Vendor call: Pop-up at the Barns

Monday, July 17, 2017

We’re Back!
The Pop-up at the Barns community marketplace is back for 2017. This is a market that runs concurrently with The Stop Farmers Market at Artscape Wychwood Barns. Our market is designed to combine a higher-end, curated selection of Businesses offering a wide range of home and lifestyle products and services. We know that driving traffic into a traditional Brick & Mortar store can be trying, so why not position yourself where the traffic already is.

As we all know, Artscape Wychwood Barns has become the beacon, center point for the Hillcrest Village, Humewood, Wychwood, Cedarvale and other St. Clair West Area communities. With a large number of area and vicinity residents visiting the flourishing Stop Farmers Market each week, it has created an exciting opportunity. The Farmers Market moves outside during late spring and Summer opening up the space inside. The market will run concurrently with the Saturday Farmers Market on June 17th and August 5th.

This initiative has provided an excellent way to support our community in more than just adding a marketplace, but through this venture, The Wychwood Barns Community Association (WBCA) will benefit, as the proceeds will help to support the many family programs that take place at the Barns and the Volunteers that make it possible.

So, if you have an existing retail business or seek a strong market, or you follow market opportunities, this is the perfect place to market your products or services.

With only 60 Spaces available, it is an ideal summer investment.

See more at:

An UnNatural History- October 2017 exhibit

Friday, July 14, 2017

An unNatural History
Exhibit Oct 5-Nov 2
Call for submissions
Deadline: Aug 10th, midnight
T.E.S.T Gallery Space, 906 Queen St West, Toronto

Natural history is the research and study of organisms including animals, fungi and plants in their environment, leaning more towards observational than experimental methods of study. It encompasses scientific research but is not limited to it. Grouped among the natural sciences, natural history is the systematic study of any category of natural objects or organisms.[1]

"Natural history focuses on where organisms are and what they do in their environment, including interactions with other organisms. It encompasses changes in internal states insofar as they pertain to what organisms do" [2]

An unNatural History draws inspiration from a fascination with the artistic representation of natural history and the creation of fictitious places in literature.
A documentation of something newly discovered; but for instance, whereas it is claimed that some of Ernst Haeckel's embryo drawings of 1874 were fabricated, for example, an UnNatural History starts in the opposite direction, from a conjecture of the imagination grounded with elements that - although bizarre - are quite real, to try to give it verisimilitude.

Artists are asked to explore the past and future through: Hybrid organisms, fictional fungi/botany, distant imaginary worlds, unusual geometry, otherworldly life, geography, animals, minerals, astronomy, genetic mutations. Tell us their story, what they do in their environment, including interactions with other organisms if applicable.

Teyler's Natural History museum in Haarlem, NL is the only authentic 18th century museum interior in the world. The museum rooms are still illuminated by daylight. In wintry weather, it can get extremely dark. The entire experience conveys the atmosphere of a museum from bygone times! Similar to Teyler's museum, An unNatural History will create a moody, museum atmosphere for guests to explore.

Selected artists will be notified by email and a exhibition fee of $50 will be charged. Artists will be sent a contract and told when to drop off their work. Artists must cover any of their shipping costs. The gallery takes a 15% commission on sales.

Artist wall/hanging space: 3' wide (horizontal) x 5' length (vertical).
Floor/install space: 4'x4' square
Art and fine-craft accepted: sculpture, metal, glass, ceramic, print, textile, wood, video, interactive

Please email any questions you may have concerning the exhibition or submission process to:

  1. Brown, Lesley (1993), The New shorter Oxford English dictionary on historical principles, Oxford [Eng.]: Clarendon, ISBN 0-19-861271-0
  2. H. W. Greene and J. B. Losos, "Systematics, Natural-History, and Conservation – Field Biologists Must Fight a Public-Image Problem," Bioscience 38 (1988): 458–462

Etsy: Made in Canada - Vendor Notifications Sent!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

As always, the submissions were amazing, you all rock so much! And my goodness is it hard to choose! Check your email and your spam folders, sometimes MailChimp gets filtered that way. Thank you to everyone who applied! Its gonna be an amazing show!

Vendor call: The National Bridal Show

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

NEW Wedding Market taking place within the National Bridal Show, September 15 – 17 at the International Centre.   

The National Bridal Show is celebrating 40 years this 2017. We are one of the largest bridal shows in the GTA and see anywhere between 10,000-12,000 consumers throughout the weekend. We are excited to put this new feature together so that our brides, and their guests, can shop and get inspired from local vendors like TEST members!

