That Holiday market initiative appears to have taken a pass on Burlington - good news

By Pepper Parr

July 25th, 2023



A posting by For the Love of Markets yesterday caught our eye.

“We have had some amazing vendor event this year, and more are yet to come! Some markets are already full – Apply today to be a part of our August, Fall & Winter 2023 event line-up!”

This was the group that brought the For the Love of Markets to Burlington in 2021.

Brian Dean

Peter John VanDyk and Brian Dean were pushing the event.  Dean who is the Executive Director of the Burlington Downtown Business Association (BDBA) who is responsible for helping local business people grow their business.  Some people wondered why Dean would be working with a group that was going to bring in vendors who would compete against local merchants during the best marketing time of the year.

The weather didn’t work in 2021 – high winds resulted in the closing of the event.

The following year the organization didn’t have the verve or the pizzazz that many expected and was poorly attended.

Meagan Madill,: a Rock Star

In a report to Council there was concern over what to do with the event.  When the organization and its leader Meagan Madill,  were introduced Mayor Meed Ward described her as a “Rock Star”.

There was some discussion of tying into the Santa Claus parade but there was nothing firm.

It appears that For the Love of Markets has given up on Burlington – it is not listed on their 2023 vendor opportunities.

The event that took place in 2022 is listed,



No word from ward 2 Councillor Lisa Kearns. This one might be better left alone.

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