Honouring Lory MacDonald on International Women's Day!

At Artfest we celebrate women and art on a daily basis. We are honoured to see such talent and expression in our female artists and artisans. We hope to empower more women to follow their dreams, share their gifts, uplift other women, and continue to create art - all the while growing stronger with each and every day!  International Women's Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. Amazingly, it has been taking place for over a century. 

Our female artists are the backbone of our shows and we will continue to celebrate women's creative expression and encourage all women to express!  Art comes in many forms, however you express it, in fact. We celebrate and recognize the talents of women across all of Canada. Our Artfest women are unbelievable and you won't want to miss Artfest 2018.  We feature art and craft as well as music, dance and theatre! There's something for everyone at Artfest! NEW this year is the Portsmouth Art Market and our Christmas market both happening in Kingston, ON.  

So, the team at Artfest would like to recognize and thank our show producer and artist, Lory MacDonald, for all her dedicated work that goes toward keeping art and craft alive in our local community and beyond!  Lory is remarkable!  Let us honour her today...


 Lory MacDonald ~ show producer, artist and inspirational artistic leader!  

Lory MacDonald ~ show producer, artist and inspirational artistic leader!  

About Lory MacDonald

Lory MacDonald is an Artist and Artfest Show producer. She is passionate about inspiring and promoting artists of all ages, teaching art, and selling her art pieces across Canada, USA and Hong Kong. 

A graduate from the Ontario College of Art, Lory's philosophy about life and art is: Life without creativity and passion is dull! This is her motivation to promote artists and artisans from across Canada and to create opportunities for creative people to thrive.

Her latest endeavor, with partner Al Hearn, is the Artists Advantage membership program. Creating discounts, benefits, networking and a resource centre for artists across Canada. Check it out. Please join us.

View Lory's Art and should you have the honour of meeting Lory face to face, give her a high five for keeping art and creativity alive!  

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,”
— Gloria Steinem ~ Feminist, Journalist & Female Political Activist

Please have a look at the slide show below of just a few of our women creators and their work at Artfest!  You all ROCK!!

About Artfest Ontario

Artfest Ontario hosts six art & craft shows yearly. Our events are held outdoors in beautiful historic settings. Artfest Toronto at the Distillery Historic District is celebrating it's twelfth year.  Watch for the NEW indoor Artfest Christmas in KIngston Show on December 6-9, 2018.

Artfest Kingston is now in it's seventh year. Artfest Kingston is held in the spacious City Park with 150 artist and artisan exhibitors and includes live music, dance, children's art workshops, theatre workshops, interactive mural project, First Nations Pavillion and much more. All programming is free to the public. Dates: June 30- July 2, 2018.

Heading into its fourth year is Artfest Port Credit, in the historic downtown of Port Credit in Memorial Park. 95 fine art and craft artists, plus free children's art programming and live music. See you there on May 25-27, 2018.

For more information, Contact:

Artfest Show Producer - Lory MacDonald

Artfest Ontario & Artists Advantage
(705) 293-2787

Artfest Show Applications - launch today!


We are very excited to announce the launch of our 2018 Artfest Show applications for artists and artisans. Please note that the application deadlines have changed. All of the established Artfest shows are on again this year: Toronto at the Distillery (May and September), Port Credit and Kingston.

The big news is the NEW Christmas show in Kingston on Dec 6-9, 2018. Take advantage of the Early Bird Discount and save $100 on your booth fees. We searched for a long time for a suitable venue and have found it!
The Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex has all the right qualities for a new Christmas show. Free parking, lots of space, close to the 401 highway for customers to travel in from around the region, and a nice AstroTurf floor.


*NEW Application Deadlines

  •     Artfest Toronto May, February 1, 2018
  •     Artfest Port Credit, February 15, 2018
  •     Artfest Kingston, March 1, 2018
  •     Artfest Toronto Fine Art & Craft Show, March 30, 2018
  •     Artfest Christmas in KIngston, June 1, 2018

Remember, Artists Advantage members receive a discount on all the Artfest shows. So sign up and save! on many expenses for your art business. It is only $99 for the year. Join today!




Posted on November 16, 2017 .

