Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015!

WARNING: This is an opinion blog post.

Toronto Ontario Canada turns into a sleepless night of art. People from all around come to see crazy art installation all around Toronto from sunset to sunrise for one night only.

I personally go every year for about six or seven years now and this year was alright in my opinion. I’m going to talk about the good and the bad of this years Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.

The good:

  • One sleepless night every year to see art installations is amazing for the city.
  • The art itself. It amazes me how people can come up with such crazy ideas and make them come alive.
  • The TTC costume service – they ran out of the subway passes for Nuit Blanche but this year they had a back up plan or they’ve always had this just one guy decided to help us out.
  • Starbucks – they were open all night! It was freezing especially around Lakeshore and having them around was really great.
  • The map, it was great that they had a lot more maps this year so everyone could have one. And it was great that every installment had a pile of maps they could hand out this year.
  • Food trucks were greatly placed this year and were easy to find.

The bad:

  • No booklet of art information. I’ve been going to Nuit Blanche for years now and every year there has been a book of every art, a description and where it is. This comes in handy to figure out what you want to see, what you saw when posting pictures on social media to give some credit to the artist and it’s a great memory to keep.
  • Art being spread out way to far apart. I found that this year you spent more time walking or sitting on the subway to get to the art then actually seeing the art.
  • Closed down streets had minimal art on them, I mean if you’re going to close down a street you might as well put art in the middle of it like they use to do before.
  • Putting art in bad neighborhoods.
  • Putting art where there is no subway service.
  • Art was hidden way too much. Going down the Lakeshore was hard, I had to ask a cop where the art was because it was nowhere to be found. If I didn’t ask I probably would have walked right by it.
  • Great idea to put the event map on the mobile site and being able to use that. Only problem is you’re using your data the entire night and using the map off your phone is a pain.

Those are just some of my opinions of this years Nuit Blanche, don’t get me wrong I had a great time with my sister I just think there can be some improvements.

All those artists are amazing and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for next year.

Until next time,
Thanks for reading,

Maeg

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Canadian Eh?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but it’s fucking cold in Canada! Literally the other day it was so nice out, just a light snow covering, the next day it was cold and windy that was about it, by night time it was a full on blizzard with -30 weather. My boyfriend had to drive me home last night in the middle of the storm because I had to work this morning! It took the car 30 mins to warm up and he was scrapping the car for 10-15 mins to try and get the ice off; which was not working. The roads are completely covered in snow still, it’s still -30, windy as hell, and everyone is experiencing ice quakes or frost quakes. 

For those of you who didn’t know what a ice/frost quake was (which is okay cause neither did I), they are when it is so cold that the water on the ground or anywhere really expands and makes a very loud boom. It honestly sounds like gun shots going off, that’s how loud it is, apparently they were going off all over the GTA and people could hear it from miles away. These happened last night but it sounded like it was coming from the roof of my apartment, which is possible since it’s flat and there could be water or ice up there. 

It was so cold outside that everyone was saying that you should stay in doors if you can and only go outside if you really need too. Cab companies were not working today, schools were cancelled and even a NHL hockey game was cancelled because of the weather. Also they were saying if you were outside with exposed skin you could get frostbite in 5 mins – this is why my boyfriend picked me up from work since it’s a 15 min walk home. Everyone in Canada should have ski/snowboarding goggles so they can cover their eyes and still see when it is this cold, we all may look like idiots but it would be worth the warmth. 

Everyone stay warm if you have this crazy weather where you are! 

Thanks for reading! 

Ice Storm 2013

It is official, the storm I was talking about my previous post has been hash tagged “ice storm 2013.” The storm got worse over right, literally every parking lot is a sheet of ice, every tree has either fallen over or parts broke off, half the city doesn’t have power and isn’t expected to get power until Christmas day. If you stand by a window you will hear cracking of a tree that is falling over, it’s actually a creepy sound. My boyfriend picked me up at 12:30 PM last night, so everyone was in their houses and there was no cars, all I could hear is the trees by the school I live fall down. I didn’t know what tree it was because they were so loud I thought they were the ones by me. Salt doesn’t do anything for the ice that is everywhere, you literally have to scrap it off if you don’t want to slip. Hydro lines have fallen down because we put the lines along the roads where the trees are so that’s why the power is off. 

Early a generator exploded and it made the sky go purple, red and blues in Toronto. It’s honestly really bad here, trees are falling on houses, people and pets. Everyone is still in the Christmas rush so they aren’t following the rule if the stop lights aren’t working, treat it as a four way stop. When I drove by the mall on my way home, the parking lot was still packed. Both my boyfriend and I work in rec centers, he is maintenance and I’m a lifeguard. He had to go into work because even though all the programs are cancelled the recs turn into safe havens, so people with no power can go there to warm up. If they need people to do first aid they could call all the lifeguards to come help out but that would only happen in a really bad situation. 

