Tuesday, February 18, 2014

February frost warms up in #Toronto this weekend

Temperatures above freezing leading into the Feb 21-23, 2014 weekend means winter is over! Woot, woot! The ice coating and winter blahs can be beaten back with cars, motorcycles, an outdoor show, an icefest and an bike race on ice! Friday is supposed to be 6 degrees Celcius so the patios will probably be set up along the streets, although umbrella might be required because of the rain. I imagine that balmy temperatures will abound and shorts will soon be worn by everyone - any day now.

I will miss the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS), probably just go to a Hyundai dealership instead, but I will be going to the Motorcycle Show Toronto 2014 at the Direct Energy Centre in Exhibition Place (Feb 21-23), the Bloor-Yorkville Icefest (Feb 22-23) and the Annual Bike Couriers Ice Race at Dufferin Grove Park on Saturday night (Feb 22). Other events include the Outdoor Show at the International Centre,

At the Motorcycle Show you can find "more than 400 motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-sides and scooters on display, Ontario's biggest motorcycle manufacturers' consumer show will have the latest in apparel, accessories and touring destinations. The Show boasts several features, including the world's most technologically advanced motorcycle, the 1,000-horsepower Triumph Castrol Rocket making its only Canadian appearance; American stunt team and YouTube stars Nick "Apex" Brocha and Ernie "EDub" Vigil; the "Wayne Gretzky" of Canadian motorcycle racing, 19-time Canadian champ Jordan Szoke showing his Trials skills; the Yamaha Riding Academy for kids ages 6-12; and a special celebration Friday evening for women who ride."

The Bloor-Yorkville Icefest, or Icefest 2014, takes place in the heart of Yorkville presents the 14th annual Sassafraz ice carving competition. Ice carvings are very popular in the ritzy area - they look like sculptures made of diamonds - just perfect for the Mink Mile.

Later on Saturday night there will be time to watch some very dedicated bicycle riders who take to the ice with their trusty two wheeled, human powered vehicles for Icycle 2014. The bicycles get an advantage with the addition of screws which help to keep the bikes riding around the hockey rink at Dufferin Grove Park. The action and eventual spills start at 7 pm. "Toronto's only on-ice race on two wheels. You could pay $5 to sit in the box which provided the best seats in the house, or watch for free everywhere else. Warning to racers, direction of the race may vary, depending on mood of race marshal."

After this week you will have to take a rest to get ready for next weeks Sexapalooza Show from Feb 28 to March 2 at the International Centre. You can also see more bikes at the Toronto International Bicycle Show on at the same time at the Better Living Centre in Exhibition Place.

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