Ms. AfriCanada 2012

Miss Africanada last weekend featured some very hot ladies of all shapes and sizes.  We know the definition of beauty to Africans in many ways contradict North American standards, as they appreciate; celebrate both curves and some thickness.

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Caribbean Carnival Toronto

Ok, so its me taken over a week to post my carnival pictures. I was sorting out shots of people taken from the front rather than ‘the behind’. Temptation to shoot from the back is ever present on a day like this. As you may have noticed, the carnival is now called Caribbean Carnival Toronto and no longer Caribana. Lots of people I know have grown out of walking the parade; nonetheless, it’s never shy in attendance. It seems to be gaining new fans as fast as its losing older ones. When I ask friends if they are attending this year, I mostly get a flat no or a lazy sitting on the fence type response, which in reality turns out to be the same thing. However, most of them still have their post-carnival events and festivities planned like boat cruises, parties, barbecues, to mention a few.

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Festival of India – 40th

Always wanted to get on the ferry and cross over to Centre Island, I got a chance to do just that last weekend. The 40th Annual Festival of India took place on the island. To board the ferry, you’ll have to get to the Queens Quay dock which is actually quite convenient by TTC. I got off the subway at Union Station and walked for about 10mins to the dock. There’s also a street car that goes there from the station in less time, if you choose not to walk. Ferry fare for adults is $7 round trip, travel time on water to the island is no more than 15mins.

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Afrofest

After years of attending Afrofest at Queens Park, many were concerned when news came of the venue being changed. Not knowing what kind of reaction the change would cause, some feared the future of the event was on the fence. From what I saw last weekend, dismiss all worries folks, Afrofest is still a banger!

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Salsa on St.Clair

Afrofest was the chosen destination for the days’ outing but since already downtown, I made a quick stop at the Salsa festival on St.Clair. Approaching the closed off street, soon heard was the melody of musical instruments prevalent to the culture, pulling visitors in. Once inside it was hard to focus, I felt like my senses were being teased all at once. The mixed aroma of different edibles in the air, the colorful jewelry and clothing being sold, the music and people dancing, this party was ALIVE!

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Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day y’all. It was a beautiful day, the weather couldn’t have been better.  With celebrations going down all over the city, I was out to take pictures with two words in mind – Maple Leaf.

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Luminato

Whenever I walk downtown and see groups of people flocking in the same direction, then hear what seems to be live music from a distance, its almost a reflex reaction to tail the crowd to the center of attraction. That’s how I found myself at Luminato, watching the last stage performance of the day, featuring the music artist – K’Naan.

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Woofstock

Remember the song “who let the dogs out”? Hmmmm…I wonder what ever happened to those guys, a one hit wonder I suppose. Anyway, I heard that track play repeated last Sunday and yeahhhh….I was into it. It was my first time at this event labelled Woofstock which apparently takes place every year.

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Carassauga 2012

Last weekend brought in some good weather, calling for outdoor activity. Looking outside and feeling that itch in my feet, I scooted down to Carassauga to check it out. My 1st “wow” was entering the parking lot of the Hersheys Centre where some of pavilions for this event were set up. Past scavenging for a parking space, I braced myself for a “shoulder rubbing-breaking through a crowd” evening, and yup…..this time I called it right.

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