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Happy Solstice! Ready to Bang Our Dr...

Happy Solstice!  Ready to Bang Our Drums.
It’s the darkest day of the year, and there are threats of ice storms, but that won’t stop us from walking around in the dark banging our drums and shaking our noisemakers. Yes, I am forcing my little family back out into to the cold to march around Allan Gardens holding candles, making noise, and collecting holiday stares to chas [...]

Why No Kensington?

Why No Kensington?
Wow, I’ve already had people asking “What? No Kensington Market this year?!?” And the answer is: “No” As many of you know, and many of you have participated, we have traditionally celebrated the Festival of Lights in Kensington Market.  (Not exclusively of course,  as long-time readers will know from this post originally written in the dayboo [...]

Contemplating Light

Contemplating Light
As the temperatures starts to drop, I’ve been thinking about our annual pilgrimage to Kensington Market for the Festival of Lights. It is one of my favourite things to do. The true start of the season for me. A group of like minded people marching together through the emptied out market by the closed darkened stores down the streets de [...]

My Favourite Day Of The Year!

My Favourite Day Of The Year!
Today is my favourite day of the year!  It’s the winter solstice and by extension it’s the Festival of Lights in Kensington Market (hosted by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts) (for those of you viewing from home… aka an RSS reader, email or facebook there is a cool little flickr slide show embedded here) “Why Lexa, why?” you might ask, “Why would y [...]

Taking the Shine Off My Tinsel

Taking the Shine Off My Tinsel
Winter Solstice Festival of Lights Kensington Market – Originally uploaded by tysonwilliams.com Last night was the Festival of Lights in Kensington Market.  It was the oddest solstice for us.  Perhaps the one that most embodied the Winter Solstice as the darkest day of the year. Nothing really bad happen, just enough little stuff to ta [...]

Winter Solstice Whine

Winter Solstice Whine
  Winter Solstice Festival of Lights Kensington Market — Originally uploaded by tysonwilliams.com Last night was the Festival of Lights in Kensington Market.  It was the oddest solstice for us.  Perhaps the one that most embodied the Winter Solstice as the darkest day of the year. Nothing really bad happen, just enough [...]

Happy Solstice!

Happy Solstice!
Get out your Solstice hats, it’s time to chase away the darkness! We’re meeting just south of Augusta & College in front of Oishi Kada between 5:30-5:45pm tonight.  Come with noise and light makers and join in the Festival of Lights.

Light the Night

Light the Night
I have to get me some of these! Throwies are a revolution in temporary art: invented by the Graffiti Research Lab, they can stick to anything that is ferromagnetic and glow for about two weeks. Graffiti Research Labs Useful for newmindspace’s Radical Illumination “On December 8th, we will create a thousand points of li [...]

#18 Spill Everything aka yet another ...

#18 Spill Everything aka yet another Xmas post
My friend stampgeek who has just recently started blogging posed the question: Thinking of the Season? Then waited for my comment.  And waited. And waited.  Then he emailed asking “what gives”. It’s my own fault, I had set him up by commenting almost immediately on all his previous posts. After leaving a comment that was act [...]

Diwali – Eid Street Celebration

Diwali – Eid Street Celebration
Gerrard India Bazaar celebrates Diwali and Eid every year in the Bazaar. This year these two important holidays happen to occur at the same time of the year. To celebrate the holidays, the Gerrard India Bazaar has planned Diwali-Eid celebrations for 2pm-10pm from Friday October 20th to Sunday October 22nd. Gerrard street from Greenwood to Co [...]

Celebrating the Light

Celebrating the Light
Burning — Photo courtesy of LexnGer. Wow. Another wonderful year at Kensington’s Festival of Lights. Drums, dancing, lanterns, candles, and wonderful performances on rooftops and street corners. We were joined by friends and then proceeded to lose them in the crowds of celebrants. This year the market shops were open and the ma [...]

Happy Solstice To All and To All A Go...

Happy Solstice To All and To All A Good Feed.
It is finally here.  The day I talk about all year round.  The event I missed most of all!!! It’s time for the Festival of Lights!!! So here is the plan for this evening: Meet @ 5:30 in front of Oishi Kada (on the west side of Augusta between College & Oxford) Come with: Hats, gloves, scarves, and layers, lots of laye [...]

Triple Gingerbread Dudes

Triple Gingerbread Dudes
. Last night I succumbed to a Solstice Eve baking frenzy and filled our house with the smell of warm gingerbread. Generally, I try and hold off any Xmas baking, shopping and decorating until after the Festival of Lights (tonight!!!!) which is the official start of the season in our house. This year it is even more important to keep the hol [...]

Chasing off the darkness.

Chasing off the darkness.
Unite to ignite the longest, darkest night at the Festival of Lights in Kensington Market on December 21st. Fire breathers, stilt walkers, giant puppets, choirs, dancers, drummers all join in a lantern-lit carnival parade through Kensington Market culminating in a huge burning-man-esque revel at Bellevue Square Park. This is one of thos [...]

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