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June 20, 2019
06.20.19 - Press Release
Featured Artists For Inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art Announced!
Toronto, Ontario

The Toronto Biennial of Art has announced the participation of 33 more Canadian, Indigenous, and international artists, collaborators, and collectives presenting work at its inaugural event from September 21 to December 1, 2019. Co-curated by Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien, the free, 72-day event will include 20 new commissions and more than 100 works installed across 10 sites on or near Toronto’s waterfront. View the full press release.

Confirmed Biennial participants:

  • Abbas Akhavan (born in Tehran, Iran; lives in Montreal, QC, Canada)
  • Maria Thereza Alves (born in São Paulo, Brazil; lives in Naples, Italy and Berlin, Germany) in partnership with Evergreen
  • Adrian Blackwell (born and lives in Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • AA Bronson (born in Vancouver, BC, Canada; lives in Berlin, Germany) & Adrian Stimson (born in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada; lives in Siksika, AB, Canada)
  • Hera Büyüktaşçıyan (born and lives in Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Judy Chicago (born in Chicago, IL, USA; lives in Belen, NM, USA)
  • Dana Claxton (Hunkpapa Lakota (Sioux), born in Yorkton, SK, Canada; lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada)
  • Moyra Davey (born in Toronto, ON, Canada; lives in New York, NY, USA)
  • Shezad Dawood (born and lives in London, UK) in partnership with Fogo Island Arts, MOCA Toronto, A Tale of a Tub (Rotterdam)
  • Naufus Ramírez Figueroa (born and lives in Guatemala City, Guatemala)
  • Laurent Grasso (born in Mulhouse, France; lives in Paris, France)
  • Embassy of Imagination + PA SystemAlexa Hatanaka (born and lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) and Patrick Thompson (born in Chelsea, QC, Canada; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada), plus Kinngait youth artists: Christine Adamie, Iqaluk Ainalik, Parr Josephee, Moe Kelly, Acacia Lawrence, Annie Oshutsiaq, David Pudlat, Cie Taqiasuk, and Oasis Skateboard Factory 2019 Fall Cohort
  • Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh (both born in Tehran, Iran; both live in Dubai, UAE) and Hesam Rahmanian (born in Knoxville, TN, USA; lives in Dubai, UAE)
  • Luis Jacob (born in Lima, Peru; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Jae Jarrell (born and lives in Cleveland, OH, USA) in partnership with the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)
  • Jumblies Theatre & Arts with Ange Loft (Kahnawake Mohawk, born in Kahnawake, QQ, Canada; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Kapwani Kiwanga (born in Hamilton, ON, Canada: lives in Paris, France)
  • Jumana Manna (born in Princeton, NJ, USA; lives in Berlin, Germany)
  • Qavavau Manumie (Inuit, born in Brandon, MB, Canada; lives in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, Canada)
  • Caroline Monnet (Algonquin-French, born in Outaouais, QC, Canada; lives in Montreal, QC Canada)
  • New Mineral CollectiveEmilija Škarnulytė (born in Vilnius, Lithuania; lives in Tromsø, Norway) and Tanya Busse (born in Moncton, NB, Canada; lives in Tromsø, Norway)
  • The New Red Order: Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil (both Ojibway and born in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA; both live in New York, NY, USA) and Jackson Polys (Tlingit, born in Ketchikan, Alaska, USA; lives in New York, NY, USA) in partnership with Gallery TPW
  • Fernando Palma Rodríguez (born in Atocpan-San Pedro, Mexico; lives in Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Napachie Pootoogook (Inuit, born in 1938, Sako Island Camp, NT, Canada; died in 2002 Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, Canada)
  • Elder Duke Redbird (Ojibway, born in Saugeen First Nation, ON, Canada; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) in partnership with Myseum, SummerWorks, and Young People’s Theatre (YPT)
  • Lisa Reihana (Maori – Nga Puhi, born and lives in Auckland, Aotearoa | New Zealand)
  • ReMatriate Collective (based in unceded and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh Nations, BC, Canada)
  • Abel Rodríguez (Nonuya, born in Cahuinarí region, Colombia; lives in Bogotá, Colombia)
  • Wilson Rodríguez (Nonuya, born in Cahuinarí region, Colombia; lives in Bogotá, Colombia)
  • Arin Rungjang (born and lives in Bangkok, Thailand) in partnership with Harbourfront Centre
  • Susan Schuppli (Canadian/Swiss, lives in London, UK) in partnership with Office for Contemporary Art Norway
  • Lou Sheppard (born in unceded MiKmaq territory, NS, Canada and based in K’jipuktuk | Halifax, NS, Canada) in partnership with the City of Toronto
  • Nick Sikkuark (Inuit, born in 1943, Garry Lake, NU, Canada; died in 2013 in Kugaaruk, NU, Canada)
  • Lisa Steele (born in Kansas City, MO, USA; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) and Kim Tomczak (born in Victoria, BC, Canada; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Curtis Talwst Santiago (born in Edmonton, AB, Canada; lives in Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Althea Thauberger (born in Saskatoon, SK, Canada; lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada) and Kite (Oglála Lakȟóta, born in Sylmar, CA, USA; lives in Montreal, ON, Canada) in partnership with the Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship HMCS York
  • Caecilia Tripp (based in New York, NY, USA and Paris, France) in partnership with the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)
  • Bárbara Wagner (born in Brasilia, Brazil; lives in Recife, Brazil) and Benjamin de Burca (born in Munich, Germany; lives in Recife, Brazil)
  • Hajra Waheed (born in Calgary, AB, Canada; lives in Montreal, QC, Canada)
  • Syrus Marcus Ware (born in Montreal, QC, Canada; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) in partnership with the Ryerson Image Centre

