Oh, the weather outside is frightful but there are some delightful events going on this December! Art fairs, a Kintsugi workshop, a performance by Rupi Kaur, and book launches galore, make sure to check out our picks for this month–especially the launch of LooseLeaf Volume 6!

 

4: Holiday OCAD Artist Alley 2018
For unique gifts this holiday season, head on over to OCAD University’s student-run Holiday Artist Alley! Awaiting you will be a wide variety of beautiful posters, prints, zines, stickers, greeting cards, ceramics, fashion, jewelry items and more from 50+ OCAD artists and alumni. The market will be set up on the 2nd Floor of 100 McCaul in the Great Hall, and is open to the public.


8: LooseLeaf Volume 6 Launch
We’re launching Volume 6 of LooseLeaf Magazine! Join us at Good Gorilla in 401 Richmond as we celebrate this labour of love with performances from local writers and musicians, and work from spectacular artists and vendors. Make sure to pick up your own copy of Volume 6 at the event!


10—17: The Art of Precious Scars – Kintsugi Bowl Workshop
Kintsugi is an ancient Japanese Healing Practice that joins back together what was once broken, while showcasing and honouring the breaks. This experiential workshop utilizes a meditative process through a tangible medium to help develop resiliency and healing in the face of loss, trauma, and change. The Kintsugi process (kin means golden, tsugi means repair, thus Kintsugi means ‘golden repairing’) is steered through intentional self-reflection and insight while serving to harvest the beauty of a wounded spirit. In this two-part workshop participants will collectively break their bowls only to repair them by bringing the pieces they choose back together. After repairing the bowl, the cracks are illuminated by being painted with a coloured cern. Through a facilitated expression of our own suffering, healing can take place while honouring that which has caused our ‘breaks’ in the ever-evolving journey of life.


14: Penrose Launches: TSOT, TMG & CP2
Penrose Press is celebrating their recent book launches in style! The Size of Texas, The Midnight Garden, and Caterpillar Portraits 2nd Edition will all be available for purchase, so come pick up a copy, meet the authors, and get your book(s) signed! There will also be readings, discussions, and light refreshments. Remember to bring your book-club buddies!


15: Xpace Holiday Zine and Maker Fair 2018
Get ready for Xpace’s 8th annual Holiday Zine and Maker Fair held at Xpace Cultural Centre! Emerging artists and designers will be selling zines, comics, prints, t-shirts, tote bags, jewelry, ceramics, crafts, and other cool handmade multiples. Music, snacks, and good vibes will be part and parcel of this free event. See you there!


15: Rupi Kaur

Internationally acclaimed poet and author, Rupi Kaur, is performing her poetry at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. This will surely be a night to remember as Kaur’s powerful onstage presence breaths new life into her trademark fragmented free verse that deals with subjects like love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, migration, and revolution.


This list was compiled by Aliya Ghare