davemerrill: (milky)
Mostly for my own reference.

Sunday, October 6th
Toronto Toy Fair "Octoyberfest" 2013
Toscana Banquet & Conference Centre, Hilton Garden Inn,
3201 Highway 7 West, Vaughan
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: 9 am $10, 10 am $5
For more information email Shane at totoyfair@gmail.com

Sunday, October 6th
Ancaster Nostalgia And Small Antique Show And Sale
Featuring Small Antiques, Vintage Toys, Vintage Paper and other Vintage Collectibles
Marritt Hall, on the new Ancaster Fairgrounds, at 630 Trinity Road in Ancaster
Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: $5.00 per person
For more information email Ian at toyshow@kwic.com

Sunday, October 6th
West Toronto Sports Cards, Comics and Toys Show
Toronto Plaza Airport Hotel, 1677 Wilson Ave, Toronto
Hours: 10 am to 4 pm
Admission is $2 or $5 per family
For more information email westtocardshow@gmail.com


The Toronto Musical Collectables Record & CD Sale
Next Show Date: October 20, 2013
Location: Capitol Banquet Centre
Address: 6435 Dixie Road, Mississauga, ON
Admission Price: $5 general
On site parking available: Yes


Oct 20,2013
41st Annual Canada's Greatest Toy Collector's Show & Sale
Featuring
diecast and white metal, trains, dolls, tinplate,
cast iron, plastic, books and toy related literature
7180 Edwards Blvd
Mississauga, Ontario
admission $10.00 ($1.00 off coupon on website)
9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

The Record Guys Show
SUNDAY November 3rd, 2013 (11:00am until 4:00pm)
LOCATION
958 Broadview Ave
The Estonian House Banquet Hall
(near the DVP, just North of Danforth)
Admission $5.00
Free Parking



Sunday, November 17th
West Toronto Sports Cards, Comics and Toys Show
Toronto Plaza Airport Hotel, 1677 Wilson Ave, Toronto
Hours: 10 am to 4 pm
Admission is $2 or $5 per family

For more information email westtocardshow@gmail.com


Sunday, December 1st
Ancaster Nostalgia And Small Antique Show And Sale
Featuring Small Antiques, Vintage Toys, Vintage Paper and other Vintage Collectibles
Marritt Hall, on the new Ancaster Fairgrounds, at 630 Trinity Road in Ancaster
Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: $5.00 per person
For more information email Ian at toyshow@kwic.com


Sunday, December 15th
Ancaster Toy And Collectibles Extravaganza
Featuring new and old Die Cast Toys, Action Figures, Coins, Sports Cards, Comics, and other Pop Culture Collectibles
Marritt Hall, on the new Ancaster Fairgrounds, at 630 Trinity Road in Ancaster
Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: $4.00 per person
For more information email Ian at toyshow@kwic.com



Sunday, December 15th
West Toronto Sports Cards, Comics and Toys Show
Toronto Plaza Airport Hotel, 1677 Wilson Ave, Toronto
Hours: 10 am to 4 pm
Admission is $2 or $5 per family

For more information email westtocardshow@gmail.com



Sunday, December 29th
Hamilton Toy and Collectible Show
Michelangelo's Banquet Centre 1555 Upper Ottawa St. Hamilton ON
Hours: 10 am to 3 pm
Admission: $3
For more information email Larry at sassea04@yahoo.ca



Sunday, January 19, 2014
Burlington Toy Show
Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre 3063 South Service Road
9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Early Entry $10, General Admission $5
For more information email Steve at info@gtacons.com
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Anime North is coming up and I know that a few of my pals are coming up for the con, so here are some tips about visiting Toronto!

You will have to cross an international border. You need a passport, and you need a plausible reason to visit, and you will need that passport to get back home, and you'll need a plausible explanation for what you did in Canada, and you shouldn't mention weed, or how their questions are stupid and you shouldn't have to answer them. Customs and Immigration on both sides of the border can pretty much do whatever they want with you, so be polite.


"Tim Horton's" is a donut shop. Lots of them are open 24 hours. Also called "Timmy's". More or less Dunkin' Donuts. There are a few Krispy Kremes here, one out Mavis Rd. and one on Harbord in the Annex.

