Month: February 2022

Call for Artists – Spring 2022


Submission Deadline: Tuesday March 15, 2022
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Project Overview
The Yonge + St. Clair Business Improvement Area (BIA) is currently accepting applications for an outdoor three-dimensional public artwork that captures the essence of “Springtime” and has an element of buzzworthy engagement and accessibility with the public. The art installation will also serve as a unifying theme across select local storefronts to establish neighbourhood participation. This art installation is intended to become an ongoing annual feature in the heart of Midtown Toronto.

Consideration for the Artwork

Artwork Goals and Themes: The “Springtime” art installation celebrates the return of public life to the Yonge + St. Clair neighbourhood capturing the vibrancy, sense of play and excitement of springtime in Toronto. Artists should consider how their proposed installation will develop the connectivity between public and storefront spaces located around Yonge + St. Clair, transform the streetscape, and excite and engage the public.

Selection Process and Budget
The art component of this new public space will be selected through an open, one-stage competition, with a net budget of up to $30,000 (+HST). The project budget includes all costs directly associated with the artwork: all fees for design, fabrication, installation, engineering and professional services, insurance, travel and other incidental expenses.

An additional contingency budget may be set aside to retain the artist’s service for critical repair or maintenance work for the 2022 springtime event.

Location Details

The selected artist/designer will be invited to construct their installation on the privately-owned public space at the intersection of Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue in midtown Toronto, Ontario.

The installation will be located on flat, even pavement on the ground plane and exposed to the elements. The location is largely unobstructed, featuring square or rectangular placement configurations.

Proposed art sites. Image of 1 St. Clair E and 2 St. Clair E, proposed sites for the art installation. Location may be one of either locations; may be subject to change.

Design Requirements and Considerations

Art installation designs should meet the following design considerations:

+ Art installation must function as public outdoor art, enduring outdoor weather conditions

+ Art installation materiality and design must be optimized for public interaction with minimal outdoor security or supervision

+ Art installation must be designed for annual re-usability. Creative or innovative solutions for re-usabiliy and/or modular design are welcome.

+ Art installation must be designed in a way to facilitate seasonal transport and off-site storage listing the artist’s recommendations.

+ Art installation must not contain content in breach of any intellectual property, trademarks, brands or depictions of vulgar, offensive or illegal activity.

General Terms of Entry

The Springtime submission is open to all artists and designers of all mediums.
Acceptance of work is not guaranteed. The Yonge + St. Clair BIA’s decision is final. Any work not meeting the stated terms of entry will not be considered.

Entry forms must be filled out correctly. When filling out your application, you must use your legal name. Companies/organizations/collectives may submit 1 application package, but must apply with the full legal name of a representative/contact person.

To be eligible as a collective, you must have produced a collaborative body of work and worked together for a minimum of two years to develop a singular artistic/design practice.

Who can apply

We welcome individual artists, designers, and artist groups at any stage of their careers with formal or informal training, from all disciplines, to apply to be a part of the Yonge + St. Clair Spring Art Installation. Artists and designers must be comfortable working with materials and structures that can withstand outdoor conditions.

Application Process

Submissions must be made through the online Google Form at
Applicants must submit a completed application form – including an artist statement, brief summary of budget and expenses and a maximum of 5 images in JPG format, each image no larger than 3MBM.

Please upload 2 – 5 concept sketches or images, in JPG format, that show your proposed installation. Images can include a sketch, diagram, rendering, model, or photograph. Images should help inform the basis on which this project could be awarded.

There is no submission fee.

Alternatively, you can respond to the submission requirements outlined in via direct email to


All submissions will be reviewed, scored, and selected by representatives of the Yonge + St. Clair BIA. Works will be selected based on originality, quality, expression of the theme, and overall impression. We recommend all applicants to submit high quality images that effectively communicate the proposed installation.

2022 Important Dates

February 28 – Submissions open
March 15 – Submissions close
March 25 – Selected artists notified
May 6 – Installations complete
May 6 – Media Preview – selected artists must be available to attend (time TBD)
May 7 – Launch Event
June 5 – Art Installation End

Use of Images and Media

Selected artists will grant the Yonge + St. Clair BIA educational and promotional usage rights for your images. You are agreeing to license the Yonge + St. Clair BIA usage rights only; the artist always retains their copyright.

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Yonge and St. Clair Board Applications

The Yonge + St. Clair BIA is Inviting Applications for a Board Member Secretary and for Board Members At-Large

The Yonge + St. Clair Business Improvement Area (BIA) is inviting applications by interested BIA members to join the Board of Management. Applicants must be a business tenant and/or the owner of a commercial property within the Yonge + St. Clair BIA boundaries.

The Yonge + St. Clair BIA represents 450+ businesses and 90+ property owners in the Yonge + St. Clair community in Midtown Toronto, Ontario. Formed in 2018, the BIA strengthens the economic health and livability of the neighbourhood through strategic investments in the public realm, exciting cultural programming, brand awareness, and advocacy on behalf of members.

Board Members are critical parts of our organization’s success and oversee and manage the BIA’s annual levy and service delivery. You’ll play a key role in supporting our neighbourhood alongside a diverse group of local business owners, property owners, and tenants.

A description of Secretary of the Board and Board Member At-Large responsibilities are provided below.


+ Attend monthly Board Meetings, approximately 1 hour in length
+ Highly encouraged to join additional subcommittees
+ Approximately 3 – 8 hours of additional time commitment per month
+ Be available for occasional communications with BIA staff

Applicable Skills / Assets

+ Leadership
+ Strategic thinking
+ Communication
+ People management
+ Legal / Risk management
+ Knowledge of the Yonge + St. Clair Community

Responsibilities of Board Members

+ Act on the behalf of the Yonge + St. Clair BIA and our membership though strategic decision-making with your fellow Board Members at Board Meetings
+ Support BIA organizational operations and service delivery
+ Provide oversight and accountability on behalf of the BIA membership
+ Review monthly Board packages prepared by BIA Staff which include information relevant for decision-making
+ Support BIA staff with leadership and insight

Additional Responsibilities of the Secretary

In addition to the regular duties of a Board Member At-Large, the Secretary shall:

+ Support the Executive Director and the Chair in preparing and delivering the monthly Board Meeting agendas
+ Prepare the minutes of the monthly Board Meetings
+ Certify copies of any record, registry, by-law, resolution, minute, or BIA policies
Support the Executive Director and the Chair in preparing and delivering the Annual General Meeting agenda and notice