get lit: the toronto light festival

This past weekend in Toronto was wonderful, particularly weather-wise. The sun was out, the temperatures were spring like, and it was the Family Day long weekend. Essentially, I had zero excuse to not get out of my apartment and explore some of what makes this city think it's the best in the world. 

Saturday night I ventured over to The Distillery District in order to experience the Toronto Light Festival. Thirteen acres that blend light art and stunning architecture, the festival is by far my favourite cultural experience of Toronto so far. The Toronto Light Festival showcases the creativity of local and international artists who use light to influence the meaning of their piece. Typically, light art pieces emit or manipulate light, colours and shadows in novel ways. 

It had been so long since I had been surrounded by modern art, and it felt so good to be back in that creative of a space. It has made me miss my wild and crazy artist days. Walking the cobblestones of the Distillery District, and discovering new pieces around every corner, was revitalizing. It's actually a brilliant way to light up a dark winter evening. 

The Festival is on until March 12th and I plan on revisiting a few times before the lights go out! If you can't make it, live vicariously through my photos and video (whaaa'!? I made another video?! How rare of me) below. 

I'm taking a moment here to enjoy the punniness of this post. 

enjoying the Toronto Light Festival
Angel wings and halo.
Art made out of light.
Tiger on the roof.
Tiger on the ground.
Nothing is so important it needs to be made in six foot neon.
Entrance to The Distillery District with neon rope.
Everything to gain, nothing to lose.
Friendship rings.
Tree and light.


Location: Toronto Light Festival at the Distillery District
Photographer/Videographer: Megan te Boekhorst
Camera: Canon 60D