Posted on September 14, 2017 by Liz

The Queen West Art Crawl (QWAC) is a charitable organization designed to celebrate and promote the art, culture and diversity of Queen West in Toronto. The cornerstone of QWAC is the Outdoor Art Exhibition in beautiful Trinity Bellwoods Park, which draws over 60,000 visitors annually. The Art Exhibition features a juried selection of the province’s best artists and artisans.

This year Queen West Art Crawl is bringing a full roster of live painters and accompanying musicians taking part in this year’s new festival Art Around the World.

Art Around the World is an interactive live art and music showcase taking place in various venues from Manning to Dufferin along Queen Street West. The theme is multiculturalism and the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary through the eyes of a diverse artist roster. “What has your culture brought to Toronto?”

To celebrate art around the world we asked Queen West Art Crawl to recommend some of the top artists to watch in 2017. They also asked artists Anam Feerasta and Patrick Klauss what it means to be an international artist in 2017.

“I grew up in a conservative society, with a modern education, first in Pakistan, then at McGill in Montreal. Like many of my friends, I found myself at constant odds. In educated, forward-thinking families, I found women facing the same daily struggles. The roots of our society were making its presence felt, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. Our education had taught us better, but the fight against long standing cultural norms would be a daily one. It is in this dichotomy, that I found my subject. Painting became the medium through which I explored the role of women in the broader social fabric, alongside notions of love, compromise, identity and liberation.”


Anam Feerasta. Born in Pakistan. Acrylic Painter.

“As a Czech Canadian fine art photographer, I have been greatly inspired by the rich Czech photographic tradition of the 20th century. My photos document my journeys both in Canada and abroad during which I am looking at the world through the lens of European sensibility coupled with Canadian wonder and optimism.  My work is a celebration of all the physical and spiritual beauty I have had the fortune to encounter.”


Patrick Klauss. Photographer, Born in Switzerland, raised Czech Republic.

Top Art around The World Artists to watch:

  1. Anand Jaggernauth. Born in Trinidad. Oil Painter.


  1. Dan Bi. Chinese Paper Mixed Media Artist.


  1. Marzena Kotapska. Polish Acrylic Painter.


  1. Mitsuo Miyagi. Born in Japan. Mixed Media Artist.


  1. Olena Lopatina. Oil Painter from Ukraine.


  1. Parisa Mehdipour. Watercolour Painter from Iran.


  1. Sustai Ulanbaagen. Printmaker with Mongolian background.


*all artists now based in Ontario

Be sure to check out these artists work plus many more at Queen West Art Crawl at Trinity Bellwoods Park Sept 23-24th.