Friday, October 28, Brick Works
Round midnight on Friday, a procession of music fans crept through the woods of Rosedale and descended into a ravine, their path lit by colourful glowing chemical loops. Down rickety stairs and along a mucky road, they headed to the ruins of the Don Valley Brick Works . Inside Building 1 they were met by a roomful of flickering tea lights. At one end of the vast space, bands set up under a single dangling light bulb. Around the corner, a generator chugged away. With flashlights, some people explored the rows of kilns, the pitch-black tunnels and open spaces lit only by holes in Building 1 's deteriorating roof.
With nearly 10 bands, music poured from the building for almost six hours. Sax-and-buckets duo Feuermusik hypnotized. Anagram created a dancing fury, lit only by flashlights and flickering bike lamps. Singing Saw Shadow Show played from inside a turning carousel, and despite the environment (or perhaps thanks to it) created a creepily magical feeling.
As night became early morning, even those who'd layered properly began to feel a chill and trickled off into the pre-dawn city carrying a secret and unique shared experience.
This may be the last clandestine event ever held at the Brick Works, but other good things are in store. The site has been leased by the city to an organization called Evergreen to develop the buildings into a cultural centre.