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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.

 

Image Credit: McKenzie James.

Kimberley Dewing 
Marketing & Programming Coordinator
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Kimberley Dewing is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and professional storyteller. Since moving to Toronto in 2012 to attend OCADu she has picked up a wide range of hobbies and connected with their communities, from the aerial arts and sustainable gardening to archery and fire spinning. Through these diverse communities Kimberley continues to find inspiration and maintain a strong connection to the arts.

In 2021 Kimberley completed the Professional Writing and Communications post-graduate program at Humber College leading her to work for well-regarded arts organizations East End Arts and Toronto Dance Theatre. Now, with Toronto Outdoor Art Fair she is excited to use her experience and passion to continue to promote and support visual artists on a larger scale.

 

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.

 

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 

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

Advisory Circle

Tiana Koffler Boyman
Anthony Sargent

Graphic Design

Monnet Design

Bookkeepers

Heather Campbell
Sheryl Covey

Website Development

Barking Dog Studios

Social Media

Wild Media Co.

Media Inquiries

Deanne Moser
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Public Funders

Foundations & Corporate

Major Award Partners

Supporting Sponsors

Programming Partners

Media Partners