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craftfest: made in canada matters

It’s less than two weeks til one of the biggest handmade events Ottawa’s ever seen: CRAFTFEST! To celebrate Canada 150, two of my fave locals have been working hard to bring you 15 unforgettable days showcasing the capital’s best creatives and modern crafters.


Because they firmly believe that #MadeInCanadaMatters, my very good pals at Maker House and Freewheeling Craft have created a marathon makers’ market.

From June 11-25 at Zibi on Albert Island, visit CRAFTFEST to shop handmade goods in the pop-up shop, meet the makers at the weekend markets, take a DIY workshop, sip artisanal drinks, and enjoy some craft beer.

Sounds pretty darn good right? Wanna know more? Here’s the rundown:


For 15 days at CRAFTFEST, The Stores at Zibi will be home to a curated pop-up shop showcasing over 100 local makers and their handcrafted goods. Come learn about the local craft community, do some shopping, and support local creative entrepreneurs. The pop-up VENDOR list is now live so go check it out!

CRAFTFEST Weekend Market

For two full weekends at CRAFTFEST (June 17-18 and June 24-25), the courtyard at Zibi will be home to an outdoor weekend market featuring local goods and artisan food and drink. With the Ottawa River and the historic Zibi Canada buildings as the backdrop, I’m betting you’ll be inspired to shop local learn about your local creative community. The weekend market VENDOR list is live and you can check it out here!


CRAFTFEST has partnered with Wallack's craft supply store to bring you a series of workshops hosted by local creative entrepreneurs. That means you can try your hand at being a maker! They’re offering everything from woodworking to weaving to chalk painting to screen printing to calligraphy, and more.

I’ve tried calligraphy and it’s super tough! Massive respect to Becca of The Happy Ever Crafter: mad skills. CRAFTFEST Workshop spaces are extremely limited so book your spot now!

The $1500 CRAFTFEST Giveaway

You guys went bananas for my Maker House giveaway, so I’m doubling down (quadrupling down?) with a mega #MADEINCANADAMATTERS giveaway. Worth over $1500. Yup.

Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below! All entries are optional and the more you do, the better your chances of winning. This giveaway is for locals only because the winner will pick up their prize at CRAFTFEST. This prize will not be shipped.

Contest closes Friday June 9, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT. I’ll announce the winner here on the blog and on all my social media channels on the morning of Saturday June 10, so stay tuned!

Here’s the $1500+ in prizes one of you lucky peeps will take home:

  • Mississippi North 36"x48" fawn print, $300

  • Low Poly Craft DIY beaver sculpture, $30

  • Jenny Rijke handcrafted serving bowl, $64

  • Within the Grain spinning top board game, $65

  • Licorice Whip Designs baby booties, $35

  • ManSoap grooming collection, $100

  • Tangente handmade dress (winner’s choice), $125

  • Moonchild Malas mala bracelets, $49

  • Line Art fashion print, $35

  • Northern Rusticaiton Ontario map photo, $22

  • Ode to August six one three baseball tee and workshop, $70

  • Of the Town wifi password sign, $25

  • Simply Steph Ko Ottawa map card, $5.50

  • Sadie + June True North map, $60

  • Small Poetics art print, $20

  • Birch Jewellery handmade necklace, $65

  • UWF Textiles handcrafted pillow, $60

  • Jules Made mini shot glass planters, $30

  • Canadian Maple Leaf crossbody purse, $78

  • Art of Melodious Canada 150 cards, $27.50

  • Qute Creation children’s activity book, $50

  • Terra Velta hanging insulator planter, $40

  • Indie Apothecary self care kit, $45

  • Pink Soapworks bath and body collection, $80

  • My Vintage Retreat choker necklace, $35

  • Open Fire raw amethyst and sterling silver earrings, $65

  • Fletch Robbins dinosaur tee, $25

Here's a peek at that gorgeous fawn print by Mississippi North that's worth $300. How amazing will this look in your living room?!?!

CRAFTFEST is generously sponsored by the kind folks at Wallack's, Shopify, Zibi, Ottawa 2017, Maker House, and Freewheeling Craft. Big thumbs up to this awesome local bunch.

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