Thursday, January 30, 2020

Wiarton Willie and Groundhog Day

Update: February 2nd see my post on the 2020 festival

I have never met Willie before, not during any of my many visits to his home in Wiarton. For all I know he lives in Florida and only jets up north to Canada on one single day, solely to make his famous prediction about the end of Winter.
I can now say that I have seen Wiarton Willie!
That day is of course the annual Groundhog Day which happens February 2nd. In 2020 this is a Sunday and there is an entire free festival and carnival to help celebrate the event. The festival originally started in 1956 and has become more popular even while cycling through a few psychic rodents, each given the name Wiarton Willie. When the groundhog first goes outside, it looks for its shadow. If there is a shadow he goes back to sleep in his burrow because it is a sign of six more weeks of winter, if there is no shadow then spring is near and the groundhog goes to the bars because it's party time.

Sunday, February 2, 2020 festival schedule:

6:30 am Pancake Breakfast-Wiarton Arena
7:00 am Prediction Morning Festivities-Wiarton Arena
7:00 am waking up Willie with fireworks in Bluewater Park
7:30 am Groundhog Jog-Peninsula Shores District School
8:00 am Mixed Curling Bonspiel-Wiarton Curling Club
8:07 am Willie's prediction
9:00 am Dan the Music Man-Wiarton Arena
9:00 am Willie Warming Station-Century 21
10:00 am Zoo to You-Wiarton Arena.
10:00 am Carnival opens in Bluewater Park
10:00 am Dockside Willie’s Warming Station-Bluewater Park
11:00 am Optimist Food Booth-Wiarton Arena
11:00 am Lions Club Hockey Tournament-Wiarton Arena
1:00 pm Willie Saloon-Wiarton Legion
2:00 pm Family Story Time-Ross Whicher Centre
3:00 pm Robbie Burns Dinner-Wiarton Meeting Place

Wiarton, Ontario is at the base of the South Bruce Peninsula, along the shores of Georgian Bay - about 3 hours northwest of Toronto. From the Town's website; The Town of South Bruce Peninsula is fortunate to have something that no one else has, an albino weather prognosticating groundhog! As the most famous groundhog in Canada and the only albino weather prognosticator in the world, Wiarton Willie's prediction of the timing of spring is a news event that captures the interests of people around the world. Each year media from around the world converge on Wiarton to hear Willie make his famous prediction. Wiarton loves their beloved groundhog so much that they have branded the town "Willie's Basecamp"! Willie loves to make new friends so add a visit to the home of Wiarton Willie to your bucket list today!"

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Coronavirus in Toronto

A second case of the virus has been confirmed in Toronto. The impact of the novel Coronavirus expands as cases around the world continue to grow. I have read that the cases are growing exponentially and are expected to peak in May or June which means a lot of people will be infected. New hand sanitizing stations are appearing in the Toronto Eaton Centre as the virus continues to gain steam around the world.

Spreading the virus between humans happens during the early phase when symptoms are not apparent 2 to 14 days after infection. While it appears to have a much lower mortality then SARS it puts a lot of people in the hospital, which can overload already atrained health resources. Research will hopefully contain the virus before mutations make the virus more deadly.

News Release January 29, 2920 - Statement from Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health, Toronto Public Health.

"Yesterday, we received lab confirmation of the second of two confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Toronto. We also learned that there is a presumptive positive case in British Columbia. This news is not unexpected as we have a very mobile population, with a lot of travel back and forth between Canada and China. I am reminding residents that at this time, the risk to our community remains low.

Inaccurate information continues to spread, and this is creating unnecessary stigma against members of our community. I am deeply concerned and find it disappointing that this is happening. Discrimination is not acceptable. It is not helpful and spreading misinformation does not offer anyone protection. I understand that when there are uncertainties people may worry. I want to remind people to check credible, evidence-based sources to get the facts when seeking information. We are updating our website as new facts are confirmed to keep you informed.

My team has set up a hotline to provide the public with a place to get information, ask questions about this virus and connect with a health professional. I encourage people who have questions to contact us at 416-338-7600.

One of our main roles in public health is to manage public health risks and prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We do this each and every day. We all have a role in building a healthier community for our residents. One of the simplest ways we can do this is to not contribute to the spread of misinformation and to share evidence-based facts. Please go to trusted information sources to get the facts, as they are confirmed.

