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In Person
Programming Schedule

July 15 - 17

The 61st Toronto Outdoor Art Fair brought you a dynamic series of free digital and in-person programming for art lovers of all ages and interests! We hope you had the chance to join us at Nathan Phillips Square on July 15 to 17 for the much anticipated return of the in-person artist showcase. There were new and exciting music performances, art installations, contemporary dance, guided art tours, and TOAF’s unique cascading beer garden in the heart of downtown Toronto.

 

Friday       Saturday        Sunday


Art Nest      Art Tours      Performances      Kids Zone      Budding Art Buyers


Friday, July 15

Live Painting with Brian Jiang

11:00 AM | Zone D
Co-presented by StreetARToronto (StART)

Toronto is home to some of the best mural and street artists in the world. Watch these talented artists create artwork live and in-person while exploring individual themes. Works are available for purchase! Bid on final works at the StreetARToronto Shipping Container.

 

‘I Covet This’ with Danielle Suppa

12:00 PM | Information Booth

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.

 

Emerging Artists to Watch at TOAF with Jacqueline Kok

1:30 PM | Information Booth

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. 

 

Live Painting with Andrea Rodriguez

2:00 PM | Zone D
Co-presented by StreetARToronto (StART)

Toronto is home to some of the best mural and street artists in the world. Watch these talented artists create artwork live and in-person while exploring individual themes. Works are available for purchase! Bid on final works at the StreetARToronto Shipping Container.

Peter Owusu-Ansah’s Tour

3:00 PM | Information Booth

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. 

Big Smoke Brass Band

5:00 PM | Beer Garden
Presented by Small World Music

Kick off the Fair with high-energy sound as Big Smoke Brass Band, a leading voice in the Canadian Brass Scene, erupts in joyful celebration.

 

Opening Ceremony

5:30 PM | Beer Garden

Join us in welcoming the artists to Nathan Phillips Square. Opening remarks and the announcement of the Fair Awards Recipients will take place at 5:30 PM on the stage.

Big Smoke Brass Band

6:00 PM | Beer Garden
Presented by Small World Music

Kick off the Fair with high-energy sound as Big Smoke Brass Band, a leading voice in the Canadian Brass Scene, erupts in joyful celebration.

DJ Sawtay

7:00 PM | Beer Garden
With Adrian Hayles

Revel and groove to DJ Sawtay's skilled spinning of hip hop, funk, and soul.

 

CHALKING

7:00 PM | Podium
Presented by ĀNANDAṀ Dancetheatre

The performance CHALKING deconstructs a body’s rotational possibilities - turning, spinning – into a vocabulary of tension and resistance, inscribing absence at the very heart of the body’s presence with others.


Saturday, July 16

Fair Awards Tour

10:30 AM | Information Booth

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. 

 

Power Kids - Colourful World

11:00 AM | Plaza
Co-presented by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Dive into a world of colour, collage, and layers as Nilou Salimi facilitates this Power Kids workshop inspired by Biba Esaad, last year’s Power Plant Emerging Artist Award recipient. Explore a favourite memory or a dream for the future by creating outline images and layering on colour, texture, and design! Curated for young art makers, but all ages are welcome!

 

Live Painting with Jordan McKie

11:00 AM | Zone D
Co-presented by StreetARToronto (StART)

Toronto is home to some of the best mural and street artists in the world. Watch these talented artists create artwork live and in-person while exploring individual themes. Works are available for purchase! Bid on final works at the StreetARToronto Shipping Container.

 

Francophone Artists at TOAF with Dyana Ouvrard

12:00 PM | Information Booth
Co-presented by Le Labo

Join Dyana Ouvrard, the director of Le Labo, Toronto's Francophone Media Arts Center, for a French-language tour of  Francophone artists at the Fair.

If I Should Stumble Dance Performance 

12:00 PM | Beer Garden
Choreography by Jenn Goodwin

This movement installation uses stairs as both stage and nemesis in its expression of a fall from grace as dancers unpack the resiliency and challenges of women in day-to-day life. Goodwin interprets themes of personal power, female comradery, and spectacle in her choreography and vision. 

