Where there’s a Will there’s a way!

It’s been a very long time since I attended Salsa on St. Clair.  If I remember correctly the last time I was there was in 2005.  I decided to attend this year for a few reasons: I want to showcase Toronto’s great culture and summer festivals.  Also, I’m a big believer that we have to get out and enjoy our local festival and events; It’s a great way to immerse yourself in what your city has to offer.  And to blow my own horn, I was dying to try out my new wide-angle zoom lens before my backpacking trip.

To get there we took public transportation and got off at St. Clair West station and from there walked to St. Clair and Christie Street.  The moment we reached our point of destination I could tell that food stands, stages and event timing were staggered with surgical precision to encourage pedestrian flow.

A very hot day for Salsa on St. Clair

Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival

The main stage was set up for TNL (Telelatino Network), one of the three sponsors of the event.
The main stage was set up for TNL (Telelatino Network), one of the three sponsors of the event.
Ladies dancing salsa on the streets of St. Clair
Bands and pre-recorded music blared out from various street corner improvised ballrooms with cardboard floors.

Young dancers about to show their salsa moves

The music was above average, but the best thing about Salsa on St. Clair was definitely the food.  Most of the food vendors were Colombian but there was also Ecuadorian, Cuban, Peruvian and even large fast food chains like South Street Burger Co.

Colombian food stand serving empanadas, fried plantains, sausage, and chicharron at the Salsa on St. Clair festival.

A whole roasted pig with a hat of the Cuban flag on its head

Frying churros in boiling oil at the Sasa on St. Clair festival

Churros ready to be eaten at the Salsa on St. Clair festival

Fresh Fruit Cholaos food truck at the Salsa on St. Clair festival

La Paisa Antioqueña food stand

Overall it was a decent festival but due to its magnitude and it’s ability to draw attention I was expecting it to be much livelier.  I cannot pinpoint why exactly but it lacked the feel of an energetic Latin festival.  Unfortunately, this salsa was just not sizzling.

For more information on upcoming events and festivals in Toronto please visit See Toronto Now.

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