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.
You can look forward to original work from over 360 contemporary artists that were chosen from more than 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.
And with so much going on, here are three things you shouldn’t miss at this year’s festivities.
LIVE Podcast Taping – Canadaland Presents – Wag the Doug: Doug Ford vs The Arts
As the Ford Government cuts programs and services across the board, arts funding has not been spared. Music, visual arts and even libraries have had their funding slashed. Meanwhile, laws are being liberalized around things like sports fighting and tailgating. So what does this all mean for Ontario? Wag the Doug is a pop-up podcast about the premier of Ontario, the forces that drive him, and the consequences of his government’s actions. On July 14, Canadaland will be popping up at TOAF to explore and explain the impacts of his policies on the arts and culture in Ontario — and maybe, just maybe, figure out which art he actually likes.
- Add this FREE outdoor art fair to your summer bucket list
- This massive night market is hosting a celeb basketball game
Glaciology By Anandam Dance Theatre (Choreography by Brandy Leary)
The Cascading Beer Garden by Henderson Brewing Co. Creating a human glacier in the urban landscape, Glaciology evokes the permanent effects of human and ecological conflicts through the past centuries in the wake of colonization, unstable governments, wars and unsustainable economies through overlapping and contrasting these images and ideas with the indelible power of glacial movements across landscapes.
Home Birth By Chason Yeboah
Two 10×10 tents attached to create one large standing structure. The entrance of the structure will be a door sized crocheted vulva, the gateway to a constructed Womb that people will walk into. The vulva itself is guarded by two large crocheted legs, which will also be placed at the entrance. The walls of the womb will be lined in soft pink and flesh toned satins, silks, and mixed fabric materials . Within the womb will be four life sized crocheted sculptures, each representative of a “mother” created to be interactive with the public. The concrete will be padded as well as lined in cushions and pillows; participants are invited to lay down and experience a Home Birth and to interact with the sculptures in tandem if desired.
When: July 12 to 14
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
Price: Free to attend
You can also stay up to date with the art fair by checking out these hashtags: #artunwalled #TOAF19
Daily Hive is a proud community sponsor of the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair