Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square 2019

Crews are setting up the tents and amusement rides at Toronto City Hall ahead of the Holiday Fair in the Square which is coming December 7-23. Performers will be bringing their special brand of entertainment throughout the event with appearances by Bella Magic, the Fire Guy, Bex in Motion and many others.
From their website "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 heated Polar Point Bar, Holiday Fair in the Square has festive fun for everyone!"
Tuesday to Thursday, 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday, 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Sundays, 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Closed Mondays* except December 23rd when we’re open 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Toronto Cavalcade of Lights 2019

Fireworks and Christmas lights lit up city hall on November 30th during the Cavalcade of Lights presented by Great Gulf. The Saturday festival in Nathan Phillips Square started at 7pm and continued until 10:30pm with concerts, DJ skate parties and a ceremonial tree lighting. The night was fun and cold.

Cell phones at the ready to take a picture or video of the tree lighting
And the lights are on

Main stage performances:
6:30 p.m. Pre-show skating party, sponsored by Tim Hortons®, with award-winning, Canadian hip-hop icon DJ Mel Boogie
7:20 p.m. Traditional welcome by Elder Garry Sault
7:30 p.m. Nunavut’s radiant young electropop artist Riit
8:10 p.m. First lighting of the Christmas tree and remarks
8:35 p.m. Performance by Lemon Bucket Orkestra sponsored by Great Gulf
9:30 p.m. Fireworks display sponsored by Toronto Real Estate Board

The Cavalcade of Lights is the city's official start to the holiday season and is the 53rd annual celebration and features a 50 foot Christmas tree.

The city closed the following roads on Saturday, November 30 from 4 p.m. to midnight:
Bay Street between Dundas Street West and Richmond Street West
Elizabeth Street between Foster Place and Hagerman Street
Hagerman Street between Elizabeth Street and Bay Street
Albert Street between James Street and Bay Street
James Street between Queen Street and Albert Street
Queen Street West between Yonge Street and University Avenue
York Street between Richmond Street West and Queen Street West
Crowds at Bay and Queen Streets

DJ skating party on the outdoor skating rink

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Everything to do with Sex Show 2019

Don't blush but it is time for the annual Toronto Everything to do with Sex Show at the International Centre from Friday, November 29 to Sunday, December 1. Feel the heat return when you check out vendors, special guest appearances, educational seminars and plenty of entertainment.
IlluminAir performers

“This year’s Everything to do with Sex Show program is a tickle trunk filled with exciting vendors, shows and guests,” says Kevin Blackburn, show director of The Everything to do with Sex Show. “Whether you come to the show as a couple, a single or with a group of friends, there is something here that entertain you and likely will arouse and excite your senses.”
Oasis Aqualounge
Body painting

Here are just 10 of the experiences provided by the show that will make your visit to this year's adult playground an exciting day out.

Meet celebrity adult film star and sex educator Jessica Drake – Jessica Drake, with more than 240 adult film credits to her name, will be holding a meet and greet where she will be interacting with fans and answering all of your burning questions.
The Gentlemen’s Club - Performers from the Gentlemen’s Club T.O will be putting on a captivating show at the main stage for anyone wanting to enjoy some eye candy.
Tara Hohl and the Fillers - Catch Tara Hohl and the Fillers on the main stage, with Barbie Jo Bontemps and D’Manda Tension, for a fabulous drag performance.
IlluminAir Entertainment – Experience an erotic, contemporary take on circus entertainment. Watch acrobats use fire and aerial techniques to provide viewers with a magical experience.
Justin Dales Circus Artists – Canadian circus artist Justin Dale will be using his Cyr wheel to provide viewers with a breathtaking experience on the Sex Shows main stage.
Ms. BumBum North America – Ms. BumBum North America is back and searching for the best and boldest derriere in the city. Watch as women compete to be crowned the winner of the cheekiest buttocks.
Contest and Giveaways – Try your luck at some this year’s contests and giveaways. The show, in partnership with Temptation Cancun Resort and, will be giving away a trip to Cancun valued at $9,000. The show will also be giving a lucky visitor a Sex Show shopping spree valued at $250!
Sensual Seminars — Learn tips to take things up a notch in the bedroom with sex-formative seminars. Sexperts Carlyle Jensen and Dr. Jessica O'Reilly will take the stage in the We-Vibe seminar Theatre to cover topics including sex toys, multiple orgasms and pleasure for him and her.
Product Exhibitors — Shop for everything from lingerie to sex toys by visiting more than 80+ product vendors.
Taboo Kink Seminar Theatre — It’s all kink all the time in the Kink Seminar Theatre, with sessions on visiting a sex club, sensual spanking and exploring your limits in BDSM.
Got Ass model
Canadian Sexy Males model with show host Karla Marx
You can fill your Christmas stockings with plenty of toys

Show hours
Friday: 5pm - Midnight
Saturday: Noon - Midnight
Sunday: Noon - 6pm

See more of the sex show after the jump.