Artfest -planning for 2018- an exciting Announcement!

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The Artfest shows may be finished for 2017, but our team has been busy planning the 2018 events. There is lots to do: grant reports, grant applications, partnership building, venue booking, and website updating. We are also busy brainstorming for exciting new programing features, setting up the new show applications, booking our musicians and performing artists, updating 100’s of event listings, designing our 2018 graphics, and of course having some playtime too!

We are very pleased to announce a new Artfest event for 2018. For a long time we have been looking for a suitable venue for a new indoor Christmas show. We have found it! Artfest will launch a Christmas show in Kingston, ON Dec 6-9, 2018 at the Kingston Thousand Islands Sportsplex. This is a large venue that will allow the show to grow for many years. We are very excited!

Artfest show applications will be available in mid November. This new start date and application deadline will allow us to finalize our artist line up earlier in the year.

Meanwhile, be sure to visit the Artfest artists and artisans at many other Christmas and Holiday shows over the next two months. They have been busy putting the finishing touches on their items for the gift-giving season. They are counting on you!


Posted on October 13, 2017 .

Photographers at Artfest Toronto!

Artfest Toronto at the Distillery Historic District was a hit this past Labour Day long weekend! So much fun was had by all and we couldn't be more thankful in supporting Canadian photographers, artists, artisans, gourmet food specialists, art teachers and musicians for all their hard work.  Thank you to everyone for coming together for the final show of the season. There was something for everyone at Artfest Toronto.

We showcase all kinds of interesting art and craft gifts at Artfest as well as a selection of fine photography.  Hopefully you were lucky enough at grab a piece to bring home to add to your home decor.  In case you missed all of our shows this year, plan to come and join in on the fun for one of next year's Artfest Ontario shows.

Four Artfest show events:

Artfest Toronto ~ spring & fall at the Distillery

Artfest Port Credit

Artfest Kingston

Take a look at our slideshow below to view some of the Artfest photo specialist vendors that exhibited their photography. Such amazing works, unique effects and one of a kind, visual works of art.



Posted on September 5, 2017 and filed under Photography, Wall Art.

Melody Fair performing TODAY at Artfest Toronto!

All day long be entertained by Melody Fair: a dynamic duo who are set to perform a varied selection of your favourite tunes.  They are fantastic, friendly and extremely talented!  You won't want to miss seeing them entertain our Artfest Toronto crowds.  Today, from 11-6, get your groove on and head over for some rockin' tunes! 

Dave Wipper & Hazel Wipper - have been performing most of their lives.  The couple are happily Continuing on with music as their sole career,!  The energetic, talented couple, will perform  a wide variety of tunes at Artfest Toronto this Labour Day long weekend.  Find them on the main stage in Trinity Square at the Distillery and HEAR THE EXPERIENCE!.

Dave Wipper has a solid background in recording and concert performance.  You can hear his distinctive style on the Grammy Award winning hit song Black Velvet and other hits by Amanda Marshal, Rita Coolidge and Return Trip.  

Hazel hails from the folk band, Jesse, and later, Decades.  "Haze" gained public acclaim in Toronto with the Decades 60's cover band and is now the lead vocalist for Return Trip. She sings gorgeous lead and harmony with her partner Dave in their duo, Melody Fair.  

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Posted on September 2, 2017 and filed under Artfest Music.

Fused Glass Art - a tradition at Artfest Toronto!

The making of glass is one of the most fascinating of the ancient arts.  Artfest is fortunate to have some of Canada's top notch glass artists exhibiting at Artfest Toronto this year! Showcasing glass art has been a tradition since our first Artfest show over ten year's ago so come out and see for yourself the mystery of transforming glass pieces into original art pieces unlike any other.    We are OPEN now!  

The transformation of glass seems almost magical, doesn't it? How do these artisans really make glass art pieces?  It's a mystery some may never know; nonetheless, while walking the cobble stone lanes at the final show of the season, take some time to inquire about the making of glass.  Your artisans will be more than happy to fill you in on their talented gift of glass art making. We hope you'll take the time to examine the work of our many talented glass artists and to ask them about their techniques. It's wonderful to examine a piece of glass art and be both mesmerized by its beauty, and curious about how it came into being.  

