The 11th annual Swap Meet held at Roarockit
is coming up fast. #SWAP11 happens on Sunday April 8, same place, same time as always. For those who don’t know the exact address, it’s 880 Millwood Avenue in Toronto. Temperatures are slowly warming up here Hogtown. The fun begins at noon! After 4pm, there will be a slide session at the Poop Chute.
Roarockit is also presenting an additional event that benefits the amazing work of the Oasis Skateboard Factory
. It is taking place on April 12 is the Boards of Education Art Show and Auction at the Gladstone Hote
l. This This year, there many artists, from music to street and everything in between. The students are teamed up with an artist, who then creates a board with the student’s input on the topic, this year it is Mis-Education. Boards are auctioned off by Jay Mandarino – owner of CJ’s skatepark
. It’s all good fun and raises some badly needed funds to support the school.
TORONTO BOARD MEETING – SEPT 10th
The 14th Annual Toronto Board Meeting took place last Saturday.
Rain had threatened the event, but by late afternoon, things were in full swing.
Over 800 skaters took to the streets and the mood, as always, was indeed festive.
The photos don’t fully capture the experience – but they give you a taste. The range of participants is from 1 year up to 50-something.
The initial rush starts with a quick push to the intersection of Yonge and St. Clair.
A ten minute sit-down in the intersection boggles most on-lookers minds and allows everyone to gather.
Cries of “BOOARRRDDD MEETING” can be heard every few moments.
The second part of Board Meeting is a quick skate down a moderate hill on Canada’s most well known street – Yonge Street.
Despite the fact that the meeting has been going on for almost a decade and a half, most spectators don’t really know what they are seeing.
Many stand there in disbelief while others, enjoying the spirit of the moment, take photos or give high fives.
A number of taxi cab drivers are stunned and regular motorists generally go with the flow.
A quick fifteen to twenty minute skate to Queen’s Park marks roughly the half way point and allows the group to enjoy the moment.
It’s then on to City Hall for an impromptu slide jam.
This year Board Meeting happened to have the good fortune of coinciding with a walk to raise money for cancer.
The music blaring from the speakers blended perfectly with the day. Towards the end of the event, thirsty skaters were generously given free soft drinks courtesy of the sponsors of the walk.
As the first part of Board Meeting ended, the rain started to come. The timing was almost too perfect!
Huge thanks to all the sponsors who make this event such a blast.