but the windows are closed and my slippers are on my feet now and Fall doesn't even come until September 22, 2014. Only small splashes of colour can be found around the GTA right now, the peak colours are still a couple weeks away.

Get toasty around a nice fire
Like those found at the Historic Distillery District

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

65 running for Toronto Mayor

Rob Ford dropped out of the 2014 race for the top spot at the City of Toronto as his brother Doug has stepped in. Rob's health issues has shaken up the battle which was being led by John Tory (above, right), followed by Rob and Olivia Chow (below). Current polls suggest that Doug is now in second place. Election day is Monday, October 27, 2014.
Olivia Chow

Mayor Rob Ford during Carnival launch

"The final list of certified candidates for the 2014 municipal election is available at There are 84 offices to be filled: one mayor, 44 councillors and 39 school board trustees.

There are a total of 606 certified candidates:
• 65 for mayor
• 358 for city councillor
• 127 for trustee - Toronto District School Board
• 42 for trustee - Toronto Catholic District School Board
• 8 for trustee - Conseil scolaire Viamonde
• 6 for trustee - Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Prepare for Dawn

I loved the poster for the latest primate movie - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with the red marks on the brow of the intelligent simian as he looks out in a threatening manner.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Corner Gas - The Movie

Saskatchewan shipped a lonely, wooden grain elevator to #Toronto to promote the film spectacular that will surely open next year's tiff: Corner Gas - The Movie. Stars Eric Peterson (Oscar) and Tara Spencer-Nairn (Constable Pelly) showed up last Friday for a Sing-A-Long and sign autographs. The elevator and the karaoke singing will play during the credit sequence in the movie which is being distributed by Prairie Pants Distribution Inc and was based on a sitcom created by Brent Butt.
I am going to cut down the back forty and bring the grain in and see if they will store it in the elevator. The structure will remain in place beside Much Music/CTV at Queen and John Streets from September 13, 2014 in parallel with the film festival. The song everyone will be singing on the red carpet is the Corner Gas theme song 'Not A Lot Goin' On' written by Craig Northey and Jesse Valenzuela. The old style grain storage building really makes the area look like little Dog River.
"We're really excited to give fans this last chance to be part of Corner Gas: The Movie," said executive producer,Virginia Thompson. "I encourage anyone with a voice – good or not so good – to take part. Everyone sounds great when they're part of a chorus, and it will make the end credits of the film a great deal of fun!"

"Corner Gas: The Movie was shot in Saskatchewan from June 22 to July 22, 2014. The 90-minute feature film will be delivered to Canadians as a national event on multiple platforms in December. The first-ever release strategy of its kind, the film will open with a Cineplex Front Row Centre Events theatrical debut across Canada, followed by premieres on The Movie Network, CTV, and The Comedy Network, and complemented by a special collector's edition DVD available for purchase before the holidays."

Sunday, September 07, 2014

tiff 2014 and Grey Goose Vodka

The #Toronto film festival presents unquenchable excitement, even in downpours, and Grey Goose Vodka hosts a number of soirees throughout the movie festival. Beautiful Soho House Toronto is the site of the private parties for some of the prestigious film premiers. All photos courtesy of Grey Goose and Getty Images.
Actors Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts and Ben Stiller at the 'While We're Young' world premiere party

The start of the weekend saw five film parties being hosted on September 6 - Kahil Gibran's The Prophet with Salma Hayek, at top, The Theory of Everything about Stephen Hawking, While We're Young with Ben Stiller above, Top Five with Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson and The Face of an Angel starring Kate Beckinsale.
Cedric the Entertainer

On the 5th of September the premium vodka held a party for the crime thriller Nightcrawler directed by Dal Gilroy and starring Jake Gyllenhall, Rene Russo, below, and Riz Ahmed.

See more stars after the jump.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Domo Arigato

Mr Roboto. Domo. A group declares Paradism where robots will lead to a world without work or money - give the jobs to the machines. I asked the robot to do something for me, but he said he was on strike. The gentle blue machine held court at the corner of Yonge and Dundas, just outside the Toronto Eaton Centre.
Then it asked for a handout (just kidding)

Friday, September 05, 2014

tiff - Festival Street

#Toronto comes alive when famous movie stars come into town for the @TIFF_NET film fest, especially with 286 premiers. The 2014 edition runs from September 4 to 14 and today (Sept 5) is also a special day because it is Bill Murray Day. Two people walk through the lightless, Light Tunnel towards the tiff sign, above.

"Special FREE screenings of Ghostbusters, Stripes and Groundhog Day and the world premiere of St. Vincent. TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival® has dedicated one day of its 2014 edition to a celebration of the charismatic, wise-cracking, comedic genius of living legend Bill Murray. September 5 is Bill Murray Day and includes free public screenings of three comedy classics — Stripes, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters — leading up to the world premiere of the latest Murray-starrer, Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent. Though the Festival cannot Groundhog Day the Bill Murray Day, a contest will be held to reward Murray fans who attend all three free screenings. But, really, everyone is a winner on Bill Murray Day.
Free screenings of three of Murray’s classic comedies with frequent collaborators, director Ivan Reitman and the late, great Harold Ramis — who directed, co-wrote and co-starred with Murray — will be presented at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 5 beginning at 10am."
Backwards and forwards
King Street West is closed to traffic for four days during the start of tiff and it is full of activities as part of a street festival.
Apes enjoying the extremely hot weather - today has a hot weather alert

One of the tiff movie premiers is Good Kill starring Ethan Hawke of Gattaca and Lord of War, Zoe Kravitz and January Jones and written, produced and directed by Andrew Niccol. The film is distributed in Canada by Remstar Films and is produced by Academy Award winner Nicolas Chartier. "Good Kill tells the story of a fighter pilot turned drone pilot based in Las Vegas, who fights the Taliban by remote control for 12 hours a day, then returns to the suburbs to his wife and kids for the other 12. It’s the story of one soldier’s tale with epic implications." The premier is 9 pm on Tuesday, September 9 at Ryerson.

Robert Downey Jr. started the festival with the premier of The Judge on Thursday, September 4. He even brought his wife Susan Downey to the red carpet. Robert tweeted (@RoberDowneyJr) "Good Morning Toronto - Day One."

#PepsiPopUp in #Toronto

Its a big, blue bottle of Pepsi laying in a parking lot at John and Richmond Streets. You can enjoy a free carbonated beverage and listen to some free performances from September 3 to 7, 2014.

"Get excited Toronto! Pepsi is popping up in a BIG way at John & Richmond, Sept. 3-7. Join us for ice cold Pepsi, FREE nightly concerts and one unforgettable experience!Want to see Nick Cannon and watch 4 Count & Kreesha Turner live on stage? Come to #PepsiPopUp SATURDAY for a FREE performance. Doors open at 7PM."

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Lake Ontario

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