The blossoms on the cherry trees outside and the growing grass threatening to make be break out the lawn mower tell me that it is spring once again and almost time for the summer markets to begin again. This year I am once again planning to be at the North Shore Green Markets Friday night market in Shipbuilders square. I will be there every second Friday this year starting May 2nd and going until the end of September. For those who don't know the North Shore Green Markets run a series of weekly markets on Vancouver's North Shore with the highlight being the night market held on Friday nights in North Vancouver's Shipbuilders square. This market has grown over the years and now features nearly one hundred vendors, food trucks, a beer garden and live music from 5pm to 10pm. It is quite common to see people come down and make and evening out it buying their dinner from the food trucks, hanging out in the beer garden and doing a little shopping while they listen to the great local bands that are always lined up to provide entertainment on the stage. The dates that I have booked for this year are: May 2, 16 & 30 June 13 & 27 July 4 & 18 August 1, 15 & 29 September 12 & 26 Here are a few Youtube videos featuring the market as well as a couple with the products that I will be bringing down. This is a little video of my table from last years market: Another short little video that I shot last year just as the market was getting started one night: This is another video that was posted of the market last year. Unfortunately it seems to have been from a night that I wasn't there but it gives a nice overview.
The Christmas season is fast approaching along with all of the holiday markets. I am late in booking markets this year but I do have two confirmed and I am looking to add a couple more. I will update this post as a get them booked. My first market for the Christmas season will be at the West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace. This takes place Nov 22-24 at the Tradex in Abbotsford. The next weekend I will be with Great Canadian Craft for their Christmas market.This is a three day event from Nov 29 to Dec 1 at the Agriplex in Cloverdale. I will be at the Blim Winter Market on December 14th at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver's China town.
Here is a short clip from this past Friday at the North Shore Green Markets Shipyard Market. This market it held every Friday night in North Vancouver and features live music, a beer garden, food trucks and of course vendors selling locally made and grown products. It is held in Shipbuilder's square which is just east of Lonsdale quay, a beautiful location on North Vancouver's waterfront. C.J. Stiles woodworking is going to be there every second Friday this summer. They are also starting to run on Thursday nights as well although it is a much smaller and low-key event at this time. I may be looking at adding a few Thursday nights to my schedule throughout the summer and will post details up when I do.
This weekend I'll be kicking off the spring markets with the opening night for North Shore Green Markets on Friday night at Shipbuilders square (just a block east of Lonsdale Quay). This will be followed up with Great Canadian Crafts Spring Fling event at the Vancouver convention centre east on Saturday and Sunday. The Green Market in Shipbuilders square is a fun outdoor market with live music, food trucks, a beer garden and a good variety of vendors. Great Canadian Craft is holding their first event in the Vancouver convention centre. Previous markets from the same organizer have been well organized and attended with a great variety of quality vendors. For this event he has brought in several hundred vendors and it promises to be a great event.
Well spring here, the garden is in full bloom and I have finally had to break down and cut the grass this year. All this of course means that it is time for the spring and summer markets to start up. This year my plan is to be at the North Shore Green Markets Friday night market every second Friday starting May 10th. This is a fun market that is held in Shipbuilders square (next door to Lonsdale Quay). There is live music on the stage, lots of vendors, food trucks and this year they are planning on having a regular beer garden. A lot of people come down just to hang out and enjoy the atmosphere. The dates that I have booked are: May 10 & 24, June 7 & 21, July 5 & 19, August 2, 16 & 30, September13 & 27, October 11. Hope to see lots of you out there, in the meantime I will be busy in the workshop making sure I have enough inventory.