Rene Trim’s arts & crafts: Round-up of upcoming Ottawa craft shows


It has been well over a month since the final Christmas craft show of the season closed its doors and – if you’re like me – you have started to display symptoms of a condition known as “craft show withdrawal”. Fret not, the 2015 spring event season is upon us so synchronize your calendars with the (preliminary) list below and dust off your shopping bags!

It’s a bit of a drive but if you are really motivated (or desperate) to get your hands on some handmade goodies, I suggest you head out to Cornwall this Saturday for Purely Handmade:

Purely Handmade Cornwall Art & Craft Winter Show

February 7   10 am to 6 pm
70 Vendors
Cornwall Civic Complex, 100 Water Street E, Cornwall
Admission $2 – visit website here
(Purely Handmade will be coming to the Glebe Community Centre on August 28/29)

Shards of Time Stained Glass Art is one of the participating vendors at Purely Handmade

Shards of Time Stained Glass Art is one of the participating vendors at Purely Handmade


For the Love of Winter
February 14   11 am to 4 pm
Over 30 local crafters will be showcasing their wares at this Curious Collective event! Expect to find pottery, prints, jewelry, toys, clothing, housewares, soaps, tasty treats, and tons of fun Valentine’s Day activities for couples, families and friends! Swag bags for the first 30 visitors.
Knox Church, 227 Elgin Street (corner of Lisgar)
Free admission – more info here


Hot Potato Night Market & Disco party
February 21    8 pm – 2 am
Ottawa’s Hottest Night at the Museum of Nature – a fundraiser for the Ottawa Food Bank – includes music, food, martinis, wine….and 25+ of Ottawa’s leading female artists who will create a mixed media painting entitled “Mother & Child”, which will be donated to Jillian O’Connor, an Ottawa native who is pregnant with her third child and has Stage 4 breast cancer
Admission $25 – more info here

She Creates One of a Kind Show (Kingston)
February 28   11 am to 4 pm
70 Vendors
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Younge Street, Kingston
Free admission – more info here


That Handmade Artisan Trinkets (T.H.A.T.) Craft Fair
March 21   10 am – 3 pm
Swag bags for the first 50 visitors. Donations to a local not for profit dog rescue, New Beginnings Pet Rescue, will be gladly accepted.
Jack Purcell Community Centre (room 203), 320 Jack Purcell Lane, Ottawa.
Free admission – more info here

Urban Craft
March 28   10 am – 3 pm
50 Vendors from Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal & beyond
Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue.
Free admission – more info here


Ottawa Artisans Guild Spring Craft Show & Sale
March 28/29   10 am – 4 pm daily
Local juried artisans only. Donations to the Ottawa Food Bank are gladly accepted.
Lester B. Pearson High School, 2072 Jasmine Crescent, Gloucester
Free admission – visit website here


Vibrant! – OVCC | Artisans @ Archives
April 25 / 26   10 am – 4 pm daily.
Artisans’ market featuring local vendors only (juried event).
Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.
Admission $2 – more info here


….and let’s not forget the Ottawa Farmers’ Market: every Sunday in the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne.

As mentioned above, this is only a preliminary list; more events will follow once details become available so check back here every week for the latest on Ottawa’s arts and crafts.

Have a creative week, folks!

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.


2 Responses

  1. jeff says:

    Hey Rene.
    Dont forget the New Art Festival June 20-21in the Glebes Central Park.

  2. Christmas in the Valley Artisan Show says:

    The first signs of spring are beginning to appear as the birds return, the Lanark maple trees begin to run their sap and the Maple Run Studio Tour participants are geared up for its 13th season. It’s been a long cold winter and it’s time to shake off the winter doldrums and take a scenic drive on Saturday, March 21st or Sunday the 22nd(10-5pm). Come and indulge on sweet maple products at Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush. Then continue your drive to meet local craftspeople and fine artists on this popular self guided studio tour which takes place in and around Pakenham, the picturesque village with North American’s only surviving 5 span stone bridge and longest continually running General Store.

    The Maple Run Tour includes Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush and 8 tour stops. At the various venues there will be glass blowing, paintings in oil/ mixed media/ acrylic and water colour, up cycled painted pots, fine wood working, photography, jewellery, pottery in various forms, miniature quilting, leather work, woven garments and many more unique one of a kind arts and crafts to be discovered. You are sure to find artwork and crafts for yourself, home, garden or for gifts. Come enjoy seeing artists working in their studios and watch the glassblowing demonstrations held all weekend long. And visit the cluster groups in various locations in and around the historic village of Pakenham. No need to pack a lunch there are three designated stops along the way where scrumptious meals and sweet treats are served. Also, make sure you pick up a tour passport at your first stop to have it stamped at each tour stop so you will be eligible for the artist’s gift certificates to be won. If you have your passport stamped from all eight tour locations, your name is entered twice for an extra chance to win!
    Maps and detailed tour destination descriptions can be picked up at Fulton’s Sugar Bush, any tour stop along the way (look for the green maple leaf sign), Pakenham General Store, visit and follow us on Facebook for artist updates and photos, please give share and a like to promote our rite of spring event!

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