Make It! The Handmade Revolution
Credit: Make It! The Handmade Revolution

Catch 265 small businesses and 500 artists at these events in November and December

If You Make It

Some 265 small businesses will be on display at Make It! The Handmade Revolution. The event, held at Vancouver’s PNE Forum, runs from December 7-11 and highlights some of the city’s most inventive makers of all things, including food, drinks, crafts and jewellery. There will also be food trucks and adult bevvies on hand. Vancouver native Jenna Herbut started Make It! in 2008 in a community centre in Edmonton. It’s now one of the country’s biggest craft fairs, with stops in Calgary and Edmonton as well as Vancouver. The latter edition expects about 15,000 visitors. makeitshow.ca/vancouver for more information

Culture Crawl Jodie PontoJodie Ponto

Crawl Space

The always entertaining Eastside Culture Crawl is back in East Vancouver, starting on November 17 and ending on the 20th. The 26th edition of the festival will feature some 500 artists opening their studios to the public. The event is focused on the area bounded by Columbia Street, 1st Avenue and Victoria Drive, and involves painters, jewellers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers and more. You’ll find both emerging artists and those who are internationally established. culturecrawl.ca for more information

True Reconciliation by Jody Wilson-RaybouldTrue Reconciliation by Jody Wilson-Raybould

Read This

Last year, Jody Wilson-Raybould owned the holiday season with her bestselling book, Indian in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power, an enlightening and at times absolutely biting recollection of her time serving as both justice minister and veterans minister for Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government. She’s back at it again with another effort, this one entitled True Reconciliation: How to Be a Force for Change. The main question it will answer is the one Wilson-Raybould hears most: What can I do to help advance reconciliation? The book hits shelves November 8. McClelland & Stewart 224 pages, hardcover, $32.62