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Event Alert: C+H Birthday Edition!

As we celebrate our first year of spreading the handmade love here at C+H, we invite you to spread a little love to your local crafters and artisans this weekend.  Hunt down a market, show, or independent/handmade retailer near you, and let them know you appreciate all that they are doing to keep handmade alive and strong in Canada!   If you are in Vancouver, Winnipeg, or Toronto, look no further than these great gatherings of talent… they can’t wait to show you what they have to offer!

Vancouver, BC: This month’s Portobello West market is happening on the 29th, and as always, it’s a great place to find a huge mix of handmade goodies.  Head to the Creekside Community Recreation Centre (1 Athlete’s Way, Vancouver) on this Sunday.  Become a member for only $15 and you get free admission every time you come back this year! And trust us, you *will* want to come back!

Winnipeg, MB: Aqua Books plays host to the awesomely-named Crafty Minions show and sale this Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.   Featuring “guerrilla DIY craft” with funk and flair, and admission is free.   Aqua Books is at 274 Garry Street, so make sure you stop by and say “hi!”.

Toronto, ON: Fashionistas of any age will want to stop by The Clothing Show this Friday through Sunday in Toronto.  Showing a mix of handmade, independent, and vintage clothing, it is certain to be a feast for the eyes.   Avoid the lines and get tickets online here, then make your way to the show in the Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Event Alert: Easter Edition!

Long weekends are always a good thing.  They are even better when you can mix in some crafty goodness and handmade shopping!  If you are in Southwestern Ontario or Vancouve, you have a great opportunity to satisfy your appetite for all things handmade… you won’t want to miss it!

Kitchener, ON: The 21st annual From Our Hands To Yours show takes place at the Kitchener Auditorium this Friday and Saturday.  It’s a fantastic Easter tradition around K-W, and full of great local talent!   Doors open at 10:oo am both days, and you can even save $1.00 on admission by printing this coupon.  Not sure how to find the Aud? Directions are here.   I’ll be stopping by on Friday, hope to see you there! *Insider’s Tip: make sure you get a sample of the delicious garlic spread, it will have you coming back for more, guaranteed!

Vancouver, BC: Portebello West

This monthly art market presents their Easter weekend sale! Their new location at the Creekside Recreation Centre in the Olympic Village has enough space for 90 vendors and, according to their website, has a fantastic view too :)

March 26th and 27th from 11am to 5pm
Admission: $2 for non-members.

Do you know of an event that we should be sharing with our readers?  Send us an email, we’d love to spread the word…


Happenings and Goings On

With so many creative people in the handmade industry online, there are bound to be some interesting things happening… here’s a little taste of some of our favourite Happenings online lately:

Cargoh is upping the ante, and has introduced their first video artist profile. I was captivated watching it. Indigo is an amazing artist and it was so interesting to hear her speak (instead of just reading her tweets!). Watch for more video profiles coming up soon!

Cargoh Artist Profile – Indigo from cargoh on Vimeo.

The Rik Rak Shop is running a wonderful event called the Handmade Olympics – don’t worry, no athletic ability required, but plenty of crafty handmade talent is on display! This is your chance to vote for your favourites in 8 different categories. There are some fabulous artists, blogs and products represented! Go vote (you have until February 23rd to make it count!)

The Handmade Olympics

Pop Montreal, a very cool music festival taking place in September, is hosting a design contest for their next t-shirt! Puces POP, the handmade marketplace that runs alonside the music festival as well as in March (new this year) and at various other times throughout the year, is a great handmade/DIY venue. Put your design skills to work – deadline to submit is March 4th.


Event Alert: “There’s Still Time to Shop” edition!

Holiday parties and festivities are in full swing, and it is certainly a busy time of year for everyone.  If you still have a few gifts to pick up, or have some room left in your budget for a special treat for yourself… be sure to look around for a craft show or handmade vendor to support, there’s sure to be last-minute shopping options in your neighbourhood!

Ottawa, ON: If you are lucky enough to live in our nation’s capital, there is still a big show that you can take in this weekend. The Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale wraps up this weekend, at Lansdowne Park.  Doors are open today from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  There is still time to pick up that unique, handcrafted gift!   Admission is $7.00 for adults, and $4.00 for seniors and youth, (re-entry is available).  Want a sneak peek at who is participating?  Check out the Exhibitor listing!   There is plenty of on-site parking at Lansdowne Park, at a cost of $5.00 per day.

