Comedy : Canada’s Top Comic Finale
We were happy to be invited to the "SiriusXm's Canadawide Top Comic Seach Finale" on Thursday evening. It was part of Toronto's 10 day long "Just For Laughs Comedy Festival", where, not only did we get to see the top ten finalists perform, we also enjoyed a set by last year's winner, Chanty Morostica. The evening was hosted by Ben Miner. (We also went last year, when Chanty won -- you can click here if you'd like to that in action.)
A Bonfire on the Beach
Our good friends Leslie and Niall treated us to something really fun on Saturday evening. We had dinner cooked over a bonfire, on a soft sandy beach, beside a gently lapping lake, under a star speckled sky. I've lived in Toronto nearly my whole life and had no idea that was even possible to do here!
Here's to a brand new experience in a city you thought you knew.
It happened just east of the city core, at Cherry Beach, where, a short walk from a public parking lot, there are designated fire-pits set up every 50 feet or so. I counted about 10 fires glowing in the dark on that night.
A Magical Moonlit Experience
Like a natural lunar occurrence, the moon sculpture that recently hung under the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto, was easy to miss. And so, I feel fortunate that my friend Julie made sure that we caught it.
"Museum of the Moon", a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram was on display in Toronto for a mere six evenings, from Tuesday until Sunday. The seven-metre wide, internally lit, spherical sculpture was somewhat hidden away, tucked right under the expressway at The Bentway Public Outdoor Space. Its visit to our city coincided with the full moon -- the harvest moon -- making the experience extra special.
Check out the artwork's site (linked above), to see photos of some other cool places the moon has hung and to find out where it's going next. Note, there are several moons touring simultaneously. "Over the coming years Museum of the Moon will be presented in art exhibitions, science, music and light festivals around the world."
As the nature of the flash-installation meant that it would inevitably only have been seen by a relative few, I hope you'll enjoy seeing these photographs which allow the unique sight to live on.
We went on Thursday evening. The sun was scheduled to set at 7:30, so Julie and I arranged to meet there at 7. The weather was perfect for it. We got lucky with that, as it had been raining the previous days and that very morning.
As described on their site, "The Bentway is a unique and innovative public space that transforms 1.75km underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway into a new gathering place for our city’s growing population." It opened last year and I'd not had a chance to go yet, so being there was interesting in itself. It's really neat and I look forward to going again and seeing more of it.
Loving Lately : Stackt, Toronto’s Market Made From Shipping Containers
You know that beautiful old bridge towards the southern end of Bathurst Street, that crosses over the train tracks? Remember the abandoned looking weed-strewn lot behind the rusted chain-link fence, that was next to the bridge on the northwest side? If you walked alongside it on a windy day, you'd have to go straight home and take a shower and wash your hair, as the blowing dust was relentless.
That piece of land has been empty for a long time. From what I've discovered, it was home to a business during the 1800s, which was cleared away sometime in the mid-1900s. In an old photo from the 80s that I found in the city's archives, it appears to have been used as an unpaved parking lot at that point, but basically, it seems to have been a waste of good space for decades. Until now, that is.
At the Canadian National Exhibition 2019
Oh, the CNE, steeped in memories, noise, bright colours and questionable food choices! A summer doesn't feel quite complete without a visit.
This year, we went last Monday evening with our friend Andrea. It was a good time, for sure.
For readers from afar, the ex has been running near the waterfront of Toronto for 140 years, having begun as an agricultural fair. It is said to be the biggest annual fair in Canada. (I previously wrote more about its history and its supposed haunted status in this post, if you'd like more details.)