The Royal Bison is an Edmonton-based, twice-a-year festival of the best and quirkiest art, craft and design this city has to offer. While its roots are local, THE FAIR WELCOMES VENDORS FROM ALL OVER CANADA.
The fair revels in all things local and independent and acts a springboard and showcase for the area's creative endeavors . With low table fees and arts grants to support non-commercial ventures, the Bison aims to be a place for creative endeavours that might not be possible in other venues.
We also have a wide selection of items for men—something we feel is uncommon in today’s craft fairs.
The Royal Bison has won the Vue Weekly Reader's Choice award for 4 years running, which is as long as the category has existed! Thank you Edmonton!
We at the Royal Bison are excited to collaborate with individuals and organizations on activities and events of a less retail variety. Art projects and interactive, fair-long exhibits and installations are most welcome. You should contact us.
The Royal Bison and its vendors have had some nice mentions in the press over the years:
The Rise of the Really Creative Class
Alberta Venture, September 2013
Artistic pair make their Royal Bison debut in Old Strathcona
Edmonton Journal, April 2012
Royal Bison as Artist Run Centre
L53 Blog, November 2011
Vue Weekly, November 2011
WHO RUNS THIS THING, ANYWAY?
Vikki Wiercinski is an artist, designer and maker whose Mezzaluna Studio line reimagines mid-century modern textiles and patterns through a modern lens. Hopelessly afflicted with wanderlust, she spends a good amount of her year travelling near and far. She's been working on the Royal Bison since 2010, and been a Royal Bison vendor since 2008.
Andrew Benson is a designer, illustrator and printmaker who likes comics, photocopiers, wiggly lines, punk rock, zines and scribbled type. His work is often centered around the absurd, the grotesque, the supernatural and making himself giggle.
WALL OF BISON ORGANIZER FAME
We here at Bison HQ are eternally grateful to the contributions of those who have come before us. Rock star illustrator Raymond Biesinger started the Royal Bison in 2007, and over the years the fair has benefitted from the blood, ink and spreadsheet tears of illustrator Josh Holinaty, jeweller Jeanie Andronyk and film photographer Jim Johansson.