Winter Stations is now embarking on its fifth year, again opening an international design competition to bring temporary public art installations to The Beaches for an exhibition to celebrate Toronto's winter waterfront landscape.

This year we are hoping to include up to six lifeguard stands, including an additional two by invited post-secondary institutions, to be exhibited at Woodbine Beach at the western end of the beach bordering Lake Ontario in the Beach Community. These utilitarian structures are to be used as the armature for temporary installations, which will need to be able to withstand the rigours of Toronto winter weather. The exhibition is to run February 18 to April 1, 2019.

This is a single-stage open international competition, welcoming artists, designers, architects and landscape architects to submit concept proposals for Winter Stations' temporary artwork installations.


The WinterStations 2019 theme is Migration.

What is migration? Who migrates? Where do they migrate?

A simple definition of migration is the movement from one location to another with the intent of permanent or temporary settlement. But, of course, the concept and practice of migration is much more complex and layered than a simple definition.

Human migration involves the dispersal of populations across the globe. This has lead to the development of civilizations and their cultures, reflected in historical narratives and traditions passed on through generations as cultural landscapes shift and evolve. Migration is carried out by other animal species, including our own Canadian Geese, seeking out ideal habitats. Non-creatures also migrate: sand and water, thoughts, trends, music, film and fashion.

The theme of migration may explore many facets of migration, including the complex social issues that surround humanity's shaping of our global society or the flight of animals or the exchange of ideas. Ultimately, migration is a story, much of it yet to be told.

Supporting Resources

Click to download .dwg base plan of beach and tower locations.

Click to download .pdf base plan of beach and tower locations.

Click to download a sketchup file of a typical lifeguard stand.

Click to download a pdf file of a typical lifeguard stand.

Click to download a .dwg file of a typical lifeguard stand.

The Lifeguard Stands

The lifeguard stands are essentially identical. They are sturdy steel pipe structures to which the installation is to be fastened. The method of fastening is up to each competitor, however it may not result in any damage to or modification of the structure.

Please assume minimal security during the event and the possibility of vandalism or simply wear and tear from the curious. There will be no power or utilities available. Installations should not propose use of electricity or fire. Proposals should indicate how materials may be disposed of, recycled and/or repurposed at the end of the display period. Please designate on your entry if your design is specific to one particular station.

Submission Guidelines

The entries must be submitted electronically as two separate PDF files not exceeding 7MB each.

Each entry should contain, in order, the following documents (in English):

Page One - 11 x 17" (279mm x 432mm) - Project Summary
Page Two - 11 x 17" (279mm x 432mm) - Images and Drawings

Each document must include the name of the project however there must be no information on page one or two of the design proposal that would identify the entrant.

Only single-page PDFs will be accepted.

Proposals may be landscape or portrait format.

Please be aware that submissions will be reviewed by the jury as hard-copies (e.g. do not attempt to attach hyperlinks, videos, or any other digital content to the pdf files).

Submissions by email will not be accepted; if you wish to submit, please do so electronically through this website by signing up, logging in, and following submission instructions.


Competition Launch September 14, 2018
End of Question Period September 28, 2018
Submissions Open October 13, 2018
Proposals Due November 04, 2018
Jury Meets November 15, 2018
Costing, Collaboration with Short-listed Artists November 09 - November 23, 2018
Construction Begins November 24, 2018
Winners Announced December 17, 2018
Opening Party February 13, 2019
Opening Day February 18, 2019
Conclusion April 01, 2019


The budget for the installations is as follows:

An honorarium will be provided to winners and allocated as follows:

The budget will be controlled with funds held and disbursed by Winter Stations Inc.


Jury Chair
Mary-Margaret McMahon
Ward Councillor
City of Toronto

A natural born leader, Mary-Margaret McMahon was a strong City Builder long before she was elected to Toronto City Council. She worked tirelessly as a passionate volunteer on numerous projects and for varied organizations in her community ranging from streetscaping beautification projects to environmental education and awareness raising to food security initiatives.

Mary-Margaret's proudest achievements include leading and implementing the City's first climate change adaptation plan (Transform TO) and spearheading the Laneway Suites planning policy – a game changing housing initiative adding to the city’s rental stock and allowing residents to age in place, and helping to create the Vision Zero road safety plan ensuring safety for all road users.