Photo: Fernando Palma Rodríguez, Tocihuapapalutzin (Our revered lady butterfly), 2012,  electronic control, servo motors, PIR sensors, electronic software, aluminium, soft drink and beer tin can. Image courtesy of the artist.  

Application Deadline: July 31, 2019
07.22.19 - Public Programming and Learning
Call for Storytellers
Toronto, Ontario

The Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA 2019) Storytelling Program is seeking multiple storytellers to help shift the mediation of contemporary art from modes of interpreting and informing to narrating and embodying. Comprising a series of guided walks and conversations with groups of exhibition visitors, an intergenerational and multi-lingual body of Storytellers will engage across various platforms with the artworks and context around TBA 2019.

Storytellers are invited to develop personal responses to the Biennial in relation to questions and perspectives surfacing from the exhibited works and exhibition sites from their own perspectives.

If you are interested in becoming a Toronto Biennial of Art Storyteller, please view a detailed description of the role and application requirements.

Application deadline: July 31, 2019

Application Deadline: July 15, 2019
07.08.19 - Participate in a Toronto Biennial of Art Commission
Call for Indigenous Women
Toronto, Ontario

Artist Arin Rungjang is seeking Indigenous women to participate in his upcoming Toronto Biennial of Art project which shares the stories and every-day strategies of postcolonial resilience in Canada.

If you are an Indigenous woman currently living in Toronto (Aged 18+), and are interested in participating in a video production that will be exhibited at the Toronto Biennial of Art, please view the artist’s call for participants.

Participants may choose to withhold their identity if desired.

Availability required:
– August 10th-11th for an interview at your convenience
– August 12th full day rehearsal
– August 13-14th two full days of filming

Application deadline: July 22, 2019.

Photo: Arin Rungjang. Ravisara, film still, multi-channel video installation, 2019. Commissioned by Toronto Biennial of Art and DAAD. Image courtesy of the artist

Application Deadline: June 14, 2019
06.11.19 - Participate in a Toronto Biennial of Art Commission
Call for Performers & Synchronized Swimmers!
Ontario Place

New Mineral Collective is looking for collaborators to participate in their upcoming Toronto Biennial of Art project, including:

  • Performers (actors, dancers) to be part of a video production at Ontario Place, that will be exhibited at the Toronto Biennial of Art opening in September 2019.
  • Synchronized swimmers to be part of a video production at Ontario Place that will be exhibited at the Toronto Biennial of Art in September 2019.

If interested, please send an email stating your expression of interest by Friday, June 14.

Application Deadline: June 17, 2019
05.28.19 - New Opportunity!
CALL FOR: Accessibility & Event Coordinator
Toronto, Ontario

The Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA) is accepting applications for the contract position of Accessibility & Event Coordinator, as part of the Public Programming & Learning team. The Accessibility & Event Coordinator will gain significant, hands-on experience within the Public Programming & Learning team, as well as with the broader TBA team. The ideal candidate has experience in coordinating accessible programs and interpreting content for various public events and community gatherings. They take initiative to learn best practices and keep up to date with current discourses and methodologies surrounding accessibility programs, in order to create meaningful and inclusive cultural programming.

For complete details and submission requirements, view the full Accessibility & Event Coordinator Job Description.

Event Date: May 25th & 26th at 11 am
05.25.19 - THIS WEEKEND!
Participate In a Toronto Biennial of Art Workshop At Doors Open Toronto
MOCA Building - 5th Floor, 158 Sterling Road

Learn about Toronto’s ambitious new art event and get a taste of programming to come during Doors Open Toronto.

