January 13, 2015
by Canadian Architect
The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO), Canada’s largest independent design festival, returns for its 5th edition from January 19-25, 2015. Last year, TO DO 14 was a platform for 65 events, exhibitions and window installations at 61 venues across the city. Over 26,000 visitors interacted with works by 450 designers, and the Festival achieved over 4.3 million media impressions.
For 2015, TO DO anticipates an even greater number of participants, exhibitions and venues—from unexpected prototypes to immersive installations, festivalgoers are again in for a real treat. In addition, visitors can expect a roster of TO DO signature events, such as the TO DO opening and closing party, a festival exhibition curated by TO DO, a festival hub, TO DO talks, and more. Participant registration for the festival closed in early October 2014 at 75+ participants the full list can be found on the TO DO website.
TO DO 15 will feature a new initiative, titled Outside the Box. Outside the Box invites national and international design correspondents to ship a collection of objects in bankers boxes to Toronto to be unpacked, installed, and unveiled at dedicated storefront displays during the festival week. Works presented by the design correspondents will engage in a dialogue with Toronto by presenting objects that represent their regionality and geography, either made in studio or acquired. This year’s Canadian cities are Montreal (It’s them again!), Calgary (aftermodernlab.com), and Vancouver (Dear Human). Partnering with New York’s WantedDesign—the US coordinator for Outside the Box—this year’s American cities are Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle.
The TO DO 15 Festival Exhibition, titled White Out, presented by Keilhauer, explores the colour and concept of white. As designers know well, there is no such thing as a singular white. The diversity of white only multiplies over different media, through changes in time and under environmental conditions. Through an open call, TO DO invited the public to submit works in white, or about the colour white, that respond to the exhibition concept. The festival exhibition, including a special installation by WE3, will be shown during festival week.
The much anticipated TO DO opening party happens mid-week at SMASH in the Junction. Come and find out what the Festival is about, meet local designers, experience featured installations, and dance with the amazing community that makes this Festival happen. Live music by Dan Hussy, and a featured installation by LeuWebb Projects, including a live mural by Ben Johnston.
For more information and a full schedule of events, please visit http://todesignoffsite.com.
principals and design directors of aftermodern.lab trevor embury and anthony campea speak about their practice at an informal gathering during TO DO
LeuWebb projects installation. photo by nick kozak.