The Spring 2016 One of a Kind Show and SaleNeighbourhood | Written on March 16, 2016
For our one of a kind neighbourhood, there’s hardly a more fitting event than Toronto’s One of a Kind Show & Sale. We featured the Fall show on our Live in Liberty blog and after the great feedback and the success of their event, we were really excited to learn that the time had arrived for their Spring show at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place. If you missed their last show, you certainly won’t want to miss this one. And if you were a part of their incredible event last Fall, we’re certain that you’ll be excited about the Spring One of a Kind Show & Sale, running from March 23 to March 27 this year.
The One of a Kind Show has been around and, both fostering and providing a platform for local, handmade, artisanal items since its inception in 1975. It’s a creative marketplace where inspired craftsmen and craftswomen can share their creativity and work with the community. For a neighbourhood like Liberty Village where uniqueness and creativity are celebrated and embraced, having the One of a Kind Show in our area is definite cause for excitement.
So what can you expect from the One of a Kind Show & Sale this time around? Originality, awesomeness and incredibly designed pieces. The One of a Kind Show & Sale will feature several special sections, including the following:
The One of a Kind Etsy Section
Etsy has partnered with the One of a Kind Show for the fourth year in a row to bring some of the amazing work of Etsy artists and creators to the show. There’ll be more than 40 Etsy artisans at the One of a Kind Show, which translates to lots of stunning (and one of a kind) pieces for sale from some of Etsy’s great creators.
One of a Kind Craft Community Event
The One of a Kind Craft Community Event made its first appearance at the 2011 One of a Kind Spring show and, since then, they have helped to connect numerous recent graduates with the One of a Kind Shows where they have been able to showcase and sell items that they’ve made. Over the years they have partnered with educational organizations that promote art and craftsmanship in Canada and have helped to promote the work of many local artisans and artists.
One of a Kind Launchpad Section
This year, the One of a Kind Show & Sale invites attendees to enjoy a new section, the “Launchpad,” that focuses on the work of 12 emerging artisans, designers and makers from Quebec.
One of a Kind Living Display
You’ll be blown away by this display. It showcases the beauty and versatility of handmade items and highlights how they can transform your living space. Attendees will certainly be inspired.
One of a Kind Yellow Competition
This Spring’s One of a Kind Show wouldn’t be complete without a few competitions. The Yellow Competition encourages artisans to use the colour yellow to inspire and as a point of focus in a medium of their choosing. The top prize winner will receive $500. Second and third prize winners will receive $300 and $200 respectively. A People’s Choice winner will also be chosen. He or she will receive $200.
One of a Kind Walk of Fame
The Walk of Fame area at the One of a Kind Show celebrates the craftsmanship and achievements of talented artisans. To learn more about this year’s inductees, visit the One of a Kind Show site here.
One of a Kind Café
Take a load off at the One of a Kind Café. This centrally located spot is a great place to enjoy a latte, a treat or just to relax.
On Wednesday, March 23, One of a Kind Show attendees can get 50% off the regular price of adult admission to the show when they show their TTC March, 2016 pass.
Late Night Shopping
Take your shopping to the next level. Make it a late night affair on Thursday, March 24th when the One of a Kind Show & Sale remains open until 11:00pm.
One of a Kind Flavours
This section caters to delicious, one of a kind dishes. Take a break while shopping at the One of a Kind Show and try some gourmet treats.
In addition to these (and other) great sections at the 2016 One of a Kind Spring Show & Sale, attendees can also enjoy free re-admission to shows, a water truck on site that will provide free water to attendees, 1.5 hours of complimentary child care, a diaper change area, parcel check, wheelchairs, art classes for kids 8 years of age and older and loads more. You could say that they’ve thought of every way to make this event family-friendly and very convenient for everyone attending.
Want even more? The 2016 One of a Kind Show & Sale has more! Before heading out to this Spring’s event, attendees can visit the One of a Kind Show’s “Meet the Artisan” page on the Show’s website and search by category, neighbourhood and other descriptors to find out who will be at the Show, their booth number and the kind of items you can expect to see and purchase from them. How cool is that?
We’re sure that by now you’re anxious to find out how to get tickets to this year’s event. Tickets can be purchased online, onsite and, for different group packages. Tickets are: $13 online for adults/$15 onsite, $7.50 for seniors (65+) both online and onsite, $7.50 for youths (13-17) both online and onsite, $10 onsite for university students with valid university ID and free for children 12 and under. For more info about tickets and for group purchases of 20 people or more, Girls Day Out packages, Late Night Out tickets and Advance tickets, visit the One of a Kind Show ticket page here.
The One of a Kind Show & Sale is an incredible event that puts a world of creativity and originality right at your fingertips. Head to this year’s event for gifts, pieces for yourself, inspiration or simply to support the great work being down by local artisans and artists. One thing is certain: it will be a one of a kind, very memorable event.
Written by L. D. Moore