November 2020

Shop Locally Online & Support These Ontario Artisans, Artists & Makers

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When doing your holiday shopping, don’t just hit the big box stores and usual places for gift ideas. For those people who “have everything,” you need unique gifts. Even after the holidays and during the year for birthdays, anniversaries and gifting surprises a handmade gift is always appreciated. 

Ontario artisan creators offer gift options off the beaten path. And with the ongoing pandemic, small businesses need support now more than ever. Many are offering safe shopping or shop-from-home options, as well.

So if you’re looking for special gifts for the holidays, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got a list of gift ideas and ways to shop safely, all from Ontario artisan creators. Read on for more! 

Made With Love & Made In Ontario

Ontario makers have a stunning variety of products and options that go far outside of the box. Shopping with artisan creators for your gifts for the holidays not only supports local businesses, but can also help you score something sure to make memories.

Artisan products have the benefit of not being mass-produced, often having a handmade charm and craftsmanship that cannot be replicated on an assembly line. Let’s take a closer look at some potential gift ideas.

1. Personal Care Items

One of the most popular types of artisan goods is toiletries and skincare. Have a man in your life who’s tired of pocket knives and coffee mugs?

There are several Ontario artisan creators who offer items such as beard oil, hair care products, and skincare items that are specifically crafted for men’s needs and tastes.

For the ladies, there is also a plethora of options in hair and skin care. And everyone can appreciate a well-crafted bar of hand soap that is both decorative and functional.

Kids aren’t left out either. From bath bombs to fun soaps and creams and balms, some with glitter, there is no shortage of products for everyone.

2. Home Goods

Another fantastic artisan offering is items for your home and kitchen. Unique, handcrafted décor and furniture, handmade jelly and other canned goods, and even trendy items such as paper straws, beeswax wrappers, dishes and utensils are all offered by Ontario artisan creators.

If you have a relative or friend who enjoys the finer things in life, shopping locally will ensure that you find something unforgettable that won’t be shoved in the back of the closet after the holidays. 

3. Arts and Crafts

Ontario artisan creators also produce artwork and items such as unique jewelry that can’t be found anywhere else.

For art lovers in your life, purchasing a painting or sculpture from an Ontario maker is sure to bring a smile to their face and joy to their home or even outdoor living space. 

And artisan-made pieces are always unique, making for a gift that can’t be bought from any department store or mall. 

4. Things We Don’t Even Know About 

Quirky and odd, the ‘what’s its’ are out there too and deserve equal attention. It’s all about being open to art and maybe there is something being done out there you’ve never heard of but need to know about. Or it’s a gift for your one family or friend that marches to the beat to their own drum, either way, Ontario has some pretty cool people out there doing their thing.

Safe Shopping

Many Ontario artisan creators offer safe shopping options for the holidays. With the ongoing pandemic, this is a major concern for shoppers who want to shop for gifts while avoiding the crowds.

Some creators offer contactless pickup or curbside service at their store location. Others offer shipping, so you don’t even need to leave the house! 

Finding Ontario Artisan Creators

If you’re looking for the perfect gifts this holiday season and want to keep it local, we have a master list of Ontario makers with e-commerce and online shopping for your convenience. Many of these artisans also offer safe shopping and online buying allowing you to shop safely, and possibly in your pajamas. Did we miss your favourite maker? Please let us know!

For more things to do and see in Ontario, make sure to check out our events and attractions page, which has been updated to highlight safer experiences during this pandemic.

We also have other blog articles about what’s hot in Ontario, so make sure to browse around. You’re sure to find plenty to love!

