Toronto Outdoor Art Fair offers an accessible gateway to the arts by providing opportunities for direct artist engagement and direct sales in an outdoor space that’s open to everyone. Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is committed to excellence in serving all customers including persons with disabilities. We are also committed to giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to access our goods and services and allowing them to benefit from the same services, in the same place, and in a similar way as other participants.
Our Venue: Nathan Phillips Square
Accessible parking spaces are located on the main level of the parking garage and elevators are available to Nathan Phillips Square from the parking garage.
There is a bus/streetcar stop at Queen and Bay streets, 120 metres from the venue. The Queen subway station and Osgoode subway station are both 350 metres from the venue. Wheel-Trans users should use the Hagerman Street entrance, northeast of Nathan Phillips Square.
Located behind Hero Burger inside the building, and inside City Hall on the main floor next to the east elevators. Please note that City Hall closes at 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Service animals are welcome into all areas of our event, including the Beer Garden on the stage.
In 2021, TOAF added an Accessibility Widget to our website called UserWay to enhance the way web visitors engage with our digital content. The accessibility widget is available on every page under TOAF.ca. Visitors are able to resize all text, enhance spacing between text, change the colours of the screen, highlight all the links, pause animations, enlarge the cursor, change the line heights and text alignments, as well as opt for a Dyslexia-friendly setting. Non-text elements also have text alternatives.
Closed Captioning and ASL Interpretation
All of our pre-recorded programming in 2021 had closed captioning included to make the virtual experience of the Fair much more accessible. For our Awards Ceremony, we always include ASL interpretation (in-person and digitally) to provide clear sign and spoken communication between our Deaf and hearing audiences.
Since 2016, artists with disabilities have been able to apply for the accessibility support program. Art Encounters can provide additional mentorship sessions to better prepare for the fair, onsite support personnel, dedicated volunteers for set up and tear down, and subsidized onsite storage, booth fee, tent rental, ASL interpretation (funding dependent) and other accommodations as necessary. Email [email protected] for more information.
We welcome your feedback on how we can improve our accessibility services. Please email [email protected] with your comments or concerns.