It’s a dark time of the year my friends, and while that is completely and literally true, it’s also a dark time for a lot of people and their mental health. The team behind Toronto Light Festival know this, and through amazing displays of art, they’re adding just a bit of brightness to our city.
“We want to create something special, a happening that will lift the collective spirit of the City. In a world with so many dark and ominous messages, our goal is to create a positive, magical urban oasis where people of all ages and backgrounds can and will enjoy together. Simply put, we want to help transform a moment of consciousness, from the cold and the dark into the warmth of the light.” That’s Mathew Rosenblatt (Creator & Executive Director) reason for why it exists, and honestly the passion behind the festival is one of the reasons it’s one of my fave events of the whole year.
Because here’s the thing: it really is a hard time of the year. And it’s hard to get out of bed sometimes, and certainly to leave the apartment. I haven’t been shy about anything mental health related and this last month has been extra hard, so having this event to look forward to helped a little. I love festivals always, but there’s something about the light art and the artists coming from all over the world make it one of a kind.
The festival takes place in the Distillery District (my fave place!) from January 18 – March 3 2019. Therefore, you have plenty of chances to go and you MUST!
It’s free, for all ages, absolutely gorgeous and interactive.
I think that’s another reason why this festival stands out. I’m so used to going places and not being allowed to touch things, and sure you can’t touch all of them, but it’s really cool when the artist id there and encourages you to get involved.
That’s Jess getting in on the action.
And yes, it’s a little chilly at night, but it is worth it. Plus you are moving around so it’s not that bad! And I even had some yummy hot chocolate so I mean, highly recommend that.
At every installation there’s a plaque that gives you info about the art and who created it, and I didn’t even visit all the installation. I 100% will be making another trip back, maybe on a slightly warmer night closer to March.
If you have a chance to go, please do, and let me know what you think!