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DesignTO 2020 Exhibitor Registration + Host Venue Call

Exhibitor Registration due October 4, Host Venue Submissions due June 21 by 11:59 PM

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DesignTO Festival’s 10-year anniversary will bring people together to celebrate ten days of contemporary art and design across the city January 17-26, 2020.

The Festival transforms Toronto into a hub for creativity, taking design and art out of the studio and into the urban sphere, bringing people together to celebrate contemporary culture. We provide opportunities for emerging talent and engage the community with exceptional and accessible public programming.

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 the Festival had 100+ events and exhibitions across the city with 150K+ visitors. From design talks to experimental installations to prototypes to opening parties and curated exhibitions, the Festival featured the work of over 600 artists and designers.

2020 Exhibitor Registration

DesignTO welcomes all who want to present, discuss, demonstrate, or exhibit design in any field and/or related disciplines. Exhibitors include independent 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.

The 10th annual TO DO 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.


$225 + HST for solo designer or ad hoc collective
$275 + HST for small businesses (including shops, artist-run centres, and private galleries)
$350 + HST for large businesses and institutions

*Register by August 31, 2019 and save $25.

Click here to learn more about 2019 Exhibitor Registration

2020 Call for Host Venues

If you have a venue you’d like to have activated with a window installation, event, or exhibition, DesignTO wants to hear from you!

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

By submitting to this call for host venues, you agree to host a creative project by an artist or designer during Festival Week, January 17-26, 2020. The duration and type of participation is entirely determined by you when you make your submission.

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

All submissions are due Friday, June 21, 2019 by 11:59pm EST.

Click here for more information on becoming a host venue.