Winter Stations launches special late Spring edition of its annual public art exhibitions 

Winning designs are now on display at Distillery District

The seventh annual design competition Winter Stations has launched its Spring Stations installations at The Distillery Historical District. Organizers had postponed the traditional Family Day launch on the Beach earlier this year, due to the pandemic. With improved weather and plans to promote social distancing in place, the team has enthusiastically partnered with The Distillery District to finally bring three of the winning designs to life as part of a never-been-done-before Spring Stations program.

Running until late July, The Distillery District invites the public to safely view winning installations ARc de Blob, From Small Beginnings and The Epitonium, along Trinity Street and Gristmill Lane.

“We’d like to thank our patrons and the wonderful community around Winter Stations for their support and patience while we ensured the safe exhibition of Spring Stations at The Distillery District,” says Elena Price, General Manager, The Distillery Historic District. “After the challenging year we’ve had, we’re hopeful that these three beautiful instillations can safely bring some hope and positivity to our visitors. We’re very excited to welcome a beloved Toronto event to our property, as we see new and familiar patrons returning.”

A fourth station, THROBBER, is also on display at 33 Parliament Street, directly south of The Distillery District via a partnership with Graywood Developments. “We’re absolutely thrilled to share 33 Parliament with the city and are excited to welcome visitors to safely view THROBBER,” says Neil Pattison, Senior Vice-President Development, Graywood Developments. “To the team behind THROBBER, thank you for helping inject colour and animation to our space. Graywood believes in the vibrancy of our city, particularly in the downtown. Through the power of public art, this station along with all the winning designs will help bring smiles and joy.”

“The circumstances of the last year have forced us to get creative, but thankfully creativity is in the DNA of Winter Stations,” says Roland Rom Colthoff, founder of RAW Design. “I can say that this year’s launch is certainly the warmest we’ve ever had in the seven years that Winter Stations has been active. An immense thank you is owed to all of our partners, sponsors and supporters. And a special thank you to The Distillery District and Graywood Developments for sharing their wonderful spaces for our exhibition. We hope to see you all again at the Beaches next year!”

The Epitonium by M. Yengiabad – Shahed M. Yengiabad, Elaheh M. Yengiabad, Alemeh M. Yengiabad and Mojtaba Anoosha, Iran. On display at The Distillery District – click here for description. Photo credit: Khristel Stecher

From Small Beginnings* by Jack Leather and Charlie Leather, UK. On display at The Distillery District – click here for description. Photo credit: Khristel Stecher

ARc de Blob by Aleksandra Belitskaja, Ben James and Shaun McCallum, Austria/UK. On display at The Distillery District – click here for description. Photo credit: Khristel Stecher

THROBBER by Heidundgriess – Alexandra Grieß and Jorel Heid, Germany. On display at 33 Parliament Street – click here for description. Photo credit: Khristel Stecher

Map of Spring Stations at The Distillery District and 33 Parliament. Graphic by Sali Tabacchi

Summer Stations at The Beach Village BIA is tentatively scheduled for later this summer. Winter Stations is also working to find a suitable home for this year’s student design, Embrace, from higher-education partner, Sheridan College.

For the full schedule and information on the winning designs, please visit

Additional Information

Founded by RAW Design, Ferris + Associates, and Curio, Winter Stations Design Competition was conceived as a way of using design to inspire Torontonians to visit the Beach in the winter. For the 2021 competition theme ‘Refuge’, organizers invited artists to reflect back on the year we have left behind and consider what refuge means to each of us in their submissions.

The 2021 Winter Stations jury was co-chaired by City Councillor Brad Bradford and Tiffany Pratt, and consisted of Mayor John Tory, Krystal Koo, Norm Li, Jacquie Comrie, Evan Perelekos and Lisa Rochon.

Winter Stations Online Shop 

For the first time ever, this year Winter Stations launched an online store to celebrate and support the beloved design competition. Powered by Minto Communities, the Winter Stations Shop offers hoodies, tees, tote bags and kids’ apparel, all of which highlight the new creative branding developed by partner Sali Tabacchi. Fans of the annual event can shop online anywhere in the world and sales proceeds will go directly towards operating Winter Stations for future years to come.  To shop, visit:

Sponsors of Winter Stations include:

  • The Distillery District
  • Beach Village BIA
  • Graywood Developments
  • Ontario Association of Architects
  • Minto Communities
  • MicroPro Sienna *(Wood sponsor for ‘From Small Beginnings’)
  • Urban Capital Property Group
  • RioCan REIT
  • Context Development
  • Westdale Properties
  • kg&a
  • Bousfields Inc.
  • Demirov Fine Homes,
  • Sali Tabacchi Branding & Design
  • Parallax
  • Harlo Capital
  • Republic Developments
  • Meevo Digital

Partners include ArtworxTO, East End Arts and Anex Works.

About The Distillery Historic District

The Distillery Historic District opened in 2003 and is today widely regarded as Canada’s premier arts, culture and entertainment destination. It’s a national historic site, originallyf ounded in 1832, brimming with creativity and creative people, that can inspire dreams and help them come true. The 13-acre walking district is a dramatic fusion of old and new. An inspired blend of the largest collection of Victorian Industrial architecture in North America and stunning 21st century design and creativity. The result is an internationally acclaimed village of one-of-a-kind stores, shops, galleries, studios, restaurants, cafes, theatres and more, which was named one of The Coolest Shopping Districts Around the World by The Guardian.
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