Valentine’s 2017 DIY Workshop Series

Feb-DIY-Banner-600x300-01This February, celebrate the month of love with us by taking a Valentine’s DIY Workshop.

You can learn a little self love through an introspective mala necklace making session or you can explore the creative process of soap making. Tie the knot, literally, in a macramé workshop or get ready for date night with your own DIY makeup. Whether it’s a personal, handmade gift for someone special, or you want to treat yo’self, you’ll be taking away valuable skills that last a lifetime.

Sign up for 3 different workshops and we’ll give you a $10 Market Collective gift card!

Thursday, Feb. 16 – Soap Making Workshop with Marie Rayma (Humblebee and Me)
Saturday, Feb. 18 – Macramé Workshop with Lianna Hung (Lune Obvallata)
Saturday, Feb. 25 – Mala Bracelet Workshop with Krista Reierson (Chalice Grove)

Saturday, Feb 25 – Mascara and Lip Paint Workshop with Marie Rayma (Humblebee and Me)

Registration is now open!
Please email us at if you have any questions.

See an overview of each workshop below. Click the arrow for more information.

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Soap Making Workshop //
Marie Rayma (Humblebee and Me)


Learn how to make beautiful cold processed soap. We’ll go over lye safety before diving in—don’t worry, it’s not scary! Using a room temperature method that’s wonderfully simple, we’ll whip up some soap batter and learn how to decorate our bars with layers, swirls, and herbs. Perfect for first-time soapers! The recipe we’ll be using is not vegan, and participants are asked to bring an apron and wear long sleeves.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 16
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: Blank Page Studio (1221B Kensington Road NW)

Cost: $65

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Macramé Workshop //
Lianna Hung (Lune Obvallata)


A fun little fall workshop that will teach you the basic knots for the art of macramé to create your very own plant hanger. Hanging planters are a beautiful way to decorate any home with a throwback bohemian vibe. In this workshop you will learn some of the key knots used in macramé which can be adapted in both plant hangers as well as wall hangings. We will also go over a brief history of where macramé originated as well as some tips as to how to make your own creations from home.

Date: Saturday, Feb 25
Times: 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Location: Blank Page Studio (1221B Kensington Road NW)
Cost: $75

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Mala Workshop //
Krista Reierson (Chalice Grove)

In this workshop we will tap into our holy heart center through breath; the heart holds the resonance of unlimited creativity and from this space we will create a sacred piece of adornment to embody your truest self. This mala necklace will then act as a guide back to the energy created in this container.

Date: Wednesday, Feb 22
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Blank Page Studio (1221B Kensington Road NW)
Cost: $95

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Marie Rayma (Humblebee and Me)

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Whip up your very own long-wearing matte lip paint and DIY mascara that actually works. You’ll learn how to create custom colour blends using potent pigments for lip colour and mascara that are exactly what you want!

Date: Saturday, Feb 25
Time: 1pm – 2:30pm
Location: Blank Page Studio (1221B Kensington Road NW)
Cost: $60

MC Debut Artist // ntm. jewellery


Meet our very first Debut Artist of the year, Nicola Macklin. All the way from New Zealand, the jeweller behind ntm. jewellery now works out of her Revelstoke studio, surrounded by the inspiring mountain views.


One of the things we love about Nicola’s work is how each hand-crafted piece is unique not only through process but also material. Her use, where possible, of recycled silver and copper as well as other found materials creates beauty from unexpected places and causes us all to consider whether memory or material is the true source of value. It’s a romantic thought to ponder and makes Nicola the perfect candidate to feature for our February market.

Read below to learn more about Nicola’s work and process.


Tell us a little about yourself. How does your personality and identity come through in your work?

When it comes to my work, I think my personality and identity are reflected in my simple, yet detailed style. I have a great appreciation and passion for simple and functional objects that are well thought out and beautifully executed. For me, beauty is far from the same as perfection. It is this view that allows me to create pieces that are beautifully imperfect just like the best things in life. I apply the same principles with making jewellery as I do to most other facets of my life by enjoying the challenge of making what I can, from what I have.


How did you get started?

