& FURIES presents
THE 20TH ANNUAL
WOMEN'S WINTER FAIRE
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
November 29, 30, December 1, 2013
Friday, Nov 29 11 am - 4 pm
Saturday Nov 30 11 am - 6 pm
Sunday Dec 1 11 am - 6 pm
Heritage Hall 3102 Main Street
BIG NEWS! It's our 20th
Anniversary and to do it justice, we've added an extra
day - Friday - day and evening!
The evening will consist of a CONCERT
OF WOMEN'S MUSIC and
GROUP OF VENDORS! It's going to be an event to remember.
Check out our concerts page to see the
amazing list of performers we've already
got lined up for you.
If you don't want to miss out on this evening
of song and seasonal sales
then check back soon for updates, like us on facebook and/or join
our email list. It will be the most amazing
Women's Winter Faire yet and that is a hard record to beat!
for the list of vendors appearing this year!
the past 19 years, the Women's Winter Faire
(formerly known as the Women's Winter Arts & Crafts Faire) has
presented many of BC's talented women artisans and craftswomen.
Over 50 booths of creative, funky, beautiful, ecologically-sound
and diverse gifts await a hoard of loyal shoppers each year who
converge on this popular event to shop, for sure, but also because.......it's
such a social event! With an in-house cafe, background music and
a vibrancy that rocks the hall, the beautiful Heritage Hall is transformed
into a bustling village square, where friends meet, greet, eat and
The Women's Winter Faire is
a curated show which creates community, and gives back to the community.
Over the past 19 years, the door donation has raised over $95,000
for local and worldwide grassroots organizations who oftentimes
have less than adequate funding resources. A list of recipient groups
can be viewed at the bottom of this page. Volunteers help out at
the Faire and become part of the team; in exchange, their organizations
receive funds, a collaborative effort that works!
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
DOOR DONATION: Each year we ask for a door donation of
$3 - $5 to aid a local organization.
Over $100,000 has been raised
since the inception of the Women's Winter Faire for these organizations:
the Faire you can expect to find:
* Quality crafts and artwork
*A wide range of gifts and prices
*Over 500 visitors daily
*An in-house cafe serving scrumptious food -- a haven for weary
*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,
from Happy Participating Craftswomen and Fairegoers!
like any other Faire I've been to; it's my first but not last visit!"
"This is my favorite event each year; I wouldn't miss it"
"I do 23 shows a year but this was one of the best organized,
relaxed and well attended and friendly people willing to help each
other. I WILL DO BOTH SHOWS NEXT YEAR." Maria
"I loved vendoring this craft market and knowing it is also contributing
to a worthy organization is great. I found the quality of vendors
to be the best I had seen... there was a real sense of camaraderie
amongst the vendors and staff. My jewellery did really well and
I got such positive feedback from people that inspired and encouraged
me. Thank you." Irit Sorokin