2014 Maker Faire FAQs

Here it is folks – everything you need to know for the Toronto Mini Maker Faire this weekend Nov 22-23rd at the Toronto Reference Library.


What is the Faire? Why is it mini?

The Faire is a week end long festival that brings together all of the local makers, tinkerers, crafter and hackers we could find to show off their stuff to the general public. There’ll be booths aplenty for you to interact with, workshops to attend, and talks to see! In the Maker Faire world “mini” is code for ‘independently organized’ – but don’t let it fool you – the Faire is going to be mega and we are expecting thousands of people to attend!


Q Is the Faire free? Why do I need to register then?

A The Faire is free! Though we recommend registering your spot to make entry quick and easy.


Q Free? Really?!

A Yup! Thanks to our generous sponsors and their mountains of support, we’re able to bring the makers to the people free of charge. Saying that, there will also be some drop in workshops that charge a small or pay-what-you-can fee to take part as well as a handful of makers selling their stuff for you to take home! So bring your wallets just in case – these are locally made one-of-a-kind creations. AND Christmas is coming!!!!


What will be at the Faire?

Short answer: ALL OF THE THINGS! Longer answer: check out our list of makers here. Check out the workshops here, and take a look at all the awesome free talks here. 


Q Do I need to be a geek to come to the Faire?

Not at all! This is your chance to see what the geeks have been up to whether you identify as one or not! We’ll have all kinds of people coming to take a look and have a diversity of makers on show – from origami to installation art to robotics. There’s something for every one. Beware – you might not come a geek, but you might leave as one!


Q Where is the Faire?

A This year we are taking over the Toronto Reference Library. Here’s the map. Also know that we’re going to be spread out over 3 floors – so make sure to explore it all. You might even find a cave of glow-wonders on the 2nd floor and awesome Maker Talks galore on the third. And it’s all accessible of course!


Q Where can I park my car?

A There is parking! Asquith Ave is the small street just south of the library and Parkade entrance is on the south side of the street. From the Yonge and Bloor intersection, you go north, turn right on Asquith, then turn right into the garage.


Q Where can I get more information on workshops?

A The workshops are a mixture of drop in and registered. Here’s the full description on registered workshops. For the short cut, you can find more info and register your spot here!  Be snappy, they are filling up quick! Because there are so many of them, the 3D printing workshops have their own separate registration page – so please go ahead and 3D print your heart out!


Where can I find out about the free talks?

A We have an amazing line up of talks that are listed here. They will be held upstairs on the third floor.


Do I need to bring anything?

A Essentials include: curiosity & imagination. Other than that, other things you might need are: a wallet in case you fall in love with the few creations that are available to buy, some snacks in case you’re thinking of coming all day (cafes and restaurants are also nearby), and your family and friends to share the maker-ey love. Also, if you want something laser cut or screen printed? Bring it along and we’ll do what we can!