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Home is where the heart is - showcasing home decor @ Artfest Toronto!

Home is where the heart is and that's why Artfest Toronto at the Distillery is showcasing such a unique selection of one-of-a-kind art pieces to decorate your home just how you like. Artfest Toronto is featuring many talented artists this Labour day long weekend and we are excited to offer such a vast collection of simply amazing home decor pieces!  You'll find many beautifully crafted items to choose from for your home and you will be amazed at the talent in these magnificent art and craft masterpieces!

Decorating your home with hand crafted art pieces will make your house stand out from the rest. And possibly...start a conversation.  At Artfest, we have many exhibitors featuring their home decor artwork.  Bring home a conversational piece this weekend from Artfest Toronto and make your home 'magazine' style.  

Check out the slideshow below to view some of our home decor pieces offered this year at Artfest Toronto:

Fall Fine Art & Craft Show

Aug 31- Sept 3, 2018 (Labour Day Weekend)

11am to 6pm, daily

Directions/Map    Twitter • Facebook 

See who is Exhibiting in 2018

Live Music 12pm-6pm DAILY

Artfest Kids: free art workshops all weekend

Posted on August 28, 2018 and filed under Other.

Colourful Fun Art @ Artfest Toronto!

Brighten up your home decor with a brand new piece of vivid artwork from an original artist this Labour day long weekend at the Distillery District in downtown Toronto.  With autumn just around the corner, why not purchase that perfect, bright and colourful, fun art piece for your home, friend or as a gift.  Tis' the season to celebrate colour and fun art!  

Artfest Toronto hosts two outdoor art and craft shows a year - one in the spring and one in the fall - which will end our inaugural Artfest season until the following spring. Celebrating creativity in the arts through painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists, Artfest is an event offering something for everyone - even gourmet food to die for! 

Colour is so important in a person's life. We all know that. Colour can set your mood - dark and dreary to bright and colourful. At Artfest, the collections of artwork range in styles, mediums and forms and can suit each and every mood including those interested in fun art and colourful art!  Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto. FREE admission. There's something for everyone at Artfest Toronto!  Brighten your day by taking in the amazing offerings of Colourful, Fun Art ~ at Artfest Toronto this Labour day long weekend!

Here's a sneak peak of what to expect in the category of Colourful & Fun Art below: 


Artfest Toronto Fall Fine Art & Craft Show

Aug 31- Sept 3, 2018 (Labour Day Weekend)

11am to 6pm daily

Directions/Map    Twitter • Facebook 

See who is Exhibiting in 2018

Live Music 12pm-6pm DAILY

Artfest Kids: free art workshops all weekend


Posted on August 28, 2018 and filed under Other.

There's something for everyone @ Artfest!

Artfest proudly hosts six outdoor art & craft shows yearly, showcasing Ontario’s talented artists and artisans.  The jury process is tricky with so many talented artists and artisans across Canada applying to exhibit in our shows. We thank each and every applicant and encourage creativity in the arts where ever you may go.

Over the years, Artfest has met a plethora of amazing, like-minded, individuals whether exhibiting their artwork at our shows, visiting Artfest or working on our outstanding Artfest team, we couldn't be happier with the artistic spirit that makes up Artfest.  To end the Artfest show season, we are exhibiting the works of over 75 talented artists and artisans downtown Toronto this Labour day long weekend at the Distillery Historic District - while offering gourmet food, live music and children's art classes, there's something for everyone at Artfest! 

Artfest Toronto offers FREE art classes to children - Directed by - Artfest team member, Sabrina Parrish, her classes are one-of-a-kind and fun!  Encourage your children to create and bring home a little something extra from the show for the fridge or art display case. Artfest loves to inspire and encourage children to create, exhibit and celebrate art wherever possible.   

Check out some Artfest Kids programming in the slideshow below:

And that's not all - Artfest Toronto is offering live music all weekend long, gourmet food to die for, friendly Artfest staff and much more!  Be there.  From Aug 31 - Sept 3.  Labour day long weekend.  

