Crafty Things to Do This Weekend – July 19th – 20th

event headerYou’ve got your choice of fleas this weekend, whether you’re east or west – or get a TTC day pass and hit them all! Plus don’t miss the Big On Bloor festival, which always has some cool and interesting artisans selling their wares.

Turtle House Arts Market
Friday, July 18th (6pm – 9pm) – Saturday, July 19th (12pm – 5pm)
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham Street

Big On Bloor Festival
Saturday, July 19th (1pm – 9pm) & Sunday, July 20th (noon – 6pm)
Bloor Street West between Dufferin and Lansdowne
admission: free

Junction Flea – Brickworks
Sunday, July 20th (10am – 4pm)
Evergreen Brickworks
550 Bayview Avenue
admission: $2

Parkdale Flea
Sunday, July 20th (10am – 5pm)
1266 Queen Street West
admission: free

Leslieville Flea – Ashbridge Edition
Sunday, July 20th (10am – 5pm)
Ashbridge Estate
1444 Queen Street East, across from the streetcar yards

Featured Vendor – July 17th Summer Sunset Market – Steamgummi

steamgummi2The Steampunk trend just gets bigger and bigger, encompassing Goth, geek culture, horror, and all things Victorian from gears and clocks to top hats, spats and monocles. (I said, good day, sir!) Local artisans making steampunk jewellery scour junk shops for old watch gears, vintage findings and cool trinkets (winged kraaken in a top hat, for the win!) to create truly unique pieces that speak to a different time.

Nerissa Hutchinson fills her booth with so many amazing pieces it’s overwhelming, each carefully put together, and reflecting her sly sense of humour (kraaken in a top hat, people!). Come check out her fantastic collection at the Steamgummi table at our July 17th Summer Sunset Market.

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Featured Vendor – July Summer Sunset Market – Atelier Tréteau

ateliertreteau1Most people only think of knives as something they use to butter their bread, but the precision crafting required to make a truly great knife is astounding. Ask any chef. So we’re delighted to have Hassan Koreitem joining us with his gorgeous collection of handmade knives. These one-of-a-kind pieces all involve multiple artisanal crafting skills (wood, metal, leather), and will ultimately be a reflection of their new owner’s personality.

Visit Atelier Tréteau at our July 17th Summer Sunset Market at the Gladstone Hotel.

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Featured Vendor – July Summer Sunset Market – The Mighty Zoo

zoo1Whether it’s noodles, lions or flowers, the artwork of Bella Wan has the most delightful charm and whimsy. All made with polymer clay, Wan’s intricate work is fun, unique and perfect for creative types of any age.

Check out the offerings of The Mighty Zoo at our July 17th Summer Sunset Market at the Gladstone Hotel.

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Featured Vendor – July Summer Sunset Market – Lovely Little Paper Co.

paperco3In these days of social media, people just don’t send enough nice cards anymore. You know, ones made from beautiful, elegant paper, with inspiring artwork and creative lettering. The ones you keep, in a pretty box, because they’re just so lovely. Maybe if they knew about the Lovely Little Paper Co., they’d ditch Twitter and invest in a nice fountain pen.

For the people who have found their nirvana in beautiful stationary, or the ones ready to be converted, Alex Jones has just the thing. Check out the goods from Lovely Little Paper Co. at our July 17th Summer Sunset Market at the Gladstone Hotel.

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Crafty Things to do This Weekend – July 11th – July 15th

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We’re stretching the use of “weekend” here a little bit with events starting on Friday and running until Tuesday, but your selection of art-related events over the next few days runs the gamut from paintings to vintage furniture.

Note – both fleas that were scheduled for Sunday have been rescheduled due to predicted thunderstorms + that thing where people drive around waving flags from their cars (isn’t that dangerous/illegal??). Junction Flea is now Saturday, July 12th, while Parkdale Flea has been postponed to July 20th.

Toronto Entertainment District Art Crawl
Friday, July 11th
David Pecault Square
215 King Street West
admission: free

Atomic Lollipop
Friday, July 11th – Sunday, July 13th
Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road
admission: $25 – $30

Annex Patio Art Show
Saturday, July 12th – Sunday, July 13th
Bloor Street West between Spadina and Bathurst
admission: free

Interior Designers of Canada – 5 & Dime
Saturday, July 12th (10am – 8pm)
The Carpet Factory, 77 Mowat Avenue (back parking lot, off Fraser Avenue)
admission: free

The Gibraltar Market
Saturday, July 12th (12pm – 5pm)
443 Lakeshore Avenue, Toronto Island

