Maker Festival Announces Call for Spectacle 2017

Posted on January 28, 2017 Under news

Maker Festival 2017 is officially scheduled for July 8th & 9th.

This year, we’re looking forward to adding even more maker-y installations, wondrous experiences, and whimsical visual delights.

This could include, but is not limited to:

  • – projections
  • – installations
  • – interactive / immersive experiences
  • – roving things (like giant puppets or parades)
  • – performances / demonstrations
  • – artworks / sculpture
  • – costumery
  • – FIRE!
  • – technology demonstrations (VR, 3D scanning etc.)
  • – large scale LED awesomeness

As before, Toronto Reference Library will host our event and there are different spaces that are ripe for animating – such as 1st floor Atrium, second floor balconies, outdoor side street, dark glowatorium, and more. At this stage, plans are very flexible, and we’re interested in any and all crazy ideas – even those that might shake up the usual Festival format.

Note: THIS IS NOT CALL FOR MAKERS! If you want to be a regular exhibitor, there will be an application form for that later in March.


Click on this link to send in your proposal before April 30th, 2017.




But is there money? Good question! As you may know, Maker Festival is a non-profit run run entirely by a group of dedicated volunteers who aim to pay makers/artists where ever possible. We plan to secure funding for spectacles in coming months – though our ability to do so will depend on the nature of the spectacle. So please do send in your dreams, ideas, or already completed projects so we can talk about what it it will take to make it happen! 

Got questions? Email


Credit to:

MakeLab for the Digital Graffiti Wall.

Puppet maker Drew Lamb for the above Wendiceratops.

Large-scale flexible DIY LED sign from Hacklab.TO members.