Hot Summer Nights with Salsa Music

 

Summer is in full swing with plenty to do and events to attend. Although it feels like I’ve done nothing in the summer with many days where I just want to rest, it has been filled with picnics, socializing, events, festivals……. and music. Given that most events do include music, I signed up to learn samba music a few months ago. It’s a very casual environment with a leader who is full of smiles, laughter and charisma. I look forward to the end of (or start of) every week with classes. It takes place every Sunday evening. It allows everyone enough time to do what they want for the weekend before coming in. It is very non-committal also since we pay for drop in classes. So flexible. And it fills my soul to be able to play the music I love.

One of my favourite places is Mississauga’s Celebration Square.

Since it’s inception on June 22, 2011, it has played host to several events including many cultural festivals, ribfests, movie nights, fitness Wednesdays, streamed many sporting events including World Soccer, opening ceremony of Pan Am Games (Toronto) as well as NBA 2019 Finals (Jurassic Park West). Events often include many local performers, including my capoeira group on at least a couple of occasions for Canada Day. On it’s first Canada Day Celebration, Shawn Desman and Fefe Dobson performed. A councilor pitched to have the street between the square and city hall closed for the summer to be used as a pedestrian walk. It was so successful that it has now become a tradition to close this street every year.

It is a fantastic venue. It is centralized in the downtown core with access by car or transit. It’s the best option to those who don’t want to have to commute to Toronto for events and outings.

Here is a look at three videos captured from Friday, August 2nd. It continues all weekend until Sunday evening.

 

 

 

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Winter in Cootes Paradise

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I haven’t been out much to do walks the last few years. I’d like to get to it eventually and make it a regular thing, even if it’s as short as 20 minutes a day. Any walk is better than none. I usually don’t like to create New Year’s resolutions because they end up as big fails. I learned to create goals for weekends where I can commit more time to doing things. Creating an unofficial list of things to do, I feel I achieve more. There will be days of course where things just need to be attended to, i.e. my needy cats who want attention. Today for example, I think I spent the first five waking hours of canoodling my cats all the while trying to get breakfast together. This weekend being a long weekend (Family Day on Monday), I think it’s excusable. Other days, I just put them in a room and get to my list of things to do.

Some of the more simple things I can do on a weekday where my spare time is short and I’m tired is do stretches while watching t.v. and cook as little as possible to be able to spend more time with cats (cook on weekends and store).

Without much further ado, aside from snow tubing, I managed to get to the waterfront in the city and photograph the frozen lake. It has been on my hit list for the last few years since I noticed people walking on the lake every winter. I’ve even seen a wind surfer.

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Autumn Equinox

For the first day of fall, here are images from past years covering some of Ontario’s nature trails, some of which are a part of the Bruce Trail that spans 890km.

 

Dundas Peak

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Devil’s Punchbowl Conservation AreaDevil's Punch Bowl, Hamilton//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

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Tiffany Falls
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Cootes Paradise

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Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

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Upper King’s Forest Park
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Toronto, Ontario

A time lapse video of the Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square and a view of the Toronto skyline at dawn set to a song called Investigative Medium.