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2024 One Of A Kind Winter Show Application


2024 One Of A Kind Winter Show: November 21 - December 1, 2024
5-Day section dates: November 21 - November 25, 2024
6-Day Section Dates: November 26 - December 1, 2024



❄️🌲 WELCOME 🌲❄️


Our team is delighted that you want to join our growing community of passionate makers and small business owners, and we know our craft-loving customers will be excited to meet you on the show floor.  

Below you can begin the application process for our 2024 One Of A Kind Winter Show. Expect to spend as little as 30 minutes and upwards of 60 minutes on the application process. You can also save your progress and return to the application form at a later time, if need be.  

Let's get started! 






WHAT YOU GET

  • A booth space to create your own mini storefront to market, show and sell your work to tens of thousands of OOAK customers under one roof. 
  • A platform to showcase your work among a community of top-quality makers who share your belief in craftsmanship and small-batch production.
  • Exposure to enthusiastic shoppers—including wholesalers, bloggers, media and galleries—who have bought a ticket to come out, support small businesses, and make a day of the One Of A Kind experience.
  • A marketing profile on the One Of A Kind website, including links to your website and social channels so you can connect with our customers before, during and after the show.
  • Opportunities to expand your brand's profile onsite and in advance of the show, including via competition and themed product displays, fashion shows and product showcases, design competitions, and more.
  • 6 exhibitor badges for you and your team to use throughout the show.
  • 10 complimentary tickets and access to discount codes and exhibitor rate tickets to invite friends, family and loyal customers to shop from you and to use in your marketing and promotions.
  • Access to onsite exhibitor services like a lounge with complimentary tea and coffee throughout the show.

PLUS, we are so much more than a great place to show and sell your work.

  • Build your customer base with our marketing initiatives and PR opportunities.
  • Access to resources to help strengthen your business and prepare for the show, including Facebook Groups, small business experts, workshops, newsletters and a digital Exhibitor Kit.
  • Expand your community—learn from show mentors and small business pros, connect with fellow makers to swap tips and create opportunities for collabs and so much more.
  • Gain valuable market research and face-to-face feedback on your current work and opportunities for development.
  • And more!


WHAT WE NEED

APPLICATION CRITERIA

  • You must be the designer AND heavily involved in the production of your work.
  • You reside AND produce your work in Canada
  • Your art or craft must be made in Canada 

Beyond this, we are looking for work that is creative, innovative, cohesive, respectful of copyright law and other cultures and avoids saturated trends. Your application will also be considered based on your booth display, geographical representation and the overall balance of categories within the show. Please review the full One Of A Kind Acceptance Criteria to ensure our show is the right fit for you.

In our ongoing attempt to make One Of A Kind a more diverse and inclusive event for everyone, we want to make sure everyone can contribute, be heard and succeed at the Show. We want our community to be aware of the harmful impacts of cultural appropriation. Please take some time and read through our resources on Cultural Appropriation.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

In order to submit a complete application package, you will need to upload application support material--including product photos, a booth design, a price list and a description of your production process. Please ensure you have included all of the necessary components, as incomplete applications will not be reviewed.



UPDATED: The application deadline is May 19, 2024.  

We recommend submitting your application as soon as possible for the best chance of being matched with available space.


SOUND GOOD?

Then let's get started, and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!


STEP 1: YOUR INFORMATION

Your Name*
This is the name you would need used for your company on any contract, invoice, or official document
This is the name you would like to have your company presented to Visitors as
Owner, Maker, Artist, Sales Manager, etc.
Address*
Please include area code
Please include area code

Please note that upon acceptance, participants will be notified of set up details and ongoing show related correspondence via this email address.
Please indicate below what information you would like to receive from the show:*
Please enter the complete URL, beginning with www. Incomplete address will not be reviewed. Example: www.oneofakindshow.com
Please enter the complete URL. Incomplete address will not be reviewed. Example: www.instagram.com/ooak_toronto
Please enter the complete URL. Incomplete address will not be reviewed. Example: www.facebook.com/oneofakindtoronto
Please enter the complete URL. Incomplete address will not be reviewed. Example: https://www.tiktok.com/@ooak_toronto

DIVERSITY + INCLUSION

We are committed to championing craft and creators regardless of socioeconomic background, religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or disability. We believe that Craft is culture and objects can have a great purpose and meaning, and as part of our commitment to champion creators, we must respect and celebrate our differences and origins.

 

If your business belongs to any one of the following, please let us know! This information will be used for communication and marketing purposes, but is not mandatory, so should only be submitted voluntarily. By checking the below boxes, you are acknowledging that these categories accurately represent your business, and that your business can be labelled accordingly. Please note that some of these categories have legal requirements and/or certification. Please check all that apply.
Please select the language you would like to receive show communications

 

CULTURAL APPROPRIATION


In our ongoing attempt to make One Of A Kind a welcoming and inclusive event for everyone, we want our community to be aware of the harmful impacts of cultural appropriation. Please review the information at the below link so that you can become informed about this topic and reflect critically on your creative practices before you submit your application.

A Note About Cultural Appropriation

We believe passionately in the future of craft and celebrate all of our creators, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education and national origin. All of us have the capacity to learn and change, and we want to invite everyone to reflect, refine and perfect their work so that together, we can continue to celebrate the best in craft at One Of A Kind. 


STEP 2: TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS

MARKETING MATERIALS

Please let us know how you want to appear in the show directory, and other marketing materials, if you are accepted into the One Of A Kind Show.

Please confirm your products are made in Canada*
Final assignment of product category is at the discretion of the selection committee. Please select the category which fits your brand best.

 

Please Note: Food items sold by Exhibitors at One Of A Kind Shows must be packaged for home consumption. Baked goods must be pre-packaged and sold in a minimum quantity of six.

 

100 character limit
Please be specific, as these will be the items listed on your contract, ex: "Necklaces, Earrings, Rings".
Walk us through your production process for each item you wish to sell at the show--tell us how you design, where production takes place, how you are involved and when you are getting help. This information will not be shared with anyone outside of the jury.
This will help the jury get an idea of your pricing and how it compares in the marketplace. Your price list should include each type of item you want to sell at the show.
Tells us about yourself, what inspires you and if you've had any education/training or participated in any other shows we might know. Share your brand story, business goals and what you want to get out of the show. Max. 500 Characters.
Are you a member of Ontario Made, the program by the Canadian Manufacturers & Exports (CME) in partnership with the Government in Ontario to bring together manufactureres, retailers, and consumers to celebrate goods made in Ontario?

STEP 3: TELL US HOW YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE AT ONE OF A KIND


2024 One Of A Kind Winter Show Pricing

Booth space includes 8’ high pipe and white drape and booth number signage. Exhibitors must provide lighting, signage and POS equipment. Electrical, hard walls and other services are available for rental. Due to the pipe-and-drape construction (1.5” diameter) of the booth, internal dimensions are slightly reduced (as noted below). Consider your actual booth size when making your booth display plans.

To see examples of Best Booths from shows past, visit www.pinterest.com/onmywaytoooak/best-booths.



INTRO BOOTH OPTIONS


RISING STARS                          $108/SQ FT 
In this open concept section for first-time exhibitors with less than 5 years of professional experience in their art or craft, we supply the carpet and you bring a freestanding structure and lighting to showcase your work. Request space by the square foot, so you get as little or as much as you need. Open to all categories except food.
ex.     3 ’x 3’ = $972         4’ x 3’ = $1,296          5’ x 2’ = $1080
To see examples of past Rising Stars booths, visit www.pinterest.com/onmywaytoooak/rising-stars.


BOOTH SHARE                          $2,179.50  x 2
Share a 10’ x 10’ booth with a fellow artisan to help alleviate some of the challenges of your first shows, like costs, required stock, and booth sitting. Please be sure to apply with a "buddy" for this option. You must each submit your own application and indicate your preference to be matched in a Booth Share. As you will be spending so much time with this person, you must ensure it is the right fit for you! The One of A Kind Show will not be matching applicants. 

  • To see examples of past Booth Shares, visit www.pinterest.com/onmywaytoooak/booth-share
  • To apply, each participant must submit a complete application, including a booth design that shows how you will share the 10’x10’ booth space. Larger booth spaces are also available for Booth Share.
  • Applicants are eligible for a Booth Share at TWO Spring and TWO Winter Shows.

* Prices for all booth spaces do not include applicable tax. Correct at time of publishing; March 8, 2024.



Please select your booth preferences below:

 Please Note: Participation in the Rising Stars section is only available for the full 11 days of the show. Please update either your selection for booth size or length in show.  

 Please Note: Participation in the Rising Stars section is only available for the full 11 days of the show. Please update either your selection for booth size or length in show.  

 Please Note: Participation in the Rising Stars section is only available for the full 11 days of the show. Please update either your selection for booth size or length in show.  

 Please Note: Participation in the Rising Stars section is only available for the full 11 days of the show. Please update either your selection for booth size or length in show.  

