Call For Submissions – Toronto Street Art Showcase

“Promoting Art on the Largest Canvasses”

Saturday, September 24th, at Metro Hall, David Pecault Square

Submission Deadline: Monday, September 12, 2011

This fall the first ever Street Art Showcase (“SAS”) will be launched in Toronto as part of an integrated community engagement program to address the issue of graffiti vandalism in the City of Toronto, while also enhancing the creative and cultural vibrancy of our city. SAS is a unique project working inclusively with community organizations, artists and the City in order to celebrate and reward the creativity and diversity of street art, by taking it off the walls and projecting it publicly outdoors onto the biggest canvas.

On September 24th, 2011 a groundbreaking exhibition of street art will take place in over the entire day. Street Art from around the world and of all genres will be projected onto the walls of Metro Hall.

In order to engage the public, SAS will be launching its website where artists can submit and view their work. The site will create an interactive forum in which the community can vote online for their favourite works. During the Street Art Showcase people’s choice voting will be administered completely online to allow for greater audience engagement. Voting will close the week following SAS, and the winning artist will be commissioned by the city to create works on designated wall spaces throughout the city.

For more information about this event please see the Street Art Showcase website:

Call for Submissions

For the purpose of this project we are looking for street art working directly with the street as a public canvas, rather than in conventional artistic contexts — ranging from traditional graffiti artwork, stencil graffiti, sticker art, wheat pasting and street poster art, art intervention, guerrilla art, and street installations. Artists are invited to submit street art works in a variety of different approaches that will help transform Toronto into the largest public canvas for street art.

Location: Saturday, September 24th: Metro Hall, David Pecault Square

Times: 8:30pm – 11:30pm, Wall Art Projections

How to submit:

All submissions can be made via email, by submitting the following:

1. Download the application form from

2. Up to 3 digital images of your work: 300dpi jpg – note: If your work is selected only 1 work will be selected for wall projections.

3. Current contact information – Please include this information in the body of the email.

Please email the above information to with the subject heading:
<Name-SAS Submission>. Applications must be received by Monday September 12, 2011

Please note: applications received after 6 pm (EST) on Monday, September 12 will not be reviewed.
Unfortunately only those selected will be contacted via email. No inquiries please.

Selection Criteria

• All styles and/or approaches will be considered equally
• Works will be selected based on artistic merit, authenticity, and quality of the work
• Each submission will be based against those in the same category
• The Street Art Showcase is an equal opportunity organization that adheres to the City of Toronto’s non-discrimination policy. For more information visit:
• Note that works that depict any notice, sign, symbol, emblem, or slogans that perpetuate hatred and discrimination will be deemed as unaccepted

Assessments will be made at the best judgment of each member of the Jury, based on their experience in working with the artistic community.

Commissioned Work

The artists receiving the top audience choices will be provided commissions to have their art work presented on designated walls throughout the City of Toronto.  The artist will be paired with a wall owner and the local Business Improvement Area and together they will determine the design of the artwork to be presented on the wall.

Artistic Guidelines

Art work will be displayed both on the website and be digitally projected onto the wall of Toronto Metro Hall at night. The work will be projected in between the outcropped glass and above the pillars.  Artists can incorporate ‘motion’ in their work –e.g. images and colours coming in separately.  Please note that windows will absorb some of the brightness of the colours. Metro Hall is located in the heart of Toronto’s theatre district which is the third largest in the world after New York and London.  See video of the location: 

For more information, visit:

Please send all inquiries to:


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