If you’re looking to go out this Valentines Day, then take a stroll to the historic Distillery District to see the first ever Toronto Light Festival! The light festival will feature 21 light art installations from local and international artists creating a visual journey throughout the neighbourhood. The festival finds its inspiration from light art festivals all around the world such as Burning Man and the Amsterdam Light Festival. “We wanted to create something special and something that will lift the collective spirit of the city’ said Matthew Rosenblatt, creator and executive director of the Toronto Light Festival.
What’s also great about the festival is that admission is free and it takes place everyday starting at sundown up until March 12, 2017. Another important aspect to note is that the Toronto Light Festival has set up a Go Fund Me for The Yonge Street Mission. Their goal is to raise $10,000 for the charity and as donations are made, two light cannons at the festival will shift to move their beams closer and closer together. Eventually the beams will cross, lighting up the night in celebration of reaching their goal with the help of the community.
Another interactive light sculpture called Angels of Freedom will raise funds for the Daily Bread Food Bank. This piece invites viewers to take a photo in front of the digital angel wings and post online to social media with the hashtag #MillStLights. Mill Street Brewery will donate $1 for each post.
After a fun-filled evening taking in the beautiful installations, why not head to Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie for a romantic French dinner afterwards!
Toronto Light Festival
Price Range: FREE
Social Media: https://twitter.com/tolightfest