The Ice Festival in Yorkville is another way to celebrate the winter in our city. Stroll around the park and see the wonderful ice sculptures showcased by talented and experienced artists. It takes them only one hour per block of ice but they know what they are doing! New stores have recently opened, including Starbucks right on the park.
We need to bundle up due to the freezing temperatures that are reaching the ones in the moon. Toronto can get to -40C and the moon is only -54C so we are not that far apart!
We might as well enjoy the winter activities in the city. It is usually quite nice, calm and beautiful the scenery right after a snow storm. Great for taking the dog for a walk, the kids tobogganing or just getting fresh air. Leaside as many other neighbourhoods have plenty of fantastic areas to enjoy and they are just around the corner.
Catalogada como la tercera ciudad más grande de Norte América después de Nueva York y Los Angeles, Toronto sigue dando pasos de modernidad reflejados en las siguientes obras que se destacan en el 2014.
1 El centro de investigación y aprendizaje Peter Gilgan del Hospital de Niños Enfermos en la Calle Bay. Se destaca el volumen curvilíneo con pisos entrelazados por espacios comunes que promueven la cooperación entre los 260 científicos y sus 2000 proyectos sobre la salud infantil.
2 La biblioteca pública de Fort York sirve de centro de unión a las nuevas comunidades aledañas que se benefician con tecnología de avanzada incluyendo impresoras en tercera dimensión.
3 El centro de aprendizaje de la Universidad Ryerson brindará a los estudiantes un espacio único de descubrimiento y colaboración con una volumetría irregular destacada por la iluminación interna. La plaza pública de acceso se integrará al dinamismo de la Calle Yonge.
4 La Estación Principal que une los medios de transporte públicos más importantes de país ofrece en su plataforma central una estructura monumental de acero y vidrio que ya está en uso, aunque no ha sido terminada en su totalidad.
5 El Centro de Visitantes del Fuerte York, construido en forma tal que se mimetiza en el paisaje, resembla con sus láminas de acero rústico la pendiente natural de la época en que fué librada la Guerra de 1812.
6 El Museo Aga Khan dedicado al fomento del arte y la cultura Musulmana ofrece un estilo contemporáneo de líneas sencillas con un tratamiento de iluminación natural logrado mediante claraboyas de formas singulares.
7 El Centro Ismaelita con un majestuoso domo que alberga el lugar de oración está rodeado de un parque de piscinas sin límite acompañadas de un paisajismo refrescante reminiscente de La Alhambra y el Taj Majal.
8 Pier 27 es el primer conjunto residencial en la nueva área de desarrollo de la bahía al Oriente de la Calle Yonge. Con sus puentes de vivienda urbana y apartamentos en voladizo son una demostración que la ciudad está aceptando una arquitectura de vanguardia, alejada de los parámetros clásicos.
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Cavalcade of Lights is the official start of the Christmas Season in Toronto, usually on the last Saturday of November. A fun night open to all Torontonians to share an amazing spectacle of lights, music and great energy. The official tree is illuminated, fantastic fireworks are displayed and a DJ party with ice skating enthusiasts closes the celebration.
Brookfield Place, home of the Allen Lambert Galleria, designed by world renown Spanish architect Santiago #Calatrava is considered the most magnificent indoor public space in Toronto. Located in the very heart of Canada's Financial District and with direct access to Union Station, this monumental space is year round being used as a background to showcase fantastic art installations and exhibits that are always worth visiting. YourHomeInToronto would like to share this slide show with several of the art pieces we have managed to see over the past years.
Wishing all our friends a special Halloween Day!!!. It is a great moment to celebrate the joy of having children running around in our neighbourhoods filling the air with laughter and happiness and their tummies with nice treats.
It is lovely to see so many houses decorated with ghosts, pumpkins, spiders, black cats, tombstones and all sorts of terrifying monsters.
Let's keep a close eye on the little creatures and have a safe and joyful day!
The celebration of the arts during a whole night, starting at 6:00 PM and going all the way to sunrise has created a level of energy in the downtown core of Toronto like no other event at this time of the evening.
Rivers of people, usually in groups, wander through the streets with great expectation to see the free installations of hundreds of contemporary artists in several disciplines, from painting, acting, music, photography, sculpture, etc. who transform the city for the public's delight or dislike.
Some places are just packed and there is little space to move or breath but the crowd continues chasing the next show like a pilgrimage of the arts.
