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« on: February 14, 2006 04:30:25 PM »

So I was just ambly searching the craftster site, and I found Craftermath, a UK crafters group which holds craft shows, has some nice forums, and a blog with featured crafters/features on areas/all sorts of crafty goodness (Check out www.craftermath.co.uk or craftermath.blogspot.com)

And the point of this post: does anyone know of anything like this in Canada, or specifically (to cut down travel time Wink), in Ontario?

I've so far found such... less "hip and with it" (ha) organizations such as Crafts Ontario (www.craftsontario.com), and the Ontario Crafts Council (www.craft.on.ca)

And if there isn't a lovely organization like this, would there be any interest in setting one up, or any input on how one would go about doing it?

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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2006 09:45:53 AM »

That's a great idea.  Please keep me posted, or p.m. me with ideas.


« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2006 06:20:57 AM »

I too would be interested in finding something along those lines.  (I'm in Ontario too).  In the meantime though here are some other sites I've found that are specifically Canadian, you might find something in one of their listings.

Canadian Arts & Crafts Shows - Listings of Guilds and Galleries http://www.canadianartsandcraftshows.com/guildsgalleries.htm

Arts and Crafts Canada - http://www.artsandcraftsnet.ca/

Craft-Search Canada - http://www.craft-search.ca/

Canadian Craft and Hobby Associations - http://www.cdncraft.org/

Craft Canada - http://www.craftcanada.com  - kind of disappointing

I'd like to see something that's just a little more indie and gritty, if you know what I mean.  I'd support something like that. 

I'd really love to see information about local craft shows that have less tole-painted birdhouses and more skulls-and-crossbones (for example), or see someone start organizing some.  Something like the DIY Trunk Show (the website for which seems to be gone now, alas).  I'm sure there are some things like that going on in Toronto but what about the rest of us who happen not to live in the centre of the Canadian universe?   Smiley


« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2006 09:24:24 AM »

In Ottawa there's a biannual sale called Not Your Grandma's Craft Sale, in association with Ladyfest Ottawa (a feminist cultural festival). It's a small event, but if you're in the area it's worth going to take a look, because there are loads of talented local artisans selling handmade items ranging from earrings to T-shirts to toilet seat covers. For news about when the next sale will take place, check out www.ladyfestottawa.com. Their photo gallery is under construction, but this is one of the shops that participates: www.workshopboutique.ca.

Anyway, I'm sure there must be something like this elsewhere in Ontario. Come on, even Edmonton, Alberta has a good alternative craft show (Arts vs. Crafts: http://members.shaw.ca/artsvscrafts/index.htm)! But if you can't make it to Ottawa or Edmonton and you really can't find anything like this in your Ontario town, you can't go wrong with the Signatures arts and crafts sale in Toronto (www.signatures.ca--also in Ottawa, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Vancouver, I think).

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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2006 07:24:51 PM »

Well, Toronto's almost 3 hours away from me, and Ottawa is that much further, too bad since that sounds like the kind of craft sale I've been looking for.  I've been trying to find out if there is anything interesting in London (an hour from me).  You'd think there would be since not only is it a fair-sized city, but also with UWO there, there must be some funky and cool craftsters.  Sadly the only events I have been able to find are things like Home County Folk Festival which I do love and attend faithfully but which has such high booth fees that many craftspersons would have a hard time. 

Again, I'd definitely support some type of organization for Canadian / Ontarian craftsters.  Although not TOO organized, that's not our style... or at least it's not MY style.   Smiley


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