Despite the frigid cold, there are plenty of reasons why you should get outside — one of them being the third annual Toronto Light Festival at the Distillery District, which is open from now until March 3.
This year, the festival will feature over 30 light exhibits from local and international artists.
Scattered across the Distillery District, Toronto Light Fest is the largest outdoor light sculpture gallery in North America. The third annual event aims to draw people out of winter hibernation to bring positivity and light to their lives during the dreariest of days.
Visitors can check out the lights seven days a week, as soon as the sun goes down. But the Distillery will also be hosting some fun daytime events. From art by Toronto’s leading mural artists and live music, to complimentary alcohol tastings on the weekends and outdoor (heated) brunch on the El Catrin patio, the area has so much to offer!
Not to mention, if you drop by Tunnelception (pictured above), you can try Reese’s latest snack: the Reese’s Pieces Peanut Candy. Candy dispensers will be there every weekend until the end of the festival, and you could be one of the first in Canada to try to delicious, new candy!
We had the opportunity to chat with Mathew Rosenblatt, Co-Founder of the Distillery Restaurants Corporation.
Below he tells us about Toronto Light Festival 2019, what readers can expect from the Distillery District in the future, and more. Take a peek below!
StyleDemocracy: Why are you excited to bring back the Toronto Light Festival?
Mathew Rosenblatt: Turning on the electricity and witnessing how light, creativity and passion can instantly transform a neighbourhood and a City.
SD: What light installation do you think Torontonians will be the most excited to see?
MR: I think the favourites will include a 35-foot polar bear sculpture and an interactive DNA like light sculpture, but what do I know? Torontonians might like Enunciation (a light cave) by Taylor Dean Harrison, or The Phoenix Rainbow by The Phoenix Rainbow team.
SD: Are there any new stores or restaurants that you would suggest our readers to visit?
MR: Madrina (Spanish for Godmother,) is a must visit for anyone who has ever wanted to try an authentic modern Spanish tapas restaurant. Expect sensational modern Catalan fare prepared by Michelin trained Chef Ramon Simarro. The atmosphere is beyond gorgeous, but don’t worry the service is still warm and casual.
SD: What are your thoughts on the Distillery District being named one of the coolest shopping districts in the world?
MR: We’re deeply honoured to be included as one of the coolest shopping districts in the world. We are fortunate to live in a city that values atmosphere, creativity and lifestyle over franchises and widgets.
SD: Are there any special events planned at the Distillery District for the rest of the year that you can talk about?
MR: Separate from the large scale events, this year The Distillery will deepen its world renowned ambience and atmosphere. Expect to discover free live music, unique food interactions, ice wine and champagne samplings, farmers and flower markets and so much more.
SD: What else can our readers expect from the Distillery District in the future?
MR: Expect to be surprised. Especially if you take the time to open some of the iconic green doors and discovered what is inside.
All images courtesy of Toronto Light Festival