Sunday, January 15, 2017

A quiet winter's day in the Distillery District

The marketing people at the historic brick neighbourhood in downtown Toronto were geniuses when they came up with the Christmas Market. Over the course of the annual event tens of thousands (perhaps trillions) made the trek into the unique section of Toronto, met Santa Claus and had some hot chocolate. On weekends there were lineups to pay to get into the area and parking was hard to find. Now Christmas has come and gone and the busy weekends have given way to almost empty streets full of photographers and tourist groups.

That is about to change as they have come up with another event to bring people back to the Distillery District during the dog days of winter - the Toronto Light Fest. Running from January 27 to March 12, 2017 the "brand-new event which will transform the Distillery District into a huge open-air gallery, lighting up the long Winter nights with works from Canadian and International light artists. This Winter, come out of the dark and into the light!"
And why? Because "winter sucks, and we simply just want to make winter not suck so much. We want to create something special and something that will lift the collective spirit of the City. We aspire to make ourselves proud and organize an event that is inspirational. In a world with so many dark and ominous messages, we want to create a positive, magical urban world that people of all ages and backgrounds will enjoy and look forward to."
I certainly like festivals and lights are at the top of my list of things I also like, so hopefully we will see some brilliant art pieces, canopies of lights, laser shows and more. You will know when it successful when you can't find parking, crowds make it hard to walk around and you might have to pay to get in on the weekend.
Locks of all shapes and sizes continue to fill the Love Lock installation on Tank House Lane near Trinity Street. Some of the locks are pretty unique and a good way to show your love, at least until they remove them to make way for more locks. Maybe they are just using this as a way to raise money through scrap metal recycling. If you wait you can bring your next girlfriend and a new lock and she will never suspect that you had other locks.
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