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Toronto Art Expo 2014

Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  Source - Raysonho (Wikipedia)

Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Source – Raysonho (Wikipedia)

The Toronto Art Expo, one of the city’s premier artistic events, is on this weekend at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  Many fantastic pieces of paintings, sculptures, and glass objects will be available to purchase from some of the world’s best artists.

Artists from 7 different countries will be featuring their work this year at the Toronto Art Expo.  Some features include a showcase by contemporary glass artists, including such renowned figures as Keith Clayton and Jack Schmidt.  Sculptors such as Al Green (who also happens to be one of Toronto’s biggest construction magnates) and Patricia Genois-Mussica will be showcasing some of their work, as will abstract painters such as Susan McLennan and Lori Mirabelli.   Finally, the opening night of the Expo will feature Indian traditional dances from the Dance Ensemble of Menaka Thakkar.  Anyone thinking of purchasing some original artwork for their home or business should definitely visit the Toronto Art Expo!

To get to the Toronto Art Expo, take CitySightseeing Toronto’s hop on hop off city tour to stop # 14 or # 16.

Published by Dave, on April 12th, 2014 at 10:14 am. Filled under: Art,Conventions,Family Fun,Stop #14,Stop #16No Comments

The 2014 Toronto Blue Jays

RA Dickey.  Source - Keith Allison (Wikipedia).

RA Dickey. Source – Keith Allison (Wikipedia).

As the Toronto Maple Leafs playoff hopes appear to be slipping away yet again, many Toronto sports fans are now turning their gaze towards the return of Toronto Blue Jays baseball.  The Blue Jays’ always eagerly anticipated home opener is scheduled for Friday, April 4 against the New York Yankees at the Rogers Centre.

This year’s Toronto Blue Jays are hoping to bounce back from an extremely disappointing season in 2013.  After making a series of highly publicized trades following the also-disappointing 2012 season, fan expectations for the Blue Jays were very high one year ago at this time.  However, countless injuries and consistently poor play from underperforming stars kept the Blue Jays well out of the playoff race for most of the season.  Blue Jays fans are hoping that many of the stars picked up in the 2012 trades, such as pitchers Mark Buehrle and RA Dickey, as well as shortstop Jose Reyes, will finally perform up to expectations in 2014.  Along with the newly-acquired players, longtime fan favourites such as home run kings Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion will also be returning.  Many popular Major League Baseball teams will be coming to Toronto to play the Blue Jays this season, including division archrivals such as the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, as well as some less frequent visitors like the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs.

There will be over 80 opportunities to catch a Blue Jays home game this season!  Ask your hotel concierge for tickets.  The Rogers Centre is accessible via CitySightseeing Toronto’s hop on hop off city tour at stops # 14 and # 16.

Published by Dave, on April 4th, 2014 at 3:05 pm. Filled under: Family Fun,Sports,Stop #14,Stop #16No Comments

Canada Blooms 2014

Source - Alan Pennington (Wikipedia)

Source – Alan Pennington (Wikipedia)

It may not be very green outside yet, but Torontonians will be green in spirit this weekend for the Canada Blooms festival!  Starting this weekend at the Direct Energy Centre, the Canada Blooms festival is one of the premier flower and garden festivals in the country.

This year’s edition of Canada Blooms will feature spectacular floral arrangements, including a ‘floral runway,’ where some of the best floral arrangers in the country will assemble breathtaking displays.  Top gardeners will create amazing gardens throughout the floor of the show, many of which will feature innovative designs, vibrant colours, and appealing fragrances.  A special exhibit featuring foliage inspired by Ireland’s spectacular Wild Atlantic Way will surely be popular among patrons celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, especially considering it offers the chance to win an all expenses paid trip to the Emerald Isle!  Finally, for those wishing to become expert green thumbs, numerous demonstrations featuring some of the foremost gardening authorities in Canada will take place throughout the course of the week.

Canada Blooms offers a wonderful chance to get a taste of spring during a winter that just never seems to end!  To get to the Direct Energy Centre, take CitySightseeing Toronto’s hop on hop off city tour to stop # 17 and then take a taxi or the TTC’s 509 route the rest of the way.

Published by Dave, on March 15th, 2014 at 2:18 pm. Filled under: Events,Family Fun,Festivals,Stop #17,Winter ActivitiesNo Comments

March Break 2014

As any Toronto parent doubtlessly already knows, next week is March Break, when all local students have a week off from hitting the books.  As a result, many Toronto attractions are offering special programming to give all the bored munchkins something to do!

The Hockey Hall of Fame's Olympic hockey exhibit.  Source - Aude (Wikipedia).

The Hockey Hall of Fame’s Olympic hockey exhibit. Source – Aude (Wikipedia).

