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Art Talks & Tours

We foster a welcoming environment for thought-provoking conversations about contemporary trends and current issues among community leaders in the arts world. Art Tours are free to attend and are led by curators, critics and art professionals offering insight into specific topics and media, while creating a space for one-on-one interactions and meaningful dialogue about art between the artists and visitors. 

Art Talks - Engages visitors and artists in deeper and more intimate dialogues. We collaborate with programming partners on creating dynamic and engaging art talks that offer insights into artists' works, art collecting and contemporary art topics.  

Artist Studio Tours - Get to know some of our artists and makers as they show us around their studios and workspaces. Learn about their practice and craft, and what inspires them to create.   

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Art Talk: Emerging Artists to Watch

Saturday, July 3 | 10:30 am | Watch on Instagram
Moderator: Glodeane BrownCulture Fancier

Get to know the next generation of TOAF artists who are demonstrating exceptional talent in pushing the boundaries of their art forms.

Glodeane Brown is an arts management professional and an arts and culture blogger. She is the Founder and Editor of Culture Fancier, the arts and culture blog she started in 2016 with the aim to educate, entertain, and inspire people. She is currently working as the Programming and Operations Coordinator at CAFKA - Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area, an organization that presents a biennial exhibition of contemporary art in the public spaces of Waterloo Region.

Art Talk: Art Collectors in Conversation with Hirbod Human & Farnoosh Talaee

Saturday, July 3 | 3:30 pm | Watch on Youtube 
Co-presented by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Speakers: Hirbod Human & Farnoosh Talaee
Moderator: Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education & Public Programs, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Hirbod Human is an art enthusiast and businessman who graduated from both business and art school after he migrated in 2002 to America. He owns a branding firm and consultant agency, TRIXMEDIA, based in Beverly Hills, California. He is part of a few boards of advisory of institutions such as The Power Plant, Toronto,  Authors Ai, and Binge Book, Florida.


Farnoosh Talaee is an independent curator, arts manager, and writer based in Toronto. Her curatorial practice examines the intersections of contemporary art with migration, diasporic identity, and decolonization with an emphasis on art from the Mena region. She has contributed to curatorial research, exhibition management, and public programs at The Power Plant, Toronto; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Toronto; and Art Dubai, alongside some known commercial galleries.

Joshua Heuman has been an art museum educator and curator since 2000. Before joining the staff at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery as Curator of Education and Public Programs, he held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Salt Lake Art Center (now Utah Museum of Contemporary Art); Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University; and, Joslyn Art Museum. He has organized education and public programs; organized exhibitions; juried exhibitions and competitions; published essays, interviews, and reviews; presented conference papers; and, lectured at museums and universities. Born and raised in Toronto, Josh attended York University where he completed a BA in Visual Art (Art History) and an MA in Art History, focused on "content" in American post-World War II abstract painting.

Art Talk: 6Q's with StART

Sunday, July 4 | 10:30 am | Watch on Instagram
Co-presented by StARToronto (StART)
Artists: Jessey Pacho and Elicser Elliott

Join StreetARToronto Artists Jessey Pacho from Toronto's East end, and Elicer Elliott from downtown, for a lively discussion on the evolution of graffiti, its role in movements for social justice. They'll also discuss the art of the aerosol can and Toronto street art styles from East to West.

Elicser Elliott is a Toronto-based aerosol artist whose creations adorn the cultural landscape here and abroad. As an integral part of downtown Toronto’s street art community for over a decade, he has been recognized for his artistry and praised by both street and fine art collectors all over the world. His work has been featured in a multitude of publications, hung in prestigious galleries like the Art Gallery of Ontario, and for a number of years he had his own installation in the Royal Ontario Museum.

