What is Toque Craft Fair?

Toque is an annual community event and fundraiser hosted by Western Front. It showcases a curated selection of BC-based artists and designers who make textiles, ceramics, jewelry, books, bags, and home and body products. Due to COVID-19, this year Toque will be transformed into a vibrant online marketplace. You can browse and buy items online from Tuesday, December 1 until Sunday, December 6. 

What is Western Front?

Western Front is one of Canada’s leading interdisciplinary artist-run centres. Since 1973, we have produced and presented contemporary art exhibitions, new music concerts, media art residencies, performances 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 front.bc.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 20% of all sales to support Western Front’s artistic programs.

I bought something, how do I get it? 

After completing your purchase online, you will receive confirmation of your order via email. Purchased items will be available for pick up at Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver on Friday, December 11, 4pm-8pm and Saturday, December 12, 12pm-4pm. If you purchased items from more than one vendor, your items will be packaged together for pickup. You will need to provide proof of purchase, in the form of your email receipt (on your phone or as a print out) as well as a piece of ID (drivers license, etc.) to collect your items. Social distancing protocols will be observed with systems in place to reduce contact during pick up.

Is shipping available?

Shipping is not available. If you are unable to pick up your purchase from 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver during the pickup days and times, please contact us at admin@front.bc.ca

What makes Toque special?

Since the early seventies, Western Front has held a winter holiday craft fair for local artists to sell their handmade goods and engage new audiences. Organised 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 long time 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. Since we can’t gather in our building this year, we hope to bring some of that feeling to our online event.

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?

Contact us by email at admin@front.bc.ca or phone +1.604.876.9343

Western Front
303 E 8th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5T 1S2
front.bc.ca

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

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