The Hockey Hall of Fame will be celebrating Canada’s double gold medal performance in women’s and men’s hockey at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games with over 50 new artifacts from both teams.  Casa Loma is hosting a Dr. Seuss’ Grinch-themed week that will include a huge scavenger hunt, storytelling sessions, animated short screenings, and, of course, appearances by The Grinch himself!  At the Bata Shoe Museum, children can go on a secret spy mission throughout the museum with plenty of espionage-themed arts, crafts, and activities!  Finally, for those a bit older, Comicon will be taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this weekend (March 8-9).  Special guests include Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, Lord of the Rings’ Sean Astin, Dollhouse’s Eliza Dushku, and Superman’s Brandon Routh, among many others.

There is plenty to do for March Break in Toronto next week!  All of the attractions listed here are accessible via CitySightseeing Toronto’s hop on hop off city tour.  Check them all out!

Published by Dave, on March 8th, 2014 at 3:42 pm. Filled under: Conventions,Events,Family Fun,Holidays,Sports,Stop #14,Stop #18,Stop #7,Stop #9,Winter ActivitiesNo Comments

Toronto International Bicycle Show 2014

Toronto's distinctive bike racks.  Source - Hallgrimsson (Wikipedia)

Toronto’s distinctive bike racks. Source – Hallgrimsson (Wikipedia)

Toronto cyclists are no doubt eagerly anticipating spring, but in the meantime, they can get themselves geared up for the warmer weather by checking out the Toronto International Bicycle Show at the Direct Energy Centre.

The Toronto International Bicycle Show will feature over 150 exhibitors, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and clubs.  There will be a special travel section for those wishing to organize bicycle trips to all corners of the globe, as well as a test biking zone for those who need to buy some new gear before they leave.  Freestyle mountain bike riders will be performing shows throughout the duration of the event, including several stunt competitions and a BMX jam.  There will be an extreme riding show put on by pro cyclist Trevor Bodogh, who will show off his amazing cycling skills on an obstacle and ramp-filled course.  Best of all, for those brave enough to ride their bike to the show, there will be free bicycle parking!

The Direct Energy Centre is located at Exhibition Place, which can be accessed by taking CitySightseeing Toronto’s hop on hop off tour to stop # 17, and then taking the TTC’s 509 route the rest of the way.

Published by Dave, on March 1st, 2014 at 4:41 pm. Filled under: Events,Family Fun,Stop #17,Transportation,Winter ActivitiesNo Comments

Bloor-Yorkville Ice Fest 2014

The Village of Yorkville Park.  Source - GTD Aquitaine (Wikipedia)

The Village of Yorkville Park. Source – GTD Aquitaine (Wikipedia)

This weekend, some of Toronto’s best art will be found not inside of an art gallery, but on the street!  The annual Bloor-Yorkville Ice Fest is on this weekend, with plenty of spectacular ice artwork that has to be seen to be believed!

This year’s edition of Ice Fest will feature plenty of family-friendly entertainment.  The always-spectacular ice carving competition will take place on February 22 in the Village of Yorkville Park.  Carvers will create their finest work, which will be judged by audience members throughout the course of the afternoon.  The winner will be announced in the evening.  There will also be numerous non-competitive ice carving demonstrations taking place throughout the course of the weekend.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to win several prize packages that feature free goods and services from local Yorkville businesses.  It’s going to be a great weekend at the Bloor-Yorkville Ice Fest!

To get to Yorkville, take CitySightseeing Toronto’s hop on hop off city tour to stop # 5.

Published by Dave, on February 22nd, 2014 at 3:21 pm. Filled under: Events,Family Fun,Festivals,Neighbourhoods,Shopping,Stop #5,Winter Activities1 Comment

Family Day 2014

Bata Shoe Museum.  Source - Gisling (Wikipedia)

Bata Shoe Museum. Source – Gisling (Wikipedia)

The Family Day long weekend is fast approaching, and with it there are plenty of wonderful activities going on throughout Toronto that will appeal to both young and old!

The Art Gallery of Ontario will be hosting family art-making activities at their Weston Family Learning Centre, as well as family yoga classes and drawing stations.  The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Lightbox will be hosting numerous family-friendly movies, including a collection of international short films, The Short Game, a documentary about child golf prodigies, and Khumba, an animated film featuring the voices of Liam Neeson, Steve Buscemi, and Laurence Fishburne.  At the Bata Shoe Museum, young shoe-lovers will have the unique opportunity to participate in several interactive exhibits, including creating their own sneaker wings for their favourite shoes, and decorating their own shoelaces.  These are just some of the many exciting events on offer at attractions across Toronto this weekend!

All of the specific attractions listed here are accessible via CitySightseeing Toronto’s hop on hop off city tour.  The Art Gallery of Ontario is located at stop # 11.  The TIFF Bell Lightbox is located at stop # 13.  Finally, the Bata Shoe Museum is located at stop # 9.

Published by Dave, on February 15th, 2014 at 3:13 pm. Filled under: Events,Family Fun,Film and Theatre,History,Holidays,Museums,Stop #11,Stop #13,Stop #9,Winter ActivitiesNo Comments

Black History Month 2014

Mackenzie House.  Source - SimonP (Wikipedia)

Mackenzie House. Source – SimonP (Wikipedia)

Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and Torontonians take great pride in celebrating the histories and traditions of the many cultural groups that live here.  It’s no surprise then that when Black History Month rolls around each February, there are plenty of wonderful events and exhibits to check out!

