St. Catharines is exploding with local talent! In the Soil isn’t just a place for artists, musicians, and performers to share their work – the Vendor Bender also showcases amazing artisans from St. Catharines and the surrounding areas. From woodwork to skincare to upcycled fashion and jewellery, Vender Bender 2017 is bound to be another fantastic marketplace for local and independent creators. This is all thanks to the incredible team at the Craft Arts Market, who have come on board as a community partner! Since opening, the Craft Arts Market has skyrocketed the profile of artisanal talent, providing a place year-round for makers to showcase and sell their wares. It’s never been easier to buy locally and sustainably, and Craft Arts Market is the place to go for anything from home deco to some of the finest coffee in the province.

We’re thrilled beyond belief to have Craft as one of our festival partners, and as one of our 15th Season Sponsors. This year, the Craft Arts Market and In the Soil are working together on a bender chock-full of amazing local artisans. The fine folks at Craft have curated each of the vendors – a few of which appear in their shop year-round! Check out our Vendor Bender page, and read on for more details:

Scent House’s amazing soaps!

Scent House

Scent House is an artisan soap company based in Hamilton, where they hand make gentle soaps with coconut oil. No lard or other animal fats allowed!

Road to Happy

From downtown St. Catharines, Road to Happy are the makers of colourful handmade curiosities, with specialization in aromatherapy and gemstone creations.


Some pieces by Nefarious

Also from downtown St. Catharines, Nefarious lovingly hand make clothing from lightweight and recycled fabrics.

Sarah’s Soaps

Sarah’s Soaps is a small batch vegan skincare company, specializing in simple and natural skincare using essential oils, fresh fruit and vegetables, and fine herbs.

Wild Blue Yonder

Pieces by Wild Blue Yonder

Founded by Amber Aasman, Wild Blue Yonder is a handmade jewellery company celebrating wood, the earth, and adventures in the beautiful Canadian wild. Their unique pieces use reclaimed materials, lumber scraps, and fragments of wood, bark, and lichen found in nature.

Worldscapes Fine Art Photography

Sergei Chriqui is a fine art photographer based in St. Catharines, who works on canvas, art paper, and photographic paper. Sergei’s work is always “chasing the light fantastic!”.


A natural wood succulent holder by Timberfolk

The folks at Timberfolks create natural wood succulent holders (succulents included!), cheese boards, and coasters. You can all check them out at the Craft Arts Market!

This & That Design Co.

This mother-daughter team from Hamilton make beautiful pouches and makeup in colourful fabrics and prints.

Gusset Leather

Gusset is a small leather-craft operation based in Burlington, where they create unique, durable, and gorgeous pieces. They specialize in messenger bags, satchels, purses, wallets, and belts.

Some adorable felt cacti from It’s All My Felt

It’s All My Felt

Based in St. Catharines, It’s All My Felt makes one of a kind handcrafted needle decorations, nursery mobiles, oil diffusers, and accent pieces from 100% wool felt.

MJ Dickson Woodwork

MJ Dickson is a St. Catharines-based woodworker, who specializes in both furniture and smaller pieces. He’ll be showing serving and cutting boards, coasters, hand-turned bowls, and other pieces at the fest!

Vendor Bender hours are from 5pm-9pm Friday night, and 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday! Come get yourself some goodies and stick around to check out a free show at the Festival Hub!