asian heritage month market place toronto

Marketplace in Toronto will feature over 40 Asian-owned small businesses

In honour of Asian Heritage Month, Toronto is about to become home to a captivating marketplace showcasing goods from dozens of Asian-owned small businesses.

This weekend, the Chinatown Centre in — you guessed it — Chinatown, is being transformed into a bustling marketplace showcasing the city's Asian entrepreneurs and artisans.

The 222 Spadina Market (so-named after the venue's address) will take over the lower concourse of the Chinatown Centre, filling it wall-to-wall with vintage- and new clothing, decor, art, live performances and more, all celebrating the city's vibrant AAPI communities.

You can expect to pick up Fillipino-inspired goodies from Bakerrae alongside chocolatier Chachalate, adorable handmade crochet plushies by Crozy, art prints and stickers from Horse Fiddle Press and so many more over the course of the three-day event.

The market is curated by local jewellery brand Coven by Sonia Kang — who will also be present at the market — to reflect the diverse talents, goods and expressions of the community.

The 222 Spadina market is taking place May 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and May 11 and 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., is elevator accessible and completely free to attend.

This market is just one happening in the city this weekend, with the Toronto Flower Market and Trinity Bellwoods Artisan Market coinciding with 222, making it the perfect time to do a market crawl across the Toronto or pick up a last-minute Mother's Day trinket.

Lead photo by

Fareen Karim


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