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Riverdale ArtWalk - (Member Application)



 Important: Use this form to apply if you are a member of the Artists' Network.

To get your Member Invitation Key and your Membership #, please contact us at

*** Non-members click here to submit. )

Riverdale ArtWalk
is a two-day, public fine art exhibition showcasing established and emerging artists in Jimmie Simpson Park in Toronto’s flourishing Queen East arts district. The first outdoor art show of Toronto’s season, participating artists are selected through an anonymous jury process, allowing an opportunity to participate in the only outdoor art show that focuses ONLY on fine art. It has consistently been rated by local artists as one of the best organized show in Toronto.

Last year, the festival hosted over 170 participating artists and the inclusion of local community groups, entertainment and food vendors. Artist Awards in Photography, Painting, Mixed Media, and Other Media have been created through exciting new sponsorships with local organizations and businesses. Now in its 19th year in the Riverdale/Leslieville area of Toronto, the festival has grown to reach an audience of over 20,000 art enthusiasts and supporters. Through new partnership opportunities with the local BIA, the Riverdale ArtWalk expects to continue to grow.

With our intensive orientation session and strong artists support, 96% of Riverdale ArtWalk artists indicated overall communications “Best Ever” or “Better than Average’, you don’t want to miss this show!

Please read our exhibition guidelines in detail before applying. The application must be completed in full, including the payment of required fees, to be considered.

Indoor space available in Jimmie Simpson Community Centre! We have space in the Jimmie Simpson Community Centre for a limited number of artists. You will be sheltered from the weather and will not have to pack and unpack your art at the end of each day.


February 19, 2017 – Early Bird Deadline
March 19, 2017 – Applications close
April 2, 2017 – Notice of Acceptance and Wait List
April 9, 2017 – Final date of Cancellation for full refund
April 23, 2017 – Final date for Cancellation with 50% refund
April  24, 2017 – no refunds after this date
May 2, 2017 – Orientation (TO BE CONFIRMED)
June 2, 2017 – Move in for Riverdale ArtWalk – after 6:00pm
June 3 and 4, 2017 - Riverdale ArtWalk

When: Saturday, June 3 & Sunday, June 4, 2017, 11:00am – 6:00pm

Where: held in the Riverdale area, the Riverdale ArtWalk is held primarily in Jimmie Simpson Park + the indoor space of the Jimmie Simpson Community Centre, connected to the park.

APPLICATION FEES - The Artists’ Network has a 2-tier fee structure which includes a non-refundable administration fee of $35.00. If your work is not chosen by the jury, the Artists’ Network will refund the participation fee. The Admin fee is non-refundable. All booths spaces are 10’ x 10’. Shared booths are not permitted. Please indicate either indoor or outdoor space preferred.

Riverdale ArtWalk





Early Bird – Midnight, Sunday, February 19, 2017


275 + 35.75 HST = $310.75


325 + 42.25 HST = $367.25

Regular Submission – Midnight, Sunday, March 19, 2017


325 + 42.25 HST = $367.25


375 + 48.75 HST = $423.75

The Artists Network does not take a commission for any sales during the Riverdale ArtWalk. All sales in good faith are the responsibility of the artists. Credit card process is available onsite as part of membership.

Membership must be paid in full in order to qualify for the member price. As of January 1, 2017, we have modified our membership renewal dates so that our membership period will now be defined from January 1 to December 31 annually. The Artists Network’s NEW annual renewal dates will be a renewal window of between January 1 and the closing of RAW submissions. Consequently, all current membership will now expire December 31, 2106 and will be renewed within that window. Credits against renewal will be tabulated for those part way through their membership year at a rate of $12.50/month. For example, if you paid your membership dues in April 2016, you will get a 4 month credit to either take in cash or apply to the full year membership. This, with an additional $100.00, will extend your membership to December 2017 and ensure you are eligible for the member price and grandfathered admission. If you have any questions, please contact Barb (

Cancellation must be received in writing/email to Angela Lane ( by the following dates:

On or before April 9, 2017 - full refund minus the $35 administration fee
From April 10 – April 23, 2017 –  50% refund minus the $35 administration fee
April 24 – June 4, 2017 – cancellations receiving after April 24 will not receive a refund

Ensure your 5 images reflect your best work. We recommend your images be approximately 2000 pixels on the widest side. Larger images will be automatically resized.

