Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival


CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography with an annual Festival in May throughout Toronto and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery. CONTACT embraces an inclusive and accessible approach to the medium, and cultivates collaborations with and among artists, curators, institutions, and organizations.

Each year CONTACT showcases lens-based projects by Canadian and international artists. The Festival’s Core Exhibitions are comprised of collaborations with major museums, leading galleries, and artist-run centres as well as site-specific public art projects. These are cultivated through partnerships and commissions, and frame the cultural, social, and political events of our times. The Featured Exhibitions, selected through a jury process, and the Open Call Exhibitions present a wide range of works at galleries and alternative spaces across the city,  The Festival’s Programs include photo-book initiatives, lectures, artist talks, panel discussions, and workshops. CONTACT exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public, with some exceptions at major museums.

Contact Us

CONTACT Office and Gallery
80 Spadina Ave, Suite 205
Toronto, ON  M5V2J4
416 539 9595

The CONTACT Gallery and office is currently closed to the public and staff are working remotely. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

The gallery is wheelchair accessible at street level via the Spadina Ave entrance and by taking the elevator to the 2nd floor.

CONTACT acknowledges that it is situated on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe, and the Huron-Wendat. This land is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and create here.

Press Inquiries

Bow Bridge Communications, LLC
240 West 102nd St, Suite 53, New York, NY 10025

Libby Mark,  New York
917 968 5567

Heather Meltzer, Toronto
647 544 8441


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Bonnie Rubenstein

Tara Smith

Benjamin Freedman

Brian St. Denis

sol Legault

Bartosz Gawdzik & Andrew Di Rosa

Shannon Anderson

Jen Cutts

Bow Bridge Communications LLC

Edward Burtynsky
Sarah Dinnick, Chair
Erin Iles
Olga Korper
David Lavin
Sally Lee
Elizabeth Levitt
Edward Marracco
Maia-Mari Sutnik

Stephen Bulger
William Ewing
Sarah Milroy
Kenneth Montague
Penny Rubinoff
Lisa Steele

Darren Alexander
Linda Book
Stephen Bulger
Judith Tatar

Recent Press

CBC Radio Q, “Jeanne Randolph photographed every phone booth in Manitoba, from Flin Flon to Emerson,” May 26, 2020

Toronto Star, “Whether it’s a window display, a photo on a wall or a carved boulder, there’s art to be seen — in person — in Toronto,” by Shawn Micallef, May 22, 2020, “‘Visiting’ CONTACT Photography Festival exhibits in the age of COVID,” by Sarah Ratzlaff, May 20, 2020

The Globe and Mail, “Toronto’s Contact festival goes virtual, laying bare the value of experiencing art in person,” May 13, 2020, “Missing Summer Festivals? The World’s Largest Photography Festival Will Be Online This Year,” by Mark Dunsmuir, May 12, 2020, “Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival announces highlights of its 2020 edition,” May 8, 2020, “Anges Gardiens Italiens,” May 7, 2020

British Journal of Photography, “May: Virtual Highlights,” by Hannah Abel-Hirsch and Marigold Warner, May 4, 2020

ELLE Canada, “What’s On our Pop Culture Radar This May,” April 28, 2020

CultMTL, “COVID culture pt. VI: Local drag show, art & film festivals and workshops,” by Lily Shykoff, April 20, 2020

Ciel Variable, “Événements à (se) réinventer : CONTACT Photography Festival,” April 19, 2020

Meres of Arabia, “Keeping CONTACT with photography,” by Meres J. Weche, April 13, 2020

NOW, “Take a virtual tour through Toronto galleries and museums,” by Glenn Sumi, April 6, 2020

Canadian Interiors, “Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Presents Exhibitions Online,” April 2, 2020

Canadian Art, “News Roundup: Contact Photography Festival Shifts Online, Partially,” April 2, 2020, “How COVID-19 is Impacting the Art Galleries in Toronto,” [April 2020]

Bloomberg Business, “Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Announces Public Installation Artists of 2020,” March 10, 2020

Architects and Artisans, “Across Toronto, a Photo Festival to Touch People,” March 3, 2020