What are the dates for the DesignTO Festival?

The Festival runs for 10 days, January 20-29, 2023.

How do I participate in the Festival?

You can be a part of the Festival by producing an event, exhibition, window installation, or digital project. We welcome all who want to present, discuss, demonstrate, or exhibit design in any field and/or related disciplines. Exhibitors include artists, designers, 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. You can read more about ways to participate and key deadlines here.

The 13th annual DesignTO Festival runs January 20-29, 2023 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.

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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 Venue-Designer Matchmaking Program you can apply to, where we match venues with designers. The deadline for Host Venues to submit their application is Friday, July 8, 2022. 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 Olga Klosowski Schellenberg, Programs Coordinator, at [email protected] 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 Venue-Designer Matchmaking Program you can apply to, where we match designers with venues. Submissions for the Call for Guest Designers will be reviewed and matched on a rolling basis, starting July 18, 2022. The final deadline to submit is Monday, September 12, 2022. Please email [email protected] to inquire, or join our newsletter to keep informed.

Who pays the registration fee?

Host Venues pay the registration fee. For Independent Projects, whoever registers becomes our primary contact and pays 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 to confirm participation. 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, 2022 we will refund your fee minus a $50 administration charge. After November 1, 2022 we cannot refund your fee.

What is the Event Listing Deadline?

The Event Listing Deadline is Friday, October 21, 2022. This is the deadline for submitting information about your project, as well as representative images, for your online event listing. For example, this information includes the title of your project, venue name and address, list of participating artists/designers, a short and long description of your project, and relevant dates and times, including venue/gallery hours for exhibitions. This information will be used to create your listings on the online Festival Schedule, Festival mobile app, “What to do” daily e-newsletter and website posts. Once your application has been accepted, we will send you a detailed email of how to submit your event listing. Event listings can be submitted starting in early September until the deadline.