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The Toronto Beaches Arts and Crafts Festival for Spring 2015

One of my favourite annual Toronto spring events is the Beaches Arts and Crafts Festival. Since I’ve covered it before, here is a quick summary.

"Kew Gardens in Toronto" image by Linda N. under CC license
“Kew Gardens in Toronto” image by Linda N. under CC license

Quick Facts about the 2015 Beaches Arts and Crafts Festival

The Beaches Arts and Crafts Show showcases some 150 Canadian artisans, designers and artists.  The show and sale runs Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14, from 10-6. Admission is free; you can enter a draw for free prizes (including a weekend flight to Ottawa via Porter Airlines); but just see if you can get away without buying something!

The venue is Kew Gardens in Toronto, which is on the south side of Queen St. East, a few blocks east of Woodbine Ave. The best access is via the 501 Queen streetcar. You could take the #2 Bloor-Danforth subway and the 92 Woodbine South bus, then transfer onto the 501 streetcar. Or bicycle along the Martin Goodman Trail.

This year the festival’s theme is “Handmade for you”, highlighting the unique craftsmanship on display. The arts and crafts include fashion items, jewelry, leather goods, natural skin care products, and visual arts.

Kew Gardens is a lovely place in its own right, but the Beaches Arts and Crafts Festival makes it a very special and busy place.

Besides supporting Canadian artists exhibiting their work, the Beaches Arts and Crafts Festival itself supports Neighbourhood Link Support Services of East Toronto. Neighbourhood Link assists children and youth, seniors, and people seeking employment or housing.

Be inspired by the art, or be inspired by the range of services Neighbourhood Link provides.

Feel free to refer to my previous article, “The 2013 Spring Beaches Arts and Crafts Show in Toronto” to see whether anything has changed dramatically.

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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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Finding the 2015 Victoria Day Fireworks in Toronto

Where can you find Victoria Day Fireworks in Toronto this year?  One venue offers a free fireworks display as an annual Toronto event; and there’s another where you can pay to watch a day earlier.

Either way, celebrating Victoria Day is an annual spring event in Toronto that brings all of us together to “ooh and aah” at the bursts of fiery colour.

"Fireworks" image by Karen Blaha (Vironevaeh) under a  Creative Commons license
“Fireworks” image by Karen Blaha (Vironevaeh) under a Creative Commons license

Victoria Day Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay: an Annual Toronto Event

Ashbridges Bay, in the eastern Beaches area, hosts an annual fireworks display every Victoria Day. This is on the true statutory holiday, Monday May 18, 2015.

Keep these five key points in mind to fully enjoy this event:

  • Arrive early. The fireworks should start at 9:45pm. Plan to be on site by 9pm at the latest. Here’s why:
  • The streets and sidewalks will be packed. The nearest streets are usually closed; and every parking spot will be full long before you arrive.
  • The TTC will do a great job, but the 22 Coxwell bus won’t push aside the cars in its way. Nor will the 501 Queen streetcars.
  • Lots of families will walk with their young children.
  • Bring a jacket; wear comfy shoes. If you spend a few daylight hours at the beach, protect yourself from sunburn.

Ashbridges Bay is south of Lake Shore Blvd East, at the foot of Coxwell Ave. It’s a short walk south from Queen St. and the streetcar, and even shorter from the southern end of the bus route.

Ride your bike to find Ashbridges Bay along the Martin Goodman Trail. If you’re coming from downtown, note that the trail has been closed inside Clarke Beach Park (just east from “Cherry Beach”) for months. Take Unwin Ave. instead. And remember your lights… it will be dark!

The ever-alert Beaches Living Guide includes this annual Toronto event in their current Beaches Living Guide events listing.

Victoria Day Fireworks at Canada’s Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland also presents fireworks on several annual holidays; but they choose Sunday night, May 17, 2015 to honour the British monarch’s birthday. Yes, you may celebrate 2015 Victoria Day early!

The fireworks start around 10pm, at Wonder Mountain. If you visit Canada’s Wonderland for the day, be aware that some rides may close early for safety reasons. Of course you have to pay to enter the site.

If you need to learn more about Canada’s Wonderland, their “Fireworks at Canada’s Wonderland” page should be a good starting point.

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