Arts Alive! Québec – Celebrates Community and the Arts
Summer is over – fall has arrived and with it the sounds, visions and tastes of that time of year that brings us Lobo apples, pumpkin pie, along with crisp air and colourful leaves.
It also brings us ARTS Alive! Quebec.
Throughout the summer, Festivals have been popping up across the Quebec landscape celebrating the diverse talents of communities. What better way to get to know your neighbours, discover new friends and…recognize the talents within each and every one of us!
Arts Alive! Québec, is an initiative of ELAN (English-Language Arts Network) that guides communities in developing their mini arts festivals. Knowlton recently enjoyed a very successful Festival, showcasing all the local talents, from food and crafts to theatre and music. Author, Louise Penny was there to promote her much anticipated newest in the Gamache series of detective stories. Needless to say the event was highly attended! ELAN is not-for-profit organization that connects, supports, and promotes Quebec’s English-speaking artists and arts communities. And how well we need that support!
On Saturday, Sept. 24, the event is celebrated in Pointe Claire at John Rennie High School. Get set for a day of theatre, music, visual art and crafts for sale. Yes… Christmas will be upon us soon! What better way to get an early start on the presents than at an Arts Festival that supports your very own community. Families will enjoy workshops and many other free events. “Different foods will be on offer, and there are a multitude of eclectic workshops for ages 8+ including printmaking, rug hooking, oil pastels, costume design and mosaics.” The highlight of the morning has to be the Teddy Bear’s picnic at 11 am! You don’t want to miss that.
“Programming reflects local tastes, arts and cultures. Profit from the last great days of summer and early fall with indoor and outdoor shows and events, including hands-on creative activities led by artists and artisan.”
Over the summer, Guy Rodgers, ELAN Executive Director, has travelled to the different areas in Quebec overseeing the special touches that each of the communities infused into their Festivals. Each injecting their own diversity into the events. Now it is the turn of the West Island and the final “Arts Alive! Québec! The Pointe-Claire event, like all the others, will be geared to families involving themselves in all things arts and culture. There will be theatre, music and workshops during the day, culminating in an the evening concert starring local bands Vintage Wine, Greg Halpin and his recently launched Notes from a Bedroom, and the highly popular Happenstance.
So mark the date in your calendar – Saturday, September 24 at John Rennie High School. What a great way to welcome the fall season – Celebrate Arts and Culture, Celebrate diversity, Celebrate your community!
For more information: www.arts-alive-quebec.ca
By: Sharman Yarnell – mtltimes.ca