Ok, so there’s not much about this video that’s really Open the Happy-ish. We just woke up this morning at 5AM (thank you, jetlag!) and saw that there was no power in the house. We stepped outside and saw that there was ice EVERYWHERE and no power on the street, either. We called my parents in Pickering and they, too, were out of power. We turned on the radio and heard that the ice storm and blackouts were widespread. We hopped on Twitter to ask some of you how things are going, and found out that a bunch of you were in the dark, too. Then we saw this Tweet from the official Toronto Hydro account:

In other words, WE’RE SCREWED!

Why are we screwed? Because we have to finish the EYKAs, that’s why! How can we edit or upload without electricity? Funny how we didn’t care much about food or safety. We’re more like “BUT OUR VIDEEEEOOOOO!!!!” Eep!

We stepped outside and did our best to get ice off the car, and it took a loooong time. We decided to venture out into the pitch blackness and see if the entire city was in the dark. Our hopes were that we’d find a Starbucks or something that was unaffected, and then we’d camp out there. So, out we ventured into the wild winter wasteland to look for a place to go. Traffic lights were unfunctional. Trees were snapped from the weight of the ice and in the middle of the roads, while other trees groaned and cracked under the weight and let us know that they were ready to snap, too.

Fortunately, we found that part of Etobicoke had power, so we stocked up on stuff at Walmart and Tim Hortons (yes, Tim Hortons in the face of an impending Apocalypse, of course!), and then drove back to Martina’s parents’ home to let them know what the status was.

Funny story: when we walked into Walmart, I had this dialogue with an attendant:

Me: “Excuse me, sir. Could you direct me to the aisle in which I can find Armageddon supplies?”
Him: “What kind?”
Me: “The Kind that will prepare me for the impending Apocalypse”
Him: “That’ll be down the hardware aisle, to the left”

He did let out a smile, though, so at least he knew I was joking.

Here’s an Instagram video we took as well, since we’re in the spirit of sharing just about everything we did today:

I’m sure some of you are wondering now, though, how this video is uploaded, if there’s a power outage. Fortunately, there are pockets of the city still with electricity. Martina’s sister’s house is in one of them. So we packed up all of our gear and drove over there. While we were in front of her house, though, a giant arm of a huge tree snapped off and landed right behind us. Any further back and we would have been hit. I didn’t get footage of that. I just said “STOP TALKING GTFO GOGOGO!” The wires were shaking from the tree falling. That’s how a lot of the power is out, I believe. Snapping trees are taking down power lines, and with them, our electricity.

So, we’re writing this now safely in Martina’s sister’s place and finishing up the EYKAs. If this place doesn’t black out, then we should start uploading it by tonight and should be ready to publish for tomorrow. BOOYA! Stay tuned to make sure you don’t miss out on any updates, just in case.

  1. that really was a really scary time….and i had to go to my exam still…
    it was so pretty to look at though xD

  2. Ngoc-Tran Le

    California problem: We’re in a drought. It’s been called a state of emergency. -_-

  3. EatyourUdon

    What is this strange thing called ice? Entire cities where I am from have been shutdown in the past if there has been even a small chance of snow or ice in their forecasts. It’s the first time I have ever seen ice covered trees before, and it is pretty amazing looking!

  4. Annette Ong

    I was like “NOOOOUUUUU” when Martina destroyed the ice panel cos it’s so cool to see a sheet of ice that just nicely fits a car window and obviously here in Singapore there’s no ice other than in the fridge XD

  5. //whispers
    it’s happening again :c
    -25 + wind chill tomorrow. someone hold me, i’m going to be an ice block.

  6. Hehe, I live in Maine (USA lol) and I TOTALLY understand these feels xD Luckily I live in Portland and on the Southern end of the state so we just got a &%*# ton of snow, probably bordering 3~4 feet in, like, 5 days. And now we have ice in top of it (e.e) Gotta love dem Nothern winters xD

  7. Bridgette Nelson

    And I thought Minnesota was cold! Well we have a high of -15 ferinheight on Monday and a low of -30 ferinheight so yay! no school! It’s too cold to snow… now i kinda miss the rain

  8. IsabelKibum

    What can I say…. welcome to Toronto guys xD haha I too was without electricity for 3 days and just got it back like 3 hours ago! Luckily the movies at Eglinton square were open so my family kinda camped out there! Hope better weather comes and have a Merry Christmas ^^

  9. hi! and help! is there a 1 stop shop, or app that we can use to see all your social media postings/comments. 1 site that houses all the posts/comments from twitter, facebook, flickr, and maybe tumbler? ….well, thinking the tumbler one is not really active..or shall I say, how do you follow all the comments/ is it better for a nasty to comment on FB, Twitter, or on the eatyourkimchi site?

    • There’s no one-stop shop yet. We have an extension for the Chrome browser that gives you updates every time we post something on any social media channel, and that’s as close at it gets. Otherwise, we’ve been in negotiations to get things started on something, and we hope to get something up there one of these days!

