TOAF61 Returns to Nathan Phillips Square

Toronto’s Favourite Art Fair is Back July 15-17, 2022

From July 15th to 17th, TOAF61 takes over Nathan Phillips Square for the much-anticipated return of the in-person 300+ artist showcase. In addition to the open-air fair, the cascading stage will be jam-packed with live music, thought-provoking contemporary dance, and the awesome vibes of TOAF’s unique Beer Garden.

There is something for everyone at Nathan Phillips Square and everybody is welcomed. TOAF61 has no admission, no art speak, and no intimating walls. Instead, we are offering a full weekend experience of shopping and entertainment with visual arts, dance, cool music, great food and beer.

Here are our top picks for TOAF61

Opening Ceremony
Friday, July 15, 5:30 PM

Join us in welcoming the artists to Nathan Phillips Square, opening remarks and the announcement of the Fair Awards Recipients.

VISUAL ARTS

300 Artist Booths
July 15-17

Browse and buy artwork from the 300 juried artists from across the country. For 61 years TOAF has launched and sustained the careers of Canadian Artists, helping them get discovered and build networks

Art Nest – An ArtworxTO Project:
July 15-17
Curated by Rui Pimenta
Supported by Toronto Arts Council / ArtworxTO / City of Toronto

Art Nest is a new TOAF programming initiative that provides six artists – having either current or past experience participating in TOAF – the opportunity to push the boundaries of their individual art practices beyond the physical and conceptual limits of the Fair’s iconic 10 x 10 square foot tent.

Art Tours

Artists, curators, and collectors will take you on thematic guided Art Tours to share their insights and lead engaging conversations face-to-face with artists in the show. New to TOAF61, we will be offering French and American Sign Language tours.

Register for an Art Tour HERE or join in on the day of. All Art Tours will start from the Main Info Booth – West of the Reflection Pool at Nathan Phillips Square.

Live Painting with StreetARToronto (StART)
July 15-17, Zone D

Watch talented mural and street artists create artwork live and in-person while they explore individual themes. Works are available for purchase! Bid on final works at the StreetARToronto Booth.


DANCE

If I Should Stumble
Saturday, July 16, 12:00 PM & 2:30 PM
Sunday, July 17, 12:00 PM & 2:30 PM

This movement installation uses stairs as both stage and nemesis in its expression of a fall from grace as dancers unpack the resiliency and challenges of women in day-to-day life. Goodwin interprets themes of personal power, female comradery, and spectacle in her choreography and vision.

CHALKING – Presented by ĀNANDAṀ Dancetheatre
Friday, July 15, 7:00 PM
Saturday, July 16, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 17, 3:00 PM

Chalking deconstructs a body’s rotational possibilities – turning, spinning – into a vocabulary of tension and resistance, inscribing absence at the very heart of the body’s presence with others. Five performers build and unbuild an idea of circularity.


MUSIC

In Partnership with Small World Music. Curated by Small World Music.

Big Smoke Brass Band
Friday, July 15, 5:00 PM | Beer Garden

Kick off the Fair with high-energy sound as Big Smoke Brass Band, a leading voice in the Canadian Brass scene erupts in joyful celebration.

Maria and The Band
Saturday, July 16, 1:00 PM | Beer Garden
Sunday, July 17, 4:00 PM | Beer Garden

Revel in vibrant music from the Canadian and Brazilian group rooted in traditional forró “pé de serra” music and shaped by influences ranging from blues to arabesque.

Ammoye
Saturday, July 16, 4:00 PM | Beer Garden
Sunday, July 17, 1:00 PM | Beer Garden

Move to Ammoye’s future-forward reggae sounds that pull from dancehall to R&B influences as her infectious voice invites you to reflect on justice and empowerment.

DJ Sawtay
Saturday, July 16, 5:30 PM | Beer Garden

Revel and groove to DJ Sawtay’s skilled spinning of Hip Hop, Funk, and Soul.


KIDS ZONE

We invite our young audiences and their families to fun, stimulating, and high-quality art workshops with professional art educators and to a lovely art collecting program.

Budding Art Buyers
Friday, July 15, 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Saturday, July 16, 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Sunday, July 17, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Kids Zone @ Plaza

For young art lovers and budding collectors aged 14 and younger! Experience the beauty and wonder of discovering, searching and collecting a precious work of art. Purchase artworks by artists of the Fair for $10, $15, or $20 (cash only). Thank you to TOAF artists who have donated small artworks to this program to nurture the next generation of art admirers and collectors. No adults allowed!


BEER GARDEN AND FOOD

Henderson Brewing Co
July 15-17

For the seventh year, Henderson Brewing Co is the official beer partner of TOAF. Henderson will be onsite all weekend for visitors 19+ to enjoy. Henderson makes beers to spark ideas, tell stories and, most of all, be refreshing and enjoyable.

Food Trucks
July 15-17

An assortment of food trucks will be onsite all weekend.


Visit online and then explore in person.
For more information visit the main cultural hub for TOAF61 at TOAF.ca.

About Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s largest and longest-running outdoor art Fair, celebrates 61 years of influencing the accessibility and growth of appreciation and participation in the arts in Canada. Since 1961, TOAF has been a key part in launching and sustaining the careers of 20,000 Canadian artists by directly connecting them to millions of art lovers, and public and private institutions. Each year at Nathan Phillips Square, 130,000 visitors spend over $2 million on art purchases during the 3-day Fair. TOAF’s online Fair and platform, born in response to the pandemic, has become Canada’s fastest-growing digital platform and continues to make a meaningful impact on artists’ careers.

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