THE JUMP OFF 4
VISUAL FEATURE EDITORIAL
All Photography By: Dipan Cheema
All Photography By: Dipan Cheema
By: Fridae Mattas
Unfortunatly for me I missed all the cool stuff at Winter Woofstock, I arrived an hour or so before it wrapped for the day. Once I walked in there were still plenty of cute little furballs roaming all over Hall C of the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. I love all Animals especially Dogs or as I would call them “Uberts”. Many dogs and cats were my pets I loved them all so dearly and still miss having them around. Very excited to see all these cutiefaced Uberts floating, they were all so soft and most even loved to strike a pose for me and my camera. Anyone want Doggy portraits let me know!
A few of the Ubert’s I came across seemed sad, others anxious, extremely happy and then there were the poor doggys dressed in clothes they were not vibing. I feel bad for any animal when their owner dresses them up in hideous attire, the funniest were the people pushing their dressed up little dogs in pink strollers like children. Plenty of things to see at Winter Woofstock 2012, a chance for the dogs to get a photo with Santa, many dog shows, all kinds of different booths with canine affiliated accessories, food, bedding, strollers you get the drift. Next year I will be catching all the fun stuff and I can’t wait to hug, pet and play with all the cute dogs again! You can always find more photos of the adorable furries I came across, in the gallery posted at the end of this article. www.WINTERWOOFSTOCK.com
The 8th Annual ANDY KIM CHRISTMAS SHOW will be held at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on December 13th. The Phoenix is at 410 Sherbourne Street. Doors 7pm – 19+. Tickets are $25.00 and are available at all Ticketmaster Outlets, Rotate This, Soundscapes or call 416-870-8000 to charge by phone. Performers announced include Ron Sexsmith, Kevin Drew and Brandan Canning from Broken Social Scene, with many more to be announced every week.
Last year’s “Andy Kim Christmas Show” was the most successful event of the Holiday season and this year’s promises to be even more spectacular. The concert event is the brainchild of music legend, and the evenings’ Host and performer, Andy Kim.
During this one-of a kind charity event, patrons will be treated to a classic variety entertainment show that includes holiday performances by some of the country’s most sought-after singer/songwriters and performers. Past guests including Sam Roberts, Lights, Ron Sexsmith, Alex Lifeson from Rush, Broken Social Scene, James Black & Rick Jackett from Finger Eleven, Sarah Harmer, Jacksoul, BUCK65, Honeymoon Suite, Arkells, Barenaked Ladies, and more.
This year’s charity is The Jeff Healey Park. Last year, the City of Toronto honored his memory by renaming Woodford Park, in the Queensway neighbourhood of Etobicoke where Jeff grew up, “Jeff Healey Park.” Andy says, “The late Jeff Healey was not only a towering figure on the Canadian musical scene, for many around the world, especially for those people living with disabilities, the way Jeff overcame his blindness and achieved great things in his short life was an inspiration.”
100% of the profits from this year’s show will go to the Jeff Healey Park musical project. Andy wants to incorporate a unique musical theme into the playground at the park, by adding musical instruments that all children can play and enjoy. Andy says, “I am thrilled this year’s charity will be the Jeff Healey Park. That park was a huge part of Jeff’s childhood. It seems so appropriate that future generations of children will be able to make music in the very park that he loved so much as a child.”
“I look forward to the Andy Kim Christmas Show every year… even more than Christmas itself.”
Going into its 8th year, the Andy Kim Christmas Show has been gathering friends and fans together to celebrate the spirit and generosity of the musical community in Toronto with all proceeds going to charity. Join us for a magical evening jam-packed with Canadian talent and Christmas music.
Born in Montreal, Andy Kim was inspired by the Beatles, Hank Williams, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Buddy Holly, and Bob Dylan. He found fame in New York City at just 16 years old when he wrote How’d We Ever Get This Way?, the first of nine Billboard Top 40 hits, including #1 songs Rock Me Gently and Sugar, Sugar, one of Billboard’s “Greatest Songs of All Time.” A true Canadian son, Andy has been awarded the country’s top industry honor twice, the JUNO Award for outstanding achievements in the record industry, as well as the “Indie Award” for Favorite Solo Artist in 2005. Andy is a member of Songwriters Hall of Fame and was inducted into Billboard’s Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2010. Over his epic career, Andy has sold over 30 million records, with songs covered by music history’s greats, including Wilson Pickett, Tom Jones, Ike & Tina Turner, and Bob Marley.