"Poutine" is french fries with cheese and gravy and occasionally other toppings. There's plenty of it about if you should want some.

We have McDonalds and Wendys and KFC and Subway and Burger King and Five Guys. We also have Harvey's and Acme Burger and Swiss Chalet, which you don't have. There are plenty of overpriced Applebee's places like Montana's or Kelsey's (think O'Charleys or Ruby Tuesday's), and there's generally never any reason to eat there. There are also Applebee's. Also tons of great non-chain restaurants, please.

We have Wal-Marts, don't worry. The Zellers chain is being replaced by Targets, and you're not missing much, Zellers was more or less K-mart.

The big drugstore chain is Shopper's Drug Mart. Grocery chains are Loblaws, Metro, Sobey's, No Frills, and Price Chopper.

You buy your beer at the Beer Store and your liquor at the LCBO. The Beer Store is a monopoly owned by the brewers and the LCBO is the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, a province-owned business. Most of them close by 9 but some are open until 10, 5 on Sundays. If you want to buy beer in the corner store, drive to Quebec.

Stuff costs more. Toronto is one of the more expensive places to live in the world, and sales tax adds up to %15 on things. Deal with it, you're on vacation.

There isn't really any Ontario version of Waffle House. On the other hand, there are 2 locations of Fran's. If you need late night food while at Anime North, go to Zet's down Airport Road and watch the planes land.

The closest IHOP is in St. Catherine's, and the only time you'll be in St. Catherines is when you are passing through on your way to Niagara Falls. So you're not likely to stop.

Toronto has three Chinatowns. One is the old one on Gerrard across the river from downtown, one is on Spadina downtown and there's neat stuff and good restaurants. One is way out in Scarborough/Markham and that's where the Pacific Mall is, a huge mall with lots of everything Chinese/Asian, some of it even legitimate merchandise.

Toronto has the largest population of Italians outside Italy. Also lots of Portugese, Chinese, Koreans, Tibetans. You name the nationality, Toronto has it and the food to go along with it.

The Annex is a neighborhood over by the University Of Toronto. That's where Honest Ed's is, where The Beguiling is, where Sonic Boom is, and lots of other restaurants and shops.

Yonge Street is Toronto's main drag. The longest street in the world, they say. It divides downtown, locations are described as either "East of Yonge" or "West of Yonge". It dead-ends into the lake and goes as far as you want in the other direction. If you get to Richmond Hill, you've gone too far. The Silver Snail is on Yonge St. now. TCAF is held at the Main Branch library just north of Yonge & Bloor. Yonge & Dundas has the Eaton Centre mall, a movie theater, and Yonge Dundas Square, which is kinda like Times Square in that there's a lot of advertising and you will get panhandled.

The 401 is a big Canadian freeway that goes from Montreal in the East to Windsor/Detroit in the West. The parts that go through the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) are pretty much a traffic jam most afternoons. Avoid if you can.

The QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) is the freeway that runs from Niagara Falls/Buffalo to downtown Toronto. Once you get close to downtown, the name of the freeway changes to the Gardiner Expressway. On the east side of downtown, the Gardiner takes a turn north and becomes the Don Valley Parkway, which heads north, crosses the 401, and stops dead just south of Lake Simcoe. If you are in Newmarket you've gone too far.

The 427 is the highway that gets you from the QEW to the 401 and the airport. Very important.

Nobody says "eh" or talks like the McKenzie brothers. People are friendly, but there are jerks here just like anywhere else. You won't see any mounties unless you plan on travelling with the Hells Angels while you're here. You will, however, encounter skunks if you plan on being out late at night. Give them a wide berth.

The streetcars downtown don't care and they WILL smack your car, or you. Your car might survive, but you won't. Look both ways and cross at the crosswalks. Taxis are everywhere, whether you want them to be there or not. If you are driving and thinking about changing lanes, chances are a taxi will be in your blind spot.

The TTC operates buses, streetcars, and the subway. There's a bus that goes out to the main Toronto airport (Pearson), no train (yet). A cab ride from the airport to downtown will run you about $40, not including tip.

There is another, smaller airport on the Toronto Islands downtown, it's called Billy Bishop Airport. Make sure you know which airport you're flying in and out of.

