The St. Lawrence Market Complex is a vibrant and inspiring part of Toronto's history and a constant hub of activity in the heart of the city. For each of our merchants, vendors and artisans, the Market is their life’s work; their pride, care and singular passion is the reason, 213 years later, the Market continues to thrive.

This is an exciting time for the St. Lawrence Market Complex and a key period of transition, in preparation for the North Market Redevelopment. The exciting new Arts at the Market program provides local artists and makers with a unique opportunity to exhibit their high-quality handmade items at this popular destination for locals and tourists, animating the Market's outdoor areas with evolving product offerings for the duration of the redevelopment.

Arts at the Market draws on the longstanding tradition of fine handmade goods at St. Lawrence Market and celebrates the unique talents of local artisans. These artisans will fill the outdoor spaces of the Market with fresh, lively and creative energy every Friday & Saturday from Easter through to Thanksgiving, adding vivacity to the Complex. The distinctive blend of local arts and crafts is matched only by the variety of high quality fresh food items found inside St. Lawrence Market. Arts at the Market is a wonderful complement to the #1 Food Market in the World.

Applications for 2017 are now closed.

The selection of vendors for Arts at the Market will be undertaken by a jury comprised of professional leaders in the arts and crafts community.  Our jury members play an integral role in shaping the Program by advising on the Program's structure, helping to inform interested audiences about the Program, and selecting vendors through an interview process.

Tara Akitt | Assistant Curator, Design Exchange

Tara Akitt is an Assistant Curator for EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation, and Technology, a new festival, presented by Design Exchange, launching in September 2017. Tara's previous experience includes managing Design Exchange's permanent collection of Canadian industrial design products, curating the travelling exhibition Classic Plastics, working as a curatorial assistant on the Gardiner Museum's exhibition True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada, and being an Interim Director at Gallery 1313. She holds a Masters of Arts in Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Studies from OCAD University.

Jenny Chen | Gallery Coordinator, Neilson Park Creative Centre

Jenny Chen is an artist and arts administrator with a specialized background in drawing, painting and illustration. She currently works as the Gallery Coordinator at Neilson Park Creative Centre, a non-profit arts organization in Etobicoke and sits on the gallery committee at Lakeshore Arts. She has previously worked as a marketing and curatorial intern at Artscape of Daniels Spectrum where she curated her first large-scale exhibition.

Erin Klassen | Manager of Seller Growth, Etsy Canada

Erin Klassen is Manager, Seller Growth for Etsy Canada. In her role with Etsy for the past four years, she has strived to support the success of individual Canadian makers and designers with the overarching goal to reimagine commerce in ways that build a more lasting and fulfilling world. In her spare time, she runs indie publishing venture With/out Pretend. She aims to prioritize collaboration and community in every project she leads.

Cindy Rozeboom | Managing Director, East End Arts

Cindy Rozeboom is the Managing Director of East End Arts, one of six City of Toronto local arts service organizations providing arts & cultural support outside the downtown core. She has over two decades experience working as a community animator and arts producer/administrator, and is the founder of Art of the Danforth, a multi-disciplinary art festival held biennially since 2010. She is particularly interested in the interplay between culture, local economies and individual wellbeing.

For information about the participants in the 2017 Arts at the Market program, please visit our 'Vendor Directory'.

Any other questions about the program, please contact:

Amanda Diep, Program Development Officer
St. Lawrence Market Administration Office
105 The Esplanade
Toronto, ON M5E 2A2





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