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  • THE 41ST ANNUAL CRAFT SHOW BOOK

  • THE ANNUAL CRAFT SHOW BOOK 3

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

    For over forty years, Craft Ontario has delivered the most trusted, reliable and accurate show guide on the market, bringing craft events and craftspeople together through one publication. As an exceptional resource that allows show organizers, suppliers, craftspeople and the public to promote and access information, the publication works to increase the diversity and quality of work at Show and Tour events. With the addition of further online exposure through Craft Source online listings (www.craftontario.com/membership-programs/craftsource), participating in the Annual Craft Shows Book markets events to emerging artists, craftspeople and craft enthusiasts. At the same time, the book is continually referred to by craftspeople working in all media, making it the ideal publication for a wide variety of advertisers.

    Please note that there is no endorsement implied by inclusion of listings or advertising in this publication. It is the craftspersons responsibility to research each craft show prior to entry to determine suitability. Please see the list of key questions to ask show organizers listed on page 6. Booth sizes, fees and attendance figures are the minimum stated. Admission charges are for adults unless otherwise stated.

    Advertising and Listings: Rebecca Welbourn & Julie Nicholson

    Copyright Craft Ontario 2016 All rights reserved. Reproduction in the whole or in part without permission from copyright holder is prohibited.

    Craft Ontario990 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H1 Tel: 416-925-4222 Fax: 416-925-4223 www.craftontario.com

    Front cover image credit: Armstrong and Carter Ironworks, Small Square Copper Bowls.

    Tim Steadman, Loveseat.

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  • Olga & Isabel TraherPh/Fx: 519-679-1810

    optholdings@bellnet.ca120 Wharncliffe Rd. S.

    London, Ontario N6J 2K3 /LondonCraftShows

    Apply Now! www.LondonCraftShows.com

    LONDON & Kitchener-Waterloo CRAFT Shows

    Quality shows for over 37 years!

    35th LONDON ARTS & CRAFTS SPRING SHOW & SALE GOOD FRIDAY March 25th, 2016

    Progress Building, Western Fair District

    3rd YEAR in KITCHENER!KITCHENER-WATERLOO CHRISTMAS CRAFT FESTIVAL

    Sat. NOV. 12th & Sun. NOV. 13th, 2016Marshall Hall, Bingemans

    37th LONDON CHRISTMAS CRAFT FESTIVALThurs. - Sun. DEC. 1, 2, 3, & 4, 2016

    Metroland Media Agriplex, Western Fair District

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    TABLE OF CONTENTSKEY QUESTIONS

    CHECKLIST

    SHOW LIST

    STUDIO TOURS

    INDEX BY APPLICATION DEADLINE

    INDEX BY SHOW NAME

    INDEX BY SHOW START DATE

    INDEX BY SHOW TOWN/CITY

    CRAFT ONTARIO INFORMATION

    MEMBERSHIP FORM

    4 THE ANNUAL CRAFT SHOW BOOK 5

    Carey Jernigan, 18 Variations (with Allison Comrie), 2015Walnut, White Oak, Cherry;

    Coopering Structures, Bridal Joint FramesImage credit: Carey Jernigan

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    KEY QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING WHICH SHOWS ARE RIGHT FOR YOU

    The following is a list of questions to ask when determining whether a show is the right marketing tool for your work. In many cases, the answers may be found within the application for a show. If not, call and ask! When in doubt, try to visit a show before you apply. Please note that there is no endorsement implied by inclusion of listings or advertising in this publication.

    How many years has the show been in existence?

    How many years has the show organizer been in business?

    Are the same people organizing the show as did last year?

    What changes are being made from how the show was organized last year?

    What was the attendance last year?

    What is the advertising budget?

    Where do you advertise?

    How many vendors return each year?

    How many vendors have booked spaces already?

    What categories/media of craft are accepted?

    What is not accepted?

    How many vendors are accepted in my category?

    What is the location like (town, city)?

    What is the venue like (hall, park)?

    Is the show held in several buildings - is one more desirable, better situated?

    Is there plenty of parking?

    Are there other events going on during the craft show (antiques, flea market, music festival, etc.). If so, are the craft booths in a separated area or integrated?

    Have you ever had to cancel the show? If so, why?

    Are you on site at all times if I have a problem to discuss?

    What are your policies on booth rentals (non-refundable, notice of cancellation, etc.)?

    Who are your sponsors, and how long have you worked with these sponsors?

    KEY QUESTIONS

    CHECKLIST FOR CRAFT SHOW PARTICIPANTS

    Craft show organizers will provide you with general information upon registration, such as unloading instructions, floor plans, security, lighting, etc. When packing to participate in a craft show we suggest that you refer to the following checklist..

