Rediscover the joy of craft as the One Of A Kind Show returns this holiday season.
The flagship event supporting craft and makers is back! One Of A Kind (OOAK) brings together the country’s most talented artisans so you can shop and discover the best in ‘Canadian Made’. From November 25 to December 5, get to know 400 exhibitors and discover thousands of thoughtfully made products from home decor to art, clothing to gourmet food.
One of the best parts about attending the One Of A Kind Show is the opportunity to speak to the people behind the brands, to get to know their inspirations and to forge meaningful connections when you shop directly from these small businesses.
To get you into the spirit of shopping local, we have put together some of our One Of A Kind picks. From returning favourites to innovative trailblazers, we can’t wait for you to connect with the One Of A Kind community again to rediscover the joy of craft.
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A core commitment of 457 ANEW — a new sustainable fashion line from Inder Bedi, who founded Matt and Nat over 20 years ago — is to produce timeless products that also have a positive environmental impact.
This practical tote is handcrafted in Canada using an innovative vegan leather made from organic cactus leaves. In addition to bags, 457 ANEW includes knits and jackets made from plants, ocean waste and landfill-based materials.
Well Honed Traditions
An exhibitor at One Of A Kind since 1976, the ornate pieces from Lukian Glass Studio combine classic techniques with exquisite craftsmanship. The sipping glasses are hand blown and hand-painted, and like many pieces by the Lukians, are highly sought after by collectors.
Pandemic Born Business
Designer Jillian Davis started Leaf and Root Co. as a passion project during the early pandemic days, which has since evolved into her new full-time career. Her line of "plant covers with sass" is perfect for all the plant parents looking to level up their houseplant game!
Inspired by the shapes and textures of clay, ceramicist Jenny Santos creates functional everyday objects for the home. Mt. Prospect Studio will be one of 20 businesses making their debut at Rising Star — a special section in the show reserved for first-time exhibitors with less than 5 years of professional experience in their art or craft.
A Love Letter to Toronto
From the CN Tower to Drake, our community of artisans is deeply inspired by the many motifs Toronto has to offer. Take, for example, this adorable, screen-printed tee by Crywolf featuring the city’s unofficial (and much beloved) mascot, the raccoon.
Be it sweet or savoury, the Popular Flavours section is the place to be to pick up all the entertaining and dining essentials you will need this holiday season. Hailing from Victoria, BC, these cheesemaking kits from Cheese Maker will make the perfect gift for the foodies in your life. Each kit contains all the tools, ingredients and instructions to make fresh cheese at home.
*To comply with health and safety protocols, there will be no sampling at the flavours section this year.
How to safely enjoy the One Of A Kind Winter Show
As with most in-person events this year, you will notice a few changes at this year’s OOAK. This is what you need to know to make the most of your time at the Show.
- Book your timed-entry tickets online in advance
- Consider donating to this year’s partner charity, CAMH, which is funding groundbreaking mental health research in Canada. Since 2013, One Of A Kind has raised close to $60,000 by partnering with local charities.
- Plan your visit (and your wishlist) using the OOAK’s Maker Directory, which has thousands of thoughtfully made creations from art to clothing, gourmet food to furniture
- Proof of vaccination and mandatory masking are required for entry
- This year, due to health and safety guidelines, food and beverage sampling will not take place. You’ll have to wait until you get home to dig into your treats!
- Find full health and safety protocols on the OOAK website