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2023 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair



Since 1961, TOAF has been instrumental in launching artists’ careers and bringing art into people’s everyday lives. TOAF is passionate about supporting artists and exceptional talents through awards, special programs and opportunities. With 150,000 annual visitors to Nathan Phillips Square, 100,000 website visitors, and 1 million annual page views, TOAF’s loyal community of art lovers continues to grow. Congratulations to our 2023 recipients who will be at this year's fair from July 7-9 at Nathan Phillips Square and July 2-9 online. 


Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Hyun Young Yang

HyunYoung Yang is an artist born in South Korea trained in Drawing and Painting and now is interested in exploring physical computing and hybrid media. Yang expands her artistic reach beyond the two-dimensional space of canvas to three-dimensional work, video, and interactive art. Yang focuses on exploring the meaning of human life in relation to her personal experiences and visualizing it.

Hyunsun Park

Hi, I am Hyunsun Park, an emerging illustrator based in Toronto.I use gouache paint to create dream-like snapshots that tell stories about people, including myself. My works often carry sociopolitical themes, such as my thesis, Frugal Thriving. It is a series of illustrations that each depict an inventive way to live a low-budget, high-quality life into day’s capitalist society. 

Jenny Su

Jenny Su is an aspiring jewellery artist and designer currently based inToronto. Graduating in the spring of 2023 from OCAD University’s Material Art and Design program specializing in Jewellery and Metal smithing, her work is inspired by observations of the natural world, nostalgia from old memories, and reflections from her personal experiences. With a passion for storytelling, sheen joys experimenting with new techniques and mediums to create multifaceted narrative works exploring the intersections between wearability and sculptural form.  

Jhonathan Parra Diaz

Jonais an emerging Colombian artist and graphic designer. He works in a variety of media, including ballpoint pen, oil paint, collage and watercolour. His non-conformity and awareness of the political and social environment he grew up in have led him to explore the flagella that have brought about the marginalization of vulnerable communities. Influenced by Latin American literature and artists, he continues with the purpose of portraying the memories, resistance and endurance of the "forgotten."

Justine Yan Yee Fong

Justine Fong developed her passion as a fashion designer at a very young age. Since secondary school, she has participated in design competitions and fashion shows. About six years ago, Justine moved from Hong Kong to Toronto to pursue her dream of working in the fashion industry. She graduated from George BrownCollege where she learned the Construction of garment making and pattern drafting. Then, she continued her further studies at OCADU for textile production. 

Lei (Yuna) Zhang

Yuna (Lei) Zhang will graduate fromMaterial Art & Design program at OCADU this summer. Yuna studied and lived in China in her early years. She immigrated to Canada with her husband. Yuna believes that jewellery art is one of the essential elements of fashion.Therefore, Yuna focuses on both textiles and jewellery. She mostly followed the elements of spiral and triangular geometry. Her aesthetic is mainly expressed through curves, spiral motifs, and rounded elements. Personal narratives and experiences also play a significant role in the inspiration behind my pieces. Let people feel the back stories from her works.

Shinae Kim

Shinae Kim is a fourth-year OCAD University Drawing and Painting student. She is aCanadian painter of Korean descent. Her work moves between figuration and abstraction, an investigation and an excited celebration of the sensuality o foil paint and, indeed, of the life it depicts. She works alla prima in oil, her colours mixed one by one. Her canvases are created with several layers of oil paint in a full colour palette. The complex, intricate balance of colours are significant components in her work. 

Stephanie Camille

Stephanie Camille is an artist/researcher studying at OCAD University, and working towards receiving her MFA.  She has previously received a BFA from OCAD and a BA from Brock University.  With her oil paintings and digital collages, she explores her connection with the digital world. Stephanie is currently interested in hyper-femininity and the "girly-girl" aesthetic in her art. This is her third year as an artist with TOAF and she is excited for the fair.

Trinity Leon

My name is Trinity Leon, and I'm a Toronto-based artist whoc reates unique textile furnishings. My work explores the interplay between color, texture, and form. I draw inspiration from the natural world, contemporary design, and my Latin heritage, creating pieces that embody a unique mix of modernity and tradition. Through my art, I strive to create a sense ofc onnection between the viewer and their environment, encouraging them to find joy and wonder in unexpected ways.

Yana Rzayeva

Yana was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and has had a passion for art since a young age. Based in Toronto, Ontario, where she has called her home for over two decades, she is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in oil, textile, and encaustic media.  Her work investigates questions of culture, identity and belonging. The artist uses elements of cultural significance, such as handwoven rugs, to frame her nature inspired paintings. The cut-outs of the textile she uses also stand as metaphors for political borders that divide land and people. Her works provide a glimpse into landscape from a diasporic viewpoint.


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 is for students in the Illustration, Material Art & Design, Photography, Integrated Media, Sculpture and Installation, Drawing and Painting, Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design, Digital Futures, Indigenous Visual Culture and Printmaking/Publications programs. The selected students will have a free opportunity at the 62nd TOAF to showcase their artworks in-person and online at

Since 1961, TOAF has been instrumental in launching artists’ careers and bringing art into people’s everyday lives. TOAF is passionate about supporting artists and exceptional talents through awards, special programs and opportunities. With 150,000 annual visitors to Nathan Phillips Square, 100,000 website visitors, and 1 million annual page views, TOAF’s loyal community of art lovers continues to grow. 

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 Lavender Cheng
Artist Relations Support


Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Date: July 2023

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


  • ILLU, MAAD, PHOTO, INTM, SCIN, DRPT, IAMD, DF, INVC or PRNT/PUBL students in their graduating year (2023)
  • 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 7, 2023 (11:59 PM)

INFO SESSION (TOAF Career Launcher)

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
2:00 - 3:30 PM ET
Click here to RSVP

Join our upcoming info session to learn more about Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 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


Click here to Apply
FREE to apply
Use the discount code ‘TOAF62-CL-Student’ during checkout

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