Here’s What You Can Expect at the Toronto Light Festival

The Distillery District has partnered with a number of artists to bring a little light into our lives. The Toronto Light Festival is running from January 27th…

Toronto winters can be drawn-out, dark, and dreary. Luckily, the Distillery District has partnered with a number of Canadian, European, and American artists to bring a little light into our lives.

From January 27th to March 12th, the Distillery District will literally by lit.

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With inspiration from the ever-popular Amsterdam Light Festival, 21 large light sculptures and installations have been scattered throughout the streets, shops, and galleries for the inaugural Toronto Light Festival.

And there are a couple of charity aspects to the event too! Visitors can purchase locks, ranging from $5 to $15, to contribute to two artworks by Toronto Light Festival Creator & Executive Director, Mathew Rosenblatt. All funds raised will go to The Yonge Street Mission. The Mission is also collecting funds online and each time someone donates, two light cannons at the Toronto Light Festival will shift closer and closer – once the goal of $10,000 is reached, the beams will cross and light up in celebration.

Another soon-to-be Instagram favourite installation is Angels of Freedom designed by Israel-based OGE Group. Each time someone uploads a social snap in front of the wings with the hashtag #MillStLights, Mill Street Brewery will donate $1.00 to the Daily Bread Food Bank, plus the snapper will be entered to win Beer for a Year.

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What you can’t miss? The interactive, Burning Man-inspired Magic Dance Mirror by Kyle Ruddick, which uses dynamic animated visuals to capture the user’s sweet dance moves and A Dream of Pastures by Toronto-based design team Studio F Minus, which has users peddling away on an old exercise bike to power sound and graphics.

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The Toronto Light Festival is open from today to March 12th and is absolutely free to attend. Get a preview of what you can see below.

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Follow journey online by heading to and checking out #TOLightFest and @TOLightFest on Instagram.

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All images by Sarah May
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