Jessey (Phade) Pacho, a renowned graffiti artist and recognized by the Canadian government for his artistic endeavours, has dedicated his life to community, arts education and mural making. Overcoming Homelessness through his craft, Jessey has positioned himself as a leader in his industry. He carved a niche market for his artistic abilities, using the experiences in his life to positively contribute to society, one mural at a time. For ten years, Jessey managed multiple teams of professional artists using the various hip hop art forms to deliver this programming in schools K-12 and learning environments, as well as Indigenous, Newcomer and Marginalized communities across Canada. Jessey has done murals for schools nationwide, local businesses, private commissions, corporate clients, live painting and his work has been published both nationally and internationally.

Art Talk: Art Collectors in Conversation with Aaron Milrad 

Tuesday, July 6 | 10:30 am | Watch on Youtube
Co-presented by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Speakers: Aaron Milrad
Moderator: Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education & Public Programs, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Aaron M. Milrad is counsel to Dentons Canada LLP, a global law firm, headquartered in Toronto. At Dentons he provides specialized legal and business advice to clients nationally and internationally who are involved in the arts, media and copyright industries. Mr. Milrad has written and lectured widely on copyright law, art law, publishing and media law.
He was Chair of the Board of the Museum Trustee Association of North America until 2010, a continuing member of the Board of Trustees of The International Foundation for Art Research in New York, the International Board of the Tel Aviv Museum, a member of the Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum, former Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of The George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art and its American Foundation and a founding director of the Tate Canadian Foundation, former trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Chair of the Acquisition Committee and was a member of the Photography Committee of the Art Gallery of Ontario (“AGO”) former chair of the Koffler Centre for the Arts in Toronto, former VP of the Board of the McMurtry Gardens of Justice Inc. in Toronto and a board member of AXA Art Americas Insurance Corporation for the past many years.

Craft Talks: Meet the Makers 

Tuesday, July 6 | 12:30 pm | Watch on Instagram
Co-presented by Craft Ontario, with Artists Thomas Aitken, Kate HydeStephanie SinghYaw Tony

Meet your local makers! Join us for a conversation with Craft Ontario members Thomas Aitken, Kate Hyde, Stephanie Singh and Yaw Tony. Find out more about their studio practices - don't miss the chance to peek behind the scenes, and ask questions about your favourite work! 

Art Talk: Glimpsing the Future, Vol. 3

Thursday, July 8 | 10:30 am | Watch on Youtube
Co-presented by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Artists: Mitchell F. ChanBasil Alzeri, and Nico Taylor and Queen Kikoyi of Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM) Canada 
Moderator: Joséphine Denis

Going on its third year, this program will introduce you to some of Toronto's diverse, innovative and emerging artists. This fast-paced format allows each artist only 14-18 images and 30 seconds per image to describe their studio practice, process, and artworks.

Mitchell F Chan has created innovative works about technology since 2006. He creates large-scale public works, gallery installations, and digital artworks. He is best-known for creating one of the earliest non-fungible token artworks, which linked the immateriality of blockchain to the conceptual art practice of Yves Klein. In 2009, he was awarded the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Trustee Scholarship in Art & Technology Studies. His work has been covered and discussed in numerous media outlets including Artforum, Art In America, VICE, Canadian Art, Slate, the Toronto Star, and Gizmodo.

Nicole “Nico” Taylor (she/her) is the Executive Director of Operations of BSAM Canada. She is a scholar, cosplayer and activist who uses feminism and critical race theory to dissect social constructions surrounding race and representation. She holds a Master’s in Media Studies where her research touched on decolonial practices, cosplay subculture and Afrofuturism. Therefore making her a huge (and proud) nerd.

Queen Kukoyi (she/her/they) is the Executive Director of Operations of BSAM Canada. Queen is a Black, Queer, Mother, Author, Art Educator, Award-winning Scholar, Artivist, Mental Health Advocate, and International Artists. Queen uses visual arts, mindfulness and storytelling to facilitate discourse that decolonizes the Black identity and affirms all intersections of Blackness.

