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Woofstock 2015 in Toronto for Furry Fun with your Dog

(Added this paragraph on Nov. 18, 2015): It’s time for winter Woofstock, on Nov. 21 & 22, from 10am-6pm at Exhibition Stadium. It’s indoors, in the Queen Elizabeth Exhibit Hall. The main web site link still works, but the details have changed. Tickets for winter Woofstock are $10 plus tax; this is still a frugal event in Toronto. Where else will your pooch learn Doga (dog yoga)? Here’s a map with some parks near the CNE, if you want to tire out your canine companion ahead of time.

Map of Waterfront Toronto Parks Nearest the CNE. Image (c) by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
Map of Waterfront Toronto Parks Nearest the CNE.

The annual Woofstock Toronto dog festival returns to Woodbine Park in late September 2015. Here’s your chance to attend a free dog show with your own canine.

"Woofstock in Toronto in 2009" by ltdan (Dan Dickinson) under CC license.
“Woofstock in Toronto in 2009” by ltdan (Dan Dickinson) under CC license.

The Autumn Woofstock 2015 Festival in Toronto

Woofstock prides itself on being “the largest outdoor festival for dogs in North America”. You and your pooch can expect:

  • The Purina Pro Plan Dog Stars perform feats of agility and speed.
  • Enter your pooch in a fashion show, or race your pug or dachshund in their separate categories. Or just watch!
  • Listen to experts in caring for your family pet.
  • Other entertainment including photo sessions, dog tricks, and lure chasing.
"Size Contrast between two dogs at Woofstock 2015" image (c) by Linda DeHaan
“Size Contrast at Woofstock 2015” image (c) by Linda DeHaan

If that’s too much excitement, you can still have fun with your dog! Head south to cross Lake Shore Blvd at the traffic light and walk you dog along the Martin Goodman Trail for a while. Or head north to a restaurant on Queen St.; many have water dishes outside to keep your dog well hydrated.

"A dog on the Lure Obstacle Course at Woofstock 2015" image (c) by Linda DeHaan
“On the Lure Obstacle Course at Woofstock 2015” image (c) by Linda DeHaan

Admission to Toronto Woofstock 2015 is free. Head to Woodbine Park between Eastern Avenue and Lake Shore Blvd East, on the east side of Coxwell. The 501 Queen streetcar travels just a block farther north; the Coxwell 22 South bus comes down from the #2 Bloor-Danforth subway line.

(Added Sept. 26, 2015): Woofstock also offers a free shuttle service from a parking lot on Cherry Street in the Port Lands area, about 4Km south-west from Woodbine Park. That’s an absolutely sweet deal, compared to finding parking during a free annual event such as Woofstock in Toronto.

"Map of Woodbine Park, Toronto" by Mike DeHaan (c) via Google Maps
“Map of Woodbine Park, Toronto” by Mike DeHaan (c) via Google Maps

I’d written “The Whereabouts of Woofstock 2012 in Toronto“, and  usually updated that article as needed. The venue has changed, but the spirit of enjoying your canine companion has remained and grown over the years. Looking back, this autumn Toronto event seems to be a compromise date between the late spring and late autumn Woofstock festivals of previous years.

(Added Sept. 22, 2015). The dates for the 2015 Woofstock in Toronto are Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 26 & 27, 2015; from 10am through 6pm. We got there at 11am on Saturday; each of the vendors had a line-up for freebies, and the all-day lure obstacle course was running full tilt. These next two dogs were champing at the bit for their turn; note the strain in their owner’s arm. They later caught the lure; one chased while the other ambushed from ahead. That was the only successful catch that I saw.

"Two Dogs are Next in Line for the 2015 Woofstock Lure Obstacle Course" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Next in Line for the 2015 Woofstock Lure Obstacle Course” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

The official Woofstock Toronto web site has more details, of course, including the online forms so you can register your dog in one of the contests.

If you buy dry kibble in 25-pound bags or smaller, an airtight pet food container can help keep the aroma – and your dog’s appetite – under control, and help the dry dog food stay fresh.

The Milk-Bone “Brushing Chews” booth was a really popular line-up when we were at Woodbine Park.

"People and Dogs are Lined up for Milk-Bone Brushing Chews at Woofstock 2015 in Toronto" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Lined up for Milk-Bone Brushing Chews at Woofstock 2015 in Toronto” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

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Scarborough Arts Council hosts a Weekend of Poetry

The weekend event may be called “Poetry Came in Search of Me“, but you must go to the Scarborough Arts’ The Bluff Gallery at 1859 Kingston Road in Toronto to enjoy this taste of arts and culture. Oh… except for one other venue; read on and decide where you want to go.