Read more about the performing Artfest Toronto musicians here.  

Posted on August 22, 2018 and filed under Other.

Leap into fall with Artfest Toronto this September!

Artfest Toronto @ the Distillery Historic District:

Artfest Toronto hosts two outdoor art and craft shows set throughout the cobblestone lanes at the Distillery Historic District, yearly. At this year's spring inaugural event, you could choose from over 75 exhibitors. It was a great success!  We are super thrilled to be offering yet another amazing show this fall in the same historic setting. 

Artfest Toronto at the Distillery features one-of-a-kind handmade art pieces, gourmet foods, music, and much more!  Artfest is also offering FREE children's art workshops - Artfest Kids will create and learn - Kids love art and Artfest loves kids! Join in on the fun with artist Sabrina Parrish as your guide. Kids can drop in anytime.  

If you 'missed the band wagon' this spring, hop aboard, and join us. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft from Canada’s top artists, Artfest Toronto this fall is the place to be! Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the District in downtown Toronto, from Aug 31st to Sept 3rd!  See you at our "grand finale" of 2018!  (Labour Day Weekend)

Please check out a few of our exhibitors below and we will look forward to seeing you at the final show of the year!  Artfest Toronto - at the Distillery District in downtown Toronto. There's something for everyone at Artfest!

FREE admission!

Fall Fine Art & Craft Show


Event Times: 11am to 6pm daily

Click here for directions to Artfest Toronto.

Posted on August 19, 2018 and filed under Other.

Kingston Circus Arts performing at Artfest Kingston 2018

Kingston Circus Arts at Artfest Kingston, 2018

Book a lesson with Kingston Circus Arts and watch various performances and demos this Canada Day long weekend at Artfest Kingston!  There's something for everyone at Artfest! 

Kingston Circus Arts will be performing from 10am - 6pm on June 30th and July 1, in City Park (Kingston, Ontario). Offering aerial silks, hooping, poi, partner acrobatics and more! 15-30 minute lessons for individuals and groups. 

Aerial silks lessons: $20 for 15 minutes (up to two people)
$30 for $30 minutes (up to two people)

Hooping or poi: $10 for 15 minutes or rent a hoop/poi and do your own thing for $5. 

Partner Acro Classes (all people and ages are welcome!) on June 30 from 11:30-12 and 3:30-4. $15 or $20 for two people. 

All proceeds go to start up costs for Kingston Circus Arts new space, 1377 Midland Ave, unit 460.

Visit - - Circus for everyone. 

Artfest Kingston Summer Art & Craft Festival - June 30 - July 2, 2018




* Craft Beer & Wine Tent *First Nations Art Pavilion * ArtPix Children's LED Video Wall * 200 Artists * 100ft Mural * Live Music * Food Trucks

Posted on June 25, 2018 and filed under Other.

On Stage Sunday @ Artfest Kingston 2018

Canada Day Sunday July 1st

Julia Finnegan 11am-11:30am


Julia Finnegan's heartfelt original music is influenced by legends such as Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.  She garners inspiration from the works of Amy Winehouse, Sarah Harmer,  and  Brandi Carlile, to name a few.  Although influenced by these great musicians Julia's sound is unique. Her heartfelt lyrics are poignant, clever, and thoughtful.

Billy Lyte 11:45-am-12:45


Billy Lyte is an acoustic guitar player from Collingwood, ON who is influenced by the best folk and country music of yesterday and today.  Lyte’s set list aims to appeal to many, playing songs that are fun and memorable.  Lyte’s captivating combination of blues harmonica with rockabilly guitar moves works to provide non-stop entertainment.

The Meringes 1:00pm- 2:00pm


The Meringues (Kingston, ON) are known for their high energy and often catastrophic stage-performances. Sometimes crowd members can't tell if Ted and Amanda are a fighting couple who's completely lost it on stage, or if it's just part of the show. Drawing influence from bands like July Talk, Dear Rouge, and the Beaches, The Meringues are always working on bringing new and exciting visual aspects to their performances.

