Sunday, September 18, 2016


"We don't go the Ex, there's really not much to do there"

An oft heard refrain. True, if you are ride monster you won't find much at the CNE to entertain you. You go to Wonderland. I enjoy rides but I need more than that so for me, Canada's Wonderland gets real old real fast

To each their own as long as my own gets done first. Sez I

But anyway ... Collette and I decided this year to take advantage as much as we could of all the things you can do at the Ex beyond the midway and eating deep fried marshmallow-cockroach-peanut butter-trout lungs

I've already posted about the Air Show and Konterschwung but as they say on late night TV .. Wait! We're not done yet!

The last time the CNE hosted a water ski show was four years ago and we were there. The premise was the same, water skit stunts based on a loose comedic script about "skiologists" who design wacky water apparatus

What was new this year was something that barely existed four years ago: The flyboard.

A skiologist would pop up and now again, clothed in a white lab coat showing us that their phDs should be called into question

There were many conventional thrills as well, male skiers whose motto seemed to be "ramp, what ramp" and ...

... and females who perfectly demonstrated the beauty of strength and the strength in beauty

From the water we went to the land, and to a group of young men who seemed to hate the land, they spent so much time trying to jump off to it. That would the extreme pogo demonstration

So the pogo guys thought they could fly and they used their little custom machines to achieve that. We saw a show that featured another group of people who think they can fly and to assist them, they use whatever is at hand in their environment. That's not a bad definition of parkour, or free running.

We saw this group last year when they did a show loosely based on some fictional scene, this year it was billed as a competition between teams of two but really, it was just an excuse to have forerunners do what forerunners do.

So yeh, not much to do at the Ex. And the video? Yeh, nothing much going on there either

Canadian National Exhibition Highlights from Victor Kellar on Vimeo

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Have you ever felt like Alice? Tumbling down that rabbit hole, at the end of it expecting a mundane comfy little dark chamber but instead, finding a world filled with unexpected marvels?

Well that happened to Collette and I at, of all places, the CNE

Our first day at the Ex we decided to catch some of the dozens of shows you can see included with your admission. We always came back for the three hour long Air Show but this day, we just wanted to catch some of the smaller shows provided

The sign on the hall read Konterschwung: Swiss Acrobats. OK we thought, that sound entertaining. We like gymnastics/cirque type shows and this one was inside; we'd been out in the sun for hours so it would be nice to get some shade and to sit down

As the music started men began to come off of the stage, all of them dressed identically; white coveralls and sunglasses. They say nothing but they sort of stalk around, observing the audience with an expression that is blank yet with a hint of derision

Some of the men brought a set of parallel bars up on the stage and I though OK, this is what I was expecting. But it wasn't, it really was not. As the men stood up on stage, the began to unzip their coveralls and I thought "Huh, Magic Mike comes to the Ex"

Out came the swim caps and the goggles and I knew we were definitely down that rabbit hole. The troupe did indeed use those bars but not in a way I've before seen. In competitions only one man uses the bar at one time. I guess where these guys train there's only one set of bars and they had to learn how to share.

Besides the impressive athletic skills on display, these guys infused everything with a family wacky sense of humour that belied their stoic expressions. Collette was laughing so hard she had difficulty taking pictures.

So I'll stop trying to explain this to you and just let you watch the video. Don't bump your head on your way down the hole

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