Our advice remains the same: if you are sick, stay home and get plenty of rest and fluids to let your body recover. Only seek medical attention if you are not getting better or your condition is not improving. If you have questions, please rely on credible sources for information, including Toronto Public Health."

The risk to our community remains low. I will let you know directly if this changes. For more information, please visit

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Toronto Light Festival 2020

Sparkling light installations return to the historic Distillery District during the January 17 to March 1 festival. What I really like about the free to attend Toronto LightFest is every year the installations change and you get to explore the fascinating neighbourhood, full of alleys with some very interesting stores and galleries, looking for each installation, careful not to miss any that are hidden away or perched high atop the roofs of buildings. My favourite installation this year is the giant sunflower pictured at top.

"The Toronto Light Festival offers a visual journey and a playful adventure throughout the walking streets of The Distillery District. During the cold, dark days of winter, The Toronto Light Festival offers visitors a reason to bundle up, get outside and celebrate the season, creativity and life in the big city. The Festival, now in its fourth year, exhibits local and international light artists. Artworks are curated to educate, warm hearts, inspire or just put a smile on visitors faces."

Some of the installations have been shown at the famous Burning Man festival in one of the deserts of the United States. From Sunday to Wednesday you can see the lights from sundown to 9pm and from Thursday to Saturday they will be on from sundown to 10pm.

See my photos from previous LightFests on the following posts: 2019, 2018 and 2017.

Check out more pictures of the festival after the jump.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Toronto Fashion Week to Rethink Platform

Fashion and beauty are not meant to fade away but the week to celebrate it in Toronto is taking a break in 2020 as Toronto Fashion Week reassess the format of the event.

Here is their news release; "To best support the needs of the fashion community in Canada’s unique and diverse market and ensure the resources required to produce the innovative and successful programming are allocated in the most effective way, the organization is pausing production of their bi-annual event and its offerings. The announcement comes as the global fashion community continues to explore the thoughtful evolution of the industry – inclusive of changes in retail patterns and shifts in attitude.

Toronto Fashion Week® remains steadfast in its resolve to continue passionately championing the Toronto Fashion community – engaging the industry, supporting designers, and resonating with consumers as it has since its inception twenty years ago."

Saturday, January 18, 2020

LOOP interactive exhibition in Toronto

Six round loops sit in York Street Park down at Harbourfront, each is an interactive, illuminated moving picture show. Up to two people sit within the two metre diameter ring moving a hand lever back and forth, spinning the picture board which activates music and lights. As the individual frames pass by, you can see the images change and a simplistic movie is produced.

The images are based on 13 fairy tales and the speed of the movie is controlled by how fast you work the lever. As the cylinder spins it sets of strobe lights that light up the black and white pictures and as you keep looking in one spot the images blend together like the earliest movies.

From CREOS website "Loop is a cross between a music box, a zoetrope and a railway handcar – the pump-powered vehicles familiar from Bugs Bunny cartoons. The retro-futuristic machine plays animated fairy-tale loops set in motion when visitors work the lever together. The speed at which the images move, the frequency of the flickering and the tempo of the music are determined by how fast the participants move the lever."
York Park is located at York and Harbour Streets and the Winter Stations sponsored LOOP is opposite to the remaining Gardiner off ramps - left from the removal of the old York, Bay and Yonge Street elevated expressway exits. The free-to-try installation will remain from January 15 till February 9, 2020 with hours between 9am and 10pm. The best time to view the work would be after dark.

The creators were Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve and Ottoblix with production by Ekumen and Quartier des Spectacles Partnership of Montreal.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

#IDS2020 International Design Show Toronto 2020

Art and the profession of interior design merge at the 22nd annual IDS20 taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from January 16-19.

The MTCC's south building hosts a massive display of designers, artists and vendors centered around the Caeserstone Stage. Special exhibits include the Learning Lab, Studio North, Edible Futures and the Reset Home. There are over 250 design installations, collections and services with plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.
The Interior Design Show showcases "hot-topic design trends and the most innovative of international and Canadian design. An incubator of ideas, the show hosts the most influential design minds of today and the future, curates feature exhibitions and collaborations, and is a platform to launch never-before-seen products. IDS is not just a fair - it’s a total design experience."

