The cold, dark winter days can have us feeling like Netflix, tea, unlimited carbs and bed every night but it’s important for us to get out and enjoy some type of activity not only for our bodies but to also help improve our moods. Although it’s only the end of January, thankfully this winter so far has not been too bad for us. –Knocks on wood-
With the lack of sunlight and shorter days, the number of outdoor activities available may seem limited. However, this year Toronto has brought another free event for us to enjoy this winter called the Toronto Light Festival.
From the same creators that brought the Toronto Christmas Market to the Distillery District, this festival showcases creativity of local and international artists through different forms of light art installations.
Located east of downtown Toronto, the festival offers an open-air art gallery throughout the Distillery District. The pieces are a bit far from one another, allowing people to journey through each display. Although most of the displays are located outdoors, there are a few exhibits inside the buildings allowing you to warm up from the chilly weather.
|Run Beyond- Angelo Bonello|
|Angels of Freedom- OGE Group|
|Locks of Love|
|Digital Origami Tigers- LAVA|
|Our House- Tom Dekyvere|
|The Magic Dance Mirror- Kyle Ruddick|
|Bands of Friendship- Vikas Patil and Santosh Gujar|
My Overall Impression: Since the Distillery District also contains many restaurants, shops and cafes, I highly recommend checking out the Light Festival as a side activity to lunch or dinner with friends and family. Since the exhibits are not all in one area, it allows for a nice walk before or after a meal.
Otherwise, if you are trekking from afar to only see the Light Festival, it may not be worth it. Since this was Toronto’s first Light Festival, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought that there would be many more light displays but the exhibits that were there were still really neat to see. It’s also fun to go with friends to experience this art journey together as with all art, people have different perspectives and it’s nice to hear about what other people see it as. My favourite pieces were Run Beyond, the Magic Dance Mirror and the Digital Origami Tigers.When: Jan 27th to March 12th
Sunday to Wednesday: Sundown to 10pm
Thursday to Saturday: Sundown to 11pm
Where: Toronto Distillery Historic District
Visit www.torontolightfest.com for more information