Call for Artisans + Vendors

7-9 September 2018
Submissions Due – Friday 13 July 2018

Celebration of Nations is an annual gathering of Indigenous Arts, Culture, and Tradition in downtown St. Catharines. It is a part of a long-term vision of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Kakekalanicks and the City of St. Catharines to build on the Two Row Wampum teaching that promotes all nations walking together, in parallel, with respect, compassion, and understanding to cultivate an inclusive community for our shared future.

Now entering its second year, Celebration of Nations is opening an artisan market to showcase Indigenous-made arts and crafts. The artisan market will be located along the raceway of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in the “backyard” of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.


  • Celebration of Nations Artisan Market will be open to the public on Friday 7 September 5pm – 8pm // Saturday 8 September 11am – 5pm // & Sunday 9 September 11 am – 5 pm
  • The Market will be part of a full program featuring free performances, activities, and food vendors in the backyard of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
  • REGULAR BOOTHS (10ft x 10ft) are available at $200 per vendor (fees include coverage, listing in programme, website listings, print media attention, out marketing, blogging, social media, on-site signage, and more.) Limited electricity is available for an additional $25 per space. Max. 300W usage. (Music/Audio not permitted).
  • Vendors guarantee that they have adequate liability and property insurance and assume full responsibility for any liability or damages that may occur while on the ‘host’ property.
  • All Vendors are responsible for appropriate permits, required product labels, and collection of all appropriate sales tax. Vendors are responsible for their own credit/debit services and related fees.
  • Vendors must be personally present during the event and able to commit to ALL scheduled hours of operations during the gathering.
  • Vendors must arrive ahead of the scheduled opening time to set up their tables. You must be fully set up and ready to sell by opening time. The tent will be open half an hour before opening time to set up. You must also stay to the end of the scheduled time even if you are sold out of product.
  • Vendors keep 100% of sales.

Fees: $200 for the weekend

Payment from approved vendors will be required on the first day of participation. Cheques are to be made to the City of St Catharines.

Participants will be selected with consideration to the diversity of medium, quality of work being sold, and available spaces.

All applicants will be notified by Friday 27 July 2018

Celebration of Nations Artisan Application

Please provide the following information by email to: celebrationofnations@stcatharines.ca


NAME OF BUSINESS (If applicable):







DESCRIPTION OF WORK: (We also require images of your work. Please attach to this application and send to celebrationofnations@stcatharines.ca)

PLEASE NOTE: This is mandatory if you did not provide website or other online access to examples of your work. Images will be used on the website in promotion of your work and Celebration of Nations.

Do you have specific power requirements?

Important dates at a glance:

Applications due – Fri 13 July 2018

Applicants notified – Fri 27 July 2018

Gathering tickets and line up announced – Tuesday 7 August 2018

Celebration of Nations – Fri 7 Sept – Sun 9 Sept 2018

Please email application to celebrationofnations@stcatharines.ca or by mail