Call for Artists: 62nd Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Date Posted
December 19, 2022
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Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF)
Application Deadline
March 7, 2023 at 11:59 pm
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62nd Toronto Outdoor Art Fair – Call for Artists

July 2023, Nathan Phillips Square
Early Bird Deadline: February 28, 2023 @ 11:59 PM EST
Final Application Deadline: March 7, 2023 @ 11:59 PM EST

Artists can choose how to participate:

Join Canada’s leading contemporary outdoor and online art fair, launching artists’ careers since 1961. Toronto Outdoor Art Fair welcomes artists in all stages of their careers, all racial backgrounds and all abilities to apply. With 150,000 annual visitors to Nathan Phillips Square, 100,000 website visitors and 1 million annual page views, TOAF continues to build and grow as a trusted discovery platform.

TOAF is passionate about supporting artists and exceptional talents through cash and in-kind awards, special programs, year-long opportunities and professional development workshops.

Launch and sustain your art career at TOAF62!

Who can apply?

Individual artists and makers working in photography, sculpture, painting, printmaking, illustration, glass, wood, textiles, jewellery and more, with formal or informal training are encouraged to apply. TOAF is committed to equity and inclusion and continues to be inclusive, accessible and radically welcoming to all artists and art enthusiasts.

TOAF61 at Nathan Phillips Square, July 2022. Photography by Shane Fester.

Why apply to TOAF?

  1. Win a coveted award: Each year, $40,000 cash and in-kind are awarded to outstanding artists in their fields. Online-only artists are eligible for $5,000 cash or in-kind awards.
  2. A trusted discovery platform: Toronto Online Art Fair has quickly become a digital hub for discovering Canadian artists. Within 3 years of its launch, there is an established network of visitors and collectors from Canada and beyond.
  3. No need to break that bank: TOAF is a registered charity and non-profit. That’s why we prioritize keeping costs low and providing accessible and flexible participation packages for artists in all stages of their careers.
  4. A robust Access program: Mentorship, professional development, exhibition space, accessibility support (if needed) and artist fees (funding permitting) are provided through the Art Encounters program. We invite eligible and interested artists who are Indigenous, Newcomers, Deaf or Disabled to apply to Art Encounters.

Hear from the Artists:

“I participated in the fair at Nathan Phillips this year which was exhilarating, fun and ultimately a great success! Being an out-of-town artist, I was hesitant about the cost of the booth, shipping, flights and everything else, but was not disappointed by the high standard of the artists at the Fair and the many interactions with visitors. I made some new clients and had great sales… I would highly recommend this fair for any artists looking to expand into art fairs and grow their network of collectors.”
– Tiffany Blaise, 2022 Participating Artist (Vancouver)

“Winning the Best of Jewellery award in 2021 was a tremendous honour for me. It’s humbling to exhibit alongside such exciting emerging and established artists, let alone to have been acknowledged amongst them. TOAF has been integral to my growth as an artist since my very first experience exhibiting there as a student in 2004… TOAF is a leader in representing Fine Craft in Canada. It’s an annual touchstone to reconnect with the maker community across the country.”
– Lindsay MacDonald, 2021 Best of Jewellery Award Winner

Application Fee:

Regular: $50
Students: $30
Late Fee: $50 additional (beginning March 1, 2023)

For more information on the Call for Artists, visit

TOAF61 at Nathan Phillips Square, July 2022. Photography by Shane Fester.

About Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF) is Canada’s leading contemporary, juried, outdoor and online art fair. Founded in 1961, the Fair was established to put visual artists and makers in direct contact with the public and nurture artistic excellence and entrepreneurship. For 60 years, TOAF has been instrumental in launching artists’ careers and bringing art into people’s everyday lives. This free public event has showcased 350+ visual artists and makers and attracted 150,000 visitors to Nathan Phillips Square each year. The Fair continues to connect artists and art lovers through year-long showcases, income generation and discovery opportunities for independent artists. The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is a registered charitable nonprofit organization.

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