We built this City (of Craft) on Volunteers!

 Photo by Serena McCarroll

Greetings crafty citizens,

Do you love City of Craft? Of course you do! Do you wish you could be a part of such an amazing craft event? Absolutely! And you totally can!

Volunteers are a super important to City of Craft and helping out at our show is a fun way to support Toronto's awesome craft community. The spring show is Saturday, April 26 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and we're looking for volunteers to help out in the following ways:

  • setting up and tearing down tables/chairs before and after the show
  • taking admission
  • helping out vendors by watching over their tables when they need a washroom/food break
  • helping put up decorations and signs
  • being generally helpful, friendly and welcoming to the City of Craft
So easy! In exchange, volunteers get the chance to be part of a fun creative event and meet great people in Toronto's craft community (and beyond).

So if you have 3 hours to spare on April 26, send a short e-mail to cocvolunteer{AT}gmail{DOT}com and be sure to put the date down in your calendar. I'll be in touch with volunteers to tell them how they can get on the schedule and other helpful information.

Thanks and see you at City of Craft!

CoC Volunteer Coordinator


Vendor Lovin' (Trunk Show : February 9th)

In 2 days, our annual Love & Rummage Show will be happening!
Here's a sneak peak of some of the vendors we'll be having, oh can't wait!!!



Snap + Tumble is a letterpress line of small stationary goods designed and hand-printed by Tanya Roberts in her home-studio in Toronto, Ontario. Her specialty is printing original small-sized letterpress cards and artwork in short runs and also offers introductory tabletop letterpress workshops

website : snapandtumble.com
blog : snapandtumble.blogspot.com
shop : snapandtumbleletterpress.bigcartel.com

New cards will be debuting at the Love & Rummage 6 show and are all Valentine-inspired! The Pint-Size flat cards make the perfect hide-and-find love notes. There will also be the Black & Gold series of cards and the freshly printed Rock & Moon cards!



Located in the heart of Parkdale, Noble Street Antiques are all pieces that are handpicked by treasure hunters : Joshua James and Vincent Luk.

website : noblestreetantiques.com
blog : noblestreetantiques.com/blog
instagram : @noblestreetantiques



rcboisjoli is a small design shop in Toronto. Focused on domestic objects, we design function and form to fabricate handsome objects.
Every stage of production is created by us, in shop by hand, from our plaster models to our own silk screened decals, and hand printed textiles.
Inspired by low tech, the old, and by the everyday object we strive to create dynamic and modern wares.

website : www.rcboisjoli.com
shop : www.etsy.com/shop.rcboisjoli



Kid Icarus is a screen print studio and retail shop located within Toronto's beautiful Kensington Market.
Aside the carefully curated selection of handmade items from local and international artists, Kid Icarus' screenprints their own line of greeting cards, gift wrap and original hand printed items. Each piece is designed and printed with quality in mind, resulting in a unique style that fits the aesthetic of the shop and appeals to a variety of customers.

website : kidicarus.ca
location : 205 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON
instagram : @kidicarus_store



Good & Best Cookies are made of a mindfully selected group of organic, local and natural ingredients. They are thoughtfully made using a blend of organic sugar and flour, local farm fresh eggs, the award winning butter of Stirling Creamery, sea salt, and of course our special mix of premium chocolate-dark Callebaut and creamy milk. Our cookies are nut free, but not made in a nut or seed free facility.

email : ask@goodandbestcookies.com
phone : 416-720-8273


Portraits by ZEESY POWERS

Watercolour Portraits available live on site by Zeesy Powers. Zeesy Powers (known for projects like I Will Tell You Exactly What I Think of You) will paint your portrait in watercolour while-you-wait. The delayed gratification of waiting for the result is part of the fun, capturing you in a moment without the aid of a mechanical eye. 

website : zeesypowers.com
instagram : @zeesypowers

MORE VENDORS will be at the show, come show your love and support for local artists and handmade wares. Have a great weekend!!!!


Love's Around the Corner (Trunk Show February 9).

Citizens, save the date!

The Love & Rummage Trunk Show 6 is happening Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the workroom. Yes, our sixth year of bring you handmade goods, rummage and cheer for the cold, cold holiday of love. And what better thing to do for your sweetheart than to get him or her something sweet, handmade, local or salvaged?

We are planning a workshop on site, portrait painting, snacks...

More details to come in the very next days, but we just wanted to get everyone stoked. Y'all ready?

Artwork by Andrew Cloutier.



Taking Flight (Ceramics + Animation).

Look at this great video Michelle found of ceramics and animation intermingling beautifully. Happy 2014, citizens. Enjoy!


Thank You!

Thank you, Citizens, for another stellar year of handmade joy in Toronto. We were so incredibly amazed by the turn out in no less than a blizzard. You guys are amazing!

City of Craft will be sleeping for a bit as we get ready for an even more amazing 2014. See y'all then!

All photos by Becca Gilgan.



CraftLabs workshops at City of Craft!

Citizens! City of Craft is only two days away! I hope you've been following along on our Facebook page and enjoying the great portraits of our talented vendors, as well as the sneak peaks at the 100 swag bags that will be given away when City of Craft opens at 11:00 am.

But that's not all! Along with fantastic vendors selling unique handmade goods, cool art installations, and wonderful swag, City of Craft is once again holding some great FREE workshops at its CraftLabs! Amazing!

The workshops are taking place both days. Check out this great schedule!

Zine Workshop Saturday 12:30 pm

Did you always want to make a zine but didn’t know where to start? Well fear not because we are here to help! Artist and zine-maker extraordinaire Marta Chudolinska will give a short talk about the history of zines and will show you 3 easy book binding methods so that you can start your own independent publishing.

Marta Chudolinska (pronounced who-doh-lean-ska) is a printmaker, draw-er and zinester fascinated by the mystical narrative potential of images.

Paper Marbling Sunday 3:00 pm

The OCAD U Student Press will be on hand to show you how to delicately swirl water and special inks to create beautiful and mesmerizing marble patterns on paper. Paper marbling is perfect for great for stationary, book covers or cards.

The OCAD U Student Press prints and publishes the Shift series and Rivet, a biannual publication. The press also facilitates hands-on workshops for students and organize Function, a series of art and design talks. 

Geometric Paper Ornaments Saturday 2:00 pm | Sunday 2:30 pm
Using basic shapes and geometry you can create easy and striking ornaments for your tree or your pad.  Workshop participants will decorate paper templates and then cut and fold them into beautiful 3D paper decorations.

Marta Ryczko is a graphic designer, illustrator and zine-maker. She is currently designing one poster a day, for 1000 days.

Beginners Bookbinding Sunday 1:30 pm
Let the amazing Shannon Gerard teach you how to sew a book using the pamphlet stitch method, and then kick it up a notch and make a book using buttonhole binding. Perfect for those who are itching to make a homemade gift!

Shannon Gerard is a dork, dreamer and discerning bibliophile. She is a lady of many talents and is involved with many different projects, including the Carl Wagan Book Mobile, Mountain School Bookhouse and The Book Bakery.

Don't these sound great? So be sure to come out to City of Craft this weekend to buy craft and make crafts!

Special thanks and warm fuzzies to Marta Ryczko, this year's CraftLab Coordinator! (She did the pretty art images in above too.)


Weekend Craft Crawl.

Winter 2013 Market Crawl

Greetings, Citizens,

Just popping in to share this excellent map to help you get the most out of your crafty weekend. You can click on it to get a larger version.

This now means that there is no reason NOT to buy handmade this holiday season.

Go to!