Sunday, March 27, 2022

Toronto Beer and Spirit Festivals 2022

If anything can help you forget Covid-19 it is tasty suds and spirits and as winter beer festivals have already started the season, its also important to keep you feeling warm and fuzy. Some of the festivals have been pushed out from their usual annual time slots in 2022 or are still considering returning to Toronto in 2022.

Winter Craft Beer Festival at the Roundhouse Sat, Mar 19.
Society of Beer Drinking Ladies various Bevies starting Mar 25.
Wizards Beer Festival not in 2022
Winter Brewfest Toronto Fri to Sat, Mar TBD. Coming back in 2023.
T.O. Food and Drink Fest Fri to Sun, Apr 22-24.
Spirit of Toronto Sat, May 7.
Toronto Festival of Beer Spring Session Sat to Sun, May TBD. Not in 2022.
Toronto Ribfest at Yonge-Dundas Square Fri to Sun, May 20-22.
Under the Big H Beer Festival and Carnival at Henderson Brewing Sat, May 28.
Forks and Barrels festival Toronto in Ontario Place Fri to Sun, June TBD. Not in 2022.
Beaches Rib Fest Fri to Sun, June 24-26.
Wine and Spirit Festival Fri to Sat, June TBD. Not in 2022.
Toronto Craft Beer Festival Fri to Sun, June 24-26.
Toronto Festival of Beer Fri to Sun, July 22-24 - see photos from 2017 here.
CNE Craft Beer Festival Aug 19 to Sep 5, TBD for 2022.
Toronto Cider Festival Fri to Sat, Aug TBD .
Toronto Beer Week Sep TBD.
Toronto Oktoberfest Sep TBD. Coming back for 2022!
Torontoberfest Mon, Oct TBD.
Cask Days at the Evergreen Brick Works Fri to Sun, Oct TBD.
Gourmet Wine and Food Expo Thurs to Sun, Nov TBD.

It's still a little too early to get all the events scheduled but I will update this post when more details are known.

I also like to go to the Georgetown Head for the Hills Craft Beer Festival Sat, Sep 17. West of Toronto

Friday, March 25, 2022

Toronto Motorcycle Supershow 2022

The North American International Motorcycle Supershow, delayed from its annual timeslot in the beginning of January, now moved until Spring and back at the Toronto International Centre. The halls are open and full of chrome and rubber from Friday to Sunday, March 25 to 27, 2022. Entrances to the show are at Hall 2, closest to the GO Train entrance, or at the far end of Hall 4 and remember parking is free.
Hitcher on the Supershow stage

You can find everything related to motorcycles at the 46th annual Supershow, presented by NFP, as well as musical entertainment. The layout of the International Centre features the following; Touring & Cruising Halls 1W & 1E, Industry Showcase, touring & Cruising Hall 2E & 2W, the Vintage and Classic Hall 3 and Choppers & Custom Bikes along with Racing & Performance in Hall 4. Hall 4 also has the stage with musical guests Hitcher on Friday and Amy/DC on Saturday (1pm, 3:15pm and 6:15pm).
Beautiful bikes are turned into works of art and compete for $50,000 in cash and awards as they vie for the Canada Cup. The ceremony for the 2022 Cup will be at the Hall 4 Stage on Sunday, March 27 at 3:30pm.
The Hooters girls are on site in Hall 2 near Hall 4
Live Nudes sign, just $100. And no I did not see any nudes!
Shiny chrome and detailed etchings really make the total package
Vendors and motorcycle sales, new and used, along with Live Stunt Shows by Highway Heathens (performing all 3 days of the show) are to be found in the great Hall 2 while restaurants can be found in Hall 3 and Hall 2 - including adult beverages in Hall 2. The crowds on Friday for the "BIG ONE by the Airport" were large and many of the visitors had to walk around the building as usual entrances from within the building were restricted - you could only get in from the outside at Halls 2 and 4.
Looking through the Century of Motorcycle exhibit




Supershow floor plan

Next year's Supershow is planned for January 6-8, 2023.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Honda Indy Toronto 2022 info

“This is an exciting day for Toronto and our race fans! After all the disappointment experienced from missing out on the event the last two years, we are thrilled that the Honda Indy Toronto will return to Exhibition Place July 15th to 17th, 2022,” said Jeff Atkinson, president of Honda Indy Toronto. “We are grateful to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Honda Canada, the province of Ontario and the City of Toronto for working closely with us to make this happen.”

Competing Race Series
The race weekend running Friday to Sunday will feature the NTT IndyCar Series, the NASCAR Pinty's Series, the Sports Car Championship Canada presented by Michelin (SCCC) and the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires – the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.


