Top 5 Things To Do At the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

June 18, 2018

Top 5 Things To Do At the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair



The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF) is back for its 57th season! Formerly known as the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Canada’s largest and longest-running juried contemporary art event has rebranded to reflect its new vision. This year’s event takes place at Nathan Phillips Square from July 6-8.



Thanks to Monnet Design, TOAF has a new logo and brand design to welcome its 340 chosen artists. “We wanted the new branding to communicate the palpable energy and excitement at the event every year,” says Monnet Design in a release. Throughout the weekend, TOAF will be giving away over $40,000 in awards to the artists whose work is exhibited.






Along with the artists’ exhibitions, TOAF has a number of scheduled events including discussion panels, walking tours and kid-friendly spaces. To help you navigate this jam-packed weekend, we’ve rounded up the top five things to do at TOAF!


What: The Collector’s Panel

Where: Partial Lounge

When: July 8, 3 pm-4 pm


Learn how to cultivate a distinctive style as an art collector. Discussions from Toronto creatives will help you navigate your way as an art collector, whether you are a first-timer or seasoned collector.


What: Slow Foto Box

Where: Info Hub

When: Entire weekend


Gallery 44 invites visitors to explore their on-site dark room, where they will be guided through the process of developing their own picture. Each visitor will have their photo taken and developed under 10 minutes!


What: Art Before Dishes with Tiffany Pratt

Where: Partial Lounge

When: Saturday July 7, 3 pm-4 pm


Listen to Toronto-based interior designer Tiffany Pratt discuss her success story. From opening a small art studio in 2008 to becoming one of the city’s leading designers, this talk will leave you inspired. Pratt is also doing a signing of her book, Art Before Dishes.





What: Calibrate Premiere

Where: Henderson Brewing Co. Beer Garden

When: July 7, 2 pm and 4:30 pm; July 8, 2 pm and 4:30 pm


In this live performance, choreographed by Karen Kaeja of Kaeja d’Dance, dancers will explore the human desire to be close and address the topic of calibrated tension.


What: Eyes of Society

Where: Booth D273 in Zone D

When: Entire weekend


This art exhibition hosted by the New Regionalism Project highlights projects dealing with social commentary and the relationship between independent culture and free expression in the arts.





Henderson Brewing Co. will be creating an original brew for the event, in collaboration with Katrina Jurjans, the 2017 Best of Student and Best of Painting winner, who will design the label of the bottle.


To learn more about TOAF and to view the events schedule, click here.


—Sabrina Gamrot