I'll admit it, I'd rather be a hundred other places than Toronto in the wintertime.  The damp and cold and lack of any close-by outdoor activities can sometimes get a little boring.  But in the summer, things really heat up.  Literally and figuratively. A few days ago, we had the hottest day on record.  Ever.  With the humidex we reached an all-time high of 50 degrees (almost 120 Farenheit)! 

Fortunately, by the time the weekend rolled around, the weather gods relented and gave us the most perfect summer day.  Hot, not too humid, and a beautiful breeze to boot. It couldn't have been a more perfect day to hang out on the beach and listen to some great music at the Beaches Jazz Festival.  Now in its 23rd year, this free, 10-day street festival draws close to 1 million people every year.  And it's easy to see why.

The location is truly unbeatable.  With six stages scattered throughout the Beach neighbourhood, you could relax on the beach, nap under a tree in Kew Gardens or take your kids to the splash pad, all while listening to some great jazz.  There were even three different bouncy castles set up with an "all you can bounce" day pass available - and it was within ear and eye shot of the beer garden (for better or worse).  Clearly some deep thinking went into this.

And all the bands we heard were fantastic.  Each stage had a different "theme":  Latin, Big Band, Youth, etc. Our favourite performers were The Boxcar Boys -- see the video below for their interactive closing number.

So, although winter in Toronto can be a bit of a tough slog, summer days like this can (almost) make it worthwhile!

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