Date & Hours
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair at Nathan Phillips Square runs from Friday, July 15th to Sunday 17th, rain or shine.
Fair Public Hours
Friday, July 15, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, July 16, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 17, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Take a look at our Programming Schedule.
TOAF61 is located at Nathan Phillips Square.
Address: 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M5H 2N1
The best way to get to attend the Fair is by taking public transportation. You can help minimize local traffic in the busy downtown core by walking, cycling or commuting.
Three ways to get here:
- Public Transport: You can get off at Queen or Osgoode Metro Stations and walk directly to Nathan Phillips Square in under 5 minutes.
- Cycling: There are many Bike Share Toronto stations near Nathan Phillips Square. You can ride one way or get a daily cycle pass under $10.
- Driving: Parking Lot 36 (110 Queen Street West) is the closest parking lot to Nathan Phillips Square. Please be aware that it will be busier than usual and parking is not guaranteed.
You can find the map of the Fair here.
Health & Safety
Are you feeling unwell? Please stay at home if you’re feeling sick or are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
Information at the Fair
Need help finding an artist? Want to know the time or location of the next tour? Need a Fair Guide? Our volunteers would be more than happy to help you.
You can find the main information booth in Zone D, just west of the reflection pool.
You can find additional support stations at the corner of Bay Street and Queen Street and near City Hall Front Doors.
*Please be aware that TOAF61 staff will not be frequently checking the emails or the office phone during the Fair.
Lost & Found
Misplace something? Check the main information booth located in Zone D, and Nathan Phillips Security desk (inside City Hall) to see if someone has found it. If after the Fair, please email [email protected]
Public washrooms, including accessible ones, are located behind Hero Burger and additional portable toilets can be found between Hero Burger and the skate rental booth. There are also washrooms available inside City Hall in the basement East side (with changing tables and nursing area), however please be aware that City Hall closes at 6:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.
Are located behind Hero Burger inside the building, and inside City Hall on the main floor next to the east elevators.
Security & First Aid
Medical Services Emergency
Medical Services are present during the Fair in Zone D behind Hero Burger.
In case of a major emergency or injury call 911, and then inform TOAF staff of the incident.
You can contact City Hall Security at (416) 392-7149 or see them in person at the security desk located just inside the main doors of City Hall on the right.
Report incidents to TOAF staff
You can make an anonymous report. We will not be able to follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will investigate and take necessary actions to prevent a recurrence. If you choose not to remain anonymous, a member of our team may reach out to you directly to discuss the incident further.
In case of a major emergency or thunder, you will receive a text message with further instructions.
Help be the eyes and ears onsite. If there is a security incident, fire, suspicious/unwelcome behavior or other issues report it to the Main Info Booth, or staff person so the appropriate emergency procedure can be followed.
If there is an emergency please call 9-1-1 and then contact TOAF staff.
Nathan Phillips Square has little shaded areas and it can get quite hot over the July weekend. Please dress according to the weather, wear comfortable shoes and drink plenty of fluids. There is a shaded picnic area on the front lawn just North of Queen Street, and Air conditioning inside City Hall.
Grab a free drink of water at our water truck located south of the Beer Garden. Please bring a refillable water bottle as no bottled water is sold at Nathan Phillips Square.
Food & Beverage
“Make your day sweet” with the Cotton Candy that this vendor has for you with an artistic twist.
Specializes in serving fresh fruit smoothies from a tiki-hut style bar. Customers can choose between watermelon, pineapple, and coconut water. The fruit is blended with ice and served in the fruit shell, hence the phrase “drink from a fruit”.
Ice Cream carts scatter on the Square offering the best brands for you.
Enjoy a classic fast food option, Hamburgers, Fries etc. they also offer vegetarian options!
Serving Filipino Fusion food in a gourmet style
Tacos are a national staple in Mexico and a popular street food. They’re quick, fresh and cheap, but never lacking in taste. They’ve taken the same approach at Tacos 101 – real good tacos that won’t break your bank. “Our tacos are what other tacos dream about at night.”
Nabulu Coffee was founded in 2021 out of a passion for fine coffees and a love for elephants. At Nabulu Coffee Trailer we offer exceptional specialty coffee that’s been roasted by Brothers’ Coffee Roasters in Oakville, and serve to provide the highest calibre of beverages and customer experience around the GTA.
Beer Garden - all are welcome!
Visit the cascading Beer Garden for a fresh pint of beer, discover the incredible music and dance performances or to catch some shade and relax. Children and pets are welcome!
Beer Garden Hours:
Friday, July 15, 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, July 16, 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday, July 17, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Doubletree by Hilton is located just 3 minutes from Nathan Phillips Square.
Address: 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON, M5G 1R3; Phone: 416-977-5000
Is your event online or in-person this year?
