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ROUNDUP: 10 Christmas Markets and Craft Shows


When coffee-lovers switch from pumpkin spice to eggnog lattes, you know it’s the holiday shopping season. This year we are seeing big transformations in the major shopping centres in Ottawa, but 2014 is also bringing more festive fun with lots of Christmas markets and craft shows appearing across the city. A trip to any one of these holiday troves will have you picking one-of-a-kind gifts and supporting local.

In fact, we love these hyper-local events that showcase one-of-a-kind, often hand made, gifts so much that we shone a spotlight on Made in Ottawa products in our Winter 2014 edition feature, “Local Love.” It was through tracking down cool vendors and exploring the local craft scene that we realized many of these business owners only sell through events like those listed below. If you love local, handmade gifts, make sure to get your hands on that issue! Many are participating in these markets — check out Ottawa Magazine tips for highlighted vendors to look for.

This photo from the Local Love gift guide in our Winter 2014 issue shows products by My Stow-n-Tow, Rekindled Lighting, Andrew O-Malley, Julie Thibault, and Becca Wallace. Photo by Marc Fowler - Metropolis Studio.

This photo from the Local Love gift guide in our Winter 2014 issue shows products by My Stow-n-Tow, Rekindled Lighting, Andrew O-Malley, Julie Thibault, and Becca Wallace. Photo by Marc Fowler – Metropolis Studio.


Capital Pop-Up Shop! Handmade Charity Show: The Holiday Edition
Nov. 22
Where: Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave.,

Partial proceeds from this display of local artisanal work will go to the Ottawa Food Bank and other local charities. Love thy neighbours and bring non-perishable items for the community and you will surely be on Santa’s nice list. Admission is free but non-perishable food items are welcomed.

OM Tip: Did you (or someone on your Christmas list) see the Local Love gift guide in the Winter edition of Ottawa Magazine? It featured artists Becca Wallace, Heart Meets Paper, Littlest Bird Workshop, Split Tree Cocktail Co., and Janie & Pamalamalas will be at the Capital Pop-Up.


Joy! The 2014 OVCC Christmas Market
Nov. 22 – 23
Where: Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St.,

The OVCC’s Christmas market is self-described as “a unique mélange of traditional, steampunk and geek, all served up with a cup of good cheer.” They’ll have something for everyone, including beautiful cards from Sarah’s Card Company, made by our good friend and former Shop Talk contributor Sarah Fischer. Admission is free.

OM Tip: Look for Violeta Creations and Rekindled Lighting, who appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Ottawa Magazine, at the OVCC Christmas Market.


Home, Heart, and Handmade Indie Craft Fair
When: Nov. 22
Where: Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave.

What we love about local craft shows is the community feel, and if you’re looking for a boutique experience then look no further than this handmade fair at the Glebe Community Centre. (This indie craft show is part of the Capital Craft Crawl on November 22, along with the two previously mentioned events.) Admission is free.

OM Tip: Find Local Love featured artists Purple Urchin, Top Shelf Preserves, and High Tide Bowties at this event. 


Canadian Museum of History’s Christmas Market
When: Nov. 27 – 30
Where: Canadian Museum of History, 100 rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC,

Christmas spirit has arrived at one of our most treasured national museums, as it celebrates the season with its very own Christmas market. In its fifth year running, the marketplace will include 70 exhibitors scattered in the magnificent Grand Hall. Admission is free.

OM Tip: Local soap producer Purple Urchin will be there to help you select their deliciously scented natural products.


Nov. 29 and 30
Where: Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd.,

Shop gifts for the art lover on your list at Baz’Art, where you will find ceramics, jewellery, painting, and photography by local and regional artists and artisans, carefully selected by jury. As this is an event at the Shenkman Arts Centre, you will hear the sounds of live performers as you peruse the amazing showcase of artistic talent. Admission is free.

OM Tip: If you find all that art to be inspiring, look into joining a workshop at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Available workshops include painting, jewellery making, pottery, and a dance holiday flashmob for the Santa’s Parade of Lights!


Ottawa Farmers’ Christmas Market
When: Nov. 30, Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14
Where: Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park,

A Sunday visit to Brewer Park is a ritual for many, who will be pleased to know the outdoor marketplace will be heading home for the holidays at Lansdowne Park in the Aberdeen Pavilion. The old “Cattle Castle” will be transformed into a Christmas Market and beaming with festive flair, filled with holiday music, decorations and Christmas trees. More space means more vendors, who will all be competing for the best decorated stall for the holidays. Gift vendors will leave you with a lot to choose from with handmade crafts, jewellery, woodwork, toys and accessories. Of course there’s always the food, so shop for local and seasonal ingredients for your holiday feasts or purchase some ready made goods. Admission is free.

