Are you a photog? Join our Flickr group!
 

Craft show roundup 2012

Written by on
Photo courtesy Urban Craft.Photo courtesy Urban Craft.

Every November, even before the first hints of snow, we start to see the first signs of Christmas pop up around the city. And we’re not just talking about the Bay’s over-the-top decorations in the Rideau Centre walkway – nope, these hints of festivities around found in community centres, church basements, and even theatre lobbies.

The craft show extravaganza has begun!

Krista Leben, coordinator and co-founder of Urban Craft, has once again rounded up a few of the best spots below for you to snatch up local presents and festive fare, along with a few good reasons to visit each show. And, given that November is Support Local month, you’ve got no excuses not to head out and discover a new designer, crafter or caterer. You don’t even have to head to conventional craft show locations – we’ve got a holiday event happening in a flower shop this weekend, and a restaurant hosting a craft show in a few weeks.

So what’s going on around town?

Urban Craft
Saturday, November 3
10am-2pm
The Great Canadian Theatre Company
1233 Wellington Street West (at Holland)

Reason to visit: Urban Craft, Ottawa’s monthly market, features a curated lineup of hip & modern vendors from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal (and everywhere in between).

Be sure to check out: Blisscraft & Brazen, a talented duo out of the Laurentians. They create fantastic home goods with simple yet beautiful, and would look perfect in any home.

 

Handmade Harvest
Saturday, November 3 – 9am-3pm
Sunday, November 4 – 10am-3pm
Old Town Hall
14 Bridge Street, Almonte

Reason to visit: Handmade Harvest has become the must-visit craft show in the Ottawa Valley. It’s a perfect excuse to take a road trip to the charming town of Almonte to shop from crafters from across the region!

Be sure to check out: Red Door Provisions, makers of awesome preserves and canned goodies such as Spicy Caesar Picked Beans, Plum Chai Jam and Lemon Chili Marmalade. Their inventive flavor combos are divine and perfect for gift giving!

 

Glebe Craft & Artisan Fair
Friday, November 16 – 6-9pm
Saturday, November 17 – 10am-5pm
Sunday, November 18 – 11am-4pm
Glebe Community Center
175 Third Avenue

Reason to visit: This show has been a standard on the craft show scene for years, and they still continue to put together a great show each year!

Be sure to check out: Couture Kids. Owner Crystal makes modern kids clothes that would make even the tiniest tots in your life look dashing and dapper.

 

Glisten!
A Handmade Holiday Event
Saturday, November 17
10am-3pm
The Great Canadian Theatre Company
1233 Wellington Street West (at Holland)

Reason to visit: This show will feature 35+ hand-selected local vendors. Be sure to pop by each of the tasting stations at the show and take advantage of the free gourmet hot chocolate bar!

Be sure to check out:  West End Chiles, makers of fantastic brittles (such as their Hell Yeah Pumpkin Brittle which features pumpkin ale and a spicy bite), cool pepper jams and more! The perfect gift for your pops!

 

Sandy Hill’s One & Only
November 18, 2012
10am-4pm
Sandy Hill Community Center
250 Somerset Street East

Reason to visit: This show features not only an awesome range of vendors, but also offers free lunch to shoppers who visit!

Be sure to check out: Titanium Hip. Owner Meeka creates the coolest sock monkeys you’ve ever laid your eyes upon, and has other awesome hand-sewn creations to boot!

 

Idle Hands
Saturday, November 24
10am-5pm
523 St. Anthony Street (Off Preston)
1064 Wellington Street West

Reason to visit: Idle Hands puts together a fantastic show year after year with incredibly unique vendors from a wide variety of disciplines. This is a must-see show!

Be sure to check out: Papillon Press, run by husband & wife pair Chantal and Joel. Their holiday cards and stationary are not to be missed! Many of their pieces are not only hand-pressed in their Sudbury studio, but also hand-illustrated by the talented Chantal.

 

Hintonburg Artisan Craft Fair
Saturday, November 24
10am-4pm
Hintonburg Community Centre
1064 Wellington Street West

Reason to visit: This show has a great lineup of vendors and a nice community feel to it. It’s a low-key event that’s perfect to visit if you want to have a leisurely morning or afternoon of craft shopping!

Be sure to check out:  Jasmine Virani Jewelry’s new tribal line, released earlier this year. Her newest collection is her best yet, featuring interesting shapes and designs—perfect for the fashion lover on your gift list.

 

Shop Your Local Talent
Sunday, November 25
10am-3pm
Old Ottawa South Old Firehall
260 Sunnyside Avenue

Reason to visit: This show features a unique selection of vendors and also has an awesome community vibe to it.

Be sure to check out:  Ottawa darlings Purple Urchin, who make some of the coolest soaps in town. Check out their seasonal soap scents as well as their awesome candles which are made from soy and last forever!

 

Urban Craft
Saturday, December 1
10am-2pm
The Great Canadian Theatre Company
1233 Wellington Street West (at Holland)

Reason to visit: Urban Craft, Ottawa’s monthly market, features a curated lineup of hip & modern vendors from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal (and everywhere in between).

Be sure to check out:  Salvage Jewelry Co., creators of awesome vintage and salvaged jewelry. Their feather rings have become a huge local hit, and you must check out their necklaces featuring vintage sequins used in new and interesting ways!

 

Craftalicious
Saturday, December 8
10am-4:30pm
St. Matthew’s Anglican Church (Basement)
217 First Avenue

Reason to visit:  Craftalicious not only features a well-selected lineup of vendors, but also has live music, a tarot reader, and is your last opportunity of the season to shop from Ottawa’s coolest indie vendors! Not to be missed!

Be sure to check out: Winged Beast Outfitters, makers of hilarious screen-printed goodies. Our favorite t-shirt created by owner Stirling features a dinosaur riding a whale. How can you go wrong!?

Comments

4
 
Filed in: Crafts / DIY, Shopping

who makes that bunny pillow in the photo???

- Harga andromax i

The Ottawa Valley Weaver's Guild is having it's annual exhibition and sale this weekend too! https://www.facebook.com/events/150354325110393/

- Sarah

who makes that bunny pillow in the photo??!? i need it.

- Lina

Don't forget The Arts & Crafts Savoir Faire on november 25th (Aylmer) thesavoirfaire.ca/ and Mac Fair on november 24th (Old Ottawa South) macfair2012.weebly.com/

- Aja Besler

Leave A Comment

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

14040-ORT-613WebAd-1
Interested in advertising with us?Email us at
apartment613@gmail.com