Toronto, ON: City of Craft is happening in several locations around Toronto this weekend – there’s the craft show event and workshops at The Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), as well as installations at the Ontario Crafts Council Gallery and the Cream Tangerine Gallery. There’s a lot going on, but the craft show itself runs Saturday 11:00am-6:00pm and Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm. You can check it all out on their website, including a vendor listing and photos of this year’s products and past events!

Vancouver, BC: The “Last Stop Christmas Shop” features works from the artists behind Bronsino (gorgeous leather bags) and Patina (leather accessories), the stunning jewellery of Su Foster and the always lovely belts, buckles and accessories from Flight Path Designs. To check out the selection from these great artists, visit #225, 975 Vernon Drive in Vancouver.

Edited to add:

Calgary, AB: I knew there was another show that I’d heard about online! Calgary’s Market Collective is hosting an event this weekend with over 50 vendors and live music, too! Check it out at the old Ant Hill building in Kensington, Calgary (148 – 10th Street NW). Runs Saturday 10-6pm and Sunday 11-5pm.

Have a safe and fun weekend!
~Jennifer & Sarah

Event Alert: Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, London, and Winnipeg!

Are you looking for something to do this weekend?  Maybe you still have a few last minute gifts to pick up? Take a peek at some of the great events taking place this weekend!  If there’s one in your neck of the woods, be sure to stop by and see what your local elves have been busy creating in their workshops!

Vancouver, BC: You won’t want to miss the One of A Kind Show and Sale, taking over the New Vancouver Convention Centre this weekend.  Open daily at 10:00 am until Sunday (closing at 9:00 pm Friday & Saturday, 5:00pm on Sunday).  Tickets are $10.00 each, or $6.50 for seniors/students.  Click here to purchase & print your tickets online to save $2.00.  Sarah sent rave reviews after her first visit yesterday, and I know she’ll be heading back later this weekend to give her feet (and likely her wallet!) another workout.

Vancouver, BC, part deux: It may be smaller, but no less awesome, don’t forget about Shiny Fuzzy Muddy.  The 11th annual Holiday sale is happening at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street, Vancouver) this Saturday and Sunday.  Hours are from 11:00 am to 9:00 on Saturday, and 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Sunday.  Take a sneak peek at the blog, then visit the show, admission is free!

Edmonton, AB: The University of Alberta’s Butterdome hosts their Christmas Craft Sale.  Doors will be open from 11:00 am to 10:00pm today, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday.  Directions, transportation, and parking details can be found here.

Ottawa, ON: Visit the Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Show and Sale.  The 36th annual show is being held at Lansdowne Park from now until December 19th (but closed this coming monday -dec 13th).  Stop in on weekdays from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, or on the weekends from 10:00 am  to 6:00 pm.  Adult tickets are $7.00, Seniors and Youth are $4.00.  Lansdowne is at the intersection of Bank Street and the Rideau Canal (onsite parking is $5.00).

London, ON: Dig yourself out from all that crazy snow, and stop by An Artists Affair at the Convergence Centre (999 Collip Circle, Western Research Park).    Running on Saturday only from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Admission is $5.00, but if you bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank (and we suggest you do!), it’s only $3.00.

Winnipeg, MB: It’s the Last Chance Christmas Craft Sale, coming to the Canad Inns (Club Regent Casino Hotel).   This event is running on Sunday only, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Click here for a map to the location.  Admission is only $2.00 with half going to support Cancercare MB.

As always, happy shopping!  And thank you for continuing to support Canadian artists and crafters!


Event Alert: Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Toronto, London & Winnipeg

Now that it is officially December, even the Grinch-y-est among us starts to feel a little bit festive.  The air smells like gingerbread, the lights are twinkling, and the dusting of snow is still new and light enough to be pretty (at least around my neck of the woods!).  So why not bundle up a bit, and make some time this weekend to check out one of these exciting events?  Hopefully there’s one near you!

Vancouver, BC: See 50 local artists at the annual Got Craft? Holiday Show.  It is being held at the Royal Canadian Legion 2205 Commercial Drive (@ E.6th Ave),  on Sunday only. Cost is only $3.00, and the show runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  As a special bonus, the first 45 guests get a free swag bag!  There is also a do it yourself table if you feel like getting in on the crafty action.

