2021 Race Shirt Artist Application

Applications are now closed. 

Founded in 1990, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is the grand finale and signature event of the Canada Running Series. It is Canada’s #1 big-city, world marathon and holds a prestigious World Athletics Gold Label. The event attracts 25,000 people from across Canada and over 70 countries, and raises over $3.5 million annually for local charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

We are looking for a new artist/designer to work with us on the 2021 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon race shirt! This shirt will be worn by up to 10,000 participants around the world in our virtual race and will serve as a cherished momento of this year’s event.


Submit your work to be considered as our 2021 shirt artist.

We are not asking for spec work. Please submit work that has already been produced. We understand that concept work takes time, so we ask that you do not submit new race shirt concepts at this time.

Please provide a web link or a PDF with samples of existing work.

Greater consideration will be given to artists with experience in designing shirt graphics or screen prints.

Applications are now closed. 


The deadline for applications is May 17, 2021.

By May 21, 2021, Canada Running Series will select up to 3 artists to arrange a short video interview.

Following the interview process, one artist/designer will be selected to create the 2021 Race Shirt design. To be contacted the week of May 24, 2021.

The anticipated completion date will be June 25, 2021.


The chosen artist or designer will be paid $2,000.00 CAD for the project. You will be promoted through Canada Running Series/Toronto Waterfront Marathon’s website, social media and newsletter. You will be credited as the artist of this year’s shirt, with links to your website and/or social media where possible.

Artwork Usage:

The finished artwork will be screen printed on up to 10,000 technical race shirts and given to all event participants this coming fall.

We encourage applications from artists/designers in under-represented groups including women, Black and Indigenous People of Colour (BIPOC), other racialized persons and LGBTQ2+ persons.