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Hugely popular Toronto art show going online for 2020


TORONTO, ON., May 13, 2020 — Today, the board of directors for the Toronto Outdoor Art Show (TOAF) announced that on light of the COVID-19 pandemic it will be holding the event online. The popular 10-day art show held annually Nathan Phillips Square in July is celebrating its 59th edition, but this year will be inviting artists and the public to join them online for the first time ever.

This year’s edition of TOAF has been aptly renamed as the Toronto Online Art Fair, will be held from July 2-12, 2020.

“While we will miss our annual gathering in-person at Nathan Phillips Square, we have swiftly created an opportunity for our juried roster of artists to showcase and sell their works through TOAF’s website and our vast network,” said Anahita Azrahimi, executive and creative director.

“Our loyal visitors can continue to support their favourite seasoned artists and discover exciting new talents by engaging with artists online and purchasing artworks effortlessly,” said Azrahimi.

One of the many booths at the Toronto Outdoor Art Show 2019

“This online edition will include key exciting offers for artists and the public such as our coveted Awards Program, Art Talks, Art Tours and virtual events with our programming partners at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and StreetARToronto,” said Azrahimi.

TOAF is a charitable nonprofit, whose sole purpose is connecting visual artists and contemporary makers to art lovers and buyers. The event is hugely popular drawing in well over a hundred thousand art enthusiasts to Nathan Phillips Square, where usually they walk around and connect with the artists that interest them all beneath the warm Toronto sunshine.

59th annual Toronto Outdoor Art Show will by held online this year for the first time ever.

“We are here to celebrate artists’ entrepreneurial spirit, make their career progression financially viable, and enable discovery and recognition opportunities,” said Azrahimi.

Each year over 130,000 avid art lovers and collectors gather to support local artists by spending $2 million dollars on art purchases. But out of concern for large gatherings in light of reducing the spread of the virus this moment is an opportunity to “reassure our artists of the vitality and sustainability of their careers,” said Azrahimi.

More details about the show will follow but for more information send inquiries to:

General inquiries: info@torontooutdoor.art

Artist Questions: ania@torontooutdoor.art

Volunteer opportunities:volunteer@torontooutdoor.art

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