Marshmallow uTOpia
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Marshmallow uTOpia

marshmallow tower 1.JPGTorontoist represented at yesterday’s launch of uTOpia at the Gladstone. We hosted a marshmallow-and-toothpick building contest (because we’re actually about five-years-old) and we got some fabulous entries from aspiring alternative architects of all ages – all eager to recreate their favourite Toronto landmarks in marshmallow. And then we all got tummy-aches from eating too much of the building material.
Aside from the marshmallows, there was a strong line-up of panelists and guests, which included Mark Kingwell, Jonny Dovercourt, Sheila Heti and “difficult person” Bert Archer. The two latter panelists provided the most lively discussion, with Heti asserting that people in Toronto sleep with those they admire, and Archer countering with the notion that not many Toronto writers will be short-listed.
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Little tyke Jasper (above) blew everyone out of the water with his skill and patience in building what was eventually deemed to be the new Libeskind crystal. The finished product looked a little something like this:
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An even littler tyke named Emory made this tent with only a tiny bit of help (he later had to stop his little sister from eating his creation):
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TOist’s Boy Reporter (who was largely responsible for our presence at the event – thanks, Ron!) went miniature with a tasty little CN Tower alongside the OCAD building:
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Our personal favourite was Ian’s marshmallow subway train (which unfortunately is about to run over a little toothpick man. THE CARNAGE!):
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TOist’s own little tyke Josh works on the neighbouring table’s CN Tower redesign contest:
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So it just goes to show you, in Toronto, you can sleep with anyone you admire.
(With files from JOsh)