Submissions 2020-11-12T21:28:49+00:00

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Thank you for your interest.

2020 Mistletoe Magic
Calling All Artists.


The John B. Aird Gallery is delighted to present its 35th edition of Mistletoe Magic. Traditionally a silent art auction, this year’s auction will be held online as an e-Auction on 32Auction.com. Each year, Mistletoe Magic raises much-needed funds for the Aird Gallery’s year-round programming, which includes 10 to 12 exhibitions per year, support for participating artists and organizations, and increases the gallery’s visibility while remaining free of charge to the public.

Bringing together over 150 works of art from more than 80 contemporary artists across Canada with featured artists Julius Poncelet Manapul and Natalie Wood, who’s works and contribution to the arts is known locally and internationally.

Mistletoe Magic 2020 will mark the second edition of this popular e-auction. Crucially, the funds raised will support the Aird as we continue to program exciting contemporary art in the initial Artscape building in Toronto.



Born in Manila, Philippines in 1980, Julius is a migrant Filipinx artist from the Ilocano tribe, with Spanish heritage and Cherokee ancestry from the Southeastern Woodlands of the United States; a descendant of Maria Josefa Gabriela Carino de Silang, known as an anti-colonial fighter during the 18th century Spanish rule over the Philippines—the first female leader of a Filipino movement for independence from Spain. This background informs Julius’ research and artistic practice, as they excavate the experience of immigration and assimilation through cultural erasure.

Manapul attained a BFA at OCAD U in 2009, Professional Art Studio certificate from TSA in 2011, Masters of Visual Studies at UofT in 2013, Sexual Diversity Studies certificate at UofT in 2013. Presented at The Paradise Now Collective (2011), Nuit Blanche-Toronto (2010, 2012 and 2014), Toronto World Pride Affiliated Art Event (2014), performed at the AGO (2017), shown works at Koffler Gallery, A Space Gallery, UTAC Gallery, UWAG Gallery, John B. Aird Gallery, Propeller Gallery, PM Gallery, Daniel Spectrum as well as UK, France, Germany and US.


Born in Trinidad, Wood is a PhD student in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University she has an MA in Art Education from the University of Toronto and has completed a variety of studio courses at OCAD. Her work includes the use of recyclable materials, drawing and painting, encaustic wax, printmaking, video, performance and web-based art.

Wood’s videos and performances have been presented in venues such as L Space Humber, OCAD Gallery, Inside Out Film Festival 2015, Nuit Rose, Trinity Square video, The Caribbean Tales film festival 2014, T&T film festival 2013, New York Mix Film and Video Festival, Images Festival 2006 and Mpenzi Film and Video festival (where I won the Audience Choice Award in 2006). Her art works and collaborative art practices have been presented nationally and internationally in solo exhibitions at WARC, Zsa Zsa Gallery, Caribbean Contemporary Art Centre 7; several group exhibitions (Occupy Space 2016 @ Humber Art Gallery, TSG 2016 @ Gladstone Hotel, The Church St Mural Project 2014, Peterborough Art Gallery 2012, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art 2007), International Art Fairs (Artist Project Toronto 2010, Nuit Blanche 2007, Toronto Alternative Art Fair International). She has received awards from the Toronto, Ontario and Canada Council for the Arts, the 2006 New Pioneers Award for contribution to the Arts in Toronto and was nominated for the 2006 K. M. Hunter Award for Interdisciplinary Arts Award for my web-based project Kinlinks. Natalie Wood is newly represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto.

Entry Guidelines

  • As a public not-for-profit, charitable gallery, artists are encouraged to donate the sales of their artwork at 100% or 65% of the auction price. Artists who donate 100% of their artwork sales are eligible to receive charitable tax receipts; artists who donate 65% receive 35% of the auction price . 
  • Please keep in mind that the reserve bid for artworks will be set at 50% of the retail value.
  • Suggested pricing: minimum $100, maxim $1000.
  • Limit of 2 works per artist. Works in any medium will be considered.
  • Due to limitations, the gallery reserves the right to make final selections.
  • The Gallery has the right to use photographic reproductions of your work(s) for publicity, promotional, and documentary purposes; and that you agree to the terms outlined in this form.
  • Digital promotional materials will be available for artists to send to their contacts.
  • Artists will be contacted if their artwork(s) are sold and be asked to deliver packaged artworks to the gallery between December 12 – 13, from 10 am to 4 pm for collection.
  • Winning bidders will pick-up their purchased artwork(s) from December 16 – 20, from 1 to 5 PM.


ENTRY DEADLINE: November 20, 2020, by Midnight
E-AUCTION: Tuesday, December 1 – 8, 2020
AUCTION RESULTS: December 11, 2020
DROPOFF: December 12 – 13, 2020, 10 AM – 4 PM
COLLECTION: December 16 – 20, 2020, 1 – 5 PM

Application Checklist
√ Completed Entry Form.
√ One-page Biography or Artist’s Statement.
√ 300 DPI digital image(s) of your artwork(s).