The lights went out and the music went up at the 10th annual celebration.
WHERE: Christie Pits, and then to Central Tech
WHEN: Thursday, August 14
WHAT: The 10th edition of Toronto’s annual Blackout Party, which marks the anniversary of the 2003 Northeast blackout that plunged the city into darkness and saw people flock to the streets and other public spaces to meet their neighbours. On Thursday evening the festivities began at Christie Pits, where hundreds of revellers congregated before wending their way through the alleys around Bloor and Bathurst and then parading to Central Tech for music, dancing, and celebration. For the first time in a few years, the Lemon Bucket Orkestra did not participate in the event—they’re on a tour through Quebec, and were playing a show in Sherbrooke—but acts such as Samba Elegua, Pretty Rambunctious, and Street Brass kept the party going.