August 13, 2018

Call for Designers – 2019 Toronto Design Offsite Festival

Attention designers and artists! Are you looking for space for the 2019 Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO)?

The Yonge + St. Clair BIA has partnered with TO DO and is offering a number of local venues to showcase your creative project. Venues are free of charge, and also cover the exhibitor registration fee.

Join the Festival to become a part of an exciting network of creative people, exhibitions, events, and a captive audience of designers and design-lovers. Last year, TO DO had 100+ events and exhibitions across the city, 140K+ visitors, 95+ million press impressions, and 500+ million total brand impressions. From design talks to experimental installations to prototypes to opening parties and curated exhibitions, the Festival featured the work of over 800 artists and designers.

If you have a project you’d like to showcase, then we want to hear from you!

By submitting to this call for guest artists/designers, you agree to produce a creative project to be showcased at Yonge + St. Clair during Festival Week, January 18-27, 2019. The duration and type of participation is entirely up to you. We’re excited to learn about your creative ideas in your submission, due Friday, September 14, 2018.

Here is an outline of what’s possible:

– A window installation runs the whole Festival Week, and is visible to the public 24 hours a day from the outside of your venue. Depending on the space, the installation may also be viewable from inside your venue during regular business/gallery hours.

– An event runs one day during Festival Week, for a set period of time. Events can include a talk, a product launch, screening, or a workshop.

– An exhibition runs more than one day during Festival Week. It is visible to the public during regular business/gallery hours, and may include a window component. It can start before Festival Week, and end after Festival Week. It may also include an opening or closing reception, or artist/designer’s talk.

Host venues commit to paying the Festival registration fee, and provide the venue free of charge to the artist/designer.

Host venues will be confirmed by September 14, at which point selected artists will have the opportunity to choose their top 3 venue options.

As the artist/designer, you are responsible for all costs related to creating, producing and mounting your creative project. You are also responsible for collaborating well with your host venue, which includes communicating the details of your project, including all logistics, with the owner/manager of the host venue, and coordinating the project’s successful execution.

Each registered project will receive:

– A listing on the online Festival Schedule (one page with up to 6 images, 200-word description, 1 opening reception or other event);

– A listing on the Festival mobile App (one page with up to 6 images, 40-word description, 1 opening reception or other event);

– A listing in the printed Festival Guide (event or exhibition name, dates, address, website URL) with an anticipated distribution of 15,000 copies city-wide;

– Inclusion in one “What TO DO” daily e-newsletter and corresponding “What TO DO” website post;

– TO DO venue signage (e.g. window cling);

– Opportunity to be part of the TO DO x Yonge + St. Clair tour, to be scheduled during the festival; and,

– Opportunity to be part of the Yonge + St. Clair opening night party.



Submissions are due September 14, 2018


If you have any questions, please contact:
Mackenzie Keast
Executive Director, Yonge + St. Clair BIA


Gallery of 2018 TO DO exhibits at Yonge + St. Clair and Beyond


The Toronto Design Offsite Festival is Canada’s largest cultural celebration of design with over 100 exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week, January 18-27, 2019.

Going into its 9th year, the Festival transforms Toronto into a hub for creativity, taking design and art out of the studio and into the urban sphere, bringing people together to celebrate contemporary culture. We provide opportunities for emerging talent and engage the community with exceptional and accessible public programming.

In January 2018, the Festival had direct participation from 800+ artists and designers, 140K + visitors, 95+ million press impressions, and 500+ million total brand impressions