Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

Casey In Toronto

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

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Casey did the keynote at BufferFestival in Toronto on the weekend so I picked up some tickets to see the short films after Casey’s talk.

( I loved Melanie Murphy’s short film about abortion and the struggle women in Ireland face  BTW at Buffer Festival)

The kids went downtown Toronto since we were going to hit the all night art fest.  I’m a Casey fan on how he documents things and his storytelling.  This past July… he did a keynote and I wanted to post it below if you ever wanted to listen to him a little more.

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Casey Neistat is an American film director, producer, developer, and creator of popular YouTube videos. Neistat attained commercial success with the HBO series The Neistat Brothers and indie film Daddy Longlegs. With ten years of experience in creating TV commercials, Neistat took his story-telling ability and married it with his commercial experience to re-define branded content on the internet with companies such as Mercedes and Nike. Most recently, Neistat’s technology company, Beme, was acquired by CNN.

Two videos.  Above is the storytelling on how he jumps around to tell a story that is shot by just him.  How he moves the camera around to get a different POV and help with focus on different parts.  How he uses music and old footage of him.

Below:  Yes a quick trip but just how he films traveling which is tough and he tries to capture it a different way by counting down the hours.  His cuts and how he moves the camera around to capture from a different POV.

 

Crispy Chicken – charred onion, lettuce, piri piri sauce | Brock Sandwich | Bloor Street Toronto

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

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Ok.  I want to go now please and thank you.

The Paper Kites | Toronto | Nov 26th, 2016 | The Opera House

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

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The Paper Kites are coming back to Toronto promoting their new album TwelveFour which is sweet.  Love the idea that it was made between the hours of 12am and 4am.

Ry X | Toronto | October 23rd – The Great Hall

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

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October 23rd – The Great Hall, Toronto

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the lovely lady india bourne will be supporting him 😉


Snakes & Lattes | Toronto

Friday, August 12th, 2016

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Toronto is a city where something wacky is lurking around every corner. The city is full of hidden gems, and there is never a shortage of unique (and sometimes strange) places to eat, chill and play around.

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This popular board game café is Toronto’s first of its kind. From outside the café, you could just as easily walk past it. A quirky but otherwise neutral banner doesn’t let on to the mind games, drawing against the clock and all-out (yet all in good fun) war games taking place behind the doors. Once inside, it’s like no other café in Toronto and will leave you bringing your friends, kids or the girl you want to kiss back for a rematch.

Wall-to-wall board games coupled with a clean, rustic design gives this hot spot a comforting feel. A knowledgeable staff that can teach you to play any game and the Youtube videos on the channel introduce you to new games that get’s you out of your normal games you grew up with since that’s what everyone else played.

Unfortunately Snakes and Lattes does not take phone reservations. You’re required to leave your name with the host, and you’ll receive a phone call when your table is ready. This can be troublesome for the anxious diners that can’t get there before 8:00 p.m., especially with the café’s rising popularity. It would be best to leave your name on a day that you’re already planning to be downtown so you’re not left waiting outside, since wait times can reach up to two hours during the dinner rush. The café offers an average selection of food, but nothing on the menu is over $10.00. You will never wear out your welcome with access to unlimited games for just $5.00. The $5.00 charge is a game fee that does not cover food but allows guests to play as many games as it takes to avenge their losses or collect their winnings. With a wide selection of board games to choose from and they boast they have around 3,000 different games. it’s always more fun to go with a large group. Cafés in the city that are similar to Snakes and Lattes include Castle, Roll Play Café, Go Lounge and Snakes and Lagers Board Game Bar (owned by Snakes and Lattes). Get your game on at 600 Bloor St or check out the one on College.

We have been to both 😉

You can check out one of our visits in my OSE video starting at the 2:50 mark here.

http://www.snakesandlattes.com/

Sunnyside Bathing Pavillion + Woodbine Beach | 501 Queen Street Car | Exploring The6

Friday, August 12th, 2016

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Sunnyside Bathing Pavillion was built in 1922 and is a Toronto landmark that equalled the summer for people in Toronto.  It was built as a place for people to change and go swimming in the lake.  Since the lake was very cold, 3 years later a pool was built lakeside.  Back in the 20’s it cost 25 cents for admission and you could rent towels and bathing suits.  When the pool was built, it could have up to 2,000 swimmers and a special streetcar was created to shuttle kids from all across Toronto to the pool to swim.

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In the 80’s the change rooms were demolished and rebuilt and the pool was named Gus Ryder after Maryiln Bell’s swimming coach.

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Sunnyside Pool is open for swimming during the summer, starting in June and ending in September. In 2012, the pool is open from 10 AM until 8 PM, with a break from 3:45 PM until 5 PM. During heat alerts, the pool stays open until 11:45 PM.  You can park along the Lakeshore or it’s very easy to get to by taking the 501 Queen TTC streetcar and jump off at Parkside Dr.  It’s about a 4 min walk from there.

My kids love exploring.  They love the TTC and the streetcar. The lure of the “Red-Rocket” and I think I am in love with it also.  I picked them up on Saturday and asked them if they wanted to explore and hit a pool in Toronto that in the 20’s was the worlds largest outdoor pool.  I told them it’s on the other side of Downtown and we can take the streetcar to it.  We jumped on the Train from Ajax and jumped off at Danforth… walked down to Main Subway station and jumped on the subway west to Bathurst to jump off to have some Hero Burger at Honest Ed’s.

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Just down the street on Bloor across from Honest Ed’s is Snakes and Latte’s which is pretty cool.  We were going to check it out but the kids wanted to jump on the TTC and head to the pool after eating.  Before we did that we went around Honest Ed’s and it’s a pile of Giant Tiger stuff scattered around in a maze.  We regret not buying “Jesus” and we will pick him up the next time we are down there.  Everyone needs a co-pilot 😉

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We also got off the Streetcar to explore Queen West before heading to the pool to swim for the afternoon and into the late evening.  The kids loved sitting on the streetcar with an open window and just watching citylife walking around along the strip and the collection of stores and patios and people enjoying the summer.

We did some steath camping in a secret spot and set up our tent around midnight and had a long sleep.  The next day we picked up a TTC daypass and decided to hit Woodbine Olympic Pool in the Beaches on the Sunday.

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It’s a pretty cool beach right along the lake with the sandy beach right beside it.  Swimming is free and it’s open all day.  We got to ride on the Streetcar again along Queen.  After swimming the kids wanted to go along Queen again for a ride so we jumped on and went downtown and jumped off at Spadina to have a bite to eat and people watch crossing the street at Queen & Spadina which was hilarious.

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Noah wanted to ride on the new style of Street car so we jumped on the 510 North to Bloor to catch the subway back to the LRT and jumped on a double decker Go Bus to Ajax.

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Two days of swimming, catching rays and exploring with some steath urban secret camping… can’t go wrong with that.