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Student Zone

Our buzz-worthy Student Zone is a cultural treasure in the city with a loyal following and has sparked the discovery of fresh talents in thousands of art lovers since our inception. TOAF is known for hosting many nationally and internationally acclaimed Canadian artists under our iconic white tents at the early years of their careers including, Barbara Astman, David Blackwood, Edward Burtynsky, Ken Danby, Rob Gonsalves, Harlan House, Joanne Tod, and Jennifer Stead to name a few. We nurture the next generation of artists through partnerships with leading art schools and programs in the city including the OCAD U Career Launchers Program.

Check out the TOAF61 Student Roster


OCAD Career Launchers

OCAD University’s RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair Career Launcher award for students from the Illustration and Material Art & Design programs. Eight OCAD University artists and designers from the two programs will be featured at the online version of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair as part of the TOAF Career Launchers. We congratulate the participants and look forward to exploring their artwork at the online fair!

Discover the OCADU Career Launchers Collection 

Meet the Participating Career Launcher Students:



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