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The Breakwater Market – Vendor and Performer Applications 2017

2017 Vendor Information:

Interested in selling at the Breakwater Market?

The Breakwater Market is a Sunday Market on the grassy area next to the Breakwater at Ogden Point and is operated by the James Bay Market Society who also operate the James Bay Community Market on Saturdays. The are celebrating our 23rd year.

We thank the Greater Vancouver Harbour Authority for this opportunity as well as our community sponsors: Bim Consulting, King Bros Limited, Zapco Welding and Fabrication, The Greater Vancouver Harbour Authority, Western Stevedoring, Harbour Ferries, CVS Tours, the Ogden Point Enhancement Society and the Cruise Line International Association.


Please download and read Our Market Policy (Click Here) and the History of the Market (Click Here).

Application Acceptance / Jury Dates for the 2017 Market Season

We have jury dates throughout the summer for submitting applications & jurying (both will be done during these dates). Please ensure you have your completed James Bay Market Society Membership and the Breakwater Market Vendor application forms as well as a sampling of all the products you wish to sell. For returning vendors, you only have to bring the products you are adding, if you aren’t adding new products, just bring your completed Breakwater Market application form and fees.

During the summer months jury sessions will be held at the close of the James Bay Community Market, starting at about 3:30 pm. The James Bay Community Market is located at the corner of Menzies and Superior in James Bay.

Next Jury Sessions

Jury dates are posted on the Home page of the market website.

We are looking forward to meeting you! Please read the application forms and information on this page and email us if you have any questions.

Please email to express your intent to attend a jury date.

Become a vendor and join our Breakwater Market Family

All potential vendors are juried by our Jury Committee.
Our criteria is Handmade, Homemade and Homegrown.

All food vendors and food producers must attach the proper VIHA certificates for their category with their application ie, Food Safe Certificate, PH test results, VIHA permits. For a full list of VIHA requirements see the Guidelines for the Sale of Foods at Temporary Markets published by Island Health (VIHA).

The Market is investigating a blanket Insurance on site liability only policy to cover vendors for a reasonable fee. Please contact us before purchasing a policy for this event.
Note: Bakers, food service and any vendors whose business includes touching their client ie massage must carry their own Insurance. We require a copy of your insurance policy either from the Market one or your Busines one prior to being able to vend.

For insurance details, please see the Vendor Application form.

Please read, print and complete our vendor application and note the following vendor requirements.

  • New vendors must pay a jury fee of $10, payable at time of meeting with the Jury committee
  • Vendors accepted by the Jury Committee are required to join the James Bay Market Society.
    Please make your cheque payable to the James Bay Market Society in the amount of $20 and note on the check for Breakwater Market.
    This fee is for membership for 2017 in the James Bay Market Society.
  • Only full spaces (10 x 10 feet) are available. The fee is $30.00 per week and dates and payment are required prior to the event.

Because of the short Market season we ask our vendors to commit to the Market in advance for the dates they wish to attend in June, July and August. Payments are made monthly and in advance. Cheques for the June/July Markets are dated May 15th, 2017 and June 30th, 2017 for the August Markets. Priority will be given to those vendors who support us and attend all or most Markets

  • We understand you may have to miss a market. You must let us know at the time of payment what day you cannot attend. IN THIS CASE ONLY you may deduct the $30. weekly fee from your payment cheque. We cannot refund monies for missed markets other than in this case.
  • We ask that you notify us by Tuesday of the Market week if you have to miss a market. We will try to re-assign your spot to another vendor.
  • Because we need our vendors there every week, not just on cruise ship days, you are required to attend one Sunday each month when no cruise ships are docked at Ogden Point during Market hours.
  • Space priority will be given to those vendors who support us and attend all Markets.
  • Your tent must be secured with weights. The irrigation pipes in this area are close to the surface so staking your tent is not an option.
  • The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority requires that all vendors at The Breakwater Market carry a minimum of Site Liability Insurance.
  • The Market is investigating a reasonably priced Site Liability policy to cover all vendors not carrying individual policies.
  • Please contact us before purchasing a policy for this event. Note: Bakers, Food server or any whose business includes touching their client ie: Massage.

    All Breakwater Market Vendors must have Business Liability Insurance and we must have a copy of the insurance policy before you can vend at the Market. For insurance details, please see the Vendor Application form.

2017 Vendor Application form:

Please fill in the application form and bring it to the jury session along with a sampling of your products and some product photos.
Download the Breakwater Market VENDOR Application here. (Adobe PDF)

The Breakwater Market Musician & Performer Application forms

Musicians & Performers
The Breakwater Market hires live entertainment each week. Musicians are welcome to collect tips and sell CDs. The market has 110V power, two microphones, a MM5D 5 input Mixer amp, YX10 speakers and stands. The only thing that the market has plugged into the mixer are the two microphones.

Download the Breakwater Market PERFORMER Application here. (Adobe PDF) | (or in a word doc)

If you are interested in performing at the Breakwater Market please email us at
Contact us:
Email us at:
Phone: 250 381 5323

Mailing Address:
The Breakwater Market,
547 Michigan Street,
Victoria, B.C. V8V 1S5