Call for Submissions: Ice Breakers, Toronto

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Call for Submissions: Ice Breakers, Toronto

October 13, 2017 @ 12:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT


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 up an international design competition for the selection of five artist teams to provide installations for five 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 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.



For Ice Breaker’s 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 19, 2018.



The five locations are as follows:

Location 1 – We Brew Café, 235 Queens Quay West

Location 2 – Simcoe Wave Deck, 243 Queens Quay West

Location 3 – HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West

Location 4 – Peter Street Basin at The Quay, 370 Queens Quay West

Location 5 – HTO Park West, 375 Queens Quay West


Please refer to website for context plan, video and 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 in order 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 honorarium 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:


October 13, 2017
12:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Event Category:


Winter Stations
View Organizer Website