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Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

September 18, 19, 20, 2015

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 2015 Kicks-Off with its First-Ever Opening Party at Nathan Phillips Square

The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair takes place Friday, September 18th to Sunday, September 20th, 2015 from 10:30AM to 6:30PM daily at Nathan Phillips Square.

Now in its 54th year, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is Canada’s first, largest and longest running juried outdoor art fair. Right in the heart of downtown Toronto, in the newly remodelled Nathan Philips Square at the foot of City Hall, it showcases the work of over 300 artists and attracts an audience of over 100,000 visitors annually.

For those looking for large-scale paintings or photographs, all the way to a small sculpted piece for a special occasion, this inclusive exhibition features the works of a broad range of extremely talented artists representing 14 categories of visual art.   As the largest juried outdoor art exhibition in Canada, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair offers an alternative to conventional art shows and galleries – removing the formality normally attributed to traditional art fairs and galleries.  With over 325 artists present, there is something for everyone.

Admission is free and includes a wide range of programming. For 2015, the Art Now outdoor contemporary installation program is curated by Toronto-based duo Timeanddesire, who have created a series of installations, which play with, and challenge ,your idea of what is expected.  Curated by Akin Collective, the Art Hear speaker series will expand the artist and audience connection by introducing new, fresh commentary, all the while remaining informal and informative.  A variety of food vendors will also be on hand to satisfy the palette. This multi-sensory weekend is the perfect way to get immersed in the Toronto art community, with a fabulous outdoor backdrop.

New to the schedule this year is our Opening Party on Thursday, September 17th from 6:00PM-10:00PM. It will feature an evening of food from two of Toronto’s most popular restaurants, La Carnita and Home of the Brave, beer from Steamwhistle, wine, performance, and music as well as 50 of this year’s exhibiting artists enthusiastically displaying their work under the stars.  Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door, with food and drinks available for purchase inside.

The 2015 edition of the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is poised to be an incredible weekend of fresh art and fresh air.

Event Details

Nathan Philips Square
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West                                

September 18: 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
September 19: 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
September 20: 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Opening Party

September 17, 2015
VIP – 5:00pm – 6:00pm (invite only)
Party – 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Tickets: $10 in advance or $15 at the door

For additional information, please contact:

Matthew Volpe
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
416- 408-2754
[email protected]

Mark Teeple
Executive Director
416- 408-2202
[email protected]

Visit the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair online for a complete artist directory and other important exhibition information

The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair gratefully acknowledges the support of all of its sponsors


Higgins Event Rentals
Barking Dog Studios
First Canadian Place – Brookfield Properties
PI Fine Art
Steamwhistle Brewery

Media Partners

AM740 Zoomer Radio
The New Classical 96.3FM
NOW Magazine
Canadian Art

Public Partners

The City of Toronto
Canadian Heritage
Toronto Arts Council

Community Partners

Business for the Arts
Creative Works Studio

Special thank you to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport of the Government of Ontario.

The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is a charitable non-profit organization supported by a group of volunteers active in the art and corporate communities. No percentage of the artists' sales is taken by the organizers. The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair gratefully acknowledges the support of its many sponsors and award donors.

Images courtesy: Erich DeLeeuw

Funders & Sponsors

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