Collage of artisans
Photos courtesy of various artisans

Artisan Market

The Artisan Market is an exciting part of the Festival of Faith! This lively marketplace will be open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Polonsky Commons throughout the festival.

Artisans, artists, social entrepreneurs, innovative ministry workers, and others will have display tables where you can stop by and learn about their work or ministry, purchase a unique piece of art, and make a connection for the future. Visit the Artisan Market and spark your imagination!

The Artisan Market will have something for everyone. Here is a sneak peek at what you will find.


See a host of displays from artists and skilled craftspeople, including: an interactive art activity from New Step 4 You, which offers expressive art programs for people in need; a group of Syrian refugees connected to Fairlawn United Church will sell homemade art; and the People in Partnership Silent Auction will take bids on 10 pieces of art from United Church Global Partners.

Local artisans will also be featured, such as Pumpkin Patch Creations, Ian Ball's Watercolours, The Urban Hick, and Markham Arts Council. Come and see a wealth of diverse, local talent.

Social Enterprises

Social enterprise is emerging as an exciting means for churches and others to bring about social change and connect with their communities in new and exciting ways. There will be several social enterprise groups presenting their work at the Artisan Market, including: Hop In, the recent winner of the Vaughn Social Innovation Challenge; Restore Fibi, which supports families with a loved one behind bars; and six social enterprises from the Community Innovation Lab.

You can also connect with other social entrepreneurs through Community Innovation Hubs, which are forming across the country to help develop social enterprises in faith-based settings.

United Church Organizations

At the Artisan Market you will have the opportunity to connect with a number of United Church-related ministries and organizations launching innovative projects and supporting a new generation of leaders, including: Lawrence Park United Church; Davenport Perth Community Ministry; Toronto United Church Council; and Emmanuel College.

The GO Project will have a table where you can stop by and find out more their exciting work with youth and children across Canada.

And of course the United Church's own book store, UCRD, will offer its famous display of faith-filled books at the Artisan Market, along with a unique collection of GC43 merchandise, from polo shirts to water bottles to bandanas. Please stop by and say hello!