LIGHT UP THE MARKET DARK
The Kensington Market Winter Solstice celebration is without doubt the most spectacular participatory happening of the season. The lantern parade through dark Market streets marks the longest night of the year with mammoth puppets, fire jugglers, costumes, performances and music. It's all about togetherness, artistic expression and love of community, and it calls on paraders to keep up their efforts to make T.O. a people-centred metropolis. Friday (December 21), 6 pm. Free. Oxford and Augusta. Grand finale is at Alexandra Park. redpepperspectacle.wordpress.com.
FREE THE TRANSIT SYSTEM
Sometimes you've gotta push the boundaries. The Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly wants to initiate a discussion of free public transit and invites the interested to share some good cheer, food and conversation. Expect to hear talk about creating an eco-social justice campaign to make moving around the city accessible to all. Tonight (Thursday, December 20), 6 pm. Free. Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst. workersassembly.ca.
Labyrinths are a metaphor for the journey through life and can be used for focus and clarity on all matters big and small. On the occasion of the winter solstice, join the meditational walk for a better, fairer world to the strains of medieval and renaissance music played by Michael Franklin. Friday (December 21), noon. Free. Trinity Square Park, behind the Eaton Centre. labyrinthnetwork.ca.