The Royal Bison is a vendor-run, independent craft, art and design fair located Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
A few times a year we pop up to show off the best independent art, design and craft from Edmonton, Alberta, and western Canada.
ONLINE FAIR VENDOR FEES
$80.00+GST AND 15% COMMISSION ON NET SALES
FOR NON-PANDEMIC TIMES, BELOW ARE THE IN-PERSON BOOTH FEES:
Table fee is per weekend. It includes booth space, table (if you need one) and all the chairs you could ever need. Wall space and access to power is free but available only by request after you’re accepted, and is subject to availability.
4-FOOT SPACE • $150
6-FOOT SPACE • $225
8-FOOT SPACE • $300
10-FOOT SPACE • $375
Typically, most vendors will only receive 4 or 6 feet of space (we want to fit in as many top-notch vendors in as we can) but if you think your product/display requires more, apply for more space! Ten-foot spaces are reserved for vendors with larger items or displays (think furniture or clothing).
THE ROYAL BISON FAIR HAS BEEN BLOWIN’ THROUGH TOWN SINCE 2007, HAS A FEROCIOUS FOLLOWING OF CUSTOMERS, AND IT GETS BETTER AND BETTER WITH AGE.
The Royal Bison is vendor-run, aligned with the arts community, deeply independent and we like to think it's one heckuva good time.
In the Before Times, the fair popped up for a weekend only three times a year (once in the spring, and twice in the winter). In person events have a roster of 70-ish top-notch makers, designers, illustrators showing their work. The Royal Bison brings some of the most vivid design and art this city and region have to offer.
Since March of 2020, due to the pandemic, the fair has taken place online, allowing for more top-notch vendors to participate from across the region!
THE ROYAL BISON IS ARTIST-JURIED AND CURATED WITH AN EYE TOWARDS THE NEW, UNIQUE AND DESIGNED. IT’S A SNAPSHOT OF WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE INDIE ART, DESIGN, AND MAKER SCENE IN EDMONTON AND REGION.
Here are some tips to help you put your best application forward.
• It’s a good thing and a bad thing, but the fact is that we get way more applications than we have room for. • It’s competitive to get in to the fair, but definitely not impossible!
• Applications are juried by an ever-changing group of members of Edmonton’s creative community.
• We always make room for new people and new ideas, and can’t wait to see your application!
We invite you to have a peek at our Instagram feed, which features work of vendors from fairs past. Read on and find out what we’re lookin’ for:
THE LOCAL AND THE REGIONAL
Much of our vendor roster is dedicated to local vendors. Out-of-town applications from the Canadian prairies/western region (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and interior BC) are welcome and are juried on design merit. If you're based further afield than this, we would consider your application for our online fair only if you are an expat originally from Edmonton and continue to have significant ties to our community.
REGARDING CULTURAL APPROPRIATION
If you’re making Indigenous (or Indigenous-inspired) work, we hope you’re doing it because you have legitimate ties to Indigenous culture. If you’re showing us a picture of a headdress or dreamcatcher or a medicine wheel, etc, please let us know your rationale for using this imagery or medium in your application.
DESIGN VS. HANDMADE
As the craft and design movement has evolved, so has the Royal Bison. We celebrate design work in many forms and through many processes – if your items are designed by you, but custom manufactured elsewhere and/or by someone else, we are proud to show your work and ideas at the fair.
NO PRINT-ON-DEMAND ITEMS
Vendors are asked to leave print-on-demand items at home. This is an item that involves your uploading a digital design to an online company that makes a standard blank product, like a pencil case/facemask/etc, prints your design on it, and then sends it to you or your customer. There are exceptions to this, ie. flat fabrics that you're sewing yourself, tshirts or embroidered hats with your own artwork on them, stickers, custom manufacturing, etc. Please email us any questions you may have around this, we are happy to hear from you as we work on this new policy.
REGARDING FAN ART
There are so many illustrators out there making original work, and we’d like to feature them. If you’re painting Bill Murray or printing Spock, please apply with only the original pieces in your collection. Our jury criteria for art with a pop culture angle is as follows:
- does the art work without the pun/text?
- is it something that only viewers of the show get, or an original message by the artist that's rolled around fan art?
- is there any added context in the artwork?
- is it loved by both fans of the show, as well as those who hate TV show?
- is it appropriate for what our audience is looking for?
By far the most competitive category. Our focus is on modern craft silver/goldsmiths and those making unexpected pieces from surprising materials. Assembled jewelry is very carefully considered for uniqueness.
FOOD & DRINK APPLICATIONS
We are a community-based event focussed on art and design, not a larger, more general trade show, plus we're located next to the most excellent Strathcona Farmer’s Market. Most likely your food or beverage item will be a better fit and find a more receptive audience in a more food-focussed market.