The Vanguard International is an annual extravaganza that transcends traditional fashion to spotlight inclusivity and diversity in fashion, music, and the arts. Our event invites guests to express their unique cultures and identities through avant-garde fashions, fostering an experiential celebration.

Beyond glitz and glamour, we prioritize forging connections between communities through networking and strategic collaborations. In partnership with The Well, an extension of the urban vibrancy of King Street and an amenity-rich urban streetscape that borders Front, Spadina, and Wellington, The Vanguard helps to bring awareness and champion vital initiatives.

Join us as we redefine fashion in Canada with an immersive experience that resonates with diversity, unity, and love. The Vanguard proudly supports Rainbow Railroad, aiding LGBTQI+ individuals seeking safety from persecution, blending opulence with humanity.

Artxperiential Projects, the creative force behind The Vanguard, captivates guests with a fusion of innovative arts, experimental experiences, and immersive events. We curate a rich tapestry of cultural gatherings, complimentary workshops, captivating showcases, enlightening discussions, and beyond. Through our events, we champion meaningful causes, foster education, nurture unity, and drive community enrichment through the transformative power of the arts. Embrace the journey of creativity with us; join The Vanguard in partnership with The Well, on June 23, 2024 and make a difference.

What to Expect:

– Cocktail Party, finger foods

– Cash Bar

– Network with tastemakers

– Witness spectacular fashion shows

– Be captured on our famed Red Carpet

– Enjoy fabulous entertainment

– Immersive photo experiences

– Fashion Challenges 

– Dance the night away

Produced by the Not for profit ArtXperiential Projects.

X – A play on creative fashions
Step into a world where creativity reigns and boundaries dissolve with The Vanguard Theme – X. This avant-garde celebration is all about breaking norms and making bold fashion statements. Inspired by the world’s most famous red carpets, the rule is simple: come dressed to slay and support the Rainbow Railroad.
Theme X is a celebration of innovation and individuality. It’s your chance to embrace your quirks, flaunt your uniqueness, and celebrate diversity. Dare to take risks and step out of your comfort zone with vibrant colors, exaggerated silhouettes, bold shoulders, striking hair, and makeup.
X isn’t just a trend; it’s a movement that champions safe spaces. Dive in, be daring, and let X transform your style into an unforgettable adventure while supporting humanity through fashion.
On The Vanguard’s famed carpet, embrace fearless fashion and blur the lines between reality and fantasy. This eve – nt promises an unforgettable journey, showcasing fashion’s power to transcend boundaries and ignite social change.

June 23, 2024

453 Wellington St W

Toronto, ON M5V 1E7 
6pm – 11 pm


We pledge to promote and support important community initiatives and organizations, as well as the Canadian international fashion, music and arts industry.

Together we will Heal humanity by fostering a more loving, inclusive, and safer society.

This year, The Vanguard will be in support of The Rainbow Railroad.

Rainbow Railroad is a global non-profit organization dedicated to assisting LGBTQI+ individuals who face persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics. LGBTQI+ people are especially vulnerable due to systemic, state-enabled homophobia and trans-phobia.  The hostile environment they live in forces them to flee their own homes and families to avoid harm.  

Rainbow Railroad has played a significant role in enabling over 7,621 LGBTQI+ individuals to find safety through emergency relocation and other forms of aid. Since the organization was founded in 2006 by LGBTQI+ activists and human rights defenders who draw inspiration from the Underground Railroad they have helped over 7621 LGBTQI+ individuals find safety through emergency relocation and other forms of assistance. Their work spans across all regions and is conducted in collaboration with a global network of activists and human rights defenders who advocate for LGBTQI+ rights.

Through their efforts, Rainbow Railroad aims to provide LGBTQI+ individuals with the opportunity to live lives free from persecution. For more information please visit us at  https://www.rainbowrailroad.org/ 

Our goal is to bring awareness and support to meaningful initiatives and the arts industry by means of the music and fashion industries.

The Competition


Calling all beauty and fashion professionals are you a visionary?


Welcome, to The Vanguard Challenge—an electrifying exhibition of your creativity and innovation! Join our fashion, makeup, hair, face, and photography challenge as we redefine the essence of Canadian fashion. Don’t miss your chance—secure your place as a Tribute in this immersive experience!


Let your designs, beauty craftsmanship, and photography set the fashion and creative industry on fire in District X—a bold fusion of innovation and daring style inspired by The Hunger Games. The Fashion Police will be on the lookout to crown the evening’s Victors. But that’s not all! Winners will earn the coveted opportunity to claim the prestigious title of The Vanguard Talent of the Year, showcase at The Vanguard 2025, and more.


This isn’t just a competition; it’s your chance to revolutionize the industry and elevate your brand, captivate audiences, and make a difference—all while supporting the Rainbow Railroad and contributing to a brighter future for LGBTQ+ individuals facing persecution worldwide.


Submit your application now and let your creativity shine!


For further details and inquiries, please reach out to us at info@thevanguardint.com

before May 23, 2024.



– Outfit evaluated on the interpretation of the 2024 District X theme, craftsmanship, fashion-forwardness, and visual impact

– Creation must be presented on a live model

– Winners selected by Fashion Police and audience vote

The Face:

– Selection based on photogenic qualities and presentation

– Submit headshot to info@thevanguardint.com with name and application

– Live coaching provided at The Vanguard event

– Winners selected in front of a live audience vote

Makeup Artists:

– Makeup evaluated on the interpretation of District X theme, creativity, and visual impact

– Creation must be presented on a live model

– Winners selected by Fashion Police and audience vote

Hair Stylists:

– Hair creation evaluated on the interpretation of the 2024 District X theme, creativity, and visual impact

– Presentation of a live model during the event

– Winners selected by Fashion Police and audience vote


– Experience in fashion photography required

– Work evaluated based on creativity and captured moments

– Submit 30 to 50 of your best images within 3 days post-event

– Winners chosen by Vanguard’s Fashion Police and Management


Fashion Police on site! 

Introducing The Vanguard Fashion Police, your Judge, Jury, and Executioner. Handpicked industry pros and guardians of creativity, they ensure District X’s integrity. As Tributes and guests enter, adhere to theme-appropriate dress or face consequences—no runners, jeans, or caps allowed!

Rules of Engagement

 In the realm of creativity, rules are meant to be challenged, but guidelines ensure fair play. Tributes please review the following details to help with a smooth process:

– Application required

– Tributes should be 18+

– International Tributes welcome

– Tributes may enter up to three times maximum

– All sexes, ethnicities, sizes, and identities welcome

-Tributes must produce their own work

– Application closes June 20th

– Send in your registration fee

 – Questions? e-mail, info@thevanguardint.com 


Victors will receive the following

1.     Award of Recognition

2.     2025 showcase opportunity at The Vanguard 2025 in Toronto

3.     Magazine highlight 

4.     Preferred vendor listing for The Vanguard 2025 and more!

Registration Rates:

– $300 includes 1 challenge entry, 2 VIP passes

– $450 includes 2 challenge entries, 3 VIP passes

– $500 includes 3 challenge entries, 4 VIP passes

Note: All rates include a VIP pass for the contestants’ entries/s as well as their model/s.

For contestants (Tributes) who enter 2 or 3 challenges, additional VIP passes will be allotted for each model accordingly.

May the odds be ever in your favour!


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