Toronto Is Being Invaded By Mutant Vehicles This Weekend

Over the last two years a lot on Sterling Road in Toronto has been transformed into a smaller version of Burning Man. Cultivating all the art, culture, music, and good vibes of the thing in the desert.

This weekend, for the last time, the event returns. With more art cars and funky tunes. Described by Heavy Meta Entertainment the event will:

“Heavy Meta + The Ark Car present: Metaverse // The final Sterling Lot party. An art car and music experience.

Save the date: July 27th 2019

FEATURING:
+ Heavy Meta. The Ark Car. Tarna. The Anglerfish.
+ Art installations.
+ Fire. Lots of fire.
+ Art buses: TTZ and The Bubble Bus
+ Interactive rides.
+ A chill plounge.
+ Food vendors.

We have once more secured the massive, tree-lined outdoor space in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood for the final time. Come say goodbye to our “playa in the city” before it transforms to the next phase of its life. All is ephemeral.

MUSICAL GUESTS:
RICHARD BROOKS
BEN CORMIER
MATT VON WILDE
STEINTOLOGY
SUBTLE PLANES
TICKY TY

Where past and present collide in a fiery explosion. Where the future is shaped by lightning and steel. Where dreams are sewn with metallic threads and flames burn bright into the night. Come bear witness to the spawn of magic and machinery through the manifestation of the monolithic fire-breathing beast called Heavy Meta.

This is our final fundraiser before we set off to represent our city and country at Burning Man.

19+ Recommended / Accompanied minors allowed with a ticket.”

There are rumors of an afterparty for this insane event too. The event page on Facebook has lots of last minute tickets, outfit inspiration threads, and info about the installations.

Tickets are still available for the event, and you can use code NIKKI at checkout to save on yours.


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Toronto’s Secret Society Celebrate Their Third Anniversary Tonight

“3 years ago 3 people sat down in a secret room with nothing but a vision. To create a community that treats each other with respect, without judgement, expressing love for music, dance, and freedom.
Here we are 3 years, and many beach parties, secret warehouse jams, countless wednesday afternoons later. Stronger than ever, aligned in celebration of our diversity, and that indescribable vibe that enchants everyone and anyone attending a Secret Society party.

You are hereby invited to Brooklynn on Thanksgiving Sunday, October 8th, to celebrate the 3-year anniversary of Secret Society.

Our residents, Matt Von WildeMRKGThomas CardinMarkis, and Sierra are providing the music all night (and beyond).”

And I’ll be there, so that’s pretty much all the encouragement you need to come party yeah?

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To express our gratitude to you, our community, we created a very special ticketing structure.
Tier 1 (10 tickets): $3 (SOLD OUT)
Tier 2 (20 tickets): $9
Tier 3 (30 tickets): $13
Tickets at the door: $20
No additional fees if you purchase through our website (http://secretsocietyto.com/shop/3year)”

Bestival T.O 2016: Unicorns, Deer, Music, and Magic.

It is officially festival season, bring on flower crowns, good vibes, and a flood of festival selfies on all of your social media platforms. This year, Bestival made it’s return to Toronto but switched from the Island, to Woodbine Park. There was a fair amount of concern from resident regarding noise, and trash but the festival organizers, hailing from the UK, made sure it was all fine. I popped my Bestival cherry this year, and to be honest I wasn’t expecting it to be what it was: F*CKING MAGICAL. The majority of festivals that I attend are smaller, and somewhat on the hippy side so a festival like this seemed like it would be a little too off base (or rather on a normal base) than what I would enjoy. I was very wrong, the set up was amazing, I kept forgetting I was in my home city it was transformed so well.


After I settled in and accepted that I couldn’t be as jaded as usual at a Toronto event, I made my way to what I came for: The Cosmic Unicorn Parade (in association with Kigurumi Canada).

The parade, which was put on by the same lovely folk who bring the Renegade Parade to Nuit Blanche each year. Armed with a truck with its own horn, some fire, and a plethora of magic, the team filled the truck up with flag waving, bubble blowing, booty poppin’, dancing unicorns featuring Deer Team Six who I believe will officially replace festival fashion with a staple of antler and fur.

#deerteamsix #dt6 #bestival

Driving through the Bestival grounds crowds followed, danced and cheered the entire time, stopping to take a few selfies of course. With Dj JD Mack blasting beats, for the parade, and the truck returning Sunday with a few guest DJs in a parked spot.

Later in the evening Saturday, I checked out some of the vendors, danced around the grounds, and caught Porter Robinson’s set (and even got caught smiling, yeah I know.). There was almost no standing room at one point within the tent it got so filled with dancing fans.
Sunday seemed to be all about The Cure, and Grimes for everyone which I totally get but with the two playing on a Sunday I would have preferred if  this were held on a long weekend.

So perhaps it was the sunshine, the music,the organization of the festival, the vibes, the fashion, unicorns, deer,my amazing squad, a combination of all of those things, or just some magic but Bestival T.O was incredible.

10/10 would attend again.

The Light Battle Tour: Second to Beyonce’s Formation Tour

From the magical beings who bring you the pillow fights, and bubble battles you see in NYC and Toronto comes a battle of epic proportions. And since today in the ice-age country that is Canada its Family Day I thought I’d share this fun of for the whole family event.

Breaking records in 2015 with light sword battles happening in LA, New York, Toronto and San Diego to name a few, the family-friendly tour is back this year with a plethora of cities added to the roster.
When asked the upcoming series of events Kevin Bracken resident fun-scientist of Newmindspace had this to say:

“In December, we broke the world record for the world’s largest battle. This spring, we are going even bigger.” said Bracken (Seen below in a photo by artist Marie Poliak)

“We are thrilled to be bringing this free, fun, family-friendly event across the country, as well as raising money for our charitable partner Make-A-Wish.”

 

Want your city on the Light Battle Tour map? Vote on the official Facebook page here, where you can also see if your hometown is already there! Chicago, New Orleans, and San Francisco are set to be a part of the tour from the fun factory Newminspace.

Geek Out: Atomic Lollipop Takes Over The Ontario Science Center This Weekend

Whenever someone asks me what exactly Atomic Lollipop is I always have a hard time using just one sentence to describe it.  From July 17th to July 19th the geek culture celebration will take over the Ontario Science Center in Toronto. The music festival-fan convention-carnival-circus-pop culture extravaganza  returns with some super special guests.
90’s Europop band Prozzäk will be playing a reunion show on Saturday where I plan to scream every lyric at the top of my lungs despite my lack of vocal talents. On the same night, Wooden Wisdom which is made up of  Elijah Wood and Zach Cowie play a high-voltage, all-vinyl DJ set.
    You can also expect archery tag, nerdy burlesque, bouncy castles, cotton candy, light saber battle, crazy cool cosplay, and so much more.

Fandom meets music festival meets carnival at Atomic Lollipop, it’s the only event where you can go to a Harry Potter panel in the day, and play “D**k or No D**ck at night. With this year being the second at The Science Center for the event you can also expect the exhibits to be open! Hungry for snacks and nostalgia? Grab something from the 90’s Nostalgia cafe such as Lunchables, Fruit Gushers and more!

Come out and get your geek on tomorrow with over 200 attractions, panels, craft workshops and of course lil ol’ me covering hte event and fangirling a whole bunch. To grab tickets head over to the Atomic Lollipop Official Website .  And be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram for live coverage of the event!