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, 215 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 (end of October), 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 are now closed for 2018 program.

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.

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. 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.

Arounna Khounnoraj | Founder, bookhou

Arounna Khounnoraj received her art education from The Ontario College of Art, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MFA from University of Waterloo. She is the recipient of numerous awards and has exhibited her work in solo and group shows across North America and Europe. Her textile and sculpture work is included in both public and private collections. Arounna also spent several years teaching at local colleges (OCAD and Sheridan) where her primary focus was professional development skills for students as they start their careers.  Since then, she has been involved in networking groups with fellow local crafters, an online project documenting a variety of local artists, hosted numerous class visits from local colleges to her studio for tours and real life business advice.

Sally McCubin | Communications Coordinator, Craft Ontario

Sally McCubbin is a glassblower, designer and educator, working independently ​since 2005. She currently teaches hot-glass and business practice at Sheridan College, and is newly Craft Ontario’s digital ​communications coordinator. Sally has received national recognition in the way of grants and awards. In 2011​,​ the Royal Bank of Canada Award for Glass and in 2017 ​she was given a visual arts Exploratory Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Justine Wong | Food & Lifestyle Illustrator, Designer

Justine Wong is a graduate from OCAD University in Toronto, but in a few short years has become recognized for her compelling illustrative life in Japan. She is mostly known as the creator behind the one hundred paintings of Japanese food in her Kickstarter project “21 Days in Japan: An Illustrative Study of Japanese cuisine”. Justine has shown at exhibitions and fairs in Canada and internationally, and her work has also appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Monocle Magazine, Lucky Peach, and The Walrus.

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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