Friday, November 25, 2022

The Distillery Winter Village 2022

Santa has plenty of time this winter to hang around in the historic Toronto Distillery District and hear all about the presents that children want for Christmas. The Winter Village is on from November 17 to 31, 2022 and you need tickets (purchase online before your visit) after 4pm on weekends and also from December 27 to 31 after 4pm. Adult entrance costs $11 plus tax.

You can visit the seasonal cabins for food, beverages and gifts/vendors but remember the cabins are cashless and open after 10 am, seven days a week.

The Distillery Historic District shops, restaurants and caf├ęs are open starting at 10 a.m. daily, seven days a week, while the outdoor vendors are open at noon from Tuesdays to Sundays.

Saturday, November 05, 2022

#RAWF100 Royal Horse Show at 100 Years

Canada's top equestrian event is back in Toronto during the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Horse Show in Exhibition Place. Opening night was November 4 and the Royal Horse Show and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair continue until November 13, 2022. The Royal Horse Show includes top class show jumping and the RCMP Musical Ride on every day but Monday and the final day. Tickets to the Royal Horse Show includes admission to the Royal Winter Fair. Parking at Exhibition Place was $16 for the day.

From the Royal Horse Show website, "Watch over 1,000 competitors vie for more than $1,000,000 in prize money and the coveted title of Royal Champion!

The world-renowned Royal Horse Show returns this year with incredible competition and a chance for our fans to take in all the sights and sounds of the ten-day event.

Mark your calendar for November 4 – 13, 2022 and join us in celebrating our 100th Anniversary! You’ll enjoy Olympians and other top international athletes and horses competing at the highest level in Show Jumping while experiencing Canada’s largest variety of equine breeds and events. The Royal Horse Show also features inspiring entertainment with special features during each horse show paid performance. This year’s Royal Horse Show showcases the very best in horse sport with an elevated CSI5*-W rating from the International Equestrian Federation (FEI)."
The RCMP Musical Ride
During Saturday's matinee we caught some magnificent jumping by Junior and pony categories and in the busy arena one of the horses refused to jump and one of the riders fell off their mount and was disqualified. The crowd were very supportive of the disappointed riders.

The Royal Winter Fair is also bustling with activities and vendors. A ring is setup where various brands of cows were shown to judges.

Maple Lodge Farms had their free rooster hats back at the show
This cow was enjoying his blow dry session

One of the feature attractions at the RAWF is the Burnbrae Farms Culinary Academy where you can learn to cook with some top Chef's, then sit down and enjoy your creations.

Monday, October 17, 2022

World Press Photo 2022 at Brookfield Place

Large scale photographs sit under the white arch of the Allen Lambert Galleria in Brookfield Place. It is another year of powerful photos from the annual World Press Photo Contest which celebrates the best of documentary photography and photojournalism. This stop on the worldwide tour showcasing the "stories that matter" during the 65th annual contest remains at Brookfield Place until October 26.
From the World Press Photo website, "Selected by an independent jury out of 64,823 entries by 4,066 photographers from 130 countries, the 2022 World Press Photo Contest regional winners are 24 photographers from 23 countries: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Palestine, Russia, Sudan, and Thailand."
Columbia, South America: Police arrests during evictions of people from the San Isidro settlement, by Vladimir Encina
From the Book of Veles by Jonas Bediksen of Norway. The lady pictured is not real, she is a product of computer-generated 3D models for a documentary on fake news - where all the content of the book was fake
Women make camouflage gear for snipers in the Ukrainian army, by Guillaume Herbaut of France

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Coca-Cola Dreamworld Experience in Toronto

It really seems like something you would see in a very colourful dream, but this free experience can be found at the Coca-Cola Dreamworld Experience. The show takes place in a long room in a building on the east side of Yonge Street across from the Toronto Eaton Centre (south of Shuter, just a few doors north of Firkin on Yonge) and will be there until October 28, 2022.

From the Dreamworld website, "A fantastical look-and-feel complements the beverage’s flavor profile by fusing whimsical shapes, electric colors and a 3D expression of Coke’s signature script to create an illusionary visual landscape on Coca-Cola Dreamworld packaging, in-store merchandising and other physical and virtual elements.

This video show almost comes to life as Coca-Cola has these creations to promote their new beverage to Canada and the United States. “Coca-Cola Dreamworld taps into Gen Z’s passion for the infinite potential of the mind by exploring what a dream tastes like,” said Alessandra Cascino, Creative & Shopper Program Director, Coca-Cola North America Operating Unit.
A small youtube clip that I took of the experience

The Everything to do with Sex Show Toronto 2022

I'm at the International Centre Hall 5 for the return of the Taboo Naughty but Nice Show with the Everything to do with Sex Show which is on from October 14-16, 2022. The music is blasting and the stage shows are about to begin, so come down by yourself or with others and enjoy some spicy entertainment and vendors.

