The One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale Celebrates 35 Years of Creating and
Giving from over 800 Canadian Artisans

    Premiering in December 1975, Canada's first national "craft show" evolves
    into a modern-day array of unique holiday gifts

TORONTO, Nov. 13 /CNW/ - The doors of the Direct Energy Centre will open to a highly-anticipated anniversary year for the One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale from Nov. 26th - Dec. 6th. Stemming from a simple desire to showcase numerous hand-crafted creations under one roof, the One of a Kind Show now features over 800 ground-breaking artisans from across Canada within one enjoyable and engaging environment.

The One of a Kind Show provides the ideal setting for holiday shopping while offering attendees an opportunity to discover, share and meet the artisans of their choice. The face-to-face interaction with the artisans allows for inspirational stories to be told about the one-of-a-kind creations and keeps customers coming back for 35 years. These emotional connections define the difference between the One of a Kind Show and your average shopping experience. And, in the spirit of giving and in celebration of its 35th anniversary, 35 cents from every ticket purchase on Dec. 2nd will be donated to local shelters for women and children in need.

"Each year we aim to inspire our customers with beautiful things handcrafted by the most talented artisans. Our selection of makers brings together an incredible mosaic of original creations that reflect Canada's rich history, culture and striking landscape," said Patti Stewart, Vice President, One of a Kind Show. "The One of a Kind Show is about creating, but also about giving, whether it is providing a venue for artisans to interact with consumers or offering the public with an elevated shopping experience."

    2009 Show Highlights:
    -   Daily prêt a porter fashion shows will feature a wide assortment of
        hot fashions and of-the-season accessories such as eco-friendly
        products, statement jewellery and gorgeous knitwear, to name a few.
    -   Show-goers can cast their vote for their favourite teapot in the One
        of a Kind Tea Pot Competition, presented by Lipton Pyramid Tea.
    -   The D.I.Y die-hards can participate in any of the three Hands-On
        Workshops conducted by One of a Kind artisans. Soap-making, Hand-
        spinning and Pochoir: The Art of Stencilling will surely delight avid
        crafters and add to their understanding of craft.
    -   The exciting line-up for 2009 of over 180 new, exclusive artisans
        with beautifully-designed pieces at accessible prices - including
        hand-felted elephants ($24), wool cap ($49) and hand-printed organic
        cotton throw cushion ($85), to name a few - will attract over three
        generations of women.

    The Neighbourhoods:
    Designed to make shopping a more convenient experience with well-presented
merchandise throughout a one-level showroom of over 230,000 square feet, The
One of a Kind Show has created special "neighbourhoods" for visual art, food,
fashion, new artisans and eco-friendly creations to ensure customers have easy
access to niche-market items in a marketplace setting.

    One of a Kind Flavours: tempt your senses with the delectable smell and
delicious taste of Carl Stryg's Coach House Shortbreads.

    One of a Kind Fashion District (presented by Toronto Life): express your
inner metropolitan woman or find the perfect gift for your best girlfriend.

    One of a Kind Green: find eco-friendly home décor, warm up this winter in
organic textiles and shop environmentally friendlier this year as the section
continues to expand its footprint annually.

    One of a Kind Rising Stars: meet the best of new Canadian talent and find
out what inspires an up-and-coming artisan.

    One of a Kind Visual Art Gallery: be enlightened by original artwork from
surrealism to landscape, retro art to pop art.

    The Top 10 List:

The 2009 list of Top 10 Artisans to watch for who elevate the level expectation and bring forth an exciting flair to this year's show include: Noelle Hamlyn: pocket book purses, booth N-48; Kessa Laxton: kid's clothing, booth E-03; Hannun Lynn: zen-like porcelain, booth O-23; Basma Osama: modern ceramics, booth N-22; Cristina Larsen: felted animals & woven accessories, booth H-49; Fani Lioe: fun and affordable fashion jewellery, booth P-22; Guylaine Roberge: edgy fashions, booth O-48; Brad Turner: sculptural glass, booth O-35; Isabelle Veilleux: 'ugly' dolls, booth H-55; Julie Laschuk: organic printed pillows, booth P-23.

    The Show Features:

To ensure a pleasant visit, the One of a Kind Show has created a number of special services and show features to take care of every customers' needs. Keep the kids busy with the One of a Kind Art School presented by DeSerres. Pizza Pizza lightens the load with free parcel check and carry out service - directly to your car! Chatelaine editors present their 'Chat' series while Canadian House & Home editors offer their favourite picks, all at the main stage. Each day, our first 500 customers will be treated to a free reusable bag courtesy of TD Friends of the Environment. Visitors can take a moment to relax in the One of a Kind Piazza to review that Holiday list, enjoy a cappuccino and plan out the remainder of your show visit. Ticket prices: Adults $12 ($10 on-line); Seniors and Youth (aged 13 - 17) $6.50 and Children (aged 12 & under) free; Weekdays: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. / Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. / Sundays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.;

The One of a Kind Christmas Show is Canada's best show and sale of works from over 800 artisans.


For further information: For further information: or high-res images, please visit:; Media contacts: Lauren Shirreffs, O:LIVE pr,, (647) 404-6578; Susan Tyndall, O:LIVE pr,, (647) 349-6375

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