“Actually old style” music will rock the rink for the Aurora Valentine’s Day occasion
On Sunday, February 14th, residents can register to skate to a specially curated vinyl playlist created by local music archivist David Heard in Town Park
Valentine’s Day dances and dates may have to wait for another year, but that doesn’t mean you have to celebrate the most romantic day of the year at home.
This Sunday, February 14th, Town Park will be a physically distant destination for Valentine’s Day as residents are invited to run on the outdoor lanes to a specially curated vinyl playlist created by local music archivist David Heard.
From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., pieces of music will be heard, many of which have a direct connection to the Aurora community as well as the city park itself
When Heard approached town on a pitch for the DJ, he said he wanted to make it “really old school” while continuing to obey public health rules.
“Town Park used to have so many music events and we all miss that,” says Heard. “That way, we can manage to follow the rules and feel better at a difficult time.”
Skating and entertainment can only be enjoyed by those who pre-register online at aurora.ca for a place on one of the Town Park’s two ice rinks.
“Bookings will rise three days in advance as the ice will have to be frozen and it will be limited to 25 people per block, socially distant,” he says. “It’s a big room and a great opportunity for the city to monitor it. If that goes well, I’d love to jump back on board next year and do it as often as possible. This weekend I’ll be curating a playlist that hopefully will touch people and bring back memories for families and couples who might be here. “
Among the songs that have made the cut so far is a rarely heard tune by the Canadian band Zon, who often played Aurora High Schools in their early days.
“People will say, ‘Why haven’t I heard that again? ‘I plan to do a lot of this with so many artists who have touched our city like the combo of Gordon Lightfoot and Red Shay, Lighthouse who plays the Town Park Bandshell (2013). I want the music to spark positive memories, and during COVID we really need that. “
On the occasion of Valentine’s Day, there is also a food campaign in Town Park that will benefit the Aurora Food Pantry. The Food Drive takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Much needed items for this grocery promotion include various legumes, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, crackers, juice boxes, peanut-free snacks for kids for lunch, size 6 diapers and baby wipes, toilet paper and toothpaste.
Brock Weir is a federally funded reporter for the Local Journalism Initiative for The Auroran