When it comes to art festivals the annual Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is a mammoth one. Now in it’s 57th year, this fair takes place at Nathan Phillips Square July 6 to 8. It’s a free event for art lovers and this year’s roster features over 350 established and emerging Canadian artists.
The Outdoor Fair began in 1960 when local businessman Murray Koffler and his wife Marvelle, attended an outdoor art fair in New York City. When they returned to the city they began to organize a small outdoor art fair at a parking lot on Jarvis Street together with Alan Jarvis — former Director of the National Gallery of Canada and Jack Pollock. But it wasn’t until 1967 that the growing art fair was moved to the new City Hall — now known as Nathan Phillips Square.
Today, it’s one of the most well attended art fairs in the city for art collectors, as well as admirers. It’s also a great opportunity to chat with many of the artists directly.
Here are 20 artists that have already caught our attention at this year’s Toronto Outdoor Art Fair: