Decomp 2013

Come join us for a 12-hour foray into burner art and culture. Be a participant, and bring your costumes, art, music, community and sense of adventure.Please see detailed info below, including Decomp Do’s and Don’t – provided to assist in maximum fun enhancement!

The Circus Academy Training Studio West – 213 Sterling Road, Unit 100 – South side


Saturday November 23, 2013
Workshops from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. (all ages) FREE
Main Event from 9 p.m. – 4 a.m. (19+ Event – ID Required)

Final Admittance 1 a.m. – 19+ Event – ID Required


25 early bird until Oct 31
$30 regular tickets until Nov 22
$40 @ Door

Hard Ticket Locations:
Centre of Gravity/Sideshow Café ~ 1300 Gerrard St East ~
Shanti Baba ~ 546 Queen St West ~
Fairies Pajamas ~ 29 Kensington Ave ~

Hard Ticket Locations:
Centre of Gravity/Sideshow Café ~ 1300 Gerrard St East ~
Shanti Baba ~ 546 Queen St West ~
Fairies Pajamas ~ 29 Kensington Ave ~


On Saturday, November 23, 2013 the Toronto Burning Man community invites you to experience a 12-hour foray into burner art and culture. Since 2002, our community has been fostering participatory events open to all. This year we team up with our friends at The Circus Academy Training Studio West and take you on a journey to the playa with interactive art, music, performance and spectacular oddities.

“Aurora Borealis occurs when highly charged electrons from the solar wind interact with elements in the earth’s atmosphere. Solarwinds stream away from the sun at speeds of about one million miles per hour. When they reach the earth, some 40 hours after leaving the sun, they follow the lines of magnetic force generated by the earth’s core and flow through the magnetosphere, a teardrop-shaped area of highly charged electrical and magnetic fields.”

Like those highly charged electrical and magnetic fields, our community of builders, imagineers, inventors, composers and participants work together to create a truly unforgettable night of entertainment, inclusion and play in our city. As time passes the idea of play can change and we often think it’s not important, that it’s for kids or we don’t have time for it, but play is crucial to mental creativity, health and happiness – some argue it is the highest expression of our humanity, both imitating and advancing the evolutionary process.

We invite you to take this opportunity to play and dance like the solarwinds of Aurora Borealis, to follow an uncharted path, where you may stumble upon something you have been missing for a long time.

Be a participant, bring your costumes, cups, art, music, and sense of adventure and help us create our best Decompression yet, because this party is YOU.

1. DO think about how you can contribute

– an act, a gift, set up, clean up, become an incredible roving installation, participate in an art project, host a workshop?? All of the above??!!!

2. DO remember to bring…
Your TICKET, photo ID, cash for the bar, and YOUR REFILLABLE CUP!!!, your friendly and mischievous badassitude! (a good attitude)

This year, we strongly encourage you to Bring Your Own reusable Cup. For those who don’t get the memo, cups are $1 on site.
$5 FOR ALL beer and mixed drinks; water, soda, juice, etc. will be $1. There is no ATM on site so if you plan on buying drink tickets, you’ll need to have brought mula in your wallet.

3. DO AskFirst!
Can I take a picture of you? Can I hug you? Can I have some of your beer? Can I touch you?
Always remember to get CONSENT before video-ing, photographing, touching, or otherwise, interacting physically with another participant’s self or belongings.

4. DO find a safe, sober ride to and from the event.
Public transit is a good option if you can’t find a carpool.
Smack dab between Dundas West and Bloor, you can either streetcar or subway it.

5. DO respect the space.
It’s really hard to find a venue with so much space. Please help us maintain a good relationship with ZGW and its neighbors by respecting both the neighborhood and the venue space itself. Please, Leave No Trace.

Please help us with the event and fill out our volunteer form. We need help with setup, pot luck, décor, workshops and more.

Facebook Event Link



Art Grants
Artists, performers and workshop leaders are encouraged to develop proposals relating to the theme of Aurora Borealis. Please send proposals and we will email you an application form. Be sure to read it thoroughly, fill in all the fields and only use the art grant email address to send proposals and correspond with us.

Food Donation
Please contribute to our good food box by bringing a non-perishable food item. All donations will be given to the Daily Bread Food Bank a non-profit, charitable organization fighting to end hunger in our communities.

Most needed food items for food drive:
Baby formula & food
Beans & lentils
Canned fruits & vegetables
Canned fish & meat
Cans of soup or hearty stew
Dried pasta & tomato sauce
Macaroni & cheese
Peanut butter
Canned, powdered or Tetra Pak cartons of milk

Toronto Decompression is an official Burning Man Decompression, and in the spirit of the playa, is guided by these 10 principles:
Radical inclusion
Radical self-reliance
Communal effort
Civic responsibility
Leave no trace


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