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Mosaic Market Delights Fort McMurray

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Hundreds of residents enjoyed the third annual Mosaic Handmade Market from October 4 to 6, 2019 at MacDonald Island Park. Featuring 80 vendors with 10 local ones – artists, artisans, designers and makers got to showcase their unique inventory from across Canada.

The trade-show style event provided residents the opportunity to meet the artists in person, and learn more about their wares. Booths ranged from children’s clothes to jewellery to visual artists, and food – just to name a few.

“What separates us from other shows, and big box stores is you get to learn the artists’ stories, and feel the passion that goes in their works, because this is their livelihood. It’s a unique experience,” explains Etienne Dale, communications manager with Signatures, organizers of the Mosaic Handmade Market.

He adds, the company, which is based in Ottawa, but has majority of its shows in Alberta, searches the entire year for these artists, who have to go through a rigorous application process.

“We make sure the quality is up to a certain standard. We look at booth display, packaging, and branding. This is fine craft and high calibre. We’ve been doing this for 40 years – with 20 annual shows in 13 cities across the country.”

The show is expected to return next fall to Fort McMurray.


Kiran is a national award-winning communications specialist, freelance journalist, and social media consultant. She loves telling community stories, and is a strong advocate for inclusion, diversity, women’s rights, and multiculturalism. Got story ideas? Contact her via Twitter: @KiranMK0822.