Though there is a lot of information posted online and in print media, often times it is necessary to go and check it out in person as the description or the images shown may not really represent the true dimension of the exhibit. Extended projects can be seen for another week including night installations of artists playing with light, colours, forms and effects.
The Garden of Renova, designed by the Centre of the Arts and Design at George Brown College was made entirely of coloured toilet paper and attracted a huge amount of visitors who mixed and mingle in the curvaceous forms recreated in the space.
The CanAmerican Energy Arts Team showcased a set of two large oil barrels united by a pipeline representing the energy independence (or dependence) of the two nations. A fountain pumping black gold accompanied by a multimedia landscape exhibit intended to have a different communication approach to the public.
Ghosts of our former selves with visitors faces painted by the artists that glowed in the dark.
Dress rehearsal with shadow boxes displaying the innermost moments of musicians who perform solo offering an interesting contrast in the dark of the night.
The human brain installation by influential Cuban artist Yoan Capote titled Open Mind, offers a space where visitors can walk underneath the metal labyrinth and interact with each other regardless of faith, culture or political beliefs.
Made in China featuring a facade made with articles produced in China in the middle of Chinatown is a colourful display that calls the attention of the passersby.
An extended installation at Fort York, allows visitors to feel treated like celebrities walking on the red carpet with the backdrop of the city.
The changing of the colours during the Fall season in Algonquin Park is such a great and marvelous spectacle that is music for the eyes. There are two peaks in the colours, the first one is when the maple canopies turn red and then the leaves fall and the yellow ones show their beauty.
Highway 60 is a sure place to look at the marvel of nature, though it gets tricky with so many drivers passing by at high speeds.
From Toronto is just over two hours to get there. Before entering the park there are two great places to enjoy the reflections on still waters so watch out for what catches your eye and imagination.
As pictures paint a thousand words, there is no need to describe this beauty. Just enjoy the first peak when red is the preferred colour!
Canoeing and staying in the different wood cabin lodges is one of the greatest pleasures for Torontonians, Ontarians and Canadians alike.
With great joy for our city and nation, this week was open to the public the wonderful urban architectural complex dedicated to the promotion of Muslim culture built by the Aga Kahn Foundation, comprised of the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre in Toronto.
Two buildings with different complementary uses, united by a minimalist landscape offer visitors a contemporary space, with open and closed areas in a privileged site; allowing the feel that the flow of natural elements like water, earth, light and air, can still be found in a prime urban location.
The Aga Khan Museum, unique in North America was conceived as an educational institution in the fields of art and Muslim culture in order to promote knowledge and understanding within their societies and other cultures. The need to reduce the increasing division and misunderstandings between cultures of the Middle East and the West was the key factor for His Highness the Aga Khan, in the decision to undertake a project of this magnitude. Canada, world leader in its commitment to welcome immigrants with different traditions and beliefs that share common values, was the country chosen by the foundation to house the museum and from there to meet the objective of deepening the understanding between different cultures, essential for peace and progress in the world. Toronto has a significant concentration of Muslims and offers a strategic location that allows reaching an audience of over 60 million people within an hour's flight.
The museum was designed by renowned Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki in a contemporary style with simple lines and sloping profile where light plays a major factor, treated with unique skylights. The first floor contains a central courtyard comprised of glass panels with Arabic patterns which figures are consistently reflected by the sun's rays. The permanent exhibition offers a number of unique pieces from different Muslim cultural manifestations showing its influence from the Middle East to North Africa and Europe. The second floor houses temporary exhibitions, including modern artists. The auditorium has a majestic dome with geometric and light shapes reminiscent of a nineteenth-century Iranian bazaar. A cozy restaurant offers delicacies from the Middle East with magnificent outdoor views.
The Ismaili Centre was designed by Charles Correa, renowned architect and planner from India. The heart of the building is a majestic glass dome with metal structure that serves as a sacred place of prayer. The building offers various meeting rooms, as well as informational and study areas to learn about their culture and religion. Large windows decorated with intricate patterns are used to separate private and public spaces and in all the cases natural light and walk out to open air terraces is a constant feature.
Lebanese landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic, joined the two buildings using a geometric composition of infinity pools aligned with a precise selection of trees, offering a state of calmness perfect to admire the vegetation and landscape that changes with the seasons. The reflection of all the elements, influenced on the Alhambra and the Taj Mahal, offers a magical visual spectacle not to be missed.
Let us seize the opportunity presented by these new spaces to awaken our intellectual curiosity and recreate our senses.