  10. Well at least you got snow…

  11. AudreyKoopman

    I’m in Ohio and we had an ice/snow storm a few weeks back. I was the lucky person in my family who didn’t have school or work that day. It took my parents about 3 hours to get home from work because of the traffic from accidents and such the storm caused.
    I was kind of excited because I thought it meant we’d have a white Christmas this year…but no such luck it seems. We have rain though.

  12. Rukie Andrei

    York University and the Village had power the whole time, I guess because we have underground wires.
    Everything is totally iced over though and we have run out of salt.
    In other news people have been using the Yorku south parking lot as a makeshift ice rink lol.

  13. Lorzi G

    Stay safe! I just got power restored around 6:30 here in North York after over 40 hours without power and heat. So cold so miserable!! I hope it doesn’t affect your Christmas and wish you two and your families the best!

  14. Cyber_3

    We just got power back too! WE. HAVE. THE. POWER! W00t!

    Hope everyone turns on soon too.

    Cyber_3 – on the lookout for BattleCat

  15. シノちぃ

    i feel you there — hit NF too! QAQ

  16. Alexandra Whalen

    And this is why I could never live in Canada. I live in the US in the Searrle area. We had barely any snow and even less ice and I still managed to fall and break my leg… I slipped on the only freaking patch of ice in the entire parking lot. Yes, I am talented. You guys stay safe!

  17. Wow. All of us here in Maine are having the same storm still, but it’s not anywhere near as bad your area or as bad as it was back in 1998. It’s just bad enough to be nasty, but no broken trees as far as I know.

    • riaglitta

      Where in Maine are you, Jessica? Having some tree problems in L/A now… I spoke too soon in my last comment when I said I hadn’t lost power, just got mine back on after 13 hrs/overnight without. Was a big ol’ mess with a tree on our road, fire dept and city crews had to come out before CMP could even do anything. I bought the line crew some hot chocolate this morning :)

      • I live in Gray. ^_^ We actually lost power at 1am last night almost on the dot. I woke up to having power, so we weren’t without it for very long. Omg that’s so nice of you! :D I bet they really appreciated that.

        • riaglitta

          Ah we are practically neighbors! Lucky you, and here’s hoping more in the state get their power back with as cold as it is today and with Christmas tomorrow! And the line crew seemed really surprised, but I think they wished it was coffee! Haha! :)

        • Haha yeah we are! :D I know, I hope everyone is ok. Hey, do you have a Twitter or Facebook account? I wanna follow you, if that’s ok. :)

        • riaglitta

          Blah, I’m boring and old. Not exciting in the least. Haha.

          I deactivated my Twitter recently because I just don’t use it, posting or reading wise. https://www.facebook.com/schrlynn on fb tho, if you must, haha :) I haven’t exactly shared my fascinations with kpop etc on fb yet, so don’t be disappointed by lack of squeeee. Haha. :)

  18. have you tried to shovel the ice off the driveway yet? when i did that with my family the ice would just shatter after being tossed onto the snow piles from the previous snow shoveling. apparently the power outage will be longer than you and anyone expected. hope you stay warm :)

  19. Maria Tigley

    So, my daughter & I were out all day shopping yesterday. (We live in
    Etobicoke too) We shopped at Costco, Cloverdale Mall and Walmart, Best
    Buy & Old Navy… I found the main roads (in South Etobicoke) to be pretty
    ice-free and the highways (Hwy427 & QEW) pretty ice-free as well.
    Traffic lights not working can be a bit dangerous though. Thankfully, we
    too have power at home. It makes me sad to hear of others’ not having
    electricity or heat. Everyone, stay safe.

  20. vaxanne

    This is why we head down to the tropics every winter

  21. Sheila Muñoz
    Sheila Muñoz

    And then there’s little me…suffering from the HOT SUN oh god, I’ll melt e.e I hate summer AND drinking hot chocolate, why do I have to drink it in summer, wwhyyyy?? I want to touch snow for once :c

  22. ElanorRigby

    I think it’s so weird but cool to see you two affected by the same weather I am (although here it was thankfully just rain) when you’re normally so far away!
    Also, Martina, we were super impressed by your violent ice-scraping skill…it’s super effective. ;)

  23. Tia Camilleri
    Tia Camilleri

    We JUST got our power back at 4:50 this morning in Oshawa D:
    It was brutal. the trees all along my street are broken. While it was happening you’d think you were hearing fireworks, nope. Tree branches breaking left and right. ohmahgawd. Be safe you guys! I heard from friends in Toronto they still don’t have power. :(

  24. Evelyn Hamilton

    Wow, the roads are so huge. I live in Ireland, and the roads aren’t as big as that unless it’s a motorway. But wow, that ice is crazy!!! A few years back( I think it was 2010 and 2011) we had a couple of really bad winters (black ice on all the roads, bitter cold, everything closed). It sucked. I was looking at the roads, and they don’t look very icy. Is that just me, or have they been cleared already? Hope you guys are ok!

  25. omg… please stay safe!!
    btw…i am not in christmas mood because in germany there will be a christmas with 15°C…. no snow no ice nothing… so sad.

