Artist Opportunities

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CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES (listed by category & deadline date):


* EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Administration & Development Coordinator (Gallery TPW)
Gallery TPW invites applications for the position of Administration & Development Coordinator. Reporting to the Executive Director, this role is responsible for gallery administrative duties and some development activities, including the coordination of fundraising events. The Administration & Development Coordinator is often the gallery’s first liaison with membership and the general public and provides support to the Executive Director and Board of Directors. Read the full job description HERE.
Deadline: September 12, 2017 at 5pm

* EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Multiple Opportunities (Toronto International Film Festival) 
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is dedicated to presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema to film lovers and has grown to embrace programming 365 days a year. As a premier cultural institution TIFF offers screenings, lectures, discussions, festivals, workshops, industry support and the chance to meet filmmakers from Canada and around the world. See the current TIFF employment opportunities HERE.
Deadline: Multiple deadlines


* CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: Main Squared (East End Arts)
Main Squared is a free arts and community festival that will activate and explore the public square at the corner of Main Street & Danforth Avenue from August 26 to September 3, 2017. There are a variety of volunteer roles that we are looking for assistance with, and we invite you to join the Main Squared team! Full details HERE.
Deadline: Ongoing

* CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: Arts in the Parks (Toronto Arts Foundation)
Toronto Arts Foundation invites applications from volunteers ages 14+ who are passionate about your neighbourhood, being outside, arts and culture, or any combination of the above. Toronto Arts Foundation needs a team of 250+ volunteers for their newest initiative: Arts in the Parks, a city-wide initiative that brings free, family-friendly arts programming to parks in neighbourhoods across Toronto from June to September. Arts in the Parks will encourage community building, enjoyment of local parks, and activities for residents and tourists of all ages. Events will include performances, dance, music, theatre, film, community-engaged work, and more. Full details HERE.
Deadline: Ongoing

* CALL FOR YOUTH VOLUNTEERS: Animating Danforth East (ArtCave)
ArtCave‘s Animating Danforth East is a series of free animation workshops for kids, youth and adults, held by emerging and established local artists and animators, followed by a week-long animation festival involving display of all the animations created during the workshops. Volunteer with ArtCave during the educational animation workshops or the festival events. Full details HERE and see Animating Danforth East’s Call for Volunteers. To apply, email
Deadline: Ongoing

* CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: Art in Phin Park 
The Art in Phin Park project is looking for student volunteers in need of their community hours. The volunteers will work with the Artist in Residence Jerry Silverberg to facilitate art activities in the park. Over July and August there are 4 different arts disciplines offered. These include printmaking, collage, bookmaking, and puppetry. You can volunteer for any length of time but a one week commitment would be wonderful. The art making begins each day, Monday to Thursday from 11am to 3pm. The volunteer will assist in setting up, working with participants ranging from 5 years old to adults in making art. This is a wonderful opportunity to get your volunteer hours in a creative environment. For information or to reserve your dates please call Jerry Silverberg or email:
Deadline: ongoing


* CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Artist Survey (Artscape Daniels Launchpad)
Artscape Daniels Launchpad is a one-stop art and design entrepreneurship hub. Developed and operated by Artscape and opening in 2018, this 30,000 sq. ft. facility to be located on Queens Quay East at Lower Jarvis Street, is a new model of creative space, that supports creative production, collaboration, experimentation, invention and idea exchange. In advance of opening, Artscape is sharing a survey broadly among artists, designers, and creative entrepreneurs. All responses will be kept anonymous, and through your participation, you can assist Artscape with developing a more accurate understanding of artists’ needs. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. To participate, please click HERE.
Deadline: ongoing

* CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: nookFLEA Monthly Laneway Markets
The nooks, in partnership with The Laneway Project, is hosting monthly nookFLEA markets that take place on the last Sunday of every month in the laneway just north of Danforth Avenue between Woodmount and Woodbine. Apply for one or apply to all. The nooks is seeking vendors for Vintage, Upcycled, Furniture, Plants + Flowers, and Handmade goods. Full details HERE.
Deadline: ongoing monthly throughout the Summer

