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Top 5 Things to See at EDIT in Toronto

September 21, 2017

Only to the Jetsons would it seem possible that medical supplies are 3-D printed in outerspace, drones are used to save lives and prosthetic arms shoot glitter. But, in less than just two weeks, this futuristic world is about to get very, very real at the Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology (EDIT) in Toronto. This 10-day biennial festival, on from September 28th to October 8th, will fill an abandoned soap factory with innovations, exhibits and installations from around the globe that aim to solve some of the world’s darkest problems.

With more than 150,000 square feet of things to do, see, hear and taste, we had a tough task trying to pinpoint the top five things we’re eager to experience at EDIT. And, since new larger-than-life additions to the lineup are expected to be announced in the leadup to the expo, the following list is subject to change!


making change. EDIT’s speaker series will see 125 of the world’s boldest and brightest innovators take the stage to share their visions for the future. While we’ve had to create a separate list for the talks we’ll be lining up for, some of our favourites include Odile Decq (a.k.a. architecture’s Punk Priestess), Scott Dadich (director of everyone’s favourite Netflix series Abstract: The Art of Design and Ian Campeau (one of the forces behind Juno Award-winning band A Tribe Called Red). Oh, did we mention David Suzuki will be there, too? Best of all, these talks are all included in the price of general admission.


mickey mouse’s home of the future. The Magic Kingdom is so 2016—which is why Disney and Giant Containers called on OCAD University students to create a new home for everyone’s favourite mouse. On site at EDIT, guests will be able to tour what was once a 30-foot shipping container transformed into Mickey’s new pad! The two-storey house will showcase the future of sustainable (stylish!) living.


drone zone. Who knew drones weren’t just for GoPro selfies? Julielynn Wong, an award-winning physician-scientist known for her work in robotics, 3-D printing and drones (i.e., Girl Boss), has created a hands-on activation to let guests fly drones that are used to deliver medical supplies to off-grid communities. (Photo by Brett Simms, Global Medic.)


no lot is vacant. Everybody loves a patio, especially a rooftop one. Not only will EDIT’s vibrant roof garden-turned-installation give you a top-notch panoramic view of Toronto’s skyline, it also sends an amazing message. Landscape architect Victoria Taylor, urban food grower the Bowery Project and plantsman/garden-builder Jonas Spring will use fall-blooming perennials and foraged plants (grown on the EDIT site through the summer) and organic herbs and vegetables to encourage a new way of thinking about how we nourish urban lands. If that doesn’t deserve an Instagram, we don’t know what does. (Photo by The Bowery Project.)


feeding the 5000. Between the bug snack bar (exactly what it sounds like), a “silent disco for your tongue” food experience by Montreal’s legendary Mister Jaune and hands on workshops like Newcomer Kitchen’s Two Kibbeh Two Way, where Syrian refugees will be teaching guests how to make this delicious, traditional dish, EDIT could be described as a foodie paradise. And, if there’s one yummy thing you need to check out it’s Feeding the 5000. On October 8th celeb chef Bob Blumer will pair up with Second Harvest to create a Thanksgiving feast like no other—and it’s totally free. Invite your friends, family and neighbours and get ready to dig in!

What are you most excited for at EDIT? Let us know in the comments below!


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