The Carving on the Edge Festival is an annual gathering held in Tla-o-qui-aht Territory, Tofino BC, Canada, that celebrates traditional and contemporary carving arts.

This year’s theme, Totems & Tributaries, will explore carving as a visual language. Totem Poles stand tall, telling stories of the land and its peoples. Tributaries connect our coastal communities to those upstream, uniting us along ancient salmon migration routes.

The festival offers something for everyone – from lovers of arts & culture to carvers of all skill levels. We welcome you to join us!

September 6th-9th, 2018 Main Festival Weekend

Carving workshops, demonstrations, cultural performances, artist talks, & canoe tours.

September 7th-11th, 2018: Edge Art Show, Featured Exhibits, & the Open Carving Area

September 6th, 2018: Artist Forum

Evening Programs

Public galas and presentations.

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September 2018

Family Carving at the Tofino Market – Saturday, September 1st, 2018

September 1 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday Public Market – Tofino Village Green, 366 Campbell Street
Tofino, BC Canada
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Come and visit us at the Tofino Saturday Market to learn more about our local tradition of the carving arts. Children and their families will be introduced to traditional tools, techniques, and meet carving artists as they demonstrate their skills. Accomplished visiting carvers will be working on their projects and curious visitors of all ages will be given guidance for using basic hand tools and a chance to explore play in carving.

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2018 Carving on the Edge Festival

September 6 - September 9
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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The Carving on the Edge Festival celebrates traditional and contemporary carving arts with something for everyone from lovers of arts & culture to carvers of all skill levels. Full event details and schedule will be finalized in August, 2018. Subscribe to our newsletter to get updates on evening talks, workshops and all events.

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Artist Forum – Thursday, September 6th, 2018

September 6 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Free

A pre-festival event open to all local and visiting artists. Every year we offer a different roster of mini-workshop sessions aimed at providing professional development opportunities and creating a space for sharing and discussion amongst fellow artists. This is also an opportunity for artists to meet festival staff and learn about all the different ways of participating in the festival throughout the weekend. Past highlights have included: Grant Writing workshops, Fine Art Gallery presentations, Social Media marketing for artists, and…

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Open Carving Area – September 7th-9th, 2018

September 7 @ 10:00 AM - September 9 @ 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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The Open Carving Area is a space within the festival venue for carvers to set up and work on projects throughout the week. All carvers are welcome to come enjoy this shared workspace, work on existing projects or begin new ones, and carve alongside each other. This is a great opportunity to share tips and techniques and gather inspiration from fellow west coast carvers of all skill levels.  Open daily September 7th-9th, 10am-5pm.

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Edge Art Show – September 7th-11th, 2018

September 7 @ 10:00 AM - September 11 @ 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Free

Come and experience the power of west coast carving at the Edge Art Show, an annual exhibit that launches with the Carving on the Edge Festival. Opening Night: Thursday, September 6th @ 7pm Edge Art Show hours Friday, September 7th - 10am-5pm September 8th & 9th - 10am-7pm September 10th & 11th - 10am-5pm If you are interested in submitting carved pieces to the Edge Art Show, fill out your artist entry form here. Our coastal rainforests have been home to a rich history…

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Evening Presentations Friday, September 7th, 2018

September 7 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Our 2018 evening presentations will explore the festival theme, Totems & Tributaries, through featured artist talks, presentations, & cultural performances. Join us for these ‘by donation’ events to learn more about west coast carving culture. To stay updated as we release more details for our 2018 events, sign up for our Newsletter and follow us on Facebook.

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Evening Presentations – Saturday, September 8th, 2018

September 8 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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One event on September 9, 2018 at 7:00pm

The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Our 2018 evening presentations will explore the festival theme, Totems & Tributaries, through featured artist talks, presentations, & cultural performances. Join us for these 'by donation' events to learn more about west coast carving culture. To stay updated as we release more details for our 2018 events, sign up for our Newsletter and follow us on Facebook.

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Evening Presentations – Sunday, September 9th, 2018

September 9 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Our 2018 evening presentations will explore the festival theme, Totems & Tributaries, through featured artist talks, presentations, & cultural performances. Join us for these 'by donation' events to learn more about west coast carving culture. To stay updated as we release more details for our 2018 events, sign up for our Newsletter and follow us on Facebook.

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News & Hiring

We are hiring! Festival Coordinator – 2018 Contract Position

We are looking for an experienced event producer to take on the coordination of the 2018 Carving on the Edge Festival. Ideally you are interested in developing the arts sector, you value creating spaces that are welcoming to diverse cultures, and you plan on staying...

We are hiring! Art Show Floor Manager – 2018 Contract

We are looking for someone experienced in arts sales to manage the Art Show at the 2018 Carving on the Edge Festival. You will work with the curatorial team to organize and install the annual exhibit and manage the sales floor during the festival. Ideally you are...

We are hiring! Volunteer Coordinator – Contract 2018

We are looking for an outgoing, people-person to support our wonderful volunteers at the 2018 Carving on the Edge Festival. Ideally, you are interested in developing the arts sector, you value creating spaces that are welcoming to diverse cultures, and you plan on...

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