What are the dates for the DesignTO Festival?

The Festival runs for 10 days, January 17–26, 2020.

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 artists, 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, lobbies, and businesses.

The 10th annual DesignTO Festival runs January 17–26, 2020, for 10 days. 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. Window installations and exhibitions can start before and/or end after Festival Week.

Join our newsletter to learn about additional ways to participate.

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

It is the responsibility of the venue to find a designer and register with DesignTO. However, we have a Host Venue program you can apply to, where we match venues with designers. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 21, 2019.

After this deadline, the Festival may be able to connect you with a designer outside of the program. If you are looking for a designer, please email Programs Coordinator Victoria Chin at victoria [at] designto.org to inquire.

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

It is the responsibility of the designer to secure a venue to exhibit their work.

However, we have a Guest Designer program you can apply to, where we match designers with venues. The dates and deadlines for this program will be announced mid-July. Please email victoria [at] designto.org to inquire, or join our newsletter to keep informed.

Who pays the registration fee?

Whoever registers becomes our primary contact. The primary contact will receive all communication from us, including the request for content due Friday, October 18, 2019.

The primary contact will be invoiced for the registration fee.

How do I pay my registration fee?

All registrations will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please expect confirmation by email within one week of submission. Once accepted, payment is required by e-transfer. Institutions have the option to pay by cheque.

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

If you withdraw your registration before November 1, 2019 we will refund your fee minus a $50 administration charge. After November 1, 2019, we cannot refund your fee.

What is the Content Deadline?

The Content Deadline is Friday, October 18, 2019.

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. This content will be used to create your listings on the online Festival Schedule, Festival mobile app, and printed Festival Guide, as well as for your “What to do” daily e-newsletter and website posts.

Once your registration has been accepted, we will send you a detailed email of how to submit your content. Content collection starts in early September and runs until the deadline.