Montreal, QC: Join Team EtsyQ (the official Quebec Etsy Team), as they kick off their very first craft show and sale!  Creations & Cocoa will run from Dec 3rd to Dec 5th, at Galerie Rye.  Sip some delicious organic hot chocolate, and get to know some of the fantastic crafters from La Belle Province!   Doors will be open from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, and from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.   You can even win while you shop!  With every purchase of $25 or more, get a ticket to win one of the gift draws donated by the participants.  Galerie Rye is located at 1331a Ste. Catherine East, close to Metro Beaudry.

Calgary, AB: This weekend the Our Best To You show comes to the BMO Centre at Stampede Park.  With over 260 exhibitors, there is sure to be something for everyone on your list.  Doors open at 10:00 am daily, and close at 9:30 on Friday, 6:00 on Saturday, and 5:00 on Sunday.  Admission is $7.00, Seniors and Youth are $5.00.  Re-entry passes are available, so you can come and go all weekend long.  Click here for a map to the BMO Centre (formerly the Roundup Centre).

Toronto, ON: Don’t forget, this is your last chance to catch the One Of A Kind show at the Direct Energy Centre.  I was there on Monday, and it was fantastic!  Doors open daily at 10:00 am, and you can find more details here.

London, ON: You won’t want to miss the 2010 Christmas Craft Festival at the Western Fairgrounds (Progress Building).  The show is open from 11:00 am daily, and runs until 9:00 on Friday, 6:00 on Saturday, and 5:00 on Sunday.  Tickets are $6.00 each, or you can click here to print a pdf coupon for $1.00 off.

Winnipeg, MB: Aqua Books will host another Crafty Minions show on Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Admission is free, so head over and check out all the unique handmade items.  Shop for gifts, or just spoil yourself with something special!  Not sure exactly where to find Aqua Books?  We’ve got you covered: click here for a map.

There are, of course, many other events taking place across the country this weekend.  Kitchener/Waterloo welcomes the Christkindl Market, or there’s the This Aint Your Grandma’s Craft Sale taking place on Sunday in Winnipeg.  Here’s hoping that you find something near you to satisfy your crafty side!


Event Alert: Crafting from the Pacific to the Atlantic

As the holidays inch closer and closer, our crafters and artisans are busier than ever!  There are craft shows and sales all over the country, giving you a chance to purchase local, handmade, unique gifts that will be treasured by those you love.  Here is a sampling of some of the fantastic events from coast to coast this weekend:

Victoria, BC: Head to the Crystal Gardens for the Out of Hand Artisan Christmas Fair.  Starting today from noon until 9:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Admission is $8.00, seniors and students are $7.00, kids under 16 are free.  Fashionistas won’t want to miss the friday evening “fashion in action – a girls night out” from 6 – 9:00 pm, featuring DJ’s, cocktails, and models, along with all the fabulous handmade goodies.  Need directions? click here for a map to the Crystal Gardens.

Edmonton, AB: Truly local flair is on tap at the 9th Royal Bison Craft & Art Fair.  Taking place at  8426 Gateway Boulevard on Saturday and Sunday.   Open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.  Admission is only $2.00.  You can even RSVP on Facebook to let them know you are on your way!

Halifax, NS: Billed as Halifax’s favorite craft market for over 25 years, you won’t want to miss the Dalplex Christmas Craft Market. With over 130 booths featuring vendors from across the country, it is sure to be a crafter’s delight.    The show starts today from noon to 9:30 pm, then opens at 9:30 am on Saturday, and 10:00 am on Sunday.  General admission is $6.00, seniors, Dalplex members, and Dalhousie students (with proper ID) are $5.00.  Once again, you can RSVP for this event on Facebook.

Toronto, On: Put on some comfy shoes and be prepared to spend the whole day, because you won’t want to miss a thing at the One Of A Kind Christmas Show and Sale.  Open now until December 5th at the  Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place, it is a yearly highlight for Southern Ontario lovers of arts and crafts.  I will be stopping by next week, and I can’t wait!   Doors are open from 10:00 am daily, and close at 9:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sundays).  Parking and Directions can be found here (you will need to pay for parking, or take the TTC).  Save $2.00 by purchasing your tickets online, costs at the door are $12.00 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and students.

