As my brain finally switched from a totally internal heat-focus - chanting I'M SO HOT I'M SO HOT I'M SO HOT HOLY SMOKES I'M SO HOT while biking - I became gradually aware that a) there were people on the beach in their underwear because they clearly weren't thinking like I was this morning, b) lace brazilian panties make a poor bathing suit bottom, and c) I could hear music coming from somewhere.
That's when I realised: it's the Beaches Jazz Fest!
Up on Queen street it was a total party! The street was closed all along the beaches - from Woodbine all the way to at least Silver Birch Ave, and maybe a couple of blocks further. I decided to mill around in the crowd for a bit to see what I could see, and the music was fantastic.
|Latin Beats on your Doorstep|
The second group was playing your standard blues-rock with harmonica. They were good at it, mind you. The bass player could have been a Paul McCartney look-alike too (extra novelty).
|Ninja Funk Orchestra|
And finally, my last stop before the Pie Shack, was this amazing group of teenagers playing 1920's big band jazz. AMAZING. There were a variety of singers, who did solo and group songs, and lots of different musicians had solos and things, and in general it was all very tight and very awesome. I didn't get the name of this group either, though I think it wouldn't be surprising to find that their either a club or a school music class or something. They were so well rehearsed and totally on the beat. They played Glen Miller songs so well I think some of them will totally end up playing in the Orchestra some day.
I'm so happy that I stumbled upon the fest on my way home. There were many more bands to see, but I couldn't take too much more of the heat and really wanted to eat. It's on until the 24th of July and everything is free, plus the water is RIGHT THERE to dip your toes in. I highly recommend checking it out!