 Please Note: Participation in the Rising Stars section is only available for the full 11 days of the show. Please update either your selection for booth size or length in show.  

 Please Note: Participation in the Rising Stars section is only available for the full 11 days of the show. Please update either your selection for booth size or length in show.  

Booth spaces start at 3'x3' and can be increased by square foot from there.
I would like to be considered for the following special sections
Please select carefully.

Please Note: Participation in the Flavours section is only available for the full 11 days of the show.

 

If my booth choices are not available, I would like to:*
Please select carefully.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS


We are committed to investing in the future of craft, so our scholarship program helps new artisans start to build their business with One Of A Kind. Follow the link below and tell us how a scholarship would help you make the most of your first show. Only scholarship applications with corresponding mailed application packages will be considered. Note that you are welcome to apply for more than one, but in order to spread the love to as many new artisans as possible, you are only eligible to receive one.

NEW ARTISAN SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000)

Open to first-time applicants who have been practicing their craft for less than 5 years, this grant reduces booth fees by $1,000.

TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP ($500)

Open to first-time applicants coming from outside of Ontario, this grant is designed to assist with travel, shipping and accommodation expenses by reducing booth fees by $500.


BIPOC SCHOLARSHIP 

For the 2024 Winter Show, half of our Rising Stars Section will be awarded in priority for makers and artisans who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Colour. Up to 10 BIPOC-identifying vendors will be selected for this scholarship, and each will also receive up to 50% off their Rising Stars Space (with a minimum order of a 3' x 3' space). Applicants must also be Rising Stars eligible as first-time exhibitors with less than five years in their art or craft. 



SUBMIT YOUR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION HERE.


NOTE:

  • Those wishing to apply for a scholarship must fill out the application at the above link, in addition to submitting a completed show application form.
  • Unless otherwise stated, scholarships are only applicable to regular booths, ex. 5'x10, 10'x10', etc, and are limited in quantity, so the application for a scholarship does not guarantee receipt.

STEP 4: SUPPORTING MATERIALS

Almost done! The Selection Committee will need the following support material to fully evaluate your application. Your application will not be reviewed if the following items are not submitted.

SUPPORT MATERIAL CHECKLIST

Make sure you have the following items ready to complete your application.

TIP: Save the files underlined below in one folder on your desktop before uploading. You will be prompted to upload these items on the next page. You can choose to compress the files together in one zip folder (see below for more info) or upload each image individually. 

  • Additional Items if listed below (dependent on your product category)
  • 10 Product Images (Please upload jpeg files only; each file size cannot exceed 1.5 MB)
  • 3 Studio Images (Please upload jpeg files only; each file size cannot exceed 1.5 MB)
  • Booth Display Design, Picture or Sketch, (please upload either a jpeg or PDF file; file size cannot exceed 1.5 MB; If you do not have a scanner, but have an iPhone, iPad or an Android device smart phone, be sure to check your respective app stores for many available options)

 

We need more info!

Photographers must submit a statement telling us how and where your work is printed. Prints should be signed and dated. Open editions are acceptable.

Please include above your statement indicating whether you (the photographer) have printed your own work, or if the samples are printed by a lab (Please provide lab name, if applicable). In this area, please also provide an overview of your chosen printing method, the lifespan of each photo and why you have chosen to use that particular process/data source.

 

TIP: For your product images, studio images and booth display design, you can upload them either in a zip folder, or you may upload each file separately. Please choose below your preferred method to upload your support material.


Not sure what a zip file is or how to compress your files? Please refer to this article.

How would you like to upload your files?*

STEP 5: UPLOAD YOUR FILES IN A COMPRESSED FOLDER

In your zip folder, please include the following:

  • PRODUCT IMAGES: 10 product images in JPEG format. These images should represent the range of work you would like to sell at the show.
  • STUDIO IMAGES: 3 studio images in JPEG format. These images should give the jury a sense of your workspace.
  • BOOTH DISPLAY: A detailed drawing, sketch or photo of your proposed booth display in either a JPEG or PDF format. In your drawing, you should think about the structure of your booth (will you have hard walls, or will you have drape coverings). You should also illustrate your plans for lighting, flooring, signage, and furnishings (display units, shelves, etc).

How to name your zip folder

  • Last Name_First Name_OOAKSupportMaterial.zip
    EXAMPLE: Doe_John_OOAKSupportMaterial.zip


File requirements: All jpeg files submitted as a part of your application must be 300 dpi, no smaller than 1000 pixels and no larger than 4000 pixels in dimension on any side. All files (JPEG or PDF) should not exceed 1.5 MB in size. Your zip folder should not exceed 20 MB in size.