OM Tip: Come out on opening day on November 30 at 10:30 am. There will be a traditional burlap ‘ribbon’ cutting ceremony, followed by hot apple cider and holiday desserts.

Urban Craft Market Holiday 2014
When: Dec. 6
Where: Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave.,

A favourite show amongst the hip and modern is the Urban Craft Market that is promising the biggest and best show yet with its Holiday Edition. The craft bash will showcase more than 50 indie craft vendors from Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and beyond. Admission is free.

OM Tip: Find out more about Urban Craft vendors  Dapper Beard Oil, Heart Meets Paper, Becca Wallace, Janie & Pamalamalas, Purple Urchin, Split Tree Cocktail Co. and Top Shelf Preserves in our Winter 2014 issue.


Christmas in the ByWard Market
Every Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 – 22
Where: ByWard Market,

The ByWard Market is a bustling marketplace all year round but it really comes alive for the holiday season. Celebrate the season outdoors with free wagon rides and hear the sounds of joy from the Christmas carollers at the corner of William and York. Admission is free.

OM Tip: You’ll find many vendors outside but don’t miss exploring the ByWard Market Square for some local gifts at Eclection and Tickled Pink (also a good option if it’s -30 degrees!). 


Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale
Dec. 11 to 21
Where: EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr.,

This massive craft show is the perfect place to pick up some unique gifts for your loved ones, as there will be over 200 artisans in display. Offerings include jewellery, fashion and accessories, visual art, bath and body products, and more. Admission is $7

OM Tip: Don’t be left out in the cold! Originals is closed on Dec. 15.


The Shopify Holiday Market
Dec. 12 -13
Where: Shopify HQ, 150 Elgin St.

Have you been curious to see the new Shopify office? Well here’s your chance to check out the new digs, as the Ottawa e-commerce company is having its very own Christmas Market. Several Shopify e-stores will be selling face-to-face, including Strut Jewelry, Darling & Dapper, Tealee, The Beard Co., MainStreetKnits, High Tide Bow Ties, Darling Yes, and Scrub Inspired.  As this is a high tech bunch, they will accept credit cards at the booths with their iPhones and iPads.

OM Tip: Take advantage of the Christmas wrapping booth. Wrapping is on the house but donations for local charities will be accepted.

Kelsey Kromodimoeljo is the Sales Coordinator for Ottawa Magazine and loves the ins and outs of working for a magazine. In her spare time, she can be found exploring the local food and shopping scene. Follow her on Twitter @kelseykromodi.

SNAPSHOT: Join the party! Nordstrom event announces jobs, charitable projects, and more

Photo by Valerie Keeler, Valberg Imaging

Photo by Valerie Keeler, Valberg Imaging


The excitement has been building for months, if not years, and last night all those who have been awaiting the arrival of Nordstrom came together at Lago to hear the latest news about the American retailer’s plans for their new Rideau Centre store.

Whatever you think about shopping (or U.S. companies entering the Canadian market) one thing is certain: Nordstrom will bring 400 jobs to the city.

Jim Watson shares a laugh with attendees at the Nordstrom event on Nov. 19. Photo by Valerie Keeler, Valberg Imaging

Jim Watson shares a laugh with attendees at the Nordstrom event on Nov. 19. Photo by Valerie Keeler, Valberg Imaging

And another thing I can say with confidence: Nordstrom takes their hiring seriously. This past April, they reached out to us to let us know they had hired a store manager for their Ottawa store. That means they hired Ottawa store manager John Banks over a year before the store even opened! Now, I’m not too knowledgeable about the department store retail industry, but I have had plenty of department store experiences, and most of my interactions with staff involve hunting down a salesperson and/or being told that they can’t answer my questions. So they caught my attention with this small, but significant, announcement.

Then, when Nordstrom PR guy John Bailey asked us out for lunch last summer, I had to check my calendar again. Really, you want to sit down and talk to us a full 10 months before you’re opening doors?

We lunched, and they charmed us more. They told us of their No. 1 Rule when it comes to employee guidelines: Use Good Judgement In All Situations. It sounds pretty basic to someone like me who is supported by a publisher who lets me make decisions on my own all the time, but I have been in different situations and I know all about overly controlling bosses and rules-for-the-sake-of-rules.

We also heard that John Banks took an extensive French immersion program as part of his training. Bravo!

