You may have already heard about the stellar line-up of bands going on for this year’s Wintercity, but there’s much more to this festival than an eclectic mix of tunes.
It’s a good thing winter finally arrived because this event may not have taken place. Now that it’s here (and with a vengeance), the City is inviting everyone to come down and have a little bit of fun on their dime. Theatrics, ice sculptures and cooking demos are all on the menu for this year’s festival-goers. Oh, the usual market vendors will be there hawking their wares and as usual, the skating rink will be open for everyone to enjoy.
Starting tonight, the wold-renowned Kitonb Extreme Theatre Company from Italy will be debuting Carillon — The Flight of Time at Nathan Phillips Square. A little bit like Cirque du Soleil, the performance will feature about 30 acrobats, dancers and performers in a “dream-like theatrical voyage…an extraordinary narrative performance, magnificent lighting design, and an original score performed live by popular Italian vocalist Rosie Wiederkehr.”
And what kind of festival would it be without corporate sponsorship? American Express is all over this one by lending their name to this event, especially the American Express Ice Gallery. Starting tonight and running until February 4, the gallery shows a selection of Vancouver artist’s Gordon Halloran work “Paintings Below Zero.” An “homage to Canada,” Halloran uses over 800 square feet to display his project that “explores issues of climate change, global warming and melting ice caps.” You’ll also have a chance to be part of the exhibit by skating on Nathan Phillip Square’s ice rink by skating on the surface of the paintings.
There’s also a bunch of family friendly indoor activities throughout the next two weeks for those crazy people that can bear subzero temperatures. Everywhere from the Toronto Zoo to the Canadian Opera Company to the Ontario Science Centre will be hosting their own Wintercity events. So if standing out in the cold listening to some great Canadian music isn’t your cup of tea, there’s plenty of other events to choose from.
Finally, if you’re tired of the same old hot dog-and-fries combo you always get when you hit Nathan Phillips Square, there’ll also be a variety of food vendors on both weekends to satisfy your taste buds. Dangerous Dan’s and Rasoee The Indian Kitchen will be around throughout the next two weekends while you can expect to see La Fiesta and Purple Pig around this weekend and La Cocina de Dona Luz and Satay on the Road starting February 2.
For more information, check out the Wintercity website.
Photo of skaters at Nathan Phillips Square by on·tol·o·gy in the Torontoist Flickr Pool. Photo of Carillon performers courtesy of the City of Toronto