This year we celebrated the most outstanding artists of this year’s Fair by awarding $40,000+ cash and in-kind with Awards Ceremony host Jayme Poisson.
Jayme Poisson is the host of daily CBC News podcast FRONT BURNER. Prior to this, she spent eight years as a reporter for The Toronto Star, focusing largely on investigative reporting. Poisson has been nominated for three national newspaper awards: she was part of a team that won the Governor General’s Michener award for reporting on former Toronto mayor Rob Ford; and she has won the Sidney Hillman award for public service journalism twice, for investigations into sexual assault on university campuses and ongoing mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows First Nation. Poisson’s mercury poisoning investigation also won an award for achievement in human rights reporting from the organization Journalists for Human Rights.
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair’s Awards Program is unprecedented and unique in Canada. The vision behind our awards is to create opportunities for artists to advance their careers, provide them with public recognition, and make a significant financial contribution to their practices.
The generous contributions of our donors, totalling over $40,000+ in cash and in-kind awards, have provided us with the ability to celebrate the extraordinary artists of the Fair.
Given to artists over 60 years
In awards annually
Catherine Bratty Award for Best of Art Fair
$6,000 by The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Foundation
Murray and Marvelle Koffler Founder’s Award
$6,000 by The Koffler Family Foundation
Mayor’s Purchase Award
Value of artwork by the City of Toronto. This award brings the artists’ artwork into the City of Toronto’s significant art collection.
Best of Student Award
$1,000 Marie Collins Memorial Award & Artscape Award
Artscape Award: A residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point and solo exhibition at Artscape Youngplace (Value $2,500)
This award grants the recipient a self-directed artist residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point. Since opening in 1999, Artscape Gibraltar Point’s secluded retreat centre, artist lodge and long term artists work studios (surrounded by 46 acres of park land and its own beachfront) has provided thousands of local and international artists-in-residence an idyllic place to focus on their practice. The artist also will receive a week-long solo exhibition at Artscape Youngplace, a dynamic community cultural hub operated by Artscape, in the midst of the Toronto West Queen West neighbourhood. Through this exhibition, the artist can showcase their work to a broader audience adding an incredible achievement to their curriculum vitae.
Best of Painting Award
$2,000 by Brett Ledger & Patricia Olasker
Honourable Mention Painting
$500 Gift Card by Gwartzman’s Art Supplies
Best of Photography & Digital Media Award
$2,000 by Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Honourable Mention Photography & Digital Media
$500 Gift Card by Toronto Image Works
Craft & Design
Best of Craft & Design Award
$2,000 by Robert K. E. Mitchell & Brian H. Wade of Mitchell Studios
Best of Jewellery Award
$500 by Harry Enchin & Susan Friedrich
Best of 2D Works Award
$2,000 by Extrudex Aluminum
Honourable Mention 2D Works
$500 by Petroff Gallery
Best of Paper Award
$500 Gift Card by The Japanese Paper Place
Best of 3D Works Award
$2,000 by Al Green in Memoriam
Most Innovative Use of Material Award
$500 by Lonsdale Gallery
Student & Emerging Artist Awards
Gladstone House Award
The recipient will have the opportunity to showcase their artworks at Gladstone House for one-year with a $1,000 artist fee.
Student Purchase Award
Value of Artwork by House of IDEA
New to TOAF62
Worth Gallery Award
A group exhibition opportunity at Worth Gallery (Value $4,500)
Online Awards Program
Jini Stolk Best of Online Art Fair
$2,000 awarded to an outstanding artist in the Online Art Fair, in memory of TOAF’s beloved Board Chair, Jini Stolk.
Honourable Mention Online Art Fair
$500 by Friends of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Tri-Art Painting Prize
$500 and $500 gift card by Tri-Art Manufacturing, as well as the opportunity to be a Tri-Art Ambassador for one year. Granted to an artist participating exclusively online in the Painting category.