Joséphine Denis was born in Haiti, raised between Port-au-Prince and New York, and currently resides in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She is a curator and writer whose practice addresses the creation and narration of BIPOC spaces. Denis is an advocate of Black diasporic art, critical engagement, and institutional transformations through which artists and publics can co-create affective networks of radical change. She is currently the TD Curator of Education and Outreach Fellow at the Power Plant in Tkaronto/Toronto. Her writing has been published in RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting (Phi, Hirmer, 2020), Ada x, and the upcoming issue of Brooklyn Rail. Denis previously worked at Serpentine Galleries, London, UK; Faurschou Foundation, Beijing, China; Lehmann Maupin, New York, USA: and SBC Gallery of Contemporary art and Places des Arts, in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. 

Art Talk: Art Collectors in Conversation with Rudy Adler

Saturday, July 10 | 10:30 am | Watch on Youtube
Co-presented by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Speaker: Rudy Adler, Co-founder of Wealthsimple
Moderator: Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education & Public Programs, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Join Rudy Adler, top NFT collector, Co-founder of Wealthsimple, as he speaks with Joshua Heuman about his passion for supporting artists through various and cutting-edge ways of collecting. 

Rudy Adler is an art collector and co-founder of Wealthsimple

TOAF60 Studio Tours

Studio Tour with Julia Agnes Barnett

Studio Tour with Stanley Wany

Studio Tour with Tracey Lee Green 

Studio Tour with Kim Paquet

Studio Tour with Nadira Narine

Studio Tour with Olivia Mae Sinclair

Studio Tour with Alex Kinsley Vey

Studio Tour with Salbhi Sumaiya

Studio Tour with Becky Comber

Studio Tour with Alex Thompson


From live talks on Zoom with seasoned art experts to Instagram TV conversations and curated picks, to pre-recorded webinars with some of TOAF's own artists, our first-ever online Fair had something for everyone to enjoy. Click here to learn more about the speakers.


What is Toronto's Year of Public Art, 2021? - Watch the Recording on Youtube

As announced by Toronto Mayor John Tory in November 2019, Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021 will celebrate and encourage the exploration of art in public places throughout the year. Recognizing the work that culture plays in boosting the economy, this program demonstrates a continued commitment to public art and now is also playing an important role in the City's COVID-19 recovery efforts. Launching the City’s new 10-year Public Art Strategy, the Year of Public Art will put this strategy into action with a dynamic program creating opportunities for artists, cultural institutions and private sector partners alike while reaching across the City’s diverse population and neighbourhoods. Members of the Mayor’s External Advisory Committee for the Year of Public Art 2021 will discuss their perspectives on this important City initiative and why they are lending their energy and individual expertise to ensure its success.

Panelists: Joe Sellors, Manager, Year of Public Art at City of Toronto; Corrie Jackson, Curator;  Bonnie Devine, Artist, Curator and Associate Professor, OCAD; Michèle Pearson Clarke, Photographer, Lecturer at Ryerson University and Photo Laureate for City of Toronto; John Samuels, Co-owner, Blank Canvas Gallery
Moderator: Rui Pimenta, Artist, Co-founder, Art Spin

How Art Collecting Works - Watch the Recording on Youtube

Presented by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Supported by Designlines 

Collecting precious objects is a human urge dating back to the ancients in Babylonia, Egypt, China, India, Mesoamerica, Greece and Rome. But what compels people to collect art? How do they decide what to collect, and once they have it, what do they do with it? Hear from two strong voices in the Canadian art world: one, a former gallerist with a significant personal collection; the other, a museum professional with responsibility for building and maintaining a public collection.

Panelists: Neil Brochu, Supervisor, Collections & Outreach for City of Toronto, Museums & Heritage Services, David Mirvish, Producer, Mirvish Productions
Moderator: Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education & Public Programs, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Emerging Artists to Watch by Tatum Dooley - Watch the Recording on Youtube

Get to know the next generation of TOAF artists who are demonstrating exceptional talent in pushing the boundaries of their art forms.