Edmonton, AB: Vive la Revolution!  It’s Edmonton’s turn to experience the Handmade Revolution that is Make It! After opening on Thursday evening, things get rolling again today from noon to 9:00 pm, then 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  This craft party is being held at the Alberta Aviation Museum (need a map? no problem!), and costs only $5.00.  Print this flyer and you can save $2.00 off admission.  On site parking is free.  Keep your eyes peeled for Sarah, I have a feeling she’ll be lurking around there somewhere!

Vancouver, BC: Experience the Portobello West Fashion and Art Market, held on the last Sunday of every month, this is your last chance before the holidays!  The market is open on Sunday from noon until 6:00 pm, and admission is $2.00.  You can also become a market member for $15.00 and get admission for the whole year!   The market takes place at the Rocky Mountaineer Station, and you can get directions online here.

Moncton, NB: Over 400 vendors are expected to take part in the Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum Craft Show & Sale this weekend.  The show is held at the Moncton Coliseum Complex (naturally), and admission is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors, students, or members of our armed forces.   Things get rolling from 2:00 to 10:00 pm today, then 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday, and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday.  A map link is provided here.

Winnipeg, MB: Thanks to a kind reader for letting us know about a joint event with Handmade Holiday and “This Aint Your Grandma’s Craft Sale“.  It’s taking place tonight from 5:00 to 10:00 pm, and tomorrow from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Winnipeg craft fans can head over to the West End Cultural Centre to check out over 40 local crafters.  Suggested donations for admission will go to charity.

You can also find shows in Oshawa, and Tillsonburg ON, Bear River NS,  Muskoka cottage country, and maybe one just a few steps from home.

If you stop by and visit any of these shows, be sure to let them know C+H sent you!  (and then drop us a line and tell us how much fun you had!).

Wishing I could be in 10 places at once…

Event Alert:

Needles are flying, kilns are firing, lathes are spinning, and kitchens are heating up all over the country.  We are definitely in prime time for holiday craft shows, and we here at C + H couldn’t be happier!  For your shopping pleasure, here are some of the great crafty events taking place this weekend:

Vancouver, BC: Vancouverites can join the Handmade Revolution this weekend as the Make It! show comes to town.  Visitors will recognize several of our wonderful C+ H vendors as you browse the aisles at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Dr).  Doors will open at 4:00 pm today, and 11:00 am on Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is $5.00.  Print off the flyer found here and save $2.00!
p.s. I’ve heard that “Make It is like a mullet;  Craft show in the front, party in the back”… sounds like my kind of place!

Vancouver, BC: Once you lucky folks are done at the Make It! show, head on over to the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Center for the Circle Craft Christmas Market.  Doors open at 10:00 am daily for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Admission is $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors and students.

Mississauga, ON: The International Centre in Mississauga will host the 2010 Seasons Christmas Show, beginning today and running until Sunday.  Adult tickets are $10.00 each if you buy online, or $12.00 at the door, $10.00 for seniors & youth.   Or, take advantage of 2 for 1 admission after 5:00 pm today (at the door only).  A map and directions are available here.   Hours of operation are 10:00 – 8:00 on Friday, 10:00 – 6:00 on Saturday, and 10:00 – 5:00 on Sunday.   You can also drop off a package of diapers in support of Peel Children’s Aid, to help out some “tiny humans” in need of extra support right now.

Winnipeg, MB: The Signatures Craft Show and Sale has taken over the Winnipeg Convention Centre (3rd floor, Hall A).  The show opened yesterday, and runs from 11:00 – 9:00 today, 10:00 – 6:00 on Saturday, and 10:00 – 5:00 on Sunday.  Admission is free, and directions can be found here.    Don’t miss the Children’s Christmas Craft Centre, where the little ones can create their very own handmade holiday item to take home.

Calgary, AB: This is the second (and final) weekend of the Spruce Meadows Christmas Market.  All the same fun, running from 12:00 – 9:00 today, and 10:00 – 5:00 on Saturday and Sunday.  Adult admission is $8.00.

Halifax, NS: The Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council presents their annual Christmas Craft Market at the Cunard Event Centre.  The Cunard Event Centre is at Pier 23 on the waterfront, what a lovely setting for a fantastic show.  Opening at 10:00 am daily on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and parking is free.   A weekend pass is available for $9.00.  Daily passes are $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and students, or $20 for a family of four.  Print this coupon for a $1.oo discount.

