Friday, July 13th had been penciled in as "Aquarium day" in my agenda nearly two months beforehand and it wasn't because of Friday the 13th. I had never been to the Aquarium before and when talking to my sister and her boyfriend about it ages ago, they suggested I go on a day where they do Friday night jazz. Being a big fan of jazz, particularly when its live, I investigated and discovered Toronto's Ripley's Aquarium hosts a live jazz band one Friday each month to play music while guests can stroll along the grounds, view the aquatic life, with a gin and tonic in hand.
So that's exactly what I did, and exactly why July 13th was laminated into my calendar. The aquarium is one of Toronto's newest attractions, with 1.5 million gallons of water, home to many different underwater ecosystems. Inside they have a conveyor belt that takes you through a tunnel in which you're surrounded by the water as sharks and sea turtles swim above your head.
Though perhaps the greatest attraction, identified by the amounts of selfies being take here, would be the jellyfish wall. Jellyfish are captivating to watch as they billow through the water. So slowly they float - it's hard to peel your eyes away. To amplify their alien-esque qualities, the aquarium has the lights change to the entire spectrum of the rainbow.
The jazz band plays in the aquarium's atrium, but is played through speakers while guests walk through the whole space. I couldn't help but wonder if the fish could hear it too...
The upcoming dates for jazz can be found by clicking below:
The remaining summer jazz nights are:
Friday, August 10th & Friday, September 14th
If you're planning a trip to the aquarium anyways, best to do it while listening to some entrancing jazz music.