His last album, Happen Again (eOne Music Canada) is his first album in over 20 years. His new music possesses the timeless, transcendent and transforming qualities of his songs before, while giving us a very personal look into the artist’s take on love and change.
Andy’s new album is almost finished, along with a documentary on Andy’s life is also in the beginning stages, both for a 2013 release.
Visit Andy Kim’s official site www.andykimmusic.com.
WOOFSTOCK, North America’s largest festival for dogs returns for its 3rd annual winter canine celebration on November 17 – 18, 2012 in the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place.
WINTER WOOFSTOCK is the largest holiday shopping experience for the 78% of dog owners placing gifts under the tree for their four-legged family members. While the festival kicks off with zany attractions like Breakfast with Santa and the Ms. and Mr. Canine Canada Pageant, WOOFSTOCK is a proverbial breeding ground for unique canine commodities. Refer to the attached pdf for the top 10 products at this year’s WINTER WOOFSTOCK from light-up leashes to outerwear by Canada Pooch.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Sponsored by The Toronto Star
Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th @ 10-11am
BULLWRINKLES ARENA, Direct Energy Centre, Hall C
Santa Claus has a penchant for pooches! Kicking off each day of shopping, fashion shows, and zany canine contests, WINTER WOOFSTOCK is holding “Breakfast with Santa” offering pet parents the perfect photo-op.
new! OAKVILLE FIREFIGHTERS
Calendar Signing and Photo-op at Oakville Firefighters Booth
All day Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th
The courageous Oakville Firefighters have partnered with the Lions Foundation of Canada Guide Dogs to produce a calendar that manages to be sexy, cute, and philanthropic! Calendars sell for $10 with all proceeds being donated to the Lions Foundation of Canada Guide Dogs.
new! DOGS OF CHRISTMAS PAST
With Canine Communicator Charlotte Szivak, http://www.charlotteszivak.com/
Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th @ 11-11:45am
MAIN STAGE, Direct Energy Centre, Hall C
New to WOOFSTOCK, this interactive seminar will engage the audience in an open discussion with internationally renowned doggie communicator Charlotte Szivak. Charlotte specializes in communicating with dogs, of one’s past or present. Members of the audience will have the opportunity to interact and learn techniques to explore a deeper connection and understanding with their dog companions.
ULTAMUTTS DOG SHOW & INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS
Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th @ 11:30am-2:30pm
BULLWRINKLES ARENA, Direct Energy Centre, Hall C
The Ultamutts show features an assortment of more than 30 incredible and hilarious tricks. Hosted by TV dog trainer Melissa Millett, this talent-packed performance is fun for the whole family! The highly trained dogs demonstrate some amazing tricks including; skateboarding, skipping, counting, doggy handstands, a stunt dog, a dog who can read, and more!
WOOFSTOCK FASHION SHOW
Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th @12:05pm
MAIN STAGE, Direct Energy Centre, Hall C
Fashion forward pooches of all sizes and pedigree will put on the dog, showcasing the ultimate in canine winter couture. Strutting the “dogwalk” the furry fashionistas will sport selections from the latest winter doggie fashion lines, whether they’re equipped for long walks or holiday parties! All clothing lines will be available at WOOFSTOCK. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo and description of your dog to enter your pooch into WOOFSTOCK’s next top canine model contest.
STUPID DOG TRICK CONTEST
Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th @ 12:30pm
MAIN STAGE, Direct Energy Centre, Hall C
WINTER WOOFSTOCK is here to prove you can teach an old dog new tricks in its annual Stupid Dog Trick show inviting anyone with a pooch who exhibits the zaniest of tricks to compete for the ultimate title. Register at the WOOFSTOCK Information Booth each day from 10am-12pm throughout the Festival.