Artfest Toronto is taking place at the Distillery Historic District of the picturesque downtown core in Toronto NOW.  Don't miss the last show of 2017!

Fall Fine Art & Craft Show

Sept 1-4 2017 (Labour Day Weekend)

11am to 6pm daily

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Posted on September 1, 2017 and filed under Glass.

Portrait of Artfest Toronto's Clothing Designers

Not only does Artfest offer a huge selection of fine art and craft items for purchase, handmade designer clothing is also popular at all four of our shows.  Top Canadian designers are exhibiting today at the Distillery Historic District, from the 1st to 4th!  We celebrate fine art and craft and this also includes clothing (and all different styles) to suit each and every need. From crotchet, knitwear and felt hats to silk printing and scarves, Artfest has something for everyone!  

Posted on September 1, 2017 and filed under Clothing.

Unique Painting Styles at Artfest Toronto

We have an astonishing selection of Canadian artists and painters at all of our Artfest Ontario shows.  Their works incorporate many genres and are breathtakingly beautiful - to say the least!  We invite you at come out to our Artfest Toronto show this weekend and see for yourself! The show is OPEN now!  

Artfest Toronto runs from 11-6pm, daily for Labour Day long weekend at the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto.  Our jury selection is a difficult task for our Artfest shows as we have many talented Canadian painters to choose from.  So our final selection features top Canadian fine art painters from across Canada.

Looking for a new painting for your home?  There is something for everyone at Artfest Toronto!   The collection of fine art painters is vast so you are sure to find that perfect art-piece to hang on your wall and gravitate with your home decor.  From Canadian landscape paintings to abstract expressionism, pop art, and surrealism, wander the cobble stone streets and bring home an original art piece ~ YOU deserve it!  



Posted on September 1, 2017 and filed under Paintings, Wall Art.

Lead Guitarist from Burton Cummings at Artfest Toronto TODAY!

Join us at Artfest Toronto with performer, Tim Bovaconti and friends who will be groovin’ all day long at the historic Trinity Square in the heart of the Distillery District.

Tim Bovaconti is lead guitarist with Burton Cummings and Ron Sexsmith as well as an artist/producer in his own right.  Tim will be sharing the stage with musical friends from the Toronto area. They are well known for their harmonies and musical sense of fun, playing classic tunes and always providing a good time! 

Visit Tim's site for more info:  Tim Bovaconti

Tim Bovaconti's Tour Dates. 

Posted on September 1, 2017 and filed under Artfest Music.

Artfest Toronto is OPEN today!

Artfest Toronto at the Distillery Historic District

Artfest Toronto hosts two outdoor art and craft shows, yearly. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists. Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto. 

FREE admission!

Fall Fine Art & Craft Show

When: Sept 1-4 2017 (Labour Day Weekend)

Event Times: 11am to 6pm daily

Click here for directions to Artfest Toronto. 

Take a sneak peak view in the slideshow below of our Artfest Toronto exhibitors artwork.

Sculpture & Pottery

Artfest Toronto features a unique selection of pottery and sculpture artisans who work with their hands to create one-of-a-kind art pieces.  Magnificent, really!! Whatever styles attract you most, there is a wonderful variety of sculpture and ceramic art at Artfest where are are sure to find the perfect piece for your home.  The pottery is completely functional and most pieces can even go in the dishwasher!  

What a great way to upscale your home's decor with a beautiful hand crafted Canadian art piece from Artfest Toronto.  The show takes place from Sept 1st to 4th at the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto.  The perfect setting and something for everyone at Artfest!  

Artfest Toronto Fall Fine Art & Craft Show

Sept 1-4 2017 (Labour Day Weekend)

11am to 6pm daily

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Posted on August 31, 2017 and filed under Sculpture, Pottery.

Fine Hand-crafted Jewellery available at Artfest Toronto!

Artfest Toronto recognizes everyone loves jewellery and we proudly feature some of Canada's top experts in jewellery making at all of our Artfest Ontario shows.   

