CITY OF CRAFT
December 8 - 10, 2017
The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen Street West
Friday 6pm-10pm ~ Saturday & Sunday 11am-6pm
The 11th Annual City of Craft returns to Toronto on the second weekend of December! With over 60 of the city's finest artists and makers, free workshops, and breath-taking installations, this is the place to be for all things crafty.
2017 Design by Ness Lee
City of Craft is a juried fair featuring the cream of Toronto's craft crop. With over 60 artists, we are proud to announce that many of these craftspeople are making their City of Craft debut, and there will be tonnes of new work to discover. Head over to our Artists Page to see who'll be there!
The festivities kick off on Friday night: be sure to swing by before the weekend madness to get your hands on the freshest selection, enjoy a night of drinks and music, and enter our Win Your Wish Giveaway to walk away with your favourite piece made by your favourite maker!
And as always, the first 100 guests on Saturday get a free, hand-printed, limited edition tote bag designed by Ness Lee, filled with incredible craft swag from our Artists and community partners.
City of Craft is proud to present seven FREE workshops all weekend long, in two different locations! New this year, workshops will take place at The Theatre Centre and CRAFT ONTARIO just across the street! Take a break from browsing and shopping to make your own handmade gifts. Head over to our Craft Labs page to check out the full schedule and to register.
"Aurora Lite" by Lizz Aston (Theatre Centre Cafe)
City of Craft and The Theatre Centre are proud to co-present SIDE STREETS, a year-long installation series examining culture and technology as it relates to contemporary craft practices.
Our Winter 2017 season features new work by artist Lizz Aston. Aurora Lite is series of hand-cut banners conjuring the warmth and radiance of sunnier, summer days. Collectively they are a beacon, reviving one’s spirit during the darkness of the long winter months. By referencing intricate patterns found in hand-made lace and stained glass, Aurora Lite explores the use of positive and negative space, cast colour, light and shadow, while playing with the architectural features of the site's corner window and adjacent streetscape to create a luminescent and ambient environment.
Learn more at www.cityofcraft.com/sidestreets
“Inuuqatigiitsiarniq” by Embassy of the Imagination (Library Gallery)
Inuuqatigiitsiarniq in Inuktitut is one of the core Inuit societal values and translates as “respecting others, relationships and caring for people.” Created with Inuit youths from Kinngait (Cape Dorset, Nunavut) and PA System, the collaborative works by Embassy of the Imagination animates the life and complexities of the north.
From all of us at City of Craft, THANK YOU for so enthusiastically supporting this incredible community of local craftspeople, and shopping local and handmade for over a decade!
What is City of Craft?
City of Craft is a collective of craft-engaged arts organizers who aim to build community in the Toronto craftscape, support independent artists and craftspeople, and encourage the larger community to get involved with crafty happenings in the city. We organize Toronto's largest independently-run, juried craft show each December featuring craft-based installations and free workshops, attracting approximately 4,000 attendees. With our inspiring year-long installation series and magical three-day festival, we hope to strengthen the relationship between the studio craft and DIY/indie-craft community, as well as increase the city's access to - and appreciation for - contemporary craft.
When is City of Craft 2017?
City of Craft takes place on the second weekend of December (the 9th and 10th), with an opening party on the evening of Friday, December 8th. The $3 admission fee allows you access to the show for the entire duration. City of Craft is free to attend for children under 12. The hours of the show are 6pm-10pm on Friday, and 11am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Where is the event taking place?
City of Craft is partnered with The Theatre Centre at 1115 Queen St. West (at Lisgar). Housed in the former Carnegie Library (a heritage property built in 1909), The Theatre Centre is a live arts hub and incubator featuring two fully-accessible floors, a green roof patio, and delightful cafe that allows vistors to sip and nibble and chill out over the course of the show.
How many participants are there at your shows?
Between vendors, installation artists, workshop leaders, and neighbourhood partners we have over 70 organizations, artists and individuals participating in City of Craft. For actual tabelling vendors, the Winter show has settled into 55-60 a year (depending on table size and allocation).
How many years has City of Craft been happening?
City of Craft has been running since 2007. This is our ELEVENTH YEAR!
How do I apply?
Applications are done exclusively online. The deadline to apply for our Winter 2017 show has passed, and we cannot consider applications after the August 31st deadlines. We are currently not accepting new vendors.
How are participants selected?
City of Craft is a curated event, juried by City of Craft core organizers and an invited panel of guest jurors with seasoned backgrounds in the craft and DIY communities.
Do you need volunteers? And can I be one?
We sure do! There are all sorts of volunteer jobs up for grabs from postering to set-up to concessions and more! Please email email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering. We'd love to have you!