June 18, 2009
…. Summer activities, that is. Sorry it’s taken me longer than usual for this entry, but the lure of recreational activities when the weather is nice is just too strong (to be sitting in front of a computer…)
Since we last “spoke”, I have officially kicked off summer concert season with an awesome Dave Matthews Band show at the Molson Amphitheatre at Ontario Place. To be honest, the Amphi is not my favourite venue to see a show – too big, and the security is over the top (and totally unnecessary). But when it all comes together – great weather and great tunes – as it did for DMB, it can be fantastic.
Speaking of fantastic, event season also kicked off with Luminato in June, a 10 day Festival of the arts – ALL kinds of arts – that focused this year on the guitar. Fantastic free shows at Metro Square and Yonge-Dundas Square, including Randy Bachman (from the Guess Who- Canadian gods…), Daniel Lanois (another famous local boy, more famous for producing U2 albums than his own music), Taj Mahal and Derek Trucks (without doubt, one of the finest living slide guitarists on the planet). From here on in, the festivals come fast and furious…(gay) Pride next week, Jazz Festival the week after….
Also getting into some serious bike riding now, and Toronto is a great place to do it. Loads of trails, parks, ravines, that will take you just about anywhere. You can pick up a great map at City Hall. I rode my bike over to Toronto’s newest “hot” district for brunch the other day- Liberty Village in the south/west end of the City. Used to be an industrial district, now a happening place for film and agency types, and more fantastic places to eat than you know what to do with – and each one with a fab patio to catch those glorious sunny days…
Hope to catch you out there!