Art and craft shows have become known as a hub for jewellery shopping.  With the recent resurgence of the craft industry in general, the number of jewellers has burgeoned - making jury selection for art and craft shows a difficult task. Craft categories go in and out of popularity in waves.  Currently, pottery and woodcraft and weaving, are experiencing an upward swing, while glass is heading down after a long stretch of being on top.  Jewellery artisans pretty much always sell well at shows.

The criteria for Artfest jewellery are based upon our rating of uniqueness of materials and design and the craftsmanship and presentation of the art pieces.  You will find a wide variety at our shows and in most cases, different artisans at each of Artfest Ontario's four yearly events, Generally, we like to give as many artists as possible the opportunity to exhibit at our shows.  To apply for any of Artfest Ontario's 2018 shows and to view our application guidelines, visit - Artfest Ontario Exhibitor Guidelines

Jewellery can be made from just about anything you can imagine and many new materials are being added to the mix.  We've noticed a movement away from gold and silver, making room for brass, copper, clay and recycled materials.  Today, jewellery designers are also exploring ways to have a lower impact on the environment and are re-purposing materials in their work.  For instance, antique buttons, charms and beads, stripped electrical wire and natural seeds are all candidates.  

View our Artfest Toronto Jewellery exhibitors here and see you at the final show of the 2017 season.  


Posted on August 31, 2017 and filed under Jewellery.

Kids LOVE Artfest Toronto at the Distillery!

Artfest Toronto has planned a  bunch of entertaining, creative and educational events for “Kids of All Ages” at the final show of the season.  This Labour Day long weekend, at the Distillery Historic District located in downtown Toronto, kids of all ages will be participating in Artfest Toronto's spectacular event and all that is has to offer! 

We love to emphasize the importance of encouraging children and creativity in the arts.  We strongly believe in keeping art and creativity active in your children's lives and that is why we offer FREE children's art programming at all four of our Artfest Ontario shows. 

Artfest Show Schedules:

Artfest Toronto - Spring & Fall

Artfest Port Credit

Artfest Kingston

**NEW - Portsmouth Art Market (Kingston)

Artfest Toronto invites you and your families to get ready to drop in (anytime) for the time of your lives - during this year’s three-day Artfest show taking place September 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th!

There’s something for everyone at Artfest!
— Artfest Team

Visit our website to see the schedule of Artfest Kids events - Artfest Kids Schedule



Posted on August 30, 2017 and filed under Artfest Kids.

Artfest Toronto presents live music all weekend long!

Fall Fine Art & Craft Show music line-up:

Live music at Artfest Toronto is a lovely experience. Listen to tunes while you stroll around the show and walk the cobblestone streets at the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto this Labour Day long weekend. 

All of our Artfest events feature live performances by wonderful musicians to enhance the atmosphere while setting the perfect ambiance for visitors. We keep the music low-key so not to overpower the art scene, yet engaging to make your time with us more entertaining.

Sept 1-4 2017 (Labour Day Weekend)

11am to 6pm daily

Artfest Performers:

Friday ~ Tim Bovaconti

Saturday ~ Farrucas Latin Duo

Sunday ~ Melody Fair

Monday ~ Andy Griffiths

Posted on August 29, 2017 and filed under Artfest Music.

Bringing back woodcraft at Artfest Toronto

Artfest Toronto hosts an annual fine art and craft event in both the spring and fall at the Distillery Historic District. Offering 'something for everyone', this show features a plethora of outstanding Canadian artists and artisans from across the country including glass artists, gourmet food exhibitors, photographers and painters, woodworkers and sculptors - to name just a few! 

At Artfest Toronto, you can also enjoy rockin music, free art programming for children and much more; you won't want to miss this inaugural event.  Since the events inception at the Distillery over ten years ago, Artfest Toronto has turned into one of the most unique fine art and craft shows around!  

Woodcrafts remain a steadfast and valued favourite at art and craft shows. In fact, there has been a major surge of re-engagement in the handcrafted sector in general. With the strain on our environment becoming a daily topic of concern, Canadians are moving away from purchasing mass produced items. The discovery and awareness of the true cost of manufacturing and moving these products around the world has affected great change in our society. Any consumer decision to stop buying a product can ultimately and substantially influence corporate strategies. New trends in the fast food industry’s offerings are one example of the marketplace’s responsiveness to consumers’ willingness to walk away, the revolt against plastic bottles another.

