We started off our day in the International Building, where you can find venders from across the world. It's a really huge building so we spent a lot of our day shopping and checking out the cool stuff each vender had to offer! If you're a person who has visited the CNE before some of the venders are the same as before and even have their stand in the same place! It didn't take me long to find the 'Products from Finland' stand! Another one of my favourite stands in the International Building would have to be the 'Products from Pakistan' because they had beautiful pieces made from onyx.
In the same building, there is a section for 'Products from TV' and I went on my journey to find Dr. Ho because I promised my cousin I'd take a picture with him. If you read the following blog, I added 'Finding Dr.Ho' to this years hopeful accomplishments, and he ... WASN'T THERE! And I wasn't ready to go find Vince, the 'Shamwow' guy because isn't he in jail? Haha!
(Wouldn't I look badass with a pic with Dr.Ho? )Later on in the day we went over to the food court to try out some of the foods people were raving about! Now since I wasn't really ready to eat deep-fryed Coke Cola or Doughnut Hamburgers, we took the safe route and tried 'The Colossol Onion'! We've seen it on the news and people have mentioned it in their youtube videos. Basically it's a Spanish onion cut like a flower and deep-fried. The meal is huge, which is probably why we spent $10 on a $1 onion! The batter was alright but I found pulling the onion off was very ackward and messy. My verdict: I wasn't very impressed and I wish they gave us more napkins! Our onion was huge, but wasn't such a 'Colossol' of a thing to try!
After the food court I had the chance to check out the 'Toronto Star Bandshell', where Canadian band 'My Darkest Days' with supporting act 'Jonas and the Massive Attraction' were to take stage at 7:30pm! We had found out they were playing a little too late and hadn't fit the concert into our schedule. So while roaming the grounds near the Bandshell I heard a bit of rehearsals, I filmed Jonas and the Massive Attraction but soon after when My Darkest Days were to take the stage for rehearsals a guy came up to me and asked if I was filming! However I got a little glimpse, so it wasn't so bad afterall.
Everyday at the Ex is Mardi Gras! Last time while the Mardi Gras parade was on we were stuck in the International Building and missed the parade! Luckily we got the chance to check it out this year! It's short and sweet, with 4 floats and 2 marching bands. The parade itself lasts about 10 minutes and happens everyday around 6pm. We left the parade with about 8 Jerry Beads, as we would call them! I still have mine from 2008! The Canadian Forces joined in on the parade and had their own display out on the grounds!
The last little bit of time we spent at the CNE we took the chance to go back into the International building. We hadn't seen all the stands and we wanted to go back to buy some stuff from some of the stands. We came across visual artist Daryl Maddeoux, who recently I had seen on a documentary on television. It was really cool to actually see him at work in person, was quite unique!
Of course, through all the madness we checked out the 'Arts, Crafts and Hobbies' building and I had bought some new stones to add to my collection (Amethyst, Flourite, Tiger's Eye)! We had also made our way to the 'Better Living Centre', which housed the 'The Farm' and 'Casino'. We skipped the Casino this year and just went into the farm!
Then it was time to go back home! I really enjoyed myself and reccomend others to go to the CNE if they are ever in Toronto at the end of the year! There's so much going on! From my previous post I explained how I missed Marianas Trench, which would have been an awesome show to attend. Here are some of the artists that made their way out to the CNE this year;
-Jonas and the Massive Attraction
-My Darkest Days
(The line-up will explain my music choices for the video, I had no idea what to use so I used a theme)
Did I meet all my goals this year?
- Uncover some of the greatest and weirdest foods the CNE has to offer (Check!)
- Explore the international building a little more and see if any venders are interested in sharing some stuff (We did some more exploring this year, however it was too crowded to ask the venders some stuff)
- Showing off goods from different countries (Not as much as I would have liked)
- Meet Dr. Ho finally, the past two years I missed him! ( $hit!)
- Try to catch up on some of the interesting music and artists at the CNE (FAIL!)
- Last but not least capture hilarous moments as always (Check! Too bad to show ahaha!)
My exhibition goals for 2012;
- More music!
- Plan to arrive for shows
- Film in HD w/ DSLR
- Meet more people (God forbid I have to return to find Dr.Ho again lol)