The Loonie is the $1 coin and the Toonie is the $2 coin. They don't have cute names for the $5 or the $10 or the $20.

Your ATM card may or may not work in stores, but will probably work at bank ATMs. Your Visa or Mastercard probably will work most places. Warn your bank and your credit card company beforehand that you're travelling to another country. The money exchange places at the airport or on Yonge St are for suckers. Just go to the bank and use their ATM.

You probably don't need to go to the top of the CN Tower.

The weather in late May can range from really pleasant to cold and rainy to hot and muggy. Bring a jacket, just in case.

the guild

Apr. 3rd, 2013 12:57 am
davemerrill: (milky)
Last Saturday we took advantage of the sunshine and reasonably warm weather and went out to The Guild in Scarborough. What is The Guild, you may ask? It's a 1914 Arts And Crafts style mansion that was turned into a hotel, and from there into an artists' colony, private school, arts and crafts guild, etc. It's surrounded by architectural fragments and sculptures rescued from now-demolished Toronto buildings. The Guild Inn itself is closed but the architectural gardens are open to all as a public park.

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Apparently the Inn is going to be remodeled as part of a revitalization plan. We were told by some other sightseers that the Queen had at one time stayed here, and that there was a secret tunnel beneath the Inn that led down through the Bluffs and to the lake. I don't know about that last part.

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The architectural stuff is pretty fantastic, even in the cold of March. I imagine the place is beautiful in June or July.


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These are four sides of some kind of facing with representations of the different provinces of Ontario. Somebody needs to give Alberta a good weeding, I think.

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There's a little building out in the front of the house, all hewn wood, with what look like Viking heads carved into the door jambs.

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I think this is where the guys would retreat to smoke cigars and play poker and drink cheap beer. Their little Valhalla. That's what I like to think, anyway.

We went down to the lake and looked for secret tunnels, but didn't see any. There are what looks like the remains of a pier down there, though.

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Anyhow, it's a lovely spot, and if they can get the old Inn fixed up and the likely tons of asbestos out of the place, that will be even better.
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Apparently there is a comic book convention in Buffalo tomorrow, a one day thing. Well, no way I'm going to be sniffling and sneezing my way down there right now.

http://www.upcomingcons.com/upcomingcons/5478-Buffalo-New-York-Comicon

There was one in March called "Powercon" - if they have another one it might be worth a trip.

Vibrations Record Show
October 14, 2012
Capitol Banquet Centre 6435 Dixie Road, Mississauga, ON
Admission Price: $5

Canadian Toy Collector's Society Show
Sunday October 21, 9-3
Etobicoke Olympium
590 Rathburn Rd Etobicoke
This one is $10. That's a lot of money!

Toronto Downtown Record Show
Nov 4, 2012
11-4
Estonian Banquet Hall 958 Broadview
$5

Nov 10 - Nov 11 2012 Oakville, ON
Gadsden's Oakville Fall Antique Show at St Volodymyr Cultural Centre, 1280 Dundas St W., Sat. 10 - 5, Sun. 11 - 4.


Toronto Toy & Doll Collector's Show
Nov 18, 2012
(possibly at) Hall 4 The International Centre,
6900 Airport Rd., Mississauga, ON

The next Toronto Comic-con is March 9-10 2013
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Shain and I have a terrible kitsch addiction that leads us to buy dumb old comic books, advertising paphernalia, weird old records, cheesy toys, fragile knick-knacks, and anything else that catches our eye. We feed this habit by getting in the car on weekends and visiting various flea markets and antique malls dotted throughout the hinterlands. But occasionally people put on shows of various kinds, and we try to hit those as well. Usually around this time I try to work out some kind of calendar collating the various show schedules so the things don't sneak up on us.

Notably missing from this calendar are comic book shows, apart from TCAF, which is a great show but isn't really the kind of room full of longboxes of old comics we're talking about here. Wizard bought the Paradise show and turned it into wrestlers and movie stars, and the big Hobbystar show in August has always been wrestlers and movie stars. If there's a comic show in Toronto that's mostly a big room full of people selling old comic books to each other, I've missed it. If there's one in Buffalo they are doing a great job of hiding it. Come on guys, give us our comic book show. Just a room full of tables and longboxes and big hairy guys talking about Lou Fine inks, that's all I ask.

