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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL!
During the September solstice weekend (Sept 24-26), a small, shadowy but powerful collective known as the Oculus Common will present a series of free outdoor events at the newly-revitalized Oculus Pavilion.
A wonderfully curious piece in the landscape, the Oculus in South Humber Park is a fantastical space-age modernist pavilion built in Toronto’s South Humber Park in 1959. Neglected for decades, it has been restored and reinvigorated to create more meaningful connection for park users and the neighborhood as a place for meeting and gathering.
Performances will include poetry readings, a dance performance, an interactive writing workshop, a nature walk outlining the history and significance of the Pavilion in Toronto, and an exploration of the audio potentials of the structure of the space. View the full lineup and register for tickets.
By holding these events under the shelter of the Oculus Pavilion, we hope to re-connect people through art, community, and shared green spaces, expressing the memory of what used to be and the potential of what’s to come.
HOW TO GET TO THE OCULUS PAVILION:
Walking or riding a bike is the best way to find us!
If you are walking or riding, the Oculus Pavilion is best accessed from the Humber Bay Bridge and Sheldon Lookout. It's about 1km north from there. Just follow the paved Humber River Recreational Trail. Signage and lighting will be provided to guide your journey to us. If you’re coming after dark, we strongly recommend bike lights and/or a flashlight!
If coming by car/bicycle, the closest street entrance is Stephen Drive at Cloverhill Road. Parking is limited to street parking.
You can reach the Oculus Pavilion by riding the 80 or 501P Queen Bus to Humber going west, or riding the 66A Prince Edward to Humber Loop from Old Mill TTC subway station. There will be a sign leading you to the Humber River Trail path going north.
The washrooms at the Oculus Pavilion are not operational. (Read more about this here.) However there will be an accessible porta potty on site, indicated by signage.
There is a long path leading to the site from both entrances. The west end has a sloping hill. The trail can bumpy and uneven. When coming in the evening or at night, please note that the trail is very dark and we encourage the use of flashlights to navigate.