It’s full steam ahead for this 2016 Winter Station

Those who were privy to last year’s Winter Stations displays at the beach may recall one particular structure heating up Woodbine Beach. The Steam Canoe project — created by OCAD University — was made to resemble an upside down canoe and incorporated solar tubes on one side, which were designed to turn snow into steam. […]

Winter stations return to the Beach

We have just passed the mid-January date known as the “dead of winter”, and that means it is once again time for the Beach to come alive with Winter Stations, the whimsical celebration of winter that transforms the East End lakeshore over Family Day weekend. Now in its third year, the annual design competition has […]

A tribute to the wonder of Winter Stations

Winter Stations bring an excitement back to the wintry beach. If you haven’t had a chance to saunter down to the water and enjoy this year’s art installations along the water, you have two more weeks to do so! After taking part in the Winnipeg Warming Huts design competition a few years ago, Roland Rom […]

Get ready to celebrate the cold with Winter Stations

An over-sized canoe billowing steam. A globe of charred wood lined with faux fur on the inside. A public sauna. These are just three things people can expect from the second year of Winter Stations, set to launch on Family Day at Kew, Scarborough and Balmy Beaches. The now-annual event blends art, design and architecture […]

Letters to the Editor for March 10, 2015

Winter Stations a hit with former Beachers I want to thank the BMN team for the coverage of all things Beach-related, and specifically for the recent articles about the winter warming art installations created on the five lifeguard stands. The article and background information about the installations piqued the interest of my husband and myself. […]

Kew crowds warm up to Winter Stations

Huddled like penguins against the icy wind, Ed Butler and Dan Wiltshire took in a heartwarming sight on Kew Beach this Family Day Monday. Beside them, well-bundled kids and parents swung and twisted round on a dozen long, red canvas loops that the two British designers had strung up above a lifeguard stand. Inspired by […]

Winter Stations brings art to the beach

Five of the lifeguard stands along the east end of the beach will be almost unrecognizable by Family Day. This year marked the first Winter Stations contest, in which architects, designers, and artists worldwide were invited to submit design concepts for making over the dormant beach structures, as a way to celebrate winter and create […]

Reviving Queen Street, and enjoying the season

Walking along Queen Street East in the Beach, you can’t help but notice the empty storefronts. Perhaps your favourite local mom-and-pop shop has closed, maybe you see the ‘For Lease’ signs in windows, or you have observed a new restaurant arrive and then, just as quickly, disappear. There has been a visible change. Some of […]

Beach Arts Scene

Marlene Pape, Sharon Barr, Patrice Carmichael and Anna Clarey, all local artists, are mounting a show titled Parks and Recreation at Twist Gallery in the West End. Pape paints in acrylic, focusing on trees, skies and clouds, and other natural subject matter. Barr paints large scale acrylic and oil abstract expressions of natural forms. Carmichael […]