Toronto Brainfreeze Polar Dip 2019

With Brainfreeze you don't have to wait for New Years Day to get chilled to the bone! A crowd of over 500 dippers supported youth mental health to plunge into the cold waters of Lake Ontario at Woodbine Beach.

Registration started st 9am and just after 10am the crowd warmed up with yoga and then a mass takeoff began as everyone ran into the waves of the lake. Windchill was -7 degrees and the water temperature was about 6 degrees celcius.
Apart from waking you up with an adrenaline rush like no other, Brainfreeze can help you: (a) intimidate winter into leaving you alone, (b) obtain everlasting glory on the 'gram, aaaaand (c) make a lifesaving difference for young people struggling with their mental health.

From jackorg's website "We want to build Brainfreeze into a record-breaking nationwide polar bear dip, so talk to your buds and book your spots now! There's a registration fee for each polar bear participant and everyone is asked to fundraise a minimum of $100. All funds raised directly support's game-changing youth mental health programs. Join us for the squealing-est feeling-est day of do-goodery in Canada!"

See more of the dope after the jump.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

CP Holiday Train 2019

Special trains are moving through Canada and into the United States of America bringing holiday cheer for good little boys and girls. For the 2019 Christmas season the trains run from November 25 to December 18. The US train goes through the western GTA and to Windsor, while the Canadian train is the one that comes into Toronto on Thursday, November 28 from 8:15pm to - 9:00pm stopping at the CP Lambton Yard office on Runneymede Road.

The US train stopped in Milton, Ontario on 4:45pm - 5:30pm November 28 before heading to Hamilton and beyond. In Milton the location was the Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre off Kelso Road and the headline entertainers was Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Band.

From the Holiday Train website: "A typical Holiday Train event goes something like this: the train arrives and pulls to a safe stop in front of the crowd. The stage door lowers and the band opens with its first song. After that, a brief presentation takes place with local food bank officials and other dignitaries. Once complete, the band resumes performing a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed songs. The whole event lasts about 30 minutes. Once the band plays its farewell song, the stage door closes, and the train heads off to the next stop." "

Monday, November 25, 2019

FAO Schwarz popup in Toronto

The toy store many know from the movie BIG with Tom Hanks is making an appearance back in Hudson's Bay and they brought a big piano you have to dance on to play. The FAO Schwarz popup is on the main floor of the downtown department store, surrounded by a representation of a piano keyboard.

Along with the toys you can find Santa himself seated on a fine red chair ready to meet children and listen to their gift requests. You can wander the area looking at plush animals and toy train sets.

“At Hudson’s Bay we are always looking for ways to offer our customers new, exciting and exclusive opportunities and experiences”, says Alison Coville, President, Hudson’s Bay. “There is something special and nostalgic about shopping for a perfect toy to bring joy to someone you love. We are thrilled to launch the FAO Schwarz brand in Canada and bring that sense of magic and wonder to our customers”.
Santa Claus is in the house
Hudson's Bay began to sell toys again starting in the fall of 2016 and in 2018 they teamed with the world-famous FAO Schwarz, described to bring the popup into Canada for the first time. The toy store was founded in 1862 by Frederick August Otto Schwarz whop opened an emporium with one-of-a-kind toys from around the globe.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Stackt Holiday Hills Christmas Market

Toronto's Christmas season got better with the addition of another market festival at Stackt. Holiday Hills is on from November 22 to December 22, 2019 in the cool new neighbourhood made up of shipping containers at 28 Bathurst Street.
The wine yurt Casa Campo

Some of the highlights of the market is the wine yurt called Casa Campo and a square ice rink where you can play Crokicurl, a variation of curling.

From the news release; "Crokicurl is a new outdoor game combining the sport of curling with crokinole, a much-loved Canadian board game. It was invented and designed by Canadian architecture firm, Public City. Since its 2017 introduction in Winnipeg, Crokicurl has gained widespread popularity and has been replicated in cities and towns across Canada. It has been featured on CBC Radio's "As It Happens", CTV's "Amazing Race Canada" and CBC's "Rick Mercer Report"."

See more after the jump.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Aurora Winter Festival Toronto 2019

A winter wonderland of fun is happening now at Ontario Place during the Aurora Winter Festival which is on from November 22, 2019 to January 5, 2020. Open from 4-10pm weekdays and 2-10pm on weekends, the festival will feature light displays, a Christmas Market, amusement rides and other activities and entertainment.

This is the second year for the event which is put on by the Canadian National Exhibition and is inspired by the northern lights of the Aurora Borealis. The beauty starts on the bridge leading to the island with a light show that moves bands of colours from each end to the middle.

The light displays are gorgeous and are spread everywhere - trees, animals and even mushrooms and a peacock, in greens, blues and whites. You can find a castle with a ice queen available for photos, amusement rides and warming stations. Entertainment tents and food trucks are open and bars have a selection of adult beverages.
The Ice Queen's castle
Thyra the Ice Queen

See more of the enchanting winter festival after the jump.

Doors Open

Scarborough Bluffs





Lake Ontario

Nathan Phillips Square