Vender Call: Rock n Roll Circus Burlesque

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Rock n Roll Circus Burlesque
El Mocambo (Main Stage)
464 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON

AUGUST 8th, doors at 8pm.

THE MATADORS, one of Canada's Primo INDEPENDENT bands for the past 10 years. FORESIGHT FOR THE BLIND is gonna rip your ears off and put you to bed. SINISTER TRAILER PARK MAGIC is the best kept secret since the MELVINS. GRAVEYARD JUNKIES are gonna open the show @ 9:15pm.
We are featuring the lovely ladies of the accomplished and beautiful...

ATOMIC CHERRIES burlesque troupe.

And we could be featuring you! In a last minute addition we have decided to add a small vendor area to the fun and games. So if you happen to make and sell something that you think would fit into our mismatched troupe of misfits sign on up.

SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. The first 5 people who meet the requirements of the show will be selected. Interested? Here’s what we’re looking for:

- small handmade items, this is a trunk show, so tables will only be 14”x19”
- all vendors must provide their own display (think small suitcases, wire bins, whatever works on the surface size we’re providing)
- items should work with the theme of Rock n Roll Burlesque Circus (check out the bands if you need a better idea of the crowd that will be attending)
- the venue is 19+ so unfortunately all vendors must be legal.

If you’re interested send an e-mail to with the following information:

- your name/company name and a brief description of what you do
- description of the goods you would like to sell at the show, including a price range.
- 3 photos or links to photos of your goods.

Since the show is coming up so fast and we’re all dealing with limited space, tables are only will only cost $10 a piece!! Space is very limited so sign up fast.

Call for Submissions/Call for Vendors

Friday, July 16, 2010

And... there's more:

The 8th Annual Original SQUARE FOOT Show 2010 at AWOL Gallery 78 Ossington Avenue, Toronto. The exhibition will be open the entire day Saturday August 21st and will not close before the Artist Reception. Gallery hours for Square Foot are Thurs. – Sat. 12-8pm, and Sun. 12-5pm. You must RSVP today.

NO RESERVATIONS - Food - Not Just a Four Letter Word, August 24 - September 12, at the Hangman Gallery in Riverdale, Toronto. Submission deadline: August 6, 2010 @ 5pm.

The Little Art Show, Saturday, November 13, 2010, at Mercedes-Benz Downtown, 761 Dundas St. E. @ River St. This is a benefit for the Artists’ Network. Earlybird deadline: September 1, 2010. Final deadline: September 9, 2010.

Meadowvale Village Public School, 890 Old Derry Road W. seeks vendors for its annual Community Fun Fair September 25, 2010, 11:00am – 3:00pm. Registration fee is $45 for one 8 ft. table plus a donation to the school's silent auction. Applications will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for more details.

Opportunities, Resources, Calls for Submissions

For all you hand-makers on the Toronto Etsy Street Team, and local fans and artists, we would like to draw your attention to a couple of resources (now added to the blog sidebar).

Canada Arts Connect where Canadian art professionals can connect with jobs, opportunities, resources and each other lists calls for submissions, many of which are in or around Toronto, (excluding those already posted below) these include:

The Junction Arts Fest September 8 - 12, 2010

Gallery Moos call for submissions for its 2010 Contemporary Arts Program. Submissions are open to all artists working in all mediums, who reside in Ontario.

Toronto Sculpture Garden 115 King Street East, Toronto
Next Deadline: Submissions received by September 15, 2010

Read Me Like A Book, September 1 - 26, art at the Collingwood Public Library

Many of these are also listed on Akimbo, a Toronto-based company that promotes contemporary visual art, video, new media and film locally, nationally and internationally via the internet - another useful resource. They also list:

THE ARTIST PROJECT TORONTO: CALL FOR ARTISTS! Event: March 3-6, 2011. Deadline: SEPTEMBER 15, 2010

Check out these sites. There are many more opportunities you could persue.

Vender Call: City of Craft

Via the TCA forum:

Vendor applications are open for City of Craft 2010 (December 18+19 in Toronto) until August 31, 2010.

City of Craft is an annual craft fair, exhbition and source of awesomeness housed in The Theatre Centre on Queen West West. The show accepts 45-50 vendors annually. Jurying takes place in early September.

For more information or to apply, click here

Thanks, Toronto crafties! We are empty without you.

Also, the City of Craft is behind a call for submissions for Love and Money

At the Ontario Crafts Council Gallery
December 16-31, 2010
Reception: Thursday, December 16, 7-10pm

City of Craft (in partnership with the Ontario Craft Council) is seeking submissions for a group exhibition that will take place at the Ontario Craft Council Gallery as a part of City of Craft’s 2010 off-site programming. City of Craft is Toronto’s largest independent craft sale and weekend-long event featuring craft-based installations, free workshops, and craft-related programming.

