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Heather Shaw’s “Friendship Pillow,” adorned with a drawing by her son Sebastian. Courtesy of the One of a Kind Show and Sale.
CRAFTS: The giant but-oh-so-much-fun craft show that is the One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale 2009 starts today (through December 6). The mother of all artisan fairs celebrates its thirty-fifth year of handmade specials with more than eight hundred exhibitors. This season’s show also offers a tea pot competition, do-it-yourself workshops, and runway shows of eco-fashion favourites. Let the Christmas (and all the other seasonal-related holidays) shopping begin. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place (100 Princes’ Boulevard), 11 a.m.–10 p.m. (see site for weekend hours), $12 ($6.50 students, seniors).
WORDS: Budding romance novelists may want to trek up to the North York Central Library for the evening to experience Writer in Residence Deborah Cooke’s last hurrah. Cooke will be hosting “The Other Side of the Story,” an evening with Harlequin Senior Editor Brenda Chin and literary agent Amy Moore-Benson to discuss the business of the romance genre. According to Cooke’s Writer in Residence blog, tonight also marks her closing reception. North York Central Library, auditorium (5120 Yonge Street), 7–9 p.m., FREE.
FOOD: Online food magazine Spezzatino celebrates year one with a fantastic fundraiser for the Healthy Food Bank. Food lovers such as Martin Jordan of Making Wine, Maryam Alefi-Kurmally of the Afghan Women’s Catering Group, and chef Chris Jess share food-related stories and words. Spezzatino expands on the food theme with an exhibit of mouth-watering food photography. And of course, healthy food will be served. Please reserve your spot. The Stop Green Barn (601 Christie Street, Barn #4), 6:30 p.m., pay-what-you-can ($15 suggested).
ART: Painter Mary Wong exhibits a new collection of works through Elliott Contemporary. Her abstract landscapes evoke a sense of environmental deterioration—what we imagine the results might be if Turner were to paint the oil sands. The artist will be in attendance at the show’s opening reception tonight. The Liberty Bistro (25 Liberty Street), 6 p.m., FREE.