Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Yonge and Dundas Square

The Square at the intersection of Youge and Dundas Streets in Toronto is the city's main, iconic space, and where a lot of central events are held. The heart of the city, if you like, and often referred to as the answer to London's Trafalgar Square or New York's Times Square.

Yonge-Dundas Square is a space surrounded by glassed buildings, and coloured and neon billboards. On my first weekend here in Toronto I walked through there, and took in the busy encasings all around the space - but also the water fountains playing along one end, and the bustle of the city all around. It is a space in the city to be able to sit and take it all in.

During NXNE it held music events for most of the week, and of course had the massive headlining show on the Saturday, including The Flaming Lips.

It is the place that always has something going on in the city, from festivals and events, to sports matches telecast and national holidays celebrated.

Tonight, after work I wandered down to the square for one of the Summer film screenings - Cult Classics is the theme this year, and in line with Pride Week, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was the movie of the night.

Not one to miss a chance for an Aussie classic, Kylie joined me just after it was dark. The setting works, with a mild night, and a screen in front of rows of chairs set up. The Square filled well for the film, which included at least one person dressed in drag!

Having watched it over and over when we were younger, I haven't seen the movie for some time, and it was awesome to be reminded how great it is! And with the Aussie-isms throughout, and the spectacular Australian outback on display, it was a treat on this Tuesday night in Toronto!

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