You can definitely design your future at the IDS20 and the Opening Night Party is the best way to kick off the show. With over 6,000 interior design fans attending the January 16th evening of fun, food  drinks and design components. Wandering the halls checking out the booths and imagining your space recreated with new possibilities. Plus you can enjoy the many DJs from BelloSound and performances by Brooklyn based Moon Boots. The party features over 30 cuisine and cocktail stations, many with complementary servings.

Caesarstone never fails to disappoint and this year's exhibition by Jonathon Adler was impressive. "The Caesarstone x Jonathan Adler “Dreamland” installation at IDS20 will transform Caesarstone surfaces into a surreal and ethereal free-floating fantasy. Visitors will walk through a heavenly cloudscape that showcases the versatility of quartz through a variety of colours and textures. Adler challenged himself to design a soft environment using Caesarstone, a material more often associated with straight lines and sharp angles. The exhibit will feature clouds, faces and ostrich feathers, in addition to neo-classical columns inspired by Caesarstone’s headquarters in the old Roman port city of Caesaria, and more."

IDS20 is also a learning opportunity with plenty of conferences and classes over the four day event along with a Business to Business exposition called IDS Contact which is "a highly curated B2B exposition dedicated to A&D markets, focused on all verticals of design including workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, education, public space and government." The two day conference will cover four themes dealing in the Business of Design, Future of Work, Future of Living, and Technology.

Thursday and Friday are Professional Trade Days while the 18th is Globe and Mail Saturday and the 19th is House and Home Sunday.

Pictures and story by Ann and James Hamilton. See more IDS20 photos after the jump.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Toronto Film Critics Best Canadian Film Award

With 2019 wrapped up, the Toronto Film Critics Association reviewed the eligible contenders and determined the winner of the Best Canadian Film Award 2019 to be 'The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open'. The winning movie was a drama, directed by Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers which told the story of a friendship between indigenous women of different backgrounds. Author Margaret Atwood presented the award which also comes with a monetary prize of $100,000. In the picture at top: Phil Lind, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Peter Howell, Kathleen Hepburn with award presenter Margaret Atwood (far right) at the Awards. Photo by George Pimentel Photography.

The Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) Best Canadian Film category required films released in Canada in 2019, plus films that qualify for the upcoming Oscars and are released by the end of February 2020. The TFCA, established in 1997, is made up of Toronto based broadcasters and journalists who are film critics.

"The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is an adventurous work shot in real time on 16mm film. It co-stars Violet Nelson as a pregnant young woman fleeing an abusive relationship and was previously named one of the top 10 Canadian movies of the year by the Toronto International Film Festival. “The title is poetic, but the story is grounded in the bone-deep reality that animates the best of Canadian film," TFCA President Peter Howell said of The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open. "TFCA members responded to its empathy, honesty and social currency, as will anyone who views it."

“It’s incredibly satisfying to see the TFCA’s critics celebrate a vital Indigenous story directed by two women working on the cutting edge of Canadian cinema,” said Rogers Vice-Chair Phil Lind. “The originality, emotional power and sheer nerve of The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is exactly what this award is designed to encourage."

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Toronto No Pants Subway Ride 2020

Underground travel with the Toronto's subway system can be a tad frustrating, so this is the time to join with intrepid friends and lose the pants and put the wacky back into public transit. Have fun at the 19th anniversary of the Global No Pants Subway Ride taking place Sunday, January 12, 2020 which is happening today in over 50 cities spanning the globe. Photo at top from 2015 Ride by Joe Hamilton.
Pants is just a fancy word for leg jail - the 2020 ride
Participants will gather in the Toronto Eaton Centre at the Yonge and Dundas Street entrance at 3pm, drop their pants at 3:20pm and head downstairs into the Toronto Transit Commission Dundas St station on the Yonge-University subway line. At approximately 3:50pm they will have a pantless parade from Wellesley Station to the site of the the after party at The Drink on Church Street.
Meeting with security

The Eaton Centre entrance quickly filled up as hundreds waited for the Ride. Most were there just to witness the event. Then applause filled the space as a lady in shorts showed up with a sign and a megaphone. It wasn't long before security started to get concerned with the crowds and asked if they could get out of the Centre and into the public space of the subway.