  26. wildfjord

    So sorry for you guys :( be safe!
    We’re getting the ice storm warnings every single day here in Moscow, Russia, and I really don’t want it to happen :(

  27. Melissa Renee

    Omg! That ice looked really really cool! Scary…but cool! But stay safe you guys! Not sure about Canada but here in Chicago when the power is out people get stupid.

  28. Persephone Basilissa

    Wow, this reminds me of what Walla Walla looked like after the windstorm in January 2008. We had snow on the ground at the time, so it was quite similar. Also, Spokane — 3 hours north of us — has ice storms like this every few years. It was always of special interest to my mother-in-law, who worked at the power company. You guys take care!

  29. Lexi_Lee

    I bet that made for some pretty pictures, though, as scary and cold as it is.

  30. When is the meet up :) hopefully before jan 6 (back to school). Be safe guyz! Crazy Canadian weather.. lol

  31. oh my goodness, this is like two weeks ago when my place got eight inches of snow in one day. you have to realize that I live in the north part of the Mojave desert (about an hour and a half drive from Las Vegas). Literally my entire community shut down and we were trapped in our houses for like two days. Also, I decided to hike through all the snow in the middle of the night, and I ended up catching the stomach flu (or my immune system broke down enough?? i have no idea how this works), so I had to stay home for three days anyway because I was dying.

    But ice sounds scary. Scarier than a bunch of desert people getting a half a foot plus of snow.

    • riaglitta

      Neffy, that’s crazy… if you sort comments by newest so you can see my comment right under yours, I was talking about our ice storm in 1998 where I live, and after like 3 days in a freezing cold house, I ALSO got a stomach flu like thing going on… so weird! Hope you feel better, I remember it so not being super fun…

  32. riaglitta

    Ah the memories, this is so reminiscent of the Ice Storm of 1998! I live in Maine (aka Little Canada, aka “Isn’t that part of Canada? Do you eat lobster every day? Do you have running water?” to people not from New England). Back then, my job was shut down for a week, we had no power in our house for two weeks (and then all the pipes burst) – and I got stomach flu on top of that, so that was fun… I went outside to empty out my stomach since we couldn’t flush the toilet (well/septic tank, plus the water in the toilet was you know, frozen).

    I got ready this time around….! We have a couple propane fireplace heaters in the house and whatnot now, I downloaded some games to play on my laptop etc, charged up my charger thing that charges electronics without being plugged in, etc…. AND I DIDN’T EVEN LOSE POWER. So disappoint!

    Stay safe, stay warm, and if you need a place to crash, drive on down to Maine! Totally practical, only you know, 10 hrs!

  33. Shelley Beh
    Shelley Beh

    haha the dialogue with the attendant at Walmart’s funny :). I’m glad you guys are safe. Despite fearing for your lives as well as the lack of food supplies etc.. on another note, the frozen icicles on the trees are actually really pretty

  34. Cassandra Bosquet

    Does this mean we can expect an EYK baby nine months from now? That baby would be totes magotes the coolest infant ever!!

    But in all seriousness, please be careful. We’ve had a couple of bad ice storms in the NJ/NY area in the past and I can just remember trees being turned into toothpicks and not having any solid, steady surface so the falls were brutal. So please be super careful.

    I will say Martina is a driving champ to brave driving on icy roads…she’s my hero…Danika Patrick, ain’t got nothing her.

  35. kaward

    thank god the weather in Edmonton is not that bad although they are warning of freezing rain tonight. So keep warm guys and stay safe.

  36. Lilixia

    So that is where all the snow went to. I am in Ohio, which is approximately right below Toronto-ish area. The weather here in Ohio was about 60 degrees Fahrenheit today and yesterday.

  37. Sunflower

    Yeah, I’m from the NY side of the border, but I live really close to Niagara Falls. We got hit real hard by the ice storm too. Several trees and branches fell down, and one was this close to landing on our house! Luckily, nobody got hurt, but through the entire night we heard creaking and groaning and the sound of things falling. Everyone who lives in the area, please be safe!

  38. It’s only about 15C/59F where i live. it’s actually a little humid outside cause of all the rain.

  39. “I’m going to leave before I become a stupid white person that dies” <– this was the best. I couldn't stop laughing for a few minutes after the video ended.

  40. Ugh be careful – my friend is also up there in the pickering/ajax area and they’re without power and no fireplace either T m T
    so worried for everyone

    Down in Texas we had a nasty (not the good kind of nasty) ice storm like 2 or 3 weeks ago that i decided i should just go ahead and drive 10 miles to work in.
    10 miles doesn’t seem far, does it?
    Let me tell you, you are dead wrong. 10 miles on ice was an hour journey where i saw several downed branches, many a powerless intersection, a car swinging backwards and forwards like a pendulum when they took a turn out of a parking lot too fast and one poor young woman in a sports car who tried to take a hill and then when she couldn’t make it, slid backwards down the hill.
    Another car was stopping to help her so i didn’t stop (also because i was terrified at my terrible decision to go to work)

    Btw I work at Michaels Arts and Crafts and guess what! We were still open that day! And we still had customers brave the storm, the ice and the dangerous roads to come get… arts and crafts supplies….


