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Toronto Light Festival

Longer nights give Toronto a chance to shine even brighter as new art and light installations are popping up in the winter months. Get out and enjoy these temporary installations before they’re gone.

Toronto Light Festival /
January 19 to March 4

Toronto Light Festival

Lighting up the winter nights in the Distillery Historic District with distinctive works from local and international artists, the Toronto Light Festival runs from January 19 to March 4, 2018. Visitors are taken on a visual journey as the installations transform the picturesque historic neighbourhood into an open-air gallery.

Winter Stations

Six lifeguard stands receive fresh artistic takes across Balmy, Kew and Ashbridges Bay beaches. Located in the heart of the quaint Beach community, south of Queen Street East, between Woodbine and Victoria Park Avenues, the exhibition runs February 19 to April 1, 2018. This year’s theme, RIOT, is a call to artists and designers to act out, while promoting creativity and joy.

Ice Breakers

From January 19 to March 18, 2018, the waterfront area west of Yonge Street over to Bathurst is home to five interactive art installations. The theme of “Constellations” brings colour, warmth and whimsy to the lake’s edge.

Ontario Place

New for 2017-18, is the Winter Light Exhibition at Ontario Place. The park is undergoing extensive transformations to restore it to its former glory (the Cinesphere is back open!) and a spectacular new light installation is sure to light up Instagram, too. The light display is just one aspect of Winter at Ontario Place which includes an ice rink and various winter-themed activities. The park is open 7 days a week and the festival is free to attend from December 8, 2017 to March 18, 2018.

The Bentway

Although not, strictly speaking, an art project, the new Bentway development, which is a multi-year project in process, installed a skating trail this year! The Bentway is named after the concrete pillars that hold up the Gardiner Expressway, under which the trail runs. Strap on the blades and check it out.