The Toronto Mini Maker Faire is back for another year, this time taking over the iconic Toronto Reference Library. For two days, November 22-23rd, the Mini Maker Faire will bring the GTA’s innovators, artists, and hackers together to showcase their latest inventions. Attendees will be able to make their own robots, learn to solder, see the latest fashions in wearable technology, and take some drones on a test flight.

Following the success of last year’s event at the Wychwood Barns there is no doubt that the larger and more central venue will draw even bigger crowds and expose more Torontonians to the magic of making. If you missed the 2013 event, you can get an idea of what’s in store through this highlight video made by TVO.

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The venue for this year’s event was announced during the opening of the Toronto Reference Library’s new Digital Innovation Hub. A fitting location for a Mini Maker Faire, which are described as part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faires are all-ages gatherings of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors.

Launched in 2006 in the Bay Area, Maker Faires have been continuously growing in popularity; in 2013 there were over 60 community-driven Mini Maker Faires around the world. The two flagship events in the Bay Area and New York saw a record 165,000 people attend in 2012 alone.

Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.

Save the date for the 2014 Toronto Mini Maker Faire at the Toronto Reference Library November 22-23rd and subscribe to their mailing list for more details leading up to the event.