Over the next two weekends, from June 11th to the 25th, CRAFTFEST will be taking place on Albert Island at the historic Zibi buildings between Ottawa and Quebec. The site will become an inspiring pop up shop and market series curating local handmade brands to celebrate Canada’s 150th.
You can expect to browse an indoor Popup Shop showcasing more than 100 Canadian-made brands in every imaginable shopping category, and an outdoor Weekend Market showcasing another 100 local Canadian makers in fashion, jewelry, woodworking, gifts, and food and drink. Lastly, you can get crafty with some of the community expert makers in one of many workshops being offered. Wallack’s is the official sponsor of the Workshops taking place throughout the festival.
The workshops are a great way to try something new, spend some time with friends making something and learn from individuals who have made this their full time career. Some of the workshop highlights include Crystal Beshara’s Watercolour Wreaths, Jessica Bromley’s Embroidering Beavers, Brush Pen Calligraphy by Simply Steph Ko, and Poster Screen Printing by Winged Beast Outfitters.
Wallack’s will have a tent outside in the WEEKEND MARKET courtyard Saturday, from 10am-6pm or Sunday 10am-5pm each weekend. We’ll be putting on demos all day, let you test out some of our products and have some nifty items for sale. Our demos and products will be for Fabric Screen-Printing, Block Printing, Watercolour Painting, and we will display an assortment of paints and mediums. Test out featured products at our Try-Table, and while you’re there, sign up for our mailing list to receive a free tote bag! If you can’t make it this weekend we’ll be back at the same time next weekend with more.
To Register for a workshop, visit: https://craft-fest.ca/collections/workshops-at-craftfest
On June 17th we will be partnering with the Wooden Father’s Day Tie booth, where participants decorate pre-cut wooden ties to give to their Dad’s on Father’s Day. The ties are engraved with Happy Father’s Day, and can be coloured and decorated with paint. Once completed, the ties are attached to a string so they can be worn! More information about this workshop can be found here: https://craft-fest.ca/collections/workshops-at-craftfest/products/06-17-saturday-wooden-ties-w-craft-collective
That evening, Capital Pop Up Cinema will be presenting classic Heritage Minutes in celebration of Canada’s 150th before the main event: Monty Python and the Holy Grail. There are also many more scheduled upcoming events, including First Nations Engagement on the 22nd, a discussion on how private enterprises can engage in a meaningful way with First Nations Communities. On Saturday June 24, Vic Tesolin will be hosting a woodworking Demo on how to make a dovetailed box and answering questions. For a look at all the available events, go to: https://craft-fest.ca/pages/schedule-of-events
About the location:
Zibi is an urban development project working to create residential and office spaces in the Ottawa/Gatineau area. The idea behind this project is to create a healthy living space for its residents offering a stunning view of the river and Canadian heritage buildings.
About the Organizers:
The Festival is co-produced between Maker House Co. and Freewheeling craft, two of Ottawa’s best handmade community builders.
Event Sponsors include Wallack’s, Zibi, and Shopify.