Artists, curators, and collectors will take you on thematic guided Art Tours to share their insights and lead engaging conversations face-to-face with artists in the show. New to TOAF61, we will be offering French and American Sign Language tours.
Register for an Art Tour or join in on the day of. All Art Tours will be approximately 45 minutes in length and will start at the Information booth.
StreetARToronto Laneway Project Mural Walk with Sadie Marshall
Join Sadie Marshall, an artist with StreetARToronto, in exploring a series of new laneway murals and graffiti art themed ‘grit’. These works celebrate the resilience of local businesses and the surrounding communities, illustrate the history of the Chinatown, and Kensington neighbourhoods, and showcase the resurgence of the legendary El Mocambo music venue. This tour will also be available as TOAF Instagram Livestream.
Sadie is a Toronto born multidisciplinary artist. Her work celebrates nature as human beings greatest teacher. She paints, dances, sings, sews & photographs to express her connection to herself and the world around her. In her murals and paintings she combines elements of realism with abstract form, expressionism and vivid transitions of colour to create her personal style.
As a graffiti and spray paint artist her skills have developed from quick sketches into large scale street art projects and canvas work. Her mentors encouraged her to be creative while honouring the rich history of this street art form. Through the graffiti works she captures, portrays and celebrates different aspects of city life, incorporating new subject matter, style and painting techniques as she learns. Follow Sadie on Instagram: @sadierock13
‘I Covet This’ with Danielle Suppa
Friday, July 15 at 12:00 PM
Danielle Suppa, Owner + Creative Director of SOUVENIR, has a keen eye for beautifully executed, purposefully and lovingly-made objects. Join her as she visits the artists behind her dreamy finds.
With a background in fashion, interiors and product design, Danielle Suppa opened her Toronto lifestyle shop and creative studio - SOUVENIR - in 2015. As Owner and Creative Director, Danielle develops and executes the creative concepts, design and curation in the space. Juxtaposing contemporary and handmade design goods with one-off found objects, each piece is carefully chosen and mixed together in layered and unexpected ways. Over the past 7 years, first in pop-ups and now at their permanent location on College Street, SOUVENIR has highlighted over 200 independent designers and artists, with a focus on emerging Canadian talent. Exploring both her personal taste and storytelling through objects, Danielle gathers and rotates pieces based on conceptual and seasonal assortments to create an evolving and dynamic shopping experience.
Emerging Artists to Watch at TOAF
with Jacqueline Kok
Friday, July 15 at 1:30 PM
Get to know the next generation of TOAF artists pushing the boundaries of their mediums alongside Jacqueline Kok, curator at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.
Jacqueline Kok is a curator based in Toronto and New York City. She is also presently the Nancy McCain & Bill Morneau Curatorial Fellow at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery as well as the Assistant curator to many of the institution's exhibitions. Kok’s curatorial research pursues the political and social potentials of space through a deep exploration of the dialectical relationship among the bodies within it. Prior to joining The Power Plant, she has held prominent roles including Curator at MO.CO. Montpellier Contemporain under the direction of Nicolas Bourriaud. She has also worked in the curatorial department at MoCA Taipei and ArtinGeneral, as well as in the public programs department at e-flux. She has self-produced Art and Other Stories, a podcast under her curatorial collective, Triptych Arts, and Spaces of Exchange, a Zoom program uniting international Chinese artists in collaboration with the International Chinese Fine Arts Council.
Peter Owusu-Ansah’s Tour
Friday, July 15 at 3:00 PM | Register here
Peter Owusu-Ansah, award-winning artist and curator, will guide you through his connections, relations, and inner and outer feelings about this year’s artists. Join him in discussing collective and individual connectivity and how our diverse similarities and differences shift perspective and experience. This is an American Sign Language Tour.
Born in Ghana in 1979, Peter Owusu-Ansah is a Deaf visual artist who understands life through seeing. He believes he can communicate through eyesight without words. He had to explore the curiosity of seeing life through paintings, photography, and manipulating photographs into pop art. In 2009, when he zoomed in one of his pop art works, he was wowed by the colourful pixels. He became deeply curious about the greatest colours imaginable in the entire universe. Using the pixel colours in connecting with the nature of life, Peter started exploring colour using Photoshop. He lives and works in Toronto.
Follow Peter Owusu-Ansah on Instagram: @peteroarts
Fair Awards Tour
Saturday, July 16 & Sunday, July 17 at 10:30 AM
Discover a selection of TOAF61’s award recipients for a deeper look into their works and what made them stand out to judges. Hosted by TOAF Team.
