The Project

Make Your Market is a place for vendors and other market enthusiasts to find information about upcoming events in Toronto. We also write stories about vendor life, offering profiles, tips and heaps of other goodies, with the aim to make your market experiences that much better!

We’re always looking for new stories and vendors to profile, so if you’ve got an idea or a business you’d like to talk about, be sure to say hello!

The People

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Jon Woodside

Right now for MYM, I’m working on… profiles of vendors who have made large changes in their approach to business.

My favourite thing about markets is… the buzz of activity and anywhere there are strings of lights.

My current favourite local product is… any flavour of Craig’s Cookies. My son and I are big fans.

In my spare time I… invent original sports with my son and play them as long as a 5 year old can maintain his attention, because I have the attention span of a 5 year old.

My childhood hero was… my grandfather who was a world-traveller before its time and war correspondent throughout the 30s and 40s.

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Estuardo Ibarra

Right now for MYM, I’m working on… creating blog posts for vendors and shoppers!

My favourite thing about markets is… how they always bring out a great mix of people and provide a unique shopping experience.

My current favourite local product is… the prints from Floating World Studio

In my spare time I… spend time with friends, Netflix, read, and draw.

My childhood hero was… Ash Ketchum from Pokemon.

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Diana Fleming

Right now for MYM, I’m working on… the website and dreaming up new editorial content.

My favourite thing about markets is… the variety of local talent – so inspiring!  I’m also big vintage fan and markets are a great place to find things without having to sort through heaps of junk.

My current favourite local product is… anything by Spirit of Vera. Her jewellery is the perfect balance of strong and delicate.

In my spare time I… spend a lot of time in the garden and run a little vintage shop.

My childhood hero was… She-ra. Princess of Power.

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Nabeel Ahmed

Right now for MYM, I’m working on… getting more useful content for social enterprise vendors, to help them achieve their social mission.

My favourite thing about markets is… the vendors – scrappy entrepreneurs, ordinary people with extraordinary stories.

My current favourite local product is… extra old cheddar from my local farmers market.

In my spare time I… play cricket!

My childhood hero was… Brian Lara.

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Waeza Afzal

Right now for MYM, I’m working on… getting to know Toronto’s makers and collectors on social media.

My favourite thing about markets is… searching for and finding hidden gems and trinkets that I know no one else but I will likely own.

The local product I just learned about and am excited to try… is the Andalucia lipstick from Rhode & Rue… sounds gorgeous.

In my spare time I… I like to draw, watch films from all over the world, write poems and take photos.

My childhood hero was… Jesse from Free Willy.

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Howard Tam

Right now for MYM, I’m working on… building out the business & partnerships side – all about those numbers!.

My favourite thing about markets is… is vendor stories. How did your business come to life? As an entrepreneur it fascinates me.

My current favourite local product is… Nasib’s Shawarma in Scarborough. You’ll wonder what you’ve been eating called sharwarma all these years.

In my spare time I… dabble in civic technology – @CivicTechTO.

My childhood hero was… my mom. Still is.