2019 Temple Applications Open!

Hello Hyperboreans!

The companion to the effigy, the Temple is the spiritual soul of Hyperborea. We are wholeheartedly excited to announce Temple Applications are now open, and will be accepting submissions until January 18th, 2019.

To many, the Temple is a place of catharsis, where weary wanderers can gather to reflect, celebrate, and pay tribute to aspects of their lives past. Here, we hope to find forgiveness, closure, and resolution; a stepping stone to a new path in our earthly adventure.

Last year, we welcomed  “Temple of Release” by the Site 3 Collective.

Along with the opportunity to create a refuge in which many may find peace, we are happy to announce that a grant of $1,500 is available for this project. Details can be found in the Temple Application form.

Temple Application Form:

If you have any questions, please contact art@hyperborea.ca.

~ The Hyperborean

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Les applications du Temple 2019 sont ouvertes!

Bonjour les Hyperboréens!

Compagnon de l’effigie, le Temple est l’âme spirituelle d’Hyperborea. Nous sommes tout à fait ravis d’annoncer que les candidatures au Temple sont maintenant ouvertes et nous accepterons les candidatures jusqu’au 18 janvier 2019.

Pour beaucoup, le Temple est un lieu de catharsis où les voyageurs épuisés peuvent se rassembler pour réfléchir, célébrer et rendre hommage à des aspects de leur vie passée. Ici, nous espérons trouver le pardon, la clôture et la résolution; un tremplin vers un nouveau chemin dans notre aventure terrestre.

L’année dernière, nous avons accueilli « Temple of Release » par le collectif Site 3 Collective.

En plus de la possibilité de créer un refuge dans lequel beaucoup pourraient trouver la paix, nous sommes heureux d’annoncer qu’une subvention de 1 500 dollars est disponible pour ce projet. Les détails peuvent être trouvés dans le formulaire d’application du Temple.

Formulaire de demande du Temple:

Si vous avez des questions, veuillez contacter : art@hyperborea.ca.

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“Temple of Release” by the Site 3 Collective. Image taken by Laura Dittmann

2019 Effigy Applications Open!


Effigy Applications for Hyperborea: Crossroads are now open, and will be accepting submissions until January 4th 2019.

The Effigy is the hearthstone of Hyperborea. A symbol of unity, an act of protest, the life of the party. A birthplace, ritual, celebration, heart. It is what you envision it to be, and is shared by all.

We are also excited to announce that the Effigy grant has been increased to $1,500. All of the details about the application process can be found in the Effigy Application form, as well as the Art Grants section of our website: http://www.tohyperborea.ca/departments/art/art-grants-program/

Effigy Application form: https://goo.gl/forms/L8Wu0iDgWRCsYZDT2

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments please reach out to art@tohyperborea.ca

Details around temple and general art grants will be made available once finalised.

~ The Hyperborean

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Hyperborea Leadership Opportunities

Hyperborea is made possible by the efforts of its volunteers and team leads. Without them (you), none of this is possible.

There are numerous leadership positions currently open for Hyperborea: Crossroads. Below is a list of the Departments and the roles we are looking to fill with eager Hyperboreans. If you are interested in any of these positions, please fill out the Hyperborea Leadership Interest Form found at the bottom of this post.  

Safety Department

HQ Lead
We’re looking for one or two people to take on the position of Safety HQ Lead. This vital role will be responsible for setup, operation, and strike of the base of operations for our safety teams. It would include building and coordinating a team of HQ volunteers to fill generators, turn on heaters, hand out radios, and keep our infrastructure operating smoothly.

Volunteer Department

Volunteer Coordinator 
We are looking for individuals based in Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa to help coordinate and manage all elements of volunteering within Hyperborea, or on behalf of Hyperborea.
The role involves assessing and meeting the needs of the department leads, through recruitment, placement, and retention of volunteers.

Department of Public Works

Centre Camp Lead
We require an intrepid individual to be responsible for the design, budgeting, construction, maintenance, and disassembly of the Centre Camp structure. Centre Camp should provide a place for attendees to gather, hold workshops, display art, offer classes, and other activities.

Sign Lead
A city needs signs! Signs for roads, for locations, and for other things that need to be marked. If this sounds like you, let us know!

Lighting Lead
The lighting lead is responsible for determining the lighting requirements at the event, the resources required to facilitate it, and ensuring it operates for the duration of the event.

City Department

Sound Co-Lead
On-Site Placement

Art Department

Art Grant Coordinator (Toronto & Montreal)
Responsible for start up tasks and management of the art grant program, including coordinating with artists to ensure needs are met and expectations are clear. This individual would also be responsible for the organization and administration of data. For this year we are looking for an additional individual to help facilitate this for the Montreal community.

Art Grant Logistics (Montreal)
Coordination of transportation and logistics for Art Grant projects coming from Montreal.

Artery Co-Lead (Toronto)
Assisting with the development and establishment of an on-site hub for Arts at Hyperborea. Includes coordinating with on-site placement, troubleshooting, providing info about the projects, and creation of a comfortable, interesting space to hang out in.

