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Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Canadian Tire Turns 100

Canadian Tire Turns 100 Celebration

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address:  169 Bastedo Avenue
Date:  July 2022
Website:  www.canadiantire.ca

  This year Canadian Tire is celebrating their 100 year anniversary.  Canadian Tire stores sell more than just tires and have been providing automotive, hardware, houseware and sporting good needs to Canadians for a century.  As part of the celebrations, they worked with local residents in order to turn a Toronto street into a giant beach party for the Canada Day weekend.  Up and down Bastedo Avenue there were giant inflatable pool floats on every front lawn.

Flamingoes Bastedo Avenue Canadian Tire Celebration

   We are not sure how the theme for each yard was chosen.  Did the homeowners help set up the displays or did Canadian Tire send in a team?  There were lots of yards with flamingo filled displays.

Yoga Flamingoes Canadian Tire 100 Years Celebration

     Some of the flamingoes were more chill than the others.  The flamingoes above were taking part in a yoga session. 

Dinosaurs Candian Tire 100 Celebration

     Another popular theme was dinosaurs.  In the corporate world some may say that Canadian Tire is a dinosuar.  Meaning that the company is old, not that it is no longer relevant.
 
Dinosaur Bastedo Avenue Canadian Tire

  Candian Tire is far from extinct.  Despite being one hundred years old, their website boasts over 500 stores and that 90 % of all Canadians are only 15 minutes away from a Canadian Tire store.

Blue Canadian Tire Truck With Ice Cream.

  Parked up and down the street were some brightly painted pickup trucks.  This blue truck was full of ice cream.

Pink Canadian Tire Truck Full Of Beach Balls.

    This pink truck was carrying a load of Canadian Tire beach balls.

Yellow Canadian Tire Truck With Crocodiles.

    There was a yellow truck carrying a flamingo, a pineapple and a pair of crocodiles.

Canadian Tire Unicorn Floaties.

    Seeing a unicorn was not an unsual thing on Bastedo Avenue that day.  The largest unicorn floaties were up to 16 feet long and could hold about 5 adults.  One of them would take up the whole pool and leave no room for little Johnnie to test out his water wings.

Peacock Bastedo Avenue Canaidn Tire 100 Years.

    One of the yards had a nice display with a single peacock in front of their bushes.

 A Flock Of Lawn Ornaments Canadian Tire Celebration

    Other yards did not subscribe to the theory that less is more.  This yard had quite the flock and variety of birds.  If Canadian Tire is offering you free lawn ornaments why say no?

 Canadian Tire Bastedo Avenue Umbrellas In Yard.

    Another yard had a whale and a variety of umbrellas.  Luckily the weather was perfect all weekend or this display may have been picked clean by people needing to "borrow" an umbrella.

Llama Floaties And Giant Donut Canadian Tire 100 Year Celebration.

    We started to get a bit hungry as we walked past donuts that were half eaten by grazing llamas.

Giant Floatie Melon Flamingo And Pineapple On Bastedo Avenue Toronto

    We started to feel like we needed some refreshment after looking at all these displays of watermelons, pineapples and pink lemonade coloured flamingoes.  

Gelato On The Danny.

    Thankfully at the top of Bastedo Avenue you can find Gelato On The Danny which can stop hunger and provide refreshment all in one shot.  With gelato cups in hand we headed back south through the beach party once more.

Snail Sprinkler Canadian Tire Walk Slow.

   A sign beside a giant snail told us to walk slow.  Not a problem now as we worked on eating spoonfulls of our gelato.  We were wondering how these floaties stayed upright and if you just kind of hung through the snail shell.  Then we checked the Canadian Tire website and realized these are actually sprinkler snails.  You hook it up to your hose and jump through the hoop to beat the summer heat.

Inflatable Cows From Canadian Tire 100 Year Celebration

    There was one yard where a group of inflatable cows had been properly fenced in.  Much safer than the flamingoes, unicorns and dinosaurs allowed to just roam free in other front yards.

Canadian Tire Chalk Drawing Bastedo Avenue

    One driveway had a different approach.  Someone has drawn a 3D chalk drawing of a canoe headed over a tall waterfall.  These types of drawings mess with your perspective and trick your mind.  We are not sure if the chalk was donated by Canadian Tire.

Killer Whales In A Canoe At Canadian Tire 100 Years Celebration

    There was a yard which had killer whales inside canoes and on a floatation device.  We are not sure why these intelligent creatures would need this mode of transport when they are such excellent swimmers.  Most likely they had just recently displaced the human occupants.

Summer Of The Century Celebration

     Canadian Tire has called this their Summer Of The Century Celebration.  We hope they have more events like this across Canada so everyone gets a chance to help them ring in their one hundreth year.


