Sunday, April 20, 2014

Folk the Winter!!!

Wild, wild Queen St West beats the winter blues with a community parade, music and flames that welcomed the rites of spring on Friday evening, April 18, 2014. Beginning in two locations, including the parking lot of FreshCo and the Brock St LCBO, and continuing to the Parkdale Ampitheatre at Dufferin Street with Toronto's percussion group Samba Elegua, the Lemon Bucket Orkestra and surprise guest - Detroit's Guerilla Brass Band. Samba Elegua will also be at the 2014 Toronto Easter Parade in the Beach.
Joining the drums and dancing were the tall puppets from Clay and Paper Theatre. The theme of the 2nd annual event is to say "good riddance to the dead season's hardship and invitation to the rites of spring."
New to this year's Fold the Winter was the introduction of Marzanna who was a pagan folklore character that when her effigy was burned the death of winter was symbolized. Saturday was pretty chilly so I don't think the burning did any good.

Posted by Joe Hamilton. See more of the celebration of spring after the jump.

Red Bull Race the Place

A large field of athletes competed in the #Toronto @RedBullTO 2014 urban bicycle race through Ontario Place in a race that lasted just over one hour. Time trials on the 3.7km track began at 10:30am with the mass start final beginning at 6:30pm. The Saturday, April 19 event brought life back into the park which has been closed for the past two years - unfortunately spectators couldn't go into the park to watch the action! Stefan 'Fish' was the overall winner of the day.
Gregory Addo (2nd), Stefan 'Fish' Vis (1st) and Marc Seguin (3rd)

"Racers will be taken on a speed-soaked chase through the island’s industrial jungle full of hairpin turns, pedal heavy straight-aways and other urban obstacles. Survival of the fastest is the name of the game."
Ladies winners: Paula Manzano (2nd), Linda Chin (1st) and Ioana Stanca (3rd)
Jon Slaughter (2nd), Richard Machhein (1st) and Hugues Lapoint (3rd)

Both males and females competed during the same race in two available categories - fixed gear/track bike and open "You dream it, you ride it, as long as there is no motor!"

Bike polo, vendors village, food trucks and the time trials kept the day full of exciting action. 

Posted by Joe Hamilton and James Hamilton. More two-wheeled race coverage after the jump.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Charlie Chaplin and the Easter long weekend

Like a charcoal ghost, the great silent film actor rises from the past to haunt #Toronto as the long weekend blows into town. Up to four days of fun which will include the Lions Club Beach Easter Parade on Sunday.
A curious child greets the street performer

On Saturday, April 19 the bikes will be flying through Ontario Place during the Red Bull Race the Place. You can find more April events on my post here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To Trains

The arrow points the way to the #Toronto Transit Commission subway trains and you can fix your hair in the mirrors as you pass by.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Snow and the pursuit of spring

#Toronto saw some flurries today, halfway through the month of April 2014, and hopefully that is all she wrote on that thing we call winter. Annnnnnndd now its time to think of all those things that come with spring; patios and green buds that start sparingly on trees and grow out to a lush green forest.
The unofficial start of spring is fruit blossoms - especially the cherry trees in High Park

Birds have started to pair up and pretty soon we will seen tiny little balls of fluff
Bees will pollinate some beautiful flowers

Cute little chairs and tables in Berczy Park
Water gets turned on and flows in the many fountains found in the city

Did I mention green?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fun things to do in #Toronto July & August 2014

Chin Picnic Canada Day long weekend Sat-Sun, June 28-29 and Tue, July 1. Including the famous bikini contest on Sat, June 28.
Honda Indy Toronto Fri to Sun, July 18-20. Fast cars and tons of fun.
Toronto Caribbean Carnival Tue to Sun, July 8- Aug 3. King and Queen Show and the famous parade down by the lake.
Toronto Fringe Festival Wed to Sun, July 2-13.
Beaches Jazz Festival Fri to Sun, July 18-27.
Big on Bloor Festival Sat to Sun, July 19-20. Car free from Dufferin to Lansdowne.
Tim and Brenda's Cruise for the Cure Show and Shine in nearby Vaughan, Sunday, July 20.
Toronto International BrazilFest Sun July 20. In Earlscourt Park.
Toronto Festival of Beer Fri to Sun, July 25-27. Hmmm, beer.
Live Green Toronto Sat July 19. With free concerts in Yonge-Dundas Square.
Importfest Saturday July 26 - cars and girls at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Toronto Caribbean Carnival continues to Sun, Aug 3. King and Queen Show and the famous parade down by the lake.
Taste of the Danforth Fri to Sun, Aug 8-10.
Rogers Cup Mens Tennis Sat to Sun, Aug 2-10.
Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival Sat to Sun, Aug 9-10.
For USA and Airshow Fans: Thunder Over Michigan Sat to Sun, Aug 9-10.
Canfitpro Consumer Fitness and Wellness Show Fri to Sat, Aug 8-9.
Canadian National Exhibition CNE Fri to Mon, Aug 15-Sept 1. Do you want to go faster? And don't forget the fantastic Canadian International Airshow.
Buskerfest Thurs to Sun, Aug 21-24. Street performers at their best - on Yonge Street.
Fan Expo Canada Thurs to Sun, Aug 28-31. More costumes - that cosplay is great.
Taiwan Fest Fri to Sun, Aug 22-24.
Chinatown Festival Sat to Sun, Aug ?
Aloha Toronto Festival Sun, Aug 24.
2 Day Best of the Beach Coed Volleyball Sat to Sun, Aug 24-25.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

New Batman, the Joker and other buskers

Its been a busy week with Spring back in #Toronto and street performers have been returning from their winter slumber, eager to bring smiles to tourists and rake in the coins. Sadly, Toronto Batman seems to be avoiding Yonge and Dundas, but there is a new Batman in town and he was working with the enemy - the sinister Joker.

Copper Businessman

See more street acts after the jump.

Tattoos and Motorcycles back in T.O.

Decorated bodies and colourful machines shared space at the 33rd Annual National Motorcycle and Tattoo Show in #Toronto. The perfect combination event returns to the Better Living Centre in Exhibition Place Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, 2014 with talented artists applying ink to various body parts - just bring your skin, they have the needles and ink. Ladies from Suspiria custom tattoos & art pose together in the photo above.

Ride Hard ~ Live Free

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

Friday, April 11, 2014

The weekend is here

Warm sunny days are coming back to Ontario and I strapped on some roller-blades and headed out to a waterfront trail....and I immediately fell on my ass. Tomorrow I will bring my bike into Toronto for the first time this year and one of the places I will be stopping will be National Motorcycle and Tattoo Show.

Truck World is finishing on Saturday at the International Centre and the Bridal Show continues all weekend at the Direct Energy Centre.

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