How to compress your files? Please refer to this article.


Please be patient when uploading your files. Depending on the size, it may take a few minutes to upload.

Booth Design - Grid restriction*

Check Image Size and Info

  • On a PC: On your image file, right mouse click and select Image Properties. Select the Details tab for the details you are looking for.
  • On a MAC: Open your image file in Preview. Under Tools, select Show Inspector, and the info you need will appear on a pop up window.


Reduce File Size

If you have a high res image (at least 300 dpi) that has a file size larger than 1.5 MB. You can try reducing the file size, while keeping its resolution by doing one of the following.

  • Photoshop: You can reduce the file size by changing the image dimension in Photoshop. Click on Image, then Image Size to make the adjustment.
  • Online JPEG Optimizer - Try this tool to compress and resize your image.
  • On a PC: If you do not have Photoshop, you can resize your image using Paint. Click on for more information.
  • On a MAC: If you do not have Photoshop, you can resize your image using Preview. Click here for more information.


Convert to JPEG

I need to convert my files to JPEG: Try this web based free image converter.

Support Material Zip File*
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.

STEP 5A: UPLOAD PRODUCT IMAGES

Product Images

Please include at least 10 product images in JPEG format. These images should represent the range of work you would like to sell at the show.



File requirement: All product images should  be saved in JPEG, JPG, or PNG format only. All jpeg files submitted as a part of your application must be 300 dpi, no smaller than 1000 pixels and no larger than 4000 pixels in dimension on any side. Each image file should not exceed 1.5 MB in size.


Please be patient when uploading your files. Depending on the size, it may take a few minutes to upload.


If your files are not uploading, please check the following:

  • Your files should only have .jpeg or .jpg file extension
  • Each file size is under 1.5 MB

Check Image Size and Info

  • On a PC: On your image file, right mouse click and select Image Properties. Select the Details tab for the details you are looking for.
  • On a MAC: Open your image file in Preview. Under Tools, select Show Inspector, and the info you need will appear on a pop up window.


Reduce File Size

If you have a high res image (at least 300 dpi) that has a file size larger than 1.5 MB. You can try reducing the file size, while keeping its resolution by doing one of the following.

  • Photoshop: You can reduce the file size by changing the image dimension in Photoshop. Click on Image, then Image Size to make the adjustment.
  • Online JPEG Optimizer - Try this tool to compress and resize your image.
  • On a PC: If you do not have Photoshop, you can resize your image using Paint. Click on for more information.
  • On a MAC: If you do not have Photoshop, you can resize your image using Preview. Click here for more information.


Convert to JPEG

I need to convert my files to JPEG: Try this web based free image converter.

Product Image 1:*
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.
Please make sure file size does not exceed 1.5 MB
Product Image 2:*
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.
Please make sure file size does not exceed 1.5 MB
Product Image 3:*
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.
Please make sure file size does not exceed 1.5 MB
Product Image 4:*
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.
Please make sure file size does not exceed 1.5 MB
Product Image 5:*
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.
Please make sure file size does not exceed 1.5 MB
Product Image 6:*
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.
Please make sure file size does not exceed 1.5 MB
Product Image 7:*
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.
Please make sure file size does not exceed 1.5 MB
Product Image 8:*
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.
Please make sure file size does not exceed 1.5 MB
Product Image 9:*
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.
Please make sure file size does not exceed 1.5 MB
Product Image 10:*
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.
Please make sure file size does not exceed 1.5 MB

STEP 5B: UPLOAD STUDIO IMAGES

STUDIO IMAGES

Please submit 3 studio images in JPEG format. These images should give the jury a sense of your workspace.


File requirement: All studio images must be saved in JPEG format only. Do not send PDF files as they will not be reviewed by the jury committee. All jpeg files submitted as a part of your application must be 300 dpi, no smaller than 1000 pixels and no larger than 4000 pixels in dimension on any side. Each image file should not exceed 1.5 MB in size.


Please be patient when uploading your files. Depending on the size, it may take a few minutes to upload.


If your files are not uploading, please check the following:

  • Your files should only have .jpeg or .jpg file extension
  • Each file size is under 1.5 MB

Check Image Size and Info

  • On a PC: On your image file, right mouse click and select Image Properties. Select the Details tab for the details you are looking for.
  • On a MAC: Open your image file in Preview. Under Tools, select Show Inspector, and the info you need will appear on a pop up window.


Reduce File Size

If you have a high res image (at least 300 dpi) that has a file size larger than 1.5 MB. You can try reducing the file size, while keeping its resolution by doing one of the following.

