Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Berczy Park lights

Presents abound as the Christmas lights in Berczy Park are lit up again and Toronto's downtown premier destination for thirsty dogs welcomes the holiday season. The arch of presents is a portal into visitors enter, but never leave.

The doggies have scarves on now to keep them warm in winter

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Toronto Fan Holiday Comicon 2018

It's only one day but it is a jolly good time when Santa brings some Christmas cosplay. The comicon is on at the south building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Saturday, December 8th.
Entrance to the Fan Holiday comicon was only $10 at the door and the theme was definitely Christmas, with lights and hats suitable for St Nick and his many elves, with a few reindeer antlers thrown in for good measure. You could also pose with Santa Claus, see talented artists, or walk the cosplay red carpet in addition to the vendors selling comics, anime and thousands of collector items.

See more cosplay after the jump.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Lot No. 40 and the New Old Fashioned Night Market

The Canadian whiskey distiller is presenting a Toronto night market at the Longboat Hall in the Great Hall on December 7-8, 2018. "Lot No.40 Canadian whisky is thrilled to launch The New Old Fashioned Night Market series, celebrating the re-invention and discovery of classic artforms by local artists. The project will feature digital content, highlighting artists who put "new twists on classics."

You can find more information, including an RSVP to the free to attend event at https://www.torontograndprixtourist.com/p/news-provided-by-cnw.html#ixzz5Yrt5Fy9G . The night market runs from 7pm to 12pm each night and will feature installations by Hatecopy and Castor Design as well as the band Dwayne Gretzky.

Holiday Fair in the Square

Santa Claus joins in the fun down at Toronto City Hall during the annual holiday fair in Nathan Phillips Square. Amusement rides, vendors, food trucks and entertainment will keep you busy from December 1 to 23, 2018 (closed Mondays). Plus you can see the Western Hemisphere's largest Lego Mural on display.

The fair hours are Tuesday to Thursday from 4-9pm, Friday to Sunday from 12-10pm and closing on December 23rd at 6pm. And outdoor ice skating is still on at the square as well.

Panorama of the Fair in the Square

From the Fair's website; "In the heart of Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square, the Holiday Fair in the Square runs December 1st – 23rd. Combining the charm and elegance of a Christmas market with the excitement and allure of a thriving winter carnival, Fair in the Square is a new favourite Toronto holiday tradition. Whether you’re shopping for that unique, perfect gift, taking the family out for an afternoon of skating, rides and games, stopping by for a quick lunch and some seasonal treats, or enjoying an evening drink at the Jackson Triggs Wine Bar, Holiday Fair in the Square has festive fun for everyone!"

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Fort York Frost Fair 2018

Look into Toronto's history during the free Frost Fair at historic Fort York on Saturday, December 1 from 10am to 5pm.

From the Fort's website; "Have some holiday fun with the whole family at historic Fort York. Shop for unique gifts made by local artisans, including jewellery, heritage-inspired reproductions and holiday greenery. Enjoy military and musical demonstrations alongside children's drill sessions, games, crafts and dress-up. Print your own Frost Fair souvenir on a Mackenzie House press. Visit our Volunteer Historic Cooks to sample period recipes and stop by the Heritage Café for lunch."

There will be musket firing and drill demonstrations at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30 by the 10th Royal Veteran Battalion.
A little platoon of Kids' Drill working with the toy guns

Brainfreeze Toronto Polar Bear Dip

Cherry Beach is the place to be for the second annual polar bear dip for youth mental health with jack.org.
"Join us on December 1st for our Second Annual Brainfreeze, now in three Cities (Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto). It's energizing, exciting, and Instagrammable from tide in to tide out. People of all ages gather in subzero temperatures and voluntarily jump in freezing water. If you're looking to #DoSomething for youth mental health, this is a blissful way to do it."

