Dates: August 30, 2013–September 1, 2013
Location: The Historic Distillery District
The summer season in Toronto is ending with a celebration of Canadian painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, woodworking, pottery, glass, art clothing, live music, and more from Canada’s top artists. The Fine Art & Craft Show showcases trained skills and natural talents both in traditional crafts passed from one generation to another as well as modern and unique art forms.
Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Historic Distillery District, Artfest Toronto combines the magic atmosphere of Victorian-era industrial architecture with the energy and creativity of more than 75 Canadian visual artists. Artfest Toronto is a unique platform that provides opportunities to promote artists and artisans from across Canada. According to a study by the Creative City Network of Canada in 2006, Toronto had the highest total number of artists and cultural workers in Canada. Michael H. Williams, Toronto’s General Manager of Economic Development and Culture, pointed out,
This landmark study provides important background information about this community as we implement the Agenda for Prosperity and the Creative City Planning Framework. Our cultural communities are a significant part of Toronto’s labour force and have been pivotal in establishing vibrant downtown neighbourhoods for all Torontonians to enjoy.
Throughout weekend, visitors will be listening to the great Cuban guitarist Enriquez Lopez. Enriquez play a mixture of flamenco pop and instrumental music on his guitar with a variety of Afro-Cuban rhythms and flutes.
The series of juried arts and crafts shows in the Distillery District plays a vital role in Toronto's cultural life. If you’re planning to visit the Fine Art & Craft Show on Labour Day weekend, you can look forward to the extraordinary prints of Jim Seaton, functional and artistic handcrafted spice mills, bowls and peppercorns by Spicemills.ca, Shirley Bridgen’s travel photos printed on canvas, handmade jewellery by Hints Design, and many other great works of emerging artists. Plus, this summer celebration of the arts offers live music and gourmet foods. Admission is free, so take your whole family and come support some of the most talented Canadian artists.