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Summer Of The Century Celebration

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Monday, 20 June 2022

Kick-Ass In Hamilton

Capri Pizza Hamilton Ontario

 Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Address: 25 John St N
Date: May 2015
Website: capriristorante.ca

    The Capri Restaurant in downtown Hamilton has been there since the early 1960s. We have visited several times through the years and it has undergone some changes.  We were once allowed to take a peek at the famous Blue Grotto room upstairs which is designed like a blue cave.  We have also been lucky enough to visit the site of a historic ass kicking in the parking lot out back.  Sadly, this appears to have been turned into a construction site building new condominiums.

Capri Pizza Old Look Hamilton Ontario

    When we first visited Capri it still had its original look.  A mural on the wall, round tables and bright colours with dim lighting.  It has since been renovated with a more modern look.  Change is always inevitable. 

Capri Pizza & Spaghetti Sign Hamilton Ontario

     The wall at the back of the building was painted to read Capri Pizza & Spaghetti.  In the movie Kick-Ass, this is where Kick-Ass comes across a couple of car thieves and makes his first attempt to be a hero.

Capri Pizza Parking Lot Hamilton

     Unfortunately, Kick-Ass and his baton are no match for the two thieves.  Kick-Ass ends up getting stabbed in the stomach.

Capri Pizza Parking Lot Hamilton.

    As his attackers run away, an injured Kick-Ass stumbles out into the street.  Now for a bit of movie magic.  Note the interlocking brick roadway.  A car hits Kick-Ass and he flies up over the roof.

Mary Street As Seen In Kick-Ass In Hamilton

    Kick-Ass lands with a thud on the ground.  Not only is he now lying on an asphalt road, but he is also two blocks over on Mary Street.  The car that hit him speeds away past the Hamilton Vision Centre.  The movies mix a bit of reality with fantasy.  You can visit what is left of the Capri Pizza parking lot and area, but be sure to come inside and enjoy a very real meal.


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Kick-Ass In The Street , Capri Pizza Parking Lot
Capri Family Restaurant

Post # 312

Friday, 20 May 2022

Moose In The City

Moose In The City

   In the year 2000, Toronto mayor Mel Lastman and the founder of McDonald's Canada decided to unleash about 300 moose into the city.  Originally, businesses purchased a fibreglass moose and it was uniquely painted by an artist. Now over 22 years later these moose can still be found popping up in unexpected places.   This is a list of the moose we have managed to track down, in no particular order.  All but one of them can be found in Ontario, Canada. Visit them while you can as you never know when they may be off to a new home.


1 ) World Famous Moose  (1 McDonald's Place, North York)

World Famous Moose McDona;d's Headquarters Toronto

    This moose stands outside McDonald's Canada Headquarters.  Its plaque says it is "World Famous Moose".  We think it should be called Ronald McMoose after the character it resembles.

Giant McCafe Outside McDonald's Canada Headquarters

   As an added bonus, this moose is located right next to a giant McCafe coffee cup.

2)  Lucky Moose  (393 Dundas Street West, Toronto)

Lucky Moose Food Mart Dundas Street West

    Lucky Moose stands on top of the Lucky Moose Food Mart.  The market might even have been named after the moose.  The logo on the sign however, has the horns of a cow.

3)  ATS Moose  (100 Vaughan Valley Blvd, Woodbridge)

 Moose In The City ATS Vaughan

    This all red moose stands in front of ATS Healthcare which provides temperature controlled transportation for medical purposes.


4)  Bay Street Moose  (4241 Dundas St W, Etobicoke)

Gibson's Cleaners Moose In The City

    This moose is wearing his best suit and is ready for some wheeling and dealing on Bay Street.  When the day is done he is up on the roof of Gibson's Cleaners to get his suit dry cleaned.

5)  Yellow Moose  (1900 Steeles Ave W, Concord)

Alpa Lumber Moose In The City

An all yellow moose with a few blue highlights stands out front of Alpa Lumber Group.

6)  Impact Tools Moose  (1170 The Queensway, Etobicoke
 
 Impact Tools Moose In The City

    Another all yellow moose is up on the roof of Impact Tools.  This one is wearing some sort of protective vest.

7)  Santa Moose  (50 Bonnie Dr, Simcoe, ON)
 
Simcoe Christmas Panorama Moose

   Out in Simcoe, Ontario they do a special Christmas Panorama each winter.  Santa Moose who originally stood outside Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto makes a special appearance every year.

8)  Bluewinkle Moose  (8200 Warden Ave., Unionville)

     This moose is rumoured to be in the lobby area of the IBM Canada Software Lab.  This is a private company building so we are not sure if we will ever manage a visit before this moose moves on.

  9)  Centreville Moose  (Centreville Amusement Park, Toronto Islands)

Centreville Moose & Touring Cars

   This moose we know is no longer where we spotted it many years ago.  We were busy taking pictures of the touring cars we enjoyed riding in as children when this moose snuck into the shot.

