To provide a service to the members of the Sundog Arts Society that will be unsurpassed by any other organization or society. To be an asset to our exhibitors, which will allow them to provide a craft show unique to all others. To maintain our reputation as Saskatchewan's Premiere Showcase of Arts and Crafts.
The prime focus of the Sundog Arts Society has always been to promote arts, crafts and music, making them available to the general Saskatoon public. The first Sundog Handcraft Faire was held in the lower level of the Centennial Auditorium in 1974. The event grew in popularity every year and was moved to the Saskatoon Field House in 1983 to better accommodate the crowds and then in 1994 to Saskatchewan Place after one year at the Titan Building. Held annually, on the first weekend in December, Sundog is pleased to host approximately 14,000 patrons during the three days of the Faire.
Sundog has always incorporated a Craft Market and Specialty Food Area with other forms of entertainment. Our Main Stage Area features non-stop entertainment from across Saskatchewan, all presented within a multicultural Food Court. The Demonstration Area features various guilds, while the Information Area is reserved for culturally related groups. the Children's area provides our younger patrons with their own fun and entertainers. Sundog is truly something for everyone.
Sundog is a non-profit organization, run by a volunteer board. A Coordinator is paid an honorarium to administrate the Faire. All performers, Children's area coordinator and workers, and community groups are also paid honorariums. We have always worked closely with community groups to increase their exposure, as well as provide a fund raising venue for them. In turn, these organizations provide various services such as coat check, entrance and food court monitoring, ticket sellers, etc., We utilize approximately 200 volunteers.
The promotion of Sundog incorporates all forms of advertising in our promotional package. We extensively use local and rural newspapers, local and provincial magazines, television, radio, live remotes, billboards and mail-outs. We are pleased to partner with Tourism Saskatoon and Tourism Saskatchewan to highlight Sundog, as well as our wonderful city and beautiful province!
The Sundog Arts & Entertainment Faire has become an eagerly anticipated event during the Christmas season for Saskatoon and area shoppers. We look forward to the future and to remaining Saskatchewan's Premier Festival of Handcrafts.
In order to become a participant in the Sundog Arts & Entertainment Faire you must first be a member of the Sundog Arts Society. The membership fee for the Sundog Arts Society is $10.00. You must fill out an application like the one below.
Once your application form and membership fee are received then you will be placed on our mailing list.
Please Note: There are no restrictions to becoming a member of Sundog, with exception to the rule that all work is that of the exhibitor, and that no moulds or kits may be used, unless the mold is designed and made by the crafter. We also encourage out of province exhibitors.
Faire Application Process
The application for the Sundog Arts & Entertainment Faire is multi-stage
Stage One: In the month of March all of our members will receive an application form for the Faire. You will have approx two months to fill this out.
Stage Two: The application deadline is April 30th (must be postmarked by this date). Once the deadline has passed the Sundog office must have received your completed application form, Faire fees, and three to six jpeg images of your original work. All applications once recieved are sorted according to medium. The booth costs are laid out in the application package or by inquiring to the coordinator. Exhibitor booths come fully draped with one table and two chairs. Power supplies are available from ShowTech Electric and an application for power is included in the application package for the Faire.
Stage Three: By the middle of June all applications recieved are juried. The jurying process is done by our eight member Board of Directors using the images submitted as aides for basing the decision on participation in the Faire.
Stage Four: Applicants are informed of their acceptance or waiting list status by the first week of July.
Sundog is always held on the first weekend in December. This will sometimes incorporate the last day(s) of November. The Sundog Arts & Entertainment Faire is held at SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon's largest multi-purpose facility.
SaskTel Centre is one of Saskatoon's best known landmarks. Follow any map of Saskatoon (map also in the phone book) to Idylwyld Drive, follow this street North out of the city. Take the highway to North Battleford which veers left or to Prince Albert which is a straight continuation. SaskTel Centre is very visible from either highway.
The responsibility for the Faire is that of the Board of Directors, this Board is elected by the membership of Sundog and is made up of artists and crafters. The Board then hires a coordinator to run the day to day affairs of Sundog and report to the board at it's monthly meetings.