May is traditionally a very busy month for the local arts and crafts scene so, without further ado, here is my selection of upcoming events:
Kanata Artists Studio Tour
May 1, 2 and 3 – various locations. visit the KAST website for a list of participating artists and their locations.
613 Night Market
May 2 – 4 pm to midnight – Shaw Centre (Ottawa Convention Centre), 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa. Street food, shopping, art, music food. Admission $10. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.
May 8 to 10 – EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa. For full schedule and ticket prices go to ottawacomiccon.com
May 9 – 10 am to 3 pm – Immaculata High School, 140 Main Street, Ottawa. Handmade awesomeness in Ottawa! Admission $2. Visit the MAC FAIR website for more info
Glamour in the Glebe
May 8 (6:30 pm to 9:30) and 9 (10 am to 4 pm) – Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue, Ottawa. Fashion, jewellery and accessories. Details on the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group’s website
Art Journey (Spring show and sale)
May 23 – 10 am to 5 pm – Smiths Falls Community Centre, 71 Cornelia Street, Smiths Falls. Free admission. Visit artjourneysmithsfalls.com for more information
Ravenswing Arts + Music Fair
May 24 – 11 am to 5 pm – Mintopark Ottawa. Celebrating creativity in the Nation’s Capital! Find out more at ravenswingottawa.com
Metamorphosis – Eco Fashion Show
May 27 – Doors open 6 pm for a silent auction / fashion show starts at 7 pm – Wabano Centre, 299 Montreal Road, Ottawa. Admission $20 Find out more at ecoequitable.ca
May 30 – 9 am to 4 pm – Bell Sensplex, 565 Maple Grove Road, Kanata. Admission $5. Visit Handmade Harvest’s website for details.
May 30 – 10 am to 5 pm. Parkdale Market Park, Ottawa. Annual community driven arts festival showcasing art, crafts, local food, music, poetry and more! Details at hintonburg.com
Geeked Toy & Collectibles Sale
May 30 – 10 am to 4 pm – Carleton Place Arena, 75 Neelin St., Carleton Place. Check out the event website here
Gluten Free Utopia
May 31 – 10 am to 4 pm – Ukrainian Banquet Hall, 1000 Byron Ave., Ottawa. Bringing together more than 40 regional vendors specializing in all things Gluten-Free. Admission $10 For more info visit GFU’s website.
Galerie McKenzie Marcotte Pottery (open house)
May 31 and June 1 – 10 am to 5 pm daily – 26 Sully, Wakefield QC. The gallery features the porcelain of ceramic artists David McKenzie and Maureen Marcotte, as well as the work of a select group of artists from the area. Details at mckenziemarcotte.ca
Vendor Call Outs
If you are a vendor looking for some last-minute opportunities, check out these events
The Sandy Hill Spring Fair is looking for vendors. The event is presented by the Bettye Hyde Cooperative Early Learning Centre and Action Sandy Hill, and will be held on June 6th from 9 am to 2 pm at 43 Blackburn Ave. (corner of Osgoode St.). For more details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The first annual Majestic Family Day is looking for both vendors and community organizations for its May 17 event at the Jack Purcell Community Centre (10 am to 3 pm). The event is a celebration of family diversity in recognition of international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. For more information please contact family@JersVision.org
Attention emerging artists of all ages and any media: Friday May 1st is the last day to submit your work for GNAG’s (Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group) “Strut Your Stuff” art show and sale, to be held from May 4th to May 11th at the Glebe Community Centre. More information, as well as the submission form, can be found at the GNAG website.
That’s it for now; have a creative week and don’t forget to support local!