Pride can be a bit overwhelming your first time out. There’s the month-long, jam-packed official calendar, which starts with a flag-raising ceremony and stretches on for an entire month. Every major institution in the city, from TIFF to the TSO, is getting in on the action. All your friends are RSVPing to different events on Facebook, and on top of all that, every square inch of the Church-Wellesley Village is plastered with posters advertising themed club nights and circuit parties. We haven’t even got to the parade itself, with hundreds of thousands of revellers and multiple stages, each with their own series of performances.
How’s a newbie to make sense of it all? With the Pride festival officially kicking off today, Torontoist offers its best advice for navigating the celebrations to come.
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