2018 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair - Photography by Andrew Williamson
Canada's leading contemporary outdoor art fair has been happening every second weekend in July since 1961, rain or shine, in the heart of downtown Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square.
Over 360 emerging and established contemporary visual artists and makers, working in an array of disciplines, come together to showcase and sell their work directly to the public. The artist is always present at Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.
115,000 art lovers and collectors flock to Toronto every year to discover new works and new talents for free in a vibrant and welcoming environment. Collectively our visitors spend over 2 million dollars* on buying art, contributing to the economic prosperity of our participating artists and the cultural vibrancy of our city. Learn more about our mission and our transformative work in our Impact Report (2018).
We are known for hosting many nationally and internationally acclaimed Canadian artists under our iconic white tents at the early years of their careers including, Barbara Astman, David Blackwood, Edward Burtynsky, Ken Danby, Rob Gonsalves, Harlan House, Joanne Tod, and Jennifer Stead to name a few. Hear what artists say about us.
We are inclusive, accessible and radically welcoming to all artists and art enthusiasts.
Together with our committed and generous community of donors, we celebrate artistic excellence and our artists’ entrepreneurial spirit by presenting $40,000 cash and in-kind awards, an unprecedented and unique awards program in North American art fairs.
“What I appreciated most about TOAF was the workshop that happened before the start of the Fair. The organizers really made an effort to help teach new artists how to present their work in their booths and gave really helpful marketing tips... The people who participate in running this Fair seem genuinely passionate about it, and that made the whole experience so positive. The Fair also connected me with other artists and with supportive people who helped launch my career as a professional artist.”
- Sage Szkabarnicki-Stuart
We offer professional development opportunities to our artists to contribute to their business skills. And, we deepen the joy of engaging with arts for our visitors through our diverse educational programs, featured exhibitions, young collectors initiatives, children’s art workshops, installations, performances, arts tours and talks.
We believe art, our innate human expression, should be un-walled, accessible and inclusive.
We believe artistic excellence should be nurtured and rewarded.
We believe investing in the creative economy of the city is part of our civic responsibility.
We believe investing in art is investing in one’s quality of everyday life.
The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is a charitable nonprofit organization.