10TH ANNUAL BLOOR-YORKVILLE ICEFEST
Saturday, Feb. 21 & Sunday, Feb. 22/2015
The Village of Yorkville Park
Celebrate winter in the heart of the city at Bloor-Yorkville`s 10th Annual Icefest! Taking place on Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22, 2015, Toronto’s premier cultural district will transform into a showcase of incredible ice sculptures and live ice-carving demonstrations for the entire family to enjoy. Over the years, this highly anticipated free winter event has featured unique ice sculpture themes including “Heat Wave”, "Enchanted Garden" and “Winter Wilderness”.
To mark Icefest’s landmark 10th anniversary year, Bloor-Yorkville will be bringing the past back to life in ice with “Frozen in Time” - an ancient Egyptian showcase of striking ice carvings including a 3D pyramid, plus depictions of ancient Egyptian gods and pharaohs including Anubis, Iris and King Tut. There will also be a giant interactive ice carving of a sitting camel where visitors will be able to get their photos taken as a keepsake.
As February is Heart Month, Bloor-Yorkville will be fundraising with participating partners and sponsors in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. For a $2 charitable donation, “Kiddie Ice Cubes” will be distributed each day at 2 pm in the Village of Yorkville Park with a collectible toy inside. Patrons will also be able to sample tasty Maple Syrup Taffy from 1 pm 4 pm each day on Cumberland Street for a $2 donation. Through IceFest, Bloor-Yorkville has raised over $54,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Open to the public each day between noon - 5 pm, the Village of Yorkville Park and Cumberland Street will be the hub of Icefest attractions, with additional ice carving demonstrations taking place throughout the neighborhood.
On Saturday, February 21st starting at 12 noon, the 15th Annual Sassafraz Ice Carving Competition will take place at the east side of the Village of Yorkville Park. Twelve ice carvers from across Ontario will compete for the People’s Choice Sculpture Award! As great masterpieces begin to emerge beneath the picks, chisels and chainsaws of the talented carvers, visitors will cast their vote for their favourite ice carving sculpture throughout the afternoon. Winners will be announced at 5:15 pm that day. Ice-carving demonstrations throughout the neighbourhood will be held as follow:
Friday, February 20
Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street West: 12 noon – 2 pm
Hudson’s Bay Centre, 2 Bloor Street East: 4 pm – 6 pm
Saturday, February 21
The Colonnade, 131 Bloor Street West: 12 noon – 2 pm
92 Yorkville Avenue: 2 pm – 4 pm
Sunday, February 22
Village of Yorkville Park (Bellair Street & Cumberland Street): 12 noon – 4 pm
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For full event info please visit: www.bloor-yorkville.com/icefest/
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The Royal Ontario Museum - 100 Queen`s Park
A unique and provocative series, only at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Attend post event receptions, meet like-minded individuals and engage in thought provoking discussion.
Creative Change - Where Journalism and Art Meet
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Film Screening and Talk
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DOUGLAS COUPLAND - ROM EXHIBIT
January 31 - April 26,2015
The Royal Ontario Museum
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THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY PRESENTS: KOERNER HALL 2014/2015 CONCERT SEASON
Various dates and times
Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West
Tickets on sale now for Koerner Hall`s 2014/2015 Concert Season, including pop, dance and world music concerts, as well as more jazz, the 21C Music Festival lineup, and specially curated new series. Please visit the website below for more information and complete concert programs.
FINE ART JAMS - IN THE HEART OF YORKVILLE
First Monday of each month (second Monday after holidays)
The Heliconian Club - 35 Hazelton Avenue
Creative Inspiration and Knowledge - an interactive series including art demonstrations, workshops, critiques and talks by professionals
THE BOOK LOVER`S BALL - 10TH ANNIVERSARY
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Toronto Reference Library - 789 Yonge Street
Toronto Public Library Foundation and TD Bank Group invite you to attend the first ever gala at the newly revitalized Toronto Reference Library. Dine in the stacks, connect with fellow book lovers and celebrity authors, and discover new spaces in an after-hours exploration of Canada’s only public reference library.
Funds raised at the 10th anniversary of The Book Lover’s Ball will go to Toronto Public Library Foundation to help Toronto’s Library grow a city of readers, develop a city of learners and connect a city of creators.
YORKVILLE GALLERY WALK
Join Marg King and group leaders in touring local Art Galleries in Yorkville. Meet exhibiting artists, hear gallery curators commentary and meet other Art Walk visitors.
The walk is always on the first Thursday of every month (except January), Gather at 6:00 p.m, at Hazelton Lanes, lower level. (The Rotunda). The walk starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp and ends at approximately 8:00 p.m. See website for complete details. Cost: Free!