Monday, February 18, 2019

L'Oreal Paris Canadian Women of Worth

Beauty brand L'Oreal Paris "Because I'm Worth It" announces 2019 Canadian Women of Worth Honourees and invites Canadians to vote for their favourite at Each candidate will be awarded $10,000 towards their charity and the winner will receive another $10k charity donation on International Women's Day. This is the third annual Women of Worth program and you can see more details and vote online until March 4th.

“We couldn’t be prouder to applaud these changemakers. Their steadfast resolve and achievements are truly remarkable,” said Milan Mladjenovic, General Manager, L’Oréal Paris Canada. "Every year we’re profoundly moved by the stories that accompany these crusaders – and this year is no exception. I feel tremendous privilege acknowledging these notable women who are making our world a better and brighter place.”

The ten honourees for 2019 who lead the challenge to foster change and inspire others are as follows, in alphabetical order as provided by L'Oreal Paris.

"Ishita Aggarwal, Mom’s The Word (MTW) in Vaughan, ON supports homeless and low-income expectant mothers fight maternal poverty, health illiteracy and infant morbidity.

Toyo Ajibolade, Lady Ballers Camp in Toronto, ON actively engages racial minority girls and young women from low-income households. She removes gender, social and economic barriers so these women can participate in recreational programs, educational activities, leadership and employment accessibility.

Lynda Debono, Sarah & Claire’s Food Drive in Toronto, ON is driven to mobilize youth in her community, and rally around the impact of food insecurity, while feeding hundreds of thousands of people in need.

Isabelle Ducharme, Keroul - Montreal, QC is an advocate for increasing the accessibility of cultural and tourist services for those living with limited physical abilities in Quebec.

Katie Mahoney, We Are Young in Halifax, NS is granting unfulfilled wishes to elders in the hope to bridge the gap between generations, raise social awareness of the inequalities of seniors and honour the role they play in society.

Danielle Main, Leash of Hope Assistance Dogs in Vancouver, BC founded a non-profit program that rescues dogs and trains them to be service dogs for people with a variety of disabilities, allowing them to regain their independence. She is blind and has the first trained guide dog from the program.

Dr. Eliza Olson, Burns Bog Conservation Society in Delta, BC is dedicated to the protection and sustainability of the unique ecosystem of Burns Bogs for future generations and champions environmental stewardship through education in her community.

Adeola Deborah Olubamiji, STEMHub Foundation in Mississauga, ON endeavours to expand the ambitions and accessibility for females, visible minorities and underserved youth to pursue education and careers in the fields of science, math, technology and engineering studies (STEM).

Lynne Rosychuk, The Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation in Morinville, AB supports victims of domestic violence, including families and children of all ages and genders. They help those in need find safety and resources to begin their journey of healing. As well, they are building a safe haven, Jessie’s House.

Nicole White, Moon Time Sisters in Saskatoon, SK is an activist for women’s rights and social equality and helps supply menstrual products to those with little or no access in Northern Indigenous communities and beyond."

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Winter Stations 2019

Six installations have been selected for the fifth annual Winter Stations design competition in the Toronto Beaches. Spread along Woodbine Beach by Ashbridges Bay Park are (west to east) Mind Station, Chairavan (pictured at top), Cavalcade, Above the Wall, the Forest of Butterflies and Ground Squared. The installations are designed around the existing utilitarian lifeguard stands to stand temporarily in the cold of winter.
Above the Wall
The Forest of Butterflies
The "public art installations to The Beaches for an exhibition to celebrate Toronto's winter waterfront landscape. This is a single-stage open international competition, welcoming artists, designers, architects and landscape architects to submit concept proposals for Winter Stations' temporary artwork installations." Migration is the theme for 2019 and the Family Day weekend is the start of Winter Stations and it ends April 1st.
Mind Station, or wack a mole

Ground Squared

See more after the jump.

Ice in Toronto Harbour

Current ice concentrations on Lake Ontario right now are slightly less that the same time last year and looking out from the beaches of Toronto, you can't see much ice beyond the inner harbour. The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) shows only a 6.9% mean concentration for ice cover - most of it near the mouth of the St. Lawrence River.

