If Christmas isn’t your thing and you’re not quite chosen enough for Chanukah, don’t despair: you can celebrate the winter solstice.
Falling on December 21 in 2015, the solstice marks the shortest day of the year. In Toronto, we’ll get a scant eight hours and 55 minutes of sunlight to mark the occasion (compare this to summer solstice in June, when we get more than 15 hours of glorious sunlight). It’s a time to settle in with a cup of hot chocolate (or mulled wine) and watch the fireplace roar.
But if settling in isn’t your thing, we have a selection of solstice-themed events and outings to check out. And just remember: the days get longer from here on out.
One of the big questions that I get asked a lot is “why beer?” There are plenty of other things in this big world that are incredibly interesting, and I’m a woman of eclectic interests, but what is it about beer that has made it chief among them?
Amarai, Leslie and Lori Endes photo by Shana Hillman.
On any other day, the porches of Seaton Village seem nothing out of the ordinary, serving their community quietly with nary a glance from passersby. But for a few days every summer, and much to the delight of Karen and Allen Kaeja of Kaeja Dance, they become alive with energy, sound and movement.
Porch View Dances, an annual event that is the brainchild of Kaeja, showcases real people dancing in real spaces. Residents, including children, from around the neighbourhood participate in choreographed dance routines held on their very own porches, to the viewing pleasure of spectators who stop by while on a short walking tour of Seaton Village. The tour is guided by Allen Kaeja, Karen Kaeja’s husband and co-artistic director of the dance business. It starts at 84 London Street, making stops at a total of three porches and ending in Vermont Square Park where the dancers lead the community in a follow-the-leader style participatory routine. Keep reading: Seaton Village is Where the Porches Dance
Riot Fest is coming to Downsview Park September 19-20 and bringing Alexisonfire, Weezer, The Prodigy, Wu-Tang Clan, Rancid, and oh-so-many more. Click here for your chance to win! The contest closes Friday, July 17 at 11:59PM and winners will be contacted by email by Do416.
In the meantime, make sure you bookmark our events page to keep tabs on the best things happening in your city.
Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five.
Photo from event’s Facebook page, linked below.
Vigil for Andrew Loku
Eglinton Gilbert Parkette | 504 Gilbert Ave (Eglinton West & Gilbert Avenue)
July 10, 7p.m.
A vigil to honour and remember Andrew Loku, a Black 45-year-old, father of five, and refugee from South Sudan, who was shot dead by Toronto Police early Sunday inside his apartment complex. The building’s units are leased by the Canadian Mental Health Association to provide affordable housing and services for people living with mental illness.