St. Patricks Day Parade, 19 March 2017
Watching floats, bands, banners, flags, leprechauns, bagpipes, drums, dancers, hurlers, soccer players, dragons, shamrocks, leprechauns, crazy hats, green hats, green everything, but most of all, people.
Did you do something lazy like sleep in and then stay in your jammies all day?
Did you stay home and stay warm?
I know a few people that did just the opposite! More than 60 people took the plunge and got wet, frigid cold wet that is. The 12th annual Polar Bear dip at Sunnyside Park was well attended this year and these are some of the brave and crazy people who were there (and the less brave and crazy who came to watch, support, and take pictures of the swimmers).
below: The event is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity and over $64,000 was raised this year. Habitat for Humanity had a team who participated, they could be spotted wearing orange T-shirts and orange hard hats.
#dothedip | #topolarbear
First, a big thank you for being welcomed into Gadabout to explore and take pictures. Gadabout is a store on Queen St East and it is home to “vintage clothing, nostalgia, ephemera, textiles and curios.” It is packed full of old things. Interesting things.
below: And when I say packed, I mean it! Floor to ceiling.
below: Who could resist a watering can purse? In pink even.
below: Containers and packaging for Mennen baby powder, 40 cents for J.R. for Athlete’s Foot, Silvo silver polish, a tire repair kit, 6-12 insect repellent, and wintergreen oil. The latter is used topically to relieve muscle aches and pains. It’s labelled as a poison as it is easy to overdose on it if ingested.
below: Knights Templar black bicorne hat with feather along with matching cuff.
below: All those drawers are filled with old photographs.
below: Vintage clothing
below: Fancy handbags and shoes.
Toronto International Buskerfest for Epilepsy, 2015,
over 70 acts from Canada and around the world.
Yonge Street, College to Queen,
28th Aug through 31st Aug
below: The Funnykito Show, Dan Marques is a performer from Brazil, part magician, part mime and part clown. Here he sets up a trick whereby he tries to remove a beer bottle from the hands of a volunteer with a whip.
below: MaracaTALL, drummers on stilts
below: There were four or five members of the Mirror Family roaming around Yonge Dundas Square. They were covered from head to toe with small pieces of mirror.
below: Meow Mur, a cosmic cat from another planet
below: Max T. Oz
below: Brant the Fireguy has a burning desire to entertain and does so with his ‘O Yeah’ show.
below: Pierre St. Pierre
below: Buskerfest helps to support Epilepsy Toronto; it is their largest fund raiser.
below: Lulu’s World, where a black marker and some tissue paper helps to bring a story to life.
below: Upside down on the rope, Natural Wings
below: Wacky Chad, pogo sticks, dance moves, little bikes, and more
below: Alakazam, throwing knives and other sharp objects as his show’s finale
below: Pyromancer, fire breather, entertains the crowd.
below: Taking turns conducting a small string orchestra
below: Giant Sauruses wander Yonge Dundas Square looking for food. They are part of Close Act Theatre Group from the Netherlands.
below: The Yo-Yo Guy, John Higby, performs.
below: Part of his act involves removing a coin from behind the ear of a volunteer with a spinning yo-yo.
Streetfest, part of the Beaches International Jazz Festival, was held 25, 26 and 27 July this year. About 2 km of Queen St. East is closed to traffic so pedestrians can enjoy the music provided by many bands representing a diverse array of music genres. On both Thursday and Friday evening when I was there the weather was perfect and the atmosphere was fun. I hope that I have been able to capture the spirit of the event!
Music, food, shopping, and most of all, people watching!
God Made Me Funky
Dr. Draw – It was very difficult to catch the intensity of this performance and I’m sure I haven’t done him justice.
Juice (name of the band)
There was music to dance to
and he danced his way down the street……
And music to join in with
The were some odd musical moments as well
There was lots of food.
Food for sale from local restaurants
There were people of all kinds
It was a time for families
and a time for friends