Winter Stations embraces new norm with the launch of its 2023 competition

Calling local and international designers to celebrate their growth, inner strength and freedom

Winter Stations is back and launching its 9th edition of the annual competition. In recognising and celebrating our strength in embracing the new norm, the theme chosen for the 2023 edition is Radiance.

The competition was launched by RAW Architects, Ferris + Associates and Curio in 2015 to capture the imagination of local and international designers, asking them to transform the utilitarian lifeguard stations along Toronto’s east-end beaches into whimsical works of public art. This year, Winter stations is asking local and international designers, to celebrate their growth, inner strength, and freedom in defining what Radiance means to them.

“We are thrilled to be back for another year, showcasing artists around the world here in Toronto. We hope this year’s theme brings some energized and powerful ideas to the beach,” says Raw Design, Architect Dakota Wares-Tani

The Hive by Kathleen Dogantzis & Will Cuthbert, Canada.Photo credit: James Bombales

The event will once again be taking place outdoors in the expanse of the beach, with designs conceptualised to be experienced up close and from afar, and in person and virtually. Registrations are now open for the 2023 competition with the deadline for submissions on November 25, 2022 at 11:59pm EST and winners to be announced early January.

As with other years, all 2023 installations will be temporarily constructed for six weeks and must be able to withstand the rigours of Toronto’s winter weather. Installations will be unveiled on Family Day Weekend in Canada (February 20, 2023) and will be available for viewing until March 31, 2023.

The competition is open to all entries around the world, and there is no fee to enter. The winning teams will be rewarded $2000 (CAD). For more information visit:

2023 Theme: Radiance

Any type of change can be hard – as we navigate through uncertainty and redefine the new norm. However, in all of this, we have learnt how to be still, to embrace life as it happens and continue to grow. In recognition and celebration of this, the theme chosen for the 2023 edition of Winter Stations is Radiance: the quality or state of being radiant.

Radiance is a powerful thing to harness, as it reflects brilliance, inner security, kindness, and gratitude – but it’s also unique in that it has a positive ripple effect from its origin. Radiance is beautiful in the way it spreads organically. This year we want you to celebrate your growth, inner strength, and freedom in defining what radiance means to you.

As Winter Stations moves forward this year, we ask designers to conceptualize their station to be experienced up close and from afar, in-person and virtually, as we continue to acknowledge the potential for in-person and travel restrictions. Furthermore, given unforeseen circumstances regarding our installation sites, stations should be designed structurally independent of the lifeguard stands and be suitable for both a sandy beach environment and a flat urban surface.

S’winter Station by Evan Fernandes, Kelvin Hoang, Alexandra Winslow, Justin Lieberman & Ariel Weiss, Lead by Associate Professor Vincent Hui, Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science.Photo credit: James Bombales

Winter stations is currently open to sponsors who are passionate about giving emerging artists and designers the opportunity to showcase their work and launch their careers on an international platform. Sponsorship will cover the cost of materials and labour that are sourced locally and sustainability, supporting local businesses.

Important information:

Competition Deadline: November 25, 2022

Winners announced: Early January, 2023

Opening Night: February 16, 2023

Beach Exhibition: February 20, 2023 -March 31, 2023

Where: Kew and Woodbine Beach, Toronto Ontario, Canada For more information, please visit