Here are a few of this weekend’s events.
On Thursday evening in Ormstown, Quebec, the gates at the Pritchard Residence (2268 Gore Road) open for the Ormstown Vintage Offroad Festival. This shindig will run until Sunday, and it’s packed with all sorts of action, including trials schools with Mick Andrews (held on Friday), a vintage hare scramble on Saturday, a motocross event on Sunday … honestly, it makes the most sense to just visit their web site here for all the details.
The Andersonville North Motorcycle Rally and Races takes place in Saskatchewan (on the Anderson family homestead, just outside the town of Young, on the #2 highway). This event kicks off on Thursday and runs until Sunday; admission and camping are free. Some of the activities include a bike rodeo, a slow race, a plank race, a balance board, a keyhole race, a stunt show from Brett Bloski. There’s a food concession, but you’ll have to BYOB. There are more details here.
Head down to the rodeo grounds in Airdrie Rodeo Grounds Friday-Saturday for the Bikes and Bulls Motorcycle Rally and Concert Weekend, run by the Airdrie Oilmen’s Association. There’s a poker rally ($30 to participate), beer gardens, lots of music (including AC/DC tribute band Who Made Who) and free overnight camping. A weekend pass to the whole affair is $50. You can find out more details here.
Also in Alberta – the Alberta Vintage Flat Track Association races at the Thorhild Track this weekend (Saturday-Sunday). Email [email protected] or call 780-995-1774 for more details.
If the Rocky Mountains appeal to you more than a dusty flat track, you can always ride in the Fourth Annual Jasper Motorcycle Rally, starting at the D’ed Dog Bar & Grill in Connaught on Saturday morning. More details here. Registration is $50 a bike, which includes one poker hand (this is a poker run). You can purchase extra poker hands for $50.
In Halifax, the Toad Memorial Run, in memory of famous local bike builder Michael Roche (a.k.a. the “Toad” of Toad’s Cycle Works), will run on Saturday. For details, email [email protected] or call 902-478-7466.
The Shediac Motorcycle Rally takes place Friday-Sunday in Shediac, New Brunswick; funds raised go to the Lions Sick Children Fund. You can find the weekend’s schedule here; there will be a beer garden, lots of food, a poker run, a family day, and all sorts of other fun.
The Saltspring Toy Run and Show n’ Shine takes place on B.C.’s Saltspring Island Friday-Sunday. Registration for the toy ride itself starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and the ride starts at 11 a.m.; more details are available here. The organizers make a point of stressing anyone is welcome at this run, no matter what sort of bike you ride.
The Mods n Rockers festival runs Friday and Saturday in Toronto this weekend. The National Post thinks this is the top thing to do this weekend in Hogtown. It starts at 8 p.m. on Friday night at the Black Dice Cafe on Dundas St. West. On Saturday, riders will gather at the Bristol Yard on Christie Ave. for a group ride to The Duke on Queen, on Queen St. East, where there will be rockabilly music, burlesque performers, and a barbecue. If you want more details, check out the festivals website here.