Artisans, Creators & Makers By ‘Department’

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CLOTHING | ACCESSORIES

Clothing

https://www.muskokatyedye.com/
https://www.tjindigo.com/
https://www.copiousfashions.com/
https://alpacatime.ca/
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArabellaQDesigns

Accessories

https://www.etsy.com/shop/takealoadofffannies/
https://pastintonew.ca/
https://gosslingorganics.com/
https://www.plumagestudio.ca/
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/MagicMirrorEarCo
https://www.overstitched.com/

Health, Wellness & Beauty

https://thehappybuddahsoapco.ca/
https://www.twosistersnaturals.com/
https://www.canoewomanherbs.com/
https://www.treehousesoap.ca/

Jewellery & Crystals

Artsy jewelry for daydreamers.
https://www.dawningcollective.com/
Native made ~ Jewelry | Art | Handicrafts | Fashion ~ Keeping tradition & culture alive ~ Family owned for 20 years ~
https://www.beadeddreams.ca/
Silver jewelry with a modern aesthetic that balances the contradiction of strong and feminine. You don’t follow convention, neither should your jewelry.
https://rebelsouldesign.com/
Handmade artisan fine jewellery and incredible vintage finds.
https://www.christinaperrisjewellery.ca/
Crystals, jewels and carvings.
https://www.shopinnercircle.ca/

Glass, Woodworking & Pottery

Handblown glass tableware, custom glass pieces, corporate awards and one of a kind pieces. 
https://artechstudios.ca/
Haliburton Forest paddles are handcrafted to the highest quality & selected from wood grown in Canada‘s first FSC certified forest.
http://paddles.haliburtonforest.com/

The best looking, most memorable, and best performing wooden cutting boards.
https://pandawoodworks.ca/

Janson Pottery is dedicated to creating handmade Canadian pottery and strives to make objects that fulfill a need.
https://www.jansonpottery.com/
Stained glass pieces and art.
https://forestcitystainedglass.com/
Selection of wood sculptures, wall hangings, and fun and handy art including wood candle sticks, bowls, and more. 
http://www.twistedpinestudio.com/

Food, Drink, Beer & Spirits

Family-run Muskoka cranberry farm selling cranberries, wine, cider, jams and many other cranberry products made on site.
https://cranberry.ca/
Global Indigenous Chocolates and Pastries. Wherever possible, products are sourced from Indigenous businesses, local businesses or Canadian businesses.
https://www.ravenrising.ca/
A hip little cafe with a passionate coffee roaster, artisan bakers and real baristas.
https://groundedcoffee.ca/
Distillery in Perth, Ontario. Proud makers of Vodka, Gin, Whisky, Bitters, Moonshine & Hand Sanitizer.
https://topshelfdistillers.com/
Producer of maple syrup and maple products.
https://williamsfarm.ca/
Charger Foods is a First Nations company that specializes in gourmet hot sauces, salad dressings and wine jellies.
https://chargerfoods.myshopify.com/

Kitchen, Home Accessories & Décor

Sculpture, printmaking & home decor.
https://www.wildhoneyboho.com/
Handcrafted home goods. Custom signs, wall decor, children’s decor, custom name signs. Custom laser work available.
https://urbannestdecor.com/
Subversive and irreverent pieces made from repurposed antique china. A contrast between dainty and audacious, giving an ironic twist to classic decor.
https://www.wolfdottir.com/
The Keeki bag is a plastic free natural way to store your bread.  It is a beeswax lined linen bag. 
https://keeki.ca/
Eco-Bee: Friends of Nature offers earth friendly, handmade, plastic free gifts.  
https://www.ecobeefriendsofnature.ca/

Candles

Eco-conscious luxury candles that encourage you to escape to a simpler, more relaxed way of life. Hand-poured in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
https://thecountycandleco.com/
Wick-it is a small business specializing in hand-poured 100% soy wax products such as candles, crumble and tea lights.
https://wickitnaturals.com/
Hand poured soy candles.
https://www.lambandkiss.com/

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Polar Drive-Through Holiday Event Brings Big, Covid-Safe Cheer to Toronto!

Currently closed due to Ontario provincial shutdown and lockdown in effect. 