The radio here is nothing but where to go if you don’t have power, how to drive, telling everyone to go slow and don’t rush anywhere, the weather and telling everyone to stay inside. The weather for here is that the ice storm warning is over but it is still raining, it’s getting warm so it’s really foggy now but later tonight the temperature is suppose to drop so everything will be a sheet of ice again. This weather is going to be here for awhile as long as it stays this cold and even if it does get warm it will melt but at night it always drops below freezing. 

Cleaning off your car is terrible, the scrapper wasn’t even working on the car windows. My boyfriend just started to beat the window with the brush do it would crack so you can even get the scrapper to get under the ice. It worked but don’t bang too hard. My friend actually was using a blow dryer to get into her car which would work but would take all day long. 

My family is just chilling at home and getting ready for Christmas and avoiding the storm. Tomorrow people start coming over so we have to go down to meet them to keep them from falling. My family parks underground and we have a two car parking spot, tomorrow we are going to get my uncle to park there then walk up the long way so we don’t have to walk on ice. 

This is just my point of view, I know people will have a worst story to write about since trees are falling on houses and cars. Please be careful out there! 

Welcome to Canada

Christmas is only 3 days away, that is absolutely crazy. This year has gone by so fast that it is kind of sad. My year started out really shitty but somehow got great. I work tonight, then I go to my boyfriends then all my Christmas madness starts when I get home. On Monday my uncle is coming over – he’s the uncle I always like so I want to see him and I want to talk a picture with him. Then after that all the other madness happens that I wrote before in a different post. 

Welcome to Canada

I don’t know if you guys know this but I live in Toronto, Ont, Canada. If you’ve looked at the weather for us it has been typical winter weather but all of the sudden it decided to half snow and half rain – making it ice pretty much. It rains all day long but as soon as it starts to turn into night the ground freezes making it one big sheet of ice. I went to sushi last night with my friends, when we were done we had to skate our way to the car. It was actually so funny because the driveway is on a hill but at the same time it was very dangerous. I hope when I go to work tonight and walking to my boyfriend’s car I don’t fall on my ass. I don’t have a picture for you guys from myself but I am going to steal one off of Facebook from a friend. 

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Now you can see what the hell is going in here. 

Christmas Traditions

Over the years my family has done Christmas we sort of have a routine that we follow. My parents are divorced and my dad moved away so we just do our Christmas on Christmas eve now. My mum on the other hand there is a whole bunch. 

1. Try to wake up Maeghan (aka me) – so when I was younger I was NOT a morning person. Trying to wake me up was a very dangerous thing because if you did it the wrong way you would either get yelled at or I would hit you. 

2. Tell my sister to go back to bed at 4 AM – my sister is the one who gets so excited over Christmas is our family. She will wake up at 4 AM and try to get the whole family up. She usually comes into my room and tells me that Santa came or to get up, which I don’t. She then would go to my mum’s room and try to wake me up but they would tell her to go to bed. Now and days my sister just waits in her room until it’s time or she makes coffee for everyone. 

3. Croissants – ever since my parents divorced my mum made it a thing that she would make croissants in the morning. That would be our breakfast as we opened up our stockings. Now my whole family is up at this point but myself, they let me sleep as long as possible because I hate waking up early, especially if I’m hungover from the Christmas Eve party. 

4. Terrible pictures – every year my mum takes pictures of us as we open up our gifts, but as you know no one looks good right after they just woken up. None of these pictures have every made it to Facebook but this year I will be posting them so I am going to look great before I come down to open gifts. 

5. Opening gifts – some of my sister’s gifts and mine are the same or similar so when we open up our gifts they sometimes take forever because we have the open some things at the same time. It’s funny though and makes the whole process fun. 

6. After math – after opening all our gifts we all decided to put things together or go through them once again and actually give a good look at things. I think everyone in the world does this. 

7. Family comes over – after all of that we have to deal with all of our family come over. This is very interesting because our house is small and we have all these people coming over. Some of the people we don’t like too much so I stay down for about an hour then go up to my room.

What about you?

Alright I want to know what you guys do for Christmas or what weird traditions you have to do each year. Leave them in a comment and maybe I will make a list or something! So leave your name and your weird traditions/things you do on Christmas! 

 

20 Things I like about Christmas

  1. I get to see the family I like.
  2. Snow.
  3. The turkey/ham dinner. 
  4. The Christmas trees.
  5. The decorations. 
  6. Giving people presents and seeing their reactions. 
  7. Presents for me! 🙂
  8. Time off work.
  9. The drinking and partying. 
  10. The shopping. 
  11. My sister waking up at 4 AM and everyone telling her to go back to sleep. 
  12. People trying to wake me up without getting hit or yelled at (my mum has gotten it down to a fine art.)
  13. My mum’s stockings she gifts us (she honestly makes the best stockings!)
  14. The croissants we get in the morning. 
  15. Pictures!
  16. The mad, crazy being busy. 
  17. Trying to put thing together after you’ve opened everything. 
  18. New years is around the corner. 
  19. I get to see my dad.
  20. I get to spend a lot of time with my boyfriend.