Launching September 21, 2019, the 72-day Toronto Biennial of Art presents local, national, and international contemporary art in a citywide event as culturally layered and connected as Toronto itself. For 10 weeks every two years, Toronto and surrounding areas will be transformed by provocative exhibitions, talks, and performances that reflect our local context while engaging with the most pressing issues of our time.

Toronto’s waterfront is a symbolically rich and historically charged site of leisure, commerce, travel, and industry. Shaped by the lake’s multi-layered history, the Biennial takes its cues from one of the largest freshwater systems on earth. Its main exhibitions and events will take place along the shores of Lake Ontario. Participants will engage directly with the water’s different ecosystems—environmental, cultural, spiritual, infrastructural, economic—and honour it as a site of profound knowledge and perpetual renewal.

Join members of our curatorial and programming team on the 5th floor at MOCA for a collaborative workshop titled BECOMING FISH, on both Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 from 11 am to 12 pm.

“How do you hold hands with a fish?” is just one of the questions that will be posed during this series of 5-minute exercises. We invite all ages, abilities and affinities to participate in one or several of these micro-sessions throughout the time frame. These drop-in exercises draw from scores and help situate human and non-human choreographies in everyday routines, and the waters which run beneath them.

Application Deadline: April 26, 2019
04.26.19 - TBA Full-Time Contract Position Available
Call for Volunteer Manager


The Volunteer Manager at the Toronto Biennial Art (TBA) will lead an inclusive, strategic Volunteer Program that will bring together a range of community members to build meaningful connections with the TBA team, artists, collaborators, and various communities across the Greater Toronto Area. With a deep commitment to, and equitable practices in, community engagement, the Volunteer Manager will also possess excellent organizational skills and high adaptability. The Volunteer Manager is responsible for the recruitment, training, management, and scheduling of over 250 volunteers who support the event experience. The Volunteer Manager reports to the Deputy Director & Director of Programs.

Contract dates: May 15, 2019 – December 15, 2019

Accepting Applications: April 1 - 30th, 2019
04.03.19 - Help Out at the Toronto Biennial of Art 2019!
TBA Internship Positions Available


The Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA) is accepting applications for part-time internships. Ideal candidates must have a view to inclusivity and diversity, take initiative, be highly organized, be committed to deadlines and work well with a team. Placements are available in programming, marketing and communications, development and production. Successful candidates will gain valuable hands-on experience via a number of training and learning opportunities. Regardless of position, interns will have cross-departmental exposure to all aspects of the biennial and will work collaboratively with the broader TBA team. Please note, only students who require credit as part of a post-secondary program are eligible.


  • 4 positions in Curatorial, Exhibition
  • 4-5 positions in Public Programming & Learning
  • 1-2 positions in Development
  • 1 position in Marketing & Communications

For full details, click the link below:

Application Deadline: April 15, 2019
02.21.19 - Open Call in Partnership with the City of Toronto
Call for Proposals: Toronto Sculpture Garden
115 King Street East

The Fall 2019 Sculpture Garden project will be presented in partnership with the City of Toronto. The work for the Toronto Sculpture Garden will be connected thematically and practically with other artworks in the Biennial exhibitions.

The successful proposal will be selected by the TSG Selection Panel, which will include a member of the Biennial curatorial team. Preference will be given to new work that responds to the site and the curatorial direction; only in exceptional cases will existing work be considered.

Budget: $30,000.00 CAD (+HST), which includes all artists’ fees, materials, installation and removal, transportation, insurance, and permits.


  • February 15, 2019: Call to artists for Expression of Interest
  • April 15, 2019: Deadline for submissions
  • Week of April 22, 2019: Selection panel meeting
  • September 11 – 18, 2019: Installation
  • September 19 – 21, 2019: Opening events
  • April 2020: De-Installation

For proposal requirements, please visit:

Event Date: October 26-29, 2018
10.25.18 - Toronto Biennial of Art at Art Toronto 2018!
Art Toronto 2018
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Toronto Biennial of Art is at Art Toronto for the second year in a row! Art Toronto is Canada’s preeminent international contemporary and modern art fair, located at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Now in its 19th year, Art Toronto presents artwork from Canadian and international galleries as well as series of lectures and panel discussions. Visit booth B15 to connect with the Biennial team and check out a newly commissioned work by artist Luis Jacob. See subsequent What’s On sections for information on additional events.

