Making plans for Artwalk

Registration opened this week for vendors seeking a spot at the 13th annual Sarnia Lambton Artwalk set for June 6 and 7 in downtown Sarnia.

Last year’s edition of the popular arts and culture festival attracted an estimated 30,000 people, and more than 200 street vendors, to the downtown.

Along with the large number of vendors, the festival offers a multicultural village showcase, a children’s village and an eco-village, said coordinator Ashley Tanguay.

That gives it a “festivals within a festival” feel, along with street buskers and entertainment offered during the two days, she said.

Tanguay said organizers are once again planning to “tap into some local talent” for the musical entertainment at Artwalk.

TD Bank has come on board again this year with a $7,000 donation to sponsor the multicultural village that aims to showcase cultural groups and Sarnia-Lambton’s diversity.

Tanguay said organizers are hoping to grow and expand both the multicultural village and the children’s village offerings.

“So, we are expecting to see a lot more going on for kids this year,” she said.

This year, the event is adopting Discoveries Matter, a new community brand tag line announced recently, as the theme for the upcoming Artwalk.

“There’s so much to discover at Artwalk the board felt it was only fitting,” Tanguay said.

Registration for vendors is available online at

“We have some pretty faithful vendors what plan us yearly in their calendars,” Tanquay said.

Along with a large number of local artists, the event draws in vendors from as far away as Alberta and Kentucky, she said.

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