One of the great things about living in the city is getting to go to the amazing Christmas markets that pop up during the holiday season. A couple of weeks ago my Mom took me to the Toronto Art Crawl Christmas Market. It was hosted in the historic Great Hall on Queen St. West, an adorable Victorian style building that was just restored this year.When I heard “art crawl” I assumed the building would be full of artists (painters, sculptors, etc.) but it was actually more of a “traditional” market with tables featuring the work of local artisans. There was everything from jewellery, to clothing, to woodwork, posters, body care, and even some food vendors.
There were 90 artists staggered over three floors inside the building. My mom and I meticulously went through everything looking for potential Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers for friends and family. I didn’t get a chance to photograph all of them, for obvious reasons, but I did snap a few of my favourites. There was a company called Ave Mariabell Designs that creates minimalist city skylines that can be used as laptop decals, on phone cases, or even wall prints. A jewellery display from Catalyst and Co., also caught my eye. They had some truly stunning rings and pendants, along with an adorable table setup.
I was also able to speak with Michelle, the founder of Bee23 Natural Beauty. A skincare range that is free from synthetic chemical additives, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals and fillers. She was lovely to speak with and I’m currently testing out her “Hotty Balm”.
Overall the Toronto Art Crawl Christmas market was a fun outing that was lacking in art but made for some enjoyable holiday shopping. I’m looking forward to visiting the Distillery District Christmas market and others like it later this month. Happy Holidays!