  10) Cherry Shirt Moose  (1405 Denison St, Markham)

Cherry Shirt Moose In The City Denison Street
 
    This moose is wearing a cherry shirt, jean shorts and little red shoes. Also maybe too much blush?

10 ) CuJo Moose  (1037 Little Britain Rd, Little Britain)

Curtis Joseph Moose In Little Britain

      This moose out in the town of Little Britain is named after legendary Toronto Maple Leaf goalie Curtis Joseph.  While you are there you can get some sweet treats at the Buttertarts 'N More store.

Buttertarts N More Little Britain


11 ) Florence Moosingale  (396 Moore Ave, Toronto)

 Florence Moosingale Moose In The City

    This moose is located outside of Integracare. Integracare provides health care services.  The moose was named after Florence Nightingale who was the founder of modern nursing.  Florence Moosingale could be the founder of modern moosing.

12 ) St. Clement's Moose  (21 St Clements Ave, Toronto)

St. Clement's Private School Moose In The City

    St. Clement's is a private school for girls and at least one moose.  This moose is all dressed up in the school uniform.
 
13 ) Global Moose  (222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto)

 Global Moose In The City Metro Convention Centre

    This moose was found inside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  He is wearing a nice suit with flags from around the world.
 
14 ) Mountie Moose  (430 Pine St, Waubaushene)

     This moose used to be seen hanging around the CN Tower but has since changed locations.  He was all dressed up like the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  When a beloved moose mascot named Wauby was damaged at a truck stop in Waubaushene it is rumoured that the Mountie was sent in to save the day. 

15 ) Angus Moose  (231 Mill St, Angus)

     Formerly known as Marty, this moose is now called Angus after the town where it resides.  At some point it is rumoured to be placed near the drive-thru of the local McDonald's.  It was repainted by local students when it moved from its original home at the Universal Studios offices in North York.

16 ) Northwest Moose  (20 Wynford Drive, Toronto)

Northwest Moose In North York

 
     This moose is blue and white and stands outside a medical centre just across the steet from the Aga Khan Museum.  

17 ) Incredible Moose  (30 St. Regis Crescent N, North York)

Incredible Printing Moose In The City

     This colourful moose is standing outside of Incredible Printing.  It has different type faces on it.
 
18 ) Zeus Moose  (169 South Rd, Devonshire, Bermuda)

     This is the only moose on our list that is not in Ontario, Canada.  He can be found wearing his Bermuda shorts in the land that invented them.   He moved from Canada to the Bermuda Botanical Gardens, in Bermuda of course.

19 ) Computer Common's Moose  (2000 Simcoe St N, Oshawa)

     This moose may not have been part of Moose In The City, but it sure looks the part.  This silver moose can be found in the Gordon Willey Building of Durham College.
  
20 ) Canadian Crane Moose Trio  (60 Saunders Rd, Barrie)
 
     These three moose can be seen on the roof of the Canadian Crane building as you head northbound into Barrie on the 400 Highway.  We haven't had a chance to get a good photo yet.  We are either speeding past headed north or distracted as we slowly stop and start headed southbound with the cottage country traffic.  Perhaps the Good Life Fitness parking lot on the west side of Highway 400 would give us a good view to finally get a picture. 

21 ) Green & Ross Moose  (3899 Highway 7, Woodbridge)

HWY 7 Green & Ross Moose In The City

     This green moose is outside of an Active Green + Ross Tire And Automotive Centre.  

22 ) Stanley Moose  (St Leonards Ave and Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto)

Mount Pleasant & St Leonards Moose in The City

     This moose can be spotted looking off of the roof of a private residence along Mount Pleasant Road.  

23 ) Police Moose  (40 College St, Toronto)

Toronto Police Museum Moose In The City.

     Police Moose is ready to serve and protect at the Toronto Police Headquarters.  He even has a moose calf with him helping to keep watch over the Police Museum.   

241 ) Kennedy Road Moose  (2 Antrim Crescent, Scarborough)

Kennedy Road Scarborough Moose in The City
 
     The Kennedy Road Business Association sponsors this moose.  The moose thanks you for supporting the many businesses located between Lawrence Avenue and the 401.
 
Thank You For Shopping At Kennedy Road.
  
25 ) Excalibur Moose  (100 Princes' Blvd , Toronto)
 
Excalibur Moose CNE Grounds

     This moose was found hiding down the hallway on the far east end of the Enercare Centre (Formerly Direct Energy Centre).  He has scenes from years of the Canadian National Exhibition painted on his body.  He also has golden antlers and wears a crown.
 
Well, there are about 25 moose we have found for you.  Only a couple of hundred more to go.  If anyone has recently found a missing moose let us know in the comments.  We will update this list if we locate any more on our travels.