Art Toronto is Canada’s Art Fair

Since 2000, we have been dedicated to supporting art in Canada, connecting audiences to local, national and international galleries, and promoting diverse creative practices. This year, we are proud to expand the fair’s virtual and physical footprint in celebration of Canada’s dynamic and unique visual culture. Art Toronto 2020 is evolving from an event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to a fair that brings together a digital model and in-person events at galleries across the country.

Canada’s Art Fair will take place October 28 to November 8, 2020, with a strong online presence including virtual exhibitions, curated collections, panel discussions, and exclusive VIP events. However, we know that nothing beats seeing art in person. As a result, audiences will be invited to take in exhibitions and special events at participating galleries and institutions in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. As Canada’s Art Fair, our aim is to further the conversation around art on a national level, and to encourage collectors, curators and the culturally curious to engage in their own communities in new ways.

The Art Toronto head office is located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. As a Canadian arts organization, we are dedicated to supporting the vibrancy, diversity and wellbeing of artists, makers, curators, gallerists and collectors from across the country including First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, alongside immigrant communities who have gathered here from around the world. We are committed to sharing their work and stories with fellow Canadians and international audiences. Recognizing that systemic racism is part of the colonialist ethos that built this country and is present today, we strive to shed racial bias as an organization and are focused on supporting creative practices that better reflect the diversity of Canada.

Caring for our community and for the environment are both important to us. Recognizing the need to work together to combat climate change, we collaborate with our partners, suppliers and exhibitors to reduce, reuse and recycle. Examples include from the 2019 edition of the fair include:

  • Working with the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to ensure Art Toronto is powered with renewable energy, to learn more about the MTCC’s sustainability policies please click here
  • Reusing booth hard walls, plinths and platforms from year to year, and recycling materials such as rugs and signage
  • Encouraging our exhibitors to use recyclable shipping materials, and to send artwork to the fair by ground rather than by air (where possible) Working with Gusto 54, our restaurant partner who prioritizes sustainability as part of their business model
  • Ensuring that composting and recycling bins are available onsite at the fair

We continue to strive to do more and better—looking to 2021, we plan to eliminate single-use plastics (including VIP cards and bottled water) and vinyl signage at Art Toronto.