The Toronto International Bike Show has evolved over the years. Like many riders these days, I’ve been going since the La Revolution contest days, seen it transformed to the enormous Metro Jam series, in to the Ricoh Coliseum, and now in to it’s present state as the Toronto BMX Jam. From mega-pros traveling from Europe, Japan, and South America to attend, to Canadian and American riders trekking across the country to get squeezed in to the pro and amateur slots, the event has had it all. I’m not trying to say any specific time period or incarnation of the contest was better than another. They all have had their ups and downs. What does keep me coming back to the show for the first weekend of March every year is the people. After a long winter, the bike show is often the first chance most people have to see each other in a long time, catch up with old friends, make new ones, put faces to names you’ve heard, and for some getting drunk in the stands. I’m not going to try and bore you with a run down of who did what trick, who qualified in what place, or who smashed bottles at the Dance Cave. Those things can likely be found on a number of other sites already (with the exception of the Dance Cave part – those actions go undisclosed). Instead, here’s an offering of photos of some of the people that make attending the Toronto BMX Jam every year what it is.
Tomorow is the first day of Canada’s biggest annual contest in Toronto. Most Ontarians, Quebecers and Easterners will be there wasted, watching some dope riding and having a good time. Prashant and Sean will both be there getting a bunch of pics and footy that should be up shortly after the weekend, so check back. This is the only Canadian contest of it’s kind so props to everyone involved (Mike Heaton and crew) for making it happen. Check here for all the details on the upcoming weekend and don’t forget to hit up Dance Cave.
“I wasn’t going to do a mad Monday today because I’m happy. Day off , Greg Henry’s in town. U know nothing to mad about. So I decided to do adult stuff instead of riding. So one of my friends laugh n say u ain’t no adult (Jason Vawter), this coming from a 30 yr old American fuck. This American Adult was soo drunk a few weeks ago all he wanted to was wreck stuff, basically in my house there’s now parts from my neighbors cars which an adult decided to remove with the help of four loko, caribou beer, n a few swift kicks. Way to go fuck pants. Steal from the rich not my broke ass neighbors. Fucking Yankee greengo hahhaha. What I’m mad about right now is the fact some roommates, don’t have the same cleaning standards. Can’t put shit away, leaves they dishes,garbage on the table. Don’t have a clue how to recycle (in Vancouver it’s mandatory ) n these r little things that piss me off. I know my mad Monday readers can relate to this, unless u live at home still n ur problems focus around getting ur parents outta the house so u can finally beat that pussy up u been wrking on for the last few months. Get sum lil mad Monday pimps, it ain’t soo bad when u mad.” Roode
While we have written about BMX’s love affair with junk food in the past (La Belle Province, Taco Bell), I feel the need to write about another recent popular indulgence: Four Loko. Yes, it is not what one would call food, but it still falls under the junk category. If you’ve been under a rock for the last six months, let me explain. Four Loko fever seemed to sweep not only BMX, but North America by storm last summer, and left a trail of destruction in its path. While we cannot get the caffeinated malt alcoholic drink in Canada, that didn’t stop plenty of riders from shopping for them at stores south of the border. It is said that just two or three of these monstrous 23.5 oz cans can leave a person in a world of hurt and hangover regret. They come in a variety of fruit flavours such as grape, watermelon, lemon-lime, cranberry lemonade. Nowadays it’s harder to find a can of the original recipe Loko in stores after much criticism and controversy came from several US campuses after many students began experiencing injuries, blackouts, and often hospitalization from over consumption of the drink. This led to the Liquor Control Commission in several states to ban the drink, retailers voluntarily pulling the drink from shelves, and eventually in November 2010 a ban of the sale of caffeinated alcoholic beverages by the Food and Drug Administration.
While I feel that Four Loko might be old news by now, there are still places where people can and are finding them for sale, and with the number of Canadian riders flocking down to warmer US climates this winter, no shortage of stories of people getting Loko’d. On a personal note, I think it tastes like a horrible mix of an energy drink and cough medicine, but to each their own. My favourite thing to have come out of all the Four Loko mania however is the music video that you can watch after you click below.
For 2011 we are starting a Road trip feature, most bmxers have been on a road trip at some point or other and if you haven’t, you should definitely start planing one asap. In my opinion, road trips with buddies are a huge part of bmx and are almost always a guaranteed good time. We encourage anyone who’s doing a road trip this year to take some pictures, film a little edit and/or write a few words about the trip and send it in to Northernembassy@gmail.com .
The first of our Road trip starts in Trois Rivieres, Quebec. Jo Boutch, Simon Dravigne and Simon Trepanier packed up and hit the road for Florida this January. Here’s a bunch of pictures from their trip and some words from Simon.