Junction Flea- Sterling Road
Saturday, July 12th (10am – 5pm) – REVISED DATE
Sterling Road
admission: $2

Parkdale Flea
Sunday, July 13th (10am – 5pm)
1266 Queen Street West
admission: free

Riverdale Farm Craft Market
Tuesday, July 15th (2pm – 7pm)
Riverdale Farm
201 Winchester Street
admission: free

Featured Vendor – July Sunset Market – Brooch Boyfriends

boyfriend2Want a handsome man to keep close to your heart? Hannah Browne makes wonderfully cute boys – customized to look like your own guy, or try your luck with a collection of handsome fellows, including celebrities. These charming brooches come with beards, moustaches, glasses, as well as different hairstyles and eye colours.

Visit Brooch Boyfriends at the July Sunset Market at the Gladstone Hotel on July 17th.

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Crafty Things to Do This Weekend – July 4th – 6th

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There’s plenty to do this weekend if your goal is to check out (and buy) work by local artisans. The annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit runs today until Sunday at Nathan Phillips Square, but there are also a number of smaller events taking place such as the City Place Art Crawl, the Harbourfront Edition of Leslieville Flea, and a new, monthly crafts event called Crafts at the Back.

I’ve also included Afrofest on the list because, besides music and food, there are usually some great art and crafts vendors there – I’ve bought some very unique pieces of jewellery at Afrofest over the years.

Have a great weekend and please spread  and retweet this list to anyone you think might be interested.

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Friday, July 4th – Sunday, July 6th (10:30am – 6:30pm)
Nathan Phillips Square
admission: free

City Place Art Crawl
Saturday, July 5th
Canoe Landing Park
95 Fort York Boulevard
admission: free

Saturday, July 5th – Sunday, July 6th
Woodbine Park
admission: free

Leslieville Flea – Harbourfront Edition
Sunday, July 6th (10am – 5pm)
Harbourfront Centre, North Exhibition Common
235 Queens Quay West

Crafts at the Back
Sunday, July 6th (12pm – 6pm)
Back Space Toronto
587A College Street
admission: free

Crafty Things to Do This Weekend – June 28th – 29th

 event headerSure, it’s the long weekend, but if you’re sticking around in the hot city, there’s plenty of artisan events to check out. Hit the Jazz festival for some jazz (and some great local artisans), and don’t miss the crafters marketplace at the World Pride Streetfair. Wychwood Barns hosts their monthly art market on Saturday morning (inside the barns while the farmers’ market takes over the outside), and the Kensington Market Art Fair runs on Sunday as part of Pedestrian Sundays.

Wherever you end up this weekend, we hope you find a way to support local artists and makers! From everyone here at TIAM, have a safe and joyous Pride weekend and a fantastic Canada Day!

Toronto Jazz Festival’s Artisan Village
Daily to Saturday, June 28th
Nathan Phillips Square
admission: free

World Pride Toronto Streetfair
Friday, June 27th – Sunday, June 29th (times vary by day)
Church-Wellesley Village
admission: free

Barns Art Market
Saturday, June 28th (9am – 2pm)
Artscape Wychwood Barns
601 Christie Street
admission: free

Kensington Market Art Fair
Sunday, June 29th (12pm -7pm)
77 Nassau Street (at Bellevue)
Part of Pedestrian Sundays
admission: free

Participating Vendors – July 17th Summer Sunset Market

participating vendorsCheck it out! We’ve got 38 awesome local makers taking part in our July 17th Sunset Market. Come on by between 7pm – 11pm and peruse the fantastic wares by these great local creators and artisans. We’ll have handmade caramels, cards, fine art, handmade knives, corsets, men’s cycling gear, soap, tiny top hats, pillows, glassware, home decor items, stickers, books, clothing, purses, and more jewellery than you can shake a stick at.

To give you a head start on your shopping, we’ve included this handy list with links to vendor websites.

All Mine Caramel
Atelier Tréteau
Becc’s Creations
Bee Marie Homemade
Bread & Circus
Brooch Boyfriends
Cherub Chan
cs jonas studio
Designer Beads
Destellos – Glass Art & Accessories
Divinyl Art
Dot Handmade
Green Honeydew
Illustrated by Anya
Jennifer Rong Designs
Joanie Loves
Joe Han Lee
Jolie Laide
Just Call Me Gina Illustration
leo krukowski jewellery
Lisa Young Design
Liz Worth
Lovely Little Paper Co.
The Mighty Zoo
Sophia Li
Sprouts Press
Stained Pages Press
Stray and Linger
Venturist Commuter Wear