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Winter Light Exhibition 2017 (Ontario Place)
Ontario Place is seeking proposals from Ontario residents for illuminated sculptures that project light, shape light, transmit light, reflect light and/or contain light. Applicants are encouraged to explore and combine unconventional materials and methods that respond to light in different ways, ensuring the piece is visually successful during the day and night in our outdoor winter environment. Full details HERE.
Deadline: August 28, 2017

* WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY: My Art My New Land (Airsa Art and Thought Association)
Airsa Art and Thought Association presents My Art My New Land, the second edition of a series of workshops for newcomer artists to improve their communication skills and ability to adapt to a new society and culture. These workshops will cover topics including adaptability, communication, networking, and marketing skills and will be taught using improv techniques and facilitated discussions. The workshops are being held in partnership with Cultural Hotspot, East End Arts, and Neighbourhood Arts Network. Registration is required. Full details HERE.
Upcoming Workshops: August 29, September 5, September 12

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Fall 2017 Submissions (The Matador Review)
Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review publishes poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, and is now accepting submissions for its Fall 2017 publication. All unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art are invited to submit work. Full details HERE.
Deadline: August 31, 2017

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2017 Youth Arts Pitch Contest (ArtReach) 
ArtReach invites applications for the 2017 Youth Arts Pitch Contest in two categories: Community Arts Projects & Productions, and Creative Business and Career Development. Each category has one $5000 grand prize winner, a $2000 runner- up prize, and two gift certificates that groups can use towards professional or artistic development. Artists working in a broad range of art forms are encouraged to apply, including dance, drama, music, carnival and circus, film and video, TV and radio, new media, fashion, creative writing, visual arts, crafts, hip hop, design, multi-media, urban arts and more. Full details HERE.
Deadline: September 1, 2017 at 5pm

* CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Emerging Designer Competition (Design Exchange)
Design Exchange, in partnership with RBC Foundation, is now accepting applications for the 2017 Emerging Designer Competition. This national competition seeks to provide an unparalleled opportunity for emerging Canadian designers to gain recognition and exposure, while celebrating the immense and diverse design talent in Canada. Full details HERE.
Deadline: September 1, 2017

* CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: nookFEST – Community Arts & Music Festival
The nooks invites applications for nookFEST – a community arts & music festival and laneway bash on September 9 featuring entertainment, music, food, and shopping. The nooks is seeking vendors for the entertainment kid zone, music (main stage & laneway), food & beverages, plants & flowers, artisan handcrafted goods, and more. Full details HERE.
Deadline: September 6, 2017

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Call for Contemporary Exhibitions (Cedar Ridge Creative Centre)
Cedar Ridge Creative Centre invites submissions for contemporary artists working in a variety of media to apply for exhibition space in bi-weekly intervals available from January to March, 2018. Artists are encouraged to apply as an individual or as a group. Exhibitions are scheduled for two weeks at a time. Artists receive a small honorarium, invitations, and marketing assistance. There is no application fee to apply to this stream. Full details HERE.
Deadline: September 8, 2017

The Red Head Gallery is accepting submissions for WHO ARE YOU? and encourages new artists to be part of this exciting event. This year, in keeping with the original salon style, The Red Head Gallery is offering the opportunity to submit one, two, or three works whose total size does not exceed 36” x 48”. Artworks must reflect the theme of WHO ARE YOU? as interpreted by the artist and must meet the aesthetic standards of the gallery. The exhibition will be September 27 – October 1, including Nuit Blanche on Saturday, September 30. Full details HERE.
Deadline: September 13, 2017

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Short-Term Gallery Rentals – See and Be Seen (Cedar Ridge Creative Centre)
Cedar Ridge Creative Centre invites artists to apply for a short term gallery space rental to exhibit work. Exhibitions can be organized by individuals of all abilities, including but not limited to; students, artists, collectives, makers, designers, groups, and classes. Rates, including HST are $260 for one week and $520.00 for two weeks for all three rooms. Gallery commission is 20% on sales which goes towards gallery operations. There is no application fee to apply to this stream. Full details HERE.
Deadline: September 15, 2017

* CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Program (Ontario Heritage Trust)
Ontario Heritage Trust is accepting submissions for the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence program, which is a unique, living, and working incubator for professional visual artists, musicians, and writers of all disciplines, offering privacy and opportunity for artists to concentrate on their work. Apply to live and work at the Fool’s Paradise Artist-in-Residence Centre. The Centre embraces the multi-disciplinary nature of the arts, strives to demonstrate the positive and restorative influence of landscape and the environment, and fosters excellence among contemporary Canadian artists, musicians, and writers. Full details HERE.
Deadline: September 30, 2017 by 3pm

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Emergence (Dylan Ellis Gallery)
Dylan Ellis Gallery invites submissions for the Emergence group photography exhibition that will take place December 1, 2017 to January 8, 2018, with an Opening Reception on December 15 from 6-9pm. The exhibition will be a curated eight person show. Each photographer will have five feet of wall space to showcase their framed images. ​Photographers can book more than one spot. Spots are booked on a first come first served basis. The Dylan Ellis Gallery is a photographic gallery in the east end of Toronto, featuring up and coming and distinguished photographers from Canada and abroad. Full details HERE.
Deadline: October 30, 2017

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Big Picture – Collective Art Project
The Big Picture is a collective art project where people around the world are collaborating to create a big mosaic picture from thousands of drawings. This project outlines the connections between individuals from all around the world and can be seen as a giant conversation taking place between all the participants through a dynamic and monumental art work. Full details HERE.
Deadline: December 31, 2018

* CALL FOR REGISTRATION: Music Lessons – East End Music Project
East End Music Project (EEMP) is a non-profit music school whose goal is to give every child the very best music education. Registration for September 2017 to May 2018 is now open. EEMP provides instruments, curriculum, instruction from professional musicians, ensemble work, and performance opportunities in piano, guitar, ukulele, percussion, music foundations, and choir. All music lessons are subsidized on a sliding scale based on your income and all families are eligible. Lessons are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Secord Elementary School, on the second floor, 101 Barrington Avenue. Lessons fill up quickly and are first-come, first-served. Full details HERE.
Deadline: Ongoing

Artisans At Works has a 600+square foot gallery/studio available for those looking for an amazing space to teach your creative classes and workshops. With flexible hours, the space can be made available on weekdays, evenings, or weekends for weekly classes, monthly events, and one-day Workshops. Fees of $90/3 hour class (+hst) includes: easels, tables, chairs, studio sinks, material storage (for repeat classes), washrooms, and Social Media promotion provided in tandem with your promotion. Full details HERE.
Available now


* CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The Parliamentary Poet Laureate
The Parliament of Canada welcomes nominations for the next Parliamentary Poet Laureate for the 2018-19 term. The role is aimed to encourage and promote the importance of literature, culture, and language in Canadian society, and to draw Canadians’ attention to poetry, both spoken and written, and its role in our lives. Full details HERE.
Deadline: September 1, 2017

* GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Visual Artists Program (Toronto Arts Council)
Toronto Arts Council‘s Visual Artists program provides support to visual artists who have a professional independent art practice for the creation/production of new work or the completion of works in progress. Funds are intended to cover direct costs of creation/production, subsistence and materials. Visual Arts includes drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, printmaking, bookworks, performance art, installation and fine crafts. Full details HERE.
Deadline: September 14, 2017

* GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Artists in the Library (Toronto Arts Council)
Toronto Arts Council‘s Artists in the Library program is intended to create new work and collaborative opportunities for Toronto artists, increase arts access in local communities, and animate library spaces outside the downtown core. The Artists in the Library program provides funding to professional artists, arts organizations and collectives working in any discipline to undertake three or four month community engagement residencies in selected branches of the Toronto Public Library. Resident artists will deliver free programs such as creative workshops and community engaged activities or events. Funding for this program is provided by the City of Toronto. Full details HERE.
Deadline: October 2, 2017

* CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: John Hirsch Prize (Canada Council for the Arts)
Canada Council for the Arts invites nominations for The John Hirsch Prize, which was created in 1995 to recognize new and developing theatre directors who have demonstrated great potential for future excellence and exciting artistic vision. Two $6,000 prizes are awarded every two years, one for each of the Anglophone and Francophone theatre communities. Full details HERE.
Deadline: October 2, 2017


* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Music 311 and Live from City Hall (City of Toronto) 
City of Toronto brings the music of Toronto artists to the public through the Music 311 and Live from City Hall initiatives. As part of the Music 311 program, in-queue callers will hear recorded music from local artists while they’re waiting to speak to a customer service operator. Live from City Hall is a music showcase series that features local artists performing in the first-floor rotunda of one of Toronto’s most iconic buildings. Toronto-based artists are encouraged to apply for both opportunities to share their music. Full details HERE.
Deadline: Ongoing

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Dylan Ellis Gallery
Dylan Ellis Gallery invites submissions for its upcoming Group and Solo shows in 2017. Each Group Show exhibition will be a curated eight person show. Upcoming Group exhibitions include Landscape (July 3-Aug. 28), Abstract (Sept. 1-27), Urban (Oct. 1- 30), and Emergence (Dec. 1-Jan 8). Solo Show space can be used to launch a new body of work or provide a more formal presentation for gallery’s and curators (Nov. 1-29). Full details HERE.
Deadline: Ongoing

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2017-2018 Exhibition at Queen/Saulter Library
The Queen/Saulter Library is pleased to provide space for art exhibits in a beautiful historic building. Artists are invited to submit their work for possible exhibition during the 2017-2018 exhibit season. Works in all media, including photography (no sculptures) will be considered. Selected artists are given three-month showings. Artists or groups of artists selected to exhibit will pay a $20 plus HST exhibition fee at the time of installation. Please contact the Queen/Saulter Library for more information or email
Deadline: Ongoing

The East End Music Project offers non-profit music education for east end kids. With increased enrollment, more children are learning music but there is a great need for additional instruments (keyboards, hand drums, bongos, guitars, and ukuleles). To donate, please contact Miranda at: eastendmusicproject(at)gmail(dot)com

Are you planning a performance in 2017? Are you looking for a great space for your class or workshop? The new Crow’s Theatre performance facility is now booking rentals. Conveniently located at the corner of Dundas St. East and Carlaw Ave., in the heart of Leslieville, the new home includes three dynamic space suitable for performances, events, weddings, classes, workshops, meetings and rehearsals. Visit the Crow’s Theatre website HERE to learn more about the new venue and how it might suit your upcoming performance, event or workshop needs. For more information, please email margaret(at)crowstheatre(dot)com.

* CALL FOR ARTISTS: Office of Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith
The MP of Beaches-East York, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith invites artists to display their artwork in his constituency office at 1902 Danforth Avenue (btwn Woodbine & Coxwell). The wall space is as follows (ideally one artist per room): Meeting room A: 1st wall (100”l x 60”h); 2nd wall (80”l x 60”h); 3rd wall (88”l x 60”h). Meeting Room B: 4th wall (88”l x 60”h); 5th wall (88”l x 60”h); and addition wall space, max size of 30”l x 30”h. No commission will be taken for sale of the work. Artists are encouraged to provide a price card with contact information, local art group (if applicable), and price of the piece. Art work will be displayed in meeting rooms where clients, community members, and leaders will be invited on a regular basis. Artists are asked to send pictures of their work via email for a preview (with sizes), though there is no jury selection process. Artwork will be displayed in quarterly installments (3 month period), and is to be hung and removed by the artist. Artists are welcome to visit the space beforehand, and are invited to contact the office to make arrangements for displaying their work. Call Diana at 416-432-2572 or email: Nathaniel.Erskine-Smith.C1(at)parl.gc(dot)ca

* CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Young People Making a Living in the Creative Industries
The Young People Making a Living in the Creative Industries project will assess the incomes streams and revenues of youth creative workers, focusing on the transition period between youth leaving formal education and becoming established in the field of creative work. If you are 18-35 years old, working in a creative field either for yourself or for a creative industries company, supporting yourself strictly from creative work or complimenting your income with outside work, and are not enrolled in full-time studies, you are invited to volunteer in this study of young people making a living in the creative industries. Click HERE for more info and to take the survey.

* CALL FOR ARTISTS: Artisans At Work
Looking for a beautiful gallery to hold your accessible east end show? Look no further! Artisans At Work offers reasonable rates for 1-4 week show periods and is accepting art show proposals for 2016. There is also a monthly call for artists to display during the First Fridays exhibitions. Click HERE for more details, and email artisansatwork(at)yahoo(dot)com for inquiries.