The wooden boardwalk is partially clear of snow and ice
It looks like this chunk of ice has crystal flowers growing inside

But if you want some ice for your drinks the inner harbour is the place to be. Near Sunnyside Beach some large chunks of ice have been pushed up on the shore and the rest of it looks like a jumbled puzzle.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Motorcycle Show Toronto 2019

Beat the winter blues at the 2019 edition of the Motorcycle Show Toronto. Sleek bikes and raw power meet in Exhibition Place's Enercare Centre Friday, February 15 to 17. Manufacturers shiny new motorcycles are on display, giveaways and stunt shows are happening and on a beautiful winter Saturday what else would you need to get you out of the house?

The new model showcase features the Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory, BMW S 1000 RR and R 1250 GS Adventure, Ducati Panigale V4R and Multistrada 1260 Enduro, Harley-Davidson CVO Limited and FXDR as well as the Honda CB65OR and other bikes from Indian, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Triumph and many more. You can also see ATVs, scooters and plenty of motorcycle accessories in the giant hall.
Yahama Riding Academy
From their website "Looking for your fix of two-wheel, three-wheel and four-wheel action? The Toronto Motorcycle Show is the biggest manufacturers show in Ontario, with a wide-ranging and exciting line-up of exhibitors that celebrates the motorcycle lifestyle. From the open road, to the track and to the trail, this is your chance to see the newest models from the big names. Find everything you need for the season ahead, including bikes, aftermarket parts, gear, accessories and more! Talk to experts, join a riding club, plan your next motorcycle trip and meet awesome people who share your passion.

The Show is jam-packed with special features and events that are sure to please riders of all ages, including the kids. Mark the dates now on your calendar and make plans to join us. The Motorcycle Show is the ultimate get-together for riders and future riders. Come to the show and fuel your passion! We speak motorcycle here!"

Starting very early

Umbrella Academy in Toronto

A platoon of people dressed in black walked under black umbrellas through Toronto on Friday, February 15th to promote the TV series Umbrella Academy. They walked two by two, protected from the elements even though it wasn't even raining!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Frost Princess at the Beauty Ice Castle

#getboldinthecold. Quite a few young princesses lined up for free makeovers in the Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Ice Castle at Yonge-Dundas Square.

"From February 14 to February 15, Shoppers Drug Mart invites you to their first-ever Beauty Ice Castle — a dramatic pop-up ice castle where you can “step out of the cold and into some bold beauty looks”. Experience all the ice castle has to offer such as complimentary makeovers, live DJ, hot chocolate bar, a cozy chalet lounge, and giveaways!"

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Toronto Light Festival 2019

On a clear night you can see the glow of #TOlightFest from miles away so it is time to take in the light art that is illuminating the historic Distillery District. The lights go on at sundown and go to 10pm on most weeknights, 11pm Thursday through Sunday from January 18 to March 3. Michael Buble's Edge Lit Heart near the Phoenix Rainbow in the photo at top. There are also a couple of additional light art pieces at the Farimont Royal York Hotel (Stingray 2.0 and Storm in a Tube).
The Toronto Light Fest symbol with the reflection of Tunnelception in the window, you can get some free Reece's Pieces beside the installation
From their website: "During the cold, dark days of winter, The Toronto Light Festival offers visitors a reason to bundle up, get outside and celebrate the season, creativity and life in the big city. The Festival, now in its third year exhibits local and international light artists. Artworks are curated to educate, warm hearts, inspire or just put a smile on visitors faces."
The Long View giant polar bear
The Guardians of Time
The permanent heart installation

With or without the lights, the Distillery District is a great place to visit in Toronto but this makes it even better. The light festival is free to enter but you need to find paid parking nearby (some in the district, some immediately surrounding the area), or take public transit to the site.