A few years ago, many of us were worried that the crafter’s vocation was going to completely die out. A generation of emerging youth has grown up witnessing the strains on our landfills and has chosen craft making as a career, hence the resurgence of the slow craft movement. Colleges have been bursting at the seams in the craft sector, setting a trend for career makers. Etsy, an online platform for artists and artisans to sell their work around the world, facilitated $2.4 billion in handmade craft sales in 2015. As a lifetime crafter myself, it is with a sigh of relief that I see this trend in a major upswing.

Another pressure influencing behavior is the desire to slow down, get off the computer and actually do something with our hands rather than typing on a keyboard. Humans are makers. It has been key to our survival since we inhabited caves. We love working with our hands and the most abundant resource we have in Canada is wood from our forests. Every tree and piece of wood sports “personality” created by its life’s story of weather and environmental stress. Spalting, burls, odd shapes, and insects make each piece unique. Woodcrafters love wood and all its anomalies. Unlike many materials in the jewellery sector, wood is affordable.

Artfest has several talented woodcrafting artisans who are making functional and decorative pieces: peppermills, coffee grinders, end-grain cutting boards, wooden utensils and pens, gorgeous sculptures, turned bowls, trays, art pieces from reclaimed wood, and much more. These are great items for gift giving, loft and condo decorating, and everyday use.

At Artfest Toronto, you'll find a vast array of wood crafts hand made by Canadian artists.  Check out a sneak peak of what you'll find at the upcoming Sept. long weekend show in the slideshow below:

Posted on August 29, 2017 and filed under Wood Crafts.

Gourmet Food ~ an Artfest tradition!

Artfest Ontario offers fine gourmet foods at all of our Artfest shows!  

Artfest Toronto visitors absolutely love food!  And that is why we have gathered a delightful group of gourmet food artisans for you to choose from.  They are all fantastic and as you stroll through the art exhibits this Labour Day long weekend, you will be enticed to sample, and likely purchase, many delicious treats!

Transform your own dishes by using the secret recipes offered at some of our Artfest Toronto gourmet food booths.  Produced in small batches and using top quality ingredients, Artfest artisan foods continue to be a favourite! Stock up on your preferred condiments and sauces and try something new, too!  Jams, pickles, mustard's and spreads (to name a few selections available)......no worries if you develop an addiction - these food artisans all have websites to ship and replenish your stash!

View the slideshow below to see our amazing Artfest Toronto gourmet food exhibitors!  

When: Sept 1-4 2017 (Labour Day Weekend)

Show times: 11am to 6pm, daily

Posted on August 29, 2017 and filed under Gourmet Food.

Latin Duo coming to Artfest Toronto at the Distillery!

Farrucas Latin Duo will be appearing at Artfest Toronto this Labour Day long weekend!   Listen here for a taste of their dynamic and diverse Latin music.  

On Saturday, Sept 2nd, listen to the dynamic duo Farrucas at the Distillery Historic District ~ a husband-and-wife that experiment with the diversity of Latin sounds and instruments through their music, painting an exotic musical portrait for you to enjoy all year long. Performing from noon to six, the duo is a must see.  Show times here: Farrucas at Artfest Toronto.

Farrucas Duo’s artistic taste is a “fusion” between two musical traditions: Mediterranean and Ecuadorian, blending together other several genres including Arab, Cumbia, Rumba Flamenco, Salsa, and Rock influences.

Between recording new ideas in their studio and performing live at more than 300 shows per year for over 10 years, they deliver the best Latin music in the GTA. With such stunning performances, a variety of instruments, homage to diverse cultures and nationalities, heart-warming albums, and legions of fans, Farrucas Duo is a musical journey you need to experience! 

Check out the rockin' line up of music here this Sept long weekend!  You'll want to get your dancing shoes on and join in on the fun!   For a list of their tour dates, visit - Farrucas Latin Duo Tour Dates.  See you all at the show!  