* CALL FOR PITCHES: Flying Pony Gallery
Flying Pony Gallery would like to hear from emerging and mid-career artists specializing in painting who are interested in having a show during 2015 at Flying Pony Gallery, located at 1481 Gerrard St E. in Toronto. An artist run space with very artist-friendly rates, the gallery is looking for new work to show in two large well-lit gallery spaces that receive lots of traffic and are open 7 days a week. Send your creative pitch with a few images or a link to your work to: flyingponycafe(at)gmail(dot)com.

* CALL FOR ARTISTS: The Kingston Social
The Kingston Social is a gallery/creative workspace with an ongoing call to artists for various group and solo exhibitions, seeking both emerging and professional artists in any medium, for individual work as well as larger show ideas. Rental opportunities are also offered. If you are interested in running creative workshops, lessons or events in a beautiful gallery setting with kitchen facilities at affordable rates, visit Please send all inquiries and submissions to: tracey(at)thekingstonsocial(dot)com.

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Solo/Group Art Exhibit Proposals for 2017 (Artisans At Work)
Artisans At Work is an east end Toronto community retail and working arts centre that represents over 100 local fine craft and gift makers and 50 fine art members. Artisans At Work invites proposals for its 2017 Solo/Group Art Exhibits for artists to use a 650 sq. ft. open concept gallery space, within an established 2700 sq. ft. fine art and gift shop with studios. Promotion will be provided to your event along with posters and postcards; plus social media coverage and assist in hanging your works. Dual/group proposals are allowed. Full details HERE.
Deadline: Ongoing

* EXHIBIT OPPORTUNITY: Art Exhibit Space (Toronto Public Library)
Toronto Public Library is pleased to provide space for art exhibits which reflect the diverse cultural interests of the City and its neighbourhoods. Artists are invited to submit their work for exhibition at one of 12 possible Toronto Public Library branch locations. An Art Selection Committee considers works in all media, including photography (no sculptures). Selected artists are given one-month showings. Preference will be given to exhibitors who live or work in the City of Toronto. Click HERE for full details.

* EXHIBIT OPPORTUNITY: Pape Danforth Library
Pape Danforth Library has exhibit space available for artists, including a series of picture rails on the main floor, in the stairwell, and on the second floor. Interested artists should complete the application/insurance form (link below), show a sample of their work to branch contact (jpeg or actual work), and be responsible for the physical work of hanging and removing their exhibit. Artists are welcome to include an artists profile/statement, contact and price information as part of the exhibit, and leave cards for members of the public to pick up. The exhibit time frame is generally 1 month, and there is a small fee of $20 + HST. There is currently availability in 2016. Click for a PDF of the Pape Danforth Library – Exhibit Contract application form. For further information please contact Pat Biros pbiros(at)torontopubliclibrary(dot)ca at the Pape Danforth Library at 416-393-7728.

* CALL FOR ARTISTS: Toronto Digital Projects
Toronto Digital Projects is a new curated virtual gallery for emerging artists creating digital paintings, animations, videos, GIFs and other forms of Post-Internet art.

* FUNDING/GRANTS: Ontario Arts Council Theatre Creators’ Reserve

* FUNDING: The Arts Access Fund
Scholarships are offered in visual art, drama, music, dance and film making. Candidates must be between the ages of 6 to 19 years.

* Display at AboveGround Art Supplies’ Beach Location Showcase
No fees, take no commissions on sold work, and receive selected artists’ discount coupons for participating. Contact: beach(at) / 416 694 0440

* Making Space for Culture 
As a part of the City of Toronto’s ongoing initiative to make data public and available, artists and art organizations are encouraged to check out the Making Space for Culture project’s data. The info has been added to City of Toronto’s open data website, and as well is displayed on a map (choose display option “Recreation” and select “Cultural Spaces”).

* SpaceFinder Toronto 
The SpaceFinder Toronto project connects and matches up people who are looking for space and people who have space to rent. The service is free to use.


Find artist calls, job postings, grants, networking events, workshops, and more information, resources, and opportunities for artists:  

Canada Council for the Arts
City of Toronto – Arts Services
City of Toronto – Music
Live With Culture
Neighbourhood Arts Network
Ontario Arts Council
The TAPA Blog
Toronto Arts Council
Toronto Arts Foundation
Toronto Arts Online
Work In Culture

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