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2022 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair



For 60 years, TOAF has been instrumental in launching artists’ careers and bringing art into people’s everyday lives. This free public event has showcased 350+ visual artists and makers and attracted 130,000 visitors to Nathan Phillips Square each year. In response to the pandemic, TOAF created a highly successful and engaging online economic platform and programming. TOAF has always reserved a portion of the Fair to emerging and student artists. Congratulations to our 2022 recipients who will be at this year's fair from July 15-17 at Nathan Phillips Square and July 8-17 online. 


Toronto Outdoor Art Fair


Adrian Baduria

Adrian Baduria is a Filipino-Canadian based designer. Adrian attended a fashion design program at George Brown College where he learned the anatomy of fashion construction and designing. After graduating with honours he transferred to OCAD university to further expand his knowledge in textile production. Graduating in 2022 Adrian has began the process of starting his own fashion brand KRNVL. 

Beige Blum

Beige Blum, a recent OCAD U graduate, is a biracial queer freelance artist with a passion for illustration, comics, zines and character design. She creates works digitally but has a lovefor print media, connecting both mediums through the creation of physical zines and risograph prints! Her illustration and comic work has been featured by THIS MagazineCGMagazine Online and AFKMedia.

Jasmine Park

My name is Somin, Jasmine, or even Mama duck! Please call me whichever sticks to your memory! I'm a Korean artist based in Toronto, ON. I like carefully observing the real world and taking fun distortions at it to deliver my ideas. Jumping around in different mediums, I enjoy exploring a variety of methods for creative problem-solving.I'm passionate about creating works that are meaningful and reflect myself or works that are simply fun to look at! Besides art, I love exploring different cafes in town and trying my best at video games.

Mina Nowzari

Mina Nowzari is an artist working across a wide range of media including photography, mail art, and site-specific interventions. Considering the boundary between public and private is a central focus of Nowzari's work. Her exploration includes documenting the objects in people's bags to performing private sphere activities in photo booths acrossFlorence and Berlin. As of late, Nowzari has focused on mail art as her primary medium. By questioning the notion of access in the art world and embracing the serendipity of the postal system, she creates connections that traverse distance and time. 

Nandy Heule

Nandy Heule is an emerging artist in printmaking and in her final year at OCADU. Her art is informed by a passion for native Canadian wildflowers, threats to habitat and land stewardship. Nandy’s work has been exhibited at juried group exhibitions. She has worked on a number of art collaborations, including a random, Canada-wide search for bathroom signs (“ToFlush or Not to Flush?”). Born and raised in the Netherlands, she now resides in Toronto, Ontario.

Pilarica Fernandez

Pilarica Fernandez is a Jewellery Designer based in Toronto,Canada. She discovered jewellery design in recent years when she started making her own costume jewellery. Pilarica's passion for jewellery design led her to study in the Material Art and Design program at OCAD University allowing her to explore the art of silversmithing, metal printmaking, and casting techniques.

Trinity Leon

Trinity Leon is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto and a current Advertising student at OCAD University.She specializes in textile design, marketing, and UX/UI Design.

Yuna Zhang

Yuna (LEI) Zhang is studying Material Art & Design at OCADU. She brings traditional Chinese culture and arts into contemporary jewellery design. Her personal narratives and experiences are the inspiration behind her pieces. She expresses her aesthetics in organic curves, including bead works, spiral motifs, and rounded elements. She wants to share her story with the wearer and viewer of her jewellery. Zhang studied Industrial Design and worked as a magazine editor in China before moving to Canada in 2016. Recently, she is experimenting with integrating textile techniques such as metal weaving into jewellery making.   


Photos by Tizzi Tan


The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce the return of our partnership with Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF), Canada’s leading contemporary outdoor art fair. The TOAF Career Launcher award is for students in the Illustration, Material Art & Design, Photography, Sculpture and Installation and Printmaking/Publications programs. The selected students will have a free opportunity at the 61st TOAF to showcase their artworks in-person and online at

For 60 years, TOAF has been instrumental in launching artists’ careers and bringing art into people’s everyday lives. This free public event has showcased 350+ visual artists and makers and attracted 130,000 visitors to Nathan Phillips Square each year. In response to the pandemic, TOAF created a highly successful and engaging online economic platform and programming. 

TOAF has always reserved a portion of the Fair to emerging and student artists, and has  hosted many well-known Canadian artists early in their careers including: Barbara Astman, Edward Burtynsky and many others. This is an amazing opportunity to get yourself out there, nurture an audience, and sell your work! Student applications will be reviewed by the TOAF jury for final selection. 


3D Works: Three-dimensional artworks, using additive or reductive techniques, including freestanding sculptures, reliefs, assemblages etc. created using either traditional or experimental materials.

2D Works: Two-dimensional, created using one or more physical material, including Drawing, Printmaking, Illustration, Collage, and Mixed Media works, etc.

Craft & Design: Hand-crafted objects (functional or decorative) created using fine craft and/or industrial design practices including, Ceramics, Glass, Jewellery, Textile, Wood/Furniture, etc. Exclude machine-screen patterns or other forms of mass production, and factory-produced wearable items regardless of additional modification.

Painting: Oil, acrylic, encaustic, watercolour, inks, etc.

Photography & Digital Media: Photographic prints made from the artist’s original image, and/or digitally manipulated images created from original artist images, and/or other sourced material.


The OCAD U RBC CEAD is committed to promoting substantive equality for equity-seeking groups that are under-represented in the creative sector. We encourage applications from first-time applicants to the program and graduates of equity-seeking communities including racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities / expressions. Applicants are welcome to advise the CEAD of any accommodations needed to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process. 

Applicants who need assistance with their submissions are invited to connect with the RBC CEAD for Advising supportClick here to learn more about how to book an advising appointment.


Applicants who have concerns about meeting a Career Launcher application deadline are invited to connect with the CEAD in order to discuss possible alternatives. We encourage all who might require assistance with the application process to reach out to determine available support. Outreach of this nature should be undertaken at least one week prior to the published application deadline.


Contact Ania Harmata
Operations Manager


Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Date: July 8-17, 2022
(10 days online culminating in the last 3 days at Nathan Phillips Square in-person)

Location: Online and In-person at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street W, Toronto, ON


  • ILLU, MAAD, PHOTO, SCIN or PRNT/PUBL students in their graduating year (2022)
  • Multidisciplinary artists can submit up to 3 different applications in 3 different categories 
  • You must apply individually under your own name
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Career Launcher opportunity.


Tuesday, March 8, 2022 (11:59 PM)


Thursday, February 10, 2022
2:00 - 3:30 PM ET
Click here to RSVP

Join our upcoming info session to learn more about Toronto Outdoor Art Fair hear from past Career Launcher recipient Melody Juthamongkol, and resources for putting together a strong application. 


  • 6 images of your artwork (a consistent portfolio of work)
  • 1 Installation, grouping or booth image (your work in context)
  • Artist statement (500 characters max)
  • A short description of your process, your medium/method (200 characters)
  • Copy of timetable and student card 
  • TOAF Application Tips

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