It’s billed as the largest free multicultural festival in the world.
And despite the $20 for parking, the $28 for midway rides, the four $3 ice teas and $15 for ice cream – ya, everything else was free on the first day of the three-day CHIN International Picnic at Toronto’s Exhibition Place.
To start the day, we forced the kids to sit through two bands – one an emerging talent from Ottawa and the other a legendary Canadian act from years ago making a strong comeback with a new album.
The five guys in Autumns Cannon made a good impression on the bandshell crowd with selections from their debut album Open Letter.
Keyboard/guitarist Marty Sobb takes a leap off drummer Mike Hogg’s kick bass, below, as they finished their Toronto show before heading up north for a gig at The Kee To Bala opening for legendary Canadian act Tom Cochrane.
Platinum Blonde followed on stage and played a number of songs from their new album Beautiful mixed in with 80s standards such as Standing In The Dark, Crying Over You, and It Doesn’t Really Matter.
Below, frontman Mark Holmes and Sergio Galli with drummer Dan Todd.
Guitarist Sergio Galli, below, makes it look easy with eyes closed.
And singer Mark Holmes was a whirling, energetic vocal powerhouse getting fans on their feet and singing along to a number of their classics.
Bassist Rob Laidlaw and Mark Holmes get playful, below.
Did I mention the annual bikini contest? (And yes, there’s a male version, too, but we had to get the kids home to bed, so the wife will have to wait until next year!)