MS. AND MR. CANINE CANADA PAGEANT
Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th @ 1pm
MAIN STAGE, Direct Energy Centre, Hall C
WOOFSTOCK is looking for some major canine charisma! The search for the next Honey Bow Wow is on as dogs compete for the ultimate titles of Ms. and Mr. Canine Canada. Saturday’s winners will return the next day to compete with Sunday’s finalists for the grand prize packages. Register at the WOOFSTOCK Information Booth each day from 10am-12pm throughout the Festival.
BEST COSTUME CONTEST
Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th @ 2pm
MAIN STAGE, Direct Energy Centre, Hall C
Rottweiler’s as Rudolph. Shi-Tzu’s as snowflakes. Airedales as angels. Canines channel alter egos of all sorts in WOOFSTOCK’s annual Best Costume Contest. Register at the WOOFSTOCK Information Booth each day from 10am-12pm throughout the Festival.
BULLWRINKLES’ “WIENER DOG RACES” and “RUNNING OF THE PUGS”
Wiener Dog Races, Saturday, November 17th @ 3pm
Running of the Pugs, Sunday, November 18th @ 3pm
BULLWRINKLES ARENA, Direct Energy Centre, Hall C
Pugs and Wiener dogs are fast and hard to catch, especially when they’re chasing pizzles! Any Pug or Wiener dog owner can enter their pooch in WOOFSTOCK’s perennial “Running of the Pugs” and “Wiener Dog Races” which sees these breeds race towards a finish line vying for a grand prize of a year’s supply of Bullwrinkle pizzles!
Register online at www.winterwoofstock.ca/eventsandcontests.htm or at the WOOFSTOCK Information Booth each day from 10am-2:30pm throughout the Festival.
New! DOGGIE DATING SOIRÉE
Sponsored by Fifth Leg Wines
Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th @ 4-6pm
BULLWRINKLES ARENA, Direct Energy Centre, Hall C
Australia’s Fifth Leg Wine is serious about wine, and they’re playing host to WOOFSTOCK’s first ever Doggie Dating Soirée. Take part by stopping by Fifth Leg Wine’s booth at WOOFSTOCK and register your pet by filling out the pooch profile and Fifth Leg Wines will snap a photo for their dating board. The event will take place during yappy hour, of course!
New! K9 RESCUE ME
K9 Rescue Me is a non-profit fundraising organization consisting of rescue groups working together to raise awareness, provide health care and find homes for unwanted dogs. A full list of the rescue groups participating can be found at http://www.winterwoofstock.com/whoscoming.htm#h8290.
Presented by Barnsdale Farms
Sponsored by Toronto Star, Citytv and toronto.com
In honour of the pink ribbon and everything it stands for, “Pinktober” is among us next month. Toronto’s Hard Rock Cafe will be hosting “Rock The Ribbon”, a fundraising event for Breast Cancer – hard rock style! Join local Toronto bands Mary Rose Obsession, The Apollo Effect, and Hotel Royal on October 4th for a night of entertainment in support of a cause that has in some way touched us all. Don’t just wear it…Rock it!
Featuring silky smooth vocals atop edgy rock riffs combined with catchy lyrics, hardcore fans, and looks that could kill; two sets of brothers from Markham, Ontario known as Mary Rose Obsession have the “next big thing” written all over them…in red lipstick.
With their retro, funk, and blues inspired garage rock featuring just enough pop to keep you (and them)dancing – Hotel Royal plays clean, fun rock ‘n roll for all ages. Their philosophy is simple yet proven: they play what they want for those who want it, even if they don’t know it yet.
Boasting UK-inspired Groove Rock in the vein of Kasabian and Muse, and having performed with peers such as Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven, The Trews, and The Arkells, Toronto’s The Apollo Effect are sure to come out on top as one of the most exciting acts in town.
This dazzling evening of philanthropy benefited Canadian HIV/AIDs foundations nationwide as distributed through the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) as well as the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF). Showing their support, special guests included Janelle Monae, Sky Ferreria, The Scissor Sisters, Supermodel’s Petra Nemcova, Linda Evangelista and Canadian Supermodel Yasmin Warsame, Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared. More support from Canadian talent such as Jarvis Church, Kreesha Turner, Elise Legrow, Anjulie, Divine Brown and Nikki Yanofsky.