Going through the ttc turnstiles

After a short talk the organizer did a short countdown and everyone filed down into Dundas subway station. Then more people stripped down, paid the ttc entrance fare and waited on the southbound train to come.

When the subway train did show up the people jammed into the cars and it got pretty tight in that relatively small space. Most of the travellers were fully dressed with groups of No Pants people mixed in the crowd.

Toronto's facebook site says; "The No Pants Subway Ride is a celebration of silliness to bring a smile to commuter's faces. Ain't no subway ride like a pantsless subway ride." The event is hosted by the No Pants Society.

Improv Everywhere started the No Pants Subway Ride in New York beginning in 2002 with only 7 people joining in the event. Now there are thousands in cities like London, Buenos Aires, Chicago, San Francisco and many more. They expect over 2,000 people in New York this year alone.

"Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. There is no agenda for the event apart from a desire to make others laugh and smile. Improv Everywhere founder Charlie Todd refers to the event as a “celebration of silliness.” The idea behind the No Pants Subway Ride is simple: Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants behave as if they do not know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants."
Toronto Pillow Fight

See photos from a previous Toronto No Pants Subway Ride on my post here. The group that used to put on these silly events was Improv in Toronto with events like the Toronto Pillow Fight (pictured above), Best Busker Song, Gifts for Strangers, Flash Mob - Red Carpet Edition, Zombies Attack and the Flashmob Wedding Proposal. I miss these guys but am glad that some of the events, like the No Pants Subway Ride continue.

See more pictures of the 2020 NO Pants Subway Ride after the jump.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Maple Leafs Outdoor Practice rink at Nathan Phillips Square

After taking the ttc subway to Toronto City Hall the NHL Maple Leafs hockey players held a practice and three on three scrimmage on the rink at Nathan Phillips Square on Thursday. The rink is outfitted with boards and nets to keep everyone safe and it still remains in place during the Outdoor Practice weekend event.

In the square there are several tents setup with skill competitions as well as a lounge that has comfy seats, fireplaces and a DJ playing some tunes. You can win some nice fan swag if you try the competitions. On Friday Maple Leafs alumni Shayne Corson #27 signed autographs for fans in the lounge. Meanwhile on the ice there was a scheduled game featuring first responders like the Toronto Fire Department and the Toronto Police Department.

Shayne Corson signs autographs in the adidas lounge

Saturday will have a Professional Women's Hockey Players Association skills competition while Sunday will have a Maple Leafs alumni game with hockey legends Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour on the ice.

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Toronto Charity Runs 2020

Pound the pavement and get in your groove. It's time to run. IMPORTANT INFO: Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus many events are being cancelled in Toronto and elsewhere in Canada. Make Sure you go to the event websites to see if the event will still take place.

Hair of the Dog Fun Run - promoting canoe and kayak sports (January - New Years Day)
St Patricks Day 5K Run - (March)
Beaches Spring Sprint - (April)
Bum Run - (April)
CF Run Walk - SickKids and POGO (April)
Goodlife Toronto Marathon - Princess Margaret Hospital (May)
Sporting Life 10k - Run for kids with cancer (May)
Toronto Women's Half Marathon - (May)
Walk of Life Walk/Run/Cycle - Cardiac Health (May)
Colour Me Rad - (May)
Becel Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart - (June), get your bicycles ready
Ride to Conquer Cancer - (June)
Gutsy Walk formerly Heel 'n' Wheel-a-thon - Crohn's and Colitis (June)
Scotiabank Rat Race - for United Way (June)
Walk Now for Autism - (June)
Mud Run - Canada's dirtiest trail run (June)
City Chase - (#1 June)
Toronto Yonge Street Waterfront 10k - (June)
Pride and Remembrance Run - LGBTQ charities (June)
Spartan Race Toronto - Obstacle course racing (June), actually in Orono
Toronto Triathlon - With a Festival (July)
The Beaches Jazz Tune-Up Run/Walk - (July)
City Chase - (#2 August)
5K Foam Fest - for Make a Wish Canada (August)
Mud Hero - get down, get dirty 6km adventure featuring outrageous obstacles - (August)
Toronto Women's 10k and 5k - (August)
Tough Mudder - (September)
Terry Fox Run - Cancer (September)
Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes - Juvenile Diabetes (September)
Rexall One Walk to Conquer Cancer (September)
Longboat Toronto Island Run - Toronto's oldest (September)
Famous Canadian Beer Run and Festival - (September)
Yorkville Run - Various Charities (September)
Toronto 5k - SickKids (September)
Oasis Zoo Run - Come run with the animals (September)
CIBC Run for the Cure - Breast Cancer (October)
Toronto Women's 8k and 5k - Women set the pace (October)
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - various charities (October)
Toronto Santa Speedo Run (December) Santa runs around in a bathing suit before he delivers presents for Christmas
The Santa Shuffle - Salvation Army (December)

