Friday, February 24, 2023

Fun things to do in Toronto November & December 2023

Santy Claus saves the best for last and that is true in Toronto as well. Fun in the cold as winter sets in and snow starts to improve the looks of gray streets and bare trees. Keep warm and have fun! You can check out the current weather and wind flows on this cool site. A lot of dates are still up in the air right now, so keep coming back as I update the list.

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and the Royal Horse Show Fri to Sun, Nov 3-12.
Remembrance Day Ceremony Sun, Nov 11.
Aurora Winter Festival Thurs to Sun, Nov TBD-Jan TBD.
Brainfreeze Polar Bear Dip at Cherry Beach Sat, Nov TBD.
Toronto Santa Speedo Run Sat Dec TBD. The run took time off in 2016 but it came back for 2017 as well as 2018 and 2019!
Toronto Santa Claus Parade Sun, Nov 19. (The 3rd Sunday in November).
Cavalcade of Lights Sat, Nov 25. Music and the City lights up Nathan Phillips Square and sets off some fireworks.
CP Holiday Train Nov TBD
Union Holiday at Union Station Nov - Jan. TBD
The Vegan Fashion Show Sun, Dec 3. Fashion and Compassion
Jurassic Quest Fri to Sun, December 8 - 10
Toronto Comicon Fan Days Holiday Show Sat, Dec TBD. At the MTCC.

Kensington Winter Solstice/Festival of Lights Thurs, Dec 21. A parade and a fire show.
The Bentway Polar Bear Skate Sun, Dec 31. It's an underwear skate event
New Years Eve Celebration Sun, Dec 31 from 8 pm to midnight with Toronto's largest dance and skating party - with some exciting fireworks and live bands.

And the next day is the Toronto Polar Bear Dip Mon, Jan 1, otherwise known as the Sunnyside swim.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Nuit Blanche 2023 will be on September 23

The City of Toronto has announced the return of Nuit Blanche and has made a call for artists for the 2023 edition of the all night art festival. Usually the event was held on the first Saturday of October so this is just a little shift of the timing.

From the City's media release, "This September, City of Toronto will host the 17th edition of Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s popular all-night art celebration. Nuit Blanche, created by the City in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community, will return this fall from 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 23 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, September 24. For one dazzling night, neighbourhoods across Toronto will experience remarkable and inspiring pop-up art installations, including major exhibition areas planned for Etobicoke, downtown and Scarborough.

Nuit Blanche is now accepting proposals for the Open Call Program and Independent Projects for this year’s festival from Canadian and international artists. Submissions are due Sunday, March 5. Today, the City also announced this year’s theme, Breaking Ground, and introduced the 2023 Nuit Blanche curators."

Monday, February 20, 2023

Toronto Winter Stations in the Beach 2023

The annual public design competition open to the world is centered around the lifeguard stations on the Beaches and is back starting on Family Day 2023.  There are 8 winning proposals for the exhibition that runs from February 20 to April 3 along the City of Toronto's Kew and Woodbine beaches in East York. There is no fee for visiting the art installations and many of the pieces are meant for interaction with the public and it is one way to get people out on the sandy beach in the middle of winter, although recent temperatures make it a very pleasant visit.
From their website "Winter Stations is a single-stage international design competition held annually in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Participants are tasked with designing temporary winter art installations which incorporate existing lifeguard towers spaced strategically across the city’s Kew and Woodbine beaches. The structures (not in use in the wintertime) are considered visual anchor points for the installations."
Looking into LIFE LINE
Winter Stations theme for 2023 is Radiance; "the quality or state of being radiant. Radiance is a powerful thing to harness, as it reflects brilliance, inner security, kindness, and gratitude – but it’s also unique in that it has a positive ripple effect from its origin. Radiance is beautiful in the way it spreads organically."
CONRAD - Design Team: Novak Djogo & Daniel Joshua Vanderhorst

the (Home) - Design Team: Scott Shields Architects

LIFE LINE - Design Team: WeatherstonBruer Associates: James Bruer, Nick Roland,
Jacqueline Hampshire (Canada)

3 Surfaces Pavilion - Design Team: S-AR: Cesar Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza,
Orlando Garcia (Mexico)

Delighthouse - Design Team: Nick Green & Greig Pirrie
(United Kingdom)

Ripple Hut - Design Team: Toronto Metropolitan University
Department of Architectural Science (Canada)

Winter-net - Design Team: University of Waterloo
Department of Architecture (Canada)

Friday, February 17, 2023

Motorcycle Show Toronto 2023

It's not hard to imagine riding the latest models of motorcycles, sleek designs that make you want to get out riding on the open road. At the Motorcycle Show Toronto you can check out the new models from the major manufacturers or see new gear and accessories for riders, you can also meet fellow enthusiasts during the Friday to Sunday, February 17-19 show at the Enercare Centre in Exhibition Place. This is the first time the show is back in three years and it's time to get inspired and motivated. Friday is She Rides Night and women can check out the riding lifestyle - women get in half price after 5pm while everyone gets free parking after 5pm Friday and the show opens at noon.