See more of the light art after the jump.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Toronto Motorcycle Show 2019 in mid-Feb

Two-wheeling, hardcore riding and Ontario's biggest motorcycle manufacturers' event. It's almost time for the Toronto Motorcycle Show which will be in the Enercare Centre from February 15-17. The Exhibition Place conference halls will be full of bikes, motorcycle gear, aftermarket parts and accessories. The show takes place during the February Family Day weekend and children can take part in the Yamaha Riding Academy for Kids or watch the motorcycle stunt shows.

 “We’ll also showcase the latest innovations and technology on two, three and four-wheels with the biggest line-up of 2019 new models from the best in the business. It’s the perfect place to get your motorcycle fix before the new riding season begins.”

Friday is time for the She Rides Night with a chance to win a Kawasaki Versys X300 and meet with other female riders. On Saturday you could enter for a chance to win a Kawasaki Z125 PRO, one of two available during the Kawasaki Double-Take Giveaway. Explore the latest innovations and technology before the riding season comes to Ontario.

"This is the only show to see the 2019 new model introductions of motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides from the world’s top brands, along with the latest in riding apparel, accessories, touring destinations, and other exciting motorcycle lifestyle exhibits. There’s a wide-range of special features for riders of all ages and experience levels, and those interested in learning to ride. Kids of all ages will be wowed by the Stunt Shows featuring Canadian star Craig Latimer, and the precision riding skills of the Ontario Provincial Police Golden Helmets aboard their Harley-Davidson Police Specials."

Show Hours
Friday, Feb 15th: noon - 9pm
Saturday, Feb 16th: 10am - 8pm
Sunday, Feb 17th: 10am - 5pm
Discounted tickets and Family Passes are available on line

Monday, February 04, 2019

2019 JUNO Awards in March

Sarah McLachlan will host the 48th annual @TheJUNOAwards in London, Ontario on Sunday, March 17, 2019. The Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee and 12-time JUNO Award winner will take the helm of Canada's biggest night in music at the Budweiser Gardens which will be broadcast live by CBC and streamed on CBC Gem. The JUNO Awards are part of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) not-for-profit organization that preserves and enhances the Canadian music industry.

Musical artist, singer-songwriter Corey Hart will be the 2019 Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee at the JUNOs. Corey has sold over 16 million albums and will perform during the show - the first time in over 20 years.

CARAS have also announced that the 2019 Humanitarian Award will be given to the talented David Foster for his long support of charities, including his own David Foster Foundation which raises awareness for organ donations and helps Canadian families requiring life-saving transplants.

Nominees for the 2019 JUNO Awards are a mix of established and new artists and were announced by CARAS and include Shawn Mendes, bulow, Loud Luxury, Alessia Cara, Hubert Lenoir, Michael Buble and Three Days Grace. The JUNUs partial list of nominations is as follows, you can find the full list on their website.

"Shawn Mendes leads this year with a total of six nominations including: JUNO Fan Choice*, Single of the Year, Album of the Year*, Artist of the Year*, Songwriter of the Year* and Pop Album of the Year. The Weeknd received an impressive five nominations including JUNO Fan Choice*, Single of the Year, Album of the Year*, Artist of the Year* and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year – an award he has won four times previously.

First time nominees recognized with four nominations include bülow for JUNO Fan Choice*, Single of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year* and Pop Album of the Year; and London’s very own Loud Luxury for JUNO Fan Choice*, Single of the Year, Breakthrough Group of the Year* and Dance Recording of the Year.

Artists with three nominations include Alessia Cara for JUNO Fan Choice*, Single of the Year and Artist of the Year*;Bahamas for Songwriter of the Year*, Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Video of the Year*; Hubert Lenoir for Album of the Year*, Pop Album of the Year and Francophone Album of the Year; KILLY for JUNO Fan Choice*, Breakthrough Artist of the Year* and Rap Recording of the Year; Michael Bublé for Artist of the Year*, Jack Richardson Producer of the Year with David Foster and Adult Contemporary Album of the Year; Three Days Gracefor Album of the Year*, Group of the Year* and Rock Album of the Year; and Tory Lanez for JUNO Fan Choice*, Artist of the Year* and Rap Recording of the Year."

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