The Riverdale ArtWalk is juried by professionals in the industry. They are looking for a consistent theme to the work, as well as originality and quality. Please be sure you follow the requirements of your JPEGS and be sure they are of high quality.  Only original art will be accepted – please see the CRITERIA at the end of this document.

We heavily promote the Riverdale Artwalk locally and throughout Toronto to high income neighbourhoods: social media, 50,000 postcards, newspaper, magazine and online ads and our colour event guide which profiles all artists.

We value our members – if you are an Artists’ Network member and have shown in the Riverdale ArtWalk or ArtWalk in the Square in 2016, you are automatically eligible to participate in this year’s shows.  You MUST be a member at the time of submission AND during the Riverdale ArtWalk dates. Applies to Early Bird submissions only. Please note our membership structure has changed this year. Please review MEMBERSHIP. Admission may be denied artists who have not followed the Artists’ Network code of conduct.

Booth allocation will be drawn at random in 2 batches: early bird and regular submission. You will have an opportunity to indicate your preference during the application process; no guarantees of location are made and all locations are subject to change due to location conditions. We will do our best to accommodate any medical restrictions.

The Artists’ Network is committed to always act with fairness, honesty, integrity and openness; respect the opinions of others and treat all with equality and dignity without regard to gender, race, colour, creed, ancestry, place of origin, political beliefs, religion, marital status, disability, age, or sexual orientation. We expect the same from our artist members. We will not tolerate any abusive or threatening behaviour towards any member of our team. Refusal to comply with this policy may result in an artist being asked to leave the show.

All accepted artists and galleries will be featured in our online gallery and listed in our event guide. An Onsite Gallery will be located facing Queen Street to promote all participating artists. Each artist is encouraged to contribute a 12” x 12” piece for the gallery. This will enable visitors to navigate the park and find your booth. 

The Artists’ Network welcomes your interest in participating in the Riverdale ArtWalk. Please note that this is an Fine Art Show. One of the reasons that artists like participating in the Artists’ Network outdoor shows is that we are strict with regards to only accepting Fine Art. Over the years, technology and processes have changed and we have been asked by the artist community to outline our criteria. This is not intended to limit anyone’s ability to show and sell their work, only to ensure that the high standard of art showcased by all artists is what you expect. As such the following rules apply:

  • All work must be original and executed by the accepted artist. No functional art; mugs, bowls, posters, pillows, books, jewelry, T-shirts or other clothing or home décor is permitted.
  • Photographs and digital works must be signed by the artist and appropriately numbered indicating a limited number of prints of no more than 100. Only one version of each image may be displayed at a time.
  • Reproductions of non-photographic or digital work (ie – reproductions or prints of original paintings) may occupy a maximum of 15% of booth area (approximately ½ wall). They are to be numbered and labeled as reproductions. Open Editions (not numbered) are permitted; however only 1 version of each reproduction may be shown at a time. Notecards may be shown in multiples and are included within the 15% limitation.
  • Artists are permitted to have non-conforming work in a portfolio to show to prospective buyers.
  • Exhibited work must be consistent with the images submitted by the artist and must conform to the event guidelines.
  • All decisions on the suitability of art to be displayed made by the Artists’ Network or its representatives are final. The accepted artists are expected to co-operate fully with the Network.  Exhibitors will be monitored by the Artists’ Network and its representatives and we reserve the right to remove any questionable or non-approved art from the show. Any artist who violates the rules, is uncooperative or who demonstrate abusive behaviour may be asked to leave the show and will forfeit their right to participate in any future shows.

If you have any questions or need help with your application, please contact Angela at



closes on
Sat March 25, 2017 11:59 pm EDT
Jimmie Simpson Park
870 Queen St East
Toronto, Ontario, M4M 3G9
contact Name
Angela Lane
contact Position
Event Manager
Exhibition dates
3rd Jun 2017
4th Jun 2017
$367.25 CAD per submission
  • Digital
  • Drawing
  • Fibre
  • Glass
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
The artist can select only one category.
multiple submission
Multiples, maximum of 5 images per submission.
Yes - You need an invitation key to be able to submit