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What are the dates for the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, a.k.a. TO DO 18?

The Festival runs for 1 week, January 15-21, 2018.

How do I participate in the Festival?

You can be a part of Festival by producing an event, exhibition, or window installation.

We welcome all who want to present, discuss, demonstrate, or exhibit design in any field and/or related disciplines. Exhibitors include independent designers, artists, design firms, local businesses, academic and cultural institutions, and students. Exhibitors are responsible for arranging their own venue in the city of Toronto, including spaces such as galleries, studios, workshops, cafés, schools, cinemas, and businesses.

The 8th annual TO DO Festival runs January 15-21, 2018. Window installations must run for the entire week, events must take place during the week, and exhibitions must run during some part of the week. Installations and exhibitions can start before and/or end after Festival Week.

There are also other ways to participate. Use our Decision Tree to navigate the options.

I have a venue and would like to exhibit in the Festival. Will TO DO assign me a designer?

It is generally the responsibility of the venue to find a designer and register with TO DO. However, we have a Host Venue program you can apply to. The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 7, 2017. After this date, the Festival may be able to connect you with a designer looking for a venue. If you are looking for a designer, please email Programs Assistant Victoria Chin at victoria [at] todesignoffsite.com to inquire.

I am a designer and would like to participate in the Festival. Will TO DO assign me a venue?

It is generally the responsibility of the designer to secure a venue to exhibit their work. However, we have a Guest Designer program you can apply to. The dates and deadlines for this program will be announced mid-July 2017. Please email victoria [at] todesignoffsite.com to inquire.

Who completes the registration form and pays the fee?

Either designer or venue can register.

Whoever registers becomes our primary contact. The primary contact will be invoiced for the registration fee after the registration form is received, and will also receive all future communication from us, including the request for content due Monday, October 16, 2017.

How do I pay my registration fee?

After completing the registration form, you will receive an invoice by email.

Registration fees are payable by cheque (made out to “Toronto Design Offsite Festival”) or by credit card through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to pay by credit card. Payment is due within 30 days of receiving the invoice.

What happens if I withdraw my registration after paying the registration fee?

If you withdraw your registration before October 2, 2017 we will refund your fee minus a $25 administration charge. If you withdraw before December 1, 2017, we will refund your fee minus a $75 administration charge. After December 1, 2017, we cannot refund your fee.

What is the Content Deadline?

The Content Deadline is Monday, October 16, 2017. This is the deadline for submitting information about your project, as well as representative images. For example, this information includes the title of your project, venue name and address, list of participating artist(s)/designer(s), a short and long description of your project, and relevant dates and times, including venue/gallery hours for exhibitions. Once you are registered, we will send you a detailed email of how to submit.

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