On-stage, their antics and energy win over audiences immediately. In studio, they strive to capture the raw emotion and chaos displayed in their live-shows.

Trilogy 2pm-6pm


From Funk to Romance! Having collectively shared the stage with great bands like the The Guess Who, The Tragically Hip, April Wine and many more, Artfest is excited to announce that the versatile band, Trilogy, will be performing this Canada Day long weekend at our Artfest Kingston show. It has become one of the most sought after shows throughout Ontario. Audiences everywhere are loving Trilogy’s inclusion of a full set of number one hits from the 70’s & 80’s,  straight from The Great Canadian Songbook.

These three well respected, multi-talented, top music industry professionals blend their talents to faithfully and accurately reproduce the sound of the artists they pay homage to. From James Brown’s funk, to the heart tugging Angel Eyes by Jeff Healey, Trilogy has an unfaltering professionalism so be sure to check them out at the show.

Posted on June 19, 2018 and filed under Other, Artfest Music.

Friendly Artfest Kingston Faces

At Artfest Kingston we have way too much fun!  So this year, you will want to 'hop on the band wagon' and join in while we celebrate our beautiful country, Canada, and all that it has to offer including Canadian art and craft.  Art and craft is a big part of Canada and Canadian's and we couldn't be more proud of our spectacular artisans and artists exhibiting at Artfest Kingston, 2018 - we want to share some highlights of happy times and friendly Artfest Kingston faces!

Browse through some of our Artfest Kingston photos below and see for yourself the fun we have!!  


Artfest Kingston 2018

Summer Art & Craft Festival

June 30 - July 2, 2018

Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm and Monday 10am-6pm

* Craft Beer & Wine Tent *First Nations Art Pavilion * ArtPix Children's LED Video Wall * 200 Artists * 100ft Mural * Live Music * Food Trucks

Located in beautiful City Park, Kingston. 200 Artists and Artisans from across Ontario and Quebec are in Kingston for THREE days starting Saturday, Sunday Canada Day and Monday. Walk the shady paths throughout the park. Enjoy outstanding pottery, glass, wood, jewellery, gourmet food, live music, art workshops and live outdoor theatre. poetry and more! Plan your weekend!  Come to Artfest!


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FREE admission. Donations appreciated.

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Posted on June 18, 2018 and filed under Other.

Artfest Kingston - The Future of Art

For the 7th consecutive year, Artfest Ontario presents Artfest Kingston - The Future of Art. This is one of Kingston’s largest art shows - a grand spectacle fit only for Canada Day weekend. What better way to celebrate Canada than by experiencing and discovering one of the few things that connects each Canadian to another: Art.

This year's Artfest Kingston show opens on Saturday July 30th with all sorts of exciting events taking place, 200+ vendors, and spectacles to entertain the entire family! There's something for everyone at Artfest!

June 30th-July 2nd

  • 200 Art Vendors
  • Live Music
  • Beer & Cider Tent
  • FREE art classes
  • Live Poetry Readings
  • Dancing & Drumming 
  • First Nations Artists Pavilion
  • Artfest Kids Painting and Fun
  • Splash Park 

With all these activities in one of Ontario’s oldest cities, there’s no reason not to come to Kingston and celebrate Canada Day with your good friends, favourite artists and live music to accompany all the fun. Discover Ontario’s talented artists and artisans, make memories with your family, and purchase something truly unique to commemorate Canada Day, 2018.

Artfest Kingston is our biggest and best event. Being only a few short weeks away, we cannot wait to celebrate with you! We bring together some of Ontario’s most talented artists and artisans and provide you with a unique experience to discover what it means to be a Canadian artist. 

