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Ice Breakers Exhibition

19 January 2019 - 24 February 2019

Date: January 19 - February 24, 2019

Location: HTO Park, Queen's Quay West, Toronto

The third annual Ice Breakers Exhibition, presented by PortsToronto, returns to Toronto’s urban waterfront for winter 2019. The winter-themed public art exhibition will run from January 19 to February 24, with five outdoor installations located along Queens Quay West. 

A collaboration between Winter Stations and the Waterfront Business Improvement Area (WBIA), along with PortsToronto, the temporary exhibit will have five public art installations erected along Queens Quay West, drawing Torontonians back down to the water’s edge during the winter months.

“As a sponsor of Ice Breakers, PortsToronto is supporting an initiative that brings colour, warmth, and activity to the water’s edge, inviting people out of their buildings to take a winter walk along the Waterfront and appreciate Toronto’s unique landscape at this time of year,” said Deborah Wilson, Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs, PortsToronto. “We are thrilled to once again support this art exhibition and look forward to seeing the 2019 winning installations further brighten the city’s lively winter waterfront.”

This year’s exhibition will feature winning installations which emerged from an international design competition. Teams from Hamburg Germany, and Athens Greece, will be joined by two local groups, as well as a student installation contributed by Ryerson University. Each of the designs respond to this year’s exhibition theme “Signal Transmission.”

“The theme is open to interpretation, and we were hoping to see work that’s both challenging and accessible. Ice Breakers and its sister competition Winter Stations are reminders that public art can and should be fun, engaging and open to everyone,” says Roland Rom Colthoff, co-founder of Winter Stations.

All five Ice Breakers installations will be on display along the Waterfront beginning January 19. The exhibition will run over five weeks, overlapping with the debut of the fifth anniversary of the Winter Stations competition in The Beaches on Family Day.