See more of the dip after the jump.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

CP Holiday Train in Toronto

Canadian Pacific Railways has two Christmas season holiday trains running through Canada and the United States bringing joy and musical entertainment to the stops throughout both countries. Each train car is covered in bright LEDs displaying Christmas scenes and the concert is held in one of the cars near the middle of the train.
Pulling into the station
"The U.S. Train departs Montreal on November 25 travelling south with stops in Quebec, New York and Southern Ontario before continuing it's journey through the U.S. and into southern Saskatchewan for its final stop in Weyburn, Saskatchewan on Dec. 16. The Canadian Train departs Montreal on November 27 travelling west through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia for it's final show of the 2018 CP Holiday Train tour in Port Coquitlam on December 18."
The concert car
Attendance at the train stops are free and local food banks are there to accept donations for the less fortunate during the holiday season. On Thursday, November 29 the train pulled into the Lambton Yard Office at 750 Runnymede Road at 8:15pm with the half hour concert starting at 8:30pm featuring Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott.
See more of the light show after the jump.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Holly jolly Christmas season in Toronto

Decorations are going up all around the city in anticipation of Santa's special night and the winter festivals have started. The Toronto Eaton Centre has the giant deer installations along with the humongous Christmas Tree and across the street Hudson's Bay/Saks off 5th Avenue Christmas windows are on display while the Snowflake installation is back at Brookfield Place. The Santa Claus Parade was on November 18 so Santa is free to boss around the elves during the peak of toy making season.
Nathan Phillips Square lights and Christmas Tree

In addition to the 2018 Distillery District Christmas Market November 15 to December 23, there is the new Aurora Winter Festival in Ontario Place November 29 to December 30. Also returning is the Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square December 1 to 23. Some other winter festivals are a Nutcracker Christmas at the Castle (Castle Loma) December 1 (start of daytime programming) and December 17 (start of evening programming) to December 23, Evergreen's Winter Village December 1 to 31.
Hudson's Bay Xmas windows
Brookfield Place decorations

The Winter Solstice celebration in Kensington Market features their amazing parade and burning ceremony on December 21. Here is the 2012 solstice celebration.

See more of the Christmas season after the jump.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Cavalcade of Lights 2018

Bring on the fireworks because winter is coming and that means cold, cold and more cold. Great Gulf presents the annual Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, November 24th starting at 6pm and winding down at 10pm.

Skating is on at the rink
Tanaka is rocking the house 

This is the also the night for the first lighting of the humongous and official Toronto Christmas tree, DJ skating parties and entertainment from Illuminair.

The light rain is supposed to end around 8pm and the temperatures above freezing are welcome from previous years. Actually it never really stopped raining - darn you weather person. One difference for 2018 is that they have closed off the elevated walkway.

The detailed event schedule and road closures from the City of Toronto is as follows:
6 p.m. – A skating party with DJ Sean Sax, sponsored by Tim Hortons, spinning hip hop and funk classics. This veteran DJ has been a prominent figure in Toronto's Black music scene for over 25 years.
6:50 p.m. – Tanika Charles, Polaris Music Prize and 2017 Juno R&B/Soul Recording of the Year-nominee, a staple in the Canadian soul scene, will take the stage.
7:40 p.m. – Tami Neilson, known for her powerhouse vocals and soulful voice straight from the golden age of country and rockabilly music, will perform.
8:25 p.m. – Illuminair, Toronto's acclaimed circus company, with provide breathtaking entertainment using fire and light.
8:35 pm – Fireworks display.
8:40 p.m. – Kobo Town, Toronto favourites and 2018 Juno Award World Music Album of the Year-winner presents their distinct calypso-inspired sound mixed with dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass, sponsored by Great Gulf.
9:40 p.m. – A skating party with DJ Dre Ngozi, sponsored by Tim Hortons. Dre Ngozi's work is fueled by a mash-up of sounds, a true reflection of her nomadic spirit.

Public transportation is encouraged due to road closures and the large volume of visitors that attend Cavalcade of Lights. The following streets will be closed from 4 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 24:
Elizabeth Street from Foster Place to Hagerman Street
Hagerman Street from Elizabeth Street to Bay Street
Bay Street from Dundas Street West to Richmond Street West
Queen Street from Yonge Street to University Avenue
York Street from Queen Street West to Richmond Street West
Albert Street from James Street to Bay Street

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Lake Ontario

Nathan Phillips Square