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Winter Diamonds by Platant, photo: Andy Barrow, SnapHappyExpat

Ice Breakers 2018 - Call For Proposals


Ice Breakers is now embarking on its second year of producing and exhibiting temporary public art works along Queens Quay within Toronto, Canada's Waterfront for winter 2018. For this year, we are opening an international design competition for the selection of five (5) artist teams to provide installations for five (5) unique sites. The exhibition is to run January 19, 2018 until February 25, 2018.

This is 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 presented by Toronto's Waterfront Business Improvement Area (BIA), developed and produced by Winter Stations Inc., the team behind the annual Winter Stations International Design Competition bringing temporary public art installations to Toronto's Beach.


For Ice Breakers' second year the theme is "Constellation". This can be interpreted in various ways, but we are hoping to see work that is challenging, while also accessible, reminding the public that public art can be fun and engaging. Artists may choose to converse with the winter constellations of the Northern Hemisphere, playing with astrology, mythology, history and with stellar form and earthly representation.

As always, the intention is to bring 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 the unique Toronto landscape at this time of year.

There is no limit to the size of the installation, but please note that included in the jurors’ instructions will be durability and constructability. Installations cannot exceed the total cost outlined. Installations may consist of a singular object or a configuration of dispersed elements.

Winning teams will be provided with an allowance for travel and accommodation to spend time in Toronto during the installation and the activities surrounding the opening, January 18, 2018.


The five locations are as follows:

  1. HTO Park West - 375 Queens Quay West
  2. Peter Street Basin bridge (north side) - 370 Queens Quay West
  3. HTO Park - 339 Queens Quay West
  4. Simcoe Wave Deck (flat eastern portion) - 243 Queens Quay West
  5. Harbourfront Centre - east of Ontario Square (in front of We Brew Café) - 235 Queens Quay West

Please refer to website for further detail on specific sites.

Selection and Approval Process

Once the Jury has met and determined a short list of entrants, a technical review of the finalists will be conducted in order to ensure the constructability of the projects. Those on the shortlist will be assigned a construction team lead by a project manager, chosen by the organizers to produce the appropriate working drawings to ensure that the construction is feasible and within budget. This collaboration will take place from November 2017 through to installation. The final winners will be announced December 1, 2017.

All construction will be carried out in Toronto by firms selected by the organizers and overseen by the entrant, the project manager and the construction team. The entrants chosen to participate in this competition agree to work to the schedule established by the organizers.

Competition Rules, Regulations and Submission Requirements

A design honourarium of $3,500.00 CAD will be paid to selected proposals.

Deadline for submissions is October 13, 2017.

For all competition rules, regulations and submission requirements and site resources, please visit:







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