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Toronto Indie Arts Market Delight…. At Night.

On Thursday August 21st Indie Arts Market held their second Night Market of the summer at the Gladstone Hotel.

I walked into the bustling room and was immediately taken by the smell. It was like I had wandered into the Garden of Eden. Heaaavvveenly.

Market1The source of the smell, or perhaps one of the sources was from the “out of this world” table dedicated to bath bombs and other things to make yo’ bod’ smell delicious. Vanessa Smith of Veelightful makes all her own products; silicone, sulfate and paraben free with no artificial yucky stuff which is solid in my books (booo down with chemicals!). Veelightful’s products were totally nerdy and quirky, she has a thing for Star Trek and so she won my vote as favourite procurer of lovely smelling things in the room. You can find her products on Etsy Canada and I recommend checking them out HERE!

Next up, to satisfy my inner jewellery hound, was Priestess by Chelsea Jamieson. Market2This stuff was cooooolll. I am always a fan of the edgy, and anything that speaks to my witchy earth mama soul is a-ok. Her pieces have a beautiful balance between light and dark and you got the feeling that adorning yourself with her very well made pieces would bring you a little bit closer to the mystical, terrestrial world.  Her pieces are finished in solid silver or brass (and seeing as I am in current love affair with brass I was pretty excited to find her line!) and range from $35.00 – $85.00. She also offers really lovely custom fit chest, waist encircling pieces which are so on trend. You can find her HERE on Esty.

Market3Continuing my meander, Azurite’s table next caught my eye, or should I say my ear.  Angela Leung is majoring in Fashion Design at Ryerson and is making some seriously bangin’ ear cuffs. I am all about accessorizing my ears and I can’t wait to wear one of her pieces. I have no doubt that everyone will want to know where I got it and I will direct them to Angela’s Etsy shop HERE.  Her pieces are really unique and very affordable with cuffs starting at $11.00

My second obsession in life is for witty cards and Seaandlake fully delivered. Market4These cards are funny, touching and timely. They are also beautifully designed with great fonts and soft colours. Christina and Alicia have done a wonderful job of making pretty things that I want to buy all of and you should too. They can be found HERE and carry an awesome variety of cards, art prints and paper goods.

This Arts Market also featured music from talented violinist Daniel Eng (follow him on the twitter box @isaacdanieleng), who covered pop hits from a variety of eras which just leant to the fun vibe in the room. I also heard tell of a guest appearance by the one and only, Olivia Chow, who said a few words in support of this amazing community of artisans.

The Indie Arts Market is such a wonderful forum for up and coming artists and designers to showcase their many talents and it’s a credit to organizers Sheryl Kirby and Greg Clow for keeping it alive, thriving and growing. The fall season starts Saturday, October 18th with a (weeeeee!!) Fall Fashion Festival held again at the Gladstone Hotel. Details and information for prospective vendors as well as a complete vendor listing from this past event can be found at www.torontoindieartsmarket.com.