Sunday, August 31, 2014

Canadian International Airshow 2014

High flying aerial acts like the CF-18 hornet flew over Lake Ontario as part of the closing of the Canadian National Exhibition during the Labour Day long weekend. The final Toronto CIAS performance is September 1, 2014 from 1-4 pm.
Matt Younkin and the Beech Special
The early morning thunder storm made way for partly cloudy skies and plenty of humidity.
Mike Wiskus and his Pitts Special

See more planes after the jump.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fan Expo returns

Cosplay and celebrities bring out fans by the thousands in #Toronto from August 28 to 31, 2014. The cavernous halls of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre become tightly packed with visitors making the days feel like a continuous rush hour on the city's highways.

Cosplayers at Yonge and Dundas heading to FanExpo on Friday, Aug 29, 2014.

@Cirque #Kurios in #Toronto

Exterminate, exterminate! Sorry, wrong robot. A full sized Kurios robot is locked in a crate at the Eaton Centre. The quirky robot, assembled from scraps, is one of many that help put on the Cirque Du Soleil show in the Portlands from August 28 to October 26, 2014.
A cabinet of curiosities
"What if you could alter reality at will? Delve into a world of curiosity where seeing is disbelieving: the world of KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil. The show immerses you in a mysterious and fascinating realm that disorients your senses and challenges your perceptions, leaving you to wonder: "Is it real, or just a figment of my imagination?"

Butterflies over the shallow area

A calm swimming pool sits empty in #Toronto as a mural on the adjacent wall reflects butterflies in the still water. The site is at Alexandra Park at Bathurst and Dundas and I always associate the park with zombies.
Kitty Sin City - a stomach to draw on

An area points to a sign that says WIDE OPEN

Some graffiti and yellow hearts from around the city after the jump.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Love Locks #DistilleryLove

'My heart is, and always will be, yours' is the motto behind the gathering of locks in the Historic Distillery District. Couples in love can leave a padlock on the metal heart and LOVE sign at the corner of Pure Spirits Mews and Tank House Lane.
The first time I heard about love-locks was in 2010 when some bridges in Paris were in danger of collapse because so many locks had been left on the structures. In fact one section of a bridge parapet, weighed down by the locks, did fall down.
Dating back a hundred years, the installations have been found all over the world and signify an unbreakable love. You are supposed to initial the lock, lock it on the structure, throw away the key and then share the hashtag #DistilleryLove. Locks can be purchased in several stores in the Distillery District.

If you have no one else you can put the monster spider's initials on the lock

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Community Protection courtesy of Captain Jean-Luc Picard

This #Toronto Community is PROTECTED by neighbourhood watch! Amazingly the protectors are the crew of the Starship Enterprise - from Star Trek the Next Generation. Someone has posted photos in the middle where houses with eyes would normally be staring out. On the Google you can see photos with Batman and Robin, Spiderman, Wonderwoman and one of my favourites - Chief Wiggum from the Simpsons.
I hope their phasors are set to stun

Monday, August 25, 2014

Superheroes in #Toronto

Bright white uniforms signified the arrival of a super gang of Medikidz characters - look out trouble because these guys are your worst nightmare.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fall and Fall Fairs 2014 return to Ontari-ari-ari-o

It's not like it is cooling off drastically because it has been so cool lately, but with the return of the CNE you know summer is over and the trees are starting to show telltale signs of changing colours. Fall fairs in central ontario will take over from the EX - so check out one you would like to go to on this fall fair website.
Truck and tractor pulls are a highlight for many
Miss Acton 2013 contest 
The Acton Agricultural Society's Fall Fair comes to the GTA small town from September 19-21.
The midway is a place to pick up a pet gold fish
Antique steam tractor
Sumac trees seem to turn a deep orange and red before other trees

#Outlander of the clan six pack

A woman is swept back in time to the mid 1700s, torn between two men - including a Scottish warrior, in this new television series beginning on August 24, 2014. Three men, shirtless, wearing part of the kilt kit help to promote the Show Case series starting Sunday at 10 pm.
An older Scottish lady tells the lads what they are missing in the way of the national dress, though most of the people posing with the friendly group do not seem to mind what they are missing.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Night comes to @BuskerFestTO

Street performances continue from early in the day to late at night and as the sun sets, visitors continue to pour into the valley of Yonge Street, deep in shadows between the commercial buildings lining the boulevards in downtown Toronto. As light from the store signs and streetlights take over from the sun the acts that use fire become beacons of excitement along the roadway - like NoMad Cirquel, above. It was a shame that they cancelled the combined multi-performer fire shows.

Crowds line up in layers several people thick until those in the back can only hope to see the artists work their magic on the black asphalt. People that can't see the act try to squeeze pass the massive throng of people enthralled by the show, hoping to stake out a good spot on the next performance somewhere down the road.
Local acts like Kate Mior (above) and Silver Elvis (below) join international artists from around the world.

Kromatik face painting returns with some bold designs

See more of the nights fun after the jump.

Back at the EX

Exhibition Place is hosting the 2014 Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) and you can yell that you want to go faster until September 1. After that your ass is probably in school and winter is here.
I took the opportunity to check out the exhibition on a weekday morning and it was glorious. No lineups to slow me down and I even went on a few rides.
Fans of airplanes can get their fill as the skies over Toronto's lakefront during "The 65th annual Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) soars over Lake Ontario Labour Day weekend for another awe-inspiring performance. The 2014 display will feature amazing aerobatics and delight fans of all ages! This year's show will commemorate the CIAS's 65th Anniversary, as well as the 100th Anniversary of the Great War (WWI). Don't miss the special flying demonstration featuring six WWI aircrafts from the Great War Flying Museum." The show takes place August 30 to September 1 from 1-4 pm.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

#Toronto Buskerfest 2014 begins

Now this is worth closing the streets for! Vendors booths and performance areas are quickly being finished as the Scotiabank Buskerfest in Support of Epilepsy Toronto officially takes over the downtown Yonge Area. The buskers have already started to put on shows as the noon time launch announcements were being made and thousands of visitors and workers in the area starting filling the closed off streets.
Tonight the street performances will continue to 11 pm and start again at noon Friday. The full schedule is as follows.
Thursday August 21 noon to 11 pm 
Friday August 22 noon to 11 pm 
Saturday August 23 11 am to 11 pm 
Sunday August 24 11 am to 8 pm 

Mr Cabbie promotion

See more of the buskers after the jump.

Doors Open

Scarborough Bluffs





Lake Ontario

Nathan Phillips Square