Exhibitions for DesignTO Festival 2024 still on display in Toronto

This year's edition of the DesignTO Festival has come to a close, but there are still several exhibitions on display in Toronto.

DesignTO 2024: Future Matters, Variations on an elegy b Cole Swanson, photo by Stephen Chu, @picnchu89.

While DesignTO may have come to an end, there are still various exhibitions scattered around the City of Toronto that residents and visitors alike can check out.

DesignTO is a non-profit organization that curates exhibitions, presentations, and educational programming to increase the public’s knowledge and appreciation of design and is best known for the DesignTO Festival, Canada’s largest annual design festival. The 14th annual DesignTO Festival returned to Toronto last month to showcase more than 100 free events including window installations, tours, talks, and exhibitions by over 300 artists and designers across the city.

This year’s festival featured an array of creative disciplines and showcased the interconnectedness of art, design, technology, and culture, while reflecting the diversity of contemporary design.

Here are five exhibitions that are still available for viewing in Toronto.

Future Matters

Future Matters is a group exhibition that features the work of eight local and international artists and designers who explore themes related to material expression, innovation, and environmental sustainability.

The exhibition, which will run until April 28, 2024, features Yassine Ben Abdallah, Nada Al-Obaidi, Safaa Alnabelseya, Sonny Assu, Morgan Possberg Denne, Julia Rose Sutherland, Cole Swanson, and Elaine Whittaker, and includes a range of works in sculpture, video, installation, photography, and textiles.

It is on display at Gallery 235 at the Harbourfront Centre, located at 235 Queens Quay West.

DesignTO 2024 Future Matters, Old friend by Morgan Possberg Denne, photo by Stephen Chu, @picnchu89


Tribute is a large-scale textile installation by Omar Tarek Zayed and Linjuan Dai. The window installation, which is on display until March 18, 2024, investigates Toronto’s lost river networks.

This work seeks to “re-contextualize the city’s landscape as we know it, by paying homage to the once vibrant freshwater network that flowed and carved through the city.”

The installation is on display at Stantec Window Gallery, located at 401 Wellington Street West, #100.


Material Memories: Don Kwan

This solo exhibition features mixed media works by Don Kwan and dives into the Chinese diasporic experience amid the  challenges of loss, isolation, and anti-Asian racism during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each piece in the exhibition is a wearable item and includes a waiter’s vest, a cheongsam dress, a face mask, or a suit jacket. This exhibition is on until March 3, 2024, at Craft Ontario, located at 1106 Queen Street West.

Material Memories by Don Kwan @ Craft Ontario, Photo by Jocelyn Reynolds, courtesy of Craft Ontario

Lanterns: The Journey of Guiding Light

Lanterns is a textile installation by Maria Shanina and aims to be a reminder of “the light that guides us through moments of darkness.” The installation features  hand-painted silk objects that capture the light and create shimmering effects.

This window installation will be on display until March 15, 2024, at Jennifer Giffin Design Studio, located at 513 Annette Street.



This exhibition combines craft, design and artistry and is by glass design company The Goodman Studio. It is a modular collection of handblown glass “ribbons” with integrated lighting in different colours.

This window installation is on display until March 3, 2024, at Bergo Designs, located at 28 Tank House Lane (interior side window).


Click here to see the full festival schedule and get more info on events, exhibitions, and window installations.