Toque Craft Fair

Nov 29 – Dec 1 2024

A marketplace for art, craft and design by BC-based makers

At Western Front

Open Call

Toque Craft Fair is an annual community event and fundraiser hosted by Western Front. It showcases a curated selection of BC-based artists, craftspeople and designers who make textiles, ceramics, jewelry, accessories, stationery, and home and body products.

Do you want to participate as a vendor?

We are inviting new individuals or groups to join our existing roster of vendors, and welcome your expression of interest via an open call. All ages are welcome to apply.

All applicants are required to manage their table for the duration of the fair and be willing to donate 30% of sales to Western Front. Applicants are encouraged to have enough stock for the three days of the fair, though arrangements for vendors to share a table may be accommodated if required.

If successful, applicants will be supported with a table, management of all transactions, and with promotion across Toque’s website, social media, and press campaigns.

Apply

Application:

The application form can be downloaded here.

We invite applications in various formats, including written, audio, and video submissions. 

Support in the application process is available. Please contact info@westernfront.ca or +1 (604) 876-9343 for more information.

Deadline:

Saturday, August 31, 2024, 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Practical Information

What is Western Front?

Western Front is one of Canada’s leading multidisciplinary artist-run centres. Since 1973, we have produced and presented contemporary art exhibitions, music concerts, performances, publications, residencies, and other artist-driven initiatives. We also house an extensive audio-visual archive documenting the history of our artistic program.

Find out more about Western Front at westernfront.ca.
How does Toque support Western Front?

Toque is all about goodwill, community, and fostering sustainability for artists and artist-run culture in Vancouver. The participating artists and designers generously donate 30% of all sales to support Western Front’s artistic program.

What makes Toque special?

Since the early 1970s, Western Front has held a winter holiday craft fair for local artists to sell their handmade goods and engage new audiences. Organized by different artists, curators and creatives over the years, the event has a distinct artist focus. Branded Toque in 2002 by the powerhouse creative team of Steven Brekelmans, Fiona Curtis, and Tim Lee, the name was chosen to evoke handcrafts, coziness and winter, and it has stuck ever since. Toque has a loyal following of supporters who value local handmade goods and who return each year to support artists in their community. Several artists are a longtime and much-loved part of this event, while talented new makers are added to the roster each year. The event is all about coming together, meeting artists, and connecting with what is being made in our community. 

Who has participated in Toque in the past? 

In recent years vendors have included: Anita Sikma Design, AW by Andrea Wong, AxeWood Inc, Cloth Tone, Cracher Dans La Soupe Parfum, Draw Me A Lion, Dunbar Pottery, Erin Templeton, fancypop, Goodbeast, Haley Hunt-Brondwin, Heike Kapp Art, Henderson Dry Goods, Julia Chirka, Kate Metten Ceramics, Kerria Gray, MDW Jewelry, Melodie Borosevich, Mona Lisa Ali, NEW LOoK, Paperbacknote, Project Weekend, See You Soon Studio, Stationary for Horses, Studio Daisy, Studio Note, The Little Things, The Planet Sun, Tony Dubroy, tuk + milo, WarmAndDrift, and Woolf Glass.

Is Toque an accessible event?

Toque takes place across the ground and second floor of Western Front’s heritage building. While the ground floor is accessible, the second floor is only accessible by a flight of twenty-six stairs.

Learn more about accessibility at Western Front here.
How can I receive updates about Toque?

Follow us on Instagram @toquecraftfair to get a sneak peek of the artists’ and designers’ work, and to receive further news about the event.

Additional Questions?

info@westernfront.ca
+1 (604) 876-9343

Western Front
303 E 8th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5T 1S2
westernfront.ca

On the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations.

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