My First Time: The Toronto Light Festival

A couple of weeks ago, my boyfriend (or as many of you know him, Mr. Cavaliere) invited me as his plus one to the Toronto Light Festival, The Art of Light, in the Distillery District.


Usually, as an ice queen, I tend to avoid leaving my home at all costs the second the weather drops below 10°.

However, as the Distillery District is my favourite place to visit during Christmas season (trust me, the Christmas Market is the highlight of my winter every year), I thought it could be fun.

Mathew Rosenblatt, the Creative & Executive Director of the Toronto Light Festival, wanted to create a winter experience designed to entertain and inspire by exhibiting the creativity of local and international artists. During the dark, cold days of winter, his hope was that city residents would be drawn out of their traditional indoor habitats to experience Toronto in a new way. He basically designed this light festival around all of the other hibernating Torontonians, like myself.

With maps in hand, we set out on our adventure (and by adventure, I mean guided tour) through the Distillery District.

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with the whole experience. To be honest, the cold wasn’t the worst thing ever – especially when you had pretty, glowing art to distract you. Here are my favourite pieces from our walking tour!

DIGITAL ORIGAMI TIGERS by LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture)

photographed by: Thane Lucas


photographed by: Arjun Yadav

BANDS OF FRIENDSHIP by Vikas Patil and Santosh Gujar

photographed by: Justine Apple

There were plenty of other amazing installations as well, so if you live in Toronto, you should definitely check out the Art of Light Toronto Light Festival from January 27th – March 12. If you get the chance to take a visit, let me know which ones were your favourite!


With love,



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