Toronto Outdoor Art Fair Reveals Celebratory Programming for 60th Anniversary

Explore the online fair, a small showcase of artists at stackt market, stimulating talks and tours, and virtual exhibitions.

July 2-11, 2021
Online at TOAF.ca and in-person at stackt market

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2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair – Photography by Andrew Williamson

400+ Artists at TOAF.ca

Celebrating its 60th birthday, Canada’s largest and longest-running outdoor art fair is bigger than ever, welcoming over 400 talented artists from across Canada for the public to discover and purchase original works from July 2 – 11 at TOAF.ca

Buying art online and supporting Canadian artists has never been easier. There will be a rotating selection of TOAF60 artists from July 2 – 11, every day between 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM at stackt market, 28 Bathurst Street, Toronto.

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stackt market

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Special 60th Anniversary Projects

60 Over Sixty
TOAF is hosting a very special exhibit, 60 Over Sixty, featuring 60 notable Canadian artists. Curated by art consultant, artist, and TOAF’s longtime friend, Flavio Belli, this digital exhibition is a celebration of life-long dedication and creativity and includes art world luminaries Barbara Astman, Robert Bateman, Robert Houle, Suzy Lake, Micah Lexier, Michael Snow, Joanne Tod, Colette Whiten, and many more. TOAF’s 2021 60 Over Sixty is supported by local radio station The New Classical FM.

60 Works / 60 Years
Coming up in Fall 2021 is a unique presentation of every Mayor’s Purchase Award Winner since 1979 at an in-person exhibition called 60 Works / 60 Years, presented by the Market Gallery in collaboration with TOAF. Every year, the Mayor of Toronto, assisted by City curators, selects an artwork at TOAF to be brought into the municipal collection that represents the diverse perspectives of the City of Toronto. Stay tuned for upcoming details and see a preview of the exhibition now at TOAF’s website.

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Cheryl Rock, B.G.M. 3.0 (Black Girl Magic), 2020 Mayor’s Purchase Award Winner.

Art Collectors in Conversation Series
Co-presented by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (TPP), moderator Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education & Public Programs at TPP, will be speaking to guests about collecting art in this special series of art talks. On July 3, art collectors Hirbod Human and Farnoosh Talaee will share their vision and stories about how and why they collect art. On July 6, get to know philanthropist Aaron Milrad, who has been supporting TOAF artists and the arts across North America for forty years. Tune in to this illuminating conversation to learn more about his passion for collecting ceramics and how he fosters artistic connections. On July 10, join Rudy Adler, Co-Founder of Wealthsimple and one of the world’s top NFT collectors, as he speaks about his passion for supporting artists through varied ways of collecting.

Art Talks & Tours

Join our lively and stimulating virtual art talks, artist chats and tours with art aficionados and experts like Glodeane Brown, arts manager and Culture Fancier blogger, StreetARToronto, Craft Ontario, Harbourfront Centre and more.

Watch programs live on Zoom (advance registration required), Instagram, or catch up later on IGTV or Youtube.

For the full list of artists and most up-to-date programming schedule, visit TOAF.ca

There is something for everyone at TOAF60!
Tiffany Pratt will kick-off TOAF60 on July 2nd hosting Instagram Live chats with participating artists. Making the most of the digital platform, an exhibition called TOAF60 in Virtual Reality will feature select artworks from the TOAF60 artist roster in virtual reality (VR). In partnership with Art Gate VR and curated by TOAF Award Winner Daniel St-Amant and Toronto’s #Hashtag Gallery, a VR opening reception will take place on July 3, allowing for the public to rub ‘virtual’ elbows with the arts crowd, take a tour of #Hashtag Gallery’s virtual space, and see the curated showcase in (virtual) life!

Curated Collections
Starting July 2, there will be collections put together by distinguished guest artists, curators and collectors to inspire and offer various points of entry to discover art. Expect to see collections picked carefully by Gary Taxali, Alex McLeod, Pennylane Shen, Alex Garant, and many more!

Awards Program

In addition to TOAF’s robust Awards Program of $40,000 cash and in-kind awards that go to the top artists of each discipline, TOAF will be presenting the Flavio Belli Emerging Curator Award. This Special 60th Anniversary Award is supported by The Lindy Green Family Foundation and will grant a mentorship opportunity for an early-career curator to advance their professional development by working alongside a senior curator. Under this mentorship program, the recipient will work towards curating a five-week online art exhibition and a two-week in-person exhibition at Propeller Gallery in January 2022. Award recipients will be announced on July 7.

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF) is grateful to the Koffler Family Foundation, the 60th Anniversary Lead Patron. TOAF acknowledges the generous support by the Department of Canadian Heritage, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, City of Toronto, Business / Arts, The Lindy Green Family Foundation and all of our donors, programming partners, and media partners.

About Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is Canada’s leading contemporary outdoor art fair. Founded in 1961, TOAF was established to put contemporary visual artists and makers in direct contact with the public and to nurture artistic excellence and entrepreneurial spirit. This free public event has historically showcased works annually by 350+ contemporary visual artists and makers and attracts 130,000 visitors each year to Nathan Phillips Square. In 2020, TOAF created its first online iteration of the Fair, creating public programming and income and exposure for independent artists during a much-needed time. TOAF’s online platform saw a 300% increase in visitor traffic to the website in July 2020 and facilitated sales of over 600 artworks throughout Canada, the US, Japan and Hong Kong.

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stackt market is located at 28 Bathurst Street, and is fully accessible.