Sunday, October 04, 2015

Les Rues des Refuses: Renegade Parade 2015

Part rave, part parade, full of smoke and with music pounding from the lead vehicle, the Nuit Blanche Renegade Parade was an enchanted night with the March of the Magical Creatures. Presented by The Rothko Institute and the party started 7pm at 104 Ossington Avenue with the float leaving around 8pm. The march was one of the highlights from the unofficial Nuit Blanche art events from Les Rues des Refuses.
Roaming Toronto's streets with a multi-platform float that held DJs and their massive mobile sound system and a coven of ravers, the vehicle generated smoke that blew away quickly in the strong winds.
"Join us for a magical procession as the Renegade Parade takes to the streets, spreading dragon fire and destruction across the city! Witches and Wizards do battle with magical creatures as DJs and fire spinners spread music and mayhem through downtown Toronto! The Canadian Ministry of Magic is issuing an emergency decree requiring all witches and wizards of sufficiently competent ability to assist in the tracking and capture of a flock of escaped magical creatures.  The Renegade Parade is a unique roaming art party."

See more scenes from the night after the jump.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Toronto Nuit Blanche 2015

Tonight is the night where you can travel the city and wonder is it art or just recycling? Starting at sunset on October 3rd and continuing throughout the dark hours until the sun starts to rise. The free all-night contemporary art event known as the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is joined once again by the renegade art of Les Rues des Refuses with it's amazing Renegade Parade.
There is no away at City Hall

Excitement builds as the darkness envelopes the city and the streets fill with pedestrians searching out their preferred art installations during the sleepless night. The hard part is figuring out what you want to see and if you want to wait in lineups.

See some of the Les Rues des Refuses projects after the jump.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

@WorldPressPhoto 15

Powerful photos that tell some amazing stories are displayed in Brookfield Place as part of the annual World Press Photo contest. The free traveling exhibition features prize-winning entries and is currently in the Allen Lambert Galleria from September 30 to October 20, 2015.  These photos are from the collection and the photographers certainly know how to capture the story and make people want to find out what is behind the picture. You can find the 2015 stories and the photographers at WPP's website.
"For 60 years already, World Press Photo has encouraged the highest standards in photojournalism. The resulting archive is not only a record of more than half a century of human history, but a showcase of successive styles in visual storytelling."

Sometimes the subject of the photos is a little too powerful and visitors are cautioned that some of the contents maybe disturbing to viewers. Plane crashes, battle casualties, refugees and the recent ebola epidemic bring frightening reality to visitors. Meanwhile other photos show regular life with portraits and sports photos that capture the beauty of nature and mankind, even when man is destroying the environment.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Getting around Nuit Blanche

From can't see to can see, the all night contemporary art festival starts this Saturday and the installations are spread throughout the city. Getting around late at night can be a hassle so the City of Toronto has prepared this information to help visitors navigate the night.
Just like Redball and the Supermoon

Fresh Joe's battle with cancer means that he won't be able to make it this year, so I plan to bike for him and have planned a special bicycle art display for the night's. I plan to be the best piece of art for Nuit Blanche 2015.
Pedestrian bridge lighting at Nuit Blanche

It officially starts 6:55 pm Saturday, October 3 and runs until sunrise on Sunday, October 4. See the press release after the jump with event map information, public transportation tips and road closure information links.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Some promotional models for the end of summer in Toronto

And some assorted bikini contestants. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Fall is apple picking season

And thousands of city dwellers head out of the city in v formations, migrating to outlet malls and fields full of fruit trees. For most of Toronto that means a trip to Chudleighs, which is great if you like traffic, seas of humanity, expensive entry fees and apple pies, or you could go to one of the less well known orchards like those found in Brampton along Heritage Road.
The best time to go is on a weekday, but if you want to do a family outing you are usually stuck to going on a weekend. On weekends in Milton the traffic going north on Highway 25, coming off Highway 401 is stop and go as you head towards Chudleighs. Police at the entrance help guide people in and out of the popular orchard and while parking is free, the entrance is $12 each. We decide to go instead to Carl Laidlaw on Heritage Road where the entrance is only $4, their was no lineup getting in and the police didn't have to control traffic.
Fall is also bee and wasp season and the farm leaves some sweet things, like candy apples out in the open to draw the wasps away from people and other sweet treats
A lot of the farm orchards have many varieties of fruits, flowers and squash type things like pumpkins which are especially popular in fall as Halloween approaches. Laidlaw's has an extensive line of apples and pears and lots of sunflowers growing tall in the fields. Succulent apples with names like ambrosia, flemish beauty, empire, russet and tolman sweet make the mouth water and have bakers getting the pie pans ready to go into the oven.
At Carl Laidlaw Orchards you can "sample the varieties that are perfect for picking at our tasting wagon, pick fresh apples and pears, enjoy a wagon ride into the orchards, jump in a hay barn, make an apple pie with us, delight in the grainary, try the barn beam walk, stroll the farm, play with toy tractors , shop in our quaint barn market, peruse the pumpkin patch, roast a hot dog and indulge in a buttered cob of fresh corn (barbeque is available on weekends only)."

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Zombies promote Halloween Haunt

Canada's Wonderland brings the scare to the entertainment park in October. Boo, I mean brains, wooh, wooh, brains - cause Zombies (over 700 undead). Fridays to Sundays from 7pm to midnight (except October 4) the event is so frightening that it is not recommended for children under 13.
Zombies join a new bride and groom at City Hall, then they ate them

"Canada's Wonderland is transformed for 13 terrifying nights in October to Halloween Haunt. This year will be bigger, better, and more terrifying than ever with a brand new maze, Spirit Manor, and the return of a fan favourite, ZOMBIES 4D Interactive Dark Ride. Brave your way through 10 horrifying mazes, 2 scare zones, and 4 live shows, in addition to the 700 monsters prowling the Park."

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