Image: Priam Thomas for Art Spin, 2018

Event Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 12:00 PM
10.25.18 - Art Toronto Walking Tour
First Story Toronto
Meeting point: Metro Toronto Convention Centre lobby

Jon Johnson from First Story Toronto will lead an interactive storytelling walk of Indigenous presence along the downtown lakeshore, starting and ending at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre. In partnership with Art Toronto, the Toronto Biennial of Art and StreetARToronto (StART) have come together to present this walking tour, which features an interpretation of N’gekaajig kidowog (‘My Elders said’), a mural by lead artist Tannis Nielsen who will also participate in the walk. The N’gekaajig kidowog team also includes Tia Cavanaugh and Brad Ladouceur (co-coordinators) and Nyle Johnston, Richael Laking, Karalyn Reuben, Cee Cee Sandy, and Brianna Stone (artist crew).

Image: Tannis Neilson, N’gekaajig kidowog, 2018

Event Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018, 1PM
10.25.18 - Art Toronto Panel Discussion
Breaking Ground: New Models of Engaging Audiences
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Art Toronto, PLATFORM stage

In a city with a range of museums, galleries and events, how can new communities be engaged, or re-engaged, with the visual arts? This is a central question to which fairs and festivals, museums, galleries and our city representatives devote time, thought, and effort, as they seek to better understand their audiences. AXA presents a discussion with Emelie Chhangur (Art Gallery of York University), Jenn Goodwin (Nuit Blanche Toronto), November Paynter (Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto) and Ilana Shamoon (Toronto Biennial of Art) to explore the related challenges as well as the creative solutions they are developing to draw new visitors.

Image: Priam Thomas for Art Spin, 2018

Event Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 4pm
10.25.18 - Art Toronto Major Announcement
Toronto Biennial of Art: Lines of Inquiry
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Art Toronto, PLATFORM stage

Join us for an introduction to the developing lines of inquiry for the inaugural 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art, during which the first group of artists who are developing new commissions for the Biennial will be unveiled! Some of them will join our curators, Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien, in a performative panel that narrates a journey along the city’s waterfront, and through the ideas, artists and spaces of the Biennial.

Image: Luis Jacob, Sphinx (detail), 2015


The Toronto Biennial of Art is a 72-day, free art exhibition that will take place every two years.

Launching September 21, 2019, the 72-day Toronto Biennial of Art presents local, national, and international contemporary art in a citywide event as culturally layered and connected as Toronto itself. The event takes place every two years, offering accessible and transformative visual art exhibitions, installations, talks, learning opportunities, and happenings in new and unexpected spaces along the shores of Lake Ontario.

The Biennial’s goal is to galvanize Toronto and nearby cities, connecting communities around art and culture, and contributing to global conversations from a distinctly Canadian perspective. The event reflects the specific context of the region and its unique standard for inclusion and openness.

In an effort to make contemporary art available to everyone, admission to curated venues and outdoor installations is free and open to the public.

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Curatorial Vision: How Are We In Relation?

Curated by Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien, the 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art takes up the question “What does it mean to be in relation?” While the latter invites us to contemplate different kinds of “relations” and how they forge communion and ecosystems, it also provokes us to consider the ways in which we are out of relation—out of synch, disconnected, alienated. Grounded in the Indigenous, immigrant, and settler histories that have shaped what we now call Toronto, the inaugural Biennial asks us to reexamine the past to project alternative futures that expand our ways of knowing and becoming.

Exhibition Sites + Hours

(Hours effective from September 21-December 1, 2019)