Guelph, ON: The University Centre (aka: the UC) at the University of Guelph will be a busy handmade marketplace this weekend, as Fair November comes to town.   Admission is free, and booths will open at 10:00 am today and Saturday, and 11:00 am on Sunday.  Click the link above for parking instructions and campus shuttle bus details.

Edmonton, AB: If there are little ones on your list, you may want to check out WeeStock, a show designed to bring baby-centered boutiques and family owned businesses together with discerning parents and kids!  This event runs on Saturday only from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Mayfield Trade Centre.  Adult admission is $7.00 and wee ones are free (of course!).  You may also bring clothing to donate in support of Basically Babies.

Vancouver Island, BC: Check out the Yellow Point and Cedar Country Christmas Tour from the 18th to the 21st.  Almost thirty local artisans put together this lovely holiday tradition that you won’t want to miss.  Each stop on the tour is open from 10:00 to 5:00 daily.

You can also find events in Nanaimo, Coburg ON (sunday only), Chilliwack BC, Ottawa ON (sunday only), and many, many more.


p.s. If you will be attending or participating in a show coming up, let us know!  We’d love to help spread the word.  Just send the details to


Event Alert: Western Edition

The weekend is almost here, and you know what that means… Crafty goodness!   Especially if you live in the western half of our beautiful country.  Check out some of the great shows headed your way this weekend:

Regina, SK: Our Best To You comes to town, running from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm today, and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday.  Cost is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors and youth, wee ones under 12 are free.   Directions and Parking details are online here.

Vancouver, BC: The Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Center hosts the Circle Craft Christmas Market.  Doors open at 10:00 am daily for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Admission is $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors and students.  Children under 12 are free as usual.   ***thanks to Fiona for letting me know of an error.  It turns out that the event details I found for Circle Craft Market had incorrect dates.  The Market actually takes place NEXT weekend (Nov 17-21).  The official website can be found here. My sincere and deepest apologies to anyone who turned up only to be disappointed.  Mea Culpa. ***

Calgary, AB: For a little international holiday flavour, head to Spruce Meadows for the annual Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market. Running this weekend and next, opening at noon on Fridays and 10:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays.  Admission is $8.00, Seniors and children are free.  Don’t miss seeing Santa’s reindeer, 74 kms of gorgeous lights, ice carvings, music and pony rides.  Oh yeah, don’t forget all the amazing craft vendors too!


Event Alert: Early Edition!

This weekend will be jam-packed with craft shows and sales across the country.  So, in order to give everyone a leg up on planning your shopping excursions, we are bringing you this week’s event alert just a little bit early.  All set? Hold on to your hats, ’cause here we go!

Halifax, NS: It’s Christmas at the Forum. From November 5th to 7th at the Halifax Forum, opening at 10:00 am daily. Over 450 exhibitors make this “The big one” on the East Coast, you don’t want to miss it!

Lethbridge, AB: The Fall Into Christmas show comes to the North Pavilion of Exhibition Park.  Running Friday through Sunday, doors open at 10:00 am daily.  Admission is $5.00, kids 12 and under are free.

Kamloops, BC: The 2010 Craft A Fair is happening on Sunday Only, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm at the Interior Savings Center (300 Lorne St, Kamloops).

Barrie, ON: The 16th Annual Xmas Craft Show comes to the Barrie Molson Center, November 5-7 th.  Opening at noon on Friday, 9:00 am Saturday, and 10:00 am on Sunday.  Admission is $6.00, or $5.00 for Seniors, kids 12 and under are free.

Almonte,ON (near Ottawa): The Handmade Harvest takes over the Almonte Town Hall on Saturday, November 6th, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission and parking are free.

Kitchener, On: Enjoy a lovely walk, with great crafters and artisans mixed in for extra fun!  Experience the Frederick Street Art Walk this Saturday.  Click the link above for participating homes and many more details.

Calgary, AB: Make It! The Handmade Revolution is coming to Calgary this weekend. At the Chinese Culture Center, Nov 5 – 7th, you can experience the fun of a combination craft show and party! Make It! is not your average craft show, with a DJ spinning on site as well as some seriously awesome indie artists and designers. Later this fall, Make It! will be in Edmonton and in Vancouver as well.

If you are able, head on out to one of these fantastic events this weekend!  You may even recognize some of the vendors from right here at Canadian + Handmade!