Free Fan Friday

Fan Friday will return in 2022 with the Ontario Honda Dealers sponsoring the first day as they will cover the admission costs in exchange for a donation to Make-A-Wish Canada. "Honda Fan Friday will feature a jam-packed schedule of on-track action, Stunt shows, contests, autograph sessions and all kinds of off-track entertainment will be in full gear from gate open to close across the event site, providing something for everyone, race fan or not!"

Map, Seating and General Admission

Overall Honda Indy Map
Seating Map

You can watch the race with General Admission or buy a seat in Grandstands - there are three; Turn 3 Grandstand, Turn 10 Grandstand and Turn 11 Grandstands. Bronze is the lower rows in the grandstands, silver is the middle row and Gold is the upper row seating. Turn 3 Grandstand is coming off of Lake Shore Boulevard as it enters Exhibition Place - lots of action happens there as cars pile up trying to brake into the sharp corner. Turn 10 Grandstand is right in front of the pits with great views of the cars winding through the corners at 9 and 10 while Turn 11 Grandstands (split into two stands) you can see some pits, the long straight away along the start/finish line and easy access to the entertainment and action in Thunder Alley.
Looking at part of Thunder Alley behind the Turn 11 Bandstand

The main entrance gate is located at the east end of the Enercare Centre off of Strachan Avenue on Canada Boulevard.
General Admission viewing

With General Admission viewing you can watch from along the Start/Finish line along Princes' Boulevard, check out the Pinty's Pub & Grill at the north side of Princes' Gates, sit in the shade of the trees along Lake Shore Boulevard, line the Miller Lite Deck between turns 4 and 5 at the far end of Thunder Alley or watch the track between turns 10 and 11 beside Honda World.

You can move between the offtrack attractions and the inside of the track by taking a tunnel between the Enercare Centre and Beanfield Centre or cross the track near turn 11.

Entertainment, Thunder Alley and Car Paddocks
A quiet moment in the IndyCar Paddock

When they aren't on the track you can find the series cars in a number of paddocks - the IndyCar Paddock and the Road to Indy Paddock both in the Enercare Centre, along with the Porsche GT3 Cup Paddock and the NASCAR Pinty's Series Paddock located within the inside of the track. You have to buy tickets to the IndyCar Paddock but you can tour the Porsche and NASCAR Paddocks as part of your ticket admission.
At the outdoor NASCAR Paddock

Thunder Alley is inside the track and that is where you can find a number of vendors including food trucks, rest areas, Honda Speed Zone and concert stages. 
At the Truck Stop food zone

IndyCar winners in the Winners Circle

Winners Circle is located between the track and the west end of the Enercare Centre. This is where they bring the winning car and team, along with the 2nd and 3rd place winners and also make the IndyCar race driver introductions.

Getting to Honda Indy Toronto

The best way is using public transit - remember that the race takes over Lake Shore Boulevard so it makes travel by car very tricky in the area. GO Transit Lakeshore Line West stops right at Exhibition Place. There is a Honda Indy entrance gate at this GO stop. Toronto TTC streetcar routes 509 West from Union Station or 511 South from Bathurst Station. There is some parking both in and around Exhibition Place but traffic congestion again recommends public transit.

Building Honda Indy Toronto

It takes about a month to get the Honda Indy ready for race weekend because there is a lot of stuff to get setup. Race owners and operators Kim Green and Kevin Savoree of Green Savoree Racing Promotions overlook construction of the 2.89 km, 11-turn temporary street course with construction starting in early June. It takes over 2,000 concrete blocks, 14,000 feet of fence and over 1,600 feet of tire barriers along with tonnes of steel and plywood to build the grandstands and trackside suites.


"Each year the crew gets more efficient with the construction and tear down process. The logistics of night construction comes at a greater cost to us, but the time savings is significant in completing the track build," said Jeff Atkinson, president of Honda Indy Toronto. "We transform the streets into a world-class race track while showcasing the beauty of our city to a worldwide TV audience."
Winning the pole P1 position

Monday, March 21, 2022

#Toronto #Contest win tickets to the 2022 Motorcycle Supershow

The @MC_SuperShowTO is coming this weekend to the Toronto International Centre March 25-27 and you can enter this contest for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the North American International Motorcycle Supershow.

There are two sets of two of tickets available to be won from the Toronto Grand Prix Tourist blog, courtesy of the N.A. International Motorcycle Supershow. Two random winners will be drawn from those that share this post on twitter (you can find a  shareable twitter "t" link button at the bottom of this blog post), or retweet on twitter. You can also find direct links to my tweets on the links that follow: https://twitter.com/jmhcet/status/1505929362473988104?s=20&t=eEMxfMnef0k0qPpnks-XFA or https://twitter.com/jmhcet/status/1505924485505064963?s=20&t=eEMxfMnef0k0qPpnks-XFA

The contest will run from Monday, March 21 till 3:01PM on Wednesday, March 23. Winners will be contacted through DM by 3:30PM on the 23rd and asked for their names. Details will be provided on how to pick up the tickets when the names have been received and are good for any one of the three days of the show. Good luck to everyone!