    Anyway STAY SAFE Y’ALL. Your safety is more important than the EYKA awards seriously, so make sure y’all stay safe instead of going on those dangerous roads. Everyone will understand.

  41. waterlily

    Meanwhile, in Sydney I am dying in the crazy humidity :(

  42. Meribeth Carlos

    Your gonna hate me but in Florida is hot, I don’t like it you cant feel the Christmas spirit.

  43. Jinny Hwang

    Its raining in Vancouver right now… I hope it snowed a little more here

  44. Sunny Xiao

    Living in Markham. Just outside of Toronto. Our power was back at around noon(and damn that ice was hard to get off the cars).

  45. I love the beauty ice storms create. In Wisconsin, we are just getting endless snow, which is also quite pretty. Stay safe!

  46. I’m in the gta (greater Toronto area, which is in Ontario) and my friends house is also out of electricity. This is why, they came here to sleep for the night-.- and this place is about as frozen as the pics you showed!

  47. Gracie グレイス

    Once in Melbourne, on Christmas (its summer here, normally 30 degrees), there was a bad storm. It even hailed! Melbourne weather, why you so weird?

  48. Gracie グレイス

    Woah guys, loved this video. WHAT IS CANADA!?! XD

  49. Judith LB

    In the UK it’s cold but I don’t think it will ever get as crazy as an ice storm like this. Everyone goes crazy when a few centimetres of snow falls (at least further south, the northerners are made of strong stuff). Hope you stay safe and warm.

  50. those icicles look really pretty though.. to lure in unsupecting vitims and snap!

  51. Samantha Gillespie

    Meanwhile in Australia… XD

  52. I remember the ice storm in Quebec back in 1998! It was insane. We didn’t have school for like a month (maybe even more) but I was one of the lucky families who had an electric generator since we had a farm and needed the electricity. I remember going on a car ride with my parents though and seeing this

  53. Last year in sweden we had a couple of days we barely could go outside because of snowstorms, but this year… There’s no snow at al!!! I see all these photos and videos of places that has much more snow than usual but we have less than usual. And they say it’s going to rain at christmas… So not fair! >:+

  54. Man you guys were driving through my neighborhood. Good to know we had the one open Timmies

  55. ashtenmorgan

    We’re warm and cozy today, some people even wore shorts and sandal in NC. The only horrible thing is traffic. Man, people are buying last minutes present and there is like no parking :/

  56. WOW! I’ve never seen anything like that before! There was a black out in my hometown for several hours yesterday but that was because of the heat….

  57. That is bizarre because about 300 miles south in NYC, we had 70 degree weather today.
    In other news, today is my birthday.

  58. Marthie Elice

    This is so pretty though :D I know how aweful it can be when it gets like that, but look at the bright side: all those lovely winter photos ;D

  59. The only upside is that it looks so pretty! I’ve basically been staring out my window all day!

  60. Down here in Georgia we’re getting thunderstorms like noooooo. I’m not in the mood for wet. I want cold and cold only.

  61. Gloria Fortier

    Yikes we had a bilzard in alberta about two weeks ago so glad that is goneeeeee

  62. Holy smokes, guise. Stay safe! So glad to hear Martina’s sister still has power so you can all stay toasty warm together. Seriously, though, don’t go around playing with danger trees! Danger trees are dangerous!!! On another note, that’s totally true about tons of babies being born as a result of natural disasters. After one of the really bad hurricanes we had here in the States (I think it was last October? Or maybe the year before) there were apparently lots of “hurricane babies” :P

  63. K. Nicole

    I just left Nova Scotia on the 14th, just in time to escape the winter weather, right? No. Got back to Missouri, and now we’re covered in ice as well. *shakes fists Florida Evans style*

  64. I know they’re pretty dangerous but those frozen trees look amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this over here (at least to such an extent). I hope it doesn’t get worse. And lol, that dialogue was priceless.
    Woah, I forgot that the EYKAs are supposed to be published tomorrow… time flies!
    Stay safe!

  65. Colleen Clémentina

    The weather in Montréal was quite the same! So much snow and wind and ice and snow…. I hope the weather will get better in toronto.. cuz it looks like it’s pretty intense!

  66. thisisjustforfunval

    Martina, you have officially taught me how to remove a sheet of ice from car windows. A few weeks ago we had a freeze and it took over half an hour for me to rescue my windshield from a thick layer of ice. I live in the desert, I don’t even own an ice scrapper. I ended up using a salt water solution and a dust pan XD It worked but I definitely like your method better.

    Stay safe up north you guys. Hope for everyone’s safety, and sanity, no more power goes out and the power gets restored quickly.

  67. Applesauce 21
    Applesauce 21

    I love Canada – you guys get some serious weather :D And I just looked up the weather for Toronto on tuesday and it was like “highs of -10″ HOLY CRAP

  68. Whoa! Stay safe, guise! As much as we can’t wait for the EYKAs, we’ll wait if it means you two not getting killed by falling iced branches of doom! Also, amazing that you have so much ice/snow, while here in Washington DC it’s 70 degrees…(Fahrenheit…google says that’s 21.1 C)!!

