Show History

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 Steven Levy, Martin Rumack and June Bibby. June (herself an artisan) couldn't find a place to sell her work before Christmas, so the three friends 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 (Toronto) and again in 2001 with the One of a Kind Show and Sale Chicago. Our most recent additions are the One of a Kind Vancouver (2008) and One of a Kind New York (2009) Attracting over 200 000 visitors annually, our two Toronto shows have become a Canadian shopping tradition for those in search of the unique, handcrafted and the fantastic.

MMPI Canada

The One of a Kind Christmas Show, One of a Kind Spring Show, The Artist Project, Interior Design Show, IDSWest, Toronto International Art Fair, IIDEX/NeoCon Canada, and Explore Design are a family of events that produce the most innovative trade shows in the country. Collectively, we are known as MMPI Canada.

Merchandise Mart Properties Inc.

Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. is one of the largest trade show producers in the world. Our impressive list of events includes Art Chicago™, the Chicago Antiques Fair™, and the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Based out of Chicago, Illinois, the Merchandise Mart building itself is known internationally as an architectural gem, bringing together wholesalers, retailers and consumers for more than 75 years. For a complete list of events, please visit