Alex Bozikovic
Architecture Critic
The Globe and Mail

Alex Bozikovic is Architecture Critic for The Globe and Mail, and has written as a critic and journalist for Azure, Dwell, Frame and the Literary Review of Canada. He is also co-author of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide.

Emilia Hurd
Designer/Landscape Architect

Emilia Hurd is a designer and landscape architect teaching and practicing in Toronto. Formerly at Snøhetta in New York, Emilia has worked on projects at a variety of scales across the US and Canada, from large post-industrial landscapes, to small installations and playgrounds. Emilia works as a freelance designer, and teaches studio courses in the Masters of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Toronto. With a background in both landscape architecture and environmental sciences, Emilia sees that design can be a powerful way to improve people’s lives, re-establish meaningful relationships to the living systems that support us, and provide beautiful moments to marvel and contemplate the world around us.

Janie Romoff
General Manager
Parks, Forestry & Recreation - City of Toronto

Janie Romoff became General Manager of the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division in 2014 and prior to that was the Director of Community Recreation (since 2010) with the City of Toronto. Janie has held various senior positions with the Province of Ontario, and the cities of London, ON and Burnaby B.C.

As General Manager, Janie oversees the services of the Division which include community recreation, parks, horticulture and forestry programs, park and open space planning, capital development and environmental initiatives. The division also manages and maintains facilities and operates specialized services, including ferries, golf courses, waterfront and regional parks systems. Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation is the largest of its kind in Canada with a combined annual capital and operating budget of over $500M.

Jyhling Lee
Jyhling is a professional artist, educator, and active contributor to the cultural community. She is passionate about the socially enabling role of public art and design in placemaking within the built environment. Common in her work is the desire to inspire the civic imagination and to enhance the human experience of a place. She has been involved with a wide range of prominent public art projects nationally and regionally.

Sevaun Palvetzian

One of Canada’s leading experts on civic engagement, Sevaun Palvetzian has been CEO of CivicAction since January 2014. Under her leadership, CivicAction has focused on building inclusive cities and levelling the playing field of opportunity. Throughout her career, Sevaun has advocated for new voices at the tables of influence including championing the next generation of leaders in her roles with the Ontario Public Service, University of Toronto, and Presidential Classroom.

A voice of influence and advocacy on many urban issues, Sevaun is frequently called on for print, radio and TV commentary. She has served as a member of the Premier’s Community Hubs Advisory Group, The Toronto Police Service Board Transformational Task Force, and as a member of Mayor John Tory’s Advisory Panel for International Hosting Opportunities. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, NPower Canada, Waterfront Toronto, and is a member of the Ivey Business School Leadership Council. She has an M.A in history from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed executive programs at the Ivey School of Business and Harvard School of Business.

Supply, Install, and Fabrication

A General Contractor under the direction of Winter Stations will be responsible for consultation, fabrication, installation and removal. The Artist will be expected, and can expect, to coordinate with the supplier through all phases of project execution, including design development, fabrication, and installation and commissioning. Winter Stations Inc. will be involved in the coordination of the design, supply, delivery, installation and removal of the installations and ensure compliance with local building codes, as well as the artistic intent of the installations and the project.

The Artist will provide drawings, materials specifications and other materials of detail sufficient to construct the artwork. The Artist can expect to review and comment on the progress of the fabrication of their artwork, including installation and commissioning.


The project Sponsors and their sub-contractors will provide project-specific general commercial liability insurance for the installations throughout the duration of the exhibit.


Non-Canadian artists, should they be awarded this contract, are responsible to submit an application waiver for withholding tax for artist fees on work done in Canada to the Canada Revenue Agency. If a waiver is not obtained 6 months before the installation date, the City of Toronto is required to withhold 15% of the total artist fees, for work done in Canada, in order to release the artist's final payment.

More information is available at the following links:

About the Producers

Winter Stations Inc. is a not-for-profit organization co-founded by RAW Design, Ferris + Associates, and Curio. Winter Stations is an award-winning, annual international design competition and exhibition of temporary public art installations affixed to the lifeguard stands along Ashbridges Bay, east to Balmy Beach.