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One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale

15 Must-See Artisans at the One of a Kind Show

Each year in the lead-up to the holiday season, Toronto’s arts and crafts–loving hordes descend on the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place to spend hours browsing the One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale. On from November 24 to December 4, the massive event features hundreds of talented Canadian artisans showcasing their best wares, from designer apparel and unique accessories to glassware, works in metal and more. The sheer selection can be overwhelming, so in advance of the show, Where Toronto offers our 15 favourites.


Hot Shopping: A Sale Like No Other

Resin bangles by Lemon Park

NOVEMBER 24 TO DECEMBER 4 You won’t have any trouble checking items off your holiday gift list after a trip to the One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale. More than 800 artisans showcase their unique clothing, jewellery, ceramics, furniture and more at this hugely popular annual event. Find distinctly designed items like sterling silver watches by Scott Wilk, funky tees from independent clothing company Crywolf, and resin bangles by Tania and Penny Gleave of Lemon Park. If you need a break from shopping, there are fashion shows, a visual art gallery and tasty eats, too. Exhibition Place, Direct Energy Centre, admission $7 to $14; 416-960-3680 or visit here for further details.

Hot Shopping: Meet the (One-of-a-Kind) Makers

NOVEMBER 25 to DECEMBER 5 The One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale kicks off the holiday shopping season as more than 800 artisans tout their artfully made wares ranging from sweet and savoury goods to jewellery and ceramics, such as vessels by Alisha Boyd Metal Works.

Weekend Roundup, November 27th to 29th

From a dazzling display of lights to circus school and crafty choices, there’s something to put a sparkle in your weekend schedule.

Friday: See Glass Pieces and other works by the National Ballet

Friday: See Glass Pieces and other works by the National Ballet

Friday, November 27th
Be blown away by a new ballet! The National Ballet of Canada presents the world premiere of Watch Her, choreographed by Aszure Barton, as well as Balanchine’s Four Temperaments and Glass Pieces, a dance set to music by Philip Glass.

If classical music makes your spirit soar, come listen to the Aradia Ensemble‘s rendition of choral pieces by Haydn on the 200th anniversary of the composer’s death.

Head over to Budapest for Soulpepper Theatre Company’s production of Parfumerie to eavesdrop on two clerks who hate each other by day yet unwittingly send each other romantic letters at night.

Or travel back to bohemian Berlin during the 1920’s and feel the cabaret spirit of Love is a Poverty You Can Sell, Soup Can Theatre’s homage to Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht.

Saturday: Take in the Cavalcade of Lights

Saturday: Take in the Cavalcade of Lights

Saturday, November 28th
Ignite the holiday spirit with the annual Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square! Be dazzled by fireworks, free concerts, a skating party and the official lighting of the city’s Christmas tree.

Unleash your inner circus performer and meet fellow risk-takers at the Singles Circus and Trapeze School Evening, where you can learn to swing through the air and literally walk the wire.

Feel good about watching the Women in Dance performers showcase their jazz, contemporary and Latin fusion pieces at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The same dancers will be giving back to the community by volunteering at shelters and crisis centres for women.

Sunday: Peruse hand-cut glass art by Michelle Prosek—and much more—at the One of a Kind Show

Sunday: Peruse hand-cut glass art by Michelle Prosek—and much more—at the One of a Kind Show

Sunday, November 29th
Pick up unique gifts for your loved ones at the One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale. You’ll be supporting artisans from Toronto and across the country by snapping up their art, jewellery, reconstructed clothing and home decor.

Learn more tips on green living to fuel New Year’s resolutions at the Whole Life Expo, Canada’s largest showcase of natural products, alternative medicine and healthy cuisines.

Tickle your tastebuds with something new at the second Malabar Food Festival held at Maroli, Toronto’s only restaurant fusing Malabari and Indian food.