Canada’s First Multi-Level Drive Through Experience, Runs November 27 to January 3

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November 26, 2020 — Toronto, ON — Two of Toronto’s premiere experiential event agencies, The Concierge Club and Impact XM, team up to bust the pandemic blues with the highly-anticipated Polar Drive. The only multi-level drive through Holiday experience is contactless and covid-safe. Polar brings guests into a magical world featuring six dazzling levels of decor. Kids will get the chance to see Santa as he spreads Holiday cheer to all who pass by! The breathtaking experience is staged at the Toronto Pearson Parkade (6145 Viscount Road), which has been closed since the pandemic began. Polar will run from January 27, 2020 to January 3, 2021 – rain, snow or shine. Tickets for the scheduled drive-throughs are available at www.polar-drive.com.

“We have a team of world-class event producers who normally do prestige events for various clients, from luxury brands to the Bieber family,” says Monica Gomez, President and Founder of The Concierge Club, and the creative force behind Polar. “The pandemic has been very hard on everyone. People just want to celebrate the holidays, see Santa, and experience the wonder of the season – safely of course. That was the inspiration behind this event. It was all about creating an unforgettable holiday experience to give people a break from life in lockdown. This marks the first time we’ve produced our own signature event for the general public, and we’re very excited to bring Holiday joy!”

Discover Polar Drive’s Holiday Themed Worlds

All guests must remain in their vehicles, where they can listen to festive music on Polar Radio FM 90.9 as they drive through. Guests are welcome to photograph, video and share the photo-friendly Holiday environments (@polar_drive and #PolarDriveTO). Theatrical staging transports guests into three larger-than-life festive worlds connected by massive, 300-foot-long sparkling tunnels, featuring thousands of LED lights.

The first light tunnel with blue and white chasing lights leads to a magical winter wonderland. This snowy white world features icicles, trees, snow, reindeer sculptures and decorations encrusted in white lights. Next a sparkling crystal cave tunnel takes you to see the real Santa! This world features the traditional colours, textures and decor icons of Christmas. Think garlands, Christmas trees, nut-cracker soldiers, and a sleigh! Then proceed through a shimmering tunnel of gold lights that leads to the grand finale – a dazzling, golden Holiday world, glittering with lights and the visual splendour of the season.

“The decor is just like what you’d find at one of our prestige Holiday events – only much, much, more,” says Ms. Gomez. “We have thousands of lights, hundreds of trees and we’ve used the same snow that’s used in the movies! It looks very authentic. When you add in the special lighting effects, the entire experience really is magical. It will definitely get you into the Holiday spirit!”

Polar Drive: Supporting Tree Canada

The Concierge Club works with Tree Canada as its cause partner to help offset the impact of its events. The Concierge Club will support Tree Canada’s carbon compensation program which plants mass seedlings nationally.

Covid Safety

Polar Drive is a covid-safe event that is permitted under Ontario’s grey zone lockdown government guidelines. During this contactless experience, guests are encouraged to follow the pandemic protocols laid out by the provincial and local governments. This is a drive-through event, and guests must remain in their vehicles to maintain proper distancing.

Tickets

Tickets are available at www.polar-drive.com where guests can view the calendar of all available time slots. Ticket-takers will use scanners to remain contactless. Tickets are $55 for weekdays (Monday-Thursday), and $65 for weekends (Friday-Sunday). The event is produced and presented by partners, The Concierge Club and Impact XM, and takes place at the Toronto Pearson Parkade.

About The Concierge Club

The Concierge Club is known for being the go-to agency for premium experiential marketing and events. The agency is an event industry leader that has worked with the world’s top brands, such as LVMH, Sephora, Arterra, HP, and many more. Visit theconciergeclub.ca for more information.

About ImpactXM

Impact XM helps leading brands tell their story through experiences that drive customer loyalty. Proprietary events and meetings provide a platform for focused brand interaction, creating an emotional connection, and deepening brand loyalty. Visit impact-xm.com for more information.

