Here's what you need to check out at the Toronto Light Festival

Jan 8 2019, 2:46 am

If your camera roll has been looking pretty tame lately, get ready for the most IG-friendly event of the season.

Bringing over 30 light-art installations and illuminated sculptures from local and international artists to Toronto, the Toronto Light Festival is an event that every Torontonian and visitor alike needs to visit.

Not convinced? If you need some motivation to get you out and about during the cold and frigid season, here are some of the things to see and do at the Distillery District for the duration of the festival, which runs from January 18 till March 3.

Toronto Light Festival 2019

Returning light-art installations

Toronto Light Festival 2019

See popular light-art installations from previous years by Studio Rosenblatt, including the Symbolic Peace, HEART, and the Love Locks — several with brand new light elements for this year’s festival.

Brand-new installations

Long View/Toronto Light Festival 2019

Keep an eye out for two of this year’s signature pieces including Long View, a 35-foot tall polar bear made from car hoods by American artist Don Kennell, serving as a symbol for the connection between carbon footprint and habitat loss, as well as interactive installation Double Helix I by American artist Dr George Neil, allowing visitors to launch their own large scale waves in light and motion.

Double Helix I/Toronto Light Festival 2019

Other new installations that should be noticed are the Phoenix Rainbow, Penta-Or, and Enunciation.

Phoenix Rainbow/Toronto Light Festival 2019

Daytime activities at The Distillery District


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New to this year’s festival, The Distillery District will be offering arts, culture, and entertainment-centric activities during the daytime on weekends. Art produced by some of Toronto’s leading mural artists will be on display, as well as outdoor heated bars serving hot beverages. Enjoy jazz and classical music performances, and why not have a weekend brunch served on the patio of the El Catrin?

Executive Producer and artist exhibitor Mathew Rosenblatt says, “Some people look for reasons to stay inside. We put on this festival for those who are looking for reasons not to.”

With that being said, there is so much to see and do at the Toronto Light Festival this year, so you won’t want to miss out!

Toronto Light Festival 2019

When: January 18 till March 3, 2019

Where: The Distillery Historic District — 55 Mill Street

Price: FREE

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