Discover, explore and engage as five interactive public art installations break through Queens Quay West this winter.

Ice Breakers 2018 – The Exhibit is coming Friday, January 19 – Sunday, February 25!

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Ice Breakers 2018 – Thursday, January 18 – Opening Night Reception presented by Ports Toronto

Photo gallery coming soon

Ice Breakers 2018 – Contests and prizes

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Ice Breakers 2018 – January 18 – Building the installations

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Ice Breakers 2018 – Program guide and map – Download here

Program coming soon

Ice Breakers 2018 – Marketing collateral – Download here

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Ice Breakers 2018 – public relations

For background information, images and to schedule interviews, please contact Kim Graham & Associates.

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Ice Breakers in the Media:

Ice Breakers 2018 – Here are your five finalists!

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Ice Breakers 2018 – Jury Deliberation photos

On October 19, the Ice Breakers jury met to choose the final five art installations that will be built and featured along Queens Quay. It was a full day of jury deliberations of over 100 international submissions. The announcement of the final five will be released in November.

Heather A. Meltzer
Principal, Bow Bridge Communications LLC

Udo Schliemann
Principal Creative Director, Entro Communications

Ilana Shamoon
Cultural Programming and Public Art Commissions Manager, Waterfront Toronto

Jeremy Smith
Chief Development Officer, Harbourfront Centre

Deborah Wilson
Vice President Communications and Public Affairs, PortsToronto

Ice Breakers 2018 – View all 100 submissions

Click on the image above to see all submissions 2018

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 in 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 opened an international design competition for the selection of five artist teams to provide installations for five unique sites.

Ice Breakers 2018 – Call for Submissions


For Ice Breakers’ second year the theme is “Constellation”. This can be interpreted in various ways, and we can expect 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.

Click to learn more 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)

Click to learn more 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.

Public Art Opportunity

WinterStations Inc. asked artists to develop temporary public art installations for Ice Breakers 2018. Five locations were 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 was 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.

The deadline for submissions was October 13, 2017. Thank you to all who submitted installation concepts.

To review competition rules, regulations and submission requirements and site resources, please visit:

archives: Ice Breakers 2017

ICE BREAKERS 2017 | Video Credit: Derek Chan,

ICE BREAKERS 2017 | winners

Click to learn more about last year winners

LEEWARD FLEET by RAW, Canada Square, Harbourfront Centre: Celebrating Toronto’s rich harbour 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: Celebrating Toronto’s rich harbour 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.

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.