Add this FREE outdoor art fair to your summer bucket list

Jun 14 2019, 5:45 pm

Calling all art lovers: Canada’s leading contemporary outdoor art fair will soon be here.

Set to take place at Nathan Phillips Square from July 12 to 14, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is back for its 58th year, bringing together over 360 artists and makers of different backgrounds and disciplines.

Community arts booths at the fair. Photo by Andrew Williamson

Lasting all weekend long, the event promises to create a space where artists and art lovers can interact and collaborate.

You can look forward to original work from over 360 contemporary artists that were chosen out of 800 applicants and reviewed by a jury of artists and industry professionals.

The best part? The event is totally free to attend and open to everyone.

ArtLove Envoy Tiffany Pratt with artist Chason Yeboah. Photo by Andrew Williamson

But there’s more on the agenda than just incredible art.

Visitors can also look forward to art tours and talks, the ‘Budding Art Buyers’ booth, which will be led by esteemed designer, Tiffany Pratt.

This initiative caters to young art lovers, 14-years-old and under, inviting them to purchase quality art priced at $10-$20 that are donated by TOAF participating artists.

Another exciting feature to look forward to will be an immersive installation by Chason Yeboah, who is the winner of the 2017 Founding Chairman’s Award and a Toronto artist to watch.

Yeboah will be creating an immersive crochet installation for the public to take refuge from the pressures of our world.

Wine samples. Photo by Andrew Williamson

And as you could imagine, exploring the square will surely leave you feeling parched, which is why Henderson Brewing Co. is bringing back its Cascading Beer Garden.

Carrying on with tradition, Henderson Brewing Co. will be brewing a custom craft beer and offering a collectible label designed by Kima Lenaghan, winner of the 2018 Best of Student Award.

A large sculpture will be installed in the Beer Garden by Jonathon Anderson Studio, representing a conceptual metaphor for the unparalleled strength of unwalled humanity that is diverse yet inclusive.

T.dot BANGERZ Brass at The Cascading Beer Garden. Photo by Andrew Williamson

The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is a non-profit charitable organization that was established to put contemporary visual artists and makers in direct contact with the public and to nurture artistic excellence and artists’ entrepreneurial spirit.

Check out the website to plan what artists you want to check out and attend the event for free from July 12 to 14.

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

When: July 12 to 14
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
Price: Free to attend

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Daily Hive is a proud community sponsor of the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair