Friday Fashion Show with Urban Baby Apparel & Simply Straight Forward Clothing

Local vendors showcasing their fashion line at VIM Stage 2  (through Mall Entrance)

Friday 3pm-3:15pm


What’s better than watching a fashion show with apparel from well known brands? A Fashion Show from well loved LOCAL brands from Urban Baby Apparel & Simply Straight Forward Clothing!!


Our two amazing VIM vendors, Urban Baby Apparel and Simply Straight Forward Clothing will be presenting their top notch fashion line with you featuring brand reps and models from Vancouver Island.


Get ready for a blitz fashion show with our fearless Em-Cee Ryan Douglas this Friday  at 3pm at Stage 2!

 On Friday, Jess and Paul will be performing live at main stage in the licensed area or you can view from our rest area next to concession!


Other entertainment throughout the day?  We have Craig of Bespoke Show that will be there all day to wow you as well as 102.3 the Wave will be on site in the day from 11-3pm.     There will be more giveaways throughout the day!

Wave on site till 3pm (listen to win some fabulous prizes)

VIM celebrates Creativity and Community with Cosplay

The countdown is on for our winter market happening this December 14-16 and our line up of vendors, workshops, and entertainers is nothing short of amazing.  

And adding to our line up on Saturday, December 15th will feature our guests from NPC and Phenomacon who will be hosting a costume contest based on our theme this year “Winter is Coming…”

Watch our themed trailer here

Why Cosplay? 

Cosplay (Costume-Play) is about expressing what you love through the creation of handmade costumes and connecting with people to share their passion together with you.

As a community,  cosplayers attend conferences, events and competitions to showcase their intricate costumes, have photographs taken of their beautiful work and connect with people from all over the world to enjoy a day or a weekend of geekery. 

 From this perspective, Vancouver Island Market shares this point of view with our audience.  We are a handmade market with talented artisans who are passionate about their craft and we gather together to showcase wares from all across the island for like-minded shoppers to enjoy and appreciate their work of art.  We are enthusiast  in our handmade world. 


Our judges for the cosplay contest will be Julie and Kari from North Pacific Cosplay and Dave from Phenoma Con.  

Cosplaying together since 2010, Kari and Julie have created dozens of costumes from various anime, video games and comic books. They attend local conventions on the island regularly and have won many awards together for their costumes and performances. With a passion for their community and all things ‘geeky’, they are always eager for a chance to play dress up.

 Phenomacon is a new con coming to the Westshore! Located in Colwood BC, we look forward to bringing you the content you want in a conventions: cosplay, comics, games and geekery.


They will be available on Saturday from 10-2pm at Vancouver Island Market to take in sign ups at their Phenomacon Table and prizes include weekend passes to MCon 2019, a trophy to take home among other prizes from Vancouver Island Market.

You can find more information regarding their contest and rules by contacting one of our hosts.  

Vancouver Island Market featuring local performers from across the island

Join us on December 14-16th as we gather together to showcase local talent from across the island.

Our much anticipated winter market (follow our hashtag #vimteriscoming) featuring over 200+ vendors , live entertainment, pop up shop, workshops, food and beverage area, wine craft beer and spirit sales will be the largest winter market on Vancouver Island.

With such high quality vendors , workshops, and a licensed area partnered with Longwood Brewery, we can’t help but to invite some of the very best local talent to join us!

Paul and Jess (Friday Dec. 14th) 4pm

Paul and Jess a classic rock duo with a full band sound.  Oldies but goodies, classic rock and a little modern day pop – people of all ages enjoy the hits they play.  The duo have performed for hundreds of parties, dances, weddings, festivals and pubs across Canada. You can get a preview of their music at


Eric Harper (Saturday Dec. 15th) 2pm

Enjoy award-winning musician Eric Harper and his fiery Flamenco guitar. Highly engaging performances involving audience participation, improvisation and writing tunes on-the-spot. The music and often hilarious stories are about his travels throughout the world. From the US to Portugal, from Spain to Israel, From Switzerland to China and back to the US to Canada. Eric’s mischievous mix of storytelling, singing, and virtuoso guitar-playing, make concert experiences an inspiring performance of the human spirit.”

— Longevity John


Dennis Atkins (Sunday, December 16th ) 12pm

Born on the prairies and raised on rock and roll country, Dennis took to music like wheat takes to gold. He learned to pick a guitar at 16 with the best musicians Manitoba had to offer. Metis through and through, he takes our Canadian past and delivers melodic memories here and now. He takes old time tunes and makes them his own. With historical lyrics and a crooner’s voice, his original songs blend with our favourite oldies seamlessly. Moved from the prairies and firmly rooted on the west coast, this versatile professional is sure to please all audiences.