Power Kids - Colourful World

12:30 PM | Plaza
Co-presented by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Dive into a world of colour, collage, and layers as Nilou Salimi facilitates this Power Kids workshop inspired by Biba Esaad, last year’s Power Plant Emerging Artist Award recipient. Explore a favourite memory or a dream for the future by creating outline images and layering on colour, texture, and design! Curated for young art makers, but all ages are welcome!

 

Maria & The Band

1:00 PM | Beer Garden
Presented by Small World Music

Revel in vibrant music from the Canadian and Brazilian group rooted in traditional forró "pé de serra" music and shaped by influences ranging from blues to arabesque.

Art Collectors in Conversation with Hirbod Human 

1:30 PM | Information Booth

Join Hirbod Human, an art enthusiast, businessman and TOAF61 Juror, on art collecting 101, infused with his inspiring collecting stories and practical tips.

Power Kids - Colourful World

2:00 PM | Plaza
Co-presented by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Dive into a world of colour, collage, and layers as Nilou Salimi facilitates this Power Kids workshop inspired by Biba Esaad, last year’s Power Plant Emerging Artist Award recipient. Explore a favourite memory or a dream for the future by creating outline images and layering on colour, texture, and design! Curated for young art makers, but all ages are welcome!

 

Live Painting with Ghazaleh Rastgar

2:00 PM | Zone D
Co-presented by StreetARToronto (StART)

Toronto is home to some of the best mural and street artists in the world. Watch these talented artists create artwork live and in-person while exploring individual themes. Works are available for purchase! Bid on final works at the StreetARToronto Shipping Container.

If I Should Stumble

2:30 PM | Beer Garden
Choreography by Jenn Goodwin

This movement installation uses stairs as both stage and nemesis in its expression of a fall from grace as dancers unpack the resiliency and challenges of women in day-to-day life. Goodwin interprets themes of personal power, female comradery, and spectacle in her choreography and vision. 

Behind Art Nest with Asad Raza

3:00 PM | Information Booth

Art Nest Artists talk about their processes and imaginations of creating their first large-scale public artworks in an engaging conversation facilitated by Asad Raza. Tours highlight three different artists on both Saturday and Sunday. 

 

Ammoye

4:00 PM | Beer Garden
Presented by Small World Music

Move to Ammoye's future-forward reggae sounds that pull from dancehall to R&B influences as her infectious voice invites you to reflect on justice and empowerment.

DJ Sawtay

5:00 PM | Beer Garden
With Adrian Hayles

Revel and groove to DJ Sawtay's skilled spinning of hip hop, funk, and soul.

CHALKING

7:00 PM | Podium
Presented by ĀNANDAṀ Dancetheatre

The performance CHALKING deconstructs a body’s rotational possibilities - turning, spinning – into a vocabulary of tension and resistance, inscribing absence at the very heart of the body’s presence with others.


Sunday, July 17

Fair Top Awards Art Tour

10:30 AM | Information Booth

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. 

 

Power Kids - Colourful World

11:00 AM | Plaza
Co-presented by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Dive into a world of colour, collage, and layers as Nilou Salimi facilitates this Power Kids workshop inspired by Biba Esaad, last year’s Power Plant Emerging Artist Award recipient. Explore a favourite memory or a dream for the future by creating outline images and layering on colour, texture, and design! Curated for young art makers, but all ages are welcome!

 

Live Painting with Désiré Betty

11:00 AM | Zone D
Co-presented by StreetARToronto (StART)

Toronto is home to some of the best mural and street artists in the world. Watch these talented artists create artwork live and in-person while exploring individual themes. Works are available for purchase! Bid on final works at the StreetARToronto Shipping Container.