And one of my favorites the Burlington Santa 5K Run (December)

There is also Polo for Heart - Heart and Stroke (June) and many golf tournaments around the city for charity so there are plenty of ways to get active or help others financially. Run Guides provides an excellent listing of Toronto area runs.

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Interior Design Show 2020 Toronto is 10 days away

Check out the hottest trends, design classes and leading experts at the 22nd annual Interior Design Show from January 16 to 19, 2020 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (south building). The first two days of the exposition are for design Professionals while the weekend is open to the public. You can begin the event during the IDS20 Opening Night Party and Preview Thursday, January 16 from 7 to 11pm (tickets to the show and party are available for purchase on their website).
"The Interior Design Show (IDS20), returns to Toronto with a future-forward vision for 2020. IDS20 will bring together global minds, leading designers, makers, changers, shapers and dreamers of today who are creating the new worlds of tomorrow. Canada’s premier showcase of new products, furniture, superstar designers and avant-garde concepts became a hybrid event last year, catering to trade construction, design professionals and design-savvy consumers. “For over 20 years, IDS has been both a catalyst and authority for Canadian design,” says Karen Kang, National Director, IDS Canada. “During the past two decades, we have witnessed a lot of change. Yesterday’s designer has become today’s problem solver and tomorrow’s visionary. This year’s IDS 20/20 theme will explore how designers now create experiences at the intersection of technological and social problems, imagining new roads to alternative realities.”

IDS20 Schedule
Thursday, January 16: 10 am - 4 pm - Trade Day + IDS Conference
Thursday, January 16: 7 pm - 11 pm - Opening Night Party Presented by PurParket
Friday, January 17: 9 am - 6 pm - Trade Day + IDS Conference
Saturday, January 18: 10 am - 6 pm - Public Day + Design Classes
Sunday, January 19: 10 am - 6 pm - Public Day

The party will be a night of celebration with incredible food and beverages along with live music by Moon Boots and BELLOSOUND, enjoyed during your preview of the show floor with over 300 new design installations, services and collections.

"As Canada’s premier showcase of new products, superstar designers, and avant-garde concepts from North America and beyond, IDS is the platform to experience the importance of design firsthand, uncovering not just what’s new and what’s next, but taking part in the larger conversation around design. Experiential and transformative, we bring together compelling concepts, innovative products, upcoming talent and key experts in the industry so you can be inspired by the best of the future."

I am looking forward to seeing Dreamland, a collaboration by design celebrity Jonathan Adler showcasing Caesarstone surfaces in a surreal fantasy exhibition. “We had such a fun time working with Jonathan for this year’s collaboration. He has an impeccable commitment to craftsmanship and luxury that we are so excited to bring to life with his creative and unique take on Caesarstone. His design is so inspirational and imaginative and really pushes the use of the product for all aspects of the home,” says Elizabeth Margles, VP of Marketing at Caesarstone North America.

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Toronto Car Shows and Races 2020

Get your speed on and check out the car shows and races that are happening in and around Toronto during the 2020 season. IMPORTANT INFO: Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus many events are being cancelled in Toronto and elsewhere in Canada. Make Sure you go to the event websites to see if the event will still take place.

