Sunday, 19 May 2019

Martin Goodman Trail, Toronto, ON

I went for a long walk this afternoon.  It was the reverse of what I did last Saturday ... I walked west along Queen Street W, and followed the Martin Goodman Trail east to Coronation Park (Lakeshore Blvd./Strachan Avenue) and then headed home.

It was a great day for a walk ... the sun was out for most of the time and it was a bit chilly along the water at times.

I crossed over the bridge that connects Queen Street W/King Street W/Roncesvalles Avenue to the lake at Palais Royale.

Budapest Park

 Marilyn Bell Park

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Americas Rugby League Nines Championship, Lamport Stadium, Toronto, ON

Today Canada hosted three fellow Americas teams at the inaugural Americas Nines Championship  at Lamport Stadium (a couple blocks from home) ... apparently it will take place every two years beginning this year.  The tournament featured the Canada Wolverines, USA Hawks, Latin Heat and the Reggae Warriors men's national teams battling for the title of Americas Rugby League Nines Champions.  There was also a women's competition with Canada, Ontario and Jamaica.

Including the men's consolation final and men's final matches, there were 11 matches.  Each match had two nine-minute halves and each team had nine players on the field ... hence the name (nines).  The first match started at 12:30pm and the last one finished about 6:30pm ... and Gord and I were there for them all!  It was a fun day!

It would have been nice, though, if the games could have been announced rather than just having the teams take the field and play and having to figure out who was the "home" team.

Gord and I have season tickets for the Toronto Wolfpack so our tickets for today were complimentary (otherwise they were only $10).

Here were the prizes.

Women's on the left and men's on the right

Men - Canada 24 ~ Jamaica 6

Friday, 17 May 2019

"Bella Donna", Taragon Theatre, Toronto, ON

Gord and I saw Bella Donna at the Tarragon Theatre ... this evening was the opening night and it runs to June 1.  Our pal, Dewey Stewart, is in it and plays Giovanni (he looks fabulous in a gown and sneakers!).

"Bella Donna" invites audiences into the world of intrigue, politics, sex, and power, all controlled by one of history’s most powerful and misunderstood women: Lucrezia Borgia.

While Pope Julius II excommunicates Lucrezia Borgia (alleged daughter of his predecessor, Alexander VI) and her husband, Duke Alfonso D'Este of Ferrara, Alfonso dallies with his young mistress, Angela DiGhilini. Disguised, Lucrezia goes to seek a secret audience with the Pope. There she meets Giovanni, a young soldier, who doesn’t realize who Lucrezia is and may be evidence of a guilty secret even more devastating to Lucrezia. Sister Bibiana, Lucrezia’s confidante, arranges for Giovanni to come to Ferrara, where he is adroitly poisoned by Alfonso. As the evidence mounts, so do the dramatic stakes.

Our contemporized production of Bella Donna is directed by the Gina Wilkinson award-winning emerging female director, Anita La Selva, and stars Françoise Balthazar, Martha Chaves, Michael Giordano, Paul Hopkins, Chelsea Russell, and Dewey Stewart. Are you ready to be seduced?

It's a story from the early 1500s that has been modernized.  It was funny and all the actors did a great job in their roles.  The stage is minimal with props being carried in and out by the actors during the scenes.

Because it was opening night, there was a reception afterwards.

Chadwick's Craft Kitchen & Bar, Toronto, ON

Gord and I had supper this evening at Chadwick's Craft Kitchen & Bar (on Howland Avenue at Dupont Street).  It's a cute spot.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Book ~ "Challenge Accepted!"(2018) Celeste Barber

From Goodreads ~ From funny woman, Instagram star, and international comedy sensation, Celeste Barber’s "Challenge Accepted!" is a raucous, hilarious and outspoken guide to life, unwanted gas and how to rock a sexy scar. 

Part memoir, part comedy routine, part advice manual, "Challenge Accepted!" is Celeste at her best, revealing her secrets to love, friendship, family and marriage (#hothusband), and how to deal with life’s many challenges - why she checks the bath for sharks, how Nutella quite literally shaped who she is as a woman, and why being famous on Instagram is like being rich in Monopoly. It’s real, like totally, really real.

