This year was the 9th annual event for the “BikerBoyz Blocko” and TorontoTuner.com was proud to be a sponsor for the first time. The event had a good turn out and was positive from start to finish. The crowds of people that gathered at this year’s venue (hwy 24 & Rexdale) were all out to have fun. The environment was pleasant and folks were friendly. The DJs provided music from the islands that made the cool Toronto breeze feel like an island summer vacation.
Vendors had their booths setup with their products on display and for sale. Exhibitions for martial arts were also to be found. Wheelie machines and the folks from Stunters Inc. were all present performing their best tricks. The bike wash was also a favorite amongst those who attended. But this year’s blocko was about something more than just having a good time – we all had a good time.
This year’s event was about a fallen comrade. "Skinny" (Ricky Singh) from Island Sounds. Speaking with one of the organizers (Jef Lo) he informed us that Skinny had run the sound systems for the event yearly since its inception in 2004. According to Mr. Lo – Ricky “past away from Cancer in February. 2012 The event was dedicated to him and because of his passing we decided to donate all proceeds to Canadian Cancer Society this year for Brain and Lung Cancer research. Almost every year we give to a different cause, last year we gave $2500 to MADD Canada in support of youth inititives against drunk driving.”
This year’s initiative “raised almost $2000” according to Mr. Lo. Due to a “significant increase in our expenditure this year, unfortunately we were not able to top last years figure. But great news on the day of BikerBoyzBlocko 9, we may be getting some new sponsors to assist us financially for BikerBoyz 10.”
The BikerBoyz Blocko has a rich history. Speaking to (Jef Lo) he elaborated about this more in saying that the “first Blocko was an attempt to encourage more riders into the Caribbean/Urban community. We thought it would be a nice vibe to have our motorcycle friends join a regular Caribbean Style Blocko Party. Since then it has grown into so much more, and bigger than we ever imagined. Our goal remains the same - to help grow the awareness of motorcycle safety and motorsports to people of all walks of life and ethnicities.”
Some familiar faces made an appearance:
NBA Star Jamaal Magloire is in attendance every year. Comedian Jay Martin was our guest MC G98.7FM DJs Jester, Jason Chambers Stylus DJs Soca Sweetness, DJ Whitebwoy Bacchanal Radio DJ Shiva Bandit, DJ Chief, DOC, Mr Presto, Ms Revz, JUK, MarXman, Renegade Squad, Remedy
Safety was paramount; riders and drivers alike came in, parked and had a good time. There were no crazy burnouts and everyone was very respectful. Truly an event worthy of attendance. Next year’s event is scheduled to be held (Sunday July 28, 2013) We look forward to see you there!!
by Ziya Rahaman