When we started putting together The Holiday Assembly, we weren’t sure how it would turn out.
Inspired by night markets and Christmas markets in other cities, as well as the burgeoning creative scene in our own city, we were driven by the idea that we wanted to offer a new cultural take on the holiday experience in Ottawa, focused on gathering, music and making. A night time event that wasn’t about just simply purchasing, but that captured the spirit of hanging out, connecting, appreciating and creating leading up to the holiday season, in an environment that celebrated art, culture and community, and not just the commodity.
What a night. Last Friday’s The Holiday Assembly at the Canadian Museum of Nature was truly a blast.
There was great energy in the two rooms of the 4th Floor Gallery where the Assembly took place. A mix of DJs, artists, designers, makers, and local organizations came together to share their work and celebrate the lead-up to the holidays.
A big thank you to them, the Museum, and to everyone who came out to support local arts and culture, and committed to buying from independent designers and makers. Lots of love to our volunteers – we truly couldn’t have done it without you.
Here’s our recap from the event in photos:
Several DJs provided the soundtrack for the night, spinning a mix of funky house, old school hip hop, disco and techno. Spins & Needles record label mates DJs Greg Records, D-Mass and music director DJ Jason Skilz were joined by resident DJ Meterman, as well as Lamb Rabbit, J.E.T.S.. and Kurt Yates.
Alongside the DJs, local VJs and artists helped shape the atmosphere: Robbie Lariviere, owner of Fall Down Gallery, created a live animal-inspired art piece, alongside VJs Hard Science and Ina’s nature-themed visuals, and LED star installation by Spins & Needles creative director, Melanie Yugo.
Forty designers, makers and crafters from Ottawa and beyond, showcased a thriving handmade scene. There were a range of items from prints and photos to apparel to accessories and jewelry to wood and leather goods to food and drink.
Attendees participated in hands on workshops hosted by several makers: Leila Younis of meltingplastic on felt for fun and festivities; Sara Maclellan of forestiere on creating nature-inspired ornaments; Dom Coballe of N-Product on how to make solid wood bend; and Sara Pishva of Top Shelf Preserves on holiday refreshments.
Local organizations Apt613 and Hidden Harvest Ottawa hosted interactive stalls inspired by the quirks and nature within the city. Hearty Bakery also hosted a design-it-yourself holiday treat stall.
Again, thanks to everyone who participated and came out. You can also check out the hashtags #holidayassembly or #naturenocturne on our Twitter feed, Instagram, or Facebook photo album for other highlights. And if you have any comments or feedback about the event, please send it our way.
We’ll be back in the new year with more great programming and new fun products.
In the meantime, check out our latest release on the Spins & Needles music label, December Silkscreening 101 Workshop, and items in the shop. We’ll also be at this upcoming holiday sale so stop by and say hi.
P.S. Thanks to everyone who took photos during the event – you know how crazy it can get to capture everything. Photos above and throughout the night courtesy of @idreamofkittens, Jackpine, Indie*Go Designs, A Curious Shop, Ravenswing Ottawa, @blairsmithfotos, Forestière, N-Product Inc, @aftertheharvest, DJ J.E.T.S., Zambo’s Hot Sass Hot Sauce, @meridavss,urbanite jewelry, Spins & Needles