Toronto Downtown Record Show
April 1, 2012
11-4
Estonian Banquet Hall
958 Broadview
$5
Not a bad show, parking is iffy, prices vary widely.

Vibrations Record Show
April 15, 2012
10-4pm
Capitol Banquet Centre 6435 Dixie Road, Mississauga, ON
Admission Price: $5
(haven't been to a record show in a while. Last time we hit this one we got some neat stuff.)

Ancaster Nostalgia Show and Sale
April 15
Marritt Hall, Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Road,
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adm: $5.
ancastershow.blogspot.com
(dunno what this one will be like, but it's a nice ride out to Ancaster so we might do this instead of the record show)

Deep Groove Record Swap
April 28
1-6pm
The Brain, 199 James St. North
FREE!

Toronto Nostalgia Show & Sale
April 29
Capitol Banquet Centre, 6435 Dixie Road,
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adm: $6 per person.
email torontonostalgiashow@gmail.com
(have no idea what this show will be like.)

TCAF
May 5-6
http://www.torontocomics.com/
At the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge. This is pretty much the big one for non-stupid comics.

Anime North
May 25-27
http://www.animenorth.com/
Anime Hell is Friday night 10pm!

NXNE Saturday Vinyl Market
Sat June 16
10-6pm
Toronto Hyatt Regency, 3rd Floor
370 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1J9
$5

Con Bravo
July 27-29
http://www.conbravo.com/
Went to this one last year and had a good time. We may be out of the country on this date, though.

Sometime in September is the SF/Anime Flea Market at the Toronto Reference Library. We usually get a table and sell comics and junk. Always worth checking out, and it's FREE.

AWA
September 28-30
http://www.awa-con.com/
Can't stay away from this one.

Vibrations Record Show
October 14, 2012
Capitol Banquet Centre 6435 Dixie Road, Mississauga, ON
Admission Price: $5
If we don't go in April we'll definitely hit this one in October.

Toronto Downtown Record Show
Nov 4, 2012
11-4
Estonian Banquet Hall 958 Broadview
$5

Toronto Toy & Doll Collector's Show
Nov 18, 2012
(possibly at) Hall 4 The International Centre,
6900 Airport Rd., Mississauga, ON
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We picked up this metal sign last Sunday at the antique show at the Brick Works. Some amazing stuff at that show, most priced beyond my reach. This sign was cheap - it's not in great shape, but that's OK.

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Have that fagged feeling? Try SPUR!

Today I had a hankerin' to go find a particular book, so we walked over to Parkdale and visited The River Trading Company, a locally owned used bookstore that opened last winter and still has a big blank piece of wood up where its signage ought to be. This place is great; a really interesting selection at reasonable prices and they had the book I was looking for. And a friendly store cat. Can't beat that! If you're in the neighborhood you should check 'em out.
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Shain and I went out last night with a gang, a Con Bravo gang (Mike, Mark, Cathy) downtown to see DEVO as part of the NXNE music festival! Big crowd - more crowded than Iggy Pop last year, but the crowd was shorter and not as, I dunno, agressive, for some strange reason. Here's some pix!!

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No, wait, that's a crayfish I saw in the Rouge River earlier today. Okay, hold on to your energy dome, here we go!!

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DEVO came out in slick new blue suits and blue Energy Domes to bring the gospel of de-evolution to Yonge & Dundas Square. They're looking older (well aren't we all) but they can still deliver the scientific truth.

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After a few songs and a long animated bumper they returned wearing the classic yellow protective gear.

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That's Good, Whip It, Uncontrollable Urge, Satisfaction, Girl U Want, Secret Agent Man, Smart Patrol (Mr DNA), Jocko Homo, Planet Earth, Mongoloid.

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The yellow suits were removed to reveal the skater-gear shorts, including kneepads. Must remember the kneepads!

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Mark's voice started to take a powder somewhere halfway through "Gates of Steel" and his face became a stoic mask of de-evolutionary shame. But the Gerald, Bob 1, Bob 2, and Josh took up the "slack" and brought it all home.

