This is the first year without the sponsorship of Scotiabank (they really did bankroll quite a few community events in Toronto) and it was reported that they have a $2 million shortfall when the bank dropped out. The parade will still go on as they continue to scout out corporate sponsorship.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Toronto Caribbean Carnival brings the bold colours of Masquerade to Exhibition Place and Lake Shore Boulevard on Saturday, July 30 from 10am to 8pm. Fences along the parade route have been lowered from 10 to 4 feet so it should be easier to take photos of the dancers and floats.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
roar by the lakeshore is almost a memory as the last of the barriers, fences and grandstands are being taken down in Exhibition Stadium. It has only been two weeks and the removals are going smoothly, remember it takes over a month to put up the track and all the associated stuff.
See more race photos after the jump.
IndyCar races on Ovals, Road Courses and Street Courses and streets contain manholes, catchbasins, curbs, streetlights and other municipal plant, both above and below ground. In Toronto even the trees along the main the start line are in planters and are removed every year for the running of the Honda Indy. If they want to make it pretty they could always coat the road with some new tar but this is no reason to move the race out of Toronto.
The bridge is still standing
It takes a lot of steel and concrete to setup the Honda Indy Toronto
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Toronto's Festival of Beer for the beer, but stay for the food!" said Les Murray, President of Intelivents, operator of TFOB. "2016 will see more food options than ever before and the Grilling Tent experience will showcase grilling with beer and so much more!"
Keep tuned as I check out the breweries and keep my eyes out for balls from wayward beer pong games during "Canada's largest summer beer celebration". See more photos after the jump and if summer comes back next year, keep this event in mind.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
World-class tennis returns July 23-31, 2016 with the mens tournaments at Aviva Centre while the women are in Montreal. To promote the event, which is held outside of the downtown core, Canadian Milos Raonic and Toronto Mayor John Tory officially kicked off the Rogers Cup with a game at Nathan Phillips Square on July 21.
The tennis court has been setup in the pond for the past two days as Rogers Cup has a full slate of activities scheduled with clinics, learning how to be a tennis official and ball kid demonstrations, fastest serve contests, tennis circus show performances and open play games.
Unfortunately a couple of the top players have dropped out of the Toronto competition. Rogers Cup defending Champion Andy Murray will not compete and "Tennis Canada announced Tuesday that world No. 3 Roger Federer and world No. 4 Rafael Nadal have withdrawn from Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto. "I have made the tough decision to withdraw from Rogers Cup,” said Federer. “Toronto is one of my favourite events on the calendar and I am disappointed that I won’t be able to compete in front of the great tennis fans in Canada. Looking ahead, it is best for me that I take more time after Wimbledon. I look forward to coming back to Canada next year and I wish Karl Hale and everyone at Tennis Canada a very successful tournament.”
Monday, July 18, 2016
General admission tickets include 5 sample tokens and a Commemorative Festival Sampling Cup. Tokens are available on site for $1 each and most 4 oz samples are 1 token with some brewers charging additional for imports and premium brands. Hoptomized tickets are available with more tokens and early access and if you want to go all out there are VIP tickets as well.
Some top Canadian Chefs will join the festival preparing tasty offerings at the Club House La Grille along with renowed Chefs from Sweden - Peter J Skogstrom and Roland Persson in the Sample Sweden pavilion.
"The Festival boasts almost 100 brewers featuring more than 333 beautiful brews from all over the globe. From lagers to stouts, fruit beer to ales, we have something for everyone! The Festival features more than just beer; there are several non-malt based beverages available including cider and ready-to-drink beverages! Our food vendors are all well known Toronto food purveyors creating some great grub for you to enjoy! Whether you’re looking for oysters, poutine, or a burger, you’ll be able to find the perfect thing to satisfy your appetite!"
The Festival music lineup is after the jump.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Indy Lights Race #2 winners: Andre Negrao (2nd), Felix Rosenqvist (1st) and Kyle Kaiser (3rd)
Track changes this weekend include sand blasting smooth concrete patches in turns 1 and 9 and moving out the wall in turn 8 across from the GO Station. I am sure the drivers would have liked more room through turns 9 to 11 as well! The cars also have LED position markers on their cars this year. Races started at 8:25am this morning with the USF2000 series followed by the Pro Mazda cars and a 30 minute IndyCar warm up at 10:30am.
Starting the race was Major General Mike Rouleau of the Canadian Forces Special Operations Forces who was the Grand Marshal. During the pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions a group of 300 military reservists from the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force marched on the track to salute the racce fans.
CF-18 Hornet fighter jets from 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron from CFB Bagotville, Quebec, twice performed flybys over the track, flying in the direction from turn 11 to turn 1. “We are so proud to be able to say this special ‘thank you’ to the men and women who serve us all so well,” said Jeff Atkinson, president of the Honda Indy Toronto. “We are thrilled that they are joining us to celebrate 30 years of racing on the streets of Toronto with such an impactful presence.” The General gave the call to start engines at 3:08pm and the cars began to roll out onto the track.
Will Power climbs out of his car in Victory Circle
Helio Castroneves, Will Power and James Hinchcliffe on the podium
Overall the IndyCar Series point standings has Simon Pagenaud (432 pts), Will Power (385 pts) and Helio Castroneves (358 pts) leading the pack.
During driver introductions they open up pit lane
Saturday, July 16, 2016
After the heat of the first day, the second day turned a lot more comfortable and Thunder Alley and Speed Zones were filling with people enjoying the activities and vendors in the infield. With all the changes caused by BMO Field and the new hotel, the IndyCar paddock was relocated from the infield to inside the Enercare Centre. Autograph sessions including the IndyCar and Nascar Pinty's Series drivers meeting with fans in the atrium of the Enercare Centre.
The Verizon IndyCar Series qualification was in the afternoon just before race #1 of the Stadium Super Trucks. After the SST truck ramps were taken down and stored for Sunday's second race, the heavy stock cars from Nascar took to the track at 3:45pm for the Pinty's Grand Prix of Toronto. Winning the race was Alex Tagliani followed by Andrew Ranger and Kevin Lacroix.
Alex waves the checkered flag in Victory Circle
Andrew, Alex and Kevin
Tomorrows big race is the Verizon IndyCar Honda Indy Toronto. The pre-race starts at 2:30pm, the call to start their engines goes out at 3:08pm and the green flag drops at 3:15pm. There will be two flyovers of jet fighters during Pre-race.
Toronto Argonauts Cheerleaders will be the 2016 Grid Girls
Stadium Super Trucks
Friday, July 15, 2016
Verizon IndyCar through turn number 5. Their Chevrolet twin-turbocharged V-6 engine gets these beasts going pretty fast along the 11-turn, 1.786-mile temporary streets of Toronto track
From the Big Boy's with Cool Toys area of Thunder Alley
The pit lane entrance also caused the change with the IndyCar and Road to IndyCar Paddocks which have been moved into the Enercare Centre. The new Speed Zone and the re-introduced Thunder Alley moved into the former home of the IndyCar Paddocks while the new NASCAR Pinty's Series Paddock moved into the spot near Hotel X. There is also quite a bit of general admission viewing locations, both along Lake Shore Boulevard West and elsewhere along the track
See more MotorFest after the jump.
Canadian IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe takes the pedestrian bridge
See more MotorFest after the jump.