This New Year’s Eve, we attended FIVE +, an incredible trance journey through the Amazon. The event transformed KUDA, a 20,000 square foot warehouse on Queen West, into a unique tropical rainforest. Ironically, KUDA is closing down after this event to pave the way for new condos, so here is to new beginnings.

The evening had something for everyone, including two gigantic rooms with music, custom 3D visuals, gourmet food stations, sound therapy and meditation sessions, live painting, a lounging area, and a massage and reiki healing station. It was definitely a crazy night and a trip for all the senses.

The Live Painting and Visionary Experience were provided by artists Cleo Iris Madelaine, Evelisa Natasha, Paul Zulauf and Rahul Bader (aka Raja Rhythmics).

Massage and reiki healing sessions were delivered by Jen Stevenson, Jeremy Edge Wulkan (Little Buddha Wellness), Mandika Divya, Natalie Sergi and Yogi Emmanuelle.

Adrian Duncan, James Drummond, City Kid Soul, Jamie Kidd, Karim K, Mina and Night Vision put together a Lovelution experience, a place for radical self-expression where people welcome you as you are. The Lovelution was a celebration of life and combined shaman sound therapy with the world’s grooviest dance music. It truly infused humanity and the universe with love.

The highlight for me was the culinary marketplace, which featured food stations offering paella, gaucho steak, ceviche, tostones, coxinhas, empanadas and nachos. For my sweet tooth, they served a fantastic dessert called The Sweet Ending, which beautifully combined passion fruit mouse with energy balls and fresh fruits!

The evening was for sure an unforgettable experience and a multi-sensory journey. We enjoyed the great twist on sound, energy and food. It was the perfect way to end Year 2015 and start off Year 2016 with a refreshed soul and an open mind to all that is possible!

(photos by Harrison Astroff)

Five+ The Amazon: An NYE Experience

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