Kensington market, Toronto

Goth WikiTravel – Toronto during Aftermath Festival

From the smouldering remains of Kinetik sprung Aftermath, Toronto’s leading dark electronic music festival. Between August 27 to the 30th Darker Side of Light Productions bring you no less than 24 amazing acts from around the world.

Aftermath Festival c. Darker Side of Light 2015

When we visited Calgary for Terminus Festival, I was constantly amused by all the imported freaks marauding through town.

I can only hope Aftermath will likewise bring an influx of dyed & pierced weirdos into my city. I love you guys as much as I love Toronto, and I want you to have a blast during your stay.

So this one is for you, black-clad migratory droves:

c. Vik Pahwa vikpahwa.com
c. Vik Pahwa vikpahwa.com

Toronto is a wicked city

You’ll probably hear your fair share of drunken mourning over the lost virility of our alternative scene; I’ve heard that in every single city I’ve visited and really dislike that brand of self-deprecating bullshit.

I guarantee Toronto will be a vibrant and lively experience. Trust me: walking around and alternative parties are kinda my thing.

Consider this a weird-kid tourist guide: Wikitravel Toronto the Goth Edition.

Here’s something I wish every city had: a collection of neat stuff to do and see around town, catered for the alternative demographic, in a universal geotagged platform you can access on your phone.

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The post-modem city – a photo tour of Toronto latrinalia

I’m not the first to marvel at bathroom graffiti and certainly not the last.

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Java House – Queen St & Augusta Avenue

My fascination with these writings is hardly academic. Take it from someone who has a fruity liberal arts diploma, there is no shortage of literature on the matter. There are thousands of doctoral theses on gendered studies of bathroom graffiti, structural analyses of urban stall culture, the “dialogic nature of washroom tags” and so forth.

They even have a formal name for the subject: latrinalia – which proves nothing other than the fact that there is literally no bottom to the pit of scholarly mental masturbation. It amuses me to no end that universities fund research that essentially involves sitting on the can and philosophizing.

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Must’ve been the pad thai – Java House – Queen St & Augusta Ave

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