My interest in silversmithing began when I was still in high school. During my final year I decided to take a basic silversmithing night school course, run by the Canterbury Silversmiths Guild in Christchurch, NZ. At the time I did not seriously consider jewellery making as a career option. It was not until a few years later, when I was living in Perth, Western Australia and feeling the need to reconnect back with my creative side that I decided to revisit working with metal and extend my knowledge and skills. I began studying towards a Bachelor of Arts initially majoring in Jewellery Design. I graduated four years later with a multifaceted portfolio that included furniture and lighting design, sculpture and jewellery. My university studies simply highlighted the fact that I just love making things. I began creating under my label ntm. jewellery when I moved to Western Australia’s idyllic Southwest in 2012. I have been fortunate enough to be able to combine my passion for travel and creating jewellery ever since.


What is one thing about your process that you love?

I love the entire process of creating one of a kind pieces that each have their own story and identity. My favourite stage is when I get to the point when I choose the final texture and finish. This is when I feel a piece goes from being one of the crowd, to being a total individual. I don’t simply finish my pieces to a traditional high polish, so it is hard to explain the feeling of just knowing when a piece is finished and my part of the story is complete. It is then up to the wearer to add their own chapter to the story through wearing the piece and allowing it to evolve further, depending on how it is worn and stored.


What makes jewellery a romantic gift?

Jewellery in all its different forms has many different symbolic meanings, many of which have romantic connotations. Essentially though, jewellery is a perfect romantic gift as it is so personal. Whether it be something to be worn everyday or for special occasions, the process of selecting a piece of jewellery for someone to wear is intimate in itself.    


What drew you to move to Canada?

Canada had long been on the ‘bucket list’ for me so when my brother and his partner needed to sell their van which they had bought in Vancouver and travelled around Canada and the states it seemed to be a sign that I needed to come over, buy it from them and start my own Canadian adventure. I roped in my bestie from NZ for the journey and we spent 5 months living and travelling in our van (Vincent Van-Go) until she needed to return home and I decided to settle in Revelstoke for the ski season. One season soon became two and now it seems I might be what they call ‘Revelstuck’.


Do you think the change in scenery from New Zealand to Canada has had an effect on your work?

It is really hard not to let your environment and surrounds influence your work. I have always had a really strong sense of style that undoubtedly stems from growing up in NZ but travelling and working in other places has influenced and defined this. I do not traditionally choose to directly reference my surrounds as part of my usual collection however, since working here in Canada I have developed a mountain series of cuffs, rings and necklaces that is fondly linked to my time spent here. Working in a number of different studios since arriving here has also greatly affected my work as it has encouraged me to adapt many of my processes to suit the resources and facilities that I have around me.


What is the top thing on your bucket list?

My ultimate project and dream is to build and live in my own simple, tiny house. I feel like I am getting to a point where this could become more of a reality at some point and not just a distant dream, so it is bumped to the top of the list!

Where can people find more about you?

Check out my website to find out a bit more info, feel free to contact me directly through there too.


Thanks for sharing with us Nicola!
Check out ntm. jewellery at MC!

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Market Collective Love

Feb 3 – 5
Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 St SW)
Friday: 4pm – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

LOVE | Musician Schedule | February 3-5

Welcome to ‘LOVE’ 2017, the first Market Collective of the year and our second annual Valentine’s Day & Chinese New Year celebration. This weekend’s stage is curated by Welcome to the West and designed by Rebecca Reid and Brendan Kane. We will be featuring 4 songwriter duo performances and 8 DJ sets from an array of talented Alberta-based musicians. Performances include: Ella Coyes + Jasper Smith (Edmonton Alt Folk), 21 Strings (traditional chinese instruments), francis cheer (pristine pop songs).
Friday, February 3 >>> Matthew Robinson + Gill Crosley <<< 4-6:30pm
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Friday, February 3 >>> Burj <<< 6:30-9pm
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Saturday, February 4 >>> DJ Roy LT <<< 10am-Noon
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Saturday, February 4 >>> Ella Coyes + Jasper Smith <<< Noon
Saturday, February 4 >>> Dr. Space <<< 1-3pm
Saturday, February 4 >>> Caitlind Brown + Wayne Garrett <<< 3-5pm
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Saturday, February 4 >>> Francis Cheer <<< 5pm
Sunday, February 5 >>> Whitney Ota (CJSW) <<< 10am-Noon
Sunday, February 5 >>> 21 Strings <<< Noon
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Sunday, February 5 >>> DJ Sputnik <<< 1-3pm
Sunday, February 5 >>> Dixie Fried (CJSW) <<< 3-5pm
Sunday, February 5 >>> Kiarra Albina + Kris Ellestad <<< 5pm
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Give us your feedback by filling out this short survey and you could win a $155 prize package from The Livery Shop as well as 2 Sunday passes to the Calgary Folk Music Festival. Enter by January 29th.