  69. wanderingdreamer

    Oh man, when I was a kid we moved to North Carolina and a part of it which was apparently famous for getting ice storms and when we moved in we went “why does this southern house have two word burning fireplaces and a cord of wood” 4ftx8ftx4ft “in the backyard?” And then two weeks after we moved in we lost power for three days from an ice storm, not very fun times!

  70. Pink_Candy

    The frost-giants have taken over Toronto, and they have to be stopped or they will take over Canada . OH NO.

  71. Don’t worry about the EYKAs, guys, just stay safe and warm!

  72. Nekochan

    Dang. Down here its 50 degrees F.
    The closest to MEGA DEATH WINTER I’ve experienced was when it was 20 degrees for a week.

  73. Helene C

    I couldn’t get in contact with my family in Montreal. I think they could be out of power.

  74. Michikohime

    MY GOD! It’s 1998 all over again! It was fun though, no school, electric transformer exploding, making small aurora borealis, skating on the street, reading manga all day. AHHHHH, such a great time!

  75. Robot G

    Safe and warm wishes from Saskatchewan. (Warm in the heart sense, not in the heat sense. It’s minus thirty today)
    Don’t get… iced. *puts on sunglasses* YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH.

  76. ggeatskimchi

    Question: As nasty as it is outside, have you guys played the Mr. Freeze Game sometime today?

    Also, I gotta say, just seeing Burhamthorpe Rd. in your video made my day, GTA pride!

  77. beloved89

    Before I read the last 2 paragraphs I was going to invite you guise over to my house in ‘sauga! haha
    Some areas here have their power out but mine’s still holding up it seems :) …and heck, if the power goes out, its time to turn on the fireplace!

  78. Sami Boukai

    I believe upstate New York got hit by the same ice storm. Oddly enough, in downstate New York, specifically NYC, it’s unseasonably warm. It almost hit 70°F! I think that’s almost 20°C.

  79. xxMelodyxx

    Brampton wasn’t really out of power but the cable was and the Internet was really spotty. But everything was fine yesterday and right now, everything’s good :D

    Our trees got hit pretty bad too :D I was still up at 2AM yesterday and my room faces the backyard. I was just reading when suddenly I heard all this cracking noise and the pine tree in my backyard went down. Luckily it fell away from the house but still :( My tree in the front yard is messed up too. But strangely enough, the other trees on my street are relatively okay….

    But it’s weird that you guys got to experience this crazy weather in Canada for the first time in five years

  80. Pink_Candy

    Flip it’s 3 degrees right now( 9:00)
    Hope it doesn’t worsen for the you guy, you wouldn’t want to be out of electricity for long, i wouldn’t i would die with reading manga for a day!!

  81. hapagirl

    You have confirmed my beliefs, winter is evil and yucky! I will never go anywhere near snow or ice, unless it’s ice for my drink. I’m glad you guys are safe and did that psa about how people shouldn’t use this time to make babies.

  82. Pink_Candy

    Hasn’t even started snowing yet in the west Midlands, UK. It should be starting soon it’s so could. Never going out again, just going to stay holed until school starts again.

  83. BunnehTiffa

    I totally feel you guys up there. I live in CT, USA (about an 8 hour drive from you guys) and a few years ago we had a snowstorm on Halloween. Because it was October, we still had leaves on our trees. And 6-10 inches of heavy snow on branches made us lose power. We also witnessed our next door neighbors car get crushed under a tree between our property! We were without power for 6 days. I was 11 weeks pregnant too. Luckily, my friend in the same city had power (her part of the grid has lines underground) so me and my oldest daughter stayed with her. But my husband still had work and we had 4 pets we needed to keep warm so he stayed home. I hope you guys stay safe and warm!

  84. immaperson

    Stay warm, stay safe.

  85. Michelle Richbourg

    We had an Icemageddon like that a couple years ago here in Nebraska. It was pretty scary. I had never seen anything like it before. Our block of town was without power for about 3 days. There were other parts of town where power was down for about a week. I worked at Pizza Hut at the time and by day 3 I was out delivering pizzas on 2-3 inch sheets of Ice. There were places I literally had to walk the block to deliver because the car wouldn’t make it up the hill. It was no fun because that same week I fell on the ice and broke my tailbone for the second time and couldn’t sit properly for a couple weeks afterwards. Never wanna go through that again. We stayed at the house instead of trying to go anywhere else though. We had an extension cord ran out the front door of the house to the car so we could keep our phones charged and plug a heater in to to keep the worst of the chill off. Switched back and forth between the heater and a laptop that we watched movies on. Thank goodness for lots of thick blankets and warm clothes.

  86. michellexxli

    Oh man, I hope you guys get power soon! It’s been alright in Thornhill (Yonge and Steeles area), but facebook tells me that basically everywhere else got hit. Stay safe!

  87. Bethany

    Living in NC it’s 77 degrees today and supposed to make it up to 80…I wish it would snow to at least remind me it’s December and almost Christmas.

    I hope everyone is safe and warm in any snowy/wet/cold weather!

