If you're in Toronto during the next two weeks, I highly recommend you to check out our WinterCity Festival. I just came back from the opening festivities held at Nathan Phillips Square including a free concert by The Philosopher Kings, which played an awesome show btw. I'm not particularly familiar with their music but I went on the recommendation of a friend who recently went to their concert. Although my musical taste leans toward pop, I love the jazz influence of their music and this element made their sound so much more accessible to me. I'm also very impressed by the virtuosity of each members of the band, especially the little friendly duelling between the guitarist and bassist. Despite the cold and snow, the crowd really got into the music and I somehow managed to park myself at the second row in front of the stage! I love to attend outdoor concerts in general because of the energy of the shows and this time is no exception. However, I must say that this is the first time that I watch a concert in the snow! The sparkling curtain of snowflakes in the colourful lights was an unexpected visual treat. There'll be a few more concerts coming up including Sloan, Mobile, and The New Pornographers. Hope to see you there!
Another really neat attraction at the Nathan Phillips Square is the Paintings Below Zero gallery of artist Gordon Halloran (see some of my pictures here). As the title suggested, this is an installation of paintings on ice. Don't come here expecting your usual ice sculpture...the contrasts between light/shadow and warm/cold colour were really what captivated me. If you take a closer look, you can also see the crytalization patterns on the ice and how the colour brought out this natural beauty so vibrantly.