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Visual assets are available here. Additional assets will be added by Monday November 30.

Social Media: @polar_drive and #PolarDriveTO

For more information, please contact NEAT Agency:

David Weinstein, [email protected], 416 553 9454

Anne Morello, [email protected], 647 224 2806  

Tara McCarthy, [email protected], 416 732 1929

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Ice Fishing Tournaments & Derbies

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With thousands of lakes in Ontario, there are opportunities for year round fishing. Check out the Ontario Ice Fishing Getaways or for the remainder of the year including spring, fall and summer fishing getaways.

Due to Covid-19 and efforts to slow and stop the spread of Coronavirus infection, it is unknown at this time what tournaments will be cancelled or modified. Stay tuned to this page as it is updated when organizers make their announcements. 

January

February

Ontario’s Family Ice Fishing Weekend
February 19-21, 2022

Ontario Family Fishing (OFFW) events make it easy to try fishing in Ontario waters for the first time (or the first time in a long time). Twice a year, the government of Ontario designates several days during which Canadian residents can fish license-free in any water body where fishing is allowed.

Manitoulin Ice Showdown
Wikwemikong, ON
2022 TBA

Ice Fishing Derby
Cobden, Muskrat Lake
2022 TBA
$10,000 in cash and prizes to be won!

Merland Park Annual Ice Fishing Derby
Merland Park, Picton
2022 TBA

Rotary Club of Chapleau Pike Ice Fishing Derby
2022 TBA

Lake of Bays Tournament of Legends
2022 TBA

Elliott Lake Ice Fishing Derby 
2022 TBA

Barrie Annual Ice Fishing Tournament
Kempenfelt Bay, Southshore Community Centre
2022 TBA

Annual Alexandria Ice Fishing Derby 
2021 TBA

WCFGC Fishing Derby (Horseshoe Bay)
Horseshoe Bay, Dunrobin 
2022 TBA

2nd Annual Harrison ice-derby
L’Original
2022 TBA

Crowe Lake Pike Catch ‘n Keep Fishing Derby
CROWE LAKE- MARMORA
2022 TBA

Island Lake Fishing Derby
Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville
2022 TBA

ORWL Free Kids Day on ICE
Constance Lake, Kanata
2022 TBA

OFAH Family Ice Fishing Day
BEL Rotary Park in Ennismore – Just North of Peterborough
2022 TBA

Beaverton Legion Ice Fishing Derby and Fish Fry Dinner
Lake Simcoe, Beaverton
2022 TBA

Petrie Island Ice-Fishermen’s Association
Petrie Island Orleans, Ontario
2022 TBA

Harbour Harvest
Nepean Sailing Club
2022 TBA

Manitouwadge Outdoor Enthusiasts Annual Family Fish Derby
Lion’s Beach Manitouwadge
2022 TBA

Friends and Family Ice Fishing Day
Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, Sudbury
2022 TBA

Pinehurst Lake Family Ice Fishing Day
Pinehurst Lake Conservation area, Ayr
2022 TBA

Dryden Winter Festival & Family Fishing Derby
Government Dock, Dryden
2022 TBA

Wellington Street Sportsmens Club Annual Family Ice Fishing Event
Wellington Street Sportsmens Club, Dorchester
2022 TBA

Lake Simcoe Championship Ice Fishing Derby
2022 TBA
Keswick

Kirkland Lake Fish Derby
Feb 22, 2021
Fish Derby and Free Kids Fish Derby

Perchin for MS
2021 TBA
Sibbald Point Provincial Park, Lake Simcoe.

March

Wawa Ice Fishing Derby
2021 TBA
Six (6) prizes offered for top 6 fish by weight on each of 3 Derby lakes (Wawa Lake, Hawk Lake, Manitowik Lake). Random prize draws during Derby weekend, Early Bird Registration draw on the Friday of the Derby, Registration draw ($30,000) on Saturday. For further information, please visit the Derby website wawaicefishingderby.com

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