Rene Trim’s Arts and Crafts: Looking ahead at May events


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.


Ottawa Comiccon

May 8 to 10 – EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa. For full schedule and ticket prices go to



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

he work of Stittsville's Treasures from the Ark can be found at MAC Fair on May 9.

The work of Stittsville’s Treasures from the Ark can be found at MAC Fair on May 9.


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 for more information


Sun and ice dyed scarves and shower curtains by The Living Canvas are a part of Art Journey on May 23

Sun and ice dyed scarves and shower curtains by The Living Canvas are a part of Art Journey on May 23


Ravenswing Arts + Music Fair

May 24 – 11 am to 5 pm – Mintopark Ottawa. Celebrating creativity in the Nation’s Capital! Find out more at


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


Handmade Harvest

May 30 – 9 am to 4 pm – Bell Sensplex, 565 Maple Grove Road, Kanata. Admission $5. Visit Handmade Harvest’s website for details.


Hintonburg ArtsPark

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


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


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


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


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!






Rene Trim

Rene is the chair of the executive committee of the Ottawa Valley Crafts and Collectibles (OVCC) Guild. The OVCC organizes art & craft shows featuring local artists and artisans from the Ottawa Valley.


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