An exhibit entitled “Journey to the Present” is being held at the Scadding Court Community Centre on Dundas Street West.  The exhibit has nine different sections, which each focus on a different era of Black History in Canada, ranging from the time of slavery to the present day accomplishments of numerous prominent Black Canadians.  At Mackenzie House on Bond Street, Black History Month will be commemorated with several interactive exhibits, including one featuring prominent abolitionist Mary Ann Shadd Cary’s 1850s newspaper The Provincial Freeman, where visitors will have the opportunity to print their own souvenir copy.  The Ontario Black History Society is putting on a special exhibit at St. Lawrence Market’s Market Gallery regarding Black History in the province of Ontario, with plenty of fascinating photographs, artifacts, and other historic materials.  Be sure to check out all these wonderful events before Black History Month comes to a close!

Many of the places featuring Black History Month events discussed here are accessible via CitySightseeing Toronto’s hop on hop off tour.  Scadding Court Community Centre can be reached by taking the Dundas 505 streetcar from stop # 11.  Mackenzie House is located a short walk from stop # 1.  The Market Gallery is right at our St. Lawrence Market stop, # 19.

Published by Dave, on February 8th, 2014 at 10:02 am. Filled under: Events,Family Fun,Festivals,History,Museums,Stop #1,Stop #11,Stop #19,Winter ActivitiesNo Comments

Mirvish Productions Winter 2014

Royal Alexandra Theatre. Source - Benson Kua (Wikipedia)

Royal Alexandra Theatre. Source – Benson Kua (Wikipedia)

The winter of 2013-14 has been a brutally cold one in Toronto thus far, making any sort of indoor entertainment even more desirable than usual.  Lucky for us, Mirvish Productions, Toronto’s biggest theatrical production company, has some great new shows to keep you both entertained AND warm!

One key production is Metamorphosis at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, a play based on the Franz Kafka novella of the same name.  Starring several cast members from the Icelandic theatrical production company Vesturport, Metamorphosis features everything from wild acrobatics, bizarrely hilarious scenarios, and, of course, first-rate acting!  Another sure-to-be popular production is Heartbeat of Home at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, which was created by the producers of the internationally-renowned Riverdance series.  The cast is made up of 38 dancers, who specialize in everything from Irish, to Latin, to Afro-Cuban dancing styles.  Finally, Arrabal, playing at the Panasonic Theatre, is a production that is set in the scintillating world of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s tango scene.  Arrabal features plenty of hot tango dancing, a live band, and plenty of material that relates to the political violence that plagued Argentina in the 1970s.  There’s no doubt all of these hot productions will keep you warm during your stay in Toronto!

All of the theatres listed here are accessible via CitySightseeing Toronto’s hop on hop off city tour.  Tickets for Mirvish Productions can be purchased through your hotel concierge.

Published by Dave, on January 31st, 2014 at 10:38 am. Filled under: Family Fun,Film and Theatre,Stop #1,Stop #13,Stop #5,Winter ActivitiesNo Comments

Winterlicious 2014

Mmmm, gnocchi!  Source - Paoletta S (Wikipedia)

Mmmm, gnocchi! Source – Paoletta S (Wikipedia)

Foodies eagerly anticipate the arrival of Winterlicious each year, an event where many of Toronto’s top restaurants serve up some of their best dishes on affordable fixed price menus.  With over 200 Toronto restaurants participating, Winterlicious will display the best that Toronto’s food scene has to offer!

Some of the best restaurants participating in Winterlicious include Volos, a fantastic Greek restaurant at 133 Richmond Street West, Little Anthony’s, an Italian restaurant located across the street at 121 Richmond Street West, and Quinn’s, an Irish pub and steakhouse inside the Sheraton Centre at 123 Queen Street West.  This year, there will also be a special Culinary Event Series, which features some uniquely interactive food experiences.  This includes the Guilty Pleasures Strolling Fashion Brunch on February 1 at the Drake Hotel, where diners will be treated to a free fashion show that will display all of the hottest recent trends.  At Casa Loma, High Tea will be served on February 2, 8, and 9 with plenty of delicious pastries created with help from George Brown College culinary students.  Finally, for those with dreams of becoming a master chef, Chef Paul Brans is offering a gnocchi making workshop at the Arcadian Studio on February 4.  Don’t miss out on this truly special culinary event!  It’s on from January 31 until February 13.

Most of the restaurants and events listed here are accessible by CitySightseeing Toronto’s hop on hop off city tour.  See https://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e0e8a417e9dd2410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD for further information on participating restaurants, pricing, and event information.

Published by Dave, on January 24th, 2014 at 10:52 am. Filled under: Events,Family Fun,Food,Winter ActivitiesNo Comments