The One of A Kind (OOAK) winter show is a holiday favourite for Torontonians. The show runs from Thurs, Nov 22 to Sun, Dec 2, 2018 this year at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place. Regular admission is $15 and $10 for university/college students.
You can expect booths upon booths of goods sold by local artisans and small businesses. The products range from body care items, beauty, candles, ceramics, visual art, collectibles, gourmet foods and desserts, kitchenware, clothes, pet products, jewellery, and more! Every booth you go to has a unique aesthetic to it that reflect the artist’s work. You are welcome to interact with the artist themself to learn more about their product and organization. This show provides a great opportunity for consumers to become more aware of what they are buying, and it is also a great place for local artists to sell their work right before the holiday.
There are four distinct neighborhoods at OOAK this year called the One of a Kind Flavours, Fashion District, Rising Stars and Green. The OOAK Flavours neighbourhood is definitely a crowd favourite. You can find samples of gourmet treats here including chocolates, cakes, fudge, and more. Foodies will not want to miss this section. The Fashion District showcases clothing designs from all across Canada. I especially like visiting the designer booths who come from Montreal – I find that Montreal fashion is so chic and classy. There are new artists that have joined the show in the Rising Stars section, and eco-friendly products in the Green section. There will be 14 booths that sell Ontario Wood products which are wood products (incl. furniture, wood paddles, bowls, etc.) made with sustainable, locally-grown, and locally-made wood. As a Master of Forest Conservation student, this is especially exciting to me!
Shopping is the main priority for visitors, but don’t forget about the complementary one-hour DIY classes. This year the classes look SO exciting! They include crochet macaron keychain making, watercolour palm paintings, mini holiday themed cookie decorating, and creating digital designs that will be laser cut and made into anything from wooden coasters, ornaments or keychains. To really complete your OOAK show experience, I recommend that you participate in one of these workshops, sit in on one of of the multiple fashion shows that happen daily, listen to a maker seminar, and appreciate the general holiday displays and features. Enjoy!
Have you been to OOAK? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments below!
One of a Kind Show
Enercare Centre (Exhibition)
100 Princes Blvd
Toronto, ON M6K3C3