Posted on August 29, 2017 and filed under Artfest Music.

New Travel Images by Kleno Photography

This is a series of new images that were taken in Nepal by Patrick Klauss from Kleno Photography.

Patrick Klauss was born in 1971 in Lucerne, Switzerland to Czech parents who sought political asylum in the West. In 1981, Patrick’s family moved to Toronto, where he still lives, works, and pursues his artistic endeavors with his photography business, Kleno Photography.

Patrick has traveled extensively and has always been drawn to "sacred spots" around the world. His photographs document his journeys. Patrick has exhibited his photographic art in numerous art shows around the Greater Toronto Area including the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and Toronto Art Expo. He has also exhibited in Prague, Czech Republic. In the 2012 International Photography Awards, his work "Lamayuru" was selected as one of the Top Country Picks for Canada (2nd place).
Patrick produces fine art photography prints that range in size from 5x7 to 24x36. His work encompasses various printing mediums, including metal prints, silver gelatin, black and white prints, and colour giclee prints. Patrick also produces hand-printed silk-screened t-shirts.  The t-shirt designs are based on photographs he has taken.

Be sure to visit Patrick and see his incredible images from his adventures around the world in booth E4 on Gristmill Lane at Artfest Toronto at the Distillery District on Sept 1-4, 2017.

Andy Griffiths to rock the stage on Labour Day at Artfest!

Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths entertains us on Monday with his energetic and passionate rootsy folkin' rock tunes. He writes from gut feelings and personal experiences, sings lead and plays a driving rhythmic/percussive style on acoustic guitar. Catchy melodies and tight vocal harmonies are prevalent throughout his tunes.

For the last 30 some odd years, he's also been pursuing his love of music ... writing and recording original music whenever he was able to. Mostly original shows, feature sets, and open stages. Which led Andy to record and release his debut album Looking At Life in 2011. Along with help from many of the incredible musicians he met along the way. This album is a folky-rock album with an honest take on a life well lived. Reviewers have written that Andy's music brings comparison to Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, The Lowest of the Low, John Mellencamp, John Hiatt, Grapes of Wrath amongst others. Other album releases are Mind on Other Things and Stella Started It! www.andygriffiths.ca

Posted on August 28, 2017 and filed under Other, Artfest Music.

Artfest Kids FREE programming at Artfest Toronto!

Artfest Kids Create & Learn

Kids love art and Artfest loves kids! Join in creative fun with artist Sabrina Parrish as your guide. Kids can drop in anytime to experience new art activities all weekend long from 11am-6pm.

 Read more about Sabrina  here .

Read more about Sabrina here.

Artfest Toronto will be offering FREE art classes for children at the upcoming Sept. long weekend show so tell your friends and pack up your family!  Come get creative with Artfest Kids!  Thanks for supporting children in the arts!

Bring along your creativity to Artfest and try one of the following classes:

Artfest Kids Create & Learn

Kids love art and Artfest loves kids! Join in creative fun with artist Sabrina Parrish as your guide. Kids can drop in anytime to experience new free art activities all weekend long from 11am-6pm.

Sept 1-4 Toronto

Canadian Leaf Wreaths
Come celebrate the changing seasons by creating your own unique Canadian leaf wreath! We will be using content or papers coloured, painted, and folded to resemble leaves. From there we will attach them on the wreath forms to create a beautiful home decoration!

Pendulum Sand Art
Today we we'll be working together to combined Science with Art! Create a mesmerizing, repeating, design out of sand by swinging our sand pendulum over one of our 3 1/2 ft canvases. The artist challenge will be to re-create the sand pendulum pattern using drawing pens and paper!

Birch Bark tree Paintings
Learn how to paint a forest of beautiful Birch Bark Trees using soft pastels and black acrylic.

Quilling Creatures

Curl, Crimp and Fold! Learn how to manipulate paper to creature beautiful, ornate 3D creatures. Create a colourful habitat.

Please feel free to visit our Artfest Kids Gallery here.  See you at the final show of the season this Sept, long weekend, from the 1st to 4th!  

Posted on August 28, 2017 and filed under Artfest Kids.