Toronto Light Fest brightens winter in The 6

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Toronto Light Fest is giving city slickers a new reason to love winter in “The 6.” The 45-day installation has transformed the Distillery District into a huge open-air gallery, complete with interactive pieces designed to brighten guests’ spirits.

Open from dusk to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and dusk to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, the installation features the work of an international group of artists, including Studio Toer from the Netherlands, Alaa Minawi from Lebanon, and Ryan Longo from Canada.

“We want to create something special and something that will lift the collective spirit of the city,” says Mathew Rosenblatt, creator and executive director of the Toronto Light Festival. “Simply put, we want to help transform a moment of consciousness, from the cold of the dark into the warmth of the light.”

Toronto’s first light art festival is on now and runs until March 12. For the full festival details, visit their web site or follow their glowing installations on Instagram.

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  • Alexandra February 28, 2017, 8:49 am Reply

    so cool!! wonderful shots as well!!

  • Max a.k.a. Cardinal Guzman February 26, 2017, 1:29 pm Reply

    That’s really cool. Great photos too. I’m heading to Toronto in April if I can get my visa sorted.

    • Jon February 26, 2017, 4:53 pm

      Best of luck! The Distillery District is worth checking out all year round.

  • Awa on the Road February 23, 2017, 3:37 pm Reply

    Very vivid spectacle of lights. Would be nice to see it one day in person …

    • Jon February 23, 2017, 8:32 pm

      It was great! Hope you can make it some day soon!

  • jennsmidlifecrisis February 23, 2017, 9:36 am Reply

    Cool photos! They do such neat things there and I never take the time to go down. Too bad it doesn’t extend into March Break – that would be a great family adventure! The light show at Fort Henry ends before March Break too.

  • denisebushphoto February 19, 2017, 10:40 am Reply

    Very cool event and great photos!

    • Jon February 19, 2017, 12:28 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Rupali February 14, 2017, 11:47 am Reply

    Wonderful display. Thank you for visiting my blog.

  • bedlamanddaisies February 14, 2017, 9:04 am Reply

    This looks like a wonderful installation! Great captures. Thanks for sharing them. 🙂

    • Jon February 14, 2017, 9:04 am

      Thanks so much!

  • colonialist February 14, 2017, 3:34 am Reply

    This would indicate that brewing cannot be regarded as no light matter! Spectacular indeed.

    • Jon February 14, 2017, 9:01 am

      Haha – good point!

  • naturebackin February 14, 2017, 12:27 am Reply

    Great pics of beautiful installations. Hope they do distract from the cold!

    • Jon February 14, 2017, 12:31 am

      It was actually FREEZING that night! But well worth the cold.

  • Amy February 13, 2017, 6:03 pm Reply

    Way too cool!!

    • Jon February 13, 2017, 8:54 pm


  • Jaspa February 13, 2017, 9:54 am Reply

    I didn’t know about this, Jon. I’ll have to try and get down there while it’s still on!

    • Jon February 13, 2017, 11:01 pm

      Thanks so much! Best of all – it’s all free!

  • restlessjo February 13, 2017, 2:19 am Reply

    I wanna have wings! 🙂 🙂 Love light installations and you have some great shots.

    • Jon February 13, 2017, 11:06 am

      Thanks so much!

  • bethnorman February 12, 2017, 5:16 am Reply

    The distillary district is an excellent venue. How pretty with all those lights. Excellent nighttime photography.

    • Jon February 12, 2017, 10:36 am

      Thanks so much Beth! We’ll have to head down there together again soon!

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