I came across Celeste Barber's Instagram page last year and started following her.  I thought her parodies of pictures were a hoot and I liked her humour.  To be honest, other than that, I didn't know who she was.

I saw that she is touring and will be in Toronto in a couple months so I bought tickets.  If she is as funny in person as with her pictures, I figured it would be fun (looking forward to it!).

When I came across her book, I was interested because I assumed it would be funny ... and it was.  Plus as I enjoy reading bios/autobios, it was a chance for me to learn more about her.

Celeste is an Australian actress, former dancer, writer and comedian. She is married to Api (#hothusband) and they have two children.

The book is full of stories about Celeste and her family ... including being bullied in school when she was young, dancing, friends that have passed away that she still holds dear, meeting and falling in love with her husband, having open heart surgery when she was 25, how she got in trouble at yoga, why she started her Instagram account and more.  She feels that Friends is the "greatest show in the whole wide world" so each story title starts with "The One ...".

I liked the writing style and her humour definitely came through.  As a head's up, she swears ... a lot (there are lots of F-bombs).  Though the manner of her storytelling is amusing, her stories have a serious tone ... for example, about bulling and body image.  I appreciated her honesty in discussing some difficult topics.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Martin Goodman Trail, Toronto, ON

I went for a long walk this morning.  I headed towards Coronation Park (Lakeshore Blvd./Strachan Avenue) and followed the Martin Goodman Trail west.

It was a great day for a walk ... sunny most of the time and just a bit of coolness in the air.

Coronation Park

Trillium Park

Toronto Flower Market, Toronto, ON

Today is the first day of the seasonal Toronto Flower Market.  It's held from 10am to 3pm on the northeast corner  (Queen Street W/Shaw Street) of CAMH (1001 Queen Street W).

Toronto Flower Market celebrates and supports Ontario grown flowers & plants, connecting growers and florists directly with the city. Together, we raise awareness about flower varieties grown locally in fields and greenhouses while cultivating a passionate local flower community. 

Founded in May 2013, Toronto Flower Market created the city’s first outdoor flower market. The market season runs monthly from May through October, with special collaborations sprouting up throughout the year. 

Natasa Kajganic was inspired to create Toronto Flower Market after a visit to London’s Columbia Road. A vision of stalls bursting with fresh blooms in Toronto’s public spaces was planted in her mind and has kept growing ever since.

I'd never been before so I popped in while on my walk to check it out.  I was a bit early as there were some vendors still setting up.

It smelled amazing and was so colourful!  There was lots of variety depending on what you are looking for.

Friday, 10 May 2019

Frisaca, Toronto, ON

Frisaca (on Queen Street W/Bathurst Street) is new (they just opened about a month ago) so Gord and I checked it out this evening.

The bar is long and narrow and we sat at a table along the wall.  The music was loud (but not annoyingly loud) and there were a couple of TVs.  It had a fun vibe.

When we sat down, the owner or manager (?) came over to chat and gave us a sample of a wheat beer.  Margaritas are the Friday night special ($7).  I'm not a big tequila fan but the raspberry Margarita sounded good ... and it was!

Patricia was our server.  She was friendly and chatty and took good care of us.

We'll be back!

Frisaca Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

817 Sports Bar & Grill, Toronto, ON

Gord and I had supper this evening at 817 Sports Bar & Grill (Queen Street W/Niagara Street).  They just opened a couple months ago.

It's a big space with a long bar at the back and there are lots of big TVs for sports fans.

I ordered The 6ix pizza.  When Stella, our server, brought it, it was on the cool-side so I asked to have it put back in the oven for a bit to heat it up.  When it came back, it was better ... everything was hot and the cheese was stringy.  The Italian pepperoni was spicier than regular pepperoni and I was okay with that.  It was a good pizza and I'd get it again.

Gord ordered a Classic burger (with no tomatoes) and onion rings rather than fries.  I had an onion ring and it was good.  Gord said it was a good burger and he'd get it again.  The bun was soft, just how I like them.