POPPING UP AT THE OLD STRATHCONA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE LOCATED AT 8426 GATEWAY BLVD ONLY THREE WEEKENDS A YEAR.
WHO RUNS THIS THING, ANYWAY?
Vikki Wiercinski is the main event producer, social media guy and manager for the fair. She has been a Royal Bison organizer since 2010. Her Mezzaluna Studio line (started at the Royal Bison) earned her a Designer of the Year award in 2017.
In addition to film photography Jim Johansson is real good at behind-the-scenes wielding of vendor spreadsheets and shouting "we're closed!" at the end of the fair days.
Emily is a commercial illustrator and maker of goofy art products. She was born in Beijing, and raised in Alberta. For more info, please visit heyemilychu.com.
Matthew is the editor of Glass Buffalo magazine and a freelance writer. Learn more about him & his work at matthewstepanic.com
WALL OF BISON ORGANIZER FAME
We here at Bison HQ are eternally grateful to the contributions of those who have come before us. 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 illustrator Andrew Benson.
The Royal Bison is an Edmonton-based, twice-a-year festival of the best and quirkiest art, craft and design EDMONTON has to offer. While its roots are local, THE FAIR WELCOMES VENDORS FROM ALL OVER CANADA
We're a small, tightly curated craft, art and design fair located in the heart of the established Old Strathcona retail district in Edmonton, Canada. The fair has been blowin’ through town since 2007, has a ferocious following of supportive customers, and dare we say it gets better and better with age. The fair pops up for a weekend only three times a year with 70-ish top-notch makers, designers, illustrators and assorted hangers-on showing their work and they bring some of the most vivid design, art and work you've ever seen. The fair revels in all things local and independent and acts a springboard and showcase for the area's creative endeavors .
The Royal Bison Fair pops up in the territory of the nations of Treaty No. 6 and of the Métis and Blackfoot nations.
The Royal Bison Fair is vendor-run and aligned with the arts community.
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 curate in a lot of unisex stuff as well as items for guys (and those who tend more towards the male persuasion, at risk of sticking to those gender binaries) — anyways it’s something we feel is uncommon in today’s craft fairs.
The Royal Bison has won the Vue Weekly Reader's Choice award since 2012, which is as long as the category has existed. Thank you Edmonton!
The Royal Bison is an event that empowers and sustains the current and emerging generations of makers, designers, artists and craftspeople by allowing them to be able to show their work to a supportive audience, and to help financially sustain their practices with intentionally lower than market rate vendor fees. The Royal Bison aims to exist in symbiosis with its community, and while it is not a non-profit, it is run with a likeminded ethos to serve the community it exists in.
The Royal Bison is 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.