Toronto Fashion Week Announces New Partnership With CAFA Awards

CAFA President, Vicky Milner

Toronto Fashion Week, Canada’s leading fashion, art, music and culture event, today announced another exciting new partnership. Fashion Talks – a new podcast produced in partnership with CAFA that observes the world through the lens of fashion, will partner with Toronto Fashion Week from Mon., Feb. 5 to Wed., Feb. 7, 2018.

In front of a live audience, Toronto Fashion Week and Fashion Talks will invite some of the most recognizable faces in fashion, beauty and photography to share their stories in an intimate studio setting. Hosted by Donna Bishop – an accomplished entrepreneur and Director of Programming for CAFA, guests will reveal insights, observations and historical moments on how fashion helps to shape the world in which we live in and how our world shapes fashion and the clothing we wear.

“This partnership with Fashion Talks will allow us to engage with our audience in a new and exciting way beyond the runway,” says Carolyn Quinn, Executive Director, Toronto Fashion Week. “The Fashion Talks guests are leaders in their respective industries with fascinating insight into the broad world of fashion – from pop culture to history to socioeconomic changes in the way we shop. Their discussions will provide a deeper context which Toronto Fashion Week attendees can bring with them to the shows throughout the event.”

“Recording episodes of Fashion Talks in front of a live audience during Toronto Fashion Week is a fantastic way to continue to shine a spotlight on the relevance of fashion and bring excitement in addition to the runway shows,” says Donna Bishop, creator and host of Fashion Talks. “With topics that relate to film, politics and more, Fashion Talks strives to connect cultural dots to illustrate how fashion speaks volumes about society and our values. Having these discussions at Toronto Fashion Week will make them even more powerful.”

Tickets to Fashion Talks at Toronto Fashion Week are $25 and are available for purchase on TFW.TO. For more information on the Fashion Talks topics, the Toronto Fashion Week schedule and to stay-up-to-date with the latest news updates, please visit TFW.TO.

See scheduling details for Fashion Talks below, and stay tuned for additional topic and guest speaker announcements.

Mon., Feb. 5 – 2:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 6 – 1:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 7 – 1:30 p.m.

Toronto Fashion Week, an event showcasing fashion, art, music and culture takes place in Yorkville, Toronto’s revitalized and most prestigious luxury retail neighborhood. The bi-annual event hosts national and international designers, entertainers and the fashion community to create a touchpoint where fashion is embraced and celebrated. As the leading fashion event in Canada, Toronto Fashion Week creates a catalyst for media engagement, retail activity and global connectivity.

The founding partners are Yorkville Village, The Hazelton Hotel, Freed Developmentsand Hill & Gertner – an ownership group comprised of several of the country’s top companies in real estate, development and luxury hospitality.

Fashion Talks is the podcast that observes the world through the lens of fashion. Founded in 2017, creator and host Donna Bishop interviews designers, stylists, academics, industry insiders and leaders outside of the fashion industry to reveal insights, observations, personal stories and historical moments on how fashion helps to shape the world we live in and how our world shapes fashion and the clothes we wear. Fashion Talks is available for download on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and to stream While the majority of listeners are from Canada and the US, Fashion Talks boasts regular listeners from Japan, Germany, France, Italy and the UK. Proudly produced in partnership with CAFA, Fashion Talks strives to shine a spotlight on the cultural relevance of fashion while highlighting the rich expanse of the Canadian industry.

CAFA was created to support and celebrate the Canadian Fashion industry. Through the recognition and promotion of outstanding achievement and emerging talent in Canadian fashion, CAFA is dedicated to generating a stronger appreciation and market for our artists both in Canada and abroad and to support the economic development of the Canadian fashion industry. CAFA is committed to further developing and cultivating our homegrown talent by creating mentorship and financial opportunities as well as establishing collaborative partnerships that strive to unite the fashion community and the various, existing, fashion initiatives around the country. Additional information can be found at