Brave the cold and get lit at the Distillery District’s light festival

By Ross Vernon Dias

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Our wind-down recommendations are a great way to forget about a grueling work day. This week, head out to the Distillery District for an outdoor art festival that’s a treat for your eyes (and Instagram feeds).

When: January 18 to March 3, 2019

What it is: The third annual Toronto Light Festival takes over the streets, roofs, and walls of Toronto’s favourite neighbourhood.

Where it’s located: Distillery District.

Why visit: Head after dark to witness a dazzling treat for your eyes (and your Instagram feeds).

“Tunnelception” inspired by the new Reese’s Pieces Peanut Candy.

Featuring outdoor art sculptures from more than 30 local and international artists, the Toronto Light Festival includes a 30-foot tall polar bear made from recycled car hoods by artist Don Kennell and plenty of romantic signage in the shape of neon hearts and phrases.

Also included is an installation created by Young Offenders x Electric Perfume and inspired by the “peanut inside  peanut” concept of Reese’s Pieces peanut candy. Visitors can either travel through the installation or observe the rotation of the luminous outer layers. 

On now and running until March 3, the festival is a good spot for a pre-Valentine’s Day stroll — never mind the frigid temperatures.

“Some people look for reasons to stay inside,” event producer Mathew Rosenblatt said in a statement. “We put on this festival for those who are looking for reasons not to.”

For the first time, the festival will also carry into the day with activities in the mornings and afternoons from Thursday to Sunday. A brunch will be served on the El Catrin patio during the weekends, accompanied by complimentary alcohol tasting in the District.

On other days, visitors will find jazz and classical musicians performing in public spaces, and an outdoor heated bar selling hot beverages.

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