Spins & Needles is a multidisciplinary creative studio specializing in independent cultural projects. At the heart of our work is assembling creative experiences in shared settings, often combining music, visuals and participatory elements.
Our aim is to help build and sustain creative communities, create an inclusive space where independent culture is accessible, and encourage and inspire people to be active creators.
We started as a small gathering in 2005 for creative types to get together, listen to music and make stuff. These gatherings quickly grew to become well-known DIY x DJ nights. Our initiatives have evolved to now include a record label, silkscreening studio, events, workshops, site-specific installations and graphic art exhibitions. To celebrate our 10-year anniversary in 2015, we opened a physical outpost called Possible Worlds in the heart of Chinatown, Ottawa.
Recognized for pioneering on site- and socially-engaged creative programming, our projects have been presented in national museums to local pop-up venues in Canada and major international cities. Over 200 projects, events and workshops have been produced in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Halifax, New York, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago, Berlin and London (UK). We played a role in partially inspiring the National Gallery of Canada's afterhours series, Artsparks, and partnering with them to produce events.
Past clients and collaborators include the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian War Museum, National Capital Commission, CARFAC National, Culture Days, Ottawa Art Gallery, University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Algonquin College, McGill University, Montreal Fringe Festival, Pop Montreal/Puces Pop, YYZ Gallery, Craft Ontario, Galerie SAW Gallery, Maker Faire and Etsy.
Spins & Needles is the experimental banner of Melanie Yugo x Jason Skilz. We are based in Canada's capital city, Ottawa.