View just a few of our talented artists and artisans work in the slideshow below:

With the event being hosted in Kingston’s beautiful City Park, Artfest isn’t the only reason to visit Kingston for Canada Day weekend. With wonderful places to dine, shop, be entertained, and stay for the weekend, Kingston is a truly inspiring place to spend a long weekend. Artfest Kingston- The Future of Art will be the icing on the cake for making the most of a perfect weekend away on Canada Day weekend.

Posted on June 11, 2018 and filed under Other.

Artfest Kingston ~ only two weeks away!

Shadowland Theatre group at Artfest Kingston - 2014

Shadowland Theatre group at Artfest Kingston - 2014

Artfest Kids Flower Sculpture at Artfest Port Credit 2015!

Artfest Kids Flower Sculpture at Artfest Port Credit 2015!

As we celebrate Canada's annual anniversary on Canada Day, we are also celebrating Artfest Kingston. Artfest Kingston has become one of Kingston's premier summer events.

Located in the beautiful City Park, Artfest 2018 will showcase over 200 of Canada's top artists and artisans.  Shop for true Canadian hand-made arts and crafts for your home, cottage or as gifts. Choose from a wide selection of pottery, glass art, wood crafts, games, furniture, jewellery, paintings, photography, children's clothing and more!

Artfest Kingston is located at the corner of King Street East and West Street, a few blocks from City Hall and just a hop, skip and jump from Lake Ontario.  Artfest is the perfect setting with its expansive space and meandering paths.

Of course there will be spectacular food, live music and FREE art workshops for everyone! As well, at Artfest Kingston, we are showcasing a First Nations Tent dedicated to featuring Native art and craft, and performance. Admission is FREE to our shows.  From June 30th to July 2nd, join us for three days of fun!  Artfest Kingston presents a well-organized and value-packed experience for every visitor.  See you at the show!

Check out some of our admirable Artest Kingston exhibitors (and show photos) and their one-of-a-kind artwork in the following photos (Just a sneak peak!).

Posted on June 11, 2018 and filed under Other.

Kingston is a 'festive' place to be!

Head down to Kingston and feel the good vibes while crowds flock the streets, various fun events take place and bands perform along the waterfront.

What an amazing city to be in and especially during Artfest Kingston!  Last year's show was a record breaker and we are so happy to see that everyone had such a fabulous time.  We want to thank and Tourism Kingston for their ongoing partnership with Artfest Ontario. Without you, Artfest would not happen. has a motto that is true to their words: 'Always a great time' in Kingston!  And we couldn't thank them enough for getting the word out about Artfest Kingston.  Your continued support helped Artfest in writing one for the history books with record attendance last year!

Kudos to you all!!   We had visitors from all across the globe last year. 

Experience the magic of Kingston is in the whisper of sails and the roar of the crashing waves. It is in the sound of a cannon from high on a hill, and the rumble of a trolley crossing cobblestone streets. It is in the colour of unique storefronts and the pace of world-class institutions of learning. It is the heartbeat of history merging with the sophistication of the future that ranks it one of Canada’s most outstanding cities.
— Tourism Kingston

Thanks again, and Tourism Kingston for making this art and crafts event happen!  Located in the beautiful and spacious City Park, Artfest 2015 featured 150 of Canada's top artists and artisans!  Thank you to those who came out and supported true Canadian hand-made art and crafts!

Kingston holds the key to rest and relaxation. Whether you’ve spent your days exploring our celebrated past or marveling at our forays into the future, rest assured, we have a unique and plentiful selection of places for you to lay your head at the end of a busy day.
— Tourism Kingston
Posted on June 11, 2018 and filed under Other.

A call for Volunteers at Artfest Kingston!

Artfest Kingston is offering volunteer opportunities for those like minded art type individuals who love fun, arts and crafts, rockin' music, gourmet food and much more!

So, how do you 'hop on the band wagon' and join our Artfest Team? The answer is simple...... Volunteer!

