Call for Artists and Artist-run Galleries: 60th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

When: July 2-11, 2021
Where: Online and In-person at Nathan Phillips Square
Submission Deadline: March 8, 2021 (11:59 PM)

NEW THIS YEAR – Not comfortable with returning to Nathan Phillips Square just yet? Join us online only from anywhere in Canada.

Read about how we are ensuring a safe TOAF60 here.

Photo: 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair – Photography by Andrew Williamson

Join us for the 60th Anniversary of Canada’s longest-running contemporary outdoor art fair. TOAF has been launching artists’ careers and building trust in our community of artists and art lovers since 1961!

Apply to our hybrid online/outdoor 60th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, taking place at Nathan Phillips Square and on our e-commerce platform for 10 days (July 2-11).

Each year, our loyal following of fair-goers spend $2 million on art purchases, providing an income to independent artists that contributes to their economic prosperity. Our 60th Anniversary Fair will be one to remember with new special programs and awards.

Photo: 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair – Photography by Andrew Williamson

Who can apply?
TOAF’s jurors welcome individual artists and makers working in photography, sculpture, painting, glass, wood, textiles, jewellery and more, with formal or informal training to apply. Established and emerging artists are welcome.

Why apply?

  1. Win one of our prestigious awards: TOAF is proud to have awarded artists almost $1 million in the past 60 years. $40K cash and in-kind awards are given to established and emerging artists, with unique opportunities like the Mayor’s Purchase Award and the Best of Student Award.
  2. Grow your network in person and online: TOAF is the best-attended art fair in Canada! The 2020 Online Fair saw a 300% increase in pageviews to our e-commerce platform and over 43,000 unique visitors from a growing network of online art buyers across Canada, US and beyond.
  3. Customize your sales experience: You can choose to showcase your artworks online on our user-friendly e-commerce platform, or both in-person at Nathan Phillips Square (with pandemic safety measures), and online!

What do we offer?

  • A successful & comprehensive marketing campaign: Benefit from our multi-platform national marketing and promotions resulting in 69 million media impressions from 2019’s campaign. Plus, additional opportunities to be spotlighted through our social media channels with an audience of over 23K followers!
  • Ongoing professional development: Dedicated support and guidance from our team through application workshops, portfolio reviews, and Booth Camp workshops (what to expect onsite, how to grow your digital outreach and social media skills)
  • Free online and onsite resources and support: Assistance and troubleshooting for your artist and product pages, instructional videos, 200 volunteers to assist you with the logistics at Nathan Phillips Square, professional, secure artwork storage and comprehensive Artist Handbook
  • And so much more! Read our Artist Testimonials and learn more about our past participants’ experiences at TOAF.

Application Fee:
$50 Regular / $30 Students until February 28, 2021 (11:59 PM)
A late fee of an additional $50 applies beginning March 1, 2021.
Final Deadline: March 8, 2021 (11:59 PM)


Call for Non-profits/Artist-run Galleries

TOAF invites visual arts and craft collectives, non-profit galleries and artist-run centres from across Canada to submit proposals to exhibit and sell the works of their artist members. Showcase and promote your mission and reach out to a new audience of thousands of visitors in a limited number of Community Booths alongside over 360 individual artists during the hybrid online/outdoor 60th Anniversary of the Fair. Online-only opportunities are also available.

Community Booth Application Guidelines

Access Program: Art Encounters

At TOAF, we have established a rich tradition of launching successful careers and providing a highly accessible venue for artists and the public to meet face-to-face. For the past 60 years, we have aimed to remove barriers to the arts from the perspective of cost, approachability, and by welcoming diverse artists and audiences.

Art Encounters Eligibility
Through this program, we provide limited subsidized booth spaces, accessibility support, professional development and financial assistance (funding permitting) to visual artists and makers who are in OAC defined priority groups. All artists are subject to the same selection process.

Learn more about the Art Encounters Program here.

Artist Support

Feedback Fridays
Every Friday until March 5th, 2021, book an appointment for a one-on-one phone consultation and get direct feedback on your application! Spaces are limited. Book your appointment today.

Application Info Session on Zoom: February 16, 7pm
Missed the first App Camp? No problem! We are hosting another Application Information Session on February 16, 2021, 7pm. Free or pay what you can. Register now.

Photo: 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair – Photography by Andrew Williamson

About Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is Toronto’s first, largest, and longest running outdoor art fair – providing fresh art, fresh faces, in the fresh air since 1961. Attracting an audience of over 130,000 people annually, and showcasing the work of over 350 artists, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair prides itself on creating an environment which gives artists the chance to interact directly with the public in an informal setting – removing the barriers to access, and dispelling the formality of a traditional gallery or art fair experience. This free public art event takes place each year at Nathan Phillips Square and online at

The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is a registered charitable nonprofit organization.
Canadian Charity #: 119259620 RR0001

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