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 [...]
A couple of months ago the folks at Illy coffee contacted me and asked if I would go coffee surfing with Gabriele Galimberti and discuss moments of happiness when he was in Toronto. I did a little research and quickly said “yes, yes, yes!”
Gabriele Galimberti is a world-renowned travel and portrait photographer who Illy Coffee is sending ar [...]
As part of the Blissdom Ultimate Foodie Excursion I led a tour through Kensington Market Sunday Morning. We did the tour after a great breakfast at Caplansky’s &before heading down to Longo’s MLS for the the Cuisinart Soup Challenge. What an honour to be invited to do this.Thank you Emma, it was great fun!
You can see some [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Hello My Darling… — Originally uploaded by LexnGer
I picked up this crazy frog pendant at Sunday’s PS Kensington. It’s hand carved from coconut shell and it reminds me so much of the Warner Brothers Dancing Frog that I burst into song every time I look at it.
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 [...]
I realized there is absolutely no point in writing up my own description of our Nuit Blanche experience when Rockr has captured it so brilliantly.
We all pretty much agreed that this year, Toronto’s Nuit Blanche was less interesting in terms of exhibits than it was last year. I mean, come on. Three boxes — one vibrating, one vibra [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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)
Hats, gloves, scarves, and layers, lots of laye [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]