Volunteering at Artfest Kingston is a rewarding experience. There are many opportunities to meet new people, socialize, show off your skills, learn new ones and contribute back to your community. Plus, it is just plain old fashioned fun. Create great memories with us and over 200 + exhibitors at Artfest Kingston this Canada Day long weekend in the picturesque City Park.

How do I become a Volunteer? 

Just complete the volunteer form below and we will be in touch. Any questions? Call Lory MacDonald at 705-812-2914.  We would LOVE to hear from you! 

Artfest Ontario Volunteer Form.  

Posted on June 11, 2018 and filed under Other.

Artfest Port Credit a success!

Artest Port Credit launched the summer this past weekend on the picturesque Credit River.

Credit River, Port Credit - Artfest Ontario 

Credit River, Port Credit - Artfest Ontario 

This year's Artfest Port Credit show was a hit and, the weather co-operated for us enthusiastic art and craft connoisseurs!  We want to thank everyone that visited the show and also welcome and thank all of our Artfest art and craft exhibitors who exhibited their one-of-a-kind handcrafted treasures.  Onward to the next Artfest show in Kingston this Canada Day long-weekend!   

Artfest Port Credit celebrated over 100 of Canada's top artists and artisans beside the Credit River in Memorial Park! Offering functional pottery, glass art, one-of-a-kind jewellery, paintings, woodcraft, gourmet foods, live music, children's art classes and much more, Artfest was definitely the place to be! 

The gourmet food selection this year ranged from delectable home-made butter tarts, tantalizing hot sauces, roasted and flavoured GMO free soya beans to beet burgers, beaver tails, tropical drinks in the fruit and organic ice-cream and jams, and monster sandwiches on thick, homemade bread.  The food was amazing, to say the least.  

Music at Artfest is always an extra added feature that sets the scene and keeps people rockin', boppin' and enjoying their time.  This year's line up was perfect.  Friday evening, Matt King opened the stage with songs on guitar and vocals presenting a wide music genre of popular tunes.  Sat - Andy Griffiths took the stage playing his energetic and passionate rootsy folkin' rock music - In Betwe3n rocked the stage with music from the 60s and 70s, classic rock and a selection of newer alternative rock Sat evening.  

The final day at Artfest Port Credit was filled with Latin music in the air, sunshine and crowds of happy people.  The Farrucas Latin Duo presented a Latin performance that set the scene - the dynamic duo experimented with the diversity of Latin sounds with flutes, chimes and hand drums - painting an exotic musical portrait for the Artfest show.

Our next Artfest show is on Canada Day long weekend in Kingston.  This show is our biggest offering 200+ exhibits of Canadian made art and craft.  

Posted on May 29, 2018 and filed under Other.

NEW 2018 Artpix Screen showcasing Children's Art at Artfest!

Included in this years 2018 Artfest Port Credit show is the debut of the Digital ArtPix Children’s Gallery. Artfest is very excited about the gallery where we will present children’s art to over 50,000 event visitors!  This is the perfect way for young artists to celebrate the arts and build self-esteem on the world art stage.

This eye capturing weatherproof 16x9 LED screen will be showcasing artwork of students from local elementary schools, globally. This is the first time something like this has been done in the world so don't miss out on this great opportunity.  For only $5 your child's artwork will be displayed on our giant screen at our upcoming Port Credit show. Schools that participate will receive $2 toward student council.  

How it works: ArtPix Photo Submission

To register: Please enter your information into this form and upload a photo of your art. Then pay the $5 entry fee. Remember: Your school's parent council will receive $2 for each entry.

Come celebrate with us and view this NEW and amazing LED screen in both Port Credit and Kingston and enjoy everything these historic cities have to offer! Free admission too!


Posted on April 17, 2018 and filed under Other.

Artfest 2018 is approaching!

Celebrating the Arts in Ontario!

Artfest Toronto has quickly emerged into one of Toronto’s favourite spring art shows. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more, from Canada’s top artists, Artfest is set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto and is an event you won't want to miss!   There's something for everyone at Artfest!