In short, if I was in retail I would apply to Nordstrom. Check out the positions here. Hiring begins in January.

United Way president and CEO with members of the Nordstrom team. Photo by Valerie Keeler, Valberg Imaging

United Way president and CEO Michael Allen, who was on hand to talk about the fundraising gala on March 4, with members of the Nordstrom team. Photo by Valerie Keeler, Valberg Imaging

Nordstrom is looking to fill sales positions in all areas of operations including women’s, men’s, and children’s apparel, shoes, accessories, cosmetics, designer, as well as various support positions in alterations, building services, and loss prevention.

In fact, we know someone who has been hired as a one of 28 department managers. Last month, they headed to Seattle for an eight-week, manager training program. Working with “mentor managers,” they learn about Nordstrom firsthand by working in a store.

Additional positions are also available in the store’s cafe and restaurant — and we heard last night that the Calgary Nordstrom is seeing 1-hour wait times, so I’m guessing this isn’t your average department store diner.

Photo by Valerie Keeler, Valberg Imaging

Nordstrom Canada president Karen McKibbon. Photo by Valerie Keeler, Valberg Imaging

From the press release:

“We’re looking for goal-oriented people who love fashion and want to deliver an exceptional shopping experience to every customer who visits our store – they don’t necessarily need retail experience,” said store manager John Banks. “Nordstrom is a great place to build a career. With this being only our second store in Canada, it’s a great time to get in on the ground floor with our company as we begin our growth across the nation.”



Nordstrom employees will receive a competitive benefits package, which includes dental, medical and vision options, a RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan) matching program and a 20% retail discount (managers receive a 33% discount).

If you’re not looking for a job but want to get in on all the Nordstrom excitement, then you’ll want to know about the fundraising gala on March 4. That’s another story about how this company is looking to make a great first impression in Ottawa by helping the United Way and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. We have a few months to get ready for that party and talk up all the good things that will come from the fundraiser — but tickets are on sale now, and the fundraiser for their Calgary store sold out.

Me, I like shopping when it’s in the right environment. And Nordstrom, with it’s attention to hiring, charitable initiatives, and overall organization, is certainly setting the stage (and raising the bar) for shopping in Ottawa.

Linda Eagen of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation,  U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and Mrs. Vicki Heyman, and Ottawa store manager John Banks. Photo by Valerie Keeler, Valberg Imaging

Linda Eagen of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and Mrs. Vicki Heyman, and Ottawa store manager John Banks. Photo by Valerie Keeler, Valberg Imaging

SHOPPING: Third World Bazaar brings artisan handicrafts to Manotick

Kelsey Kromodimoeljo is the Sales Coordinator for Ottawa Magazine and loves the ins and outs of working for a magazine. In her spare time, she can be found exploring the Ottawa food scene while aspiring to eat less meat. Follow her on Twitter @kelseykromodi

Photo Daniel K. Ng

Photo Daniel K. Ng

Ottawa prides itself in multiculturalism —  it basically exemplifies the societal notion we have of the Canadian cultural mosaic. Rather than forging a one-dimensional melting pot, we tend to maintain our traditions and promote our origins.  Although cuisine is the aspect we see this in most prominently, often we miss out on the fantastic arts of these cultures. It is a shame, because artisan work is still very much thriving in many developing countries.

My own personal trips to Bali and Java, Indonesia gave me the chance to visit artisan workshops and see up close the intricacy and incredible talent behind the handmade and one-of-a-kind arts and handicrafts. Wanderlust folks travel far and wide to collect these unique works of art. Here in Ottawa, the annual Third World Bazaar gives us the chance to take in amazing international finds.

The Third World Bazaar is run by the world-travelling Bakker family who purchase fairly traded treasures from developing countries and sell their eclectic collection in a Manotick barn. This annual Bazaar, which celebrates its 11 anniversary this year, opens for several weeks in the fall and displays a splendor of products from countries including Turkey, Peru, Mexico, and Indonesia. The barn is set up to look like the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. Discover for yourself the beautiful collection of home and garden accents, furniture, art, and musical instruments from around the globe. You are bound to find an eye-catching piece for the mosaic of décor in your home.

The Third World Bazaar runs for seven weekends — each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from Oct. 3 through Nov. 16.

Entry is free, and a donation to Habitat for Humanity gets you a coffee.  The Bakker family also accepts non-perishable food items for Shepherds of Good Hope, and sell pumpkins and apple cider to support Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Click on the thumbnails for a slideshow of images from Third World Bazaar.

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