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Next Podcast: Let's Cross the Border! Canada, Here I Come


Most of my readers are U.S. based fine artists and craftspeople. Did you realize there is a whole other world just a few miles north of us with educated sophisticated people in big cities who may love your work? Think Montreal (metro pop. 3,824,221), Toronto (metro pop. 5.5 million) and Vancouver (metro pop. 2,313,328). 

Many of you live near this border. Have you participated in a show in Canada? These are some of the most multicultural cities in the world, with deep roots in Europe and the Far East. Surely there are art buyers there. 

Our guests are:

  • Mark Teeple, Executive Director of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto's largest, and longest running outdoor art fair that attracts over 100,000 people and hosts 350 artists. 
  • Mixed Media artists Chris Rom and Geoff Buddie, no stranger to the top U.S. art fairs, cross the border to participate in the Toronto Exhibition. They live in Northwest Ohio.

Mark's expertise is the Toronto marketplace and the positioning of the exhibition to bring in the buyers.

Chris and Geoff share information on crossing the border for commercial purposes, the differences in currency and other business issues for cross border traffic.

If you, as a U.S citizen, have participated in Canadian art fairs I'd like to hear from you too. Please contact me ahead of time or leave a comment below.

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Comment by Wendy Merkle on January 31, 2015 at 11:25pm

I am going to listen to this podcast and then respond because my daughter and I did the TOAE 2 years ago and there are some significant issues!  Both because of the border and the way the show is set up.

Comment by Connie Mettler on January 28, 2015 at 10:36am

Tina, the podcasts are always available at: -- in the iTunes Library podcast section "Art Fair Artists Success Show", and click on "Radio" at the top of this site where you'll find them all. 

Comment by Tina Pietsch on January 27, 2015 at 10:40pm
I would love to listen to this podcast but unfortunately the link did not work for me this afternoon. Are you going to post so we can replay? Thank you
Comment by Barry Bernstein on January 27, 2015 at 4:51pm

Wouldn't you have to be Canadian to be classified as Canadian humor and it would have to be spelled Canadien. But, lets not go on defence.

Jack, I met your daughter at the St Louis Art Fair. We had a great time. You have a very cute granddaughter. How do I get one of those Hippie Jack t-shirts?

Comment by Connie Mettler on January 27, 2015 at 4:42pm

Really, Jack? Is that some sort of Canadian humor?

Yes, you can listen to it later, Mary. It is always archived at, and on iTunes in the podcasts at "Art Fair Artist Success Show."

Great question, Mary Ann, but I don't think my guests are ready for that one. Who has a better idea of where Mary Ann can get that info? 

Comment by Mary Ann Einarson on January 27, 2015 at 3:36pm

I'd love to hear about their experiences with shipping to/from Canada... I've had so many requests to send products (mostly Toronto or British Columbia) – but the shipping is cost prohibitive. Like, nearly 50% the price of the product. Yikes.

I'd love to hear their thoughts. And, maybe a few insider tips?

Thank you!

: )

Mary Ann

Comment by Jack Stoddart on January 27, 2015 at 2:37pm

Are there interior decorators in Canada? Do they have tape measures? I spent 3 summers in Nova Scotia. Even the rural areas appreciate the arts. I love Canada, it's like a whole different country.

Comment by Mary Rembach on January 27, 2015 at 2:15pm

I'd like to know what the sales tax requirements are as it applies to US citizens selling in Canada.  I hope I can listen to this later tonight.  I won't be home at 5 PM.

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