Heartfelt Welcome – Day 6 of TOAF62
A heartfelt welcome to all of you artists, volunteers, partners, and patrons of TOAF at Nathan Phillips Square.
TOAF62 is a grand celebration of local and national artists for bringing bursts of creativity, imagination and joy to our cities, neighbourhoods and homes.
Tomorrow we will honour the standout artists of the Fair and hand out 40,000+ in awards.The Awards Ceremony is one of the most special moments of the annual fair, and we are delighted to let you know that Jayme Poisson of CBC News podcast FRONT BURNER will be our host.
In our continued celebration of Exclusively Online artists, we are delighted to announce the recipients of the Online Art Fair Awards. The Jini Stolk Best of Online Art Fair recipient is Erika Takacs. Explore the galleries of our esteemed award recipients in this newsletter.
We invite you to spend this weekend with our artists and collaborators and take in all the offerings we have put together for you – Art Tours, Art Nest, Dance, Music, Interactives, Video Art and Kids programs all happening at Nathan Phillips Square.
We leave you with Curated Collections of the day, Never Touch the Wild Animals, by Michèle Pearson Clarke and An Introduction to Eight Noteworthy Emerging Artists by Hugues Charbonneau.
Online Art Fair Award Recipients
Jini Stolk Best of Online Art Fair | Erika Takacs
$2,000 by Anonymous, in memory of TOAF’s beloved Board Chair, Jini Stolk
Judged by Lisa Wolfin, Executive Director & Founder of Art Vancouver
Honourable Mention Online Art Fair | Stephen Perry
$500 by Friends of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Tri-Art Painting Prize | Pierre Demers
$500 & $500 Gift Card by Tri-Art Manufacturing
Saturday, July 8 at 11:00 AM | Stage
Join us in celebrating the most outstanding artists of this year’s Fair. Hosted by Jayme Poisson, the host of daily CBC News podcast FRONT BURNER.
Never Touch the Wild Animals
Curated by Michèle Pearson Clarke
An Introduction to Eight Noteworthy Emerging Artists
Curated by Hugues Charbonneau
What’s On Today
Live Painting with Phillip Saunders
10:00 AM | Zone D
Live Painting with Melika Saeeda
2:00 PM | Zone D
Dyana Ouvrard: Flânerie
10:00 AM | Information Booth
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.
Collectors in Conversation: Geoff Plant-Richmond with Josh Heuman
3:00 PM | Stage
Collecting art can begin with daunting decisions. We may ask ourselves: Where do I start? What should I buy? What can I afford? This conversation will grapple with all the big questions as we tap into the perspectives of collector Geoff Plant-Richmond, who has valuable learnings to share from his 10+ years of consistent collecting of Canadian art. In conversation with fine art curator and consultant Josh Heuman, they will focus on some specific artworks in Geoff’s collection to further explore his collecting direction.
5:00 PM | Stage
Presented by Small World Music
Kazdoura is a Toronto-based band serving Arabic fusion with a modern twist. Equal parts nostalgia and reinvention, their style is a cross-cultural blend of Eastern and Western music that blends old-world Arabic classics with funk, pop, and disco.
6:00 PM | Stage
Revel and groove to DJ Sawtay’s skilled spinning of Hip Hop, Funk, and Soul.
Weaving with Innit Designs
Innit Designs, the Toronto powerhouse of woven outdoor furniture, is injecting a surge of colour, craftiness and comfort by generously donating their stunning creations for your ultimate relaxation. Have yourself a pequena siesta in the TOAF beer garden as you sink into a hand-crafted “Acapulco” or “Concha” chair.
But that’s not all! Innit is bringing their dynamic presence to the TOAF with a dedicated space where its expert weavers will unveil the secrets of their mesmerizing lamp-weaving techniques to young enthusiasts. Get ready to ignite your creativity as they inspire kids to master the art of weaving and take Innit’s vinyl cord and steel frames home to make their own creations.
Innit is also hosting a competition where you can seize the opportunity to win one of their “Kwelga” swing chairs, as showcased on Cityline with Arren Williams on July 3, 2023. Armed with a 2-meter length of cord, it’s your chance to unleash your artistic prowess and transform this versatile material into something awe-inspiring or supremely practical. The contestant with the most brilliant, mind-blowing idea will be crowned the victor and awarded the chair.