A team of passionate and dedicated individuals including Co-Chairs David Furnish and Michael King, Honourary Chairs Jeanne Beker, John Demsey and Frank Giustra and creative director Phillip Ing, worked tirelessly to put on this brilliant show and help raise money for HIV/AIDS research in Canada and around the world.
A critical, artistic and financial success since it’s inception in 1987, Fashion Cares builds awareness of HIV/AIDS while raising funds for the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). Combining local and international fashion talent with the design and business communities, this always sold out, media and celebrity studded evening caps elegant cocktails and cuisine with a rousing auction, a theatrical runway event, and an entertainment spectacle. With a 22-year attendance record of over 50 thousand guests and volunteers, Fashion Cares has netted profits of nearly $12 million dollars to date. For Fashion Cares 25 updates, see www.fashioncares.com or www.facebook.com/FashionCares25
The M·A·C AIDS Fund, the heart and soul of M·A·C Cosmetics, was established in 1994 to support men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally. MAF is a pioneer in HIV/AIDS funding, providing financial support to organizations working with underserved regions and populations.
As the largest corporate non-pharmaceutical giver in the arena, MAF is committed to addressing the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS by supporting diverse organizations around the world
that provide a wide range of services to people living with HIV/AIDS. To date, MAF has raised
$250 million (U.S.) exclusively through the sale of M·A·C’s VIVA GLAM lip products donating 100 percent of the sale price to fight HIV/AIDS. For more information visit http://www.macaidsfund.org
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) was established as a non-profit organization in the United States in 1992 and as a registered charity in the United Kingdom in 1993 by Sir Elton John. Together, both entities have raised more than $275 million for programs in 55 countries around the globe since inception. Today, the Foundation is one of the world’s leading non-profit HIV/AIDS organizations supporting innovative HIV prevention programs, efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and direct care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS. The U.S. organization’s current grant-making priorities target HIV prevention programs throughout the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean; HIV prevention and care services for highly marginalized and vulnerable populations; and HIV/AIDS
prevention education and the promotion of sexual health for adolescents. For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.
Since 1983 ACT has developed programs and services that respond to the changing needs of the communities it serves. ACT provides support services that empower men, women and youth living with HIV to achieve self-determination, informed decision-making, independence, and overall well-being. We do this through programs such as counselling, information provision, social support activities and programs that help people with HIV return to work.
ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY: DIPAN CHEEMA FOR FRIDAE TV
May 14, 2012 – Rock hit-makers Sixx:A.M. (vocalist and famed rock producer James Michael, Motley Crue bassist and radio personality Nikki Sixx and Guns n’ Roses guitarist Dj Ashba) announced today their support of City of Hope through an initiative designed to help raise money for research, treatment and education for the fight against cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. Joining other celebrities such as Ryan Seacrest, Vince Gill and Sugarland in their support of City of Hope, Sixx:A.M. have offered their new music video for “Are You With Me Now” exclusively to the charity. Beginning today, fans who make a donation to City of Hope via www.cityofhope.org/radio will receive a code to unlock the never-been-seen-before video.
Check out a short preview of Sixx:A.M.’s new “Are You With Me Now” video here!
“Are You With Me Now” is the third single from the band’s latest album, This Is Gonna Hurt. The album gave the band their first Top 10 debut on The Billboard 200 chart and has already produced the #1 hit “Lies of the Beautiful People.” The 11-track CD that Billboard proclaimed “redefines the meaning of beauty” and AOL added is “boasting 11 radio-baiting tracks” is also the soundtrack to Nikki Sixx’s New York Times bestselling book “This Is Gonna Hurt,” which debuted at #4.
Sixx:A.M. is the rock band formed in 2007 by Nikki Sixx (bass), Dj Ashba (guitar) and James Michael (vocals). Their debut album, The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, sold over 300,000 copies, and the single, “Life Is Beautiful,” became radio’s most played rock song of 2008.
@NikkiSixx; @DjASHBA; @james_a_michael
Blankfest Quebec IV
Raises Over 600 Clothing Items For Homeless
Montreal’s socially conscious bands Society’s Ills, The Era Of, Rudebeats and Isolate Cast came together this past Saturday, February 18th for the 4th annual Blankfest Quebec to answer the call to help those in need during Montreal’s coldest winter months and raise over 600 clothing items for the city’s largest and oldest shelter, the Old Brewery Mission.