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The encore was "Freedom Of Choice" and involved Mark throwing bread to the audience. Earlier during "Jocko Homo" he paraded around at the front of the crowd with cheerleader pom-poms, exhorting the audience into a regressive pinhead frenzy. If General Boy could see him now...!

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This was my first time seeing DEVO live, and in spite of no Booji Boy, they delivered the goods to the Ontario spuds. Thanks fellas for giving us all a reason to live again. And now, crawdads.

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There is actually quite a bit of things going on in the area that is of attractive nature to such as myself. Right now I haven't the disposable income to waste on junk, but maybe I can save some pennies. Anyway, it's nice to see all these events happening, always something to do.

Aug 27 through 29 - Lakefield
Lakefield Antique Show & Sale, Lakefield Fairgrounds, Friday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: e-mail LakefieldFleaMarket@cogeco.com
we went to this one last year and it was kinda cool. WAY up there in the cottage country, though.

Aug 28 - Aug 29 2010 Woodstock, ON
Ontario Toy Show and Auction Special 25th Anniversary Auction: Saturday - 9 am to 4 pm Show: Sunday - 10 am to 3 pm Quality Inn Hotel and Convention Centre Hwy 59 & 401 (exit 232 N) 519 537-5586 or 519 537-3753

The 4th Annual Friends of the Merril Collection Flea Market will take place on September 11, 2010 in the Beeton Auditorium of the Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge St., 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Phone 416-393-7748 for more information.
We will have a table at this show and will totally be selling a bunch of stuff, not just the junk that didn't sell last year, but more LPs, comics, books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, toys, you name it. COME AND SPEND MONEY.

AWA 16 will be held September 17 - 19 2010, at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.
Of course I will be at AWA, and Thursday night is the Super Happy Fun Sell. Tables are still available so get a table and sell your old junk. I will have a table and there's a box full of anime VHS and DVD already down there already ready for me to sell to YOU so bring money!!

10 - October
Kitchener Toy And Collectibles Show, Bingemans Ballroom, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Adm: $3. Info: Ian, 519-426-8875, e-mail toyshow@kwic.com or visit kitchenershow.blogspot.com

Musical Collectables Record Show & Sale Sunday October 17
Capitol Banquet Centre
6435 Dixie Rd, Mississauga

Oct 16 2010 Milton, ON
Flamboro Antique Shows at the Milton Fairgrounds. Antiques and collectibles dealers in a beautiful outdoor setting. Dawn to 4pm. Admission $5. Free admission after 2pm. 905-685-1225

Oct 17 2010 Toronto, ON
38th Annual Canadian Toy Collectors Society Toy Show and Sale at the 'New Location'- Studio 3 at Downsview Park, 75 Carl Hall Road, Toronto (south of Sheppard between Keele & Allan Rd),9am-3pm. 905-820-2697

Record Show
Oct 24, 2010 Barrie, ON
Super 8 Motel 441 Bryne Dr
10:30 AM - 4 PM
$3.50 Early bird - $20

October 30 - Markham
Meister Markt Collector Show, Markham Fairgrounds, 10801 McCowan Road. Adm: $5, children under 12 free with an adult. Special $20 early bird admission, 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Info: Call 416-427-8379, e-mail meistermarkt@hotmail.com or visit meistermarkt.com
went to this last year and it was kinda neat.

SpeakEasy’s Annual
Comic Book Show
Thursday November 4th
http://www.blttogo.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=26&Itemid=31
We hit this a few years back. Some great talent in this city, worth checking out.


THE RECORD GUYS http://www.therecordguys.com/show.html
SUNDAY November 7, 2010 (11:00am until 4:00pm)
LOCATION: 958 Broadview Ave
The Estonian House Banquet Hall
(near the DVP, just North of Danforth)
$5
the dealers at this show need to knock about twenty-five to fifty percent off their prices. I'm just sayin'.

Record Show
Nov 14, 2010 Oshawa ON
Oshawa Legion 471 Simcoe St. S
10 am - 4 pm $3.00 General

Record Show
Nov 28, 2010 Burlington, ON
Burlington Seniors' Centre 2285 New St.
10:30 AM - 4 PM

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