Imagine Monkland cancelled for 2019 – After much consideration, the organizers of Arts Week made the difficult decision to place the Imagine Monkland festival on hiatus for 2019 with goals to resume in 2020 with the renewed vision that made it a success in 2018.
The team is very proud of the first edition of Imagine Monkland as it marked the return to a more community-based event highlighting local merchants, artists, and artisans during a 3-day weekend of festivities in the Monkland village and attracting 80,000 participants. Close to 50 kiosks made up a giant street sale spanning from Girouard Avenue to Harvard Avenue, showcasing a variety of local businesses, local NGOs, and arts and crafts tables from local artisans. Imagine Monkland also produced a multidisciplinary programme, becoming a platform for musical acts, puppeteers, and dance performers.
The festival also saw the first edition of the Homespun Parade, led by professional puppet maker Mathieu René and local NDG artists, including Mel Stuy. Close to 200 participants paraded down the NDG neighbourhood with an army of otherworldly puppet creatures and outlandish costumes created during a series of workshops that preceded the festival.
The year 2019 will focus on a restructure for Arts Week as it shifts its efforts in finalizing a merger with another local NGO, Notre-Dame-de-Arts. The consolidation of both organizations is expected to be completed by the end of spring; stay on the lookout for the announcement.
This year is also a landmark year for the NDG Arts Week festival. A staple in the community, the annual NDG Arts Week will celebrate its 10th anniversary this August. The Arts Week/Notre-Dame-des-Arts team is hard at work to present a special 10th edition of the event that transforms the neighbourhood each end of summer.
They would like to thank all of their fans, artists, staff, vendors, sponsors, suppliers, partners, and community members. They sincerely appreciate everyones support and participation to create a truly special festival.