Thursday February 23

Early Access Preview5-10 PM

Opening Night Party7-10 PM

Friday February 2411 AM-10 PM

Saturday February 2511 AM-8 PM

Sunday February 2611 AM-6 PM

Better Living Center

Exhibition Place, Toronto

countdown to artist project 2017

February 23, 2017






From collectors and curators, to gallerists and designers, visitors can explore and discover works of art from over 250 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad. This is a unique opportunity to meet and buy art directly from artists at Toronto’s favourite art fair.




Valid any day between Friday, February 24 to Sunday, February 26.


Adult admission  $15 at the door / $14 online
Group adult tickets (10+ people)  $10 each
Senior admission (65+)  $10
Youth admission (13-17)  $10
Children 12 or under free


Early Access Preview (19+ event)  

$50 At door / $48 Online


Opening Night Party (19+ event)  

$30 At door / $28 Online 



Artist Project celebrates its 10th year with the most exciting show yet from February 23 to 26, 2017 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, 195 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto. For parking & directions click here.



Thursday February 23
Early Access Preview  5-10 PM
Opening Night Party  7-10 PM


Friday February 24   11 AM-10 PM

Saturday February 25  11 AM-8 PM

Sunday February 26 11 AM-6 PM


For parking, directions, out of town services and accessibility information CLICK HERE.

Art Battle #494


Art Battle #494 

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 7–10 PM 
Venue: Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto
Tickets: $14 (included in Artist Project admission)


Back by popular demand, Art Battle Canada takes the stage at Artist Project once again! On the evening of Friday, February 24 from 7-10 PM, Art Battle #494 will be held on the show floor.


Art Battle is live competitive painting, 16 artists selected from the fair will create the best work they can in 20 minutes.


As they paint, visitors can move around the easels, closely watching the creative process. The audience votes for their favourite painting and bids in silent auction to purchase artwork. Don’t miss this exciting live art tournament!




Art Battle After-Party

Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 10 PM – Late
Venue: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W, Toronto


Artist Project and Art Battle crash the Gladstone Hotel’s karaoke night!


After an evening of live painting at Artist Project, keep the excitement and creativity flowing at the Gladstone Hotel’s famous karaoke night. If singing is not your thing enjoy the Melody Bar’s selection of specialty cocktails and craft brewed libations and cheer on some special performances. First 50 visitors get a free one on us!



Front Entrance Installation


The Tenth Tide, is an impressive 100-foot-long watercolour mural by L.A.-based artist Tracy Hiner. Bold in color and texture, the feature installation explores how paint interacts with itself and the swirling beauty it creates. The scale allows the viewer to get up close and personal with the artwork, where you can experience the color, texture, and depth of the work in an intimate and personal way.


Art Chats Seminar Series

This popular seminar series offers a range of engaging talks hosted by leading art and design experts. Art Chats are complimentary with admission. Space is subject to availability.



The Art of the Fluid

Michael Vickers, Salimah Ebrahim, Reagan Zuzarte

Saturday, February 25, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM


In a world always-on, increasingly mobile and more dynamic than ever, how does creativity find its place? We call on an arts-focused digital charity, a co-working arts studio collective and the ‘AirBnb of creative showcases’ to explore how new ideas are disrupting typically static worlds. The panel tackles challenges and opportunities spanning philanthropy, artist exposure and startup technology when it comes to discovery and continuity.



Get Smart on Art.

Manny Neubacher and Anya Shor

Saturday, February 25, 1-2 PM


Manny Neubacher and Anya Shor of The Art Stylists will help you get over your fear of buying your first work of art. Learn the basics of art buying with an introduction to various mediums, genres and trends that will help you determine the “look” for your home and lifestyle. The Art Stylists will help you broaden your search by encouraging you to embrace the endless possibilities in colour, size and textures. They will offer helpful tips and insight into how to approach artists, galleries and other art professionals, and ultimately the pleasure of selecting and displaying the right piece for the right place.



Post, Like, Repeat. Social Media and The Art Market 

Kate Barron

Saturday, February 25, 3-4 PM


Arts and culture advocate and writer Kate Barron utilizes the of social media to strengthen brands and build relationships. Kate has worked in both commercial and non-profit arts organizations as understands how social media can be harnessed to make the arts more inclusive and profitable. Kate will host a discussion panel to talk about the impact of social media on the market as well as it’s potential and where it’s heading. Panelists will include stakeholders representing multiple sides of the market: Communications Specialist and Cultural Strategist, Angelica Demetriou, exhibiting artist Todd Monk, and Social Media Manager for the AGO, Lexie Buchanan.


