For the past ten days, Toronto has been playing host to the 100th Grey Cup Festival, leading up to today’s big Grey Cup game at the Rogers Centre. Although the festivities are drawing to a close, they’re certainly set to go out with a bang as the Grey Cup Pre-Game Party kicks off at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre today at 1:00 PM, followed by the game itself at 6:00 PM.
For the next nine days, Toronto will be filled with happy sports fans as the 100th Grey Cup Festival takes over the city, making appearances at City Hall, the Scotiabank Theatre, Yonge-Dundas Square, and the Rogers Centre.
Thanks to our talented filmmakers, locations, and studios, Toronto has become a major destination for film production, but game development is starting to be a big deal as well, and that is at least partially thanks to Ubisoft Toronto’s new state-of-the-art performance capture studio that is now being used to develop Splinter Cell Blacklist.
SyFy’s new series Defiance debuts on television next April, but it’s starting to feel much closer after I had a chance to do a set visit earlier this week, which revealed a lot about the series, and what we can expect to see when it brings aliens to our vastly different planet in the not-too-distant future.
For the first time I’m attending the SyFy Digital Press Tour as it lands in Toronto, and based on the dinner alone tonight at C5 restaurant inside the Royal Ontario Museum, it’s a fantastic event for folks like me who love genre television.
Normally I don’t post publicity stunts because, honestly, they are usually pretty dull, but something grabbed my attention today when I saw that Mr. “Prometheus”, the Engineer, had dropped by Toronto to promote the film Prometheus on Blu-ray and DVD.
The first-ever JFL42 festival hit the streets of Toronto from September 21 to 28, bringing together comedy, music, dance, art, and technology in a diverse mix of 42 shows around the city. For most festival-goers though, the focus was definitely on comedy, with shows by the likes of Louis CK, Amy Schumer, Patton Oswalt, and Todd Barry.
Earlier this week, Sam “The Record Man” Sniderman passed away at the age of 92, and since then, the legendary music supporter and business man has been remembered for everything he did for the music industry in Canada.
For anyone over the age of 25, it’s hard to understate the importance of Sam The Record Man, both the store and the man. It’s also fair to say that music in Canada would not be what it is today if it wasn’t for his support.
Toronto’s Fan Expo is getting bigger and bigger every year. This year organizers expect 80,000 fans to visit the stars, vendors, and take in sessions, and the halls are packed with exhibitors of all shapes and sizes–from artists to big companies like CTV, THQ, Marvel, and Walt Disney.
Friday was the first day of the 2012 Canadian National Exhibition, kicking off the event’s 133rd year entertaining Toronto, and, of course, I had to stop by over the weekend with Aisha to take in a few of the sights.