Update: Congrats to Samantha! Thanks to all who have filled out the survey.

Volunteer Sign Up – February 2017


At every MC event, we depend on the wonderful volunteers we have to help keep things running smoothly. If you’d like to join our fabulous team of volunteers, sign up below.

We are looking for friendly, dedicated and energetic individuals to join our volunteer dream team. Positions range from admissions to photo booth assistants and more. Each volunteer will receive a volunteer t-shirt, a limited editions MC tote bag, a $10 gift certificate to the MC, a food voucher, and a photo print voucher. Commitment can be a single shift, but you are welcome to sign up for multiple shifts if you desire.



2016: Year in Review


We had a wonderful 2016, thanks to all you beautiful people!

In the 189 hours of MC this year, we had 619 volunteer shifts filled, collected over 1000 pieces with Strategic Group for Project Warmth, enjoyed 12 full days of the one true Santa, and played so many games of Blokus.

Above all, you guys invested a whopping $1 512 126 into Market Collective artists this year and they keep 100% of their sales.

Click the arrow below and reminisce with us in the full Year in Review. We can’t wait for another great year with you.

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Join Us For the Last Weekend of #MCcheer2016


Date: December 16-18, 2016
Time: Friday: 4pm – 9pm // Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Location: 197 1st Street SW (Chinese Cultural Centre)
Admission: $5 for the weekend (Kids under 12 free)

MC Cheer 2016 | Musician Schedule | December 16-18

4-music-instagram-dec16-02Friday, December 16 >>> Luke Thomson & Joleen Ballendine <<< 4pm-6:630pm:
Friday, December 16 >>> Freshly Squeezed (CJSW 90.9 FM)  <<< 6:30pm-9pm:
Saturday, December 17 >>> What Will the Neighbours Think? (CJSW) <<< 10am-Noon:
Saturday, December 17 >>> The Heirlooms <<< Noon:
Saturday, December 17 >>> Suffragette City CJSW <<< 1pm-3pm:
Saturday, December 17 >>> Hive Mind (CJSW) <<< 3pm-5pm:
Saturday, December 17 >>> Infilm <<< 5pm:
Sunday, December 18 >>> Future Phil (Kinfolk Deejays) <<< 10am-Noon:
Sunday, December 18 >>> Choir Collective <<< Noon:
Sunday, December 18 >>> Holograms (Kinfolk) <<< 1pm-3pm:
Sunday, December 18 >>> LIM (Kinfolk) <<< 3pm-5pm:
Sunday, December 18 >>> Robbie Bankes & Frida Höfling <<< 5pm:

MC Debut Artist // Jules Sontag

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Jules Sontag is a new jeweler to the MC, and she creates all of her pieces by hand. Every new piece starts out as metal sheet or wire. Once the design is finalized, it is brought to life using traditional metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, filing, sanding, hammering and soldering. Her one-of-a-kind pieces take days to carefully hand craft, and are full of intention. We absolutely love her entire collection, and are especially drawn to her brass and silver earrings featuring rare King’s Manassa turquoise. With so much time and care invested, there is a sense of personal connection and emotion with each piece.

We wanted to learn more about how Jules first started out and how she manages to keep creating such lovely works of art.

Debut Artist HeaderWhat was the initial thing that first drew you to begin metalsmithing?

My first encounter with metalsmithing was 15 years ago in an introductory jewelry & metals class at ACAD. After foundation year I went on to pursue other career goals, so coming back around to working with metal in 2015 was such a satisfying, full-circle transition. I was that kid sitting on the dirt with a friendship bracelet pinned to my pants every recess, spending my allowance on beads, dreaming up what to make next. Even then, I realized that people really connected to handmade things. Some of my friends still have the bracelets and earrings I sold them on the playground as a kid – the entrepreneurial spirit started early too :) Making jewelry has always been a good intuitive fit, but it took a long time to understand why this is what I want to do in life.


What is your favourite thing about metalsmithing and jewelry making?

Making jewelry has always been exciting, no matter what material I’m working with. But metalsmithing gives me a chance to create objects with gemstones and metal, and I find that so magical. Materials that come from the earth have a sense of permanence and history about them.

It’s hard to overstate the connection we have to the jewelry we choose to wear – it represents special relationships in our lives. It helps us to remember places, times and events that hold personal significance. Knowing that someone may be wearing one of my creations when they’re celebrating a commitment, hugging their kids, making art, living their daily lives – it’s mind-blowing, honestly.

