Saturday 27 July 2019

Ossfest 2019, Toronto, ON

Ossfest was today and Gord and I went (it's in our 'hood).

Nothing says summer more than street festivals in Toronto! For the fourth consecutive year, OssFest returns for a pedestrian take over of the Ossington Strip between Dundas St W and Queen St W. 

Beginning with a yoga class in the morning, followed by artisans and local businesses showcasing their goods all day. We have over 20 extended patios, music and entertainment programming all day and into the evening.

It is family friendly, dog friendly and is a fantastic way to celebrate the neighbourhood and Toronto! And people talk about it all year, excited for the next.

Ossington Avenue was closed from Dundas Street W to Queen Street W for it.

Ossington Avenue/Queen Street W

This is the fourth year for it and I've been to the last two ... it's a fun festival!  I like it because it's not too crazy busy or crowded.

There was something for everyone.  There were lots of vendors with booths on the street.  The patios were jammed (some were going to stay open until 4am) and long line-ups for food.

Meditation instructor Talib Hussain conducted a live
12 hour  “mediation sit” ... here he was at 3:30pm
He was still there about six hours later!
This guy is a dog photographer and these are his business cards
We watched some Superkick'd wrestling matches and they were fun
Despite having control of most of the match, he lost
But he managed to pose with Gord
Our winner!
I got some fried chicken (with buttermilk sauce) from ... La Banane
two boneless thighs were $10

Bands started playing at 2pm on the stage next to the Painted Lady (at Ossington Avenue/Dundas Street W).  They each played for 45 minutes and a new band started on the hour.  We got there around 4pm.

Evan Redsky
Ariana Gillis
Geoff Marshall & the Mail Order Cowboys
The apartment across the street had a great view of the stage and festival
The three amigos!
Brutus Begins
Common Deer

I look forward to going again next year.

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