This year’s exhibition will explore the broad relationship craft and crafting has with commerce. Craft(ing) is currently a multi-billion dollar industry. From mainstream craft media personalities and the DIY Network to hipster how-to guides, mega craft fairs and fabric designers du jour, the commercial nature of the contemporary “crafting” movement often seems to starkly contrast the idea of crafting for necessity from days gone by. On the other hand, there are people who turn to craft and craft processes for a sense of transcendence and autonomy. Many would argue that there is more of a need to craft for crafts sake now than ever-- either to re-skill ourselves for an uncertain future, or simply to learn to slow down.

Are money and craft strange (or natural) bedfellows? How does craft transcend issues of commerce? How do you navigate or perceive the dichotomy of craft for love/craft for money? Work that addresses any facet of the above ideas is welcomed as a submission. Submissions of fine craft, indie craft and art are encouraged.

Love and Money is curated and coordinated by Tara Bursey.

Submission forms, and this call can be found here.

Upcoming Events/Vender Call: Parkdale Bazaar

Thursday, July 15, 2010

PLEDC presents the vintage and handmade market series.
The Parkdale Bazaar provides locals with an outlet for showcase and sales to promote craft, recycled and homegrown merchandise. As a response to the neighborhood's thriving vintage and craft communities the event will take place 5 times throughout the year and include over 60 vendors.
The summer markets take place along Cowan Ave. at Queen in the Parkdale Town Square and move inside with the cold weather.
Vendor registration is a mere $10.00* and includes a 72" x 30" table and chairs. To apply please download the form below and indicate which date(s) you are interested in. (* Holiday Bazaar Fee is $25.00)

TESTy team members dervish, TorchedStudio, KnottedNest, angelune and spontaneous reality are among the vendors on July 17, 11 am to 5 pm.

If you are in participating register and pay at this link for any of these future Bazaars:
July 31st, 2010 – Parkdale Bazaar
August 14th, 2010 – Parkdale Bazaar
October 9th, 2010 – Harvest Bazaar
December 4th, 2010 – Holiday Bazaar

Upcoming Events: outdoor art!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Beginning today and over the weekend, as mentioned in the previous post is the giant Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit at Nathan Phillips Square.

Free Admission
Friday 10:30am-7:30pm
Saturday 10:30am-7:30pm
Sunday 10:30am-6:30pm

Next weekend the Scarborough Arts Council hosts Art in the Park 2010: Annual Outdoor Art Show & Sale:

Saturday, July 17, 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (rain or shine)
Harrison Estate Grounds, 1859 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON, M1N 1T3

Art in the Park is an annual juried one-day outdoor community arts festival that is held in the parkland surrounding the Scarborough Arts Council.

Come enjoy the work of over 40 artists, working in a range of mediums: drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, pottery, jewellery, photography, glass, original textiles, fibre arts, other.

For more information contact:

T.E.S.T. member Pam McFadyen of lurearts will be showcasing some of her pottery!

Remember T.E.S.T.y people, please let us know about your events, so we can spread the word.

Events, Vender Calls and the Toronto Craft Alert

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Toronto Craft Alert writes one of our favorite blogs and is a great resource to artists, artisans, craftspeople, makers and buyers in and around Toronto. The bloggers are taking a well-earned break, a 6 month hiatus. We'll miss them while they are off-line, re-vamping the site. In the meanwhile, they are encouraging people to take full advange of the TCA forum as a way to communicate with one another.

Whenever we've been contacted by organizers of arts, crafts or vintage shows (both team members and not) we've been happy to pass on the information. Especially during the TCA hiatus, we at the T.E.S.T. blog would like to encourage anyone to let us know if you are looking for local hand-makers and vintage sellers. We will help get the word out to the Toronto Etsy Street Team and all readers of this blog, or our twitter feed or fans of our Facebook fan page.

Upcoming events include:

Art-oberfest at the Tranzac club - October 9th, 2010.
Please go to to download an application!
or contact us at

Fashion and jewelry at Dorly Designs Fashion House (July – December 31, 2010). Send your link/web page/site and contact info to

Haute par Periwinkle is offering shelf, clothing units and table space for rent at its new (2nd) Forest Hill store, contact

Think cool thoughts...

Monday, July 5, 2010

It's getting hot in the city! T.E.S.T. brings you cool thoughts to try to help you beat the heat.

Consider the Summer Seaside Turquoise and 925 Sterling Silver 1.6 Inch Pendant by alienlabel

Imagine it's so cold you need to bundle up like the Pink Mitten Monster Hand Painted by Keep Up The Imagination

Wear the
Handmade Winter's wish Snowflake necklace by Leahsbeadlery
and think of winter.

Or show your wintery thoughts by wearing the Snowy days pin set by carolineillustrates

Put the Original Fine Art Painting - Winter Colours by Arlene Babad on your wall.

Just think of Penguin Love by vintagepaperparade
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