“From Manitoba, now a Valley resident, Dennis’ approach to roots country is most satisfying and highly recommended…” 

 -Longevity John, 39 Days of July, Cowichan Valley, BC.

We are thrilled to have an amazing line up of musicians join us at our winter market and can’t wait to share our excitement with you!


Mei & Janice

VIP Family Pass to our Grow Bake and Make Show

Congratulations to Melissa Harris!  You just a VIP Family Pass at Vancouver Island Market.  Woohoo.. happy dance.   We will see  you there. 


Enjoy 3 days of fun at Vancouver Island Winter Market on December 14-16 at Nanaimo North Town Centre.


Your Itinerary includes:

  • Family Pass for up to a family of 5
  • VIP parking at the show
  • $50 shopping spree with any of our handmade vendors
  • A tour around 65,000 + sq feet of shopping, food, live entertainment and workshops
  • Photo taken by our Professional Photography team
  • Attend a Make-and Take Workshop at our show
  • and all other free activities at our 3 day event

Winner must present ID and contact us with vehicle license plate number to receive VIP parking. 




Craig McKee of Bespoke Shows

© 2017 HA Photography

The unique magic of Craig McKee – a magic show that has equal parts of laughter, wonder, and fun mixed with 20 years of experience as a VIP entertainer!

This interactive event will showcase some of his time-honoured reputation makers unique to his show, and a presentation style focused on fun!

Preview this magician at then prepare for some fun!

Vancouver Island Market Throwback!

At Vancouver Island Market, we are committed to bringing you the best of Vancouver Island’s growers, bakers and makers to our local community.

We have partnered with Tourism Vancouver Island to share with you this throwback and the launch of our winter market campaign.

Stay tuned for more upcoming giveaways, collaborations and the story behind Vancouver Island Market.  We can’t wait to see you there!

5 Reasons You Can’t Afford to Miss this Winter’s VIM this Holiday Season

With holiday season upon us and our local makers busy creating their craft for our much anticipated grow, bake and make show, we asked Robbie Stroud of RobbArt Boutique to write a bit about why supporting local makers and coming to our market especially this December is important. 

Written by Robbie Stroud, RobbArt Boutique

1. Exclusive gift ideas

Do you want your gifts to stand out this season? To the ones we love finding them that stand-out gift each year is an opportunity we never want to miss and always aspire toward. 

Winter Vancouver Island Market is admission only. This grants exclusive access to gifting ideas you’d typically never come across. We’re all looking for reassurance that no stone’s been left unturned in our undying pursuit of “that one gift she mentions each holiday now” or “the present you bought that actually made him tear up”. Moments like these are few and far between during our lives. That makes them all the more exclusive and special. Much like this event.

Show your loved ones you know them best, show your families they’re loved the best, but most of all, avoid regret and show up to experience Winter VIM on Dec 14th-16th. 

2. One-of-kind Shopping Experience 

Do you find your holiday shopping becoming less savory than Gran’s dried turkey with each passing year? 

Let’s face it, we ALL need to cross off those lists and as you get older it can become quite overwhelming. Busy streets, unfriendly customer service, and Bah-humbuggers can all be avoided if you just knew how…

Eureka! At Winter Vancouver island Market you’ll be greeted by warm individuals who want nothing more than to appreciate your time as they share with you passionately crafted goods. With vendor diversity in spades, you’ll be able to make this a one-stop shop. Simplifying and de-stressing what sometimes can take weeks of drudgery trips. People are excited at the chance to come shop here and it’s less likely you’ll encounter Stressed out Sally inside this market.  

All things considered, you’d be foolish to pass on the chance to redeem the ghosts of haunted holidays shopping pasts. 

3. It’s an Experience! 

In case you didn’t know it’s more than just shopping, Winter Vancouver Island Market is an event!

Drop that boring mindset of dashing from purchase to purchase with no pleasure in between. This can’t miss experience is to be enjoyed by all your senses.

Start things off right filling your belly some snacks, full courses, and even adult beverages. All uniquely made and locally crafted, yum. Engage your sights with extremely high-quality artists, hand-curated to ensure you’re getting the most exclusive gifts possible. Be encouraged to touch the materials that go into these products and tell a story to the people you’re giving them to. *sniff…  Smells like It’s time for another one of those delicious snacks.  Now stop, listen and soak in this cheery festive atmosphere.

