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Outdoor Art in the Beaches, Toronto

Katya R
Posted February 25, 2015

Toronto has been having a hell of a winter. Snowstorms, high winds, and a cold spell bitter enough to write home about have kept a lot of Torontonians indoors. There are, however, plenty of outdoor activities in the city waiting for those who decide to venture outside still!

Take The Beaches, for instance. It is one of the most iconic Toronto neighbourhoods and a summer visitor magnet, but it, too, becomes desolate in winter, especially in winter as harsh as this one. So to lure people out of their homes, the City of Toronto had decided to inject some warmth onto the snow-covered shore, brighten the Beaches landscape and attract more visitors to the area in the process.





How? By putting up an outdoor art installation, of course! Planned around the no less iconic lifeguard stations (in use only by the bravest souls in winter), four pieces of interactive art are united by the theme "Warmth". The idea is to bring people together on the beach again, be it around a bonfire or a set of colourful fabric swings.











Exploring the installations is a lot of fun, even on a sunny, -30В°C with windchill, kind of day. There are quite a few people hanging around despite the cold, so the exhibit can definitely be called a success. Here is hoping that this mini-art showcase will come back next winter.



TIFF 2014: It's A Wrap!

Katya R
Posted September 17, 2014



Every year it seems that it will never come, but once it does, it is over in a heartbeat - we are talking, of course, about the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF for short, whose 39th edition descended on Toronto this year on September 4 and wrapped up on September 14.

The lines were long, the rains annoying, the films countless - and some of them were good, some bad, some genius and some tedious. In short, business as usual. We attended 9 screenings in total, including the already Oscar-buzzing The Imitation Game (UK/USA) that proceeded to win the Grolsch People's Choice Award at TIFF.

Among those that we also really enjoyed were the hilarious mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows (New Zealand), the lush adaptation of Madame Bovary (USA/France) and the fun and colourful family film Labyrinthus (Belgium). On the other hand, the asinine comedy The Little Death (Australia) that, incidentally, was the first screening we attended, completely failed to entertain or offend. The Norwegian/American collaboration Miss Julie, despite having some superb acting by Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain, dragged on for two hours and should have been performed on stage, as its source material had intended.



Jessica Chastain at the world premiere of Miss Julie


Jemaine Clement (left) presents his film What We Do In The Shadows


The festival is one of the biggest in the world, attended by over 400 000 people. Considering the numbers, it went relatively smoothly this year, with only a few glitches on the way. TIFF volunteers, recognizable by their bright orange T-shirts, were always on hand to help. Yes, the lines were long, including ticket rush lines, but this is due to the sheer number of movie lovers attending. After all, the festival's accessibility to the public is a huge part of what makes TIFF great. (Have you ever been to a screening at the Cannes festival, stargazed at the red carpet and paid 20 bucks for the privilege? We haven't either. In Toronto though - oh yes!)





One thing new this year was the weekend street festival organized by TIFF, called aptly The Festival Street that ran on September 4-7. For the festival, the stretch of King West from University Ave to Peter St was closed to traffic and populated instead by sponsors' booths, music stages, food trucks, picnic tables, a piano and even a giant chess set.







Walking around even for a bit was enough to feel the TIFF spirit and the magic of coming together with other film buffs. The Festival Street is definitely returning next year for the 40th anniversary of TIFF.


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