FREE admission and fun for all, Artfest Toronto hosts over 75 talented Canadian artists and artisans who will be exhibiting along the cobblestone lanes of the Distillery HIstoric District. At Artfest Toronto, we present a broad spectrum of craft and art media that includes a stunning selection of pottery, glass, wood, jewellery, clothing, textiles, painting, sculpture, photography and more.  

Each exhibitor has a personalized style with outstanding craftsmanship. And that's not all. At Artfest Toronto, you can join in for one of our FREE Artfest Kids workshops, or mosey on over to Trinity Square where the stage is rocking with talented performers. 

Artfest Toronto ~ Spring Art & Craft Show

When: May 19-21, 2018 (Victoria Day Weekend) - 11am to 6pm, daily.

Where: Historic Distillery District

Please have a peak below at our photo gallery slide show of some of the amazing artists and artisans exhibiting at our upcoming Artfest Toronto show. There's something for everyone at Artfest ~ From May 19th to 21st - see you at the show!

Visit Artfest Ontario here ~

Posted on April 12, 2018 and filed under Other.

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!

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

Canada's Landscape as Inspiration

Canada’s vast and beautiful landscape is revered highly around the world, hence the 18,000,000 people (in 2015) who came to visit and explore our country, according to Statistics Canada. From the East to the West coast the vistas are truly breathtaking. Artists of all genres get their core inspiration from our rugged country. Their interpretations can result in anything from high realism to abstract art. Artfest has many exhibiting artists who passionately embrace the Canadian landscape as their muse.

Edina Racz from White Lotus Design makes stunning silver jewellery inspired our natural settings. Hiking through forests, viewing shapes in cloud formations and looking at river patterns as it carved its way through rock and sand – all these influences shaped and inspired her unique jewellery designs.

Watercolourist Dave Gordon was privileged, as are many Canadians, to grow up exploring the outdoors. Dave felt a strong attraction to nature, particularly to fields, ponds and woodlots near his parents’ home. His travels introduced him to the wonders of nature and a sense of being at peace in the countryside.  At the time, Dave did not understand the attraction, but the feeling ultimately led him to landscape painting.  Rural scenes are still his calling, focusing on nature scenes, farm houses and barns. His paintings capture the essence of light reflected on our beautiful landscapes.

You can’t really talk about landscape without considering traditional barns. Though once a staple in our daily lives, alas, they are becoming very difficult to find – especially in good repair. Artist Matt Jones (along with his siblings) grew up on a small heritage farm in Saint George, Ontario, working with both livestock and in the family apple orchard. Years later, after moving to Burford, Ontario and raising a family of his own, one of the family barns collapsed in the ice storms of 2015. Matt started experimenting with the barn wood, creating and designing coat racks and eventually barn board flags for gifts.

After inquiries from neighbours and some encouragement from his daughters, Matt started M. Jones Creations in November of 2015. He is passionate about reviving old materials in a way that enhances the character and preserves the history of the wood.

The first step is removing the hundreds of square nails found in each board. The wood is then scrubbed and sanitized before being finished into barn board flags, coatracks, and some specialized furniture. Each piece is hand-painted with proper barn paint before being sealed with a polyurethane spray. All wall-mounted pieces come ready-to-hang as Matt hand-makes and installs wire hooks on the flags and sheldon hangers on the larger pieces. The result is a rustic piece of history, perfect for a cottage, backyard or den.

Check out the slideshow below of some of Artfest Kingston's Artists/Artisans - representing Canadian landscape!  

Posted on June 29, 2017 and filed under Wall Art, Other.

Celebrate Canada 150 at Artfest Kingston!

Artfest Kingston, Summer Art & Craft Festival

Canada 150 - 1867 - 2017

This year, Canadian's are celebrating Canada's 150th birthday! Why not celebrate it with Artfest Kingston!  Join in on the excitement with FREE programming that includes art and craft workshops, a poetry tent, craft beer tent, music, face painting, great food and much more. Located at City Park, where there's also a splash area for the kids, Artfest Kingston is the place to be this Canada Day!