Francophone Artists at TOAF
with Dyana Ouvrard
Saturday, July 16 at 12:00 PM
Presented by Le Labo
Join Dyana Ouvrard, Director of Le Labo, Toronto's Francophone Media Arts Centre, for a French-language tour of Francophone artists at the Fair.
Dyana Ouvrard has been a community-based arts organizer for the past 10 years. Her various experiences have taken her to theaters in Paris and Brussels, to a major European music festival, and to a visual arts curatorial role in Ottawa. In 2016, her research on the art of tattooing was published. She cultivates her curiosity through the people she meets in her artistic career and makes it a point of honor to work for the Francophone community. Dyana is currently the executive director of Le Labo, a francophone artist-run center in Toronto.
Rassembleuse culturelle aguerrie en milieu communautaire depuis 10 ans, ses diverses expériences l’ont amenée aussi bien dans les salles de théâtre parisiennes et bruxelloises, dans un grand festival de musique européen qu'au commissariat en arts visuels à Ottawa. En 2016, ses travaux sur l'art du tatouage sont publiés. Adepte de libertés, elle cultive sa curiosité à travers les rencontres qu’elle fait dans sa carrière artistique en mettant un point d’honneur à œuvrer pour la francophonie. Dyana Ouvrard est aujourd'hui directrice générale du Labo centre d'arts médiatiques francophone de Toronto.
Art Collectors in Conversation
with Hirbod Human
Saturday, July 16 at 1:30 PM
Join Hirbod Human, an art enthusiast, businessman and TOAF61 Juror, on art collecting 101, infused with his inspiring collecting stories and practical tips.
Hirbod Human is an art enthusiast and businessman who graduated from business and art school after migrating in 2002 to America. He strives for both art and business equally; that's how he was drawn into the mesmerizing world of art collecting. In 2020 Hirbod co-founded the Mayten's Projects in downtown Toronto. Besides, he owned a branding firm and consultant agency, TRIXMEDIA, based in Beverly Hills, California now for fifteen years. Alongside the business world, he recently joined OCAD U as an instructor of the Entrepreneurship for Creatives micro-credentials to share his passion and knowledge with other creative minds. Hirbod is the Executive Board Member at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, and Member Of The Board Of Advisors at the Authors Ai and Binge Book, Florida.
Behind Art Nest with Asad Raza
Saturday, July 16 & Sunday, July 17 at 3:00 PM
Art Nest Artists talk about their processes and imaginations behind creating their first large-scale public artworks in an engaging conversation facilitated by Asad Raza, an expert in public art. Tours highlight three different artists on both Saturday and Sunday.
Asad Raza has worked closely with artists on over 100 commissioned projects. He has over a dozen years of experience managing large-scale public artworks, programming & producing artist commissions with Nuit Blanche Toronto, directing the experimental community festival ‘Art of the Danforth’ and managing site-specific exhibitions across the GTA. He serves on the board of a number of institutions and civic spaces and has been extensively involved with many of the City of Toronto’s public art initiatives.
Story Walk with Que Rock
Sunday, July 17 at 1:30 PM
Que Rock, artist and TOAF61 Juror, will draw you in with his captivating storytelling, connecting the land and the everyday art around us through his stand-out artists of the Fair.
I am a Nipissing First Nation born multi-disciplinary artist. I started life learning my Anishnaabe and Odawa cultures through ceremonies. As an Anishnaabe graffiti artist, my work has matured from quick pieces into large street art projects and canvas work. Using my Anishnaabe teachings and different methods I focus on unique painting styles and techniques to create smooth transitions of colour, blending abstract form with realism and expressionism.
I take interactions of my daily life, and the city I live in. I use it as a challenge for me to try out new styles and incorporate new subject matter. My love of nature and animals is prominent through my work because of its deep meaning and connection to life and mine. I aspire for my artistic evolution to form a distinct look and feeling. In all the artforms I work with. From Dancing, Emceeing, DJing, Painting and designing. I call my style, Making the woodlands dance. My goal is to portray the teachings of my ancestors, sacred geometry and shapes in all my art forms and create a visual healing experience for the viewers.
My art has allowed me to work closely with art directors, city officials and corporate clients to make their visions come to life. I enjoy working with people and have collaborated with many artists on projects of all scales from graphic books to videos to murals around the world. I love travelling and seeing art. Most of all, I love to make art and have people enjoy my work.