    • ashtenmorgan

      I’m in NC too haha I just wore short today to have lunch with my friend and i keep getting message from NYC/Toronto friends about power outage and no foods.

      Funny how we are all in the East Coast, but have no weather in common :)

      Wishing for a small white christmas too :(

    • Cassandra Bosquet

      Mother Nature is just finicky. I’m in NJ and we had 70 degrees as our temp today only after having had two snowstorms back to back just days before. People had shorts on at the mall today, but will have to put it away because we’re going to 35 tomorrow night all the way through to Christmas. It’s 63 now at 11pm….talk about crazy and confusing.

      • Jennifer Strzelecki

        yup! fellow jersey girl! It’s allegedly going to be about 31′ tonight in cnj so that means that all of the rain that has fallen will turn to ice. yay ice. Have you ever tried to convince a 1300ib animal that he should not try to be the big horse today cause he will fall on his ass? No? it’s funny but annoying. sigh. horses. Mama Nature seriously needs to start taking her pills. waaay too much fluctuation going on!

  88. Stay safe fellow Torontonians and GTA-ers and anyone else whose weather is Shitty McShitterson right now! Our power was only out for 12 hours (actually it was just our streets, the houses outside this street were all fine), luckily it’s back now :)

    Also, if not for the falling trees and icy sidewalks ,I’d just stay inside even though it’s not that cold. Some drivers are really stupid in this kind of weather. My parents had to run out to by gas canisters for our portable gas stove so we could prepare food (it’s a religious day for Buddhists I think, so we had to prepare stuff for tonight) and this idiot sped down the street and swerved onto our street, nearly slammed into my parents’ care ’cause they lost control -_-

  89. And people here in Memphis thought we had a bad ice storm on December 6th… (It was just ice on the trees and that’s it, every school still closed) I’m gonna show them this video so they can see what an ice storm is REALLY like! Stay safe!

  90. AoiHitomi

    Omg, I heard about this on the news today here in Spain and I immediately thought about you guys!

    I’ve been to Canada several times when I was in high school and my favorite thing ever is Tim Horton’s Honey Cruller! I miss TH sooo much.. -_-

    Be careful! And have a great time with your family and friends ;)

  91. BishieAddict

    Stay safe! Don’t drive too much…it looks terrible and icy. I’m in Alberta and it’s so sunny yet it looks like winter wonderland. I hope we don’t get hit with that ice storm.

  92. Julia Perry

    In Ottawa, all we have is a whole bunch of snow…
    Stay safe guys!

  93. Lily Snape

    Please don’t kill yourselves just for the EYKAs. I mean, I’m excited about it but yeah, it’s just a video, lol. So just be careful driving and all of that. But yeah that is some ice storm!

  94. LillaMy

    Wow, ice storms: scary AND beautiful!

  95. Wishy

    Aish… Snow is scary.
    Question: If you got to choose any idol/ idol group to be snowed in with, who would it be? XD

  96. Tuwa Liking
    Tuwa Liking

    First of all: Glad you’re save& warm.
    Second: Them ice- removal- skillz Martina, very impressive!
    Third: Simon, no tree killing! Hajima, no no no. Trees are friends!
    Fourth: I know I’m being ignorant of the safety issues involved, but i caught myself thinking how pretty nature can be.
    Even if its scary-pretty.
    Despite all, Merry Christmas.

  97. allelick

    Wow we never had a storm like that here in Belgium, thank god because I would be afraid to leave my own house…

  98. Rebecca Sprang

    I live in New Jersey, and idk if you saw pictures of hurricane sandy that happened October 2012, but it reminds me alot of your ice trees. Whole trees fell over, pulling up from the roots. There was a bunch of soil in the air. I had to drive the day after to get my cousin from Rutgers University. It took me about an hour and a half to drive 22 miles, and about 3 hours to get back. WEATHER BE CRAY CRAY YO!

  99. We had an ice storm like this once when I was younger (maybe 8 or 9 years old). Everything was coated in an inch of ice. It was pretty intense. Stay warm! LOL

  100. I’m in Quebec right now and we can go curling or play ice hockey on the streets. Shoveling is a pain, it’s like shoveling heavy snow. We were without power all morning and it’s on and off now. Here’s hoping you get this in time before it goes off again!!!

  101. ~*~suddenly grateful that i left canada right before the horrible weather hit~*~
    wow though, 72 hours without power? eep, that’s pretty bad. BUT GOOD OL’ TIM HORTONS, STAYING OPEN. ;D

  102. Pia Pal

    Welcome back to North America!

  103. Wow it’s 75 degrees here in South Carolina. I wish so much for colder weather for Christmas, but I don’t know if I want that much ice! It should get colder by Christmas Eve. Stay safe you guys and Merry Christmas!

  104. Karen Poulin

    I’m glad you guys are safe. Thanks for all your hard work. :D Merry Christmas, you guys!

  105. It’s a lovely 70 degrees here in North Carolina, but a several years ago we had an ice storm like this. We didn’t have power for a week and it knocked down and split tons of trees. I hope ya’ll stay safe and warm!

