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TOAF's Team

anahita azrahimi
Executive & Creative Director
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anahita azrahimi is a seasoned arts manager and an arts maker. Bringing artists and audiences together to nurture the joy of engaging with art has been the core of her arts management work for the past 15 years. 

Currently, she is the Executive and Creative Director of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF), Canada’s leading outdoor art fair. In this role, she has reinvigorated the organization’s legacy through strengthening its infrastructure, building robust partnerships, and implementing essential new programs for artists and the public. Her experience as a visual artist has been instrumental in gaining a deeper understanding of the needs of independent artists and the community she serves. In response to the cancellation of the 59th TOAF, she devised an agile, tech-savvy plan to move their entire community of 350 artists online, maintaining their connection to the TOAF audience and economic livelihood with unprecedented success. 

anahita has experience working with a diverse range of organizations and artists in contemporary dance, theatre, and visual arts such as Creative Trust, Theatre Direct, and Dancemakers to name a few. She sits on the advisory board of the Arts Management program at Centennial College and the WeeFestival of Arts and Culture for Early Years. She has served on the board of Modern Times Stage Company, the steering committee of Cultural Pluralism in the Arts, and numerous juries including Dora Mavor Moore Awards - Dance section, Ontario Arts Council, Craft Ontario, and Design TO.

Ania Harmata
Operations Manager
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Ania Harmata is a visual artist and arts manager. Motivated by the idea of artists as entrepreneurs, Ania strives to empower and encourage opportunities for professional development for visual artists and makers. Ania holds an Honours BA and an Advanced Diploma in Art and Art History from the collaborative program between the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. Most recently, she has completed a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management from Centennial College. The 2022 season will be her sixth show with the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s largest and longest-running juried outdoor art event.

 

Abisola Oni
Programming Support
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Abisola Oni is an emerging curator and interdisciplinary artist. Through her discourse, she investigates visual and cultural criticism from a philosophical perspective. In collaboration with TOAF during their 60th Anniversary year, she curated the emerging artists exhibition, BEING+. In her own artwork, she works through the image-making processes of performance and video art, photography, and digital art. Presently, Abisola is completing an undergraduate degree in Visual Culture at the University of Waterloo.

Carlos A. Garcia
Production Support
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Carlos is an immigrant from Mexico, where he studied a bachelor’s in Communications, focusing on Cinema and Documentary Production as well as Audio Engineering. He has experience in different roles within the audiovisual field, ranging from Video and Audio Editor to location manager and producer for national T.V. Ads. He is currently pursuing the Arts Management post-grad program at Centennial College. Carlos is joining the TOAF production team for the 2022 edition with a strong inclination for arts management.

 

Lavender Cheng
Artist Relations & Administrative Coordinator
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Yi Tung (Lavender) Cheng is a recent graduate of Centennial College with a Post-Graduate Certificate of Arts Management.  She also holds a degree in Archaeology. She considers herself motivated by passion, hard work, and creativity. As a museum practitioner, she has a longstanding interest in widening access to art by engaging visitors with diverse curatorial perspectives. Lavender is excited to be starting her career in Arts Management by combining her knowledge and love for museums.

Madeline McKinnell
Programming Lead
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Madeline McKinnell (she/her) strives to create accessible spaces that inform creativity in her work as a production manager, technical director, stage manager, designer, and puppeteer. Most recently, Madeline has been a production manager for SummerWork's Progress Festival, TransenDance Project’s A Grimm Night, and for Harbourfront Centre. Madeline has been facilitating art in unconventional spaces for over five years and believes that compassionate and thoughtful collective creation will foster a safer and community-driven future. She is a graduate of Concordia University’s Design and Production for the Theatre program.

 

Polen Light
Event Coordinator  
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Polen Light is an aspiring arts manager interested in large-scale event programming and organizational structure. He has been part of many student-led arts organizations in different capacities and has written papers on arts management. He had undertaken a small role on the 59th edition TOAF and is now excited to return to 61th edition as the events coordinator. Currently, Polen is pursing his undergraduate degree in Arts Management & Culture, Creativity, and Cities.

TeeKey Productions
Production Team
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TeeKey Productions launched in 2017 when Producer and Production Manager Chris Teeter (Canadian Music Week, Canada’s Walk of Fame, The Toronto International Film Festival, Formula 1) and Artist Manager and Tour Manager Louisa Key (The Tragically Hip, TV on The Radio, Morcheeba, Nelly Furtado)  joined their many years of live event experience together to create TeeKey Productions. 

 

Board of Directors 

Jini Stolk, Chair
Colleen Diamond, Secretary
Harry Enchin
Darcy Killeen, Treasurer
Brett Ledger
Robert Mitchell

Advisory Circle

Tiana Koffler Boyman
Anthony Sargent

Honourary Chairs of the 60th Anniversary Committee

The Koffler Family

Onsite Support Team

Jane Van Rooyen, Onsite Production Assistant
Calder Ross, Art Nest Production Assistant
Emma Miziolek, Stage Assistant 
Wing Lam Leung, Volunteer Support

Graphic Design

Monnet Design

Bookkeepers

Heather Campbell
Sheryl Covey

Website Development

Barking Dog Studios

Social Media

Wild Media Managing

Media Inquiries

Deanne Moser
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Public Funders

Foundations & Corporate

Major Award Partners

Supporting Sponsors

Programming Partners

Media Partners