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Every June, Riverdale Culture is an Art Walk in the Park

The annual Riverdale Art Walk continues on the first weekend of June, 2015 in and around Jimmie Simpson Park. In its 17th year, it’s not new but it continues to grow and improve.

My map for Jimmie Simpson Park from 2013 is still useful.

"Map for Riverdale Art Walk at Jimmie Simpson Park" image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
“Map for Riverdale Art Walk at Jimmie Simpson Park” image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps

What, When and Where is the 2015 Riverdale Art Walk?

An organization called the Artists Network presents a free outdoor art exhibit in Toronto at different venues. Their season starts with the Riverdale Art in the Park free art show (and sale), featuring some 170 artists.

You may feel intimidated to work through 170 artists, but the “Gallery Wall” on the south side of the park, near Queen Street, is your quick guide to the artists booth locations.

The Riverdale Art Walk runs Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, 2015, from 11am-6pm. Mark your 2016 calendar: this is an annual summer Toronto event, if you count on “summer” to arrive by early June.

The main exhibit area is in Jimmie Simpson Park. The recreation facility of the same name, at 870 Queen St. East in Toronto, is in the south-west corner of the park.

However, although it’s called “Art in the Park”, their official address is 761 Queen St. East. More to the point, at 1:30pm on Saturday, you can join a guided walk along Queen Street to see even more art shown in local shops and restaurants.

I’d take the 501 Queen streetcar, or transfer south from the Broadview station on the #2 Bloor-Danforth subway line.

Their official sites include the Neighbourhood Arts Network and the Artists Network Riverdale Art Walk.

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2015 Oshawa Generals Victory Parade Route

Without a trace of hockey envy in Toronto, let’s congratulate the Oshawa Generals for winning the Memorial Cup this past weekend.

How better to celebrate this men’s junior hockey championship than with a victory parade? But where is the 2015 Oshawa Generals victory parade going to be held? [Click on the map for a larger image].

2015 Oshawa Generals Parade Route Map" image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
2015 Oshawa Generals Parade Route Map” image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps

The 2015 Oshawa Generals Parade Route

After fruitless Facebook and Google searches, I found a tweet that led to the nearly secret parade path in Oshawa.

The parade will start near Oshawa City Hall (50 Centre Street S.) at about 4pm on Tuesday June 2.

The parade starts by going north on Queen Street… which does not really connect to Oshawa City Hall, does it? Not to worry, the parade heads east on King St W., then turns south onto Centre St. S. Finally it heads east on Athol St., past the General Motors Centre, turns south onto Charles St., and sneaks into the GM Centre parking lot.

Celebrate inside the General Motors Centre

The Oshawa Generals victory celebration continues inside the General Motors Centre, from 6:00-8:00pm. The event wraps with an autograph session.

The weather forecast is “sunny”, so wear your sunscreen to watch the victory parade. You may want to spend some money at the concession stands inside the GM Centre, especially if you’re thirsty after watching the parade.

The official details are on this General Motors Centre page.

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Doors Open or a Small Space for Paintings in Spring 2015 in the Beach

Decisions, decisions, decisions in Toronto’s Eastern Beaches this spring weekend! Should you enter a small space for small paintings, or walk through some open doors? Why not do both?

Small Paintings in One Small Space in Kew Gardens, Toronto

"Old House in Kew Gardens in Toronto" by John Vetterli under "attribution and share-alike license"
“Old House in Kew Gardens in Toronto” by John Vetterli under “attribution and share-alike license”

One art show worth seeing in the Beach neighbourhood is Small Paintings for Small Spaces, in the Gardener’s Cottage in Kew Beach. The Beach Guild of Fine Art presents some thirty artists, who manage to squeeze their works into this cottage.

Admission is free, although the paintings are for sale. There’s even a lucky draw… which is more than you’d find at Toronto Doors Open, I wager.

The exhibit runs Friday – Sunday, May 22-24, 2015. (Friday from 3-8pm; on the weekend, from 10am-5pm). Kew Gardens is on the south side of Queen St. East, well east from Woodbine Ave. but west of Main St. I’d take the 501 Queen streetcar.

Toronto Doors Open 2015 in the Beach Neighbourhood

Before or after viewing those small paintings, take a peek behind the usually closed doors in some of the buildings in east Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood. Doors Open is another annual spring event in Toronto; I recommend picking an area and working your way through different buildings without going too far.

The RC Harris water filtration plant, or “The Palace of Purity”, is another amazing place for Doors Open. It truly should be on everyone’s bucket list. The exterior is Art Deco; the site is gorgeous, looking down from Queen Street; and the interior is stunningly industrial.

The RC Harris doors are open 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Staff will answer questions, but you are free to guide yourself. It’s just east and south of the Neville Park end of the 501 Streetcar line. (Again, really, it’s just a short walk downhill from the streetcar turnaround point).

The second open door I would enter is at Fire Station 227, on Queen St. just east of Woodbine. (Hmm… that sounds like Kew Gardens, but the fire station is barely a stone’s throw from Woodbine). It’s open from  10am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. The clock tower is an iconic feature of this section of the Beach. Plus, they will let you tour the building and gawk at a fire truck, assuming it’s not putting out fires somewhere.

Speaking of industrial buildings, the new Portlands Energy Centre (at 470 Unwin Ave.) is quite the sight. It’s about 2Km from Leslie and Commissioners, but the 83 Jones bus still gets down there despite the construction at Leslie and Lakeshore. Try biking the Martin Goodman trail instead. (Updated May 23, 2015): Or drive to the entrance at the east side of the property. The bike path through Clark Beach Park (“Cherry Beach”) has been paved, or asphalted, and it’s not fenced off. It’s a pleasure to use that section of the trail again! One sign still advises you to use Unwin Ave., and there’s no centre line marking yet; but I wasn’t the only person using the trail in that park.

Sticking with the industrial theme, let’s wrap up with the TTC subway yard on Greenwood Ave. Of the Doors Open locations I’ve mentioned here, it’s the only one to offer a children’s activity area… and train rides for the whole family. This rail  only open to the public on Saturday from 11am-5pm.

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