“I’m always impressed by the generosity and compassion from the city of Montreal, its citizens and its music scene. Their support along with media and sponsors to help raise awareness and proceeds is always astounding,” commented Blankfest Quebec organizer and music publicist Jon Asher.
Proceeds from this year’s Blankfest Quebec came not just from the music community, but also from grandmothers across Quebec.
“My heart was truly touched by the kindness of this year’s donations of knitted blankets, scarves and tuques that came from both the ladies at the Steger Residence in Montreal and the “Townships Grandmothers” who quilted blankets when they heard there was a need to help the homeless.”
The “Townships Grandmothers” are one of about 300 grandmother groups across Canada that raise money and awareness to help relieve the suffering and turn the tide on HIV/AIDS in Africa and are linked to the “Grandmothers to Grandmothers” campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation that helps over 16 million AIDS orphans in Africa who are presently being cared for by their grandmothers because their parents died of AIDS. For more info please visit www.stephenlewisfoundation.org and www.grandmotherscampaign.org.
A special thanks to Blankfest Quebec‘s sponsors and supporters, Frites Alors! McGill, Skunk Magazine for their donated fundraising prizes, Labyrinthe for donating T-shirts for the homeless and fundraising prizes, Dungeonworks Productions, RockandRollReport.com, Heavy Metal Music Association of Canada & Asher Media Relations, along with Montreal’s media, CTV, Montreal Gazette, Montreal Mirror, CJLO 1690AM, CKUT 90.3FM, CJAD 800AM.
Total of Collected Clothing Items
34 pairs of gloves
20 pairs of socks
102 Baby Clothing
1 Pair of shoes
Total Amount: 629 Clothing Items
Pictures from Blankfest Quebec IV
Loaded Bus with Old Brewery Mission Representative and Blankfest Quebec Organizer Jon Asher
Donations from Mike Marino (The Catalyst) and friend with Old Brewery Mission Representative
Nick Guerin of Labryinthe/Artimonde & Dungeonworks Productions with Donation of T-Shirts
Old Brewery Mission Bus Full of Clothing Donations
About: Blankfest Quebec is organized by Jon Asher, in collaboration with the Old Brewery Mission, and was launched after Jon read about his friend, New York City indie rock veteran Kenn Rowell of The Baghdaddios, who founded Blankfest in 1997 and has been organizing the annual blanket fundraiser in New York City for the past 15 years.
In the past, Rowell says, Blankfest NYC has raised more than 6,000 total donations that have been distributed to the homeless in the New York City area and has inspired similar efforts in New Jersey, Manhattan and Nottingham, UK. Among the many distinguished artists who have performed at past international Blank-Fests are: Rothberg (EMI), Buddy Cage (Grateful Dead), Marc Rizzo (Soulfly) and Meg Griffin (Sirius Radio).
For info on Blankfest please visit the folloiwng links:
Skunk Magazine – http://www.skunkmagazine.com/
Labryinthe – http://www.labyrintherock.com/
Asher Media Relations – http://ashermediarelations.com/
Heavy Metal Music Association of Canada (H.M.M.A.C.) – http://www.facebook.com/HMMACANADA
Dungeonworks Productions – http://www.facebook.com/groups/105887138551/
Rock and Roll Report – http://rockandrollreport.com/
Society’s Ills – http://societysills.bandcamp.com/ (Free Downloads)
Music Video – The State – http://youtu.be/peMwQ4daN-w
The Era Of… – http://www.theeraof.com/
Rude Beats – http://www.myspace.com/rudebeatsfunk
Isolate Cast – http://www.isolatecast.com/
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About the Old Brewery Mission
Soothing homelessness. Solving homelessness.
For more than 120 years, the OBM is the largest network of shelters for homeless men in Quebec and the largest resource for homeless women in Canada, providing safe nighttime refuge to more than 125,000 homeless individuals and more than 338,000 meals per year, as well as transition and counselling services to help its clientele find the necessary stability and autonomy to rebuild their lives.
Thanks to the OBM’s transition programs, more than 3,000 people requested emergency assistance in the past year and more than 629 of these people no longer live in the streets.
