maltin silos toronto

Toronto's derelict malting silos are now being used for outdoor video screenings

The long-abandoned Canada Malting Co. Plant will soon come alive, thanks to an art installation taking place this week.

The Waterfront BIA and The Bentway have announced that they'll be projecting 150-foot-wide videos onto the old industrial silos at the base of Bathurst Street as part of a three-part project called The Esentials. 

The first of Essentials' three installations will be by Erika DeFreitas, which runs from Wednesday to Saturday. Projections will start at 8 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. nightly.

The second projection by artist Alvin Luong will run from October 21 to October 24 at the Donald D. Sommerville Olympic Pool.

The third and final installation of The Essentials will be by Winnie Truong. It will take place at Canada Post's South-Central Letter Processing Plan from November 18 to November 21.

Apart from The Essentials, there will be more giant-sized installations popping up across Toronto until December 25, as part of the City's new "illuminated" public art program, BigArtTO.

The initiative includes 25 works, predominantly from BIPOC artists and recent grads, chosen by OCAD and The Bentway that will be showcased across 25 wards. There are still details to be released, so keep an eye out on the City's event schedule.

Lead photo by

Erika DeFreitas


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