Thursday, May 31, 2012
#Toronto has seen several protests against Ontario Bill 13: Accepting Schools Act, and today there was a sizeable one in the downtown core. Protesters gathered on both sides of Yonge Street at Dundas Street holding signs as several bicycle police gathered nearby to provide traffic control during the later march. The Thursday, May 31, 2012 event is described as a parental protest with all faith groups welcome and without religious signs or symbols. People were asked to dress in red and white to show solidarity to the protest and many had tape over their mouths saying “silenced”.
The noon hour display was to be followed by a 1pm march to Queen’s Park where the protest would continue until 2:30pm.
See more of the protest after the jump.
A familiar chair and couch setup at Nathan Phillips Square alerted me to another on location filming of a new documentary for Oprah Winfrey Network Canada. I have run into this furniture a few times at the historic Distillery District, now they seem to have added wheels and are traveling around Toronto.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The confetti cannon greets Dario as he climbs out of his car at the Winners Circle
Leaving pit row
Honda Indy Director of Operations Jim Tario once again leads the construction of the 2.84km, 11-turn race track. With over 20 years experience setting up the course his expertise is invaluable in directing the placement of the 2000 steel reinforced barriers, fencing and tonnes of other equipment in the almost 40 days it takes to setup the course.
See the press release after the jump.
See the press release after the jump.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The red carpet and giant balloons wait at the #Toronto Hard Rock Café for the 2012 Up Front Rogers Media TV Sales after party event on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The Fall television launch includes Citytv with the release of it’s primetime schedule for the 2012 season. In Canada pitches will be made to domestic advertisers and the press for Rogers, then Global Television Up Fronts tomorrow and CTV follows on Thursday.
This sales job will secure advertisers spots on the shows months before the new television season rolls into town. Growth in television advertising dollars is suggested to continue at a mild pace, unlike the falling prospects of newspaper and the flat radio advertising revenues. Internet growth continues to lead the media pack. Advertisers need to keep it varied as many people watch television and surf the net at the same time.
I haven’t bought a newspaper for over a year now and when I do read one it is either one of the free editions, or one of the big boys (Star, Sun, National Post) that love to give away their papers on the streets of Toronto. While I listen to radio in the car, my kids tend to bring their own CDs and generally skip what is happening over the airwaves.
Visitors to Yonge-Dundas Square in #Toronto were listening to a big band up on stage as part of the TD Discover Music and the Keep the Music Going event on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The band was warming up over the lunch hour in front of an empty conductor’s box. At 2pm people could come up to the green symphony conductors perch and conduct the orchestra – no experience necessary.
I tend to think it will go better than the time Bugs Bunny conducted an opera singer to greater and greater notes until the building started to fall apart. Oh, those Looney Tunes!
Monday, May 28, 2012
A poster for the Doomsday Ride
Norco does some bike repairs
Monday, May 28, 2012 is Bike to Work Day. At City Hall you could pick up a free t-shirt and enjoy a pancake breakfast. Check the City of Toronto calendar for Bike Month events.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The parade promotes love, peace, truth, non-violence and right conduct. The mission is "designed to raise awareness of Human Values and to promote individual responsibility towards the collective future of humanity, one step at a time" and is open to everyone.
I came upon them on Saturday getting some floats ready for the march.
See more mega post cosplay photos after the jump.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Singer Urvah Khan
The DOTO Doors Open Toronto banner flies at the participating attractions
The Pathfinder steering wheel
Welcomed aboard the Empire Sandy
It is an excellent opportunity to view places that you might never had thought you would see, or to visit familiar places that deserve further exploration. See more of DOTO after the jump.