Toronto’s Distillery District

Toronto’s Love Installation

by Connie Brisson ~

It’s what the world needs now… love, sweet love.

That’s what the “Love Installation” at Toronto’s Distillery District is all about.  The vision of one of the district’s developers, Mathew Rosenblatt, this display of love is an approximate 30-feet-long by eight-feet-high fixture made of steel, steel mesh and reclaimed Distillery lumber.

Similar to other love-lock-locations around the world, the idea is to make a permanent record of your love by fastening a lock to the fixture.  A sign there encourages visitors to initial their lock, attach it, kiss like lovebirds and then throw away the key.

Love Sign Toronto Distillary District - low res

This site, originally founded in 1832, was where Gooderham & Worts began as a windmill in the wilderness and grew into the largest distillery in the world and the largest corporate taxpayer in Canada. In 1988, the Gooderham and Worts Complex became one of Canada’s National Historic Sites and they still produced rum in the complex for another two years. The distillery then closed its doors for good in 1990 after 153 years of production.

The Distillery Historic District opened in 2003 after a group of businessmen began plans to restore the 47 Victorian industrial buildings once known Gooderham & Worts Distillery.  They envisioned creating an internationally inspired village of one-of-a-kind stores, shops, galleries, studios, restaurants, cafes, theatres and more.

Today, the Distillery District is a nostalgic fusion of old and new. Right in the heart of Toronto, its historic charm provides a unique experience for visitors, with its industrial architecture and cobblestone walkways (and only foot traffic allowed).

What’s not to love?


Connie Brisson is the publisher and editor of Mosaic Mind, Body and Spirit Magazine since 2004. From a simple black and white newsprint format that began in 1996, she transformed it into a beautiful full color, gloss magazine that was distributed throughout Alberta, Canada until the end of 2018 (with a readership of over 100,000). It’s now evolved into an online magazine that continues to help people heal, transform and live their best lives.