The name Halloween (originally spelled Hallowe’en) means the day before All Hallows Day (better known as All Saints Day), a Catholic holiday commemorating Christian saints and martyrs observed since the early Middle Ages on November 1. Others scholars maintain that Halloween was influenced by western European harvest festivals and fêtes of the dead with possible pagan roots. Continue reading Happy Halloween!
On the evening of October 5th, 2013, thousands of people ventured out into the streets of downtown Toronto for an all-night adventure in the arts. Some of the most talked about and popular art installations included Ai Weiwei’s “Forever Bicycles,” mounted at Nathan Phillips Square, Alain Declercq’s performance piece, “Crash Cars,” Marcin Kedzior’s interactive installation “Paper Orbs,” and “My Virtual Dream,” a research installation on the brain co-produced by Baycrest Hospital and the University of Toronto. Continue reading Nuit Blanche Toronto 2013
Artfest Toronto, in its 7th year, is one of my favorite Toronto’s arts & crafts festivals. The event took place on the weekend of August 3, 4 & 5. This year 65 artists & artisans from across Canada signed up to participate. Celebrating culture, artists set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Historic Distillery District in downtown Toronto to either sell their handmade craft or perform. Visitors enjoyed live music, paintings, sculptures, crafted jewellery, fashion, and gourmet food (the shortbread cookies are much-loved!). Below are some of my favourite fine art works: Continue reading Artfest at The Distillery