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Canada’s leading contemporary outdoor and online art fair

TOAF will take place July 12 – 14, 2024.

Team

Anahita Azrahimi
Executive & Creative Director

anahita azrahimi is a seasoned arts manager and an arts maker. Bringing artists and audiences together to nurture the joy of engaging with art has been the core of her arts management work for the past 15 years. 

Currently, she is the Executive and Creative Director of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF), Canada’s leading outdoor art fair. In this role, she has reinvigorated the organization’s legacy through strengthening its infrastructure, building robust partnerships, and implementing essential new programs for artists and the public. Her experience as a visual artist has been instrumental in gaining a deeper understanding of the needs of independent artists and the community she serves. In response to the cancellation of the 59th TOAF, she devised an agile, tech-savvy plan to move their entire community of 350 artists online, maintaining their connection to the TOAF audience and economic livelihood with unprecedented success. 

anahita has experience working with a diverse range of organizations and artists in contemporary dance, theatre, and visual arts such as Creative Trust, Theatre Direct, and Dancemakers to name a few. She sits on the advisory board of the Arts Management program at Centennial College and the WeeFestival of Arts and Culture for Early Years. She has served on the board of Modern Times Stage Company, the steering committee of Cultural Pluralism in the Arts, and numerous juries including Dora Mavor Moore Awards – Dance section, Ontario Arts Council, Craft Ontario, and Design TO.

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Ania Pasternak
Operations Manager

Ania Pasternak is a visual artist and arts manager. Motivated by the idea of artists as entrepreneurs, Ania strives to empower and encourage opportunities for professional development for visual artists and makers. Ania holds an Honours BA and an Advanced Diploma in Art and Art History from the collaborative program between the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. Most recently, she has completed a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management from Centennial College. The 2024 season will be her eighth show with the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s largest and longest-running juried outdoor art event.

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Tatum Dooley
Marketing & Communications Lead
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Tatum Dooley is a writer and founder of Art Forecast. She has written for Artforum, Architectural Digest, Border Crossings, Canadian Art, Editorial Magazine, Garage Magazine, the Globe & Mail, The Walrus, Lapham’s Quarterly, and Vogue. As a consultant, Tatum has worked with brands from Sephora to Gucci. 

Tatum has a BA in Arts & Contemporary Studies and an MA in Literatures of Modernity from Toronto Metropolitan University. She is excited to bring her passion for art, community building, and writing to TOAF.

Calder Ross
Production Lead
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With 15 years of experience in the execution and production of events and art exhibitions, Calder has found a niche as an expert at executing polished final products based on ambitious artistic visions.

Calder has worked as head stage manager and production designer for Fashion Art Toronto for 12 years. He works with 50 designers and performers a season, weaving their individual visions into a cohesive show.

Calder has designed stages and lighting plots for many events in Toronto. Most notably—Promise Indoor Events/Cherry Beach Sundays (since 2018), Fashion Art Toronto (Since 2012), DOCD (Summer 2023), and Summer Camp (2022). He is excited to bring his production expertise to TOAF, Canada’s largest and longest-running annual contemporary art fair.

Event Team

Lavender Cheng, Operations Support
Shira Karney, Production Assistant
Leah Marcelo, Artist and Event Assistant
Ellen Reade, Volunteer Coordinator
Valerie Soo, Onsite Production Assistant
Jane Van Rooyen, Onsite Production Assistant

Board of Directors 

Colleen Diamond, Secretary
Melanie Egan
Sally Han
Darcy Killeen, Treasurer
Brett Ledger
Robert K E Mitchell, Chair
Nithikul Nimkulrat

Graphic Design

Monnet Design

Bookkeepers

Heather Campbell
Sheryl Covey

Website Development

Barking Dog Studios

Social Media

Wild Media Co.

Photography & Videography

Shane Fester

Media Inquiries

Deanne Moser
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Contact Us

General

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair Office
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 264
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
T: 416-408-2754
E: [email protected]

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Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is a registered Canadian Charity (119259620 RR0001)

Media Inquiries

Deanne Moser
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