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5 most exciting events happening in the GTA this winter
by Ally Buso | November 13, 2018

Escape the winter blues with these fun events!

Snow is HERE and it may be staying for a while. So in preparation for the inevitable dreariness of the winter season, we’ve compiled a list of the best events taking place this winter to give you something to look forward to during that low-sunlight slump.

Here are five of the coolest events to check out:


1. Winter Stations

Winter Stations is an annual art and design competition that takes over the Beaches during the winter months. It starts out with participants submitting proposals to a committee. The committee, comprised of qualified judges, reviews the proposals and selects four winners, whose sculptures will be created and displayed at different spots along the beaches from February 18 – April 1, 2019. The theme chosen for this year is migration. The creators of the Winter Stations project call on participants to explore the different ways that migration socially relates to people and animals.

Last year’s Winter Stations event theme was a riot, with the key statement commenting on the state of the world focusing on people’s political and social uncertainty.


2. DJ Skate Nights

This next event is a party on skates. DJ Skate Nights, is exactly what it sounds like: DJ’s spinning tracks while you skate the night away. The event is located at Natrel Ice Rink and runs every Saturday night from December 15 – February 16, 2019. While this year’s DJ line is yet to be announced, last year featured 1 LOVE T.O., Kid Kut, MANIFESTO, as well a collective of female DJs. Each week hosts a different theme and includes a perfect curated track list to fit the mood.


3. Toronto Tea Festival

Calling all tea aficionados, now is your time to shine! Whether you are a tea expert or are new to the tea scene, this event is for you. Tickets go on sale November 19th, 2018. For around $15, you get access to tons of free samples, a tasting cup, tea ceremonies and much more. Purchase your tickets online, by phone, or in-person at various locations.


4. Ontario Place Winter Lights Exhibition

Starting November 23, 2018, Ontario Place will be transforming into a winter wonderland light show! Much like the Winter Stations, the winter lights exhibition is an art competition with winners featured until March 17, 2019. Artists create a piece around one central theme. This year’s theme is “disruptive engagement”. For a full list of exhibits and directions which will be featured at the event visit the Ontario Place website.

5. Icefest

Save the date on February 9-10, 2019 because Icefest is coming back to Bloor-Yorkville! This event is the perfect escape from your hectic weekend schedule. Best of all? It’s FREE!

This year’s theme hasn’t been decided yet, but last year was an escape into medieval times. The event featured all sorts of cool activities including a knight tournament show, an ice carving competition, and ice carving demos. Of course, we can’t forget about the 11th century-styled castle, made entirely out of ice! Icefest 2018 was one to beat, but I suspect the organizers have something extra special in mind for this year! Be sure to keep up to date with the event, by visiting the Icefest website.

Looking for some new tracks to vibe with? Check out the In Our Headphones Vol I & Vol II

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