Many say this power house on Lakeshore is a part of one of the most haunted collection of buildings in Toronto. A terrifying experience awaits unsuspecting Torontonians and outsiders at the POWERHOUSE OF TERROR where legend has it ghosts linger in what is the most haunted group of buildings in Toronto. This ongoing charity haunt which opened this year on October 13th and hosting it’s last haunt of the year today on Halloween! Different than most attractions of it’s kind because this Haunt support’s local at-risk youth while bringing serious chills and thrills to Toronto. The Powerhouse was constructed in 1936, in Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Lakeshore. Once steam pushed these mighty turbines to make electricity, but now THE POWERHOUSE OF TERROR is an evil inferno powered by FEAR. Three new haunted attractions will reduce you to a pathetic quivering mass of fright.
CHARITABLE COMPONENT: HAUNTED THEATRE FOR AT RISK YOUTH
The Powerhouse of Terror supports The PACT Urban Peace Program financially with proceeds and operationally through the running of PACT Haunted Theatre, a fun, creative and safe life-skills project where local at-risk youth learn the different aspects involved in creating and running a professional haunted house operation. The overall Project involves three different component areas:
• 1.Set/Prop Design and Build
• 2.Special FX Make-up and Costume Design
• 3.Acting and On-site Support.
Powerhouse of Terror is like being in a scary movie. As you walk through a maze, monsters await around every corner. This is Toronto’s scariest, most terrifying Halloween attraction. The theme park is located in the Power House at Kipling, just south of Lakeshore. Expect professionally trained monsters in three new attractions. CarnEvil Manor – Where all the carnival workers live. Quarantine – Zombie Apocalypse. Insidious – Fear not the darkness, but what lies within it! Local students and at risk youth will put on a great production for this very worthy cause. The Powerhouse of Terror is made possible by these volunteers that make this community theatre production so spectacular.
Toronto’s scariest, most terrifying Halloween attraction attracts people from all over North America each year. This year the house is built by and staffed with local at-risk youth and all proceeds go to the PACT Urban Peace Program.
CarnEvil Manor isn’t your average carnival, this is where the carnies, the clowns and all the distortions of nature live…. but they do not like to be disturbed. Visitors beware! This Manor has deep seeded secrets which you may uncover during your visit and challenge your perception of what is real. Things are not what they seem with jaw dropping performances and illusions that will play with your senses and make your escape extremely difficult.
Quarantine– “The Zombie apocalypse” is a sick and twisted maze of carnage where zombies have taken residences. The Z1 virus is spreading and the zombies here are kept secret from the public…until now. Before they feast on your mortal soul, you must fight for your survival in hopes that the military will soon come to your rescue.
Insidious – Def. ‘Proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects.’ Inspired by the movie, take this journey into the dark world of “the Further”. Enter a dimension where reality as you know it will cease to exist. Afraid of the Dark? You should be!!!
Buried Alive – Sideshow attraction
Now your in the middle of a live action movie! A Personal, Solo, Extreme Experience involving all the senses. Ever been in a real coffin before? Experience a simulated burial and get buried alive! This ride allows you to lie in a REAL coffin and feel what it would be like to be buried alive. If you’re claustrophobic, now is time to test your bravery.
Powerhouse of Terror, a genuinely scary haunt and an essential addition to the Halloween festivities in the Greater Toronto Area. Their mission is to make you pee your pants in an actual attached haunted buildings built by the closed Psychiatric Center’s patients! If that doesn’t entice you to give it a shot just think of the kids in the PACT program and how much they would appreciate your donation.
I’m not a chicken, FRIDAE TV will be there!
HOURS: October 31st 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Power House Recreation Centre
65 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive
(Lake Shore & Kipling)
For more information about the haunt, please visit the website www.CharityHaunt.ca.
