Bazaar of the Bizarre

The Small Arts and Crafts Market Roundup – Winter 2015

‘Tis the season of bestowal, and here is a reminder to support small local artisans and businesses, while sourcing some of the most unique and impactful gifts for your friends and family.

The One of a Kind Crafts Show starts today at the Exhibition Place and runs until December 6th (thanks for the FOURTEEN email notifications, guys).  If you’ve never attended before, check it out – it’s like a real life instantiation of Etsy, with dozens and vendors and special exhibits.

OKS may be a Toronto tradition, as is the Distillery District Christmas Market but these events are hardly exclusive; December is the month for all sorts of pop-up shops, local crafts markets and art shows.

I rounded up a couple of the events I’m really excited about in the upcoming weeks – but this is an open invitation to collaborate and promote!

If you know of another small crafts show or vendor event, please share!

The Salon of Inclusiveness II

The Salon of Inclusiveness II

November 26th – December 31st
Black Cat Artspace – 2186 Dundas Street West, Toronto

A crowdsourced event hosted by Black Cat Artspace featuring fine art exhibits and sales. Black Cat is an open and inviting space for collaboration, critique and community to celebrate and grow local artists.

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Junction Flea Market

Junction Flea Holiday Market

december 4TH – DECEMBER 6th
SMAsh! – 2880 DUNDAS STREET WEST, TORONTO

All weekend-long holiday market with a Friday night kick-off party. Friday 6-10, Saturday 10-6, Sundy 12-5 with booze and music all weekend long for your non-mall holiday shopping pleasure, XO.

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The Outer Limits

The Outer Limits

DECEMBER 5TH
ORB – 2872 DUNDAS STREET WEST, TORONTO

A small arts and crafts show starting at 7PM that will transition into a wicked party by night time with live performances by Bit Reduction, KLNR and HEXZUUL. You could say I have a vested interest in this show as I will be in attendance as a vendor – this is your chance to grab one of the Live Wire series of paintings or prints from my portfolio.

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Holiday Night Market

Holiday Night Market

DECEMBER 10TH
D-BEATSTRO – 1292 Bloor Street W, Toronto

Artists, makers, tinkerers rejoice with yet another opportunity to score some unique crafts. If you’ve never been to D-Beatstro, it’s a wicked veg cafe and art event space that should be in your usual hang rotation.

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Bazaar of the Bizarre

Bazaar of the Bizarre

DECEMBER 13TH
Pia Bouman School for Ballet – 6 Noble Street, Toronto

I get so excited every time a Bazaar is announced because it is by far the most eccentric vendor event in the Toronto alternative community. Hosted by Plastik Wrap, the winter Frostbite edition of the Bazaar has been my favourite for years. It’s a bazaar in the truest and most traditional sense – a forum for discussion, a meeting place for all the freaks in Toronto with live performances and great music into the eve.

I love you all and can’t wait to meet again!

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Dufferin Grove Community Craft Fair

Dufferin Grove Community Craft Fair 2015

DECEMBER 13TH
Dufferin Grove Park – 875 Dufferin Street, Toronto

A small event featuring local arts & crafts, Dufferin Grove Park’s vibrant community showcases its talented denizens. All handmade products up for sale at reasonable prices, with many items under $30 dollars. They also promise skating, hot chocolate and a cozy campfire – how can you go wrong?

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