The One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale is back in Toronto and celebrating their 38th anniversary! The show runs from November 22nd to December 2nd at the Direct Energy Centre in Exhibition Place, Toronto. The show features more than 800 vendors from across Canada.
This was our first time at the show and now we can only kick ourselves for missing the past ones! The show has everything, and we mean everything! The One of a Kind Show has artists, makers, designers and craftspeople. The show is organized into “Neighbourhoods” (Fashion District, Flavours, Green, Rising Stars and Visual Art Gallery), but you’ll have to go through it all as a variety of booths are still mixed together.
One thing that stood out to us at the show was the positive and excited energy. Everyone seemed happy to be there and excited to talk about their work. There were smiles galore!
Ceramics and Pottery
There were fantastic pottery and ceramic craftsmen. All the pieces were very clearly one of a kind, and not something you could pick up at the local Wal-Mart! And how often do you get to actually speak to the person that made the product you were looking to buy?
Potter Patrick Yeung of Toronto is a functional potter that works in stoneware clay. He believes strongly that there is still a place for handmade pottery.
It wasn’t all serious, there was also whimsy! Montreal based ceramic artist Julie Richard showed off her creativity with her slightly loopy but functional designs. In 2010, she won the Jacques Garnier Foundation Prize at the Salon des métiers d’art de Montréal. This prize is awarded to a ceramist for the technical quality, the freshness and the originality of the production presented at the Salon.
How often do you get to see original paintings outside of a museum or gallery?
Beverley Jenkins (booth C-34) had pieces that had us staring open-mouthed. She creates textured, three dimensional oil paintings. Beverley, a Toronto-based artist, was actually featured in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in England. It is one of the oldest open submission exhibitions in the world at nearly 250 years old.
We fell in love with the woodworking at the show as well. Custom hand crafted designs, from cutting boards to rocking chairs to end tables, these lovingly crafted pieces of functional art had you wishing you had a little more space in your home!
And Much, Much More!
Is this a show you should see? Yes! You have until December 2nd to visit the One of a Kind Show in Toronto and it is well worth the ticket price. Give your loved ones unique, one-of-a-kind gifts this year and support Canada’s artisans at the same time!
Have you been to the Show yet? Tell us what your favorite part was (and what you bought!) in the comment section below.