  • 259 Lake Shore Blvd E
    • Wednesday-Thursday, 10:00am-6:00pm
      Friday, 10:00am-9:00pm
      Saturday-Monday, 10:00am-6:00pm
      Closed Tuesday
  • Art Gallery of Ontario – 317 Dundas St.
    • Tuesday, 10:30am – 5:00pm
      Wednesday/Friday, 10:30am – 9:00pm
      Thursday/Saturday-Sunday, 10:30am – 5:00pm
      Closed Monday
  • Art Gallery of York University – 8 Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St.
    • Tuesday, 10:00am-4:00pm
      Wednesday, 10:00am-8:00pm
      Closed Saturday
      Sunday, 12:00pm-5:00pm
  • Art Museum, University of Toronto – 15 King’s College Circle
    • Tuesday, 12:00pm-5:00pm
      Wednesday, 12:00pm-8:00pm
      Thursday-Saturday, 12:00pm-5:00pm
      Closed Sunday-Monday
  • Harbourfront Centre (Artport Gallery) – 235 Queens Quay W
    • 10:00am – 9:00pm daily
  • MOCA – 158 Sterling Road
    • Monday, 10:00am-5:00pmTuesday, Closed
      Wednesday-Thursday, 10:00am-5:00pm
      Friday, 10:00am-9:00pm
      Saturday-Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Ontario Place (Marina) – 955 Lake Shore Blvd West
    • Wigwam Chi-Chemung: 1:00pm-3:00pm on select dates
  • Riverdale Park West – 375 Sumach St.
    • Outdoor site, accessible 24 hours
  • Ryerson Image Centre – 33 Gould St.
    • Tuesday, 11:00am – 6:00pmWednesday, 11:00am – 8:00pm
      Thursday/Friday, 11:00am – 6:00pm
      Saturday/Sunday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
      Closed Monday
  • Small Arms Inspection Building – 1352 Lakeshore Road E
    • Monday, Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00am-6:00pmClosed Tuesday
  • The Cinesphere (Ontario Place) – 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
    • The Drowned World (Cinesphere): Saturdays, 12:00pm-4:00pm
  • The Port Lands – 55 Unwin Ave
    • Outdoor venue, accessible 24 hours
  • The Power Plant – 231 Queen’s Quay W
    • Tuesday-Wednesday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
      Thursday, 10:00am – 8:00pm
      Friday-Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
      Closed Monday
  • Toronto Sculpture Garden – 115 King St. E
    • Outdoor site, available 24 hours
  • Union Station – 65 Front St. W
    • 5:30am-12:45am daily

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The Toronto Biennial of Art unites people from around the world through extraordinary experiences in contemporary art. Through thought-provoking and inspiring contemporary art, the Toronto Biennial of Art strengthens civic bonds, invests in the city and its artists, residents and communities, promotes accessibility, inclusivity and education, and allows creativity and innovation to flourish.

There are many ways to give to the Toronto Biennial of Art – as an individual donor, a family foundation, a corporate sponsor or as a volunteer – and every dollar goes to ground-breaking exhibitions and enriching programs.

Toronto Biennial of Art is a Registered Canadian Charity and donors receive charitable tax receipts which are 100% tax deductible and all supporters receive many custom benefits and privileges as appreciation for your enthusiasm and generosity.

Individuals & Family Foundations

Your individual gift to the Toronto Biennial of Art will have an immediate and far-reaching impact, allowing the Biennial to present exhibitions, commission new art, realize youth and community programs, artist residencies, teaching toolkits and so much more.

You will be given special access to the Biennial’s events, encountering the unexpected and the astonishing with special previews, artist-curator talks, interactive events and activities, behind-the-scene tours, opening reception parties and much more.

Corporate Partners

Toronto Biennial of Art is Canada’s leading visual arts event focused exclusively on contemporary art from across the world. Multi-month in length, the city-wide festival offers businesses exceptional visibility and brand recognition to hundreds of thousands of visitors in combination with premium entertaining and client stewardship opportunities.

With a fully integrated marketing strategy, the Biennial will build a customized package to reflect your philanthropic goals and priority markets. An experiential platform to engage with your clients and staff, Biennial corporate sponsors are extended unrivalled opportunities to build networks and make your company shine. We will work closely with your business to develop personalized benefits that suit your unique needs and recognize your leadership and community investment.

For more information about sponsorships please contact Sabrina Maher:
smaher (at) torontobiennial (dot) org

Toronto Biennial Artist Editions

Toronto Biennial of Art is commissioning a group of internationally-known artists to create a series of limited Artist Editions. Works will range from sculpture, prints, artist books, and objects to digital- and design-based works, all available for purchase. Editions will invite supporters to support the Biennial while growing their own collections.

Toronto-based artist and curator Luis Jacob (b. 1971, Peru) has been commissioned to create the first Toronto Biennial Artist Edition, entitled The Riddle (2018): an epoxy-resin and marble dust sculpture of the artists’ hands is formed to create a viewing pane, framing observations while questioning conventions of looking and understanding.

The Riddle (detail above), 2018
Epoxy resin and marble dust
Edition of 25, 5 Artist Proofs
Approximately 24 x 12 x 4 inches
Courtesy of Birch Contemporary, Toronto.

For more information please contact Patrizia Libralato
plibralato (at ) torontobiennial (dot) org


Meet new and fascinating people, learn about contemporary art, attend education and art events, engage with international artists and curators, and build you skillset as a Toronto Biennial volunteer! Volunteers will be a vital part of the Biennial by working with the public at art exhibitions, public programs, special events and VIP parties.

If you are enthusiastic about contemporary art, passionate about people and looking for behind-the-scene experiences – and special perks like access to exclusive programs and events – please join the Toronto Biennial community as a volunteer.

