Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Lending Journey Pedal Against Poverty

The Bike Tree features a number of donated bicycles hanging from a large Willow Tree in Halton Hills. I hope they are not like Fall leaves, waiting to drop down as the days get shorter! The two-wheeled installation is helping to promote the Nov 9, 2014 500 km uphill bike race along the Pan American Highway through Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras.
Their mobile fund raising campaign is to battle global poverty and to raise money to provide loans to a 1,000 or more people in South America.

"We offer loans to women in need in impoverished countries to start up, expand, or continue a business. The Lending Journey was created to help people in the global south improve their social and economic conditions. Most of the women we find ourselves dealing with are poor and often have very little education. They are very enterprising and, given the opportunity, are prepared to work hard to create small businesses. Currently, our primary focus is with small town in Ecuador and Nicaragua."

Posted by Ann Hamilton.

#Toronto Snowmobile & ATV Show this weekend

The World's largest Snowmobile and ATV Show comes just before the snow flies this year, darn it's getting cold, at the Toronto International Centre. Joining the sleds and ATVs will also be assorted Powersports for the October 24-26 event in the over 500,000 square foot facility. Actually the fun can't be contained in the massive building - it also spills outside for some extreme sports action.

"If you’re in to snowmobiles, ATVS and an all around Powersports enthusiast, this is the show for you! As soon as you step foot on the show floor, you’ll be blown away with the incredible roster of exhibitors and the feature events taking place around the show, not to mention the enormous Outdoors Event Area with Live racing and Freestyle Shows. You’ll find huge Manufacturer Displays showcasing all of the 2014 sled and ATV line-ups. With more corporate manufacturer displays at this snowmobile and ATV Show than any other across North America, you’ll be sure to see: Arctic Cat, Can-Am, Dodge, Honda, John Deere, Kawasaki, Phantom, Polaris, Ski-Doo, ODES UTV, CFMoto and Yamaha. All of these machines under one roof, over one weekend, you can’t miss it! We guarantee it will be worth the drive to get here."

Clouds over City Hall

Fall has been bringing plenty of clouds and when you get some sun it is time to celebrate. Recently on my walk into work there were some incredible clouds in the sky over Toronto.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

#Toronto Zombie Walk 2014 this weekend

The famous annual painful shuffle of grey and ghoulish zombies starts at City Hall on Saturday, October 25. The undead will meet at noon and head out on the Zombie Walk and Halloween Parade at 3 pm.
"The plague returned every year, and the zombie count grew into a large and deadicated legion of the undead. Not only did the plague hit Toronto, it hit New York, Vancouver, Ottawa, Melbourne and numerous other cities around the world. In 2006 The Toronto Zombie Walk joined forces with the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, to ensure zombies have an enjoyable evening of flicks to see after their flesh eating endeavors. 2012 marked our ten year anniversary and we hoarded in over 10,000 people!"

Wigs for sale

Neon posters and stickers are up around Union Station in #Toronto. From far away they look like ads for cheap wigs, instead it looks like negative advertising regarding the upcoming election.

'Some Goons Shattered Lies' for only $9.99

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Little kittens at the Animal Shelter

Not surprisingly, several cats greeted us as we walked into the cat room at the Brampton Animal Shelter. Some of the furry guys were a little standoffish but otherwise most were glad to see us, then, yes, only then by goodness, we were told of a special room. A room so secret that few would guess about its contents or of its very existence. Who would believe that the shelter has a kitten room?
Kittens so adorable, so tiny and so, so furry all gathered together into a single room of unbearable cuteness. All ready for some loving and purring.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Web slinging superhero

#Toronto Spiderman hangs out at Yonge-Dundas, meeting fans and posing for pictures. Street buskers keep the area fun for tourists and regular visitors as well as fighting crime and those weird bad guys like Doctor Octopus and the Green Goblin.
This could be the famous Mary Jane Watson, Spidey's girlfriend

Silvercreek in Fall

The beauty of Ontario in Autumn has to be second to no other place on our lonely blue planet. The pace of colour changes in our forests is starting to slow and gusts of winds blow many of the leaves to the ground.
Silvercreek is a tributary of the Credit River. It begins in Erin and flows through Halton Hills before joining the Credit in Norval. As the small creek cuts through the escarpment it drops in grade along a path that includes a number of small waterfalls.
This area is accessible east of Trafalgar Road on Sideroad 27 in the middle of the Silvercreek Conservation Area. A loop off the Bruce Trail leads along the top of the valley walls and you can venture down into the creek to get some great pictures. I wore shorts and sandals and my feet were very cold after a couple hours in the flowing waters.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Drums in the Square

Keurig was brewing some free coffee and they brought a drum group who made some beautiful music at Yonge-Dundas Square.
They gave out coffee cups and spoons so the crowds could join in with the booming drums

Catch the Feva

@FevaTV set up a red couch on the streets of #Toronto and lav-wa-la, a television shoot was underway.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Frost brings the colour

October's long, cool nights have brought a lot of colour into the Greater Toronto Area. Forests of green have quickly started to show more yellow, orange, red and purple and this is the time to get out into nature before the leaves are all on the ground and blah becomes the colour of the day.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

#Toronto @KehillaRP sukkahville 2014

It's all about Affordable Housing! Eight structures are being built in Nathan Phillips Square in a competition to build a temporary Sukkah for the joyous Jewish Festival of Sukkot. The annual architectural battle hopes to draw attention to the problems of providing affordable housing and of the work of the non-profit housing agency; Kelhilla Residential Programme.