Meet the Artists: Christian Applegate, Raoul Olou, Stephanie Singh, Nami Ueno, and Isabella Varrasso
Moderator: Tatum Dooley, Curator, Canadian Art Forecast

From Concrete to Canvas, Making Art in the Public Realm - Watch the Recording on Youtube

Presented by StreetARToronto

Street, mural and graffiti artists discuss their trajectory from small-scale ‘canvasses’ like utility boxes,  concrete barriers and gallery exhibits right up to small walls, 20 storey buildings and international street-art commissions. Join the panelists and learn what it takes to scale up your practice and make a living while making art in the public realm.

Artists: Leyland AdamsAlexander BaconJeff Blackburn, Marg Cresswell, Jieun June KimKaren RobertsQue Rock, and Melika Saeeda.

Glimpsing the Future Vol. 2 - Watch the Recording on Youtube

Presented by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Organized by The Power Plant for Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, this program will introduce you to some of Toronto's diverse, innovative and emerging artists under age 35. After introductions, this fast-paced format allows each artist just 20 images and 20 seconds per image to describe their studio practice, process, and artworks. All artists will then be available for questions. Meet some of Toronto's diverse, innovative and emerging artists under 35. A fast-paced, dynamic and fun presentation.

Panelists: Valentin Brown, Claire Browne, Bruce Horak, Karina Iskandarsjah, Alejandro Rizzo Nervo, Yaw Tony
Moderator: Laura Demers, TD Curator of Education & Public Programs, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Juror's Picks 2020 - Watch the Recording on Youtube

Meet the Artists: Micah Adams, Keith EagerKal Mansur, Charlize Nhung Nguyen
Read more about the Jurors' Picks on the TOAF Blog. 
Moderator: Lee Petrie, 2020 TOAF Jurors & Exhibitions Director, The Gladstone Hotel


I LOVE ART with Tiffany Pratt, TOAF ArtLove Envoy

Visitors were swept away by Tiffany Pratt’s contagious energy and her passion for art. Her warmth and sparkle convinced listeners of the power of art to re-imagine everyday life.

Home Birth - Artist Talk with Chason Yeboah

Chason spoke passionately of how she used crochet art in her installation Home Birth and welcomed us to engage in challenging conversations about body positivity, acceptance and social awareness around gender norms.

Glimpsing the Future: Focus on Emerging Artists

Toronto’s diverse emerging artists under 35 presented a fast-paced, dynamic and fun PechaKucha style talk, moderated by Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education & Public Programs, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.

Wag the Doug: Doug Ford vs The Arts

A TOAF first! TOAF hosted a live podcast taping of Wag the Doug, presented by Canadaland. A discussion on the impact of Doug Ford’s policies on the arts and culture in Ontario had an outstanding turnout (the most well-attended Art Talk yet), despite the downpour of rain. 

Art: Unwalled

Robin Mckenna, Director and Producer of The Gift, David Ward, artist and founder of the New Regionalism Project, Adrian Hayles, muralist and co-director of Hashtag Gallery. How art can act as a mouthpiece, peace-maker, and social change in a world spiked with barriers. This panel was moderated by Jenn Goodwin, dance artist and producer at Nuit Blanche.


‘I Want It!’ - Art Talk for Kids with Taiga Lipson

An exclusive chat for kids 14 and under! Taiga shares secrets from the memories of her art-filled early years. Let’s talk about how it feels to look at art. It can be as exciting as seeing a toy you really want for your birthday or making a new friend. Art can make you excited, or sad, curious, or confused, and how important all of those feelings are to think about every day. 

Taiga Lipson at TOAF 2019


Art Tours - Who, What, Wear-able Art  - with Robert Mitchell, OCAD U Assistant Professor of Material Art & Design

Emerging Artists to Watch at TOAF - with Flavio Belli, Curator and Art Consultant

Juror’s Picks - Robyn Wilcox, Head of Programming, DesignTO

Fair Top Awards  - with Anahita Azrahimi, Executive & Creative Director of TOAF 

TOAF ED Anahita Azrahimi with visitors at artist Nelon Cheng's booth during a walking tour at TOAF 2019.


