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Call for Artists: 52nd Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition



July 5, 6 & 7 

 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nathan Phillips Square
in the heart of Toronto on the City Hall Concourse
400 Artists

American Artists Welcome, Wanted & Winning at

Canada's largest juried outdoor art exhibition!

Apply at

Application Deadline 
March 8th at midnight 
  • 3-days
  • 400 artists
  • 14 categories
  • 100,000 guests 
  • $22,000-30,000 in cash and prize awards
  • Award Winners Confirmed participation in annual award winner's exhibition
               Now in its 52nd year, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition [TOAE] is a juried showcase featuring contemporary fine art and craft that takes place annually on Nathan Phillips Square, every July.

As the largest juried outdoor art exhibition in Canada, TOAE offers a fresh-air alternative to conventional art shows and galleries. Hundreds of artists participate and an estimated 100,000 visitors attend the exhibition every year. Side by side, established artists, undiscovered talents and innovative students sell their work directly to the public and make lasting connections with art dealers and collectors.  

In 2012, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition's award program presented over $22,000 in cash awards and prizes to participating artists.  

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is a charitable, non-profit organization supported by a group of volunteers active in the art and corporate communities. The exhibition is financed through registration fees, and by government, corporate and individual sponsors, enabling the TOAE to charge one of the lowest registration fees in North America. No percentage of the artists' sales is taken by the organizers.

Award Winning American artist

Bobby Rosenstock, wins "Best Of" Print Making TOAE Award


Here's what Bobby Rosenstock, said about his TOAE experience.

"I  do a number of art fairs across the United States but the TOAE is by  far the best show I do. The quality of work by all of the participating  artists is extremely high and the organizers of the event are  professional and kind. 

I've made a number of connections in the Toronto area that have lead to sales and opportunities throughout the year. 

Winning the TOAE "Best Of" Printmaking award, confirmed a second opportunity for me by exhibiting in the "Best Of" TOAE Award winners exhibition. 

Given all this I am looking forward to returning this summer and getting to reconnect with fellow artists and buyers at the 53rd annual show."

Bobby Rosenstock; Award Winning Printmaker


We accept student and full time artists in 14 media categories.

Ceramics,  Digital Media, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Illustration, Jewelry, Mixed  Media, Painting, Photography, Print Making, Sculpture, Watercolor and  Wood


Don't miss out, Apply now!

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Comment by Connie Mettler on February 22, 2013 at 6:50am

Has anyone participated in this show? It looks like a good opportunity for all of us who are in cities near the Canadian border to explore a new market in this exciting city. The date is good also, not too many US shows at that time.

Comment by Alison Loewen on February 22, 2013 at 10:37am

Can you participate without a Canadian work visa?  What about paying sales taxes?  Id love to hear more about these logistics of participating in this show

Comment by Connie Mettler on February 22, 2013 at 10:50am

Good questions, Alison -- and precisely what I asked them when they contacted me. I've only heard of complications crossing the border to sell for US artists -- but I was assured that it was not only doable but no big deal. That is why the "call" is written this way to let US artists know they can come and sell. For your specific questions why don't you contact them at the link above. I'd love to hear what they tell you. Can you do that and report back?

Earlier this month we also had a call for artists in Vancouver, so I'm thinking there must be some change in the accessibility of the Canadian markets.

Comment by Alison Loewen on February 25, 2013 at 1:14pm

This was the response:

Hello Alison,

When you are crossing the border, from the USA into Canada, you will need to prepare a document prior to your arrival at the border, listing the full sales value of the body of work you are bringing across. When crossing into Canada the border officials will ask for this inventory document with full sales values. They will request that you pay the sales tax on the value of works at that time.
While you're in Canada at the event you will need to document your sales. Any works that don't sell you will reclaim the sales tax on. When you recross back into the United States you will need to pick up a form for this reclamation of tax.
If you are going to ship your works and not bring them across yourself I can recommend a broker that will clear all the customs documents for you.
I hope this answers your question.
Greg Holman
Director of Events
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Phone  416 408 2754


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