  106. oscar4life

    Welcome back to Canada (I guess not too much of a welcome though…)
    Wow things are crazy in Toronto now, you guys stay safe! I’m tucked away in the Ottawa Valley now, so not too sure what any populated areas are like but it’s been hailing/snowing/whatever else the sky can think to throw at us all day long.
    Hope your power comes back on soon and try to keep warm and well fed!!

  107. It seems like the weather is all wonky this year. Crazy snow, no snow, or snow where it’s not supposed to be. There doesn’t seem to be any sort of in between.
    Like, I live in a tiny mountain town that gets snow starting in October and ending in May and we’ve had one day of snow that melted the next morning and it’s almost January!
    Maybe Toronto took my town’s cold?

  108. And I wanted to go to Canada this christmas…. I think I’m going to wait until the summer..
    Anyways anyone who lives in Canada/in the Toronto area who have any ideas/tips on what to do?

    • AoiHitomi

      Go to Tim Hortons! That’s my nº1 rule lol

    • BishieAddict

      I’m not from Toronto but I’ve visited a few times. You can get a tourist pass for the typical tourisy sites: http://www.citypass.com/toronto
      There’s Wonderland if you like rollercoasters. Eaton Centre, Queen street, and Vaughan Mills (it’s outside the city but you can get a free shuttle ride from Union station in the summer) for shopping.
      Yorkville for expensive items…
      Nearby: Niagara Falls looks great. Markham: Pacific Mall for a huge Asian shopping centre – I think Chinatown has better prices, but there is a lot stores there.
      You can also visit Montreal which is pretty cool (I took I think a 4 hour train to get there).

      • Thank you so much! I will check these things out for sure!

        • I’ll be honest and say Toronto doesn’t have much LOL. Downtown is fun to wonder around though, I definitely recommend hitting the Kensington Market, which has a few ecclectic stores, ethnic food stores/restaurants and vegan/vegetarian restaurants. If you’re of legal drinking age (19 in Canada) you can check out the Distillery District, which is a neat old-worldy area.

          They have a chocolate maker there that makes chocolate right from the beans themselves and have amazing hot chocolate (including a spicy Mayan one!) and wine tasting, maybe some galleries and stuff might be open.

        • BishieAddict

          You’re welcome. There is also a Korea town, but it’s very very small (like 1 street). Nearby is the Annex by the U of T. It has some cool stores there… I stayed at a U of T dorm the first time I was there (summer as well). It’s very convenient. I would recommend getting a weekly transit pass as well. Public transportation is very convenient.

    • Kataomi

      Eat Poutine ! *sorry it’s not an attraction XD *. If you go by Quebec, it’s a really beautiful place too ! I just went to Toronto one time so I dont know that much cool places to visit XD.

  109. Ah… guise… you’re so hardcore!! > . < (If it was for me you wouldn't need to worry about uploading videos… ) Stay warm and be careful!!

    P.S: some people were saying that Simon is a tree killer…. but I could only imagine it backwards … that tree was a killer O__O


  110. hollimanche

    I didn’t know snow had the same effect as a hurricane did! We get Hurricanes in FL just not snow.

    • Yeah, snow and ice is very heavy when it accumulates. So another problem arises when people don’t clear the snow off their roofs. It piles up and then all of a sudden you’ve got a roof that caves in on you.

  111. Vanessa Y.
    Vanessa Y.

    in ottawa we’re getting a buttload of mostly snow and some freezing rain.. but holy frig that’s a thick layer of ice on those trees in toronto o.o hope you guise are okay!

  112. Kataomi

    Saguenay is also into a snow storm spell ! I was living in Montreal when there was the ice storm some years ago ….I hope it wont come here ! We had 2 weeks of black out at that time !

  113. Kika Penne

    This is some scary shit. So guys we must all remember to never go to Canada in the winter time or you will be killed by trees falling on you. O_O
    Belgium isn’t so bad after all…

    • Haha it’s not always this bad, Winter in the past few years have been pretty mild actually. We only had one big snow storm last year but it didn’t last very long (quite a few traffic accidents happened though). I don’t actually remember anything this bad even though I was born and grew up here

      • Kika Penne

        Oh okay I’ve never been to Canada and since you guys are all still alive it probably isn’t too bad after all. Stay safe! I really want to visit Canada actually. So much beautiful nature and the big buzzing cities… :)

    • xxMelodyxx

      LOL this is like the first time in ten or so years that this happened. Canada’s really nice. Don’t be scared.

      I remember like two years ago, there was barely any snow for all of Winter. And last year, we only had one major snow storm.

      • Kika Penne

        Oh only one snow storm. Haha I’m Belgian so I’m not really used to extreme weather conditions. Last winter was pretty long and cold too here, not like I was used to. Maybe Belgium is turning into a super tiny Canada! ^0^

  114. I know your pain…. I live in Etobicoke too, and we spent an hour just prying the ice off our car ;_____;

  115. Kristin@Blood, Sweat and Books
    Kristin@Blood, Sweat and Books

    We had an Ice storm roll through yesterday. While most power stayed on thankfully a transformer did blow up and shut down a trip to Wal-Mart and the busses were getting rerouted due to low hanging trees being a hazard. Hopefully power stays on and all is restored for others in time for Christmas.

