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THE NEXT 7 DAYS:     EVENTS (19)     +     OPENINGS (11)     +     DEADLINES (6)     +     CLOSINGS (13)
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DesignTO is where art and design meet at over 100 exhibitions and events across Toronto from January 18-27, 2019.

Going into its 9th year, the DesignTO takes art and design out of the studio and into the urban sphere, bringing people together to celebrate, discuss, and be inspired. DesignTO was formerly the Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO).

For more information, and the full Festival Schedule, visit

Festival Highlights:

DesignTO Launch Party
Friday, January 18, 2019
7pm | $12 online, $15 at the door (cash only)

Kick off the new 10-day Festival at the DesignTO Launch Party in the historic St. Lawrence Hall! With tunes by DJ Sigourney Beaver and DJ Joe Blow, mix and mingle with Toronto’s creative community and a site-specific inflatable installation by studio rat.

DesignTO Talks: Studio Swine
Friday, January 25, 2019
7:30pm | $20 Regular, $17 Student/Senior

Alexander Groves and Azusa Murakami of the internationally acclaimed Studio Swine will discuss their work using water, demonstrating how combining water conservation with art engages the public with water scarcity and creates a connection to something commonly overlooked.

Following the talk, leading architecture and design writer Catherine Osborne (former Editor of Azure Magazine) will host a Q&A with Groves and Murakami.

One Who Protects a Sibling
January 18, 2019 - February 3, 2019
Reception: January 18, 2019 | 6pm

‘One Who Protects a Sibling’ is an OCAD University project in which pairs of Indigenous and Black makers exhibit the mediated objects and experiences that reflect the dialogues about each other’s identities, aesthetics, and relations to the land.

Film Screening: Didi Contractor – Marrying the Earth to the Building
Sunday, January 20, 2019
2pm | $10 General

For the past two decades Didi Contractor has been passionately implementing her architectural visions in northwest India, the Kangra Valley at the foothills of the Himalayas, combining rural traditions with modern requirements.


DesignTO Symposium: Unlocking the Future of Work
Saturday, January 26, 2019
1pm | $40 online, $46 at the door (cash only)

DesignTO’s fourth annual symposium brings 10 multidisciplinary experts into one room for an inspiring discussion on the Future of Work, and where humans fit in this future. This year’s event will feature five thematic sessions on topics such as meaningful work, inclusion and diversity, work space, and economic systems and ethics.

Come Up To My Room Alternative Design Exhibition
January 17- 20, 2019
$10 General / Students $5 on Friday (with ID)

Framed within the backdrop of the historic 130-year-old Gladstone Hotel, ‘Come Up To My Room’ invites artists and designers to create a 4-day site-specific, immersive installations that stimulates the imagination and encourage discussion and dialogue between contributors and visitors alike.

Architecture of Impermanence with Marina Tabassum
Saturday, January 19, 2019
2pm | $20 General, $12 Student

Join the Aga Khan Museum for a talk from renowned Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum, winner of the Jameel Prize 5 and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, as she discusses how climate, land, culture, and community engagement have inspired the evolution of her designs.

DesignTO Guided Bus Tours
January 19-20 and 26-27, 2019
$30 online | $34 at the door (cash only)

Join DesignTO Saturday and Sunday afternoons of Festival Week for bus tours led by local experts: arts entertainer Kaleb Robertson (Jan 19), OCAD U’s Dean of Design Dori Tunstall (Jan 20), journalist Alex Bozikovic (Jan 26), and innovation designer Heather Daam-Rossi (Jan 27). Each guide brings their unique insight and expertise to their tour, with special stops selected by the guide.

Design, Health, and Wellness
January 17-29, 2019
Reception: January, 22, 2019 | 7pm

OCAD U Industrial Design students explore what collaborative, investigative, people-first, ground-up approaches show what we might do to better design our world, recognize and facilitate our personal and physical needs, and enable us all to be important contributors to and participants in our city,
society and culture.

January 18, 2019– February 3, 2019
Talk by Philip Beesley: January 25, 2019 | 7pm RSVP Required

‘Aletheia’ is a temporary installation at Aesop Queen Street West by the Living Architecture Systems Group, led by Philip Beesley. Its glistening, lace-like, deeply-layered, spherical forms are derived from a philosophy of deep interconnectedness and renewal between people and their environment.

January 19, 2019 - March 2, 2019
Reception: January 24, 2019 | 6pm

Setting up a home is an essential human experience, and includes traditions and customs that vary across different cultures, times and locations. With the movement of people across the globe, including growing urban centres and transitions to new countries, the establishment of new homes happens every day.

LOPOW: Sheridan Furniture
January 18-27, 2019
Reception: January 18, 2019 | 6pm

‘LOPOW’ (lights off, power off, windows) is an acronym for shutting down the studio at the end of the day. Through long nights, dusty days, and thousands of board feet of lumber, we have been united by the diversity of design within a foundation of making. As we leave the studio at Sheridan, we enter a broader community of designers and makers in Toronto and beyond. Lights on, power on, work…

January 18-27, 2019
Reception: January 23, 2019 | 7pm

An exhibition on the art of weaving hand-knotted carpets is a journey through the process of the ancient craft. An interactive display with a weaver and loom on site, guests will experience the process of producing a work of art as Jan Kath honour’s the traditional Tibetan rug-making techniques used for centuries.


For more information, please contact:

Michael Madjus, Marketing Director

For media inquiries, please contact:

Karli Kachur, Account Manager
Brill Communications

Image credits:
‘New Spring’ by Studio Swine | Photo courtesy of Studio Swine
‘Personal Carbon Economy’ by Shihan Zhang | Photo courtesy of Shihan Zhang





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