let it show, let it show, let it show

Ah, the holidays are upon us. Every year, right after American Thanksgiving, I yank out my box of Christmas (okay, two boxes) and start unpacking all things sparkly and glittery and gold that I’ve collected over the years. The next few days are all about the Pee-Wee Herman Christmas Special, the John Waters Christmas CD, wool socks and eggnog. These are my holiday traditions. My other holiday tradition is the rush of holiday sales that crowd the calendar this time of year. I love getting to meet readers and make new ones, and dream of all the new copies of WORN that will be tucked under the tree with care. If you in Toronto or Montreal, come say hi to the wornette elves working the tables this year.

MOVIES AND MAKERS
Buying gifts at a movie theater is inarguably a great idea. Movie inspired gift suggestions: croquet set a la Heathers, Otis Redding album a la Pretty in Pink, or a copy of Howl a la Gilmore Girls. Okay I know that last one isn’t a movie, but who wouldn’t want to get an annotated copy of Howl from Jess?
Saturday, December 4 from 11-5:30pm at the Fox Theatre (2236 Queen St E. in the Beaches).

HOLIDAY HANDMADE
Kensington Market’s Kid Icarus puts this show on in a totally fitting church basement, replacing the crochet snowflakes made by senior citizens with crochet snowflakes made by Parkdale hipsters.
Saturday, December 4th 11-6pm at the St.Stephen-in-the-Fields (103 Bellevue Ave at College).

SMART DESIGN MART
Tiny chair necklaces. Candles in teacups. Number eleven monsters. Cat log cabins. Sometimes I very seriously miss living in Montreal. Design goodness abound.
Friday, December 3 from 6-9pm / Saturday December 4 from 11-6pm / Sunday December 5 from 11-6pm (160 rue St-Viateur Est, 2nd floor).

CITY OF CRAFT
We don’t actually have a table at this show, but we’re an official sponsor, and we’re doing the FOR KEEPS show with them. And it’s awesome. GO!
Saturday December 18th 11am-6pm / Sunday December 19th 11am-5pm at The Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), $2 Admission.

- Serah-Marie

Christmas Sweaters by Smart Design Mart

There is no shortage of crafty love here at WORN, hence our current crush on Montreal’s Smart Design Mart team. Made up of a bunch of close friends all running their own creative businesses making diverse items like moustache clocks, fringe necklaces, UFO snakes and ladders, leather books that look like wood, and dead rabbit rings, they come together a few times a year to present their very own curated independent art and design show: Smart Design Mart. Vastly different from other Montreal shows, Smart Design Mart allows contributors enough space to build their own tightly curated mini boutiques that focus on high quality, original work. The show will also include a live art instillation, a full bar, and great music for those not in the shopping mood. In the holiday spirit, the five have been gracious enough to each design a fantastical Christmas sweater reflecting their style, from gothic and minimal to lovably tacky.

THE MARC SIMARD AND ANGIE JOHNSON SWEATERS

“Marc and I got together to create a non-traditional take on the Christmas sweater. Traditional motifs used in unconventional ways…”

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