Fitness: Interim Gold Standings at Vancouver 2010 Olympics

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Helpless in the grip of an overwhelming urge to comment, I must make this observation: Canada currently leads the 2010 Winter Olympics in gold medal count!

Let me note the date and time: Feb. 27, 2010, at 5:36pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time. We all know that these numbers will change.

The ranks the leaders in total medals, currently:

  • USA with 8 gold (35 total);
  • Germany with 10 gold (28 total);
  • Canada in third place with 12 ! gold (23 total);
  • Norway with 8 gold (21 total);
  • and 20 other countries.

Apparently this is an Olympic record for the number of gold medals won in a Winter Games by the host country.

So here are:

  • Quiet and dignified “Huzzahs” for the Canadian athletes.
  • Congratulations to all who qualified, competed and won for their countries.
  • “Let’s keep funding our athletes” to the politicians who hold those pursestrings.

[This post was last updated 2010-02-27.]

Fireside Culture Week in Parkdale

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Parkdale celebrates Fireside Culture Week from Feb. 22 through 28, 2010.

Some of the attractions are:

  • Feb. 22: Opening Night performances at the Snowball Gallery
  • Feb. 23-28: “Life with Mimi” photography exhibit, “viewable from the street” but inside Take Me Back (1692 Queen St. W).
  • Feb. 23: “Life Drawing Classes” in the Diane McGrath Studios (1688 Queen St. W).   Although called “classes”, there is no instruction, but you may pay $15 to draw costumed aerialists.
  • Feb. 24-28: “Artists’ Survey – Greenbelt” at Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen St. W).  10 artists who live in the Greenbelt exhibit their works.
  • Feb. 24: “Artstars at Wrongbar” (1279 Queen St. W) promises to unveil “Toronto’s only anonymous art critic”.
  • Feb. 25-28: “My Girls” photography exhibit at gallery DK (1332 Queen St. W).
  • Feb. 25-28: Street Art and Grafitti exhibit at the Snowball Gallery (1690 Queen St. W).
  • Feb. 25: Comedy Night at the Snowball Gallery (1690 Queen St. W), proudly priced as “FREE”.
  • Feb. 25: “Free Draw” at Poor John’s Cafe (1610 Queen St. W): You may freely sketch or be sketched.
  • Feb. 25: “The Ethers” will perform at the Snowball Gallery (1690 Queen St. W), proudly priced as “free”.
  • Feb. 26-28: Diane McGrath will display her “New Works in the Diane McGrath Studios (1688 Queen St. W).
  • Feb. 27: David H. will spend an hour (2-3pm) as a human statue at Shoppers Drug Mart (1473 Queen St. W).
  • Feb. 27: Poetry Readings at the Brown Sugar Cafe (1374 Queen St. W) from 2-3pm.
  • Feb. 27: “Lady Luck Productions” will perform a burlesque show at Shop Girls (1342 Queen St. W) from 2:30 to 4:30pm.
  • Feb. 27: Natalie Sullerton will give an “Aerialist Performance” in the Diane McGrath Studios (1688 Queen St. W) from 2:30 to 3:30pm.
  • Feb. 27 & 28: “Vitalic” will perform at Wrongbar (1279 Queen St. W).  Feb. 27 at 8pm; Feb. 28 at 12am.
  • Feb. 27: “Brian Byrne and The Flaming Hoops with guests The Ethers” will perform at The Rhino (1249 Queen St. W).
  • Feb. 27: Ania Soul will perform R&B at Parkdale Drink (1292 Queen St. W).
  • Feb. 27: “Najjah’s World w/ Tory Lanez and Pole Dancing by Lady Luck Prod” at Blondies (1378 Queen St. W). The title says it all…or perhaps just begins to hint.

Please check Toronto’s Parkdale Village BIA (Business Improvement Area) site,, for further details.  I did not list all of the start/end times, and you may want to contact the venues regarding cover charges.

[This post was last updated 2010-02-23.]

The 2nd half of Black History Month in Toronto

Better late than never: here are some upcoming events, to cover events in the second half of February.
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According to the City of Toronto’s web site ( Toronto Celebrates Black History Month), Black History Month started as a one-week educational experience in the USA, back in 1926. Toronto launched Black History Month in February 1979. Canada adopted it in 1995.

Here are some events available in Toronto for the second half of February, 2010:

  • Learn about Mary Ann Shard Cary, the first female newspaper publisher in Canada. Visit Mackenzie House (82 Bond St – east of Yonge and south of Dundas) on Saturdays and Sundays, from 12-5pm.
  • The Toronto Public Library system has several events, including “Emerging Voices” with Garvia Bailey, Trey Anthony and Dalton Higgins at the Toronto Reference Library (2nd floor) on Wed. Feb. 24 at 7pm. (789 Yonge just north of Bloor).
  • Also with the Library, Njacko Backo is at the Oakwood Village library (341 Oakwood, south of Eglinton) on Feb. 24 at 1:30, and at the Weston library (north-east corner of King St & Weston Road) on Feb. 27 at 2pm.
  • Also with the Library, Sandra Whiting makes two appearances on Feb. 18. First, she is at the Jane/Dundas library (620 Jane, south of Dundas) at 9:30am; then the Pape/Danforth library (701 Pape, south of Danforth) at 1:30pm. She will also be at the Downsview library (2793 Keele, north of Wilson) on Feb. 27 at 2pm.
  • Also with the Library, Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whitely perform the blues at the Amesbury Park library (1565 Lawrence W, halfway between Black Creek Drive and Keele) on Feb. 17 at 1:30pm, and at the Malvern library (30 Sewells St, at the north end of Brenyon Way; east of Neilson) on Feb. 20 at 2pm.
  • Also with the Library, Muhtadi performs percussion for “all ages” at the Jane/Sheppard library (1906 Sheppard W, east of Jane) on Feb. 25 at 2pm.
  • Watch a cooking demonstration (“Caribbean and Canadian winter vegetables”) at Lawrence Heights Community Centre (5 Replin Road: “North of Lawrence, South of Hwy 401, between Dufferin and Allen Expressway”) on Feb. 26 from 1 to 7pm.

[This post was last updated 2010-02-09.]

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