Canada is full of talented local makers and it’s not hard to find beautiful and high quality products made in our own city. Whether you’re looking for a beautiful memento to hang on your wall, a trinket to wear or condiments for your next dinner party, Toronto has makers crafting something truly unique in every category. We have created this list of spots for the best places to find locally made goods in Toronto.
Kid Icarus is a screen print studio located in Kensington Market. Their shop is full of colourful prints and handmade products from artists of different mediums. Hanging on the walls are pieces that have come out of their print studio which often includes concert posters for local musicians. There are beautiful jewelry pieces from Julie Moon, a local ceramic artist as well as Kid Icarus’ own line of Toronto Postcards. For people who love to create or admire art, Kid Icarus is not to be missed.
Local vendors rent space in the Arts Market shops to sell their goods so each Arts market has a large range of different local makers and antiques. At the Riverside Arts Market you can find Gotamago greeting cards which are designed and printed in Toronto. Expect to see some local lovely smelling Corktown Soap while you’re there as well. The Riverside location is just a quick walk away from the Leslieville location so it’s easy to hit up both in one day.
Sanagan’s Meat Locker
As their name suggests, Sanagan’s Meat Locker is a local butcher shop and they specialize in Southern Ontario meats. However, their shelves are also stocked with Southern Ontario food products as well and it is the perfect place to pick up some edible souvenirs. Expect to find jams and pickles from Toronto, such as Manning Canning and jars of local honey, including Sanagan’s own Buckwheat Honey.
Craft Ontario is a highly curated shop which sells products made by Canadian artists working with wood, fibre, glass, clay and metal. Additionally, they also feature an excellent collection of Indigenous art in various mediums available for sale, such as hand carved animal stone sculptures by Johnnysa Mathewsie. Items are displayed in Craft Ontario as if you’re in a gallery and it’s a really beautiful shop to browse in the trendy West Queen West neighbourhood.
For fashion savvy visitors, Fresh Collective carries clothing and accessories from primarily independent Toronto makers. They carry Toronto based Pixie Mood bags and Main and Local accessories which tend to have a Canadiana theme, including poutine socks for example. A few carefully hand selected International brands will show up in their their stores but Canadian labels are the focus of Fresh Collective.
One of a Kind Show
If handmade goods are your bread and butter, than it might be worthwhile to plan a trip to Toronto during the One of a Kind Show which happens twice a year. The spring show features over 450 artisans while the Christmas show has over 800 vendors. Artisans in the show can be from all over North America but the majority of the artists are from Canada with a large portion from Toronto. The food aisles are always a highlight and they keep growing every year. Odile Chocolat and Mary Macleod’s Shortbread are two Toronto makers not to miss.