The Toronto Indie Arts Market evolved out of the frustration many independent artisans have at finding a place to sell their creations.
Whether it’s art, self-published books and magazines, music, or crafts, many people hit a wall when it comes time to sell their work. With few regular outlets for independent artisans, we felt there was a need for a regular marketplace where Toronto-area creative types could sell their wares, and where customers looking to support local designers, artists, writers, musicians and performers could find cool stuff.
The Toronto Indie Arts Market is run by Sheryl Kirby and Greg Clow. Sheryl and Greg have a background in Toronto’s creative underground culture; over the past twenty years they have worked together on zines, a boutique record label, the food and drink website TasteTO, and a concert and event production company that included two weekend-long music festivals. Currently, Sheryl runs the micro-imprint Stained Pages Press, and Greg is the publisher of Canadian Beer News, where he also hosts a popular monthly dining series.
TIAM events take place at The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West. The Gladstone has always been a big supporter of the local arts scene and the venue is accessible to wheelchairs and mobility devices. There is also an ATM on site, as well as a lovely cafe. With a 501 Queen Street West streetcar stop at the door, the Dufferin bus just a block away, and with plenty of walk-by traffic (as well as being within close proximity to a variety of parking options), the location can’t be beat.