Artfest Kingston will exhibit over 150 booths with fine art and craft items from across Canada for you, your family, and friends to choose from.  Our artists and artisans are selected during a jury process so you will find the most unique, one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork at our show.

NEW this year is the First Nations Artist Pavillion.  You will definitely want to drop over to view First Nations art and craft masterpieces!  Our First Nations Pavilion will showcase a group of professional Indigenous artists, who will also serve in a mentoring role for a selection of Indigenous youth artists (age 18-30). Additionally, we will feature First Nations cultural programming that will include storytelling, traditional craft demonstrations and workshops, dance performance, singing, poetry and drumming.

There's something for everyone at Artfest Kingston!  We encourage you to bring out the family and celebrate Canada 150 with Artfest.  Supporting our Canadian artists and artisans this Canada Day is the perfect way to appreciate, give honour and respect our country and, the talented residents that live within it!

When - July 1 - July 3, 2017 ~ Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm and Monday 10am-6pm ~ Artists and Artisans from across Ontario and Quebec are in Kingston for THREE days starting Saturday Canada Day, Sunday and Monday. Walk the shady paths throughout the park. Enjoy outstanding pottery, glass, wood, jewellery, gourmet food, live music, art workshops and live outdoor theatre, poetry and more! Plan your weekend!  Come to Artfest! 

* Craft Beer & Wine Tent on site! 


Book a Hotel here.

Artfest Kingston - FREE admission.

See who's exhibiting at Artfest Kingston - Artfest Kingston Exhibitors

View our slideshow of some Canadian themed art and craft pieces and programming below! 

Posted on May 29, 2017 and filed under Other.

A touch of Europe at Artfest Toronto 2017!

The Story of the Historic Distillery District: A DREAM COMES TRUE

The Distillery Historic District opened in 2003 and today it is widely regarded as Canada’s premier arts, culture and entertainment destination. A place brimming with creativity and creative people, that can inspire dreams, and a place that can help them come true.
— Distillery Historic District

How The Distillery District came to be......

"Nearly 10 years ago a small group of visionary developers had a dream for Toronto. They looked at a derelict collection of Victorian Industrial buildings that had been pronounced a national historic site and imagined transforming it. Not into another “historic district” or “pioneer village” but into something exciting and unique. Something the city would be proud of. They wanted to create a place that would excite and inspire the senses. Where people could experience new ideas, new foods, new designs and new ways of living and working.

Our vision was to combine the romance and relaxing atmosphere of European walking and patio districts with the hip, cool dynamic of an area like New York City’s SoHo or Chelsea, where creative minds get together and you feel as if anything could happen.

Their dream was to provide a place where creativity would flourish and passion would be aroused – where artists, artisans, entrepreneurs and businesspeople could rub shoulders and inspire each other. So they began plans to restore the 47 buildings known as the Gooderham & Worts Distillery.

They harnessed the talent of hundreds of tradesmen and craftsmen who were skilled in working with 19th century timber, planks, stone and brick. They went to great lengths in the restoration process to repurpose original materials and brilliantly blend them with today’s modern materials and green technologies.

The result is nothing short of perfection. As the Toronto Star says: 'To enter The Distillery is to step back into an era of horse-drawn carts, windmills and sailing ships'. One can only marvel at the authentic exterior restoration that was achieved. But it is when you step inside the buildings that you truly realize the magnitude of what was accomplished.

What you will find is a dramatic fusion of old and new. An inspired blend of Victorian Industrial architecture and stunning 21st century design and creativity. The result is an internationally acclaimed village of one-of-a-kind stores, shops, galleries, studios, restaurants, cafes, theatres and more."

Source: The Historic Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario

Posted on May 16, 2017 and filed under Other.

