12 Christmas Craft Markets & Holiday Fairs for 2017 Gift Shopping

We’ve only just put away our Halloween costumers but the Holiday season is racing towards us. Along with the Holiday season, comes shopping.  Skip the malls, experience one of the fun and festive Christmas Craft Markets to find something unique and handmade.

Here’s Twelve Christmas Craft Markets to get you in the festive spirit.

Circle Craft Christmas Market : November 8 – 12 – Vancouver Convention Centre West, the biggest market of them all, kicks off the Christmas Craft Season. Admission $15

Christmas at Hycroft : November 16th – 19th – For 45 years the annual fair at the Edwardian Hycroft Manor plays host to decor, artisans, family fun, entertainment and Santa. Admission $15

VCM at Jack Poole
Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza

Vancouver Christmas Market : November 22nd – December 24th – The popular Holiday Market moves to a new and larger waterfront location at Jack Poole Plaza for the 2017 season. Admission $10

 

West End Holiday Craft Fair : November 25th – 26th – West End Community Centre hosts 55 artisans and vendors selling only handcrafted gifts.  Admission: Free

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair : The 35th edition, on November 25th – Hundreds of artists and vendors at Dunbar Community Centre with crafts, edible gifts, and entertainment. Admission $5 at door / $4 presale online

Strathcona Winter Fair : November 25th – The Annual Strathcona Winter Fair finds 50+ neighbourhood artists and non-profit vendors at Strathcona Community Centre at 601 Keefer – Admission $2 / Kids under 12, Free

Portobello West Handmade for the Holidays Market : November 25 & 26 – Portobello’s annual market  returns to Creekside Community Centre in Olympic Village with live music, food trucks and vendors for all your local shopping needs. Admission $2 / Kids under 12, Free

River District Winter Craft Fair : Sundays November 26, December 3, 10, 17 – expanded to 4 weekends, visit vendors at the River District Centre on Kerr Street. Free admission

Toque: December 1st to 3rd – The Western Front Annual Fundraiser and Craft Sale has great options for shopping as you support for the Wester Front’s year-round arts & music programs. Admission by donation

Make It! The Handmade Revolution Holiday Show: December 7th – 10th at PNE Forum, join the handmade revolution with over 250 crafters, artisans and makers. Weekend admission $8 / Kids under 12, Free ($1 off coupon online)

Got Craft? Holiday Market : December 9th – 10th – At the Maritime Labour Centre is the place to be for DIYers, crafters and handmade enthusiasts to come together. Admission $5 at the door / $3 with coupon

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy : December 9 – 10, 2017 – The Arts Collective’s annual Holiday Show fills Heritage Hall on Main Street with vendors. Admission $3

Get out and get shopping, have fun! Happy Holidays

Join Oktoberfest Contest Winners at Vancouver Alpen Club

Thanks to everyone who entered the Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest contest over the last couple weeks.  We have connected with our winner and are thrilled to have Jo and her mother joining us at opening night of Oktoberfest 2017 on Friday Oct 6th. Oktoberfest

If you still want to join in on the fun, tickets for Vancouver Alpen House Oktoberfest are still available online for the festivities happening on Oct 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21.  Regular tickets are just $35 and limited $75 VIP tickets are available for each night, including German Buffet and Service.  All tickets enjoy the fun and entertainment from The Continentals and more.

germanyinvancouver lederhosenIf you really want to immerse yourself in the #dasoriginal German Oktoberfest experience, why not dress the part with an authentic Dirndl or Lederhosen rented from germanyinvancouver.com

The Lederhosen rent for $95 for up to 5 day. Includes over-knee or knee-length Lederhosen with or w/out suspenders depending on preference. (no shirt, shoes or socks)

 

The Dirndl dresses are $95 for up to 5 days. Includes the full three piece set of dress, apron and blouse.

Kids sizes are available to be added to your rental so the whole family can get in on the experience.

Germany In Vancouver rents by appointment only so reach out to them now to show up the rests of the cheap costume-in-a-bag outfits thrown together for Oktoberfest or Halloween.
A pop-up shop is open now at 315 Londsale in North Vancouver to check out the Lederhosen and Dirndls in person or visit them online at germanyinvancouver.com

 

 

Artist David Wilson draws inspiration from Instagram

Vancouver painter David Wilson’s latest exhibition, Interrupting the Interface, opening Thursday at Kimoto Gallery, takes inspiration from today’s most prolific source of images, Instagram.

Wilson’s new series of paintings demonstrates the subtle interface between reality and filtered reality. It’s an important distinction in the age of fake news and doctored images, but also a deeper comment on how the filters of memory or mood inform our everyday perceptions.

Wilson, best known for depicting Vancouver, has turned to Instagram – and to other cities — in building this body of work. “I pulled thousands of wet street scenes from places like New York, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, and London. I was trying to connect that rainy Vancouver aesthetic with these other places, and to focus on commonalities rather than the iconic landmarks of each place.” Similarly Instagram curates diverse images from around the world, bringing places together in the online depository. 