Ultimate Art & Pop Culture Quiz

Mark Challen

Saturday, February 25, 5-6 PM


It’s trivia time! Test your knowledge of art, artists and art movements from The Renaissance to today. See how many images you can identify from 100 questions — designed to get your grey matter pumping. (Highest score gets a prize!) Presented by art and culture superfan Mark Challen, host of The Stylecooler Podcast on iTunes. 



StreetARToronto (StART): Inspiring neighbourhoods one wall at a time 

Lilie Zendel

Sunday, February 26, 1-2 PM

Toronto’s dynamism and creativity can be found in many of its public spaces throughout the city. In this talk, Lilie Zendel, Manager of the City’s StreetARToronto (StART)  program discusses its distinctive approach to facilitating artwork in the public realm including an overview of the various programs that have been developed since its launch in 2012. Artists Jim Bravo, Arwynn Davey and Adrian Hayles join her to discuss their involvement with this unique City program.



Being There

Erin Loree and Nicole Collins

Sunday, February 26, 3-4 PM


Join artist Erin Loree and artist and OCAD University assistant professor Nicole Collins for a cross-generational conversation about what it is to be an Artist in the 21st century. This lively discussion will focus on Residencies, The Studio, The Commercial Gallery and the importance of Community and Relationships in building a sustainable practice and life.





Valet Parking

Valet Service is available for Opening Night on Thursday, February 23. Pick up will be at the main entrance of the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place.


Valet Service will be available from 4:30PM to 10:30PM.

Valet curb charge is $30 taxes included.


Text for your car option will be available to guests. The text for your car option allows guests inside of the show to request their vehicle without having to walk out to the valet drop off point. This allows the valet company to have the vehicle warmed up and ready for them upon arrival. Guests are provided a business card in addition to their valet voucher with a number they can text and instructions should they decide to text request.


Public Parking

$15 daily, $12 after 6 PM

For parking lot locations, visit the Exhibition Place Parking Map.



Coming by car?


Exhibition Place is located 4kms west of downtown Toronto and is accessible via the Gardiner Expressway or Lakeshore Boulevard. Enter your postal code & get complete driving instructions


Coming by TTC?


From the West:  Take the Bloor subway to Dufferin Station and proceed to street level.  Board the #29 bus south to Exhibition Place.


From the East:  Take the Bloor subway to Bathurst Station and proceed to street level.  Board the #511 streetcar south towards Fleet Loop. Transfer to the 509/511 replacement bus towards Lakeshore and Bathurst. Exit at the “Saskatchewan Rd.” stop.


From the North:  Take the Yonge-University subway to Bloor Station. Transfer to the Bloor subway to Dufferin Station and proceed to street level. Board the #29 bus south to Exhibition Place.  For more information, visit TTC


Coming by GO Transit?


Exhibition Place has a GO station located on the grounds.  The station name is EXHIBITION and is one stop west of Union Station on the East-West Lakeshore line. For more information, visit GO Transit



Gladstone ‘Staycation’ Hotel Package


In partnership with the Artist Project, the Gladstone Hotel is offering a special Artist Project ‘Staycation’ Hotel package which includes a special hotel rate, two tickets to the fair, and a Friday Gallery tour of the Hotel’s 3 floors of exhibition space.


Internationally recognized as Canada’s favourite Boutique Art Hotel with 37 artist-designed hotel rooms, the Gladstone uniquely blends historical Victorian architecture with contemporary luxury, downtown culture and whole lot of art, making it an iconic Toronto hub for local and international travelers & artists alike.


Discount rooms starting at $169+tax/night for a Classic Room, $209+tax/night for a Gimme More Room.


To book your Artist Project Staycation contact the Gladstone at 416-531-4635 or make your reservation online HERE and use promo code ARTPRO.




Kid Space

Let your kids unleash their inner Picasso in this kid-friendly zone. Open to children of all ages. This is an unsupervised area.


Free Re-Admission

Before you leave, pick up a re-admit slip at the Information Desk and return any day for free!



The Artist Project is committed to excellence in serving all customers including persons with disabilities. We are also committed to giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to access our goods and services and allowing them to benefit from the same services, in the same place, and in a similar way as other participants. 


Click here for the full AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) Customer Service Policy.


OCAD U Career Launchers Initiative

OCAD University’s Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers partners with the Artist Project to present Kevin Holliday’s multimedia performance, Rub, as part of the Career Launchers Program.


Transforming into a cultural icon, Holliday performs a durational meditation, embodying the symbol of the Laughing Buddha, and invites visitors to interact with him as if he is an actual lucky statue.  Exploring the ideas of identity creation, Rub is simultaneously a celebration of the self and a critique of the ways in which the self is constructed.  Rub explores the ways in which bodies are read, how meanings are written on, or written off of them, and the ways in which we are forced to re-enact those meanings.


