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Call for Host Venues

Deadline: June 22, 2018

The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) brings people together to celebrate contemporary design across the city January 18-27, 2019.

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 we 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 venue you’d like to have activated with a window installation, event, or exhibition, we want to hear from you!

Potential venues include spaces in the City of Toronto such as shops, galleries, studios, cafés, schools, and cinemas.

How this works:

By submitting to this call for host venues, you agree to host a creative project by an artist or designer during Festival Week, January 18-27, 2019. The duration and type of participation is entirely determined by you when you make your submission. Here is an outline:

After we receive your submission, we will work to pair you with an artist or designer. You will not be involved in the selection process, but you will receive information about the artist/designer, and see their online portfolio or get information about what they are proposing to show. At that time, you will have 1 week to review this material, and make your final decision. If you decide that the project is unsuitable, we will cancel your participation in this program. The 1 week review period occurs September 2018.

As a host venue, you also agree to pay the registration fee as described below, and provide your venue free-of-charge to the artist or designer. The artist/designer is responsible for all costs of creating and mounting the creative project. Your venue will be mentioned (by name and address) where and when applicable in relation to the listing of the creative project you are hosting. Details are provided below.

Each exhibitor registration includes the following:


All submissions are due Friday, June 22, 2018 by 11:59pm EST.

Categories & Fees (to be paid by host venue)

Window installation: $165 + HST

Event or exhibition:

$255 + HST for small businesses (including independent shops, artist-run centres, and private galleries)
$325 + HST for large businesses and institutions

All fees include a $25 early bird registration discount. All fees will be invoiced after the artist/designer is confirmed in September 2018.

Click here to register

Why Participate?


Please visit us online to see last year’s roster of events, exhibitions, and window installations: https://designto.org/2018-schedule/.

Email any questions to Programs Coordinator Victoria Chin at [email protected] with this subject line: Host Venue Call + your name.

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