Forever Bicycles

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is Toronto, Canada’s transformative celebration of contemporary art. In 2013 a major part of this celebration was Forever Bicycles by  international artist Ai Weiwei from Beijing, China. This impressive art installation in Nathan Phillips Square was formed by joining together 3,144 bicycles! Yong Jiu a major bicycle brand in China translates from Chinese to…

Snapshots of Toronto

Toronto is located in the province of Ontario. This is big city Canada. I rolled into town for a few days in September 2013 to see some bands and take in the sights. This was my third time in Toronto, a fantastic multicultural city with lots to see and do along with great food!

Casa Loma – Toronto’s Camelot

Just north of bustling downtown Toronto in Ontario, Canada is Casa Loma, a quite amazing gothic revival style mansion. It is known as Toronto’s very own Camelot and is a beautiful place to see. The home was built by Sir Henry Pellatt (1859-1939) a wealthy Toronto businessman who owned a stock brokerage firm and an electricity company…

Canadian War Museum – Part II: LeBreton Gallery

The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Canada is a must see for anyone interested in military history. The displays of equipment and vehicles is impressive and covers the entire scope of Canada’s military history from the First Nations and Colonial times to the modern age. My previous blog covered the majority of the display halls, but my favourite part of the…

Canadian War Museum – Part I

When visiting Ottawa in Ontario, Canada if you have any interest in military history you must not miss the world-class Canadian War Museum. The impressive looking museum covers every period in which Canadians have been involved in some form of conflict and the main galleries are in historical chronological order. The galleries start out with Battleground which covers…

Star Wars Identities

Since 1977 I have been somewhat obsessed with something that captured my imagination like nothing else before or since. I was just a kid when my Uncle Ed took me to see the then new release science fiction movie by George Lucas: Star Wars (at the time the full title was confusingly Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope – what happened…

Spending a Night in Jail – Willingly!

OK, first of all, no I didn’t get drunk and locked up for the night, not did I have any outstanding fines that imprisoned me! While in Ottawa the national capital of Canada I did decide to stay in the Hostelling International Hostel there on Nicholas Street that is an old jail formerly known as the Carleton County Gaol. It…

Metal swarms on Toronto \m/(>.<)\m/

Now I know in my last blog I said Ottawa was next on my travels in Canada and it was, but wow what a week for heavy metal music I have just had in Toronto, Ontario Canada! From New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) legends Raven to German power metallers Helloween and a swag of local…

Niagara Falls – Ontario Canada

March 23rd, 2012 During my trip to Canada I made a quick visit to Niagara Falls which is made up of the larger Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls (the falls are right on the border of the US and Canada). The vertical water drop of the Horseshoe Falls is 53 metres or 173 feet. Unfortunately…

The CN Tower, Toronto Canada

The CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario was completed in 1976 after 40 months of construction. At 553 metres or 1,815 feet it is the worlds tallest tower and the most dominant building in the Toronto skyline. In 1995 it was classified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The highest observation level, the “Skypod” is…

A Canadian journey by my stomach

I recently returned from a Canadian trip to Ontario (Niagara Falls and Toronto) and Quebec (Quebec City, Montreal and smaller surrounding towns), with a stop over in Buffalo, New York. Here are some snapshots of some of the local foods I tried while there. From Italian veal parmigana, Ukranian cabbage rolls, Japanese soup, Poutine, Montreal…