All these dates are in late September 2015, in case you’re reading this in an archive.

"Map for Scarborough Arts on Kingston Road in Toronto" image (c) by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
“Map for Scarborough Arts on Kingston Road in Toronto” image (c) by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps

About “Poetry Came in Search…” 2015

Curator Anna Nieminen plans to showcase “a vibrant tradition of poetry that will hopefully promote the growth of Scarborough’s literary community” with readings and music from a variety of Canadian writers and other artists.

This poetry event in Toronto is just one of many forms of artistic expression under the Culture Days umbrella. Since 2010, this Canada-wide organization has hosted annual Culture Days events on the last weekend of September. Their goal is having “all Canadians in every community declaring ‘I Love Culture’ and making culture a daily habit.”

All these Poetry Came in Search… events, hosted by Scarborough Arts Council, are free. They do ask that you pre-register through EventBrite; each specific link is listed with its event.

Specific Poetry Events in 2015

The launch event takes place Thursday night, Sept. 24, from 6-8pm at The Bluffs Gallery. Guests include First Nations artists and several other published authors. You have a special opportunity to share your poetry during the Open Mic session. You may register online for Launch Night.

On Friday night from 6-8pm, Toronto’s Poet Laureate George Elliot Clarke is the featured reader. You may register online for the Friday night poetry reading.

Perhaps the Poetry Workshop and Tea Time is more your cup of tea. That’s on Saturday Sept. 26 from noon-4:30pm. Maureen Jennings, whose books inspired the Murdoch Mysteries TV series, is just one of the writers on tap for this event. You may register for the poetry workshop and tea online.

All three of the above poetry events take place at The Bluff Gallery on Kingston Road in Toronto.

Here’s the exceptional venue: the Scarborough Poetry Walk “runs” from 2-4:30pm on Sunday, starting from the Agincourt Library at 155 Bonis Avenue in Toronto. (Bonis Ave. links Birchmount and Kennedy; it’s a bit north of Sheppard Avenue). The walk goes through Ron Watson Park, just north of the Agincourt Plaza where the library is located. Besides the professional readings and performances, this is another chance to share your poetry with like-minded folk. They do want you to register online for the poetry walk, too.

For more information, please see the Scarborough Arts Council web site.

Brush Up on your Canadian Poetry

Brush up on your contemporary Canadian poetry by bringing Canadian Poetry 1920 to 1960 to your Kindle reader (or computer… just download Amazon.ca’s Kindle reader for free). At press time, this edition is on sale.

Or introduce your children to Canadian poetry with the Kindle version of Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee and Sandy Nichols.

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Black Creek Pioneer Village Hosts the 2015 Toronto Mennonite Festival

Black Creek Pioneer Village holds their Harvest Festival on the 3rd Saturday of September. The Toronto Mennonite Festival (TMF) participates in this annual autumn Toronto event with a quilt auction, food sales, and entertainment on Sept. 19, 2015.

"Three Modern Mennonite Hymnals on a Quilt" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Three Modern Mennonite Hymnals on a Quilt” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

What does the Toronto Mennonite Festival Support?

The Toronto Mennonite Festival had been known as the Black Creek Pioneer Village Relief Sale for decades, but re-branded itself a few years ago.

TMF continues to support Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), an inter-Mennonite agency committed to international aid and relief, community development, as well as peace and justice initiatives. For example, MCC partners with Citizenship and Immigration Canada to support international refugees, as introduced in “The Blended Refugee Sponsorship Project 2015“. Although the world’s attention recently turned to Syrian refugees, MCC also supports relief programs right in Syria; see their “Syria and Iraq Crisis” article.

Visit the Toronto Mennonite Festival 2015

What should you expect at the 2015 Toronto Mennonite Festival?

The doors open at 10am; buy some brunch from the food vendors, and listen to live music on the village green. This year, the Theatre of the Beat will perform part of Commemorate, their original play about the lingering effects of the War of 1812.

The quilt auction begins at noon; register ahead of time and review the quilts. This is the part that qualifies for my blog as a “frugal event”, if you can spot a bargain among the quilts, many hand-made by Mennonite or Amish quilters in central Ontario.

Plus, many of the Black Creek Pioneer Village heritage buildings are open, with their docents explaining life in the suburbs of Toronto, as of a century or two ago!

Learn more on the Toronto Mennonite Festival web site, which shows many of the quilts and lists specific food vendors. They also link to the Black Creek Pioneer Village web site; it’s good to know about their parking and admission costs.

Black Creek Pioneer Village is located at 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, off Steeles Ave. West, just east of Jane St. The TTC serves the Village, which is next door to York University, with the #60 Steeles West and Jane #35 bus routes.

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