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Holiday craft shows in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / November 24, 2010

Holiday Craft Sales TorontoHoliday craft shows and sales are about to descend upon Toronto. And, for those looking to avoid the big box stores and malls to do their holiday shopping, there are loads of gift ideas to be found, featuring everything from the cheap and kitschy to the more substantial. Here's an overview of the noteworthy events taking place over the next month or so.

Top Picks

One of a Kind Show, Nov. 25 - Dec. 5, Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place
The biggest of the bunch, the One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale will feature handmade work by over 800 Canadian artisans. Also on tap for this year's event are four recreated artisan studios wherein crafts will be made on site, hands-on workshops, fashion shows and a variety of shopping "neighbourhoods" that will group crafts/products around a particular themes like "green" gifts, and the work of "rising stars." Admission is $10 for adults.

Crafternoon Tea, Sat. Nov. 27 Queen East Presbyterian Church, 947 Queen St. E.
The 6th edition of the Crafternoon Tea will combine an indie craft market, bake sale and charity tea all into one big event featuring local artisans. Admission is a donation of craft supplies or $1 dollar to charity will give interested parties a chance to hunt for a wide variety of handmade goods, many of which are under $30.

Handmade Holiday, December 4, St.Stephen-in-the-Fields Church, 103 Bellevue Ave.
By my estimation the best part of the Kid Icarus-hosted Handmade Holiday sale is the mystery loot bags that you get if you fork out $5 for admission rather than the $2 that it takes to get in the door. Key items on offer over and above the mystery bags include paper products, posters, toys, knitwear, and jewelery.

City of Craft, Dec. 18-19, The Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen St. W.
Another big one, City of Craft is a juried craft sale that features the work of over 50 individuals and businesses. Given that the curatorial oversight, one can expect high quality goods produced by established and/or promising artisans. Admission is $2.

Additional Shows and Sales

November 27

December 1

December 2

December 3

December 4

December 5

Lead photo from city of craft on Flickr.

Discussion

18 Comments

Gloria / November 24, 2010 at 02:53 pm
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Just want to clarify the Handmade Holiday is taking place at St.Stephen-in-the-Fields Church, not at the Kid Icarus storefront.
Amira / November 24, 2010 at 02:55 pm
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I'm excited about the Handmade Holiday by Kid Icarus. I hope the loot bags contain some of the stuff they showed in their promo video http://kidicarus.ca/handmadeholiday/?p=174
Lizz / November 24, 2010 at 03:13 pm
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One of a Kind tickets are only $10 if you buy them online. They're $12 at the door (but good for multiple days)
Emma / November 24, 2010 at 05:34 pm
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I'd like to clarify that the Wandering Winter Craft Show actually wanders the city! We have three shows, on three dates, in three locations.

The first show is at the Canadian Corps. Association (Dec 5) 201 Niagara St (King/Bathurst area)
The second show is on Queen East at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre (Dec 11)
The grand finale is at The Gladstone Hotel!! (Dec 19) :)

Hope to see you all out there!
Natalie / November 24, 2010 at 06:20 pm
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Another craft fair you won't want to miss:

CBC Charity Craft Sale - December 1, 9 am to 6 pm @ 250 Front Street
a / November 24, 2010 at 09:31 pm
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I personally love the Artisan Gift Fair at the Tranzac it is the best!!!!
Lisa Pijuan-Nomura / November 24, 2010 at 10:16 pm
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For the east enders the Fox Theatre is hosting the 2nd Movies and Makers on December 4! Over 30 vendors in a lovely setting! Come and support local artisans!

More details on our here:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=164553103575156&;ref=ts
Nelson / November 25, 2010 at 08:54 am
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there's the parkdale fair also - Masaryk-Cowan Community Center (220 Cowan Ave.) from 11AM – 5PM on December 4th
Nelson replying to a comment from Nelson / November 25, 2010 at 08:56 am
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oh it's already listed...
Lara / November 25, 2010 at 11:49 am
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I might be slightly biased here, but the shows in the Distillery District are a must see! What better way to spend the day than checking out amazing craft and design amidst old world architecture.
City of Craft / November 25, 2010 at 01:03 pm
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Hey! Thanks for the ups, BlogTO.

Just a note on the image used - it is Matt King's installation 'Dollar Store'. The work will be displayed as part of Love & Money, a group curated by Tara Bursey at The Ontario Crafts Council Gallery that runs as part of City of Craft 2010.

More info on that can be found here:
http://www.cityofcraft.com/2010/cityofcraft/loveandmoney/

Crafts forever!
laura / November 25, 2010 at 01:42 pm
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you can get tickets to the one of a kind show for only 7$ at deserres on spadina.
Jacqueline / May 20, 2011 at 01:27 pm
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Made by Hand Show is coming to Mississauga.

Please mark your calendars & bring a friend and join us for a shopping experience - not to be missed.

Vendor applications are now being accepted for the Made by Hand Show. This is a juried event that is restricted to handmade vendors only. For more information please visit www.madebyhandshow.com

Sincerely,

Show Management

MADE BY HAND SHOW
Saturday November 5th, 2011
International Centre - Hall 1
www.madebyhandshow.com
Cindy / August 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm
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Forgot to mention we have 60-70 vendors join us each year and it's a lot of fun!
Lindsay / December 3, 2011 at 08:48 pm
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I am a vendor seeking a table for any up coming shows I have alot of stock left over from to other shows I did this season that didnt work out very well anything from dec.10 and on pleaselet me know if you have a reasonably priced table available or know of any shows that might thank you!
Fariha / November 25, 2012 at 08:49 pm
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Loved this post! Shared it on my site canadianmomeh.com with attribution and a hyperlink.
Janice / November 26, 2012 at 06:51 am
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I make chocolate pizzas in 3 delicious flavors. I would love to participate in some upcoming craft shows. Are there any tables available at any of these shows?
Janice replying to a comment from Natalie / November 26, 2012 at 06:53 am
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Are there any tables left at this event?

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