Big Draw Festival 2019 to make its mark on Toronto

The City of Toronto recently announced that it will host the Big Draw Festival for the first time on September 28 and 29 across all of its 10 Toronto History Museums. This festival is the world’s largest celebration of drawing, with more than 400,000 people taking part in Big Draw events annually.

This year’s theme, “Drawn to Life: creativity and well-being,” is all about health and well-being, more specifically a positive, accessible “can-do” attitude with the creativity essential to a fulfilling, healthy life. The city is a sponsor-partner of the Big Draw Festival 2019. Participants, along with artists, will have the opportunity to explore art as a life-enhancing tool at this free event.

Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Market Gallery, Montgomery’s Inn, Scarborough Museum, Spadina Museum, Todmorden Mills and Zion Schoolhouse will host the Big Draw across Toronto, free of charge.

Visitors will be encouraged to bring their own art supplies or use art supplies provided on site. Outdoor painting and drawing stations will be available at each site, with a wide range of media, such as watercolours, oil pastels, charcoal, finger paints, crayons and pencil crayons.

Launched in 2000 in the United Kingdom, the Big Draw Festival has motivated more than four million people worldwide to get out and draw. The festival has garnered two world records – for the longest drawing in the world (one kilometre) and the greatest number of people drawing simultaneously (more than 7,000). The Big Draw promotes visual literacy and the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention. Toronto’s festival will be supported by the British Council, which is the United Kingdom’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. The festival will also be supported by Pomerleau, a leader in construction.

“The city’s museums have a long history of inspiring artists. We’re excited that Toronto will now be part of the world’s largest community of drawing enthusiasts through the Big Draw, and I will be encouraging Torontonians to participate in the festival,” said Mayor John Tory.

The Big Draw Festival in Toronto will align with the Culture Days weekend, a national celebration of arts and culture that supports free public events across Canada every year.

More information is available at and  and information about the museums is available at

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