Applications open on March 31, 2019
The Danforth East Community Association (DECA) invites artisans to participate in a juried outdoor arts and crafts fair in East Lynn Park, a beautiful and bustling community destination located on the Danforth between Coxwell and Woodbine.
The Danforth East Arts Fair provides artists with a unique opportunity to showcase and sell their work. Our vibrant community is filled with new families, established homeowners and creative folks who are eager to support local artists. Community members and local media consistently give our event rave reviews.
We welcome applications from exhibitors working in a wide range of traditional and contemporary art forms. We provide a welcome package for exhibitors, nearby parking, uniformed security overnight, advertising, publicity, entertainment, port-a-potties, volunteer support, ATM, an information booth and more.
To apply, complete the online application form and submit the required fee by PayPal using your PayPal account or your credit card. The show is financed through artists’ fees, which help cover costs and an advertising campaign.
Applications will be reviewed and selected by a jury. We strongly encourage you to submit your application by the deadline of May 1, 2019, to ensure the greatest chance of acceptance. Unsuccessful applications will have their entire application fees refunded.
* Please note that this year there is only ONE deadline. There is no separate ‘early bird’ application.
Where is the Fair located?
East Lynn Park, Toronto (1949 Danforth Ave.) Between Coxwell and Woodbine. We are visible from the busy Danforth Ave and in close proximity to the Woodbine subway and other valuable TTC routes. View a map of our location.
What hours is the Fair open to the public?
The event runs from 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday, rain or shine!
What are the application deadlines?
The application deadline is May 1, 2019. Any exhibitor who is accepted to the fair but withdraws on or before July 15, 2018, will be subject to a $50 administrative charge; the rest of the application fee will be refunded. Exhibitors who withdraw after July 15, 2018 will not receive a refund. Successful applicants will be contacted after the deadline of May 1, 2019.
How much does an exhibitor booth cost?
The cost of a booth is $225. All payments will be collected through PayPal and you can pay with your PayPal account or with a credit card if you do not have a PayPal account. We will NOT be accepting cheques or money orders this year.
How can I pay for my exhibitor booth?
All payments are processed though the PayPal site using a PayPal account or your credit card.
How can I apply for an exhibitor booth?
Our application is an online process. Before starting your application, be sure to have your business info, images, artist statement, resume and payment available. This form cannot be saved as a draft and must be completed in one session. All payment must be made in full at the time of submitting your application and is 100% refundable if your application is not accepted. After you submit your application, you will be provided a submission reference number for your files. Applicants are chosen by a jury of community artists, business owners and volunteers. Successful applicants will be contacted by June 1, 2019.
What should I include in my resume?
Your resume should include a brief personal history, education background and experience with your craft (past shows, online sales, commercial sales). Please be detailed about how you create your work, your medium and if you purchase your materials or make them from scratch.
What photographs should I include in my application?
Please include current images of your product(s). Allowable file types are .jpg and .png. Limit of 5 images. Include your last name or your business name in each file name. Ex: myBusinessName-products1.jpg, myBusinessName-products2.jpg
What amenities are available for exhibitors?
The Fair is located less than a block from Woodbine subway station. Banks such as RBC, BMO and various ATMs are also close by. We provide onsite washrooms with a hand washing station and of course volunteers to help you unload, set up and even watch your booth if you need to take a washroom break. Parking instructions will be provided before the fair. There are excellent local food vendors onsite for lunch. We contract onsite security overnight. Music and various children’s activities are scheduled throughout the weekend to help draw crowds.
How can I be sure my booth will be secure outdoors overnight?
We have overnight security posted in the park should you choose to leave your booth set up Saturday after close. However, we highly recommend removing all goods and valuables from your booth. Danforth East Art Fair is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged goods at any point over the weekend.
How are successful applicants chosen?
Applicants are chosen by a jury of community artists, business owners and volunteers. Successful applicants will be contacted after the final deadline of May 1, 2019.
How is the event promoted?
You will notice that our fees are less than the majority of Toronto outdoor art fairs. This is because we keep the ‘extras’ at a minimum. Our application process and information packages are now paperless, our marketing and media strategies rely heavily on online and social media promotion, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We have a mail drop that goes to 7,000+ local homes and a poster campaign that goes up weeks before the Fair.
How much booth space will the Fair provide?
Successful applicants will be designated a 10’ x 10’ space in which they can set up their tent, chairs, shelves or whatever you choose. We do not provide tents or other booth decor. Tents may not be staked into the ground; you may use sandbags, weights or bricks to anchor your tent. Please refer to our full Rules & Regulations for more information.