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5 Holiday craft shows in Toronto for 2012

Posted by Robyn Urback / December 3, 2012

City of CraftHoliday craft shows in Toronto are a welcome alternative to the havoc to be found at most malls throughout December (though they usually come without Santas, alas). These shows are not only more pleasant to peruse, but they also typically offer unique gifts by local artisans that you can't find at many (or any) of the big Toronto box stores. From handmade knits, custom cards, and one-of-kind accessories, here are upcoming craft shows worth checking out in Toronto.

GLDSTK Standard HOLIDAY POP-UP MARKET December 7 - December 9, 109OZ second floor
Visiting this pop-up market does, of course, necessitate getting over your 109OZ bias (or at the very least, putting it aside for a few hours), though the promise of first access to some of Gouldscttock's latest creations does sweeten the deal. The holiday market features clothes and accessories from the Fall/Winter 2012 line, and will be held from 5p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6p.m. Sunday.

Toronto Young Designer's Holiday 2012 December 8, Brassaii (461 King Street West)
This sale features one-of-a-kind gifts (or more likely, presents for yourself) by local designers including avec ma soeur, Deptford Yarn Works, Arbonne and Michelle Ross Jewellery. Plus brunch as Brassaii (best of all). One day only, this cash-only holiday sale will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with gift wrapping available.

Milk Glass Co. Holiday Sale November 29 - December 22, 1247 Dundas Street West
Definitely not a one-day-only sale, Milk's holiday sale runs for nearly a month, offering cards, art, accessories, decor items and more from a gallery space on Dundas West. Plus hot chocolate and ambiguous-sounding "treats" to satiate you while you shop. With gift-wrapping available on-site, Milk Glass Co.'s pop-up will be running late enough for all of those last-minute, panic-stricken shoppers.

Holiday Art Market at Artscape December 9 & 16, Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street)
Back for two Sundays each year, the Holiday Art Market at Artscape again brings lots of exhibitors, lots of decorations, and one giant Christmas tree to Wychwood Barns. This year's even will include a total of 56 vendors offering everything from handmade knits and ceramics to one-of-a-kind jewellery and a seasonal pop-up cafe. Held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the 9th and 16th, admission to the market is free and crowds promise to be plentiful (take that as good or bad).

City of Craft, December 8 - 9, The Theatre Centre (1087, 1093 & 1095 Queen Street West)
Now in its sixth year, City of Craft will feature over 70 participants including workshop leaders and gallery and installation operators, as well as tabelling vendors. For the strictly shopping-minded, however, there will be the usual 45 - 50 vendors of local crafters and artisans, with plenty of accessories, cards, jewellery, clothing, and other holiday gifts ready for general perusal. The sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5p.m. Sunday, with generally admission at $2 and kids under 12 free.

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Discussion

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Annetta / December 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm
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Don't forget to include the Artisans' Gift Fair in the Annex at the Tranzac! This show runs every weekend throughout December and has a vast assortment of items ranging from edible delights to body treatments, jewelry, fashion apparel and many other interesting and suitable gift products. Everything is handmade too.
Annetta replying to a comment from Annetta / December 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm
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More information can be found at www.artisansgiftfair.com.
Elle Em / December 3, 2012 at 02:26 pm
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Also to be considered, Bazaar of the Bizarre, taking place on December 15th:
https://www.facebook.com/the.Bazaar.of.the.Bizarre
Kirk / December 3, 2012 at 03:22 pm
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This is great! We also have two pop-up holiday markets: Vintage Goodies Dec 7-8 and a Market With Heart Dec 14-15.

Check out the details here: http://www.facebook.com/events/194641007339540/

http://www.facebook.com/events/248946148566350/

or at http://www.facebook.com/theindustREALartsroom
Tina / December 3, 2012 at 03:55 pm
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Gifts of My Hands in the Sauraren Park Field House, December 15th, 11-6: http://www.facebook.com/events/468012433230712/?fref=ts
Tina / December 3, 2012 at 03:56 pm
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The Sassy Little Craft Show, Sunday, December 9th, 3-9pm at the Central: http://www.facebook.com/thesassylittlecraftshow?fref=ts
Crafter / December 3, 2012 at 04:18 pm
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Does anyone know if City of Craft will be doing free goody bags to the early visitors again this year? They've always done it, but I'm not seeing any information about it.
Aunt Diane / December 3, 2012 at 05:07 pm
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Im a jewelry designer working on my art and myself. Come by my kiosk at the Santa Fe Outlets, there's a 2-for-1 on Nepalese earrings!
Linda V / December 3, 2012 at 08:51 pm
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Also, the amazing 401 Richmond is holding their annual Artisans Marketplace starting this Thursday! http://www.401richmond.net/events/marketplace.cfm
Lisa Pijuan-Nomura / December 3, 2012 at 09:23 pm
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Also, Movies and Makers happens 10 days before Xmas at the Fox Theatre in the East End!
December 15th from 11 to 5:30!

http://www.moviesandmakers.com
City of Craft replying to a comment from Crafter / December 4, 2012 at 09:41 am
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Yup, we are doing free swag bags for the first 100 people through the door Saturday. Hot gossip: I had to hold off announcing it this year because we had shipping issues with our tote supplier. But now they are heeeeeeerrrreeee!
Janice Roberts / December 4, 2012 at 10:44 am
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Come out and see Nacho Mama's Craft Show at Sneaky Dee's - Sat. Dec. 8 - 11 to 5pm.
A wide variety of artists. This event also supports the local charity, SKETCH.

http://www.nachomamascraft.com
Shop Cats / December 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm
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Also the Wandering Winter Craft Show is having it's last show on Sunday December 9th at the Gladstone Hotel. Hope to see you there!
Emma Quin / December 5, 2012 at 01:53 pm
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Thanks Robyn for ensuring craft gets greatly promoted this Holiday Season - and just a reminder the Ontario Crafts Council is here all year to support, advocate and promote craft in Ontario. And, our retail store The Guild Shop is Toronto's most respected year-round venue representing Canadian Craft.
To everyone out there - buy gifts that give back;support our local craftspeople and designer/makers.
Happy Holidays
Emma Quin
Executive Director,
Ontario Crafts Council
Crock A Doodle / December 19, 2012 at 02:02 pm
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Craft fairs are my favourite way to shop for gifts, any time of the year, but the holiday season makes it so tempting to stock up!
New Toronto Condos / February 7, 2013 at 04:34 pm
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is there a place i can find out about craft shows going on in Toronto year round and not just the holidays? Would love to find some spring shows to attend!
Vendor Queens / November 26, 2013 at 11:54 am
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VENDOR QUEENS
Handmade + Vintage + Food/Drink = Merriment. A new market of 20+ Sweet Local Entrepreneurs. Open every S/S from 10AM - 7PM until Dec. 29th. 1093 Queen W. Because art is an experience.

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