We are looking for art lovers with a range of skills, who understand that reliability, communication and flexibility are important values, and who are searching for rewarding ways to give back by helping a non-for-profit organization.



Creative Partnerships

Collaboration is an essential part of the Toronto Biennial and we are working closely with a range of organizations to develop programming and identify venues—from repurposed buildings to iconic landmarks, outdoor spaces and parks.

For creative partnership inquiries:
info (at) torontobiennial (dot) org


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Patrizia Libralato, Executive Director

A community and city-builder at heart, Patrizia Libralato is an original founder of the Toronto Biennial of Art and serving as its Executive Director since February 2017. Her 25-year career spans the national and international commercial and public art world, including Wynick/Tuck Gallery and an Associate Directorship at the Sable-Castelli Gallery until 2000. For the next 5 years, Libralato lived in Italy and created and managed public and private gallery exhibitions, a national radio broadcast and large-scale cultural and musical events in Venice, Verona and Vicenza, which included artist commissions, educational programs, artist residencies and workshops. Libralato returned to Toronto in 2005 to found Birch Libralato, a leading gallery in the Canadian contemporary art world.

Ilana Shamoon, Deputy Director & Director of Programs

Ilana Shamoon leads all aspects of the Biennial’s programming and creative partnerships. She was curator at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris (2006-15) where she curated numerous exhibitions including Native Land, Stop Eject, and regularly commissioned  artworks, events, and performances, the most recent being the acclaimed pop-up radio show, Pan African Space Station (2015). Shamoon ran the public art program at Waterfront Toronto from 2016-17 and has worked as an independent curator for institutions including Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto. She joined the Biennial Curatorial Advisory Group in 2016 and subsequently led the Curatorial Framework research for the inaugural curatorial team.

Susannah Rosenstock, Deputy Director & Director of Exhibitions

Susannah Rosenstock is the Deputy Director & Director of Exhibitions at TBA, managing all aspects of the multi-venue exhibitions program. She is a founding member of the Biennial and served as secretary of the Board of Directors from 2014-2019. Susannah has been working in the arts in the US and Canada for more than 20 years as an art advisor, arts administrator, and cultural producer. She holds an MA in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

Prior to joining the Biennial, Susannah worked for Art Toronto (2010-2019), Canada’s only international art fair, serving as Director since 2014. While there she led a major repositioning and rebranding of the fair to raise the level of quality and awareness and place the fair within a significant international context. Previously she worked in New York managing major corporate and private art collections, including those of Goldman Sachs and MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings.

Sabrina Maher, Development Manager

Sabrina Maher will oversee the Biennial’s network of partners, sponsors and donors, working with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to strategically support the Biennial’s activities and bring extraordinary experiences in art to its supporters. Sabrina is a fundraiser, arts programmer, project manager, researcher and writer. Previously she held the role of Grants & Sponsorship Officer for The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (2016-18) where she managed an extensive portfolio of major public and private funders and contributed to programmatic and strategic development. Prior she has held curatorial and programming positions with DesignTO Festival, Art Metropole, the Art Museum at University of Toronto, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Candice Hopkins, Senior Curator

Candice Hopkins will lead the curatorial direction of the Biennial including new art commissions, exhibitions, and publications. Most recently co-curator for SITE Santa Fe’s 2018 Sitelines Biennial and the Canadian Pavilion for the 2019 Venice Biennial, Hopkins has developed major international exhibitions, including Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art (2013), National Gallery of Canada, Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years (2011), Plug In ICA , and, dOCUMENTA 14 in Kassel and Athens (2017). She has been published widely and lectured internationally and is the recipient of the 2015 Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art. Originally from Whitehorse, Yukon, Hopkins is a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation.

Tairone Bastien, Curator

Alongside Hopkins, Tairone Bastien will shape the Biennial’s curatorial vision. An independent curator and arts programmer based in Toronto, Bastien was a curator for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018 and was a 2018 Journalism Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Previously, he directed programming for Alserkal Avenue, an arts district and organization in Dubai and presented commissioned projects that travelled to the Venice Biennial (2015), Dhaka Art Summit (2016), and Art Dubai (2016); oversaw public engagement for TCA Abu Dhabi, a government agency that developed new arts programming across the Emirates, including for the Louvre Abu Dhabi; and, was a curator for the first three iterations of Performa (2005-2009), New York’s biennial of performance art.

