Sunday June 28, 2015 Pride Parade, Yonge St. Toronto

Didn’t know what to expect because of the weather but as I headed north on Yonge St. I found myself in a sea of umbrellas. This was Toronto’s 35th. annual celebration of the LGBT community. My we have come a long way since the 70’s! To say we are a diverse city is an understatement and I think the celebration was shared by many diverse groups of people. City council was well represented and very nice to see the mayor there again.Cindi Lauper was spotted with a kinky boot on her head and well the rest was entertaining to say the least. I don’t know what else to say but, this was Yonge St. on a rainy day in June, and there was definitely love in the air, acceptance and a whole bunch of rainbows! Enjoy Toronto,

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Sunday June 28,2015. Luminato hub, David Pecaut Square

In the heart of Toronto, in the shadows of Roy Thompson Hall sits this wonderful little green space that has served as the hub for this year’s Luminato Festival.

DSC_0276The installation titled Glossary is by acclaimed Brazilian artist Regina Silviera. In this commissioned piece she uses translucent marquees that create a pathway through the park.

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Using light, shadows and and the word light in countless languages this green space has been transformed into a colourful fun urban playground.

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At night lasers play with the colours and the word light is playfully bounced onto many of the downtown buildings.

DSC_0282 DSC_0294On the way out I came across this awesome swing set that played incredible music whenever someone started to swing on it. The last few shots are of the surrounding area reminding one of how much Toronto has grown. As for the “Kinky Boots” well it looks like a big success.

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Saturday afternoon, College St. Taste Of Little Italy

Had the chance to spend a couple of hours at the “Taste Of Little Italy” festivalDSC_0194 DSC_0234 DSC_0208 DSC_0222 DSC_0217. An annual event that brings people out in great numbers. DSC_0242 DSC_0246 DSC_0241 DSC_0235 DSC_0198Lots of great food , live music for all ages, bubbles, beer and a lot of beautiful weather. This was so popular even the mayor showed up for a few selfies. DSC_0220 DSC_0256 DSC_0226Great way to get out and enjoy this awesome part of Toronto. And last but not least, no Italian festival would be complete without those delicious cannolis !DSC_0253 DSC_0230 Hope you enjoy the images and as always, Enjoy Toronto!

Saturday Journey on Queen St. W. ,Trinity-Bellwoods park, Nathan Phillips Square

DSC_0005 DSC_0006My first stop was an installation in Trinity-Bellwoods park by Canadian artist Geoffrey Farmer. DSC_0013 DSC_0012 DSC_0026Right in the middle of the park a montage of randomly generated images, drawn from over ten thousand discarded photographs, set to music and sound. DSC_0023 DSC_0025
Quite something to watch and feel. For all the activity going on in the park, it offered a chance to stop and think and reflect as each image created a thought or a memory. The installation is one of many spread all across Toronto as part of the annual Luminato Festival.  DSC_0028Next past the stage being set-up for the MMVAs to Nathan Phillips Square for some sights and sounds of this years Toronto Jazz Fest.DSC_0187 DSC_0101
Hip-hop and R & B were well represented and provided some great summer sounds.

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DSC_0033 DSC_0041 DSC_0043The afternoon featured some very funky sounds by Juice Money Collective, featuring Octavio Santos (horns) along with Freshkils, Live MPC. and guest appearances by Junia-T , Melanie Durrant, Adria Kane. Tona, Marlon James, Jessie Reyez and Lyric L from London. DSC_0054 DSC_0113DSC_0139DSC_0072 DSC_0108

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DSC_0089 DSC_0173 DSC_0087Elicser & Mediah with guests created some very cool pieces. But even with all of that, some seemed less impressed than others and yes indeed the dog days of summer are upon us.DSC_0094 DSC_0067

As always, Enjoy Toronto.I thought I would throw these two guys in because, well, I agree with them!!

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Saturday at the Toronto Honda Indy

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The Toronto Indy does just that. I went down on Saturday to see, feel, hear, smell the speedfest that takes over the Exhibition grounds every year. Because of a scheduling change(due to the Panam games)the IRL only ran one race this year, but Saturday was still filled with a lot of exciting events for race fans of all ages.DSC_0298 DSC_0297 DSC_0294

There is a very real sensory buzz to someone driving that fast live. There is a palbable smell,taste and feel of danger and excitement that these races bring. Saturday featured Porsches, trucks and the important feeder league that produces some of the newest and finest drivers of tomorrow up to speed, so to speak.DSC_0346 DSC_0354

Unfortunately due to more fencing seen in public since the G20 it was very difficult to get on track action shots but I did figure out if you find the right spot these awesome machines and their pilots are surprisingly accessible.DSC_0414 DSC_0444 DSC_0443 DSC_0416

One minute you turn around and right beside you is Roger Penske, or a very dapper looking Dario Franchitti.DSC_0587 DSC_0595 DSC_0557 DSC_0551 DSC_0491 DSC_0495 DSC_0460 DSC_0462

The cars themselves are quite a treat visually. From Scott Dixon’s “Jurassic World” colours to lucky mascots these cars are the stuff a boy’s dreams are made of. A fun day on the streets of Toronto indeed!DSC_0466 DSC_0500 DSC_0502 DSC_0571

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. An event well worth checking out and as always enjoy Toronto.

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Fallen Firefighters honoured Sunday during Firefighter’s Memorial. KJ Mullins and Walter Tautorat-Toronto:

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They rush into darkness, flames springing up in every direction, to save a life without a thought to their own. Every day Toronto’s firefighters put their lives on the line as they protect the city’s residents and property. In the past firefighters faced death in the flames, many losing the battle.

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Today better equipment has been developed to battle the flames but life-threatening danger lurks within the fire. Modern materials that have made our lives easier have a toxic secret inside. They burn faster, hotter and leave a mist of toxic smoke that gets inside skin and organs. Today the hidden damages, the toxic smoke that remains in the body days, weeks and years after a fire is what is killing many of our firefighters with cancers that ravish their bodies.

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Since 1848 ,245 firefighters have died in the line of duty. On Sunday morning six names were added to the Memorial Honour Rolls of Toronto’s fallen firefighters. • Firefighter William D. Crawford, died March 2, 2015 • District Chief John D. Roach, died Nov. 11, 2014 • Firefighter Bruce B. Statton, died Aug. 9, 2014 • District Chief John Anketell, died Feb. 15, 2014 • Firefighter David E. O’Brien, died Oct. 30, 2013 • Captain Terry Haworth, died June 20, 2008. Family, friends, fellow firefighters and residents gathered at Fire Station 334 on Queens Quay Sunday morning to honour those brave men and women who have paid the ultimate price for protecting the rest of us.

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City Councillor Janet Davis attended the ceremony speaking for the city of Toronto. After the service she said that she was honoured to take part. Asked why Mayor John Tory wasn’t attending Davis had no answer but said that she feels that it is very important to honour those on the frontlines who risk their lives. Davis is also the Chair of the Occupational Health and Safety Coordinating Committee and works to lessen the dangers that are facing firefighters and other first responders on the job. Firefighters at the event noticed that the city’s mayor wasn’t present and were disappointed. Former Mayor Rob Ford started the break of mayors coming to the annual ceremony but it was hoped that new Mayor John Tory would pay homage to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the city.

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Firefighters want those in the city to know that they take pride in serving residents even with the greater risks of future disease present today. Because of those risks and the harrowing sights that they face firefighters are also dealing with mental health issues. Within the service there is discussion about all of the risks that are facing these frontline responders and making sure that they are taken care of without risk of employment.

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