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Giant pillow fight brings a little catharsis to city hall

Posted by Derek Flack / April 7, 2014

Pillow Fight Toronto 2014Has there ever been a better time to hold a pillow fight at city hall? As mayoral candidates amp up their campaigns to take office, this is a place that's both contested and, depending on your feelings about the mayor, contemptible. In other words, it was the perfect stomping grounds for a bunch of people looking to smash each other in the face with down pillows. Hosted by Newmindspace and Atomic Lollipop, the 2014 edition of the Toronto Pillow Fight offered a chance to purge one's frustrations all in the name of fun.

The turnout on Saturday was, perhaps, a bit disappointing -- about 200 people at its peak -- but there was no shortage of enthusiasm despite the cool temperatures. The superheroes vs. villains theme was taken up by just enough participants to make for some bizarre mini-battles (like, say, Luigi duking it out with a junior Spiderman). All in all, it was an entertaining afternoon for those who made it out.

Check out all the smashing and bashing in this photo gallery.



Ron / April 7, 2014 at 09:33 am
Is this how were using Tax Payer property now?
jer replying to a comment from Ron / April 7, 2014 at 09:53 am
It is a public square.. Crazy how a group of people want to get together and have some fun in it. BTW, I wasn't there but I heard they had a bunch of volunteers involved to clean up after and I saw the e-mails to discourage people to bring feather filled pillows.
steve replying to a comment from Ron / April 7, 2014 at 10:06 am
How should it be used?
Dan replying to a comment from see / April 7, 2014 at 10:15 am
No, but your last two remaining brain cells did.
Act your age not your shoe size!! / April 7, 2014 at 10:31 am
Were trying to represent the city on a global scale, and this is what were feeding Jimmy Kimmel and the rest of the world? A bunch of adults acting like their 7 years old, no wonder why we look up to Mayor Ford like he's the cool guy in high school and were still in grade school. This will explain our image to the rest of the world.
Vinnie replying to a comment from Ron / April 7, 2014 at 10:44 am
better than Rob Ford using it as his personal drug den later that night ... no?
lister / April 7, 2014 at 10:46 am
I don't quite understand the point of these things but you know, whatever. Looks like they had fun. Hopefully there were no assholes who took this a little too seriously (ruining the fun) and no people who brought those heavy feather pillows. I would not want to get whacked in the head by one of those.
luna replying to a comment from Act your age not your shoe size!! / April 7, 2014 at 11:00 am
Actually, this is an international event. This just happened to be the Toronto segment of it. This is the website:
Robert replying to a comment from lister / April 7, 2014 at 11:11 am
You did say the word 'fun' so you know it exists, try some.
JEFF replying to a comment from Pillows / April 7, 2014 at 11:12 am
coming from the guy who's name is 'Pillows'...
MArk / April 7, 2014 at 11:35 am
You'd need to make sure that EVERYONE brought a brand new pillow, or have the event supply them. You could prob get a sponsor for it. Otherwise, people swinging around their old, disgusting, yellowed pillows and hitting each other is just absolutely disgusting.
Liberty Villain replying to a comment from MArk / April 7, 2014 at 11:40 am
While they weren't an official sponsor, Indie 88 was handing out branded pillows.
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from steve / April 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm
How about having Ron read passages from Ayn Rand to a quiet and respectful crowd? He might go for that.
Dr. Kukko / April 7, 2014 at 02:07 pm
Was Mr. Ford a pillow?
lister replying to a comment from Robert / April 7, 2014 at 02:10 pm
Oh Robert. I have plenty of fun. No bashing of anyone unlike yourself.
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