Application Deadline Extended!
March 11, 2021 - Last day to apply without late fee, by 11:59 PM
March 18, 2021 - Artist Application deadline at 11:59 PM
March 18, 2021 - Community Booth Application deadline at 11:59 PM
April 2021 - Jury results emailed to artists
May TBC 2021 - Virtual Booth Camp
May 30, 2020 - Final day to cancel your onsite participation with refund (minus $50 admin fee)
July 2, 2021 - Online Fair Launches
July 9-11, 2021 - TOAF60 at Nathan Phillips Square and Online
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What does it cost to participate?
First, there is a non-refundable application fee that goes towards processing your application and administering the jury process. If your application is successful, you will pay for your booth spot which does not include tents. You should budget for tent and equipment rentals. You also need to consider parking and storage fees as well as accommodation and transportation if you are coming from out of town. Below is a breakdown of fees that will help you budget more realistically.
Please note, all prices are listed in Canadian dollars.
TOAF only accepts credit cards, visa debit or prepaid credit cards, cash will not be accepted under any circumstance.
Early Bird Application Fee: $50
Student Application Fee: $30
Late Fee: Late fee of $50 applies after March 11th
If you apply between March 12 at 12 AM and March 18 at 11:59 PM, an additional $50 late fee will be applied.
Applications are Non-Refundable
Did you know that TOAF is a nonprofit and registered Canadian charity? Your application fee goes towards the processing and administration of your application, and artist support like application feedback and information sessions, as well as allowing TOAF to continue its work in the Canadian arts sector. It is because of the careful administrative work and time that TOAF and our staff and Jurors dedicate to the Call for Artists that our application fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
2021 Booth/Participation Fees
For more information on how COVID-19 impacts our plans for the 60th Anniversary, please see our FAQ page.
NEW this year! You can choose to be a part of our online showcase, or both onsite and online! Read more about the Online Fair.
NEW - Participate Online and Onsite:
$450 onsite booth + $150 online = $600
(Student) $250 onsite booth + $100 online = $350
10% of online artwork sales will go towards TOAF administration and payment processing costs
10 Day Online Fair July 2-11, 2021:
Online Participation Only: $150
(Student) Online Participation Only: $100
A 10% administrative fee will be deducted from payouts for artworks sold via TOAF payment platform.*
Online Participation Includes:
- Year-round TOAF Artist profile
- *A flexible system that can connect with your existing online store OR list your artworks directly on TOAF (10% administrative/payment processing fee will be deducted from artworks sold through the TOAF system only)
- 10 artworks listed at one time, for sale during the 10 Day Fair in July, Optional extension to December 2021 (once an artwork has sold, you can replace it with a new one during the Fair only)
- If you wish to showcase 20 artworks at one time, you can purchase a second ‘space’.
To be eligible to apply and exhibit as a student you must be currently enrolled full-time at a recognized postsecondary institution.Participation and booth fees are collected upon acceptance in April 2021.
OCADU Student Career Launcher
If you are an ILLU, MAAD, Photography or PRNT/PUBL student graduating this year (2021), consider applying for this career launcher opportunity. More information can on the Career Launcher Website.
Nonprofit Community Booth Fees
For more information on opportunities for artist collectives, nonprofits and artist-run centres at Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, see our Call for Nonprofits page. There is no application fee to submit a Community Booth proposal.
Onsite Nonprofit Community Booth Fees
10x10' Community Booth: $1,250 (includes space, tent rental, tables, chairs, and hanging grids)
10x20' Community Booth: $2,500 (includes space, tent rental, tables, chairs, and hanging grids)
Online Profile = $500: 25 artworks for sale at one time. Can be replaced once sold (during the fair only)
Other Onsite Costs
(Prices subject to change for 2021)
Budget anywhere between $300 - $900 for your setup, depending on your specific needs. Every year, we negotiate a bulk discount rate on your behalf with Higgins Event Rentals, our exclusive third-party supplier of tents, grid walls, chairs, tables, 25 lb weights etc. Tent rental information will be emailed to artists in April. Higgins Event Rentals only accepts credit cards.
Please note that rubber weights are mandatory for all artists.
Example Tent Rental Package B
Cost: $330 - $415 (The earlier you rent, the better your discount. The order form will be sent to you in May, 2021)
1 - 10' x10' White pop up tent
6 - Black Grid Wall Panels 2'H X 8'L (+ cable ties to hang the grid walls)
1 - 6' Table
2 - Grey Folding Chairs
4 - 25 lbs Rubber Weights
Transportation and Parking
Please consider your transportation costs to and from the Fair. TOAF works with Toronto Parking Authority to provide an affordable overnight parking pass at Nathan Phillips Square underground parking lot with in-and-out privileges. However, it might be more cost effective to pay per hour if you are only dropping artwork off and not parking your car for the duration of the fair. Find more information here. The cost of this 3-day pass for 2019 was $48 - this price is subject to change.
If your vehicle is taller than 6'3, you will need to look for oversize vehicle parking.
Artwork storage units are available for overnight storage of artworks for interested artists. Non-refundable fee of $100 per unit, available first-come, first-serves until sold out. Price subject to change for 2021.
Out of Town Artists
You should budget for your hotel accomodation and shipping of your work. TOAF negotiates a discounted hotel price (walking distance to Nathan Phillips Square). More info TBC.
Artists must secure adequate insurance coverage protecting themself, visitors and all exhibit material from damage or theft for the duration of the Fair and during setup.
You can cancel your participation in the Fair after notice of acceptance and receive a refund of your booth fee, minus a $50 administration fee. You must notify us of your cancellation before the end of May, 2021 by email in order to be eligible for a refund of your booth fee. Cancellations received after this date will not receive a refund under any circumstance.
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
Upon receiving your acceptance letter you can submit an application for an Exhibition Assistance grant from Ontario Arts Council for up to $2,000.
We highly recommend you consider applying for this grant, however we do not recommend that your participation should be contingent on receiving the exhibition assistance grant. OAC grant results will not be sent to artists until June and TOAF booth payments are only refundable until May 2020.
If your grant application is successful, you can direct the funds to cover some of your already paid booth fees or production and presentation costs of your show at TOAF.
For more information and to apply see the OAC webpage.
Art Encounters Program
Through our Art Encounters program we strive to remove barriers of access for Deaf artists, artists with disabilities, newcomer and Indigenous artists by offering one-on-one mentorship, subsidized exhibition space, professional development, accessibility support (when needed) and an artist fee (funding permitting). We have served 37 artists since 2016 in the program with opportunities to launch careers, establish network connections with peers and audiences, generate income and receive recognition through awards.
For more information click here.
The TOAF team cares about the health and safety of our artists and the public we serve. We are hopeful to return to a smaller in-person, physically-distanced event by July 2021, following the safety guidelines provided by Toronto Public Health.
In the event that the in-person event is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Online Fair will continue regardless. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, our dedicated community of patrons, community partners, and art lovers came together in 2020 to support the pilot Online Fair, creating a viable platform that we plan to build upon for 2021 and aid in artists’ financial recovery.