Art Walks Guided Tours

See the show through a different lens! Guided tours explore trends and themes in the art world and delve deeper into artists’ insights, inspirations and processes.


Art Walks are complimentary with admission and last approximately 20 minutes. Tours run Friday to Sunday from 1 PM to 5 PM beginning every hour on the hour. Meet up at the Information Desk near the main entrance.


Titles & Descriptions


Medium Highlights Art Walk
This walk will take visitors to a visit artists exhibiting in a variety of different mediums. See how inspiration and artistic practice is expressed through various forms.


The Canada 150 Art Walk
In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday this art walk will explore how our home and native land has influenced and been depicted in artwork exhibited at the fair.


Bountiful Botanical Art Walk
Not your average still life – the representation and motifs of the botanical are blossoming at this year’s show. This art walk will examine diverse representations of the botanical in art.


Line & Pattern Art Walk
On this art walk see how the basic elements of line and pattern used in altered, repetitive and stark methods bring artwork and artistic inspiration to life.


Exploring the Female Form Art Walk
The female form has provided artistic inspiration for over twenty thousand years. This art walk will delve into the vision of our artists as they portray the female form.  



Friday February 24

1 PM - Medium Highlights Art Walk
2 PM - The Canada 150 Art Walk
3 PM - Medium Highlights Art Walk
4 PM - Bountiful Botanical Art Walk
5 PM - Line & Pattern Art Walk


Saturday February 25

1 PM - Medium Highlights Art Walk
2 PM - Line & Pattern Art Walk
3 PM - Medium Highlights Art Walk
4 PM - Exploring the Female Form Art Walk
5 PM - The Canada 150 Art Walk


Sunday February 26

1 PM - Medium Highlights Art Walk
2 PM - Bountiful Botanical Art Walk
3 PM - Medium Highlights Art Walk
4 PM - The Canada 150 Art Walk
5 PM - Exploring the Female Form Art Walk


2017 Sponsors
























Interested in sponsoring the arts and artists at the Artist Project? We value our relationships with our sponsors and through close collaboration we strive to promote our brands in tandem as high-quality experiences that support the arts and enrich lives.


Our approach to our corporate sponsorship relationships is to organically market the brands leading up to the event through our print and web marketing campaigns, as well as onsite within the show. Our aim is to provide an experience that follows attendees throughout the year and demonstrates both Artist Project’s and its corporate sponsors’ commitment to the arts beyond the fair.


Artist Project offers a broad range of corporate sponsorship opportunities including custom sponsorship packages which tie your brand to an event that attracts art lovers nationwide.


For information please contact:


Claire Taylor
Show Director, Artist Project

2017 Jury Members

Participating artists are carefully juried by a selection committee of art professionals. We are pleased to present the members of the 2017 jury:



Mark Challen, Founder,
Mark Challen is a Toronto-based writer, illustrator, speaker and media entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in arts and design communications. His new website and weekly podcast, Stylecooler, is dedicated to archiving and celebrating history’s most creative people, places, things and moments on the style side of culture. Mark has been a proud supporter of The Artist Project since its launch in 2008, and he has delivered talks at the show about art, decorating, taste and popular culture.

Kate Barron, Co-Founder, The Art Market
Kate Barron is an arts writer, art dealer and co-founder of The Art Market, an online presence dedicated to sharing meaningful and beautiful fine art and design. She has contributed to various online publications, multiple smartphone apps, and has also been published in Canadian Architecture Magazine. Kate has worked with the Vancouver Biennale, an organization that brings public art and installations by international artists to Vancouver and its surrounding cities.


Lukus Toane, Director of Exhibitions, The Gladstone
Lukus Toane is the Director of Exhibitions at the Gladstone Hotel. Lukus has been a part of the Gladstone Exhibitions team since 2013. He is responsible for working with curators and organizing all the talented artists that come through our doors. His responsiblities include creative & artistic projects management and development of year-round curatorial / exhibitions programming at Toronto’s leading Art Hotel.



All inquiries for show news, access to speakers, show organizers and photos may be directed to our publicist Lindsay Singer, Faulhaber Communications, 416 504 0768 x 223, and every effort will be made to provide you with information in a timely manner. 


For access to the password protected Media Image Bankclick here.


10 Alcorn Avenue, Suite 100, Toronto, ON M4V 3A9

(416) 960-5395 |

Claire Taylor

Show Director

(416) 960-4527 |


Emily-Jean Alexander

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Relations and Administrative Coordinator

(416) 960-5395 |


Catia Varricchio

Strategic Sponsorship

416-960-4511 |

Mimi Shao

Marketing & Communications Manager

(416) 960-4513 |


Patti Stewart

Vice President, Informa Canada Inc.

(416) 960-4510 |


Nina Eksir

Special Projects & Recruitment Coordinator

416-512-3869 |