The long, dark days of winter are upon us; it is dark at 4 pm, the days are getting shorter. Until the 21st day of December………….and then sun rise is earlier, and earlier, and soon it will be spring.
There are many mid-winter festivals, many of them centered around light; Divali and Hanukkah among them. There is the Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanza and Hogmanay. In many traditions and cultures it is a season of gift giving.
Which brings us to a winter fair in the Downtown Eastside (yes, all roads lead to the DTES – at least in this blog).
This is the 2nd Woodward’s Indigenous Winter Market, a community market supporting local artisans, visual and performing artists. While the focus is on local indigenous peoples there will also be non-indigenous presenters and artisans. Some of the activities are art and craft sales, baking and canning workshops and hip-hop bingo. As to the last, don’t ask me. The festival runs from 12 December to 16 December, from 11 am to 8 pm.
The Window Shop artisans will be part of the Craft Sale on the 12th of December with 80% of the items below $20.
So pick up, think in terms of fair trade, and support your local talent.
Take care, stay safe and keep your stick on the ice.