Playing with Our Past

HELLO TREES Daily Tous Les Jours; Houston Texas Photo ©Morris Malakoff

Connecting People + Art
Gaslight Square transforms into an interactive playground

Balançories Daily Tous Les Jours; Montréal Quebec Photo ©Olivier Blouin

HELLO TREES Daily Tous Les Jours; Houston Texas Photo ©Morris Malakoff

MUSICAL SHADOWS Daily Tous Les Jours; Arizona Photo ©David Drury

Gaslight Square transforms into an interactive and engaging digital playground with the imaginative work of Daily Tous Les Jours.

Gaslight Square is one of the most vibrant public spaces in Ontario. This is due, in part, because of the restaurants, shops and bars that inhabit the old limestone buildings. But it is also due to the cultural stories the space holds. The grounds of Gaslight Square are also the grounds of Galt’s history; our industry and prosperity. Over the years we’ve taken much of that for granted – especially the Grand River. But Gaslight Square ushers in a new era for Cambridge; a time when we celebrate our past and who we have become.

Through the use of installation art, the centre of Gaslight Square is a place where we can all play, laugh with strangers, and celebrate the stories of our river.

The Grand River defined our past. Its natural structure gave us a home and beauty. We tamed it and put the river to work for our mills and factories. The river rebelled and flooded the community – causing us to come together, be inventive and form deeper community bonds.

At Gaslight Square we come together again along the well marked flood line. Only this time we can play as a community.

Through the imaginative work of Daily Tous Les Jour, the creators of Montreal’s famous musical swings, the centre of the public square is a light, motion and sound “game board” in which you become the movable pieces of the game. With old and new friends, your movements along the flood line create music and art, which are projected on the large walls of Gaslight Square. Since the crowds and movements are never the same, neither are the sounds and light show.

Our famous flood, and its physical marking in the Square becomes a place where we play, dance and joyfully say “this is us”.