A selection of recent articles written by Stephen Weir and published in newspapers, magazine and websites. The articles are posted in chronological order
MISS CHIN INTERNATION CROWNED (and info about tomorrow's male bikini contest and free David Rudder concert)
Miss CHIN International Bikini 201l chosen today at the Scotiabank CHIN Picnic,
CNE Grounds, Toronto.
WINNER:SERENA DI MILLO is 26 years old. Her background is Italian and she lives in Toronto. Serena has a BA in Accounting from the University of Guelph. She recently won Re-Max Rookie of the year for her work in real estate and said she hopes to be a role model for young girls if she wins Miss CHIN. (pictured).
1ST RUNNER UP:KATIE GIMON-VALENCIA is 21 years of age. Her background is Colombian & Venezuelan and from Mississauga. She speaks 3 languages including Italian, Spanish & French. She loves traveling and recently graduated from the Schulich School of Business at York.
2ND RUNNER UP: CRISITINA ŌDORICO. She is 25, her background is Italian and she lives in Toronto. Cristina is a fitness enthusiast and she recently competed in the Fitness Star Expo. She currently works as a full-time personal trainer. Cristine grew up attending the CHIN picnic and has wanted to enter for years.
MEDIA INFORMATION FOR TOMORROW
Scotiabank CHIN International Picnic
Sunday, July 3 - HIGHLIGHTS
BANDSHELL Stage - FREE
12:00 - International Folklore Dance Competition, with 15 cultural dance groups vying for cash prizes and the coveted CHIN International Folklore Dance Awards.
2:30pm - Luigi Scanga’s Echi d’Italia PART I
3:00pm - Singing sensation 14-year old ERNESTINO, direct from Italy
3:45pm – Luigi Scanga PART II featuring DUO CAMPANARU, direct from Italy
4:45pm – CHIN DJ Karaoke contest
5:30pm – ERNESTINO, direct from Italy
6:00pm - GIORGIA FUMANTI
7:00pm – Mr. CHIN International 2011, Part 1
7:30pm – VALERIO SCANU, direct from Italy
8:00pm – Mr. CHIN International 2011, Part 2
8:30pm – RICCHI E POVERI, direct from Italy
CENTENNIAL Square Stage @ Dufferin Gates
Headliners DAVID RUDDER and HALF PINT.
MCs Jai Ojah-Maharaj and Comedy Host Jean Paul.
Ossie Gurley and the Truth
Steele and Mountain Edge
Caribbean Folk Performers
Better Living Building Events – Admission is FREE
Shopping Bazaar 11am – 8pm with vendors and exhibitors for shop-a-holics! Don’t miss meeting representatives of the Lingerie Football League. They’ll be on hand to promote the League, which has ten teams spanning across America, with Toronto Triumph set to be the LFL's first international franchise.
· Team K9 Dog Challenge Shows - 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
· Birds of Prey Showcase – 3pm (and 2 shows in the Midway)
· Zero Gravity Circus - 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm
· Sports Ring - 3pm – Maximum Pro Wrestling Shows
West Grounds Midway - 11am – 11pm Midway Rides, games and amusements
Canada’s Biggest City Building Canada’s Biggest Aquarium
By Stephen Weir Believe It or Not Toronto is finally going to have an aquarium. Work has already begun on a new building at the base of the world famous CN Tower. Even though it will be two years before the first Sand Tiger Shark and Carpenter Shark (sawfish) move into Shark Lagoon, three levels of government have already laid out the welcome mat for Ripley Entertainment, the owners of the future aquarium which is scheduled to open in 2013. At a late August press conference Canadian entrepreneurs, Jim Pattison Senior and Junior, officially launched the construction project. The Jim Pattison Group, one of the country’s largest private companies, owns Ripley Entertainment (Ripley’s Believe It or Not), and operates aquariums in both Tennessee and South Carolina. The new Toronto aquarium project has strong financial support and redevelopment monies from the Federal Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto…
Media manage to quickly link Eaton shooting with North America's largest Caribbean Canadian festival
Late last week I joked with my associate Craigg Slowly (@ThatTDotGuy) that it would be only a matter of time
before CFRB right wing on-air host Jerry Agar would link the Eaton Centre
shooting with the Caribbean Carnival Toronto (the carnival formally known as
Caribana). Don't know if Agar has taken a run at us yet, but, other media outlets
have indeed made the tenuous link between an inner-city gang shooting at the
Eaton Centre and North America's largest Caribbean cultural event. The Globe and Mail on Saturday did a feature on public safety at Yonge
and Dundas and somehow managed to use the Caribana name. The reporter,
Kelly Grant, listed some of the murders that had occurred near the Dundas /
Yonge intersection. In that list was the 2005 murder of a Brampton man in
Dundas Square - he was shot dead in front of police the day after the 2005 Caribana Parade had ended. It was r…