Metal Mind Forge ~ Kyle Thornley

Blacksmith artisan, Kyle Thornley - will be exhibiting his metal artwork at our Artfest Port Credit show, May 26th- 28th!  

Kyle Thornley has been in both the artistic and architectural blacksmiths field since 2005 with the establishment of Metal Mind Forge in 2009.  Through commissioned works, functional pieces, architectural metalwork and exhibitions, he is deeply committed to the practice. Kyle finds blacksmith work totally engaging with both the intellectual and physical demands – visualizing a goal, establishing the creation process, and acting on that plan with a mind open to alterations and innovations in form.

This progression requires handling multiple images in rapid succession: the fire, the plasticity of the iron, the feel of the hammer, and the expectations for shape – a process that is both exciting and sustaining. 

Kyle uses both traditional techniques and modern processes to maximize the properties and integrity of the steel; the design possibilities with metal are infinite. When working with fire, manipulating the material, feeling the weight and textures, all senses are connected to the matter and the process.  This is when Kyle feels he fully understands the historic roots of blacksmithing’s in the human experience.

Kyle’s belief in the power of community to effect change is mirrored in the generous spirit of the global blacksmithing community through which he has incorporated knowledge and resources from master smiths around the world with his own individual study and experimentation.  Kyle has a strong commitment to share this rich and historic practice.

Each forged creation by Kyle Thornley of Metal Mind Forge is distinctive with unique features of texture, size and finish.  The blacksmithed metal designs range from traditional to contemporary highlighting the endless compositional possibilities of heat and hammers bringing life to industrial steel.  The products extend from functional to fine art  - from forged candle holders, shelving, fireplace tools to garden sculpture, art vessels, contemporary sculpture.

Posted on May 16, 2017 and filed under Sculpture, Other, Metal Art.

Artfest Line up - Quickly Approaching!

Celebrate Canada with Artfest Ontario! 

This year, we are celebrating Canada's 150th birthday and Artfest Ontario is excited to announce our summer line up of fine art and craft shows featuring Canada's top artists and craft designers!

Come join in on the excitement and kick start the spring season at our upcoming Artfest Toronto Show at the Historic Distillery District.  The show starts Saturday morning at 11 a.m. and runs daily from 11-6 right until holiday Monday at 6 p.m.  Canadian's across the country are celebrating Victoria Day in honour of Queen Victoria and her birthday, which falls on May 24, 1819.  Hence why Victoria Day weekend is also known as May 'two-four'.  

Artfest Toronto is showcasing some of Canada's finest art and craft work by exhibiting over 75 artists/artisans for over 10 years now. Check out our list of outstanding exhibitors here. Set along the cobblestone lanes of the District in downtown Toronto, Artfest will be exhibiting in the perfect setting in celebration of Victoria Day. The Distillery features an exquisite selection of fine restaurants and cafes and is home to a blend of Victorian Industrial architecture and 21st century buildings.  

From cozy comfort food to the decadence of French Fusion cuisine, the Distillery District’s restaurants are the perfect place to celebrate - whether it’s a milestone or just a beautiful day.
— The Distillery District

Artfest Toronto is a FREE event and hosts children's workshops, live music and a collection of gourmet foods to die for.  Check out our rockin' Artfest performers here and our Children's Art Programming here. Get ready, Artfest has a line up of four spectacular art and craft shows this spring, summer and fall!  Escape this Victoria Day long weekend and come see us at Artfest Toronto, May 20th to 22nd.  

Artfest Ontario 2017 Show Dates:

  1. Artfest Toronto at the Historic Distillery District - May 20 - 22
  2. Artfest Port Credit, Memorial Park - May 26 - 28
  3. Artfest Kingston, (where) - July 1-3
  4. Artfest Toronto at the Historic Distillery District - Sept. 1 - 4

Scroll through some of our exhibitors art and craft photos and have a sneak peak at what will be offered at this year's 2017 Artfest Toronto event at the Distillery District!