Winter Stations and The Waterfront Business Improvement Area (WBIA) converge for a second year on Toronto’s urban Waterfront with ICE BREAKERS, a temporary art exhibition.

Running from January 19 to February 25, Ice Breakers will feature five wintertime art installations located on Queens Quay from Harbourfront Centre to the Toronto Music Garden.

Ice Breakers is now embarking on its second year of producing and exhibiting temporary public art works along Queens Quay within Toronto, Canada’s Waterfront for winter 2018. This year, we are opening up an international design competition for the selection of five artist teams to provide installations for five unique sites.

For Ice Breakers’ second year the theme is “Constellation”. This can be interpreted in various ways, but we are hoping to see work that is challenging, while also accessible, reminding the public that public art can be fun and engaging.

The intention is to bring colour, warmth and activity to the water’s edge, inviting people to take a winter walk along the Waterfront and appreciate the unique Toronto landscape at this time of year.

Public Art Opportunity
WinterStations Inc. is asking Artists to develop temporary public art installations for Ice Breakers 2018. Five locations are available, representing five public art opportunities.

These locations have been selected in collaboration with The Waterfront BIA, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Harbourfront Centre after identifying sites with high visibility, pedestrian traffic, limited constraints, as well as other attributes, such as photograph opportunities and relative proximity to transit, residents and the other artwork locations.

This is a single-stage open international competition, welcoming artists, designers, architects and landscape architects to submit concept proposals for Ice Breakers’ temporary artwork installations.

Ice Breakers is an initiative of Toronto’s Waterfront Business Improvement Area (BIA), developed and coordinated by Winter Stations Inc., the team behind the annual Winter Stations International Design Competition bringing temporary public art installations to Toronto’s Beach.

Deadline for submissions is October 13, 2017.

For all competition rules, regulations and submission requirements and site resources, please visit:

Browse below for a look back at last year’s Ice Breakers installations:


‘Leeward Fleet’ by RAW, Canada Square, Harbourfront Centre

Celebrating Toronto’s richharbour history, design studio RAW introduces three pivoting structures to Canada Square. Inspired by ice and sailboat technology, enamel masts hold up brightly coloured sails, each of which serve as sculptural references to the days prior to ferry transportation.


‘ICEBOX’ by Polymetis, HTO Park

The Canadian winter is a landscape of contrasts: between empty blank whiteness and things not fully shrouded in snow and ice; between the (more-or-less) static physical world and the temporal surfaces of frozen water that accumulate and dissipate over it; between being inside, in the warmth, and being outside, in the cold. ‘ICEBOX’ seeks to manifest these contrasts and provide space for introspection, social interaction, and shared appreciation of winter.


‘Winter Diamonds’ by Platant, Music Garden East

The shimmering lights emitted from ‘White Diamonds’ attract contemplation of these fragile, yet solid structures. The viewer is invited to engage with a poetic and dreamy focal point, in a vast winter landscape.


‘Incognito’ by Curio Art Consultancy and Jaspal Riyait, Rees Street Parkette

Using architectural massing models as the inspiration for the structures, ‘Incognito’ explores what happens when you make the City’s architectural interventions invisible. Adopting the same camouflaging technology used by warships, the wintery environment will render the installation truly incognito, shaping the public’s interaction with the piece.

‘Tailored Twins’ by Ferris + Associates, Peter Street Basin

A set of faceted wooden hands rise three metres from the lookouts at the Peter Street Basin. Their gold-mirror palms bath the basin in a warm sun-like glow.


For background information, images and to schedule interviews, please contact publicist.

Media Contact
Vakis Boutsalis

Katy Creates
416-537-0954 ext. 2320

About The Waterfront BIA

Established in 2004, The Waterfront Business Improvement Area (WBIA), is the voice of the Waterfront’s business community. Toronto’s WBIA is a community-driven organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing the economic and cultural vitality of the Waterfront area. The WBIA welcomes 17 million visitors annually with a service area population of 57,121 and growing rapidly. 68% of the area’s residents are under the age of 45 (66% above average*), are university educated (65% above average*), have an average household income of $118,924 (17% above average*), and walk to work (greater than five times the average*).

Unlike most Toronto BIAs, The Waterfront BIA is both a full-service residential area and a tourist destination, ranking second in every major tourist category – domestic and international, pleasure and business, first-time and repeat. Through marketing and promotion, special events, streetscape enhancement, strategic planning and advocacy initiatives, the WBIA continues to secure its position as one of Toronto’s premier destinations. Annual programs include the Waterfront Artisan Market, Redpath Waterfront Festival, Waterfront Singing AmbassadorsTM

The Waterfront BIA has been the proud recipient of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) Awards in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015, as well as the 2015 Downtown Merit Award from the International Downtown Association (IDA) and the Award of Distinction from the 2016 BIA National Conference Awards.

*City of Toronto average (based on Toronto Census Sub-Division)

About Winter Stations

WinterStations Inc. is a not-for-profit organization, co-founded, in 2014, by Roland Rom Colthoff (RAW Design Inc. architects), Ted Merrick (Ferris + Associates landscape architects), and Justin Ridgeway (curio, public art consulting). Winter Stations is an award-winning, annual international design competition and exhibition of temporary public art installations affixed to the lifeguard stands along Ashbridges Bay, east to Balmy Beach.

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