The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is back for it’s 8th big and beautiful year. The festival is the largest cultural celebration of design in Canada. There are over 100 free exhibitions, events and winter installations across the city, all designed to illuminate, celebrate and challenge your aesthetic interests. The festival is on now, until January 21st.
TO DO turns Toronto into an interactive hub for creativity, bringing design and art out from behind the closed doors of the studio, and into the urban sphere. It is designed to bring the community together to celebrate contemporary culture. There are too many interesting exhibitions and displays to mention, so check out the full schedule to plan your experience.
Here a few highlights for this year’s festival:
Analog Shift is an interactive exhibition taking place at Artscape Youngplace, Hallway Galleries (180 Shaw Street). The promotional installation for Seattle-based design brand, Fin, also serves as a social commentary on Virtual Reality (VR). Visitors use a classic childhood toy, the View-Master, to explore Fin’s showroom and highlight that actual physical objects are required to create a virtual reality.
365 Pieces of Felt
365 Pieces of Felt is a window display at the David Kaye Gallery (1092 Queen West). The display is visible from the Dovercourt entrance. A pile of felt may appear as a just a pile of wasted scraps to the untrained eye, but each day another photograph will be added to the display to demonstrate the seemingly infinite versatility that can be achieved with a little creativity. There will be a reception at the Gallery, with the artist Kathryn Walter on the final day of the festival, Sunday January 21st, from 2pm until 5pm. 365 Pieces of Felt continues after the festival at www.feltstudio.com/blog, where a new photo will be added every day of 2018.
70 Geary Avenue: Intersection Art & Design
Come and experience Toronto’s up and coming design district as the studio doors open to welcome you to 70 Geary Avenue: Intersection Art & Design. The city’s premier floral design studio, Emblem, will feature vibrant displays. The studio is also home to Lori Harrison Design – creators of art, textiles and wonderful wares, as well as Watson Soule. These producers of exceptionally expressive floor pieces invite the public to come get a glimpse of the art of rug making on Saturday January 20th, from 6pm to 9pm, at 70-72 Geary Avenue.
TO DO Talks: Symposium
If you can’t get enough of the festival, there are a few exclusive ticketed events that you won’t want to miss. The TO DO Talks Symposium: Designing the Future of Work is the third annual symposium. It brings together 12 experts from different disciplines to discuss what the future of work may look like. Topics range from organizational structures, to ritual and empathy, to architecture and responsive workplaces. The digital world will affect the way we work, from automation to constant connectivity, the future of work is looking more complex and design will play a major role in reshaping how we work. Tickets are available online or at the door. The talk takes place on Saturday, January 20th, from 1pm to 5pm at George Brown College, St. James Campus, Room 406 (auditorium), 290 Adelaide Street East.
TO DO Talks: Aberrant Architecture
Aberrant Architecture is a collaborative studio based in London, UK. Founders David Chambers and Kevin Haley will talk about everything you don’t see that goes into a final work of architecture. Moderated by Beatrice Galilee, a former collaborator with the studio and current Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. TO DO Talks: Aberrant Architecture takes place on Friday, January 19th, from 7:30pm until 9pm at Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets are available now.
If you want to connect with the creativity of your community, and feast your eyes on design that shapes and enhances our lives, put the Toronto Design Offsite Festival at the top of your TO DO list!
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