Toronto’s favourite street festival has a whole new way to celebrate the fun flavours of Greece and summer in the city. Every year in August, the people of Toronto and abroad flock to GreekTown on the Danforth. Celebrating its 17th year, the Pilaros Taste Of The Danforth is Canada’s largest street festival, welcoming over 1.2 million visitors. A Decima Research poll indicated that 90% of respondents identified “The Taste” as their favourite GTA festival event — beating out such iconic events as the Toronto International Film Festival, Caribana and Pride Week. Last summer the Pilaros Taste Of The Danforth won two Toronto Sun Reader’s Choice Awards: a Gold for Favourite Community Festival and a Silver for Favourite Summer Festival. The festival’s title sponsor is Pilaros International Trading Inc. a leading importer of Mediterranean food products, primarily olives and olive oil, what the ancient Greeks refer to as “the Essence of Life”.
The GTA lays claim to more than 200,000 residents of Greek ancestry, the third largest Hellenic community outside of Greece, and between August 5th and 7th, 2011, everyone who comes to the Danforth gets to be “Greek for the day”. But there is much more than the celebration of the Danforth’s Greek heritage at the festival. Here is a “taste” of what to expect … A “Taste” of What to Expect This year’s Pilaros Taste Of The Danforth has loads of fun, family-friendly activities to engage and entertain Torontonians. All three stages offer incredible free entertainment. Who wouldn’t want to see a free concert from the Toronto Symphony’s brass quintet or have fun with Second City improv? Who wouldn’t want to meet some of last season’s top winners from “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” or have the opportunity to volunteer for a Celebrity Makeover from Smashbox Cosmetics? You can be charmed by the music of Jesse Labelle or Alyssa Reid, or sing along to a tribute to Neil Diamond and Tom Jones. In addition to the Greek Stage — which features everything from Greek music, song and dance to bellydancing — there is the Broadview Stage, featuring virtually every variety of music from R&B to jazz to rock. There is music from Brazil and Argentina, and even free NIA classes. And if you have kids, you won’t want to miss the Kids’ Fun Zone where they can join the Centre of Gravity ‘You Can Try It’ Circus, or dress like an Ancient Greek.
They can experience the Toronto Zoo ‘Touch Table’ by interacting with pelts, skulls and feathers, and even find out how big the claws of a polar bear are. They can meet both Explorer Bear™ – the Toronto Zoo’s mascot – as well as Alex the Beaver, who will be handing out free tickets to the CNE. The programs, the exhibitors and performers are still being finalized but the following is a “taste” of what is to come: 1. THE CELEBRITY STAGE – Second City: Join Second City for hilarious, interactive comedy – Stage West: A tribute to Neil Diamond and Tom Jones – Toronto Symphony: Enjoy the Toronto Symphony’s stellar brass quintet’s lively performance – So You Think You Can Dance Canada: Meet some of the top winners from last season – A Taste of Beauty: Smashbox Cosmetics Celebrity Makeovers – Jesse Labelle: Jesse Labelle is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter. He recently made waves with his chart-topping single, “Perfect Accident”. Jesse’s sound is a cross between John Mayer and Rob Thomas, and he’s been winning the hearts of fans across the country on tour with Faber Drive, The Arkells, and Tom Cochrane. – Alyssa Reid: Alyssa Reid’s acoustic version of Justin Bieber’s “One Less Lonely Girl” turned into a YouTube epidemic. Her debut single is called ‘If You Are’ and her sound is best described as soul infused pop. She just completed a cross-Canada tour on Muchmusic’s SodaPOP festival with Emily Osment. – Frank D’Angelo with his 15-piece R&B band energizes The Taste of the Danforth – Zero Gravity street performers – Opa Dancers of London – Jeanine Mackie: Enjoy phenomenal R&B and jazz – Daniel Cannis: Broadway music – The Imbayakunas: Music from Ecuador – Sol De Cuba: Music from Cuba – Jorge Miguel: Flamenco music – Yiannis Kapoulas with Ena K’Ena: Amazing Greek music – Arkadia – Lively Greek music … and many more great performers.
Check http://www.tasteofthedanforth.com for updates and announcements.
THE BROADVIEW STAGE Features an eclectic array of music and lifestyle-related programs and performances, including: – Swamp Dawgs – the blues and rock – Batkucada Carioca Samba & Grupo Afro-lusophone Dancers – Brazilian dance and music group – Souls of Steel Orchestra – Daniel Barnes Trio – jazz at its best – Rock’n Blues Butcher Band – get rockin’ – Embrujo Flamenco Dancers – Argentine Tango Milonga – Dancing On The Danforth – Felinity – hoops – Free NIA classes – Hannan’s Bellydancing – Taste Mob Flash Dance – learn the choreography and join the Taste Mob Flash Dance.
