Another year, another lightfest. So thrilled the Toronto Light Festival has returned to the Distillery District this year. It's free and it lasts several weeks, which is great because it's such an easy one with kids, you can go for a little while and then come back and see another section if you can't do it all at once. I keep telling people to go before it gets as popular as the Toronto Christmas Market and they start charging! Here's are some highlights from this year's visit.
It started on January 18th and you still have time to go, the Toronto Light Festival is on until March 3rd in the Distillery District, Sunday to Wednesday sundown to 10pm and Thursday to Saturday sundown to 11pm. Rosie :)
Happy Place has arrived and it's just what we needed on a grey and drizzly November morning. This bright and beautiful art exhibit is my favourite type... you can touch everything as much as you like. The massive installations from seven-foot stilettos to the world's largest indoor confetti dome is room after room of colour and joy. Everyone is smiling and taking fun pics and it's really just what creator Jared Paul envisioned... a place to walk in where you are surrounded by all things happy.
Toronto is the third stop for Happy Place after Los Angeles and Chicago and runs until January 1st 2019 at the Harbourfront Centre in downtown Toronto. Check out @wearehappyplace on Twitter and Instagram for updates and promo codes. Kids four and under are free of charge. Rosie :)
One of my fave Carrie moments on Sex and the City is her delight when she finds what she thought was an "urban shoe legend" -the Manolo Mary Janes- in the fashion cupboard at Vogue. Carrie's love of Manolos and the spectacular styling on that show made me fall in love with the artistry that is a Manolo Blahnik shoe. The Art of Shoes at the Bata Shoe Museum is a shoe-lover's dream; an ethereal exhibit of Manolos that will have you wanting to commit museum theft. Here are some shots of my faves:
Nearly cracked the glass here... guess that's why they only display one...
Inspired by nature:
Manolo Blahnik designed the shoes for Sophia Coppola's movie Marie Antoinette:
The Art of Shoes runs until January 6th, 2019 at the Bata Shoe Museum in downtown Toronto. Rosie :)
There is still time to see this terrific exhibit which was even better than I was expecting. The Art of Banksy had it's North American premiere here in Toronto and was extended a couple of times this summer because it was incredibly popular. I loved it. It wraps up September 16th and then off to other cities. It takes about an hour and a half to get through and I would love to see it again. Here are some of my fave pieces.
You can purchase tickets at www.theartofbanksy.com. Follow the Twitter feed @banksyexhibit because you can often find a promo code for discounts. Rosie :)
What an incredible week! Toronto embraced the Invictus Games with open arms and anyone who made it out to an event was blown away by the strength and spirit of the competitors. We attended a wheelchair rugby game between Canada and Australia and it was amazing... the competitors, men and women, were incredible to watch in action. Check out this passing for the try of the game for Canada:
My favourite moment at the closing ceremony on Saturday night was when Prince Harry came out after the star-studded concert and said to the competitors- "you said you wanted Bruce Springsteen- and I got him for you!" You could tell he was so proud to have organized an artist that everyone had wanted. The concert featured Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Coeur di Pirate, Bryan Adams, Bachman and Turner... it was awesome. The highlight was when Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams performed together, doing one of each other's songs... "Badlands" and "Cuts Like a Knife." What a sensational jam. Here's a bit of Bruce performing "Dancing in the Dark":
The Invictus Games will be held in Sydney, Australia in 2018. Rosie :)
"Time and time again, competitors from around the world tell me that sport has saved them; that the Invictus Games have given them a new lease on life; and that to represent their country again with fellow comrades is something they could only have dreamt of while lying in hospital." -- Prince Harry
Ruth Wilson and Bob Balaban took the stage with the cast of the "The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House" after the film's debut at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema during TIFF 2016. Director Oz Perkins (son of Anthony Perkins) is pictured on the right, fielding questions from the packed house during the Q&A led by TIFF programmer Colin Geddes. It was a perfect TIFF Vanguard film; weird and puzzling and really, really creepy.