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Get Your Tickets to TO DO 18 Events Before They’re Gone!

The Toronto Design Offsite Festival is back! With over 100 events, exhibitions, and installations transforming the city into a hub for design, you’ll want to get a head start on planning your Festival Week...and save with early bird rates.

Here are just a few events we’ve got lined up for you January 15-21, 2018. Check out the full 2018 Festival Schedule online for much, much more.

TO DO Festival Party

Monday, January 15, 2018 | 7-11pm
$7 before Dec. 15, $10 regular (and at door)
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Kick off Toronto’s design week at TO DO’s Festival Party! Join designers, architects, artists, craftspeople, and VIPs at a launch event that brings Toronto’s art and designer community together to celebrate design.

Mix and mingle in the LightForm showroom and warehouse, while enjoying, drinks, music, and a new installation created by Jordan Söderberg Mills. In the showroom, also experience Feelbot by Equal Parts Studio.

DJ Sigourney Beaver and DJ Joe Blow will be spinning throughout the evening. If you were at last year’s party, you know this means that there will be dancing!

TO DO Talks: Aberrant Architecture

Friday, January 19, 2018 | 7:30-9pm
$15 regular, $12 student/senior
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Based in London, UK, Aberrant Architecture is an award winning collaborative studio of designers, makers, and thinkers whose projects introduce new and unexpected ways of experiencing everyday life. Storytelling and research are at the heart of their practice, a practice which includes the first architecture residency at the Victoria and Albert Museum, exhibitions at the Venice Biennale for Architecture and Sao Paulo Biennial, public installations, and much more.

In this talk, Aberrant founders David Chambers and Kevin Haley will discuss the ideas, experiences, and stories that reside outside the “final” work or architecture – the “outtakes” – with friend and past collaborator Beatrice Galilee, Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Part of TO DO’s inaugural International Guest of Honour Program, this talk is generously supported by the Government of Ontario, the British Council, and Toronto Arts Council with funding from the City of Toronto, and co-presented with Harbourfront Centre.


From the Spoon to the City

Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 5-7pm
Free, but requires RSVP

At Giannone Petricone, we relish in the creativity of the bespoke details of each piece, building, and urban fabric. From the spoon to the city, we dwell on those design resolutions and their tectonic articulations that define a new urban dweller. We sweat the details. Streetscape, hardware, façades, furniture, landscape, lighting, art – all are afforded equal, customized weight for a holistic, project-specific approach.

Ralph Giannone and Pina Petricone from Giannone Petricone Associates will lead a conversation on how interior architecture intersect with urban design strategy and building design to create an encompassing, inspired experience.

TO DO Talks Symposium: Designing the Future of Work

Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 1-5pm
$25 before Dec. 15, $35 regular
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The world is increasingly digital, and with it, so too is work. With a widespread shift towards greater connectivity, and robots capable of performing complex tasks, the landscape of work has changed dramatically, rendering a future that is less predictable and more complex.

This new landscape offers a rousing combination of opportunities and challenges. More workers experience different work environments that allow and encourage flexibility and movement through virtual channels. Spaces, structures, lifestyles, and values are changing in tandem with how we work.

Design plays a major role in reshaping the way we work. It helps us imagine different futures, transitioning “old ways” of doing things, to new and “better” ways of doing and being. In TO DO’s third annual symposium ‘Designing the Future of Work’, multidisciplinary speakers contribute to a better understanding of how design can, and must , be leveraged to make the future of work work for all of us.

This symposium is organized by the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, with jurors Elise Hodson and Satsuko VanAntwerp. Funding is generously provided by the Ontario Arts Council, and Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and venue by institutional partner George Brown College.

TO DO Tours: Geary Avenue

Sunday, January 21, 2018 | 2-3:30pm
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TO DO Tours offer festival attendees the unique opportunity to explore creative spaces not often open to the public. This year, we focus Geary Avenue to see how this former industrial neighbourhood is transforming into a hub for artists and designers.

Take a walk with us to the studios of five stand-out artists and designers including MADE Design, Watson Soule, Janet MacPherson, GUILD eyewear and PARTISANS.

Powering Your Creative Business – Notion Manufacturing

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 | 7-9pm
Free, but requires RSVP to

Join Notion for an evening tour of their modern maker factory in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood followed by a panel discussion on the topic of powering your online store, modernizing on-demand manufacturing, building your art career and more! You will hear from artists who currently use Notion to power their online Shopify stores as well as have the chance to build your own products.

TO DO or Die Party

Friday, January 19, 2018 | 10pm-2am
$5 before Dec. 15, $10 regular (and at door)
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It might be cold out there, but things are about to get real steamy! Join us Friday, January 19, from 10pm-2am at The Garrison for TO DO’s first dance party, ‘TO DO or Die’. Get hot and sweaty as you dance the night away to the beats of DJs Joe Blow and Fly Lady Di.

The Future of Work: The Body, The Building, The City

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | 6:30-8:30pm
Free, but requires RSVP

The TSA Urban Affairs Forum on the Future of Work addresses the topic at three very different scales. The individual worker will be addressed in terms of the physical impacts of work and future speculative models and alternative scenarios around how work will be performed, and by whom. Architectural design will be considered in light of changing workspace design expectations as well as the growing trend for co-working spaces to meet the needs of the modern workforce. The urban design impacts of these fundamental changes in our work culture will be addressed, considering transportation demands and the impacts of work-from-home and commuting culture increasingly have on the design and operation of our cities.

Angelika Seeschaaf Veres and Koby Barhad, Radical Norms / OCAD
Vanessa Fong, Architect, Vanessa Fong Architect
Lorna Day, Director of Urban Design, City of Toronto


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