Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2017
1108 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H9, Canada, Toronto, Canada
The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) releases its 2017 Festival Schedule, which includes over 100 events, installations, and curated exhibitions. For one week annually, TO DO showcases talent throughout the city from January 16-22, 2017, featuring self-produced work from over 400 independent, local, national, and international designers and artists. The lineup presents international figures such as Alessandro Guerriero (Italy), Sheila Hicks (USA), and Binome (France), as well as Canadian brands like Mjölk, The Brothers Dressler, and Aubry / Levesque. “Our 2017 programme celebrates design across the board, with emphasis on work created in Toronto,” says Deborah Wang, Creative Director at the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. “Bold and innovative work by emerging and established creatives will fill storefronts, studios, galleries, and public spaces in Toronto. The city-wide and eye-level aspects of our festival makes design accessible and engaging.” TO DO also offers attendees the opportunity to experience design with all of their senses through innovative programming like a Blindfolded Walking Tour, The Sniff Bar, Rorschach, I feel heard: Design for better listening, and My Meal is an Imposter! In addition to the open projects, TO DO’s signature projects include the annual travelling exhibition ‘Outside the Box’, TO DO Talks Symposium: Design and the pursuit of well-being, Compact Living, Living Well, Resurfacing Taddle Creek, TO DO Tours: Regent Park, and TO DO Talks: Alessandro Guerriero, Winter 4D. “TO DO’s 2017 Festival Schedule captures the voice of creatives in our city, our country, and abroad, and presents them on a public stage for Canada’s largest celebration of design,” says Jeremy Vandermeij, Executive Director at the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. “Our Festival continues to grow each year, providing a platform for artists and designers to showcase their work, and advance design in Canada.” The Festival kicks off with the lively TO DO Festival Party. Taking place at Church of the Holy Trinity, the event features an installation by Design Fabrication Zone, Ryerson University’s interdisciplinary incubator for design and fabrication, and an outdoor installation by North Design Office in the adjacent park.