The MC Supershow website also has an email coupon offer for $3 off admission for entrance all day Friday or on Saturday after 5PM.

Check out the show on my blog post here.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Toronto Comicon March 2022

Cosplay and comics return to the city during the March break Sci-Fi, Anime, Gaming and Horror convention from the 18th to the 20th in the south building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Show Hours are Friday 10 AM - 7 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 7 PM and Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM.

From the Comicon website; "Everyone is a fan of something, and Toronto Comicon is a place to celebrate all things pop culture. Get an autograph or a photo with your favourite Guest then get the inside scoop about your favourite movies and TV shows at our celebrity panels! Watch professional comic artists battle it out in our popular Sketch Duels, learn from our “How To” workshops, and take photos with your favourite costumed characters! It’s also a great place to buy a unique gift (or treat yourself!) with a huge show floor for the ultimate shopping experience."









See more cosplay after the jump.

Monday, March 07, 2022

Fun things to do in Toronto September & October 2022

I love months that begin with holiday weekends, or have statutory holidays in them. And as a bonus, to also have fall colours and temperatures, well that makes a perfect time of the year. Unless Covid-19 rears its ugly head again we should be good to go with public events so here are some events that you can look forward to.

Canadian National Exhibition CNE Fri, Aug 19 to Mon, Sept 5.
Buskerfest Fri to Mon, Sept 2-5 at Woodbine Park in the Beaches.

Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) Sat to Mon, Sept 3-5.

And the world famous Toronto International Film Festival, or tiff Sept 8-18.

Taste of Kingsway Fri to Sun, Sept 9-11

Toronto Ukrainian Festival Fri to Sun, Sept 16-18

Roncesvalles Polish Festival Sat to Sun, Sept 17-18

Redpath Waterfront Festival Sat to Sun, Sept 17-18.

Toronto Beer Week Fri to Sun, Sept TBD Toronto Oktoberfest Thurs to Sat, Sept TBD in Ontario Place.
Just for Laughs Festival Toronto JFL42 Thurs to Sat, Sept 22 to Oct 1.

Windfest Sat to Sun, Sept TBD.
I Love Culture Fri to Sun, Sept 23 to Oct 16.

Nuit Blanche Sat, Oct 1 (6:51 pm to sunrise). The all night art thing with plenty of videos and light shows as well as Les Rues Des Refuses (hopefully).

Renegade Parade Nuit Blanche Rave

Toronto Everything to do with Sex Show Fri to Sun, Oct 14-16.


Toronto International Snowmobile, ATV and Powersports Show Fri to Sun, Oct 21-23.
Art Toronto Wed to Sun, Oct 27 - 30.

Night of Dread Sat, Oct TBD (29?) from 4:30-9pm.
Zoomer Show Sat to Sun, Oct 29-30.
Halloween on Church Mon, Oct 31 and the Church Street Zombie Walk Mon, Oct 31 TBD.

Saturday, March 05, 2022

Toronto Winter Stations 2022

The public exhibition along the sandy shores of Woodbine Beach is back in Toronto until March 31, 2022. Five art installations, winners of an annual international design competition, incorporate the utilitarian lifeguard towers and bring visitors to the beach during the harsh conditions of winter.
One Canada
Wind surfer catches air along Woodbine Beach

The 2022 theme of Winter Stations is Resilience - from their website; "Over the course of the last year and a half, we have so clearly witnessed the immense ability of people to withstand and push through challenging and unprecedented times.. In recognition and celebration of this courage, the theme chosen for the 2022 edition of Winter Stations is Resilience: the ability to withstand adversity and recover from difficulties. To be resilient, one is faced with hardship, confronts it, and pushes to overcome it. Whether on a micro or macro scale, families, livelihoods, cities, and countries have experienced loss and isolation – but also – have been presented with great opportunities for adaptation and growth. This year, we not only reflect on all the ways people have had to be resilient, but the ways people have channeled this resilience, be it through communities, movements, support networks and more."
THE HIVE
The five winners showing this year are S’winter Station, ENTER-FACE, THE HIVE, Introspection
and One Canada. My favourite is the HIVE which is a multi-couloured geodesic dome which looked great, provided peace and quiet out of the strong, cold winds blowing off of Lake Ontario. It was so windy when we visited that wind surfers were gaining tremendous height off the waves, gaining quite a bit of altitude before they came back earth.
ENTER-FACE

See more of the installations after the jump.

Doors Open

Scarborough Bluffs

Pride

Redball

Beaches

Graffiti

Lake Ontario

Nathan Phillips Square

Transportation