Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#Toronto @HondaIndy 2015 tickets go on sale

Outside temperatures say winter, but the sale of tickets to the June 12-14, 2015 Verizon IndyCar race means that summer is just around the corner! 2014 reserved grandstand ticket holders can purchase tickets now, ahead of the February 19 sale to the general public, and take advantage of Renewal Club Member Benefits.

Several race series will join IndyCar on the street course through Toronto's Exhibition Place: the Ultra 94 Porsche GTS Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin, the SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks, the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires. Besides the excitement on the track, you can always enjoy the live entertainment, celebrity appearances, autograph sessions, interactive games, the other festival attractions and craft beer. Oh, and don't forget about the Toronto Sun Grid Girls and the other ladies of the Honda Indy.
"The event, now in its 29th year, promises a diverse motorsports line-up with something for every kind of race fan. The Verizon IndyCar Series will headline the weekend featuring world-class drivers like Canadian James Hinchcliffe, 2014 race winner Sebastien Bourdais and series champion Will Power. Two-day tickets to the Honda Indy Toronto start at $50 for General Admission and $80 for Reserved Seating (tax included). For full pricing information and to buy tickets, visit hondaindy.com or call 1-877-725-8849."

Monday, January 26, 2015

Concrete Waterfall in Cloud Garden

This is such a cool park in the middle of the #Toronto Financial District beside the Bay Adelaide Centre. Described as a 'unique little park ... a true urban oasis' with features like a waterfall, an interesting building facade overlooking the park and a conservatory that I did not even know existed - I will have to try to visit it sometime soon. Unfortunately the small greenhouse is only open 10am to 2:30 pm on weekdays (closed on holidays), but it does have free admission.

Elements of the park are part of a monument to the construction trades

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Acton Winter Carnival

Old Man Winter brought some fun on a sunny Sunday in Prospect Park during the annual family festival. The events started on Saturday, January 24 with a community dance at the Town Hall Centre and continued on Sunday, January 25 with an Air Cadets Pancake Breakfast and included ice skating, curling, dog cart and tractor wagon rides throughout the day. Frozen water in many forms were provided by Iceculture and I had two favourites - the large tic, tac, toe game, which we put together for hugs and kisses, and the frozen maple syrup candy making stand.
A Chili Cook-off and Acton Winter Carnival closing ceremonies took place today at 4 pm.

Other events kept people warm with ice block and snowman building, snow horse shoes, obstacle course and snow golf while you could get some hot chocolate and coffee at the food concession. If that didn't do the trick you could stand beside the roaring bonfires! Crafts and bingo games were being played inside the Dufferin Community Centre.
Dog cart rides

See more fun after the jump.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

2015 Magnum Series Ice Racing in Minden

I can't even walk properly on ice and these cars are blasting around the course, sometimes perpendicular to the track, but almost always going in the right general direction. The Minden Fairgrounds is taken over by a solid ice race track, bordered by robust snow banks - guaranteed to keep those brutes where they belong.
After the crash the other drivers threw snowballs at the car and then helped push it out of the snowbank
This Toronto Autosports Club (TAC) race was run on the Jan 24-25, 2015 weekend and is the first round of the CASC-OR Magnum Ice Race Championship presented by Mobil 1.

See more cold, ice racing after the jump. See a photos from a previous race on my post here. There are also motorcycle ice racing and bicycle ice racing posts for your viewing enjoyment.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Target misses the mark in Canada

Bulls-eye, that seems like a perfect newspaper headline! Now we all wait anxiously to finally shop at Target as they have announced that they will quickly close down and exit stage right. Final liquidation sales are expected within a couple of weeks and then the retail space and almost 18,000 staff will be cast off into the unknown. 
Bare mannequins are grouped together at the entrance to the old Sears store in the Toronto Eaton Centre. The closure of their flagship store, along with several other locations, was also a sad retail moment in Ontario.
People held up signs on Yonge Street promoting the Sears store closing sale

Monday, January 19, 2015

Villa #Toronto art in Union Station

Raster and Art Metropole's traveling, contemporary art event is in the cavernous Great Hall from Jan 16-23, 2015. In addition the free, week long exhibition will also have a number of special events located around the city and open to the public.
Port-O-Potty by Zeke Moores
"Villa Toronto is the most recent in a series of international gallery meetings initiated by Raster. Previous editions took place in Warsaw (2006), Reykjavik (2010) and Tokyo (2011). The event is not an art fair. Rather, the villa project aims to use the curatorial experience of private galleries to create encounters with the general public and local art communities that are innovative, stimulating, and not merely market driven. The project recognizes the decisive role private galleries play in determining the field of contemporary art and the type of explorations that take place within it. Villa encourages the cross-cultural circulation of art, artists and cultural workers, and dedicates its resources and focus to facilitate such an exchange, throughout the project and in the years to come. In the central Toronto, this collaboration will come together in Union Station—a place with great potential to boost the artistic appreciation of Torontonians."

See more of the art installations after the jump.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

#Toronto Roller Derby looking for a new home

@TORollerDerby is losing the Bunker at Downsview Park in Spring and is looking for a new arena to host their exciting brand of flat track sports entertainment.

“Roller derby is like nothing else. Since it came to Toronto it’s consistently grown, attracting new skaters, fans and volunteers. It has truly changed the lives of so many people who have been involved over the years. In order to continue to engage so many people in our city with this unique sport, we need a space we can do that in,” said ToRD President Mazel Tough, who skates with The Betties."

If you have 20,000 square feet of space, access to the TTC and plenty of parking you could provide the new home that the skaters need for practice and for the bouts.

Doors Open

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Lake Ontario

Nathan Phillips Square