January 13, 2023

DesignTO Festival: January 20 – 29, 2023

DesignTO is best known for the DesignTO Festival, Canada’s leading and largest annual design festival that celebrates design as a multidisciplinary form of creative thinking and making, with 100+ exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week from January 20 – 29, 2023.

The Yonge + St. Clair BIA is a proud sponsor of the Festival, and will play host to multiple installations, featuring art takeovers of local commercial lobbies and a guided tour across the neighbourhood.

The Festival happens online and in-person at venues across the City of Toronto. All events and exhibitions happening at Yonge and St. Clair are free, and can be visited at your convenience throughout the event period between 9AM – 6PM.




1. Alin Asli: Northern Radiance

Jan 20 – 29, 2023
12 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto


2. D.A.R. Proyectos – Weaving the Light

Jan 21 – 29, 2023
2 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto


3. Gensler – Illuminiscent

Jan 20 – 29, 2023
30 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto


4. Guillermo Juarez – Void

Jan 21 – 28, 2023
95 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto


5. Lauren Pirie – Divining (A Long Story V)

Jan 20 – 29, 2023
40 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto




To celebrate the launch of this extravagant event that brings art and design together across the city of Toronto with over 100 exhibitions, we are giving away (2) two tickets (valued at $60) to ROM After Dark, an after-hours celebration of Canadian craft, design, and ingenuity that features curated music, visual arts, performances, and distinctive food and drink on Friday, January 20, 2023 7:30pm EST at the ROM! ⁠ ⁠


1. Head to our Instagram and like this post⁠
2. Follow @YongeStClair and @DesignTOFestival⁠
3. In the comment section, tag a friend you would like to bring to ROM After Dark
4. Unlimited entries

CONTEST RULES:⁣⁠ Contest starts from Saturday, Jan 14 and ends on Wednesday Jan 18, 2023 at 11:59PM EST. The winner will be announced on our IG story and notified via DM from this account the next day. This giveaway is not affiliated or sponsored by Instagram. By entering, entrants must be a GTA resident and 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.⁠ ⁠

***The winner will be contacted through this account only. We will never ask for banking, credit card information, etc.***⁠ ⁠



2:00pm  3:00pm | Jan 28, 2023
12 St. Clair Avenue East (Concourse level), Toronto


Stop. Look. Think.

This walking tour invites you to take a closer look at three installations on display in the Yonge + St. Clair neighbourhood. With firsthand insight from the artists and designers behind the projects, delve deeper into the installations, their stories and how they came to be.

The tour starts at Northern Radiance (with Asli Alin) located in the concourse of 12 St. Clair East, followed by Weaving the Light (with Jenny Boucher and Mauricio Navarro of D.A.R. Proyectos), and Divining (A Long Story V) (with Lauren Pirie), all within a short walking distance of each other.

Following the tour, participants are encouraged to visit the other installations showcased in the neighbourhood.

DesignTO brings people together to design a better future, one that is more sustainable, just, and joyful. We curate exhibitions, presentations and educational programming to increase the public’s knowledge and appreciation of design, and hope to embolden all Canadians to participate in making a future where people and planet are thriving again.

DesignTO Tours: Stop. Look. Think.’ is organized by DesignTO and supported by the Yonge + St. Clair BIA.