What would you have done without experiencing Winter VIM this holiday season?

4. It comes but once a year

The best things in life are here for a limited time only. It’s the very reason we enjoy the holidays and our special, but often short time spent together. There’s value in all rarity. 

This event’s here for 3 special days only!

With 200+ local vendors, fine artists, foodies, live entertainment and creative workshops on offer this event could only be sustained for a very limited time. Be one of the exclusive few who experiences shopping this way. Discover why bringing everyone together creates something more special than the sum of its parts. You may never have another holiday shopping experience like it again.

With value your life can’t afford to be without, don’t wait, pick up your discount card before they’re gone. Plan your visit and ride share to Vancouver Island Market this December 14-16th at Nanaimo North town Centre.  4750 Rutherford Rd. (Old Sears Building)

5. The Gift is in the Giving

VIM is proud to be giving back this season and now you can too!  Did you know a portion of admissions goes to aiding those in need at this fragile time of year? This year a portion of our proceeds will go to The Salvation Army as well as The Rotary of Nanaimo North where they’ll best help the people in our intimate community. Generous shoppers may also donate $2 or bring a non-perishable item. The spirit of giving is upon us, don’t miss your best outlet to do a charitable deed for those in need.

Furthermore, VIM is a locally curated event. When you buy from these vendors you’re giving back directly to your Island friends and families. Forging stronger bonds and better businesses means you’ll be receiving even better experiences from these trusted names in the future. When buying gifts for your loved ones also creates a more comfortable holiday for the people in your community you just can’t turn your back on that. 

Remember how blessed you’ve been this year. Remember your community has families less fortunate struggling to provide. Most of all though, remember the easiest way you can support them is by showing up to shop at Winter VIM on Dec 14th-16th. 

You can find RobbArt Boutique on all 3 days at our winter market.  Don’t forget to like and share this post so we can spread the joy of giving this holiday!

You can find a list of our winter vendors here.


Workshop Launch

We are excited to bring you over 9 different workshops all taught by local business owners.

Over the few days watch out for new and exciting workshops that you can create & take home with you that day. We work with experienced workshop hosts to provide a deeper understanding of their craft.

Why do we host workshop during our events? Have you ever wanted to create something special for a loved one and not know where to start. Us too! We wanted to showcase local businesses that provide workshops to allow our attendees a chance to try something new.

Where are your workshop hosted? All our workshops are hosted at Nanaimo North Town Centre, 4750 Rutherford Road Nanaimo BC in the old Sears building. 

What does each workshop fee cover? The workshop fees differ from workshop to workshop. The day that you have your workshop you have free entry into the entire market. Come early to experience over 200 vendors, live entertainment, food, pop up store, workshops, wine, craft beer and spirit sales.

Do I have to pre-register? Yes, visit our workshop page for details on all workshops. Register today as seating is limited.

I want to host a workshop! Contact us today! We have three workshop spaces available for all sorts of different uses throughout the Market.


A new chapter begins at Vancouver Island Market Ltd.

Vancouver Island Market Ltd. rewarded into Remarkable Experiences Program via Tourism Nanaimo

It is with great pleasure to announce Vancouver Island Market Ltd. will be participating in this year’s Remarkable Experiences Program hosted by Destination BC.

Since we started Vancouver Island Market Ltd. , we’ve been working hard to build a network where we can showcase the creative talent right here on Vancouver Island.    This program will be beneficial to us as we plan our events, collaborate with industry leaders and create a grower, baker and maker platform for our vendors, partners and visitors.  

We are grateful for the support from Tourism Nanaimo and we can’t wait to create remarkable experiences with YOU!

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VIM POP Up Store

It is with great pleasure Vancouver Island Market welcomes Leanne Steel of Raigs as our Pop Up store manager this winter on December 14-16th, 2018.

Leanne brings to our market her extensive experience in retail and owned a café and art store before becoming a home based business owner so she can spend more time with her family. Her entrepreneur spirit about small businesses and supporting their growth will be a huge asset for this year’s Pop Up.

About our Pop Up Shop: The Pop Up Shop will be 1,500 sq/ft of highly selective, handmade products from some of the best small businesses we can find, all together in one central “shop” within the greater Vancouver Island Market. Having your product in our pop-up shop is a terrific option for those who are not able to commit to the full three days of the market, for those who might not have enough product/stock to support their own vendor table within the market, or for those who are already currently vendors in the greater VIM market and are wishing to have further exposure of their products.

Apply to be in the exclusive POP Up Store, click here.