Gangways Open on Toronto’s Waterfront will be part of Doors Open Toronto on Saturday, May 28, 2016 and Sunday, May 29, 2016. Presented by the Waterfront BIA, Gangways Open will include an artisan market, complimentary food samples from Toronto restaurants, street performances, and of course, free tours of ships at Toronto’s waterfront.
Waterfront Artisan Market in HTO Park
Shop from over 50 artisans and chefs at The Waterfront Artisan Market that is part of Gangways Open on Toronto’s Waterfront. The market begins May 28-29, 2016 and takes place over six weekends at HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West. You’ll be able to shop for handmade jewellery by Social Gem, custom wood watches and sunglasses by G Fox & Co., coffee from RailRoad Coffee Co., art, and beverages and snacks from local artisans. Food vendors include Miche Bakery, Caplansky’s and The Mighty Cob.
Local businesses will provide free samples of their product in front of their retail stores on Queens Quay West on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2016.
Some of the complimentary Spring Samplings include:
Pulled short rib sliders and red sangria – Watermark Irish Pub and Restaurant, 207 Queens Quay W.
Gelato panini – Lick It Gelato, 250 Queens Quay W.
Oreo donut and Oreo Iced Capp – Tim Hortons at Rees & Queens Quay location only
Cinnamon sugar Beavertails and gelato – BeaverTails, 145 Queens Quay W.
Tropical sangria – Shoeless Joe’s, 249 Queens Quay W.
Madeleines and Peach Oolong iced-tea – Iron Rose Tea Gallery, 228 Queens Quay W.
Coffee until 11:30 a.m. and red lentil soup for lunch – Aroma, 88 Queens Quay W.
Sensations by Compliments popcorn and Italian soda – Sobeys, 207 Queens Quay W.
Bread pudding – Music Garden Café, 466 Queens Quay W.
Masala chai tea – Indian Roti House, 256 Queens Quay W.
Red and wine sangria – The Wine Shop, 228 Queens Quay W.
Enjoy street performances by artists including magician Thom Barnett, who dresses and acts like Captain Jack Sparrow, magician Zoltan, life size wind-up doll Boobily the Clown, pirates Long Jon Strong and Big Ben Block, who walk on stilts, the Human Piñata, circus artist and living statue Goldie. Theatre artists from the Shadowland Theatre group will also perform, and there will be safety demonstrations from flight attendants of Disaster Air.
Tour Ships at Gangways Open on Toronto’s Waterfront
Participating ships at Gangways Open on Toronto’s Waterfront will be open for free public tours. The ships along the dock will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 28-29, 2016, subject to availability.
Visit ships from Empress of Canada, Mariposa Cruises (Captain Matthew Flinders, Klancy II, Northern Spirit, Oriole, Rosemary and Showboat), the Great Lakes Schooner Company (Challenge), Nautical Adventures (Empire Sandy) and Toronto Brigantine Tall Ships (Pathfinder and Playfair).
Tour the Toronto Police Marine Unit
Tour the Toronto Police Marine Unit at 259 Queens Quay West and see the boathouse that houses the fleet that is used in various rescue and response calls on Toronto waterways. Their fleet includes a 1939 Taylorcraft mahogany boat, which is still used to transport VIPs for special occasions.
Marine Unit Officers will provide a history of the Toronto Police Marine Unit and guide members of the public through the boat house to view Marine Unit boats. The vessels are not open for boarding due to safety reasons.
Gangways Open on Toronto’s Waterfront takes place on Saturday, May 28, 2016 and Sunday, May 29, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.