Indie Expo Canada announces the 2019 event in Toronto

indie expo about 2019

Indie Expo Canada is Canada's premiere event for small businesses in the beauty industry. Experience the ultimate in independent beauty brands under one roof.

Indie Expo Canada is a bridge between an upscale vending event and a traditional expo. The highly anticipated inaugural event took place in Toronto at the Hyatt Regency on June 3 & 4, 2017, and was a smashing success. Indie Expo Canada is an annual two-day event; day one is power-packed with workshops and presentations, and day two is a shopping event.  We also have interactive demos and nail art tutorials and a speakers panel featuring brand owners and bloggers, led by Caitlin Gladney-Hatcher of Streets Ahead Style.  Indie Expo is highly focused on indie nail polish, but also features cosmetics, make-up, skin care, hand & nail care, bath & body, wax & home fragrance, and more.

Join us, and mingle with the brand owners and product designers, be the first to see trending products and new product launches. Browse and shop their products in person. Take part in workshops and demos, meet and greets, and Q&A sessions with top bloggers and Youtube vloggers, connect with brands and media and industry experts on all things beauty.

The indie nail polish business is relatively new in the big picture with its market debut just over 8 years ago, but it is growing exponentially. I want to cater to that, but expand the reach outside of our usual target market. My goal is to offer some insight to some of the smaller brands who have maxed out their potential because they have reached their own comfort level and don't even realize the enormous industry that is out there. And for those who have been in the business for a while, there will be lots of B2B networking and wholesale account possibilities. I feel that we as Indie brands have saturated the market we reside in (the on-line community) but there is a huge world out there just waiting to be conquered.

Past large scale vending events that I have attended have been successful in terms of their purpose of selling, but there is a much greater opportunity there to expand the market, connect business owners, media etc. Especially here in Canada where so little can happen in that way, and since the vast majority of these businesses operate solely on e-commerce platforms, these shows are valuable for making connections and expanding that into bricks and mortar wholesale accounts.

We have power packed weekend lined up, with interactive nail art tutorial tables for customers, and workshops by licenced nail techs for customers as well as cosmetology students and spa and salon owners, demonstrating the hottest trends in nail art and featuring the products from the vendors. Mingle with your favourite maker or bloggers and get your photo taken at the photo booth! We have amazing swag bags for VIP ticket holders, and a fantastic fund raising component. The 2019 recipient of 100% of the proceeds will be announced soon.  Please see the Paint it Forward page for details on this exciting charitable component.

If you own an independent brand in the beauty industry, and would like information on vending at future shows, please email us at

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August 17&18, 2019
1 pm to 6 pm
Workshops are on Aug 17, and the shopping event is on Aug 18.


Hyatt Regency Toronto
370 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5V 1J9
Entrance on Widmer Street
GPS/Parking Address: 2 Widmer Street, Toronto, Ontario
Tel: +1 416 343 1234


Tickets are on sale now!



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Downtown Toronto Hotel in the Entertainment District
Discover the excitement of Downtown Toronto’s Entertainment District, steps from the business and financial district and all that makes the city a vibrant destination. With access to the Metro Toronto Convention Center, you can explore the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Royal Ontario Museum, and Princess of Wales Theatre. Enjoy the fashionable shopping and dining scene within walking distance of our hotel. At the Hyatt Regency, you are immersed in the creative urban energy of Toronto.