Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 2024

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 2023. Photo courtesy of TOAF

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair Returns to Nathan Phillips Square

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is back at Nathan Phillips Square from July 12 – 14, 2024. The fair will feature over 350 artists, engaging conversations, installations, exhibitions, and performances. This year’s theme focuses on our connection with urban spaces. Over 350 artists from across Canada will set up in iconic white tents, with 66 artists exclusively showcasing their work online at TOAF.ca.


HIGHLIGHTED TOAF63 PROGRAMMING

350+ Artist Booths
Browse and buy artwork from the 350+ juried artists from across the country. For 63 years TOAF has launched and sustained the careers of Canadian Artists, helping them get discovered and build networks. Enjoy the wide range of media, techniques and subjects. Student zone features a special Grad-Ex Pop up by OCAD U, artists include: Vicki Ying Shi; Byori Seo; Rylee Hollis; Grace Vali; and Tusharika Arora; and York U students for the first time.

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. Tours are offered in English, French and American Sign Language throughout the weekend. Register for an Art Tour at TOAF.ca or join in the day of. Art Tours will start from the Main Info Booth at spot 359 – West of the Reflection Pool at Nathan Phillips Square.

TOAF X StART
Watch mural and street artists do their magic live. Featuring Phade, Jennifer Messon. Marg Cresswell, Kreecha, Hyedie Hashimoto, and Jasmine Vanstone.There’s the opportunity to buy final works at the StreetARToronto shipping container.

Art Nest
This year’s Art Nest will feature works by 5 artists, Chris Harms, Stephanie Avery, Javid Jah, Safoura Zahedi, Martin Reis. The ambitious public art installations at TOAF63 are curated by Rafi Ghanaghounian, advised by Rui Pimenta.


Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 2023. Photo courtesy of TOAF

MUSIC

The Rider Raiders
The Rider Raiders are a funky four or five piece brass band comprised of some of Toronto’s grooviest and most accomplished musicians. The band features Juno Award winning alto sax player Richard Underhill, lyrical jazz trumpet player Tim Hamel, world renowned drummer phenom Great Bob Scott, rising star sousaphone player Nolan Murphy and when they expand to 5 pieces, the incredibly dynamic young trombonist Charlotte McAfee-Brunner.

JER
JER is a Brazilian alternative rock singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist and music producer. Beginning her musical career at a young age, JER grew up around the semi-arid cities of Bahia, the magical Brazilian state known for music and celebration. JER is a champion who survives off her own skill and faith.

Coletivo Semente
Mari Palhares is a Percussionist who moved to Toronto from Sao Paulo, Brazil at the age of 19. Her interest in percussion led her to Maracatu (Afro-Brazilian percussion) at the age of 17. In 2007, already living in Toronto, she joined Maracatu Baque de Bamba, founded by Aline Morales (lead singer/director of the drumming troupe).


DANCE

Three Turtles in the Square by Lina Cruz
Saturday, July 13 at 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm
Sunday, July 14 at 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm

Be the first to witness Three Turtles in the Square. With a tender, dysfunctional love for nature and highly addicted to plastic, these intrepid and mischievous turtles roam the cities, springing out of bushes or walls, sarcastically celebrating their increasingly plastified dwellings. Cruz’s choreography, accompanied by original music, creates an enchanting spectacle for audiences of all ages.


KIDS ZONE

Budding Art Buyers
Budding Art Buyers program introduces a new partner, Art Dealers Association of Canada. ADAC is bringing their expertise with invoice, consignments, and provenance to Budding Art Buyers and providing educational and fun programming for children under 14 to get them started on their art collecting journey.

Power Kids by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Join this year’s Power Kids workshop for a reflective exercise in self-expression where participants will create tactile, abstract self-portrait collages. This process is inspired by the Power Plant’s exhibition of June Clark’s reflective work.


FEATURED EXHIBITIONS

36 Questions That Lead to Loving TO, Green Spaces Edition
36 Questions That Lead to Loving Toronto Green Spaces, presented by Museum of Toronto invites visitors to explore the many ways Torontonians appreciate and find connection with green spaces in the city — highlighting the interplay of urban living with nature, parks, and wildlife.

StART Exhibition
Rooted in reconciliation, diversity, equity and inclusion, StreetARToronto (StART) has sought out and worked with artists from diverse communities since its inception in 2012, to create and showcase some of the best mural, street and graffiti art and artists globally. These artists and artworks have transformed Toronto’s public streets, laneways, and parks into a city-wide art gallery!

Blushing Bodies
Curator Jesse King has curated a feature exhibition of TOAF63 artists titled Blushing Bodies. This exhibition is a partnership between TOAF and Indigenous Curatorial Collective (ICCA) who bring their unique perspective and curatorial vision to TOAF.


Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 2023. Photo courtesy of TOAF

DETAILS

Fair Hours
Friday, July 12, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday, July 13, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, July 14, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

For full TOAF63 programming visit the main cultural hub at TOAF.ca.


About Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF) is Canada’s leading outdoor and online art fair. Established in 1961 to connect Canadian artists directly to the public, TOAF showcases 350+ emerging and established visual artists, including painters, photographers, sculptors and artists working in ceramics, textiles, jewellery and more. The event brings together 150,000 art lovers and enthusiasts who spend over 2 million dollars on art during the Fair. This free public event takes place every July – rain or shine – at Nathan Phillips Square in the heart of downtown Toronto. The Fair offers something for everyone: talks, tours, digital studio visits, curated collections, kids workshops, live painting, dance, music, art installations and food and drink experiences. Since 2020, TOAF’s online. Since 2020, TOAF’s online fair has become Canada’s in-demand e-commerce and discovery hub for artists across Canada.

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