Wednesday, March 05, 2008

CRAFTY BIZ: concerns raised re: toronto art show

Note: This post is for informational purposes only for anyone considering applying for the show…

I received an email forwarded from Emma Quin, General Manager of the Ontario Crafts Council, addressing some concerns about the legitimacy of the Toronto Art Show.

Here are some findings reported by the OCC:

The three sponsors listed on the website – Tim Horton’s, MacDonald’s and Coca-Cola have all confirmed that they are not associated with the show. The is no vendors agreement/license with the City of Toronto for the Toronto Art League or the Toronto Art Show to use Coronation Park, the advertised location of the show. I have been unable to speak with anyone directly at the show.

Emma has agreed to keep me posted on any developments and I will pass them on to you all.


Blogger Nicole said...

What does this mean to anyone who has already mailed in a post-dated cheque?

8:28 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It means you should cancel your cheques!

8:12 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd cancel them. I recieved an application from the "Art League" as well and was going to submit until I saw this posting. I tried to search for info on previous shows, as I've never heard of it, and based on the reported success of previous shows, it seems strange that I can't find any other information about it. Seems fishy. Put a hold on your cheques and hope for the best.

11:59 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was lucky and canceled my cheque today! They really suck trying to con artisans just trying to make a living doing what they love! I'm going to stick to reputable promoters such as One of a kind and Signatures from now on.
Thank you for the heads up!!!!

1:30 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymus -
I just got my cheque back in the mail today with no explanation.
Back in February I was called by a Dana Reid inviting me to be in the show. He called several times. Said I had been recomended and was looking at my web site as we spoke.
Sounded Ok and I asked to see a list of past exibitors. The names were on a web page. I didn't know any of them Hummm. I have called to find out why I got a cheque back in the mail with no expanation. I left a message. Sounds like I may not hear back from them. I will let you know.

4:15 p.m.  
Anonymous Elizabeth Block said...

Aug 18th. I was planning to go down and check out the show with a view to possibly doing it next year. Drove by last night - no tents. No announcement in NOW. I don't think the show exists.
Months ago, I asked them for names and contact info of other potters who have done the show in the past. No answer.
Thanks for posting this alert!
Elizabeth Block

12:23 p.m.  
Blogger toronto craft alert said...

wow, glad this announcement has protected some of you from craft fair scammery - the worst kind! (who would want to prey on largely smaller income people making beautiful things???)

8:36 a.m.  
Anonymous Elizabeth Block said...

A general comment about art and craft shows. Check it out before you apply! Go to the show and walk around, if possible. Otherwise, get names and contact info from people who have done the show before, people in the same line of work as yourself if possible. If the show organizer won't give you this information - I asked the "Art League," and got no answer - then you don't need to know anything more about the show. Don't do it.
This advice mostly has to do with the quality of the show, not its bona fides; I've met with bad shows in plenty, but never before have I encountered a show that didn't exist.

8:29 p.m.  

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