Bloor-Yorkville Icefest

Celebrate winter in the heart of the city at Bloor-Yorkville’s 10th Annual Icefest! Taking place on Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22, 2015, Toronto’s premier cultural district will transform into a showcase of incredible ice sculptures and live ice-carving demonstrations for the entire family to enjoy. Over the years, this highly anticipated free winter event has featured unique ice sculpture themes including “Heat Wave”, “Enchanted Garden” and “Winter Wilderness”.

To mark Icefest’s landmark 10th anniversary year, Bloor-Yorkville will be bringing the past back to life in ice with “Frozen in Time” – an ancient Egyptian showcase of striking ice carvings including a 3D pyramid, plus depictions of ancient Egyptian gods and pharaohs including Anubis, Iris and King Tut. There will also be a giant interactive ice carving of a sitting camel where visitors will be able to get their photos taken as a keepsake.

As February is Heart Month, Bloor-Yorkville will be fundraising with participating partners and sponsors in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. For a $2 charitable donation, “Kiddie Ice Cubes” will be distributed each day at 2:00pm in the Village of Yorkville Park with a collectible toy inside. Patrons will also be able to sample tasty Maple Syrup Taffy from 1 pm ¬ 4 pm each day on Cumberland Street for a $2 donation.

Through IceFest, Bloor-Yorkville has raised over $54,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Open to the public each day between noon – 5 pm, the Village of Yorkville Park and Cumberland Street will be the hub of Icefest attractions, with additional ice carving demonstrations taking place throughout the neighborhood.

On Saturday, February 21st starting at 12 noon, the 15th Annual Sassafraz Ice Carving Competition will take place at the east side of the Village of Yorkville Park. Twelve ice carvers from across Ontario will compete for the People’s Choice Sculpture Award! As great masterpieces begin to emerge beneath the picks, chisels and chainsaws of the talented carvers, visitors will cast their vote for their favourite ice carving sculpture throughout the afternoon. Winners will be announced at 5:15 pm that day.

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