Beyond that, I’m just in love with the process. It’s primitive, it’s physical, and it’s so satisfying to take on the technical challenges that come up along the way. As a jeweler, I have a lot of opportunity for quiet reflection, which I really enjoy. I’m happiest when my mind is calm and my hands are busy, and I hope that peaceful, meditative state of mind comes through in my work.

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Tell us about your process. How do you arrive at such beautiful and considered pieces in the end?

My process comes from many directions all at once – it’s not a linear thing. When I’m working on something new, I spend a lot of time staring at stones and sketching shapes, waiting for inspiration to strike. I usually have ten or twenty things in various stages going at the same time, and that gives me a chance to keep the creativity flowing. If I get stuck on something, there’s always a lot of work to do on pieces that are further along. That way I can keep working, even if I’m not coming up with any new ideas for a while.

The details that evolve as I work are the best part of the process. That’s where I get to leave some evidence that my jewelry was made by hand. Unique details that can never be replicated in exactly the same way take time, and it’s a huge investment that I have to re-commit to over and over. Often I struggle with that, because I know I could alter the design a little, to make it easier and faster to put together. Some days it’s so tempting! But in the end it’s just not the way I work. When I put something out there knowing that I managed to preserve all the details that mattered to me, it’s an amazing feeling. Quality over quantity, always.

Where do you draw your inspiration for your pieces?

I take a lot from my surroundings. I feel most at home in nature – looking out over the ocean or walking through the trees. But I live in inner-city Edmonton, at the opposite end of the spectrum. I’ve had to spend a lot of time learning to find beauty here. I look out my window while I’m working to see a lot of dirt and concrete and power lines and brick walls. When I go for a walk, I pick up rusted metal bits, broken glass, and feathers that have been run over by cars. I take photos of things growing up from cracks in the cement. For the most part, it’s a gritty, stark, monochromatic environment. But I see a lot of resilience and simplicity in it and I think that’s showing up in my work right now.

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You call your pieces “intentional adornment.” Why is intention something that you like to highlight about your practice?

I love the idea that jewelry can be made with intention. When I’m working on a one-of-a-kind piece or a small batch of related pieces, I’m in contact with it for a long, long time, holding it in my hands and making decisions about how I want it to look and to feel when it’s worn. That’s a very intentional process – to be fully present in the act of making, and to hold really positive energy while doing it. In a society that often favors mass-produced, machine-made, disposable things… handmade is really, truly special.

How can people get in touch with you?

My website is and although the online shop isn’t scheduled to open until the new year, it’s a good way to contact me. To stay connected, you can sign up for my newsletter through my website or find me on Instagram: @jules_sontag. When I’m at the bench, I love to share bits and pieces of the process of metalsmithing in my Instagram stories.

Come see Jules’ gorgeous jewelry in person from December 16-18 at MC!

MC Cheer 2016| Musician Schedule | December 9-11


A winter wonder in the heart of Chinatown this weekend Market Collective – a celebration of local creative tastemakers. We are proud to be featuring 44 songwriter duos and DJ sets over the four weekends at the Chinese Cultural Centre. This is the third of four Welcome To The West curated lineups at the #MCcheer2016 event series. Performances include: Cory Zaradur of Inner Ocean Records, Lisa Anderson, Fake James, Barnaby Bennett, Shannon Hart + many more.

Friday, December 9 >>> Cory Zaradur (Inner Ocean Records) <<< 4pm-6:630pm:
Friday, December 9 >>> Jarrod Sterling  <<< 6:30pm-9pm:
Saturday, December 10 >>> TKL ( <<< 10am-Noon:
Saturday, December 10 >>> Fake James <<< Noon:
Saturday, December 10 >>> Barnaby Bennett <<< 1pm-3pm:
Saturday, December 10 >>> Jared Andres <<< 3pm-5pm:
Saturday, December 10 >>>Mike Tod & Nathan M. Godfrey <<< 5pm:
Sunday, December 11 >>>Two Pair Pat <<< 10am-Noon:
Sunday, December 11 >>> Choir Collective <<< Noon:
Sunday, December 11 >>> Donna Dada <<< 1pm-3pm:
Sunday, December 11 >>> Shannon Hart <<< 3pm-5pm:
Sunday, December 11 >>> Lisa Anderson & Nikki Romeril <<< 5pm:


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