Feeling like you lack human connection because of the pandemic? You're not alone. That collective feeling of isolation is the focus of a video entitled Human Weighted Blanket by British-Canadian artist Joshua Oliver, a.k.a. Red Jay.
To celebrate the launch of the video, Montrealers can participate in a free cuddle therapy session event on World Mental Health Day, Sunday, October 10.
For theHuman Weighted Blanket video, Oliver "[invited] three Montrealers struggling with their mental health, who had seen their symptoms worsen during the pandemic, into a studio to test out a specially designed weighted blanket," according to a description.
The three participants then find out that the "weighted blanket" consists of four "human platonic touch therapists," professionals who engage in a session of physical contact with each individual.
"Human Weighted Blanket is intended to act as an antidote to this universally felt 'distancing' by offering a vicarious experience of human physical contact, yet achieved through the medium of video," the description reads.
"It poses the questions: Can we live vicariously through art? Can a piece of art heal the mind and if so, can it act as a well-being resource to return back to time and time again?"
In addition to the cuddle therapy sessions, the October 10 launch event will include 15-minute "experience sessions," screenings of Human Weighted Blanket, and a question period with Red Jay and the Montrealers in the video.
Montrealers can register for the event online. Get the details below.
Montreal La Ronde's Halloween-themed Fright Fest is on now and the park is giving adults the opportunity to enjoy the horror kid-free.
From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays in October, La Ronde is restricting access to people aged 18 and older.
The site's most intense rides, including the Goliath, Titan and Vampire, will be open for the Friday events.
Regular tickets for the 18+ evenings are $24.99. Season pass holders pay $19.99. The price includes access to the amusement park's haunted houses.
Visitors will need to present their vaccine passports and an official ID to enter the park.
Fright Fest sees La Ronde transform into a playground of horror every weekend in October. The festival includes "scare zones" with roaming zombies. It's unclear if the zones will be active during the 18+ evenings.
Get all the details below.
La Ronde 18+ Haunted Nights
Price: $24.99 for a regular ticket; $19.99 for season pass holders
Where: La Ronde, 22, chemin Macdonald, Île Sainte-Hélène, Montreal, QC
Enjoy the weekends while you can because, as true Quebecers know, the nice weather won't last forever.
Explore One Of The World's Coolest Neighbourhoods
Address: Villeray, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Villeray has been freshly named one of Time Out's 49 coolest neighbourhoods in the world in 2021. Whether you're a Villeray local or you've never been before, now's your chance to see what all the hype's about.
Why You Need To Go: Sometimes you want to get a head start on the week ahead (or catch up on the week prior). And other times, you need to curl up with a good book on a rainy day. Montreal is full of cozy cafés that are perfect for reading, writing, working and relaxing.
Why You Need To Go: This burger on a pink bun is not only fun and delicious, it's also for a good cause. Proceeds from each burger bought during the month of October will be donated to La Fondation du Cancer du Sein du Québec.