Users of Instagram edit their images by adding filters, in contract to the traditional meaning of a filter, to remove part of it – like when you filter coffee grounds. Wilson says he does “a little of each” when he works up an image. His process is both reductive and expansive, removing elements of realism by adding brushstrokes of paint.  “I’m essentially re-interpreting. It’s my own perception – based on my life experience.”  

See for yourself how the artists interprets the landscape with inspiration of Instagram.
David Wilson “Interrupting the Interface” opens Thursday September 7th and runs until September 30, 2017 at Kimoto Gallery,  1525 West 6th (at Granville).

Picks of the Week – March 22, 2017

Finally, Spring is here! At least we can hope for something resembling spring to come along.
Let’s see what the Picks of the Week find for us to do

Dance: The last weekend of the Vancouver International Dance Festival finds even more entertaining dance throughout the city.

Stage: The award winning drama Angels In America: Part One takes centre stage at The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Amusement: Playdome, the annual Spring Break tradition returns to BC Place, filled with rides and amusements until Sunday

Fashion: Vancouver Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2017 hits the runway at Chinese Cultural Centre on East Pender Street, until March 26th.

Pop: Singer Ariana Grande belts out her catalogue of power pop at Rogers Arena on Friday night

Country: The Vogue Theatre welcomes country duo Dan + Shay on Saturday night

Solo: UK singer-songwriter, musician Passenger takes the stage at The Orpheum on Saturday night

Friday Find: Strongbody Apparel Panda Food Series

Strongbody Apparel has recently debuted, what I think is, one of the best titles for a clothing line, the Panda Food Series.

Made from a Panda’s favourite meal, bamboo, blended with cotton and spandex making the line a comforting collection for your gym or travel bag. In keeping with Strongbody Apparel’s other ‘no-stink’ technical clothing, bamboo is naturally odour-fighting, cotton adds strength and durability, Spandex gives the 4-way stretch to keep up with whatever you throw at it.

The Panda Food line includes pocketed tanks ($64) and tees ($72) in white and heather grey for sale online at strongbodyapparel.com

 

12 Days Of Christmas Present Ideas – recap

While it’s into the last minute shopping zone, there’s still time to do some shopping if you haven’t checked everything off your list yet.

The 12 Days of Christmas Present Ideas mentioned over the last couple weeks have plenty of simple ideas for your gifting, many don’t even require you to leave the house to purchase.

In case you missed any of the 12 Days of Christmas, here’s a recap:

Day 1:  Get the Season brewing with the Staub Cast Iron Teapot

Day 2: Don’t be ground down by the AeroPress Espresso & Coffee Maker

Day 3: It’s written in the leaves at Treasure Green Tea Company

Day 4: Roll out the laughter with JFL Northwest, Vancouver’s Comedy Festival

Day 5: Christmas burns bright with Vancouver Candle Co or Tom Dixon fragrant and artistic candles

Day 6: Light up their Christmas with home accessories like this Establish & Sons lamp

Day 7: Spread warmth & cheer with gear from Live Out There

Day 8: Put some flavour under their tree with tasty food events from Vancouver Foodster, Cook Culture Cooking School and Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Day 9: Give sweet sensations from Brockmann’s Chocolate or Cook Culture’s Artisanal Chocolate

Day 10: Catch the lords a leaping when Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo returns to Vancouver

Day 11: Spread some cheer for your hostess gifts from East Van Jam

Day 12: Give the best gift of all, yourself – volunteer your time, assistance or skills.

12 Days of Christmas Present Ideas – Day 7

With all of the snow we’ve recieved on the South Coast, the 12 Days of Christmas present ideas helps you get out there and enjoy it. Live Out There, Canada’s fast-growing online outdoor retailer, has expanded its lines of winter weather gear making for a catalogue full of great gift ideas for the whole family.

Live Out There has functional fashions for the mountaineer, hiker, daytripper, urban-adventurer, or jetsetter on your list.   You can gear up the whole family from Live Out There, with an impressive line-up of local and international brands; Arc’teryx, Columbia, The North Face, Fjallraven, SAXX, Sorel, Woolrich and many more.

Check out some ideas to check off your list

For Female Urban Adventurers

From L to R: Fjallraven – Ovik Lite Vest, Aigle – Miss Julie,
Mackage – Kay Jacket, Fjallraven – Frost Hat, United by Blue – Derby Tier Backpack

 

 

For Male Urban Adventurers:

From L to R: Merrell – Eagle Luxe, The North Face – Venture Jacket,
Outdoor Research – Yukon Cap, Icebreaker – Lifestyle Crew, Laundromat – Yukon

From Socks to Toques, Live Out There can outfit everyone from head to toe, without you having to leave the sofa.