Toronto’s chances of hosting the 2020 Olympics were shot down, thanks to Rob Ford ending the city’s bid. The reason behind his decision were his concerns for costs and the city’s $774-million deficit. He felt Toronto was not in a good financial position to host the games. Was this a good decision from the mayor’s office? What are your thoughts? There are two sides to this argument: spending money will bring money to the city, when it comes to tourism and it will put Toronto on the map. But then, the G20 was also supposed to do that…yet it brought the city debt. Hard to predict which direction Toronto would go, but the Olympics also help to build cities, transportation infrastructure and impose deadlines that prove beneficial in the long-term. What might otherwise take 10 years to build gets fast-tracked. Toronto hosting the Pan Am Games 2015 would also have increased the attractiveness of our city as an Olympic host, as some of the infrastructure would already be in place. The best part of the Olympics is the spirit and excitement it can bring to a city. We saw this in Vancouver. Unfortunately, Toronto will miss out. Although Olympic 2020 won’t be Toronto’s, at least we have the Pan Am Games to look forward to, in 2015.
As for events that Rob Ford has not vetoed, and will still be taking place in Toronto, here’s your Weekly Slice of what’s going on in and around town:
- Cirque du Soleil Totem, a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind, has arrived in Toronto and will go on until October 9th. Acts include foot jugglers, roller skaters, trapeze, devil sticks, hoop dancers and unicycles.
- Open Roof Festival, an outdoor film festival, takes place under the stars every Thursday night (until September 1st) and features a live band, a film and refreshments. It’s at Amsterdam Brewery. Buy tickets ahead, as it gets sold out.
- Catch the York-Eglinton International Street Festival August 12-14. You’ll find buskers, vendors, carnival, sidewalk sale, mini-golf and even a fashion show.
- Fortune Cooking Food Festival is taking place at Harbourfront this weekend (Aug 12-14). Head over to experience Pan-Asian culture from music, tastings to an Iron Chef competition.
- India Day is being celebrated Saturday, Aug 13 at Yonge & Dundas Square. Aside from music, food and live entertainment, a parade will also take place at 11am along Yonge Street.
- Head out to Rastafest on Saturday, August 13 at Downsview Park for music, dance, drumming, crafts, concerts with national reggae artists and more.
- Foodies, here’s another alternative to spend your weekend, at the Conscious Food Festival. Here you can “experience a range of activities that highlight the connection between the earth and our plates”.
- Pop-Up Concert Number Three, described on its Facebook page as “a renegade musical performance by Lenni Jabour, Alex McMaster (cello) and Anna Atkinson (viola), who perform original songs on unused pianos that exist in random public spaces downtown” is something to experience this Sunday, Aug 14. It’s at a mystery location. You have to message Lenni Jabour off the event’s Facebook page for it.
- Continuing this week:
- SummerWorks Theatre Festival wraps up this Sunday, August 14th. This Fringe-style event is the largest juried festival in Canada and features predominantly original plays. SummerWorks Music Series also caps off Saturday (Aug 13)
- The 29th Annual Canadian Stage Dream features Shakespeare’s romantic comedy The Winter’s Tale, presented by Canadian Stage in High Park.
- AGO‘s exclusive exhibition of Abstract Expressionist New York: Masterpieces from the Museum of Modern Art on now until September 4th.
- Outdoor Movies: TIFF in the Park‘s Wednesday free summer-long outdoor screenings of classic musicals (at David Pecaut Square FKA Metro Square) continue this week, as does Movies Under the Stars free Friday movie nights at Downsview Park.
- Music in the City: Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert Listings. Highlights: Aug 13 & 14, Britney‘s back for her Femme Fatale Tour with Nicki Minaj at the ACC. Aug 16th, Def Leppard rocks the Molson Ampitheatre.
Feel free to add any events or suggestions in the comment section below. Have a great weekend!