SOUNDS & FURIES presents

THE 22nd ANNUAL
WOMEN'S WINTER FAIRE




Saturday & Sunday December 19 and 20, 2015
Heritage Hall
3102 Main Street, Vancouver

2015 will be the 22nd ANNUAL WOMEN'S WINTER FAIRE!! That's right, for 21 years we've been bringing you the finest in women crafted, unique gift ideas. From handmade, stylish garments, to gorgeous jewelery to locally produced, gourmet foods, the Faire offers something appealing for a variety of interests and budgets.

Fairegoers and vendors alike had a wonderful time at the beautiful Heritage Hall. Many have said they are already looking forward to the 22nd Annual Women's Winter Faire.

Book the dates now on your calendars! We'll be there Saturday & Sunday December 19 and 20, 2015.

VENDOR APPLICATION for 2015 NOW ONLINE: CLICK HERE

ABOUT THE FAIRE:

For the past 21 years, the Women's Winter Faire has been a highly anticipated event: over 50 booths of creative, funky, beautiful, ecologically-sound and diverse items just waiting for you to give them a new home.



Loyal shoppers return to this popular event confident that they will find hand crafted items that delight the recipient and support women artisans and women's organizations.

New shoppers discover the feel of a bustling village square where friends meet, greet, eat and shop.

With an in-house cafe, background music and a vibrancy that rocks the hall, the beautiful character of Heritage Hall is transformed into a holiday time destination that beats the mall hands down.



In addition to creating community, the Women's Winter Faire gives generously to the community.

Over the past two decades, the door donation has raised over $107,800 for local and worldwide grassroots organizations who oftentimes have less than adequate funding resources. Volunteers help out at the Faire and become part of the team; in exchange, their organizations receive funds, it's a collaborative effort that works


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The Women's Winter Faire was launched in 1994 when Pat Hogan, co-founder of Sounds & Furies Productions, was urged by friends to do something "like they're doing in San Francisco" -- a HUGE women's annual market.

And so she did...but not on the same scale!



The original 'cast' of artisans were the same women (and more) who helped kick-off the newly-founded Sounds & Furies at the WISE Hall during Gay Games 1990. Many of these women later sold their works at Josephine's, an East Vancouver coffee house which Pat opened. They were/are a band of wild women, ready to jump on the traveling arts & crafts show!


DOOR DONATION: Each year we ask for a door donation of $3 - $5 to aid a local organization.

In 2014, the generousity of our fairegoers raised $1450 for Rainbow Refugee Committee (helping those seeking refugee protection because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status) and $1350 for the John Howard Society Community Living British Columbia (working with families with disabilities).

Over $107,800 has been raised since the inception of the Women's Winter Faire for following organizations:

 

At the Faire you can expect to find:

* Quality crafts and artwork

*One-of-a-kind items

*A wide range of gifts and prices

*Over 500 visitors daily

*An in-house cafe serving scrumptious food -- a haven for weary shoppers.

*A Social Event that offers more than shopping -- but that too!

* Friendly vendors and staff

The annual Women's Winter Faire is all about bringing communities and friends together to celebrate and support women's creativity, art, businesses.

Quotes from Happy Participating Craftswomen

"My most favourite event of the year. It's not just a weekend to make sales but a weekend to reconnect with so many great vendors, volunteers and shoppers in a beautiful atmosphere."
Larraine Kaplan

"Women's Winter Faire is my favourite artisan market. It brings together a wonderfully diverse range of artisans, craftspeople, and designers. Not only is this an artisan market, but also a community builder that has raised thousands of dollars for a different charity chosen each year, while also creating a venue that is inclusive, celebrating women's creativity and ingenuity set against the beautiful backdrop of the Heritage Hall."
Leah Schell www.leahschell.com

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