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 craft businesses, 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, free workshops, and craft-related programming in local businesses and galleries, attracting approximately 5,000 attendees.
When is City of Craft 2016?
City of Craft takes place on the second weekend of December (the 10th and 11th), with an opening party on the evening of Friday, December 9th. The $2 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, 11am-6pm on Saturday, and 11am-5pm on 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 operators, workshop leaders, and neighbourhood partners we have over 50 organizations, businesses and individuals participating in City of Craft. For actual tabelling vendors, the Winter show has settled into 45 to 50 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 TENTH YEAR!
How do I apply?
Applications for Winter 2016 open in mid-August and will be live until September 10th, 2016 at midnight EST. Applications are done exclusively online, and you can find the form here.
How are participants selected?
All of our events are programmed in different ways - some are curated and invitational (sometimes programmed by guest curators), some are lotteries, some are free-for-alls. The big Winter show, however, is juried by City of Craft core organizers and an invited panel of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering. We'd love to have you!