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Join us January 15-21 for the 8th Annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival

The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is Canada’s largest cultural celebration of design with over 100 exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week, January 15-21, 2018.

Going into its 8th year, TO DO transforms Toronto into a hub for creativity, taking design and art out of the studio and into the urban sphere, bringing people together to celebrate contemporary culture. We provide opportunities for emerging talent, and engage the community with exceptional and accessible public programming.

For more information, and to see the full Festival Schedule, visit

Festival Highlights:

TO DO Festival Party
Monday, January 15, 2018
7pm | $10

Celebrate the start of Toronto design week at TO DO’s Festival Party! Join designers, architects, artists, craftspeople, and VIPs at a launch event that draws attendees from around the world. See a new installation created by Jordan Söderberg Mills, and “Feelbot” by Equal Parts Studio.

TO DO Talks Symposium: Designing the Future of Work
Saturday, January 20, 2018
2pm | $35

TO DO’s third annual symposium brings 12 multidisciplinary experts into one room to discuss the future of work. The four-hour event features keynote speaker Joost Schouten, two thematic sessions, and an opportunity for fulsome discussion among those in attendance. Topics range from organizational structures to ritual and empathy, architecture and responsive workplaces.

January 15-21, 2018
Reception: Wednesday, January 17, 6-9pm

‘Work/Life’ is an exhibition that explores fresh and original housewares and working products for contemporary life, showcasing the work of 10 Canadian designers and studios.

Craft & Design Exhibitions Winter 2018
January 13-June 17, 2018
Reception: Friday, January 19, 7-10pm

Harbourfront Centre is a hub of activity for TO DO with five exhibitions and a public talk, spanning architecture, craft, industrial design, installation, art, contemporary jewellery, and more. Exhibitions include ‘In Place’ as part of TO DO’s inaugural International Guest of Honour Program, the 7th edition of ‘Outside the Box’, Dear Human’s ‘Or Something In Between’, Daniel Rossi’s ‘Blind Spot’, and the group show ‘Face à Face: An Exhibition of Canadian Contemporary Jewellery.’


TO DO Talks: Aberrant Architecture
Friday, January 19, 2018
7:30pm | $15 Regular, $12 Student/Senior

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.

Museum of Contemporary Work
January 15-21, 2018
Reception: Tuesday, January 16, 6-9pm

An exhibition highlighting artifacts from the past, present and future of work. The objects, both real and fictional, tell stories of how our daily labours are changing—and how they are changing us.

Come Up To My Room
January 18-21, 2018
Reception: Saturday, January 20, 7-10pm | Admission fees vary
LOVE Design Party: Saturday, January 20, 10pm until late

Going into its 15th year, Come Up To My Room (#CUTMR) is an alternative design exhibition that provides a platform for experimentation outside the norms of art and design, at the edges between intention and interpretation.

Festival Features

Festival Features is a shortlist of events, exhibitions, and/or window installations selected by a jury. The criteria for selection is entirely up to each juror, while considering the caliber of the work or event program, and appeal to a general public and specialist audience. This year’s jurors are anahita azrahimi (Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition), Nina Boccia (Design Exchange), and Brendan Cormier (Victoria and Albert Museum).

TO DO Awards presented by Herman Miller

An invited jury of design professionals vote for awards in two “Best in Festival” categories and for “Juror’s Choice,” while the public votes for four “People’s Choice” awards. Winners are awarded with iconic Herman Miller design objects. Look for the awards in venue windows and beside winning objects throughout the festival after Friday, January 19, 2018.

Vote for your favourites and you could win an Eames Hang-It-All from Herman Miller. Votes can be made for People’s Choice: Favourite Window Installation, Event, Exhibition, and New Work.


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For more information, please contact:

Michael Madjus, Marketing Director
Toronto Design Offsite Festival

For media inquiries, please contact:

Karli Kachur, Account Manager
Brill Communications

Image credits
‘James Shaw Process – Ideas Forum on Matter’ | Photo: Jorn Tomter
‘Roaming Market – TO DO Talks: Aberrant Architecture’ | Photo: Aberrant Architecture





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