Heart of the City: Hope, Healing, and Harmony

Festival continues to grow and inspire!

  • Mile Zero Dance Paula E. Kirman

  • Konzy Vida Paula E. Kirman

  • Street Prints Artist Collective Paula E. Kirman

  • John Guliak Paula E. Kirman

  • Tyler Lizotte Paula E. Kirman

  • Artist Magdalena Rzeczkowska and family. Paula E. Kirman

  • Young Medicine Paula E. Kirman

  • Chubby Cree William Neis

  • Brother Octopus Jim Lapp

  • Jamming at the CreArt Youth Stage. Savannah Kafara

  • Darren Frank Elham Heidari

  • HOTC Board of Directors Savannah Kafara

  • Mariam Quereshi William Neis

  • Rellik Jim Lapp

  • Tab CA performs spoken word at The Beat stage. Paula E. Kirman

Right in the heart of McCauley, Heart of the City (HOTC) 2017 brought a multitude of artistic expression into Giovanni Caboto Park! Wherever you walked, creativity would find you musically, visually, or through sheer inspiration. With the Main Stage, CreArt youth stage, The Beat tent, art workshops, New Music Edmonton, and Mile Zero Dance, the festival was pulsating with amazing talent! Singers, slam poets, musicians, performance artists, art vendors, workshop leaders, and crafters – you name it, they were there! With perhaps our biggest turnout since HOTC began 14 years ago, it truly was a spectacular sight to witness. We were also fortunate to have such wonderful weather! Mix one part bright and one part cloud, and you have the perfect recipe for a well-attended park!

This year’s theme was “Hope, Healing, and Harmony.” In trying and uncertain times, it is crucial to come together, feel supported, and build a strong community. The photos from HOTC 2017 show this strength. McCauley and Boyle Street: thank you for ensuring this community thrives! We cannot wait to see what other amazing talents, events, and inclusivity are just around the corner.

Charity is a Heart of the City board member.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Hallelujah Garage Sale – The Hallelujah Garage Sale on June 17 featured tables of goods for sale in front of many of the churches along Church Street, as well as in the McCauley Rink. The event was supported by McCauley Revitalization. Dan Glugosh

  • Cecily Mills Receives Public Interest Award – Boyle Street resident and Boyle McCauley News contributor Cicely Mills received the 2017 Public Interest Award at the Public Interest Alberta (PIA) AGM on June 19. From left: Larry Booi (PIA Board President), Joel French (PIA Executive Director), Cicely, and John Wodak (Chair of the Seniors’ Action Liaison Team - SALT). Cicely was nominated for the award by SALT. Each year the Public Interest Awards are awarded to individuals and/or organizations who are working to strengthen Alberta’s public sphere and public interest. Public Interest Alberta

  • Annual Homeless Memorial – Gary Moostoos places a flower at the Homeless Memorial sculpture during the Edmonton Homeless Memorial on June 2, organized by the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (ECOHH). ECOHH identified 106 deaths in 2016 due to homelessness, with a total of 599 deaths documented since the first memorial service 12 years ago. Paula E. Kirman

  • Pride Parade 2017 – The 2017 Pride Parade took place on June 10. This year’s Grand Marshalls were Edmonton’s two-spirit community. Paula E. Kirman  

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