SOUNDS & FURIES presents

THE 24rd ANNUAL
WOMEN'S WINTER FAIRE

Dec 16/17
11 am - 5 pm
Heritage Hall
3102 Main Street
Vancouver, BC


2017
will be the 24th ANNUAL WOMEN'S WINTER FAIRE!!


That's right, for 23 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 23rd Annual Women's Winter Faire.

Still not convinced it's the event of the season, then you have to see this article from Tourism Vancouver's Inside Vancouver blog!


THIS YEAR'S ARTISANS

If you want to start pre-planning your gift giving & get some wonderful ideas, check HERE for the list of vendors at this year's FAIRE.

2017 VENDOR APPLICATION FORM CLICK HERE

IMPORTANT Re: Payment of Registration Fees.
If you wish to pay via PayPal, DO NOT make a payment until you receive notice you are accepted as a vendor. Payments via PayPal include services fees. Cheques mailed in with application forms will not be deposited unless you are accepted as a vendor.

One Day Faire 2017 Vendor

Two Day Faire 2017 Vendor

ABOUT THE FAIRE:

For the past 23 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 $108,400 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!


DOOR DONATION: Each year we ask for a door donation of $3 - $5 to aid a local organization. In 2016, we raised over $1600 for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

This year's recipients will be:

Saturday Dec 16:
Grandview Woodland Refugee Initiative
East Vancouver group whose goal is to bring a Syrian family to Canada and to assist their settlement in our community. For more information, please visit their website at
www.grandview-woodland-refugee-initiative.com

Sunday Dec 17:
Highs & Lows Choir
Four part choral group promoting mental health & wellness by providing folks with lived experiences of mental health issues access to choral singing. You can learn about their work at highsandlowschoir.ca

 




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!

THANKS TO YOUR SUPPORT OVER $108,400 has been raised since the inception of the Women's Winter Faire for the 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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