Jacqui Childs (left) with a podcast from Cannabiswiki

From the Show's website, "The Everything To Do With Sex Show provides an upscale adult playground dedicated to enhancing lifestyles, encouraging romance, personal betterment and all things Taboo. Enjoy entertainment, provocative and educational seminars, unique shopping, fashion shows and LIVE demonstrations."
Promoting the Miss BumBum contest

Tonight is the Miss BumBum North American contest finale at 10pm.

Show hours:

Friday: 5pm - Midnight
Saturday: 1pm - Midnight
Sunday: Noon - 6pm

See more photos from the show after the jump.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Toronto International Snowmobile, ATV & Powersports Show 2022

It's easy to fall in love with autumn, you wear a sweater and stare at the beautiful colours bursting out in nature. Now winter is harder to love, even for Canadians, because of the extreme cold and snow. Well it gets easier to enjoy the frigid season if you find ways to enjoy the cold and snow. So think about visiting the Toronto International Snowmobile, ATV & Powersports Show coming to town October 21-23, 2022.

You can find the World's largest such show at the International Centre (with free parking) where besides finding all sorts of on and off road vehicular displays you can find indoor freestyle shows with snowmobiles making incredible jumps. Additionally the show will include a used snowmobile and ATV market, aftermarket trailers and gear, tourism display, OFSC driver training, a Sunday swap meet and many other attractions and vendors.

From the media release, "Manufacturer Displays The OEM's are here; Yamaha, Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo/Can-am and Polaris, Honda, Kawasaki, showcasing all the new snowmobiles and ATV's. Come and speak with OEM representatives about their products. Hop aboard each machine! Only at the Toronto International Snowmobile, ATV and Powersport show will you be able to see everything in Snowmobiling and Everything in ATVing. If vintage sleds are more your speed, the Antique and Classic Snowmobile Club has a big display full of pieces of snowmobiling history. It's always a blast to find a sled from your youth or to see a cleaned-up version of what you might have rusting under a tarp somewhere. Learn the stories behind these fantastic vintage machines and chat with Club representatives!"

Ticket Prices
Adult: $25.00 · Senior (aged 65 and over): $20.00 · Youth (aged 10 to 15): $15.00 · Children under aged 10 Free

Show Hours
Friday October 21, 1pm - 9pm
Saturday October 22, 10am - 7pm
Sunday October 23, 10am - 5pm

Sunday, October 02, 2022

The Vegan Fashion Show Toronto

As fall comes to Toronto it is time to check out the new fashions from designers that produce animal-free clothes at the Vegan Fashion Show 2022. The charitable and educational show ("compassion is always in fashion"), produced by Vikki Lenola, benefits Animal Justice. The lineup for the catwalk was Diane Kroe, The Honest Whisper, AVE Bags, Kandy Intimates and Eleanor Geraldine.

Taking place Sunday, October 2nd at the Longboat Hall (part of the Great Hall) at 103 Dovercourt Road in Toronto, just north of Liberty Village. Doors open at 5pm with some shopping and displays, fashions will be on the runway beginning at 6:10pm and the show finishes with a creative dancer starting at 8:30pm. In between you can enjoy some musical performances and guest speaker Camille Labchuk, Executive Director of Animal Justice.

Camille at the mic

I was impressed by the golden jacket made from pineapples and the atmosphere in the hall is perfect for fashion.

There was also some lingerie on the runway.

See more pics after the jump.

Saturday, October 01, 2022

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2022

Toronto's long night of contemporary art is finally here as the city comes alive from sunset on Saturday, October 1 to sunrise on Sunday, October 2, 2022. Over 150 artworks are spread around downtown, Etobicoke, North York and the waterfront waiting to be discovered by all who want to explore. Nuit began in Toronto in 2006 and continues after a short break due to Covid-19 precautions.
From the City's website, "Led by inaugural Artistic Director Dr. Julie Nagam, Nuit Blanche’s curatorial theme, The Space Between Us, invites artists to transform the city by creatively sharing stories about their connection to place while bridging cultures and connecting with communities and the environment."

Artist John Notten at his installation 'TUG'

Additionally there are a number of projects by "Twenty major institutions across Toronto will feature art projects and exhibitions free to the public throughout Nuit Blanche. Participating institutions include:401 Richmond, Aga Khan Museum, Art Gallery of York University, Artscape Launchpad, Artscape Weston Common in partnership with Urban Arts, Artscape Wychwood Barns, ArtworxTO, Toronto History Museums, Bata Shoe Museum, Centennial College School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design Story Arts Centre, East End Arts, Harbourfront Centre, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Museum Of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Toronto, Onsite Gallery at OCAD University, Pride Toronto, The Bentway, The Drake Hotel, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and TO Live."

There are a number of Nuit Blanche event centres staffed by volunteer Information Ambassadors at Yonge and Queen Streets, 88 Queens Quay West, 11 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Driver, Mel Lastman Square at 5100 Yonge Street and Albert Campbell Square at 150 Borough Drive.

The Steam Pumpkin was out in the night

See more Nuit Blanche pictures after the jump.

Doors Open

Scarborough Bluffs





Lake Ontario

Nathan Phillips Square