Monday, June 17, 2024

Toronto Taste of Little Italy 2024

This popular, annual neighbourhood street party brings together thousands of people to enjoy the culture and cuisine of Italy while squeezed into College Street from Bathurst to Shaw Streets. This year's shindig ran from Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16 with the amusement rides to the west and the main stage to the east.
Watching the soccer game

There was plenty of live entertainment planned throughout the three day weekend event but Saturday, June 15 the biggest draw was the Euro Cup 2024 soccer tournament game as Italy took on Albania. Things were tense at the beginning after Italy gave up a goal at 23 seconds before Italy finally won the game 2-1. The beer tent and main stage with the soccer game on the big screen is shown in the photo at top.
Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow gives the thumbs up at the street festival

See more of the street festival after the jump.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Na-Me-Res Traditional Pow Wow at Fort York

Toronto is celebrating Indigenous History Month and the Na-Me-Res (Native Mens Residence) put on a traditional Pow Wow in Fort York's Garrison Common over the June 15-16, 2024 weekend. The Pow Wow was also included an Indigenous Arts Festival and concerts.

The colourful event was free to attend and featured music, art, food and dance of the First Nations, Inuit and also the M├ętis Peoples of Turtle Island. First up was the Pow Wow from 12 noon till 5pm followed by the Indigenous Arts Festival Mississaugas of the Credit concerts from 5:30pm to 10pm. Sunday continues with more of the Arts Festival concerts and dance performances from 11am to 4pm.
The Pow Wow finery was amazing

Crowds watch the dance circle

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Toronto Beaches Ribfest 2024

You know what I like better than possibly great ribs? Good ribs and smaller lineups, plus beer! The Toronto Beaches Northern Heat Rib and Beer Fest is at Woodbine Park from June 14-16, 2024 and there are big lineups you can join, if so inclined.

The website says free entry but the sign at the gate says $2 admission, plus free bag searches. 

The yellow, bendy blow up is wiggling the way to rib Alley, five rib powerhouses with banners and trophies and enough barbecue sauce to wipe out half of Toronto if the bbq dam breaks.
My choice from the Kentucky Smokehouse was delicious; half rack of ribs, slaw and cornbread. Then over to the only booze tent for $9 Cowbell Brewing Co brews to wash it down.
It's family friendly with games and concessions for the kids along with live entertainment through the day.
Typical ribfest prices

Friday, June 14, 2024

Nosebleeds in Rogers Centre

The boys of summer are back in Rogers Centre for Blue Jays baseball. We have are outrageously expensive drinks and food, the dome is open and it is a perfect day. Make some noise for your boys!
Pride Night
Toronto us playing the Cleveland Guardians in a 3 day series and today is Pride Night. We were at the top of section 529, you couldn't go higher in our area.
Getting there early and watched some hitting practice
Our group made it to the jumbotron (top left)

We took advantage of the TD priority seating and received our Pride Jays hat. Life is good!

Monday, June 10, 2024

Luminato Festival 2024 and Evanescent

Toronto's Luminato is back and in full swing (June 5-16) and the multi-arts festival that "transforms Toronto into a "playground of art, creativity and conversation."

Their website also notes that, "Luminato showcases exceptional Canadian and international art and artists. We push the boundaries of what art is, who it is for, and where it can happen, tearing down barriers between art and people."

Public art makes a big entrance with Evanescent by Atelier Sisu with several large installations of see through, shimmering balls. The immersive art looks cool and will be at David Peacut Square and Arnell Plaza along with Bay Adelaide Centre until June 16. Then, after Luminato, from June 19 to July 30 the balls will be at Bay Adelaide Centre, Brookfield Place and First Canadian Place.

Saturday, June 08, 2024

World Naked Bike Ride Toronto 2024

The cheeky ride returns to Toronto Saturday, June 8! Hundreds of naked, or nearly naked, riders show up in Coronation Park for the annual protest bicycle ride through the streets of downtown Toronto. This event is part of a twenty-year, world wide protest that in Canada will also be held in Montreal, Halifax and Vancouver while Edmonton and Halifax participated in 2023. I have previously posted information on preparing for the ride on my post here. Gene is already on site before 8am ready to greet the riders.

If you see the ride coming you will also hear chants of "Less Gas, More Ass" and "World Naked Bike Ride" as people ride to save the world, protesting against the pollution caused by combustion vehicles and also riding against body shaming while promoting bicycling and fighting climate change.

WNBR Toronto organizer Gene Dare will greet people in Coronation Park, just south of Princes' Gates across Lake Shore Boulevard, beginning around 9am. Riders and interested people will show up to the Victory-Peace Monument by the tall Canadian flag pole. Socializing and body painting will happen before the ride leaves the park at 1pm and this year 'Naked News' star Eila Adams will be joining the ride.
Latest route map

You can find WNBR passing by the following iconic Toronto tourist spots between the start of the ride (1pm) and approximately 4:30pm.

Coronation Park (start, bathroom). Leave the park at 1pm
Trinity Bellwoods Park
Kensington Market
University of Toronto
Queen's Park (possible stop)
Allan Gardens (possibly, construction is underway in the park. possible stop)
Metropolitan University of Toronto
Yonge-Dundas Square (usually two circles around the square)
Toronto Eaton Centre
Toronto City Hall (usually the longest stop, bathroom)
David Pecaut Square (new biking sculpture)
Union Station
Roundhouse Park/CN Tower (possible stop)
Sugar Beach (possible stop)
HTO Beach
Coronation Park (final stop, get dressed, bathroom)

You can also join in along the route, difficult to plan on though, and every year several people impulsively see the ride, take off their clothes and join in WNBR. The planned ending is to return back to Coronation Park or go over to Hanlan's Point Beach on the Toronto Islands, otherwise you can depart the ride wherever you want.

Some of the previous rides in Toronto.

A nice lady was giving out free bike helmets. Clothing optional but safety first. She is Inga the CEO of Prime Health CarePrime Health Care. Inga also brought water and juice to Sugar Beach for the riders. Many thanks to Inga

See more photos of the ride after the jump.

Friday, June 07, 2024

Peeled Pavement art by Corktown Common

In some small towns people often joke that in the evening they roll up the sidewalks because no one is out and about. You can't really say that about Toronto because something is always happening in the Six, so they decided to make the sidewalk literally art that you can sit on.
Near Corktown Common along Mill Street there are several sidewalk installations where the sidewalk is curled up with a light where the sidewalk would normally rest. In the exposed concrete (cast in bronze) where you would sit is the outlines of industrial artifacts that might have been found in the area. The pieces were designed by artist Jill Anhold and were completed in 2015.

See more photos after the jump.

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