Tricks of the Trade

What everyone needs to know about exhibiting at an outdoor event.

We asked Kirsten LaBonte logistics superstar, to share with us the tricks of the trade for participating in outdoor events. She was kind enough to share with us these incredibly useful trade secrets. Follow these during the show and you'll be showing like pro!

1. Don't Be Late 

In fact leave early, the best and worst part about being down at Nathan Phillips Square is that it is always busy down at Queen and Bay Friday morning rush hour. Allow yourself plenty of travel time to avoid pre-show stress!

2. Zip Ties, S Hooks, and Twine Oh My 

Zip ties, S hooks, and twine are an easy way to secure your art to both grid walls, fencing and even the tent itself. Don't forget to pick these up and leave your space clean at the end of the show!

3. The Art of Wind

Rocks, bags of beads, and other weighted items are a great way to make sure you light pieces of work do not get swept away in a sudden breeze. They also add to the visual display of your booth. I would also reccommend using Museum Putty for fragile ceramics and glass.

4. Contain Yourself

Rubbermaid tubs and ziplock bags are an easy way to transport and store your work. Label ziplock bags with a sharpie to make for easy identification. Rubbermaid bins can be stored under booth tables to allow for quick restock of your displays. 

5. When it Rains it Pours

Pop up tents are water resistant, not waterproof. Heavy rains cause pooling in the corners on the roof which leads to stretching and water coming through. To remove pooled water, use a folding chair or another blunt object to push from underneath and spill the water out - please be careful not to splash your neighbour! To prevent this, insert pool noodles or hula hoops in the inside corners of your tent, this will pull the corners tight and water will roll right off (below). Bring extra towels, tarps, plastic sheets etc. to keep your things dry.

 Rain Checklist

❏  Tarps, plastic sheets for covering tent (white/clear if possible)
❏  Garbage Bags
❏  Hula hoops/Pool noodles for corners 
❏  Rain Poncho/Jacket
❏  Rain Boots/extra shoes
❏  Umbrella
❏  Towels/paper towels to wipe down wet surfaces

A pool noodle or hula hoop wedged into the cornerof your tent can pull the corner tight, the water will roll right off and prevent pooling which can damage the tent and cause it to leak.