You won’t need any mind-altering substances for this psychedelic trip. A 12,000-square-foot experience called Psychedelics: The Experiential Exhibition is coming to Toronto at the end of this month and tickets are now on sale.
The event is described as “Canada’s first immersive art show exploring the past, present and future of psychedelics.”
The exhibition dives into society’s complex and often controversial relationship with psychedelics. It will provide a unique “edutainment” experience, combining audio and visual elements into an informative and fascinating display.
“Visitors can roam three floors featuring spectacular original works from a diverse lineup of more than 22 internationally-acclaimed artists,” says the description.
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Every space will be dedicated to a different psychedelic substance and its historical and traditional uses.
Some of the highlights include an “immersive peyote installation,” “a recreation of a 1960s Bay Area Acid Test,” original images, and a fantastical video projection that explores the “history and renewed popularity of psilocybin.”
The grand finale is a “9-minute ‘ayahuasca ceremony’ channelled via a shamanic totem” in the second-floor ballroom, which is an audiovisual installation featuring lighting, sound, lasers, and projection mapping of a fully activated light sculpture.
“My goal with the show is to, first and foremost, provide guests with an entertaining and eye-opening experience,” says the exhibition’s producer James Drayton.
“The testimonials are undeniable: patients with serious mental health conditions like PTSD, depression, anxiety or addiction are trying psychedelic therapies — when nothing else has worked — and reporting life-altering benefits,”
“My hope is that it also encourages learning, dialogue, and ultimately, destigmatization.”
Sadly, it doesn’t seem like there will be any magic mushrooms for sale on your way out, but the experience alone will definitely expand your mind.
Where: Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor Street West
When: Wednesday to Sunday starting on September 30, 2022
Cost: $30 per adult