The Toronto Light Festival

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Event date January 19 to March 11, 2018 LocationDistillery Historic District Official website Toronto Light Festival

The city’s original light festival artfully illuminates the Distillery Historic District.

The installion 'Our House' by Belgian artist Tom Dekyvere. The Distillery Historic District entrance sign after dark, crafted out of lighted letters. Beyond the sign the street is lit by a large web of glowing cords. Photo courtesy of Arienne Parzei

Lighting up the long winter nights with distinctive works from local and international light artists, the Toronto Light Festival illuminates the Distillery Historic District from January to March. Visitors are taken on a new visual journey as the festival transforms the picturesque historic neighbourhood into a large open-air gallery.

The installion 'Digital Origami Tigers' by Australian artist LAVA. A large, angular tiger made out of translucent material glows red against the brick walls and street of Toronto's Distillery Historic District.
Digital Origami Tigers /
Lava (Australia)
Photo courtesy of Arienne Parzei

This winter, Torontonians of all ages are encouraged to come out of the dark and into the light.

Related: A Look at the New Toronto Light Festival. Travel writer & photographer, Arienne Parzei, shows us around the newest winter experience in the Distillery Historic District.

The installion 'My Light is Your Light' by Lebanese artist Alaa Minawi. Light sculptures, in the shape of simple human figures, glow against a wooden wall and wet brick street in Toronto's Distillery Historic District.
My Light is Your Light /
Alaa Minawi (Lebanon)
Photo courtesy of Arienne Parzei
The installion 'Run Beyond' by Italian artist Angelo Bonello. Spanning the width of two brick buildings in Toronto's Distillery Historic District, this installation appears to be a single figure captured in many moments as it runs across one rooftop and leaps to the other, raising its hand in celebration.
Run Beyond /
Angelo Bonello (Italy)
Photo courtesy of Arienne Parzei
The installion 'The Uniting Lightstar' by Dutch artist Venividimultiplex. A large, geometric nest of glowing cables stands against the night sky and the old-style buildings of Toronto's Distillery Historic District.
The Uniting Lightstar /
Venividimultiplex (The Netherlands)
Photo courtesy of Arienne Parzei