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Canada’s leading contemporary outdoor and online art fair

July 12 – 14, 2024.

TOAF63 Programming is on the pulse 

Plan your weekend in July!  ❤️

Dear Friend of TOAF,

A bustling weekend filled with all the art and summer vibes your heart desires is waiting for you on July 12-14. We are excited to share this year’s programming. Just make sure you are in Toronto for it! 

Nathan Phillips Square will pulse with a spectacular showcase of 400+ artists, engaging conversations, thoughtful installations, featured exhibitions, and the sounds of music and dance. 

A theme of inquiry into our connection with urban spaces has organically emerged in this year’s programming, fitting for our gathering in a public space. 

Artists’ public artworks and performances in Art Nest—curated by Rafi Ghanaghounian—reflect on the challenges and rewards of living in a cosmopolitan city. The playful and inquisitive dance piece Three Turtles in the Square by Lina Cruz from Montreal follows the journey of mischievous turtles being pulled between their love for nature and their addiction to their plastic-infested urban habitat. In 36 Questions That Lead to Loving Toronto Green Spaces by the Museum of Toronto, you will explore the many ways Torontonians find connection with the city’s green spaces. 

And there is more to entertain and delight you: Small World Music has curated a selection of music acts for a groovy summer in the Square. StART Toronto has put together a great line-up of artists for Live Painting. You can also play with your family in hands-on activities with our partners at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. 

The adorable Budding Art Buyers, for our young collectors, is getting a dose of professional advice from the Art Dealers Association of Canada for instilling serious collecting practice early. We take the next generation of art collectors seriously 😉 

Art tours by professionals and feature exhibitions will give you a closer look at the artists’ work. You will also get to know members of our community through many participating Community Booths and Art Encounters.

Of course, local food vendors and our friends from Henderson Brewing Co. will provide food and drink made with love to keep you nourished throughout. 

No worries if you are not in Toronto! You can still tune in to our digital programming of live Instagram Artist Chats, Studio Tours and Curated Collections to get to know our artists and support them with your attention or buy art online. 

See you at the Square! 
anahita and TOAF Team

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Friday, July 12 at 10:00 AM | French Language

Car marcher ensemble, c’est le plus court chemin pour aller vers l’autre.

Dans un monde qui tourne trop vite, ralentir et retrouver un espace-temps naturel auprès des artistes se fait par le mouvement le plus naturel: mettre un pied devant l’autre. Rejoignez Dyana pour une marche lente, légère et profonde pour tous ceux dont l’envie de découverte et discussions démange.

Because walking together is the shortest route to the other.

In a world that moves too fast, slowing down and rediscovering a natural space and time with artists is the most natural of movements: putting one foot in front of the other. Join Dyana for a slow, light and deep walk for all those with an itch for exploration and discussion.

Co-presented by Le Labo

Friday, July 12 at 2:00 PM

This tour is for appreciators of beauty and attention to detail in functional and fine art, including vessels and textiles. Discover craft and design gems and contemporary makers at the Fair through the discerning eyes of Vanja Vaisc of Fashion Art Toronto and enjoy a guided tour of exquisite designs and unique collectibles.

Saturday, July 13 at 10:00 AM 

Art dealer Myta Sayo brings her multifaceted and expert perspective to share insight on diverse viewpoints, contexts, and experiences that shape artists’ works and offer audiences new horizons to view art. 

Saturday, July 13 at 12:30 PM 

Join Cindy Scaife, artist and senior curator of the Richmond Street Cycle Track Art Project, in learning about these trend setting concrete barrier murals that help keep the city moving!

Saturday, July 13 at 2:00 PM

Curious about how to take the first steps of becoming an art collector? Meghan Yuri Young has you covered. Join this tour to learn firsthand how to start collecting art as Meghan guides you through the Fair and makes suggestions on affordable art pieces to acquire. 

Sunday, July 14 at 10 AM | English & ASL

Get to know TOAF63’s top award recipients with this special tour led by curator Josh Heuman! Visit the booths of stand-out award recipients, meet the artists in person, and learn more about their practice! You’ll leave the tour with a greater understanding of what made them stand out to the judges.

Sunday, July 14 at 2 PM

TOAF has shown many nationally and internationally acclaimed Canadian artists during the early stages of their careers. Want to know who will be the rising stars of TOAF63? Join curator Dallas Fellini, who will introduce you to promising talents making waves and taking risks in their genre. 

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