 

If I Should Stumble

12:00 PM | Beer Garden
Choreography by Jenn Goodwin

This movement installation uses stairs as both stage and nemesis in its expression of a fall from grace as dancers unpack the resiliency and challenges of women in day-to-day life. Goodwin interprets themes of personal power, female comradery, and spectacle in her choreography and vision. 

Power Kids - Colourful World

12:30 PM | Plaza
Co-presented by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Dive into a world of colour, collage, and layers as Nilou Salimi facilitates this Power Kids workshop inspired by Biba Esaad, last year’s Power Plant Emerging Artist Award recipient. Explore a favourite memory or a dream for the future by creating outline images and layering on colour, texture, and design! Curated for young art makers, but all ages are welcome!

Ammoye

1:00 PM | Beer Garden
Presented by Small World Music

Move to Ammoye's future-forward reggae sounds that pull from dancehall to R&B influences as her infectious voice invites you to reflect on justice and empowerment.

 

Story Walk with Que Rock

1:30 PM | Information Booth

Que Rock, artist and TOAF61 juror, will draw you in with his captivating storytelling connecting the land and the everyday art around us with his stand-out artists of the Fair.  

Power Kids - Colourful World

2:00 PM | Plaza
Co-presented by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Dive into a world of colour, collage, and layers as Nilou Salimi facilitates this Power Kids workshop inspired by Biba Esaad, last year’s Power Plant Emerging Artist Award recipient. Explore a favourite memory or a dream for the future by creating outline images and layering on colour, texture, and design! Curated for young art makers, but all ages are welcome!

Live Painting with Chris Perez

2:00 PM | Zone D
Co-presented by StreetARToronto (StART)

Toronto is home to some of the best mural and street artists in the world. Watch these talented artists create artwork live and in-person while exploring individual themes. Works are available for purchase! Bid on final works at the StreetARToronto Shipping Container.

 

If I Should Stumble

2:30 PM | Beer Garden
Choreography by Jenn Goodwin

This movement installation uses stairs as both stage and nemesis in its expression of a fall from grace as dancers unpack the resiliency and challenges of women in day-to-day life. Goodwin interprets themes of personal power, female comradery, and spectacle in her choreography and vision. 

Behind Art Nest with Asad Raza

3:00 PM | Information Booth

Art Nest Artists talk about their processes and imaginations of creating their first large-scale public artworks in an engaging conversation facilitated by Asad Raza. Tours highlight three different artists on both Saturday and Sunday. 

Maria & The Band

4:00 PM | Beer Garden
Presented by Small World Music

Revel in vibrant music from the Canadian and Brazilian group rooted in traditional forró "pé de serra" music and shaped by influences ranging from blues to arabesque.

 

CHALKING

5:00 PM | Podium
Presented by ĀNANDAṀ Dancetheatre 

The performance CHALKING deconstructs a body’s rotational possibilities - turning, spinning – into a vocabulary of tension and resistance, inscribing absence at the very heart of the body’s presence with others.


Ongoing Programming 

 

Art Nest 

Art Nest is a new TOAF programming initiative that provides six artists – having either current or past experience participating in TOAF – the opportunity to push the boundaries of their individual art practices beyond the physical and conceptual limits of the Fair’s iconic 10 x 10 square foot tent.

Budding Art Buyers

Friday, July 15 & Saturday, July 16, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 17, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

For young art lovers and budding collectors aged 14 and younger! Experience the beauty and wonder of discovery, searching and collecting a precious work of art. Purchase artworks by artists of the Fair at $10, $15, or $20. Thank you to TOAF artists who have donated small artworks to this program to nurture the next generation of art admirers and collectors! No adults allowed :-) Cash Only.

 

StreetARToronto Photography Featured Exhibition

Check out a specially curated gallery by StreetARToronto. Also explore the artist profiles of featured StARToronto artists. 

Beer Garden

Friday, July 15 & Saturday, July 16, 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday, July 17, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The cascading stage at Nathan Phillips Square is jam-packed with live music, thought-provoking contemporary dance, and the awesome vibes of TOAF’s unique Beer Garden in partnership with Henderson Brewing Co.  

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