Myung-Sun Kim, Associate Curator, Public Programming and Learning

Myung-Sun Kim is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural programmer. She has led curatorial programming at galleries and festivals including Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Inside Out Film Festival (shorts), and The Theatre Centre, and programs multidisciplinary practices across various media. Her approach to public engagement focuses on intersectionality, empathetic methodologies, social processes, and engaging in civic conversations through meaningful partnerships and collaborations. She recently completed a Fellowship with the Toronto Arts Council’s Leader’s Lab. Her work as an artist has been presented across North America and in Finland, including Art Gallery of Ontario, MOCA Toronto, FADO Performance Art Centre, and Plug In ICA.

Katie Lawson, Assistant Curator

Katie Lawson joined the Biennial team in January 2019 as the Curatorial Assistant to Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien. She is a graduate of the Master of Visual Studies Curatorial program at the University of Toronto, where she previously completed her Master of Arts in Art History. She has held curatorial and programming positions at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Doris McCarthy Gallery, the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, bodega (NYC) and the University of Toronto. She maintains a practice as an independent curator, arts educator, and writer working within the tradition of eco- and material feminism(s). She has curated aqueous exhibitions at Y+ Contemporary, Scarborough; RYMD, Reykjavik; the Art Museum, Toronto; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. She is the Art Editor for the Hart House Review.

Sue Holland, Director, Marketing & Communications

Sue Holland is TBA’s Director of Marketing and Communications. Sue is an accomplished marcomm professional with a passion for integrated marketing, digital communications, brand strategy and social engagement. With 18+ years of experience Sue has conceived and executed high-profile campaigns for some of Canada’s largest media, event, entertainment and culture brands, including: the Toronto 2015 Pan / Parapan American Games Host City campaign, Toronto’s Canada 150 celebrations and 10 years promoting Nuit Blanche Toronto.

More recently Sue has held positions as an agency executive (Managing Director, Ontario – Beattie Tartan Communications), a Senior Marketing Supervisor (City of Toronto, Economic Development & Culture Division) and an independent consultant (Sole Proprietor – IM Sue Holland). Through a variety of marketing and communications roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors (BMG Music Canada, Kiss 92 fm, Canadian Film Centre, Eye Weekly Magazine), Sue has developed a comprehensive, integrated and wholistic approach to facilitating meaningful engagement between culture brands and their audiences.

Ange Loft, Advisory Council

Ange Loft authored the Toronto Indigenous Context Brief, beginning a continuous process of contextualizing the city’s waterfront for the Biennial staff, curators, and artists. As a member of the Advisory Council of Knowledge Keepers, Decision Makers, Connectors, Overseers, Guides, she will continue to inform all aspects of the Biennial’s activities. Ange Loft is the Associate Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre. She is a multi-disciplinary artist and performer from Kahnawake Mohawk Territory. Ange is an ardent collaborator, arts advocate and amateur historian. She specializes in and facilitates interdisciplinary creation, arts-based research, oral history, outdoor performance, community art design, wearable sculpture and project planning. Ange is also a Juno and Polaris nominated vocalist with YAMANTAKA//SONIC TITAN.

Natasha Henry, Advisory Council

Natasha Henry is also a member of the Advisory Council of Knowledge Keepers, Decision Makers, Connectors, Overseers, Guides, and will contribute expertise to all aspects of the Biennial’s activities. Natasha Henry the president of the Ontario Black History Society. She is a historian, published author, educator, and an award-winning curriculum developer, focusing on Black Canadian experiences. Natasha is currently completing a PhD in History at York University, researching Black enslavement in early Ontario and is a 2018 Vanier Scholar. Through her various professional and community roles, Natasha’s work is grounded in her commitment to research, collect, preserve, and disseminate the histories Black Canadians.

Board of Directors

Paul Bain, Chair of the Board

Paul Bain is a lawyer, practicing in entertainment, media and intellectual property and an advocate/advisor for the arts and artists. He is a partner of Dickinson Wright LLP, with offices in Washington, Nashville, Las Vegas, Austin and Detroit (among others).

Paul has served on numerous arts boards as a Director, including the The Power Plant, Contact Photography Festival, Art Metropole and C Magazine Foundation. He is an avid collector of contemporary art and photography, and has supported numerous important museum exhibitions in Canada and abroad.

Lisa Melchior, Treasurer

Lisa Melchior, founder of VERTU Capital, is an experienced private equity professional with a track record of over 20 years building businesses and successful investment outcomes.

Lisa has board experience with a wide variety of private and public companies.  She currently sits on the board of Real Matters (TSX: REAL) and is a member of its audit committee.  In addition to the Toronto Biennial of Art, her not for profit activity includes:  Cabinet Member for St. Michael’s Hospital’s Angels Den, Executive Member of the Canadian Women in Private Equity where she Chairs its Mentorship Committee, and Ontario Judge for E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year Program.