Building the Creative City 

With Anahita Azrahimi, Executive & Creative Director of TOAF, Tammy Yiu of Partial Gallery, and Artist Lauren Pirie

Art Before Dishes

With her trademark style and energetic presence, Tiffany Pratt has been invigorating dull spaces all across North America. The interior designer, maker, and author talks about her journey from opening an art studio in 2008 to becoming one of Toronto’s most recognizable design figures.

Warp, Weft and Resin

With Robert Mitchell, OCAD U Assistant Professor of Material Art & Design.

In this conversation, visitors had the chance to explore a deeper understanding of the world of material art through the lens of the artist. How does their chosen medium connect with their work, and what is the significance of their medium in their message? You’ll be in expert hands as we chat with TOAF artists and gain insights on the craft behind textile art and sculpture.

The Collector’s Panel

With Artist Alex McLeod, Artist Justin Broadbent, Regina Sheung, Labour of Love. Moderated by Tammy Yiu of Partial Gallery.

Buying art can be exciting, liberating, and satisfying – but it can also be a bit intimidating. We’ve gathered a panel of notable Toronto creatives from a range of backgrounds who break the traditional mould of what it means to be an art collector. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or already an avid collector, this conversation shined a light on when they started investing in art, how they chose some of their favourite pieces, how to cultivate your own personal curatorial style, and why collecting is just plain fun.

Moderator Tammy Yiu (far right) chats with panelists at TOAF 2018.

Art Tours - Fair Top Awards with Art Consultant Marci Kroft

Emerging Artists to Watch at TOAF with Taiga Lipson of Olga Korper Gallery

Juror's Picks Tour with Artist Gary Taxali

Tour Leader Gary Taxali visiting the booth of artist Eunshin Grace Kim with a group of visitors at TOAF 2018


Social Commentary Through Art

Join the artists and world travellers of Eyes of Society for a talk about how art in the postmodern era speaks to the public. This talk begins overlooking the square, and then ventures through the Exhibition as you discuss the importance of art as a tool of social commentary and which of today’s artists are addressing social awareness in their works.


Beyond Gallery Walls: From Beer Bottles to Tech Startups 

With Tammy Yiu of Partial Gallery and special guests Steve Himel, General Manager, Henderson Brewing and Russna Kaur, Artist.

Art is flourishing in new and unexpected spaces around us. Creative thinkers are finding meaningful ways to share art: both online and in our communities. With our gaze shifting to screens, a tech startup is looking to disrupt the art world by making art accessible with rental models. And through collaboration, a local craft brewery has woven art into its mission by bringing art on to its own bottles. How has this made fine art more accessible for all? Join us over a pint as we explore art’s modern-day Renaissance!

David Ward speaks with visitors at TOAF 2017

Art Tours - Fair Top Awards with Art Consultant Marci Kroft

Juror’s Picks with Taiga Lipson of Olga Korper Gallery

Emerging Artists to watch with Genevieve Wallen of Xspace

Join Geneviève Wallen for a walking tour of Nathan Phillips Square to discover the fresh talents of emerging artists at the 2017 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair. Geneviève Wallen is a Toronto-based curator and writer interested in issues of ethnocultural representational spaces in Canada. Wallen's focus on diasporic narratives, intersectional feminism, intergenerational healing, and alternative BIPOC futures inform her practice. 


Not a Millionaire, Not a Problem: A Frugal Guide to Buying Art  

With William Huffman, Marketing Manager at Dorset Fine Arts

Art for Interiors: The Practical Guide to Living Artfully

With Sara Levine Petroff, Director of Petroff Design & Kelly Dickinson, Events Manager


Art Tours - Emerging Artists Under 33 to Watch

A Walking Tour by Humboldt Magnussen & Marjan Verstappen, Co-Directors of Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery

Who, What, Wear-able Art  

A Walking Tour by Sarah Dougall, Owner of Made You Look Jewellery

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