There are a number of constraints required for the contest entrants and sustainability is an important consideration as minimize waste and disposal of the construction materials. The temporary Sukkahs can be seen outside City Hall from 9 am to 5 pm, with the awards happening just after 12 noon.

#WMCFW #Toronto Fashion Week 2014

MasterCard FSHN WK will return to David Peacut Square from October 20 - 25 presenting top Canadian designers and their collections for Spring/Summer 2015. The week of fashion shows that will be viewed by over 30,000 attendees will feature such designers as Bustle, Joe Fresh and Pink Tartan.
“We're very excited for the Spring/Summer 2015 season of World MasterCard Fashion Week, and continuing to host Canada’s top fashion week. We have some incredibly talented new designers showing this year and our special Fashion Saturday event is back, offering the public an insider’s look at fashion and trends for spring 2015,” says Carolyn Quinn, director, IMG Fashion Canada."

"Mackage will show its Spring/Summer 2015 collection at World MasterCard Fashion Week on Wednesday, October 22 at 8 p.m. As always, the crisp, clean lines that the label is known for will be prominent throughout, with a bright colour palette to amp up the jackets and bags for the upcoming season. As avid travellers themselves, Elisa Dahan and Eran Elfassy, co-creative directors of Mackage, drew this season’s inspiration from a bustling metropolis, evoking the feeling of strength and excitement that runs through the veins of a world class city."

Actor Lauren Collins and Cityline celebrity Tracey Moore will host the BMO Fashion Saturday event on October 25 with three sessions of runway shows. There will be trend presentations, parties, pop-up markets, hair and makeup installations and VIP food and drinks.

The global online shopping destination Gilt will offer flash sales of Canadian Fashion in celebration of Fashion Week from October 20-26 where members can check out five top brands. The limited collections from Sid Neigum, Biko, Laura Siegel, SOIA& KYO and Beaufille.

"Sid Neigum (Mon. Oct. 20) – Designer Sid Neigum holds stockists in New York, L.A., Hong Kong, Seoul and his home-base, Toronto. His hard-edged collections are known for angular and sculptured pieces producing a look of tailored perfection.

Biko (Tues. Oct. 21) – Toronto-based designer Corrine Anestopoulos draws inspiration from priceless heirlooms and voyaged vintage to create her “modern nostalgic” line of jewelry. Her use of mixed metals, natural stones and pendants translates into a narrative of eclectic treasures.

Laura Siegel (Wed. Oct. 22) – All pieces by award-winning fashion designer Laura Siegel incorporate ethically gathered materials and touch on the global experience. The designer’s textures and layers are aimed at women seeking comfort and quality in an easy-to-wear wardrobe.

SOIA & KYO (Thurs. Oct. 23) – The Montreal-based brand is known for its sophisticated and utilitarian designs. Creative director and founder, Ilan Elfassy effortlessly fuses classic silhouettes with modern detailing to create a perfectly tailored aesthetic.

Beaufille (Fri. Oct. 24) – The refined and contemporary stylings of Toronto-based sister design duo ChloĆ© and Parris Gordon are a harmonious blend of masculine and feminine. The hard and soft fusion imbues both their ready-to-wear and accessories line."

“We’re excited to celebrate Canadian fashion with this exclusive flash sale series,” said Marshall Porter, SVP and GM of International and Business Development, Gilt. “The Canadian fashion industry is ever-evolving and we are thrilled to partner with such a talented group of designers, offering our members an exciting shopping experience.”

The Toronto Eaton Centre is a sponsor of Fashion Week and from October 13-24 will present runway fashion shows from Canadian retailers on the level 3 at Trinity Way (outside the old Sears location), photos at top

"World MasterCard Fashion Week brings top Canadian designers to the forefront of the fashion spotlight and all eyes are on Toronto for a week of design, style and trends. It's very exciting to see Toronto Eaton Centre activate and drive business to retail by bringing the spirit of fashion week to stylish consumers and giving them access to their favourite brands," says Carolyn Quinn, director, IMG Fashion Canada."

Advance voting in #Toronto

Early @torontovotes for the municipal elections began Tuesday, October 14, 2014 and will continue for six days from 10 am to 7 pm, ending October 19. Each of the city's 44 wards will have one advance voting location. Residents of Toronto can vote at City Hall from October 14-17.

The regular voting day is October 27.

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