Stephen Grant, Board Member

Stephen Grant is a Toronto lawyer with a passion for modern and contemporary art. He is co-author of “149 Paintings You Really Need to See in North America: (So You Can Ignore the Others),” and has two art projects on the go: another book and an app.

Cathy Bisset-Parkes, Board member

Cathy Bisset-Parkes is a visual arts enthusiast, collector and energetic ambassador for the visual arts community at large. She has served on numerous committees at the AGO over the past 18 years. Currently, she is Honorary Member of the 2018 Art Toronto committee which she has chaired and co-chaired for many years. She also sits on the Curator’s Circle Committee where she continues to make strong philanthropic contributions to the museum.

In addition to her roles at the AGO, she is a long-term member of Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts, an independent non-profit group giving financial support to the visual arts community in the GTA. Cathy has been Past President, Board Chair, and current Patron of a USA based art alliance. Her responsibilities with this non-profit organization included building the membership donor base, starting a statewide association with other art groups and she initiated a collaboration with the Ringling School of Art and Design and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

Roma Dubczak, Board Member

Roma Dubczak is a marketing and brand strategy consultant with experience in both packaged goods as well as in the non-for-profit sector. She is currently the Chair of the Canadian Red Cross’ (CRC) Marketing Advisory Committee and member of the CRC’s Tiffany Circle Steering Committee. She is also the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee at Royal St. George’s College.

For the past 10 years, Roma was the Chair of Communications committee and member of the Strategic Planning Committee for the Kingsway College School. Previously, she served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Ukrainian Cooperative Nursery School.

Zahra Ebrahim, Board Member

Zahra is a designer and urbanist, using participatory practices to engage citizens in the design of services, policies and infrastructure. She is an Executive Advisor to Deloitte on Civic Innovation, and a senior advisor to political and public interest initiatives across the country. For the past three years, she led Doblin Canada, engaging diverse sets of stakeholders to co-create solutions to complex organizational and industry challenges. Prior to Doblin, Zahra founded and led archiTEXT, working with communities to co-design towards better social outcomes and leading some of Canada’s most ambitious participatory infrastructure and policy programs. Zahra has taught at OCADU, MoMA, and currently teaches at UofT. She sits on the board of Jane’s Walk and St. Stephen’s Community House, and is an advisor for Toronto Public Library, Centre for Connected Communities, Progress Toronto, Sidewalk Labs and ResilientTO.

Jane Marrone, Board Member

Jane Marrone is a Toronto-based home maker and philanthropist. Her philanthropic efforts include fundraising for education, health care and the arts. She is a member of the Education Committee and European Curatorial Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is also a Tiffany Circle member of the Red Cross, and most recently Chair of the Disaster Management campaign for both Ontario and Canada.

Jane is past chair of the Imagine No Bullying campaign and an honorary member of the fundraising effort for York University. Jane holds degrees in Business Management and Strategic Planning. She established the Yamana Passion to Perform art competition.

Kristyn Wong-Tam, Board Member

Kristyn Wong-Tam is a Canadian politician and Councillor of the Ward 13, Toronto Centre. From 2010-2018, she served as Councillor for the Toronto Centre-Rosedale electoral district, Ward 27. A real estate agent and business owner, she is the former owner of a Timothy’s franchise in Toronto, and is the owner of the KWT (formerly the XEXE) contemporary art gallery at Bathurst and Richmond Street West.

Wong-Tam, who is a Canadian of Chinese origin, has been an activist for both LGBTQ and Asian Canadian community issues, serving on the Chinese Canadian National Council and helped to found Asian Canadians For Equal Marriage and the Church and Wellesley Village’s business improvement area. In 2011, she cooperated with Toronto’s Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line to create an award, named in memory of Toronto artist Will Munro, to honour LGBT youth involved in community arts projects in Ontario.

Susan Wortzman, Board Member

Susan Wortzman is a partner in the Toronto offices of McCarthy Tétrault and leads the firm’s e-Discovery and Information Governance practice. Susan founded MT>3, formerly Wortzmans, in 2007 which was Canada’s leading law firm specializing in e-Discovery. One of Canada’s most respected e-Discovery lawyers, Susan’s creativity, entrepreneurship, legal and business acumen, and her commitment to innovation and technology ensure that her clients receive effective, cutting e-Discovery and information management services.

Susan is a committee member of the McCarthy Tétrault Art Collection a well as the AGO’s Curator’s Circle Committee and Art Toronto’s Opening Night Committee. Susan was formerly on the Board of Canadian Stage and the Tarragon Theatre.


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