Info Department

French Language Coordinator (Montreal)
Canada is officially bilingual, and we have dreams of our communications being bilingual as well. If you have experience translating documents from English to French, let us know, as we would love to take you onboard.

Website/Graphic Designer
Have experience with graphic design and/or website (WordPress) development? We are currently in the process of redesigning and updating our online presence, and could use the extra set of hands.

Hyperborea Leadership Form


~ The Hyperborean

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Hyperborea 2019 Theme Chosen

The Hyperborea team is honored to announce the theme for our 2019 journey to the land beyond the north wind.

Hyperborea: Crossroads.

The world sits poised amidst an intersection. Diverging paths laid out before us. On multiple fronts – climatic, political, economic, communal – we are faced with hard choices. Forced to choose between opposing tangents that point at different destinations on the horizon. It seems appropriate, to honour this space of decision and contemplation, this limbo between our chaotic present and our potential futures.

Throughout history, crossroads have been significant in our folklore and mythology. They represent the point of crossing over, the gate to another dimension, the spectral membrane between realms. In this space, reality is ruptured, spirits frolic, and pacts are made with devils. Here, we get a brief glimpse of what lies beyond; the supernatural, the unknown, the magical, the impossible.

Over the years, great cities have been born at crossroads, these junctions of possibility. As the point of convergence for roads and rails, crossroads are where people gather, encounter, and discover one another. Our homes are built around this centre – like the ring of hours on a clock face. Bonds are formed, communities made, and temples and effigies erected. Crossroads are where our journeys intersect – where, for a moment in time, we all walk together, before parting ways once again.

~ The Hyperborean

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Hyperborea Theme Submissions

Hello Hyperboreans!

As autumn descends upon us, our team has begun the hard work of planning the festivities which will sprout in the spring.

The chance to leave your mark on the next Hyperborea starts now! We would love to have your involvement in helping us find the 2019 theme. In past years we have had the amazing themes of ‘Breaking Ground’ in 2017, and ‘Azimuth’ in 2018.

Got a theme idea for 2019? We wanna hear it! Click the link below to send us your thoughts for next year’s event.


The form will be up for two weeks (Nov 5th), after which we’ll take a period of deliberation before announcing it.

Your input is welcomed, appreciated, and invaluable!

~ The Hyperborean

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Hyperborea 2019 announcements!

Hello Hyperboreans!

We are diligently laying the groundwork for 2019, and we are excited for you to join us on this journey back to the lands of Hyperborea.

Keep an eye on our website, emails and social media for upcoming Hyperborea 2019 announcements!

~The Hyperborean

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Land Scout Callout

Hello Hyperboreans!

The land of Hyperborea is a mystical place, full of wonder, and occasionally moves around.

We are looking for some brave adventurers to aid us in locating land for the 2019 Hyperborea and those that follow.

If you have reliable access to a trustworthy vehicle, and are able to ferry out other Hyperboreans for land scouting, or have leads for potential Hyperborea land please send us an email at land@tohyperborea.ca

~The Hyperborean

Hyperborea 2018 MOOP Map

Hyperborea: Azimuth has come and gone, its travelers returned to their homes to await another year.

The Burning Man principles are a big part of what make Hyperborea feel like home, and today we’re going to be talking about one in particular: Leave No Trace, the removal and reduction of all MOOP (Matter Out of Place). Anything that isn’t grass or dirt shouldn’t be left behind when we leave.

Overall, there was very little MOOP this year, so we would like to give a big thank you to all the incredible Hyperboreans that cleaned up after themselves throughout the event. We are proud to see the lands left in near pristine shape! We also want to give a very special thank you to the Leave No Trace crew that stayed to the bitter end picking up the last bits of MOOP.

The Haya is an actively used hay field, so particularly troubling items that can be left behind are things that could interfere with farm equipment (firewood, tent pegs, railroad spikes), or would be gross for the farmer to deal with. We also found a number of biodegradeable items, that may seem ok to leave (food waste, egg shells, sawdust) but they are still MOOP that needed to be tidied up.

If you have any particularly stubborn MOOP (such as Excalibur-like railway spikes), let other camps know you need help; you might be surprised at the help you get! If you ask real nice, DPW might even be able to help you out too…

We use the MOOP map to keep track of how well we did as a community, and to help guide our placement requests for next year (hint: camps with good MOOP get favourable placement next year).

With that said, we’d like to present the 2018 Hyperborean MOOP Map

Red Markers: Areas where the LNT team had to do additional work to collect MOOP return the land to pre-event conditions. MOOP can include almost anything: Cigarette butts, tinsel, wood, etc.

Last Chance for Tickets!

Hello Hyperboreans!

Last call for tickets! Ticket sales will be closing today (May 14th) at 11:59pm. You will need to register and purchase your ticket before that time, if you have not already.

There will be no tickets for sale at the gate. If you want to attend Hyperborea this is your last chance!

You can find the ticketing link and relevant information here: http://www.tohyperborea.ca/ticketing/

~ The Hyperborean