  • Photoshop: You can reduce the file size by changing the image dimension in Photoshop. Click on Image, then Image Size to make the adjustment.
  • Online JPEG Optimizer - Try this tool to compress and resize your image.
  • On a PC: If you do not have Photoshop, you can resize your image using Paint. Click on for more information.
  • On a MAC: If you do not have Photoshop, you can resize your image using Preview. Click here for more information.


Convert to JPEG

I need to convert my files to JPEG: Try this web based free image converter.

Studio Image 1:*
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.
Please make sure file size does not exceed 1.5 MB
Studio Image 2:*
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.
Please make sure file size does not exceed 1.5 MB
Studio Image 3:
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.
Please make sure file size does not exceed 1.5 MB

STEP 5C: UPLOAD BOOTH DISPLAY

BOOTH DESIGN: Please provide a detailed drawing, sketch or digital photo of your proposed booth display. Your plans should include display units, lighting, signage, how your products will be merchandised, etc.


File requirement: Please send a high quality file in either JPEG of PDF format. The image should be clear so that the jury committee can see your proposed booth display properly. Please make sure the uploaded file size does not exceed 1.5MB.


Please refer to your scanner for more instructions on saving your files in JPEG or PDF format.


Don't have a scanner? If you have an iPhone, iPad or an Android device, there are many document scanning apps available. Be sure to check out the App store or Google Play for your options.

Booth Design - Grid restriction *
Booth Display:*
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.
Please make sure file size does not exceed 1.5 MB

STEP 6: TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Acceptance Criteria Confirmation: One Of A Kind expects our exhibitors to follow our acceptance criteria: 1) You are the designer and heavily involved in the production of your work. 2) You reside and produce your work in Canada, 3)Your art or craft is made in Canada*
Exclusivity Agreement Confirmation(6G): I understand the updated exclusivity clause will be present in my contract and applied to my participation at the 2024 One Of A Kind Winter Show *
6. EXCLUSIVITY AGREEMENT: g) “Exhibiting Company” or their craft are not found or sold at any other consumer show (including but not limited to craft shows, garden shows, home shows, decorating shows, women's shows, clothing shows, etc.) within a 30km radius of the Enercare Centre 14 days before, during or 14 days after the One Of A Kind Show (November 21 - December 1, 2024).“Exhibiting Company” can participate in any consumer show with 40 or fewer exhibitors or a duration of 1 calendar day or less, provided it does not occur 7 days before, during or 7 days after the One Of A Kind Show (November 21 - December 1, 2024). Additionally, products sold by “Exhibiting Company” at One Of A Kind will not be sold under any other brand or company name at the previously mentioned shows during this time. This clause does not apply to participation in any Informa events. Consequence: In the event where this clause (6g) is violated, the exhibitor will not be able to participate at the One Of A Kind Shows for one calendar year and will forfeit any deposit and/or booth fees paid towards the events.
HEALTH + SAFETY: Participation in this year's show may come with an additional set of rules and regulations to ensure we run a safe event for all. By checking the box below, you are agreeing that your participation will comply with any provided regulations or precautions set out for this year's show.
Please note that all restrictions and requirements are subject to change. Please refer to our website often for current guidelines.

SAMPLES REQUIRED ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

🛑 IMPORTANT! WE NEED TO RECEIVE YOUR SAMPLES! 🛑

Your products are in a category (Flavours, Personal Care, Candles, Stationery) that requires you to submit samples for your application to be reviewed by the jury. 

Please send samples of each type of item you intend to sell at the show to the following:

One Of A Kind Show
20 Eglinton Ave West, Suite 1200
Toronto, ON
M4R 1K8

ATTN: Application Samples

NOTE: Samples sent for review will not be returned. Please arrange to have your samples received within one week of your application submission or one week of the application deadline. Please email apply@oneofakindshow.com if you are unable to do so or if your samples require special handling. 

Flavours Reminder: Food items sold by Exhibitors at One Of A Kind Shows must be packaged for home consumption. Baked goods must be pre-packaged and sold in a minimum quantity of six.

Samples Required Acknowledgement*

STEP 7: NOTES, COMMENTS, AND OFFERS

Interested in the 2024 One Of A Kind Spring Show?

THANK YOU! WE SHOULD HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED!


Click on SUBMIT NOW to complete your application.


Please be patient, as the submission process will take a few minutes to complete. Do not hit the refresh or the back button on your browser. Once your application goes through, you will be directed to the confirmation page. You will also receive a confirmation email indicating that your application has been sent successfully.

 

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