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Cinq à Six Holiday Shopping Guide

Jeanette's recommendations for Christmas shopping:

If you're interested in culture, this great time of the year as artists open their studios and organize their own art fairs to take advantage of our collective search for gifts for the holiday season

The second Rover Art Fair continues, with work from experienced gallery-sold artists like Linda Rutenberg, to young artists at early stages of their careers, such as Turkish Canadian sculptor Fusun Baser. The selection is curated by Rover Arts founder and publisher, Marianne Ackerman

Rover Arts is an online arts magazine covering the Montreal cultural waterfront from a critical point of view.

I also like the Salon des Artistes Recuperateurs at the Biosphere.  In fact, I bought a necklace from Claudia B. recently. She's a jewellery maker who can't walk past a computer on the curbside without taking it home, taking it apart and making jewellery from the innards. She's one of the artists at the salon this weekend at the Biosphere.

Smart Design Mart and Vintage Mart are two shows in one of the buildings in the Mile End that's home to a lot of artists studios.  This is a market curated by several Montreal Mile End designers and friends. They give their favourite designers and artists space to create a mini-boutique of their dreams. They've chosen a mix of product categories including clothing, jewellery, art, toys, home, stationery, food and bath and body. 

In Sherbrooke, there's a Christmas market at the Train Station with a 20-metre-high Christmas tree. 

In Baie St-Paul, the main street is given over to pedestrians this weekend so local crafts people can show their wares.

The Salon des metiers d'art is open in Montreal at Place Bonaventure

There's a German Christmas market at Place Hotel de Ville in Quebe City.

It's good time to support local artists and craftspeople and give handmade works of art or useful objects.

Happy shopping!