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Many a Royal Bison vendor’s work can be found at these fine Edmonton independent shops year-round:
• Hideout Distro (on 124st)
• Tix on the Square (Churchill Square)



ABOUT THE ROYAL BISON


The Royal Bison Fair pops up in Amiskwaciwâskahikan ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ, the territory of the nations of Treaty No. 6 and of the Métis and Blackfoot nations. The Royal Bison is committed to anti-racism. We work to create a welcoming, supportive, and capacity-building environment to show amazing work from our diverse maker community!


Since 2007, the Royal Bison has been popping up at the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre in the heart of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Forced online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, from May 2020 through December 2021 the Royal Bison hosted seven online pop-up fairs to great success, connecting more than 200 vendors with thousands of art and design enthusiasts from across Canada.  

The fair is returning to in-person-only status starting with the Spring 2022 season. You’ll find us in person at the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. We’re so excited to support Edmonton’s incredible community of artists, designers, and makers!

THE ROYAL BISON IS AN EDMONTON-BASED, TWICE-OR-SO-A-YEAR FESTIVAL OF THE BEST AND MOST CURIOUS ART, CRAFT AND DESIGN EDMONTON AND REGION HAS TO OFFER. WHILE ITS ROOTS ARE LOCAL, THE FAIR WELCOMES VENDORS FROM THE REST OF ALBERTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA AND SASKATCHEWAN.

We’re a tightly-curated, vendor-run craft, art, and design fair located in the heart of the historic Old Strathcona retail district in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The fair has been blowin’ through town since 2007, has a ferocious following of loyal customers, and – dare we say? – gets better and better each season. 

Three weekends a year – once in the spring and twice in the winter – top-notch makers, designers, illustrators, ceramicists, and assorted hangers-on, showcase their work, bringing with them some of the most vivid design, art, and craft in the country. The fair revels in all things local and independent, acting as a springboard and showcase for creative endeavours from the prairies and beyond.  


WHO RUNS THIS THING, ANYWAY?

Emily Chu

ORGANIZER

Emily Chu 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

Vikki Wiercinski

ORGANIZER

Vikki Wiercinski is a graphic designer and ceramicist. She has been organizing the Royal Bison since 2010. Read more about her work at veekee.ca

Tracy Niven

ORGANIZER

Tracy Niven is a graphic designer and art director in Edmonton. They've been slingin' prints, pins and other things under Lonely Coyote since 2020. You can view more of their work at tracyniven.com

Zeph Mitchell

ORGANIZER

Zeph Mitchell is a multidisciplinary artist, and started vending at Royal Bison in 2019. He loved the market so much and being a part of it, so decided to help a bit behind the scenes.

Stephanie Simpson

ORGANIZER

Stephanie Simpson is an illustrator and photographer, as well as a long-time vendor at the Royal Bison. Check out her work at stephsimpson.ca

Genevieve Ongaro

ORGANIZER

Genevieve has been a Royal Bison vendor for almost 5 years. Her Material Culture side project began as a way for her to explore different media and express herself in ways that her graphic design career didn’t allow for.