Both! The 61st edition of TOAF is a hybrid event taking place online July 8 - 17 at TOAF.ca and culminating at Nathan Phillips Square July 15 - 17.
What is an “Online” Art Fair?
TOAF’s online Fair and platform, born in response to the pandemic, has become Canada's fastest-growing digital platform and continues to make a meaningful impact on artists’ careers. Over 400 juried artists are participating and thousands of artworks will be available for you to browse and purchase, right from the comfort of your home!
What is the best way to engage with the Online Fair?
- Follow us on Instagram or Facebook
- Sign up for our newsletter
- Be sure to check out our free programming
- Browse and buy thousands of artworks
- Get to know the participating artists
Are artworks sales final?
Artwork is nonrefundable unless negotiated and mutually agreed upon between the buyer and the artist, and then brought to TOAF to process within 30 days of purchase. No refunds will be issued after 30 days from the date of purchase. Both the artist and the buyer must contact TOAF to request a refund. TOAF will issue a refund to the customer for fees paid. It is the responsibility of the buyer and the artist to arrange the return and cover the return shipping costs of the artwork.
Is shipping included?
Shipping may not be included and instead need to be paid for separately. Please read the artwork description carefully before purchasing and reach out to the artist directly if you have questions. The delivery of the artwork is between the buyer and the artist, TOAF does not take responsibility for the delivery of artwork. All buyers expressly assume all risk and liability from purchasing from the TOAF website.
What if I want to meet the artists?
We know one of the best parts of the Fair is meeting the artists face-to-face. Stay tuned on our social media and newsletter for virtual Artist Chats and Studio Tours, or join us at Nathan Phillips Square July 15 - 17. We encourage our artists to share their social media handles and other ways to get in touch, so that relationships can continue even after the Fair. Don’t be shy, get in touch with the artists, they can’t wait to meet you!
Ways to engage with artists:
- Follow the artist on social media.
- Email them!
- Read their bio to see if they’ve offered another way to connect (Facetime Calls, Zoom Meetings, scheduled Instagram Live studio tours etc.)
How do I buy artworks?
- Browse through 4,000+ Artworks available for sale.
- Similar to the outdoor Fair, you purchase one individual artwork at a time. Each artwork has a ‘BUY NOW’ button.
- Read the artwork description carefully before buying. Note if taxes/shipping/delivery is included or must be paid for separately based on your location. Contact the artist directly if you have questions.
- The ‘BUY NOW’ button will either take you directly to a check out link, or to the artists personal website.
- Use your credit card, visa debit, or prepaid credit card to complete the purchase.
- The artist will reach out to you to confirm shipment/delivery.
- Wait for your beautiful artwork to arrive!
Artworks will become available for purchase beginning at 11:00 AM on July 8, 2022. All artworks are listed in Canadian currency. Buyers will not hold TOAF accountable for shipment.
What TOAF initiatives can I support?
Please consider making a contribution to one of the following TOAF initiatives:
Art Encounters - This program is dedicated to artists in priority groups and provides accessibility and financial support, professional development, 1-on-1 mentorship as well as media and promotional opportunities. The goal of Art Encounters is to remove barriers to TOAF’s rich networking and career launcher opportunities offered to Canadian independent artists for the past 60 years.
Awards Program - TOAF’s Awards Program is unprecedented and unique in North America. Each year, TOAF celebrates artistic excellence by presenting $40,000 of cash and in-kind awards to our artists. Since the Fair’s inception in 1961, over $1,000,000 in awards has been given to artists as a way to provide public recognition and to create significant advancement opportunities for their careers and artistic practices.
TOAF Core Operations - In a typical year, TOAF hosts 130,000+ visitors in Nathan Phillips Square and connects them to 360+ artists and an array of public programming for deeper engagement with art. Every year, our visitors directly invest in our artists and the creative economy of our city by collectively spending over $2,000,000 on art.
In 2020 when TOAF quickly pivoted to online, we saw a 300% increase in website visitors and provided a platform for our artists to sell 600 works of art across Canada, the US and as far as Japan and Hong Kong.
As a charitable nonprofit organization, your support is integral to operating an impactful event of this scale. Click Here to Donate to TOAF’s Core Operations
How do I get my Charitable Tax Receipt?
If you donate via Canada Helps, your tax receipt will automatically be emailed to you. Please make sure to check your spam folder. A reminder email will be sent to you before the end of the calendar year to download your receipt. If you misplace the email, you can always email us at [email protected]
If you donated via cheque, a hard copy of your tax receipt will be mailed to you at the end of the calendar year.
Is there a minimum donation to receive a Tax Receipt?
The minimum donation amount required in order to receive a tax receipt on Canada Helps is $3.00. The minimum donation via cheque to receive a tax receipt is $20.
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