So it seems that we are now in the clear in Canada and the bbq and patio season is here to stay. Time to finally call up your friends or gathered your loved ones and head outdoors to enjoy the endless list of activities on offer as the summer solstice arrives yet one more time.
If you happen to be in the Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario and are trying to figure out which festivals not to miss this season, then pay close attention. Your to-do list must include the Hamilton James Street Supercrawl. You heard right…HAMILTON!
Heading into its 6th season, the Supercrawl showcases the local artistic and cultural community of this historic and up-and-coming neighbourhood. Having set a record attendance (100,000 people), the Supecrawl hosts musicians, artists, local business owners, chefs, and an all-ages crowd of people just looking to have a good time. Just wonder up and down good old St. James Street and you’ll be sure to find a delicious treat, a compelling art performance, some folky tunes, or just a wall to draw on and really get involve.
So mark down your calendars: September 12-14, 2014. Believe me…you don’t wanna miss it! For more information on these year’s music and performance lineup visit http://www.supercrawl.ca
I have to confess…it took me several visits to New York City to finally venture out to Brooklyn (if only I had known better…). Fortunately for me and thanks to my amazing guides (Moeko and Kaoruko Nitohbe), I got a taste of the best that Brooklyn has to offer.
A visit to Brooklyn has got to be on the top of anyone’s “to-see” list for a saturday in New York City. After hopping on the Q Broadway Express in Manhattan, we got off at the Atlantic-Pacific metro station. The first thing that hit us was the new Barclays Centre, home of the new Brooklyn Nets, and a hard-to-miss black and modern structure that contrasts Brooklyn’s typical architectural style. From here on, the day was full of excitement and beauty: vintage hunting at the Brooklyn Flea Market (http://www.brooklynflea.com/markets/), delicious treats and beautiful panoramic views of Manhattan at the Smorgasburg at Williamsburg, a tasty pour over coffee at the Blue Bottle Café (http://www.bluebottlecoffee.com), an unexpected live band at Radegast Hall (http://www.radegasthall.com), and the overall eclecticism of the people, the places, and the things this very hip and trendy borough has to offer.
I am definitely looking forward to my next visit.