  116. Lol this is great u guys captured this tho, Gta looks pretty cool atm d:
    …right when u guys came to toronto too

  117. Thespanishbanana

    I kid you not, but here in Quebec City, there is snow up to my waist on my patio… and there are no signs of it stopping ._. Everyone stay safe!

  118. hollimanche

    Its 85 degrees in FL! I want snow!

  119. how cold was it ? doesnt really look THAT bad tbh. many countries have it worse

    • That’s just it: it’s not that cold, but it’s just the right temperature for a shit show. Warm enough for rain, cold enough to freeze the rain, just the right balance to screw a lot of people over.

    • Seishin

      That’s the problem. It doesn’t LOOK bad, but because the temperature is hovering around the freezing point the rain freezes on impact and turns to ice.

    • Well maybe it’s not that cold during the ice storm but when it’s over and people still are out of power and it gets -20 degrees and below, it can get very dangerous especially for more vulnerable people. And Canada IS cold during winter here in Quebec we are already reaching in the -30 degrees sometimes.

      And tbh not many countries have it worse, it’s just that not many countries are prepared to deal with ice and snow storms, so when it happens we still go to work and school and life goes on. It’s part of our culture and every day life.

  120. I live in Scarborough and our power didn’t go out, but poor tree’s all around are splitting in half :(

  121. devilz_angel231

    A bunch of my friends have said they don’t have power, like all of Dixon, and everyone is facebooking pictures of theiir icy frozen trees! You guys should come down to Rexdale, we have Timmies and Wifi and we’ve still got electricity! =D

    • We’re in a safe place, now. After almost getting crushed I don’t wanna go outside. Nopenopenopenopenopenopenope

      • Wow, is it really that bad? I haven’t really been in a bad snow/ice storm.. just regular autumn storms or what do you call them, so I wouldn’t really know. Unlucky you when you just came home for christmas now too!

        • Jo Wai

          It’s so bad. We tried to go to church today, but the roads were covered in ice and there were broken trees all over the road so we just quit and went back home…at least unlike Simon and Martina, we have power.

        • Lulu

          So bad that 300k+ homes have no electricity and heat in Ontario. I’m thankful my house is not affected.

      • devilz_angel231

        I’m glad you guys are safe and I hope you’re all Apocalypse prepped for the next few days. My sister works at Home Depot and they sold out of 2 days worth of salt stock in a few hours! It’s gonna be a rough one guys, stay safe!

  122. We don’t even have snow in Belgium yet o.o Stay safe guise!

  123. Big snow/ice storm in Quebec right now! I had a thought about you guys. Hope everyone’s safe in Toronto!

  124. Kelsey Mae

    Ah, jeez, it’s not nearly as bad here. I mean, the roads are ice, and it’s freezing rain at the moment, but, we haven’t lost power or anything yet *knocks on wood* Hopefully you won’t lose power/the power will come back on soon. Stay safe!

  125. Seishin

    Stay safe you guys! I feel like I’m in the only pocket of Etobicoke what still has power, lol. And now I probably jinxed myself by saying that.

  126. Wow, it’s really pretty… I just had an urge to…. THIS IS CANADAAAAAA. Done.


    • I’d rather take snowless over electricity-less. Just saying :D

    • Erica A.

      I’m in the USA down in Fl, and we don’t get snow where I’m at for Christmas either (actually, we’ve never had it here.. I was told it snowed once when my grandma was a little girl, but it would melt before it even reached the ground, so it only half-way counts). It’d be nice to see snow in real life at least once, I know how you feel >.>

      • I guess I’m kind of spoiled with this, we get snow for christmas about 75% of the time, I live in the southern part of Sweden so it usually melts away pretty fast though.. Which is sad because I want to have snow fights in school.

        • Erica A.

          Sounds fun ^^’ .. We have a thing at the next town over, where they make ‘snow’ and the kids can play in it.. but it kinda looses the appeal when it’s 70 degrees (Fahrenheit) and the snow all forms a block of ice after a while. (ive actually only been once, but we were a bit late, so it was all just a block of ice pretty much pft)

        • kati

          ooh! I live in florida also and that sounds fun..any chance you could say where it is/the name of it?

          haha I remember one time in the winter we were at a little outdoor local spot for some food and one of the servers there scraped the ice out of the freezer, made a snowman out of it, and gave it to us. t’was beautiful :’)

        • Erica A.

          They already did it this year.. but we’re down in South Fl, on the southwest side of Lake Okeechobee(the big whole in the map lol)

          & awe, that sounds awesome!

        • kati

          ah, thanks. You’re a little more central than us, but thank you for the reply either way. I think it may be done throughout the state (or at least the southern band there) because I mentioned it to my mom and she said that she heard of something similar happening around here.

        • Erica A.

          I wouldn’t doubt if it was.. Since it never snows here, they probably do it for the younger kids who haven’t really experienced it before. It’s a cool idea, all the same ^-^

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