    CHECKLIST

    DOCUMENTS

    vendors permit

    business cards, brochures, flyers for future shows

    craft show registration form

    SALE EQUIPMENT

    cash box and cash float

    receipts and an envelope or file for storage

    pocket calculator and tax table

    wrapping paper, tissue and bags of all sizes geared to products

    tags and adhesive labels for pricing

    credit card processing equipment

    DISPLAY EQUIPMENT

    props, cases, shelving, stands, etc.

    graphics and signage

    tool kit, extension cord

    plastic sheeting in case of inclement weather

    lighting equipment, extra bulbs

    STATIONARY SUPPLIES

    paper for impromptu signs

    markers, pens, paper-clips,

    thumbtacks, stapler, scissors, tape,

    string, glue stick and ruler

    notebook

    file for cards and brochures collected at the show

    dusting supplies

    garbage bags

    address book for mailing list

    PERSONAL SUPPLIES

    first aid kit

    can and bottle opener

    tidy wipes

    snacks

    thermos

    mirror, soap, toothbrush

    chairs

    money (keep your personal money separate from business funds)

    There are some things you can deal with ahead of time, such as planning your display strategy. Its a good idea to arrive early and bring at least one helper with you to assist with setting up and sales. You may want to decide on a policy regarding sales (final, no refunds, exchange only, etc.), order lead times, discounts, etc. Lastly, consider demonstrations as a means of attracting attention to your work. Of course, to do this requires planning and the necessary equipment, workers, and supplies.

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    35TH LONDON SPRING ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW & SALE

    MARCH 25, 2016

    Show Contact: Jeff, Isabel or Olga TraherShow Phone Number: 519-679-1810Show Email: optholdings@bellnet.ca

    Show Location and Details:

    Progress Building, Western Fair District900 King StreetLondon, OntarioN5W 2X6

    The 35th London Spring Arts & Crafts Show & Sale is a juried, indoor show. Applications are available from November 1, 2015 to February 1, 2016. Applications require digital images manufactured items are not accepted and non-Canadian items are not accepted. Booth sizes start at 10x10 for $160+HST. Anticipated Audience: 4000-6000Friday March 25: 10am6pmAdmission: $6.00

    Organization Information:

    OPT Holdings Ltd120 Wharncliffe Rd SLondon, Ontario N6J 2K3Phone: 519-679-1810optholdings@bellnet.ca www.londoncraftshows.com

    37TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CRAFT FESTIVALDECEMBER 1, 2016 DECEMBER 4, 2016

    Show Contact: Jeff, Isabel or Olga TraherShow Phone Number: 519-679-1810Show Email: optholdings@bellnet.ca

    Show Location and Details: Metroland Media Agriplex, Western Fair District316 Rectory StreetLondon, OntarioN5Y 5P8

    The 37th Annual Christmas Craft Festival is a juried, indoor show. Applications are available from February 26, 2016 to September 30, 2016. Applications require digital images manufactured items are not accepted and non-Canadian items are not accepted.

    Booth sizes start at 10x10 for $452.00.Anticipated Audience: 12,000-15,000December 1: 1pm9pmDecember 2: 11am9pmDecember 3: 11am6pmDecember 4: 11am5pmAdmission: $6.00

    Organization Information:OPT Holdings Ltd120 Wharncliffe Rd SouthLondon, Ontario N6J2K3Phone: 519-679-1810optholdings@bellnet.ca www.londoncraftshows.com

    ANCASTER LIONS CRAFT SHOW & GIFT SHOWNOVEMBER 5, 2016 NOVEMBER 6, 2016

    Show Contact: Alan WhiteShow Phone Number: 905-679-2155Show Email: awhiteauthor@quickclic.net

    Show Location and Details: Ancaster Fairgrounds630 Trinity Rd SAncaster, OntarioL0R 1R0

    The Ancaster Lions Craft Show & Gift Show is a non-juried, indoor show, specializing in arts & crafts. Applications are available from May 1, 2016 to October 1, 2016. Applications require digital images manufactured items are accepted and non-Canadian items are accepted. Booth sizes start at 9x9 for $130.00. Anticipated Audience: 300010am4pmAdmission: $4.00

    Organization Information:Ancaster Lions ClubPO Box 81006 Fiddlers Green Post OfficeAncaster, Ontario, Ontario L0R 1R0Phone: 905-679-2155lionssuehockridge@gmail.com www.ancasterlions.com

    SHOW LIST

    accepted and non-Canadian items are not accepted. Booth sizes start at 10x12 for $325.Anticipated Audience: 20,000+Saturday June 4:10am7pmSunday June 5: 10am5pmAdmission: $5.00

    Organization Information:Rotary Club of Windsor (1918)7911 Forest Glade DriveWindsor, Ontar

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