13th annual Toronto International Kite Festival

Hello all,

Great event coming up this weekend (15th and 16th) in Toronto at Miliken district park (Steeles ave east and McCowan)

Featured guests include:

Cliff Quinn, Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Team Skyburner, Detroit, Michigan
Windjammers Kite Team, Detroit Michigan
Meg Albers, Buffalo, New York
Carl Bigras, Ottawa, Ontario
Terry Thillman. Pierrefonds, Québec
Yves Laforest, St-Éustache, Québec
Daniel Rémillard & Christine McGee, Brossard, Québec
Normand Girard, Montréal, Québec
Jean Poisson, Montréal, Québec
Jean Lamoureaux & Michèle Berubé, Montreal, Québec
Jacques & Francine Létourneau, Québec City, Québec
Bill Wilson, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Gary and Kerry, along with Miss Ohio, the kite flying chicken, were on Breakfast Television this morning to promote the festival…

Good Job to all those that showed up early to setup kites and put on a great face for the fesitval…

Here are some albums from past festivals…
Kite Fest 2006

Kite Fest 2005

Kite Fest 2004

New kites! and a chance meeting.. The Avalon Kite Fliers

Well today I decided to head out and test my newly built 4 sq. m. Peter Lynn Pilot and my softkites.com long fin Banner Fish. I walked quickly up to the hill right after work, since this was the first flight of a new kite I was eager to get it into the air right away. I noticed a small dual line foil buzzing around on the opposite side of the hill. Normally I would walk over and introduce myself, as I am always looking for new local fliers to kite with. Today, however, I was focused purely on my new pilot. The kite flew quite well, a few bridle tweaks and I will be happy with it.

(here it is :) )

Shortly after I had the kite in the air I noticed someone walking up the hill toward me. This happens fairly often when flying kites on the hill, people are fascinated by them and usually have some questions. This time, however, I was asked if I was “Dean Parsons”, my instant reply was “no, Dean is from Newfoundland”, this got me a strange look and a “small world, isn’t it” comment :), kiting really is a small world.. Dean is the organizer of the Avalon Kite Fliers Club based out of St. John’s, NF. I only know Dean through a few email exchanges we have had over the years. The chap I was talking to mentioned that Dean was in town and was looking for a place to fly. He just assumed, since I was flying kites on the hill, that I was Dean. He proceeded to email Dean (gotta love the blackberry) and let him know I was flying.

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So not 5 minutes later, Dean comes marching around the corner with his prism kites strapped to his back. He was the one flying the foil on the other side of the Hill, (great minds think alike) It was great to finally meet Dean in person and his passion for kites is fantastic and refreshing. Dean is a serious trick kiter, proudly sporting his Prism Quantum Pro and a few other SUL beauties. Dean cracked open the Quantum Pro and started banging out some sweet tricks!.. While Dean was flying, I added my Robert Van Weer’s flong fin Banner fish to my pilot line and it too had it’s first flight :) … It feels great to be building again, not sure why I ever stopped :)

So all in all a great day, 2 new kites in the air, and a great surprise meeting with Dean…

Check out the albums .. Peter Lynn Pilot, Flying with Dean

Bell Cygnet Kite Centennial 2007

On August 21st 2007 a group of about 40 kite flyers from around Canada and the world gathered in Baddeck, Nova Scotia to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Alexander Graham Bell’s Cygnet kite. This event picked up steam with the media and it was broadcast nationally on the CBC morning news and was on a number of local broadcasts as well. I will have more of a write up in the next few days…

CBC morning news…

CTV Live at 5 Broadcast…

Steadywinds.com and Tall Ships 2007

We will be taking aerial photos later this week and into the weekend of the Tall Ships 2007 festival in Halifax. This years festival is shaping up to be a real jem, with some amazing ships and I have heard that the entertainment and activities this year will be second to none.

We will be attempting to get lot’s of shots from locations around the board walk as well as ocean side. The big event for us will be attempting to get shots when the ships are under sail, and maybe even from one of the ships :)

More info at www.tallshipsnovascotia.ca

see you there…

–Bill