THE GREEK STAGE will feature traditional Greek dancers, singers and musicians, including an opportunity for the audience to learn Greek dancing. Some of the performers include: – Parea – music – Arabesque Dance Company – bellydancing – Yiannis Kapoulas with Ena K’Ena – music – Greek Style M. – music – Yia Mas – music – Levendia X – dancing – Arkadia – music – Alexandros Hatzis – music – Knossos Cretan Association Dancers – dancing.
THE SPORTS ZONE Including challenges created by Toronto’s professional sports teams. Lots of chances for people to test their skills and win prizes: – Toronto Maple Leafs – visit the Leafs’ Mobile Dressing Room – Toronto Argonauts – test out your football-throwing arm at the Argos’ Football Toss – Toronto Blue Jays – test out your baseball prowess in the Blue Jays’ batting cage and pitching cage – Toronto FC – amazing soccer challenges – Toronto Rock – lacrosse challenges at its best.
THE KIDS’ FUN ZONE Offering fun-themed activities including: The Centre of Gravity Circus Training Studio – The “You Can Try It” Circus – kids from 5 to 14 can try out the classical area circus hoop The Olympiada featuring: – Dress like an Ancient Greek – Build the Acropolis – Ancient art – Learn Greek dancing The Toronto Zoo – experience the amazing “Touch Table” and meet Toronto Zoo’s mascot – Explorer Bear™ The CNE brings you Alex the Beaver plus free children’s tickets to The Ex The East York Mirror Kids’ Activities Tent – giveaways and contests, colouring and crafts Free Owl Kids Magazines The Tennis Pathways Fastest Serve Zone – clock the speed of your serve.
BEER, WINE & SPIRITS GARDENS: Although Toronto changed it’s liquor laws, the festival has chosen to keep it a family friendly environment and drinking is as always only permitted to the beer gardens. There will be two Carlsberg Beer & Spirits Gardens and one Wine Garden to help keep our thirsty patrons refreshed.
GREAT CONTESTS, PRIZES AND FREE SAMPLES FROM A HOST OF EXHIBITORS INCLUDING Free samples and coupons from Smashbox Cosmetics Free samples and coupons from Lacoste Free samples and coupons from riceworks Gourmet Brown Rice Crisps Free samples of Astro Yogurt Smoothies Free samples from Hidden Valley Ranch Free samples from Coke Free samples from Sensodyne Free restaurant coupons from Dine.To Win prizes from Cheetah Power Surge Great deals from FIDO 8. OPPORTUNITY TO WIN AN AMAZING TRIP Opportunity to win an Aegean Splendour Trip For Two to Glorious Greece, courtesy of Transat Holidays
FOOD, FOOD AND MORE FOOD! And, of course, dozens and dozens of tasty food stations from Danforth’s amazing array of multi-ethnic cuisine
The PILAROS TASTE OF THE DANFORTH is a proud supporter of the Toronto East General Hospital. On Friday, August 6th, at 1pm as part of our “pre-show”, celebrities, politicians, members of the media, and corporations will be kicking up their heels with “Beds On Wheels” at the 5th Annual Danforth Dash Bed Race, in support of the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation. To-date this event, which is hosted by the Pilaros Taste Of The Danforth, has raised in excess of $100,000 towards the Hospital’s expansion campaign and the purchase of new electric hospital beds for TEGH. In addition to supporting the “Danforth Dash” over the years the Taste Of The Danforth has raised more than $1 million in support of our community hospital, Toronto East General. The event takes place on Danforth just east of Broadview. To enter a team or for more information, contact Justin Van Dette at 416-469-6218 The festival is supported by Ontario Tourism … Ontario, Yours To Discover, as well as the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation. The Pilaros Taste Of The Danforth is presented by the GreekTown on the Danforth BIA, in cooperation with the Danforth BIA.
UPDATED INFORMATION AND SCHEDULES For updated festival programming and schedule information visit: www.tasteofthedanforth.com