This Family Day weekend Enercare Centre will showcase new models of motorcycles, scooters and ATVs from top manufacturers like Aprilia, Can-Am, Harley-Davidson, Honda, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa, and Yamaha. There are also seminars and tech talks on the ExPLR Stage to explore.

The manufacturers are happy to return to the show after two Covid-19 years with a chance to show off new bikes and new features. The show is a little smaller than previous editions taking place in Hall B only but they are making up for the smaller size with a lot of enthusiasm. Harley-Davidson is celebrating their 120th birthday and they hope that they can get some new riders that are only imagining the first ride of spring.
A few of the manufacturers have multiple product lines which include snow blowers, generators, three wheels and ATVs. Another category making great strides are electric motorcycles with a model or two from the big boys to Surron representing only off road electric models.

"We've put together a strong line-up of features and displays to showcase many different aspects of the riding life for all types of riders this year," said Landon French, CEO of Power Sport Services. "There's no other show in Ontario where you'll find this collection of the newest and most anticipated models for 2023 all under one roof. Above all, the Toronto Motorcycle Show is a place for riders to re-unite, get hands-on and get excited for the upcoming riding season."

Other highlights of the show include Clutch Society featuring custom indie motorcycle culture, the Original Garage Moto Performance V-Twin Zone and the Vintage Road Racing Association that includes classic and vintage racing machines. You can see more about Clutch and Original Garage from the Motorcycle Show Toronto below.

"Clutch Society returns with some of the GTA's most respected bike builders and lifestyle brands, along with some skateboard culture added to the mix this year. Produced in collaboration with Dan Lim of The Moto Foto, Clutch Society will be THE gathering place at the show, where riders of all levels, riding styles and backgrounds can refuel and hang out with friends, order a drink, talk bikes and get revved up for the upcoming riding season.

The Original Garage (OG) Moto Performance V-Twin Zone is a must-see for every motorcycle enthusiast and Harley-Davidson fan who appreciates a high level of craftsmanship and performance. OG will present eight all-out Harley bike builds from their well-respected builders and customers, highlighted by two Harley AMA Bagger Racing League Race Bikes coming to Canada for the first time."

Show hours are: Friday, February 17 (noon - 9 pm); Saturday, February 18 (10 am - 8 pm); Sunday, February 19 (10 am - 5 pm).

Monday, February 13, 2023

Upcoming exciting Toronto events early 2023

It's hard to believe how fortunate the city is as this temporary blast of warm air helps us escape the frigid cold of peak winter in Ontario, especially as the event scene starts to heat up for 2023. This weekend we have the Motorcycle Show Toronto with a chance to dream about your ride when actual Spring comes to town. 
From MC Show's website, "Toronto’s premier powersports event, The Toronto Motorcycle Show presented by NFP, is roaring back to the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place, February 17 - 19, 2023, and is set to deliver plenty of fun, excitement, and new discoveries for riders of all styles, ages, and experience levels. Riders, future riders, and lovers of the motorcycle lifestyle will be able to check out some of the most anticipated models for 2023, from many of the world’s top manufacturers."

Family Day holiday in Ontario takes place Monday, February 20 in 2023 which is a good time to check out the Toronto Beach with Winter Stations design competition. From their website, "Launched in 2014, Winter Stations invites the international design and art community to reimagine the lifeguard stations along Toronto’s east end beaches for the winter. The competition has seen entries from over 90 countries, bringing the world of design to the water’s edge. Founded as a collaboration between local firms RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio, Winter Stations is heading into its seventh year, and continues to capture the imagination of the city." The free public exhibition takes place on Woodbine Beach, Toronto from February 20 till April 3, 2023. Photo at top.

Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival comes out to check its shadow on Saturday, March 4 at Roundhouse Park from 11am to 5pm. This year Steam Whistle is bringing wineries, distilleries, cider and non-alcoholic vendors to the park! They suggest plenty of long underwear and flannel because you need to keep warm for this outdoor, ticketed party.

Lumière: The Art of Light features illuminated exhibits and powered up from March 10 till May 7, 2023 at Trillium Park in Ontario Place. The light festival will be open every weeknight from dusk to 11pm and the Lumière website says, "This free outdoor light exhibition allows visitors to explore the park and experience art developed by Ontario artists. Utilizing innovation, light and discovery, Artists and creators will illuminate the park under a curatorial theme of “renewal”, celebrating the change of seasons from winter to spring.

