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TOAF61 Day 7: Tomorrow, the artists take over Nathan Phillips Square

July 14, 2022

Canada’s largest outdoor art fair will make an epic return to our home at Nathan Phillips Square tomorrow. We thank His Worship John Tory for extending his warm welcome to the artists and patrons of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair in this newsletter. 

Today, we are heading to the Square to get it ready for the artists, install Art Nest artworks, set up the cascading Beer Garden, and place a scrumptious selection of food vendors in preparation for your visit. 

We invite you to watch the Studio Tour of the Online Only glass artist Jade Usackas. Then, tune in for an engaging Artist Chat with Lindsay Debassige, a Two-Spirit M’Chigeeng Anishinabek beader and sewer from Yellowknife, and Toronto-based multi-disciplinary Indigenous artist, curator, and educator Danielle Hyde at 12:30 PM on Instagram Live. Be sure to continue discovering and supporting artists online at

We hope today’s Curated Collections are enticing entries to discover new artists and new works. Artist Mark Liam Smith brings out the sublime from the mundane through the works in Just a Moment. Curator Farnoosh Talaee gathers new ideas and perceptions in Above & Beyond

Meet the TOAF61 Artists
Plan your visit on July 15 - 17
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Message from the Mayor

It is my pleasure to extend greetings and a warm welcome to everyone attending the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.

Best wishes to all attendees taking part in Canada's largest and longest running annual contemporary art fair. It is a wonderful opportunity for local talented artists, some from right here in our city, to showcase their works to the community. I am pleased to see this event returning to Nathan Philips Square as a hybrid event, allowing artists and spectators to appreciate, access and participate in the arts. 

The arts are an integral component of Toronto's cultural and economic fabric that enrich and enhance the lives of many. Arts and culture can be incredible forces for the development of an individual, group or community, and they promote intercultural connections including tolerance, understanding, friendship and social cohesion. On behalf of Toronto City Council, please accept my best wishes for an enjoyable event and continued success.

Curated Collections

Above & Beyond
Curated by Farnoosh Talaee

Left to Right: "Decameron" # I (Mary)John Di Leonardo, 2021, Graphite/ Fabriano paper; Untitled
Marlene Zagdanski, 2018, Stoneware, Glaze
View Above & Beyond 

Just a Moment  

Curated by Mark Liam Smith

Left to Right: Bathing Under The Stars With YouKris Lodu, 2020, Acrylic on birch panel; FacetRobert Potvin, 2020, Acrylic on board
View Just a Moment 

What's On Today

Left to Right: Together -Two Rows Series, DirectionsDanielle Hyde, 2019, Photographic giclée print; Lil Long FringeLindsay Debassige, 2022, Beadwork

Artist Chat with Danielle Hyde & Lindsay Debassige

12:30 PM | Instagram TV
With Artists Danielle Hyde and Lindsay Debassige

Qualia Cluster - AmberJade Usackas, 2022, Glass

Studio Tour with Jade Usackas

7:00 PM | Watch on Instagram
With Artist Jade Usackas

View Online Programming Schedule

Thank you

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Finding new homes

Sold: Left to Right: BoxBearRichard Ahnert, 2022, Oil on canvas; White KnightChristine Hirtescu, 2021, Oil on canvas

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