You want to see cars? Well there are a lot of them at the Canadian International Auto Show Fri to Sun, Feb 14-23, 2020 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. "With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and annual attendance of 360,000, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show — a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. It boasts more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles each year."
The 6th annual Toronto Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo Fri to Sun, March 13-15, 2020 returns to the International Centre. "Canada's biggest indoor Custom Car, Hot Rod & Motorsports Show. Over 300,000 square feet featuring mostly first-time-shown vehicles, automotive & racing celebrities, race tracks & series, car clubs, equipment & collectibles vendors, and more." There is no separate MegaSpeed Car Custom Car and Truck Show anymore. I do miss the abundance of entertainment that they used to have such as a bikini contest and a best bottom contest.
Honda Indy Toronto 2020 race weekend is July 10-12 and includes off-track entertainment along with some of the top racing series in the world. Thunder Alley, Pinty's Beer Garden, several paddocks and Honda Town are just some of the attractions that will keep you occupied during race weekend. In addition to the IndyCar race series the Mazda Road to Indy, NASCAR Pinty's Series, Porche GT3 Cup, Huracan Super Trofeo Evo cars and the Stadium Super Trucks. Tickets to the Honda Indy Toronto are on sale now and the website says; The Honda Indy Toronto is an awesome summer festival that we proudly host in our world-class city,” said Honda Indy Toronto President, Jeff Atkinson. “We are so proud of how this event has grown over the last few years and filled the festival grounds and grandstands.

“Also, Honda Fan Friday continues to make a positive impact on the community. Thanks to the Ontario Honda Dealers Association and our fans’ generous support, over $120,000 was raised for Make-A-Wish Canada in 2019 with Honda Canada Foundation’s matching contribution,” Atkinson explained. Other items now on sale to enhance the festival-goer experience are the Champions Club, NTT IndyCar Series Paddock Pass, Pit Pass and the Honda Indy Toronto Rookie Racers Membership Kit. The Champions Club is available for a limited time for $75 offering unprecedented access. The benefits include a complimentary NTT IndyCar Series Paddock Pass which provides entrance into “the locker room of motorsports,” the pre-race grid walk, an official event access credential with lanyard, signing the start finish line, an opportunity to win a two-seater Indy car ride on the track, and other exclusive at-event experiences to be announced."
Importfest, Canada's largest modified car show, is happening Saturday, July 25, 2020 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Cars and competitions take place with the help of some gorgeous models at "Canada's Biggest and Baddest."

Wheels on the Danforth takes place on the streets of Toronto August 15, 2020. The street festival features a large collection of antique, classic and tuner automobiles at the crossroads of the Danforth.

NASCAR Pinty's Series stock car races are Canada's only national racing series with about a dozen races starting from the Victoria Day Speedfest to the last race at Jukasa Motor Speedway in September for the Pinty's Fall Brawl. Canada's premier racing series also headlines Saturday's card at the Honda Indy Toronto. Andrew Ranger will be the the defending series champion. See the 2020 race schedule on my post here.
If you want to watch some more racing you can travel to a number of tracks around Ontario, some just hundreds of minutes away from Toronto. For bang for your buck value, the journey to the tracks provide a day or weekend of excitement and entertainment that is hard to beat. Here are the tracks with the approximate distance and direction from Toronto City Hall.


Sunset Speedway (1.25 hours north)
Full Throttle Varney Speedway (2 hours northwest)
Sauble Speedway (2.75 hours northwest)


Oshweken Speedway (1.25 hours southwest)
Jukasa Motor Speedway (formerly Cayuga Speedway) (1.5 hours southwest)
Merrittville Speedway (1.5 hours southwest)
The New Humberstone Speedway (1.75 hours southwest)
Canadian Motor Speedway (under construction, 2.75 hours southwest)


Flamboro Speedway (1 hour west)
Delaware Speedway (2.25 hours west)
Grand Bend Motorplex (2.5 hours west)


Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (1.25 hours east)
Kawartha Downs and Speedway (1.5 hours east)
Peterborough Speedway (1.5 hours east)
Brighton Speedway Park (1.75 hours east)
Shannonville Motorsport Park (2 hours east)
Brockville Ontario Speedway (3.25 hours east)
Cornwall Motor Speedway (4 hours east)
Calabogie Motorsports Park (4 hours east)

For those that like racing but enjoy the two wheeled variety more, you can check out my motorcycle show post here or hit Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for the Canadian Superbike Doubleheader Weekend August 14-16, 2020. "Canada’s top motorcycle riders compete in a doubleheader points race for the national Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship. Titles will be decided during the Superbikes' premier stop of the season, and racing in other national classes will include Pro Sport Bike, Amateur Superbike, Amateur Sport Bike, and the Lightweight Sport Bike."

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