While we vehemently disagree, many people believe Torontonians to be an unfriendly bunch: impossible to approach, quick to end conversations with strangers and constantly averting their eyes. This has been the motivation for a number of excellent projects like Loosen Up Toronto and a recent free hug event on Yonge Street, inspired by the original Free Hugs Campaign by Juan Mann.
Toronto just can’t get enough of the meme that keeps on giving, however: a mysterious group calling themselves the Toronto Hug Coalition (THC) has pushed the envelope one step further and is making a massive event out of it in Toronto’s living room, Nathan Phillips Square. Inspired by their spontaneous free hugs at Nuit Blanche, this event will feature the “official hug man”.
“Torontonians from of all walks of life are invited to spontaneously hug by the thousands at 3 pm at Nathan Phillips Square. Candy pop band The Bicycles will be on stage and at 3 and will ask for a mass hug.”
Hug you there?