Similar to most brilliant ideas, the One of a Kind Show was born out of a simple desire for something more. Premiering at Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Building in December 1975, the "craft show" was the brainchild of three like minded individuals -- a young entrepreneur, lawyer and artist. The three friends felt the city lacked a place where young artists and designers could sell their work during the Christmas season. Confronted with this, they decided to create their own holiday shopping venue. After a great deal of leg work and countless all-nighters, the trio launched the first One of a Kind Show, which encompassed 25 000 square feet and 80 participants.
The One of a Kind concept expanded in 1979 to include the One of a Kind Spring Show. Attracting over 200,000 visitors annually, our two Toronto shows have become a Canadian shopping tradition for those in search of the unique, the handcrafted and the fantastic. To further extend this inspired shopping experience, One of a Kind introduced its online shop in May 2014.