Massive bonfire, Spring Equinox 2019, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Equinox 2019

Ringing in Spring in style down on the beach. Thanks again Alice!

Equinox Bonfire 2018, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Equinox Bonfire 2018

Another fantastic night on the beach, celebrating the spring equinox in true Island style.

Maeve fire dancing, Ward's Island, Toronto Island

Flaming Hoops

Maeve lights up the night with her flaming hula hoops at the 2013 Equinox Bonfire.

Equinox bonfire, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Equinox Firelight 2012

A huge crowd assembles on Ward’s beach for the annual Equinox bonfire.  Thanks for the potatoes, Alice!

Willa's Summoning, Gala Weekend 2011, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Gala Weekend 2011 – The Fire

Special thanks to Sam for taking over duties as Fire Master this year. Willa managed to summon the spirit of the bonfire, you can see it looking back at her in image #5.

Shadowland fire reveal, Fire Parade 2010, Toronto Islands

Velo D’incendie

Shadowland’s car sculpture is reborn as a bicycle in the flames of the Fire Parade 2010 bonfire.

Distant Beast, Fire Parade 2010, Toronto Islands

Le Monstre Marin

Kathleen’s floating sea monster lantern, repaired after massive damage suffered in 2009, haunts the shores of Ward’s Beach during Fire Parade 2010.

Martha, Fire Parade 2010, Toronto Islands


Martha and Ivy hoop it up in front of the 2010 Fire Parade’s bonfire.

Fire performer, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands


Ariel braves the shifting flames of the 2011 equinox bonfire, hooping to the Arythmic’s beats.

Bruce Smith's Phoenix Rising, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Phoenix Rising

Bruce Smith’s stunning Phoenix becomes a blazing beacon for the new year at the AIA’s 2009 New Year’s Eve Dance (Thanks Bruce!).

Liftoff of space shuttle Atlantis, STS-132, Cape Canaveral, Florida

Remote I Liftoff

While we don’t get too many space shuttles around these parts, it was the Island’s environment that let me build and test the remote camera enclosures that led to this photograph, the launch of space shuttle Atlantis (STS-132), from beside launch pad 39A. While launch is targeted for a specific date, things don’t always go […]

Equinox bonfire, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Conflagration III

Spring equinox, and the humans come out to perform their annual rituals on Ward’s Beach. Oddly, the trees had a different burning pattern this year: their thermal columns were much shorter. Compare to this tree at last year’s equinox bonfire (thanks Alice!).

Equinox Bonfire, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Thermonuclear Equinox

A Christmas tree goes nuclear at the annual beach bonfire (thanks Alice!) celebrating the Spring Equinox.  There’s a lot of potential energy stored in a Christmas tree, especially after drying out for three months.  Don’t try this at home, kids.