We are offering a special rate for a 6ft table. Inquiries can be sent to: with the Subject line "The Wedding Market"

Canada 150+ at the Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery

Monday, June 26, 2017

Join us this Friday, June 30, at the Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery, 906 Queen St W from 6 to 9 pm for the opening of our Canada 150+ show! For the entire month of July we are hosting an art and craft show featuring Canadian makers wares inspired by Canada.

After about 4 billion years of geological history, and 14,000 years of human history, we're taking the 150 year anniversary of Confederation as our cue to examine this country through art and craft. Artists and artisans will be showing work inspired by our environment, history and people, experiences of immigration, nature, geography and more.

Find works by:

Emma Smith

Heejin Kim
Amara Strand

Julie Phelps
Carolyn Eady

Krista Hillis
Christine Vonbun

Laura Sultan
Colleen Manestar

Miranda Merchant
Sara Mcintyre

Ele Willoughby
 Kira Varvanina

Jen Moffat

Vendor Call: Made in Hamilton Market

Friday, June 9, 2017

Made in Hamilton: August 26, 2017

Craftadian attracts thousands of shoppers looking for unique, handmade goods. They are on the lookout for artisans pushing the boundaries of craft, food and design. 

NEW Toronto Island: Craftadian is premiering a new section within the Made in Hamilton Market, a Toronto Island featuring GTA makers. If you want to meet face-to-face with Hamilton and area shoppers, Apply to be included in the Toronto Island section.  

When: Saturday August 26, 2017 10AM - 4PM

Where: McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton, ON (free parking) 

What: Made in Hamilton is a unique market that celebrate local artisans in the Hamilton area. This is the 2nd year for Made in Hamilton. New this year they are adding a Toronto Island feature showcasing a few makers in the Toronto and GTA.

Fee: $129 plus HST
Atrium (inside includes 6' table and chair)
Courtyard (outside bring your own 10'x10' tent)

Deadlines: Apply Here; Applications close June 16, 2017

For more information please visit

Vendor Call: Handmade Hamilton

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A Holiday Arts and Craft Show at the Staircase Theatre Wants You!

When? Saturday December 2 and Sunday December 3, 2017
11 am to 5 pm.

Where? The Staircase CafΓ© Theatre in the popular Strathcona
neighbourhood of downtown Hamilton.  

What? A one of a kind show that celebrates 32 of the finest local 
makers of art and craft.
Handmade Hamilton celebrates it's 6th year in Hamilton and it's 4th year at the Staircase.

The show is organized by The Staircase Cafe Theatre and Lisa Pijuan-Nomura of GirlCanCreate. Pijuan-Nomura is the founder of Movies and Makers in Toronto, one of the co-founders of Queen and Jackson in Hamilton and is especially interested in bringing together the best creative makers in beautiful vintage buildings. Along with the hospitality of The Staircase Cafe, Handmade Hamilton showcases great makers, local community and good food, all under one roof.

Handmade Hamilton is looking for a variety of makers. Whether you make jewelry, clothes, art, stuffies, zines, buttons…we want you.

Please note that we cannot accept any makers of food or drink due to building health codes.


The deadline for applications is midnight on June 30, 2017.

All applicants will be notified of participation by July 15, 2017.

Please email all applications to curator
Lisa Pijuan Nomura:

Applicants must submit the following:
• Company Name
* Primary Contact
• Address
• Phone Number
• Email Contact
• Detailed Description of what you create (250 word maximum)
• Price Range of Goods

• 3 to 5 digital images of your work
(please keep files under 500k in JPEG or GIF format.)
These photos might be used for as on screen promotion at the Staircase Theatre. If you have a logo please include that.

• Website Link (Etsy, Shopify, Blog, etc)

• Table Request
6ftx2.5ft table-$185
4ft x 2ft table-$145
Please note that there are 3 separate rooms in the building that will be used for the show. Unfortunately the building is not fully accessible, only partially accessible.

Upon receipt of your application you will receive an email confirmation.
We will contact all applicants by email by July 15, 2017.

Once accepted all vendor payments must be submitted by August 15, 2017. If payment is not received by this date acceptance will be withdrawn. If accepted payment info will be sent out along with your acceptance letter.

Once accepted into Handmade Hamilton and your payment has been submitted, your participation fee is non-refundable.

Questions/Contact Information
Contact Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at with any questions.

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