ARTIST FAQS

1. What is the Queen West Art Crawl?

The Queen West Art Crawl is an annual 2-day live, and 5-day on-line, celebration of Queen Street West and the artists, businesses, community groups and residents that make up this very distinct area of Toronto. 

This year we will again be offering an online exhibit in our Virtual Park for our artists, artisans, patrons, and performers.

We are striving to create a unique platform for our artists, artisans and patrons of the festival so that all can attend virtually and be a part of our 2021 Festival this year.

2. Who organizes the Queen West Art Crawl?

In 2009 Queen West Art Crawl achieved charitable status and currently, the Queen West Art Crawl is organized by a small, dedicated team and a Board of Directors.

3. I have a question about the Virtual Art Exhibition, and/or the Queen West Art Crawl.  Who do I contact?

If you can’t find the answer to your question(s) in the Frequently Asked Questions, info@queenwestartcrawl.com.

4. What are the dates, times and location of the Queen West Art Crawl’s Online Art Exhibition?

  • Online September 15-19, 2021 in our Virtual Park          

  • 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

5. What is the deadline for submission and what are the prices?

Application fee

  • $50 non-refundable

  • Deadline May 31st , 2021

Online Art Exhibit fee (virtual park only)

  • $75

  • Applications open June 01 2021

  • Deadline July 01, 2021

6. What if I am unable to be present for the onsite portion of the festival for any reason?

​Covid restrictions forced us to cancel the Outdoor Art Exhibition.

7. What methods of payment do you accept for the participation fee?

  • Paypal is the preferred method of payment. It is a safe, easy way to pay online without exposing your credit card numbers to the merchant.

  • You don’t need to set up a Paypal account to apply online for QWAC but you will need a major credit card. 

  • The only other payment we accept is cheque or money order. To use this method, payment arrangements must be made by emailing info@queenwestartcrawl.com. All payments must be made payable to Queen West Art Crawl and mailed to 260 Queen St West Po Box 60051 Toronto Ontario M5V 0C5.

Please note that PayPal is an external website, and QWAC does not retain or have access to any private artist information. QWAC does not accept credit card payments over the phone.

8. What do you mean by original art?

All artwork on display must be the original creation of the exhibitor. Reproductions of another artist’s work will not be considered. Exhibitors are permitted, however, to sell reproductions of their own work in the form of posters, prints, art cards, buttons, etc. Please note that the selection committee will favour original work over reproductions.

9. Can I submit more than one Media Category / sell other products or services along with my art?

Only one type of media is accepted per application. It is recommended that you submit your strongest media category.  If you would like to submit more than one, a second application is required. 

While you may hand out literature or other materials pertaining to other non-art business ventures, you may not sell those products or services​.

10. Who is eligible to submit an application?

Professional artists, artisans and craftspeople working in the following disciplines will be considered for the Queen West Art Crawl: painting (acrylic, oil, watercolour, and encaustic), drawing, metal art, jewellery, photography, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, fibre art, wood art, glass and mixed media. Both established and emerging artists and craftspeople are encouraged to apply.

11.    Who is on the selection committee/jury?

The selection committee is comprised of professional artists, gallery owners, art teachers, curators and other respected members of the visual arts community. The Queen West Art Crawl does not participate in the selection process. (Artists will be judged in Mid May 2021)

12.    What are the criteria for being selected to participate?

The committee will be selecting submissions based on the quality and saleability of the work. The selection committee strives to bring overall diversity in works of art for the Queen West Art Crawl.

13.    How and when will I find out if I have been accepted?

The results of the selection process will be sent by email. 

14.    I missed the application deadline but was wondering if you accept late applications or have a waiting list?

Please contact us for waiting list inquiries and other opportunities at info@queenwestartcrawl.com. Late fees may apply.

15.    Does QWAC take a commission from my sales?

NO. QWAC takes no commission from your sales. We will ask that you provide us with information regarding your total sales at the end of the event. Each artist’s sales information will be kept strictly confidential and will only be used for event analysis.

16.    How is the Queen West Art Crawl promoted through our virtual online event?

In 2020, QWAC adapted to the pandemic by shifting to an online exhibit and created a Virtual Park that won NOW Magazine's Reader's Choice Award for Best Virtual Exhibit.  QWAC continued its mission to bring the patrons to you, our artists and artisans.

This year, we will once again place the festival online. 

QWAC’s marketing campaign for the Queen West Art Crawl includes media releases, media stunts, print advertising, public service announcements on community and commercial radio stations, TTC ads, distribution of pre-event brochures and posters, billboards, email broadcasts, and postings on several web sites, blogs and social networking sites.  Our community partners also assist with promoting the event.  QWAC will provide you with an invite for you to forward to all your contacts.  This will be sent to you in the weeks leading up to the event. Feel free to blog, post to social media and send your own media releases about your participation. Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Artists and artisans will receive the following if exhibited online:

  1. A web presence on a high traffic website. Each vendor will have their work highlighted with two images and name that will link the patrons directly to your web page, social media or selling platform.

  2. Through our virtual park imagery, all work will be grouped under art form or artisan. When a patron visits each portal, they will find the art or artisanal work and be able to select the artists they would like to view.

  3. Social media posts of each vendor once throughout the five-day online festival.

  4. Extensive marketing of the event promoting our vendors nationally and internationally.

  5. All online sales and communication will go through you directly (QWAC does not take any commission).

17.    When should I expect my participant package?

Selected participants will receive detailed QWAC packages sent by email at the beginning of September. Your package will provide you with Trinity–Bellwoods Park layout, load-in and load-out procedures and important details for the day-of event.

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We look forward to supporting our community and collaborating with you to create an innovative platform showcasing your work Onsite in the park and Online that will attract patrons and bring traffic to your selling platform and in the park.

Send us a message, and we will follow you and promote all of your QWAC related news!

Please email info@queenwestartcrawl.com if you have any questions during registration.