Saturday, August 15, 2015

12th Anniversary John Street

Blackout Anniversary 2015 Reveal John Street from Tino on Vimeo.

MJ and Shamez declare John street between Richmond and Queen a new square to celebrate the 12th Anniversary of the 2003 August 14th Blackout

Blackout Anniversary Party 2015

Monday, April 21, 2014

Folk The Winter 2014

Are you as tired of the winter as we are? Last year, we folked the winter right out of existence with a folked-up parade with a super-secret surprise. Remember? When we took you from the back of the Gladstone out onto Queen and then met... the folking Icelandic Workers Union Band?! Well this year, we're even more excited to folk the winter. This year, we have an even awesomer super-secret surprise! Come join us once again in the FreshCo. parking lot on Friday, April 18th at 7:00. Don't be late, because if you don't leave with us, you'll NEVER know where the surprise is! Bring the kids!​"​

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Blackout 10th Anniversary
The 2003 Blackout turned out to be an incredible opportunity for us to get out into the streets and other public spaces of Toronto and to meet and engage our respective communities. 
It was a brief period full of the the accidental intimacies we all crave but sometimes overlook in our day to day lives. 

Join us for a candlelit 10th annual commemoration of the evening that we were reminded what our beautiful city COULD be when we are open to the unexpected and all the gifts it brings.

8PM: gathering at the corner of Queen and Callender
8:30PM: opening set by the Lemon Bucket Orkestra
9:15PM: parade into the unexpected...

All you have to bring this year (MANDATORY):
- a candle
- a jar (for wind protection)

Other things you can bring (OPTIONAL):
- a picnic basket
- a blanket
- your friends and family

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Quote

"Sadly, Toronto is a city with no tradition of public squares." -Christopher Hume (Toronto Star)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

2010 Toronto Blackout Party

2010 Toronto Blackout Party
Originally uploaded by Martinho

Queen and Gladstone.
10PM August 14.
Torontonians celebrate the seventh anniversary of the 2003 Toronto Blackout by having a street party at this notoriously dangerous intersection.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Parkdale Station Plaza 2010

The Public Squares, Newmindspace, Samba Elegua, Bike Bike, Critical Mass and lotsa friendly folk remember the Blackout of 2003.

Where were you when the lights went out?

Toronto Blackout Anniversary Party 2010 from Tino on Vimeo.

In memory of Ryan Carriere, killed at this intersection Oct. 31, 2005.

CM Blackout Ride Flyer 2010

Praca Portugal - Seventh Anniversary Blackout 2009

The New Portugal Square 2009

Sixth Anniversary Blackout Party Toronto from Tino on Vimeo.
August 14th, 2009. Torontonians enjoyed a street celebration to commemorate the big blackout of 2003 on Ossington Avenue.

Originally uploaded by Martinho
Blackout Anniversary Ossington (2009)

The street was filled with happiness and live music. After a procession north to Dundas street, local activist group the Public Squares installed Pra├ža Portugal | Portugal Square in honour of the local Portuguese community. Then they turned off the street lights and we all danced. A night to remember.

Featuring live music by Richard Underhill and the Kensington Horns, Michael Louis Johnson and Band,Samba Elegua and many more.

New Spadina Square (2008)

Fifth Anniversary Blackout Party
Uploaded by URBANREPAIRS. - Discover more webcam videos and video blogs.

The Public Squares - A Manifesto