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Get more out of your #TOicebreakers experience with the TO Ice Breakers app, now available for FREE download from the Apple iTunes and Google Play app stores.

Download to access exclusive content, including video interviews with the artists. Visit all five installations on Toronto’s Waterfront between January 21 and February 26, 2017, vote for your favourite and you could WIN 1 of 4 pairs of Porter Airlines flights!

Learn more here!


FAQs – TO Ice Breakers Application:

I am not receiving content notifications from my TO Ice Breakers app. What’s wrong?

The TO Ice Breakers mobile application uses your phone’s Bluetooth sensor and Location Services setting to determine when you are near one of the Icebreaker installations. Please ensure that both Location Services and Bluetooth are enabled.

I am not receiving content or notifications, and I have turned on location services/Bluetooth. What next?

You will not receive messages from the TO Ice Breakers application while viewing installation content. Close any open content page to receive new proximity content when visiting a new art installation location.

Why does my bluetooth need to be turned on to use the TO Ice Breakers app?

The TO Ice Breakers application uses Bluetooth devices called “Beacons” in order to determine when your device is in proximity to an installation. In order for your device to detect those beacons, Bluetooth must be enabled. The application does not use your Bluetooth connection for any other reason, nor does the application pair with the beacons.

Does this application require a data connection?

All functions of the TO Ice Breakers application rely on an active data connection. In order to submit your entry to the Porter Airlines giveaway, your device will require access to an active data connection.

When I tap on the icons in the map, why do I only see blank text boxes?

The TO Ice Breakers application requires an active data connection to access content. If you are seeing empty boxes, this is usually an indication that your device is not connected to the Internet. If you encountering empty boxes with a verified internet connection, please contact the application developer at

I have a question or issue that was not addressed above. Who can I contact for help?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the TO Ice Breakers app, please contact

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

Running from January 21 to February 26, Ice Breakers will feature five wintertime art installations located on Queens Quay from Harbourfront Centre to the Toronto Music Garden.


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November 16, 2016 (Toronto) –  Three-dimensional, faceted hands standing three metres high; glowing, modular boxes from Denmark; and oversized, camouflaged massing models will each mark Toronto’s Waterfront in January as part of a brand new public art exhibition entitled Ice Breakers.

A collaboration between The WBIA and the founders of Winter Stations – the popular, annual art competition held along Toronto’s East End Beaches – Ice Breakers was conceived to inspire exploration of the urban Waterfront in the colder months.

“Design is a powerful motivator,” says Roland Rom Colthoff, principle at RAW design and a Winter Stations co-founder. “The Waterfront is one of Toronto’s busiest communities in the summertime but, like The Beach, it can be under-appreciated as temperatures drop. Like Winter Stations, Ice Breakers is an interactive celebration of public art. We want to nudge Torontonians back outside and inspire them to keep engaging with the city.”

Whereas Winter Stations is a response to the open vistas of Ashbridges Bay and Kew Beach, Ice Breakers takes its cues from the commercial history of the harbour. The name Ice Breakers is inspired by the utilitarian ships once used in Toronto’s harbour to break up frozen bodies of water, keeping commerce flowing into and out of the City. The name is also a testament to the power of design, bringing strangers together and sparking dialogue.

“We are thrilled to be working with the team behind Winter Stations on this brand new exhibition” says Carol Jolly, Executive Director, The Waterfront BIA. “Following the completion of the revitalized Promenade, we wanted to bring an interactive and design-centric event to the area. Ice Breakers will be our marquee winter event and our hope is to encourage people to get out and discover the beauty of the Toronto Waterfront, all year round.”

Developed in partnership with PortsToronto and Waterfront Toronto, all five Ice Breakers installations will be dispersed throughout the Waterfront between Yonge St. and Bathurst St. beginning January 21. The exhibition will run over five weeks, coinciding with the debut of the third annual Winter Stations Competition in The Beaches on Family Day.

Ice Breakers will see design contributions from all three founders of Winter Stations: architect firm RAW, landscape architects Ferris + Associates and public art consultancy Curio. Toronto-based design team, and original Winter Stations contributor, Polymetis, will also be participating, with Denmark design studio Platant rounding out the group.

Introducing the inaugural 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.

ice_breakers-5-of-5‘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.

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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

Founded in 2015 by equal partners RAW, Ferris + Associates and Curio, Winter Stations is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing temporary public art to the city. The marquee Winter Stations Design Competition is now in its third year. Running along Toronto’s east end beaches, Winter Stations asks designers from around the world to transform utilitarian lifeguard stations into creative, imaginative works of  publicly accessible art  for  six weeks of the winter. In 2017, the organization extends its programming slate with Ice Breakers produced by Winter Stations, a new event conceived on behalf of The Waterfront BIA

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