Later in March we also have the Toronto Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo, a vehicular extravaganza show at the "International Centre. Show takes place in Halls 1, 2, 3 & 4. The Inside Track Racing Zone is in Hall 1B. The Zehr Insurance Motorama Mayhem… in the Backroom ‘rockabilly’ room is located in Hall 3, and Spring Fever: Modified Cars & Culture is in the southeast part of Hall 2. The expanded Truck-O-Rama Presented by RAMS of Ontario feature will be in Hall 4. All showgoers will enter and exit through Hall 1, where 28 incredible, mostly first-time-show vehicles will be on display down the centre of the room. Car clubs, featured vehicles, the Main Stage and many corporate displays will fill Hall 2. The International Centre is located at 6900 Airport Road in Mississauga, Ontario (Canada), adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson Airport." Motorama is from March 10 to 12, 2023.
Also in March is the Fan Expo Toronto Comicon at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building with "Three days of fun-filled, fan culture. Experience the ultimate playground for Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming. Three BIG days of citywide events, family-friendly attractions and world-renowned celebrities await. Join tens of thousands of fans who are just like you." Winter Comicon is Friday to Sunday (March 17th to 19th) and the cosplay is world class. 

In the waning official days of winter we can also celebrate Irish culture during the annual Toronto St Patrick's Parade on Sunday, March 19, 2023. The St. Patrick’s Parade Society are "custodians of a tradition to celebrate Ireland’s history, culture and heritage through entertainment." Dress your family in green to show your community spirit, enjoy the live entertainment with music, dance, floats and costumes providing an engaging spectacle for the viewers and bask in some Irish pride.

Magically the next day blooms bright and beautiful as the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, known as the Spring or vernal equinox (latin for equal night), brings equal day and night across Earth. For 2023 that date is Monday, March 20, 2023 at 5:24am. This marks the planet's highest incline towards the sun and represents times with new beginnings allowing for personal transformation and growth.

Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Motorcycle Shows is coming back to Toronto for Family Weekend

The Motorcycle Shows Toronto is back and better than ever in 2023! The show, held every February, is the biggest of its kind in Toronto and is a must-attend event for all motorcyclists and enthusiasts. The event will feature some of the latest and greatest motorcycles and accessories from top manufacturers, as well as demonstrations and workshops. These motorcycles are coming to the Enercare Centre in Exhibition Place from February 17-19, 2023.

At the show, you'll have the chance to see and test ride the newest motorcycles from leading brands, including Harley-Davidson, Honda, Yamaha, and many others. Whether you're in the market for a new motorcycle or just looking to upgrade your gear, you're sure to find something you'll love.

In addition to the latest motorcycles, the show will also feature a variety of accessories and gear from top brands. From helmets and jackets to boots and gloves, you'll have the chance to try on and compare products to find the perfect fit for you.

Demonstrations and Workshops The show will also feature a range of exciting demonstrations and workshops. You'll have the opportunity to see professional stunt riders perform death-defying tricks, and learn about motorcycle maintenance and repair from expert technicians. There will also be presentations on the latest advancements in motorcycle technology, including electric motorcycles and autonomous ride systems.

You can get your tickets to the Toronto Motorcycles Show on their website noted at top or at the door. With so many exciting bikes, accessories, and activities to explore, it's an event you won't want to miss on the family day weekend!

Hours: Friday, Feb 17th 12:00PM - 9:00PM, Saturday, Feb 18th 10:00AM - 8:00PM and Sunday, Feb 19th 10:00AM - 5:00PM.
Join the thousands of motorcyclists and enthusiasts at the 2023 Motorcycle Shows Toronto! Whether you're a seasoned rider or just getting started, there's something for everyone at this fantastic event.

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Friday, February 03, 2023

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Ripley has three aquariums, two in the states and one in Canada located in our little town of Toronto and it's worth the visit. Situated in the vibrant hub near the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, the Roundhouse and Union Station it has easy access to transit and plenty to see and do before and after your stop in the big fish house. We hit up the Rec Room for dinner and games after our visit.
You can take the skywalk from Union Station and stay inside until you come to the end of the walkway and have to make the final two minute journey exposed to the elements. In the lobby there are several open fish tanks where you can meet some of the fish, pictured below, before you even start your tour inside the aquarium. Tickets are for timed entry into the aquarium.

One of the highlights of the visit is traveling on the moving walkway leading through tubes which pass through the lagoon.
A turtle and sting ray float pass the crazy submarine thingy.

Some big piranhas eye you up as you pass by
Watching the stingrays is pretty cool and you can touch them up in the lagoon as the pass by
The jellyfish are in a pool where the lights change colour
The colourful pump room

Doors Open

Scarborough Bluffs





Lake Ontario

Nathan Phillips Square