Category Archives: Toronto

2010 Toronto International Film Festival

For years, I would always miss out on the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) because I was away at university during the beginning of September.

Then last year, I was finally in town and I was lucky enough to score some free passes from my employer at the time.  I managed to go to the premiere screenings of Glorious 39 and Harry Brown, both at the Elgin. Both were great movies and I had a lot of fun.

I really got swept up in the magic of watching a movie with those who worked hard to make it. Nothing made me more excited about the essence of a film festival than at the end, when we stood up to applaud their work. I knew I was lucky last year and I walked away thinking that I had to get tickets for this year’s festival.

So this year, I teamed up with a friend and we bought a ticket package and selected a few movies (which wasn’t an easy task – there are still so many others I want to see). Here are the movies we’re scheduled to see this year:

I will let you know what I think of each movie after the festival ends. Are you going to TIFF this year? If so, what are you planning to see?

One of the many reasons why I love Toronto:

Pillow fight

Public pillow fights at Yonge-Dundas Square.

I stopped by Saturday afternoon with a friend to watch as random strangers pulled out their pillows for some fun. We laughed ourselves silly as people enthusiastically returned to their childhood days and participated in a good-hearted pillow fight.

It wasn’t violent.  Some people were dressed up.  A few little kids happily and safely participated.  And it lasted a very long time.

Good job Newmindspace!

Feathers everywhere Naptime after the pillow fight

Spring Skating

In an effort to get out and enjoy my Spring Break and explore the city, I went out to the Natrel Skating Rink at the Harboufront Centre today.

Skating there has been a part of my Canadian winter memories for about ten years now. Each winter I would go skating with my high school band or with a group of friends in the evening.  Skating at night, we would enjoy the magical feeling of skating by the lake on the rink, lit up by Christmas lights and spot lights and listening to some oldies but goodies.

Today I did something different. I went by myself during the day and was pleasantly surprised.  I was able to skate for more than an hour in the bright, soul-warming sunshine with only six others on the ice.  At first it was quiet but half way through they turned the music on.

Either way, it was both refreshing and relaxing.  I enjoyed the rush of the cold (but not freezing) air as I skated and watched couples – both young and young at heart – skate, dogs run by merrily with their owners, and some stray planes land over the water at the City Airport in the distance.

When I finished, I was happy that I took a chance. I got over my reservations about exploring on my own and got over my lazy desire to stay on the couch with my computer and the tv (which was great over the weekend but now it was time to move on).

Afterwards, I enjoyed a nice warm drink at a nearby coffee shop, as per tradition.  I was happy I came and even happier to know that I’m taking two of my international friends from school there tomorrow.