Fill Your Bags at Puces Pop Craft Fair
Welcome to Puces Pop, Pop Montréal International Music Festival’s crafty little sister. This thrice annually arts and crafts fair is a shopper’s delight, because it goes well beyond your average fair – it gathers the city’s very best artisans and artists and features goods ranging from silkscreened posters to designer jewellery, fashion, apothecary goods and even miniature arboretums. If you’re looking for unique, made-in-Montreal souvenirs, this is the place to be, from September 15 to 17.
The main fair goes down in the basement of the St-Denis Church (5075 Rivard). Across from Laurier metro station, it will be jam-packed with beguiling goodies you’ll want to leave room in your luggage for. Among the offerings you’ll find returning favourites like vegan ice cream sandwiches by Kingsley Desserts, sculptural fall styles by Noémiah, delicate jewellery by KA Joaillerie and graphic poster by ILikeMaps – but you’ll also find a ton of exciting newcomers awaiting discovery.
Spin Me Right Round
In addition to the main fair, the beloved Record Fair returns for music heads far and wide. Filling the festival headquarters (3450 Saint-Urbain) in Mile End with a TON of vintage vinyl, it’s the best spot to find that rare gem you’ve been looking for, and to discover recordings you’ve never even knew existed.
Strike a Pose
There’s also Fashion Pop, a fantastic way to get a grasp on Montréal’s fashion scene. Discover edgy up-and-comers of all stripes! The runway show happens on Wednesday, September 13, at the Rialto Theatres (5723 Parc Avenue). Be there to see the winner of the annual fashion competition win a live photo shoot at the after party, plus a $500 bursary (and more). Happy shopping!
Isa Tousignant, blogger
Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s ecclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.