Heart of the City: Mentorship

Heart of the City Music and Arts Festival is turning 15 this year! Since it’s in the middle of its teenage years, the focus will be “sharing knowledge and growth!” Mentorship is at the heart of this festival, and we have something special lined up for the Main Stage.

Edmonton music legend and singer-songwriter Bill Bourne will lead the stage on June 2 from 2:00-2:45 p.m. With numerous Juno nominations and awards under his belt, his folk-rock and traditional world sounds will inspire those in the park as those on the stage!

If spoken word is more your artistic avenue, check out the Main Stage on June 3, from 2:00-2:30 p.m. for the mentorship workshop featuring the phenomenal former Youth Poet Laureate Nasra Adem. Queer, Muslim, multidisciplinary artist, community organizer, and activist – her poetry, leadership, and vision will have you floored. Come see Nasra and her mentee facilitate growth and share knowledge on stage!

These unique performances were facilitated by Corine Demas, Heart of the City Board Member and The Beat Stage creator. Through a competition run last month, local emerging artists – one musical and one spoken word – were awarded a mentorship opportunity to perform with Bill Bourne and Nasra Adem. Wow, what a year!

Feeling excited? Can’t wait for the Festival June 2 and 3? Fret not: we are hosting an event before the big weekend! On May 16, beginning at 7:00 p.m. join us for the Heart of the City Friendraiser 2018, Raise a little Friends: Variety Show! For $8 (advance), $10 (door), or two Food Bank items, watch Boosh and The Dip, Sebastian Barrera, and hip hop artist Adawgua follow stand-up comedy and spoken word artists at The Aviary (9314 111Avenue). It’s just like the festival – but before the festival! For tickets and more details check out www.yeglive.ca and search “Heart of the City Friendraiser 2018.”

Until then, see you in the park for another great year of inspiration through the arts!

Charity is the President of the board of Heart of the City.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Ukrainian Community Easter Celebration – On March 17 and 18, the exhibition of archive photos “History of UNF, UWO & UNYF in Pictures” took place at the Ukrainian National Federation hall located at 10629 98 Street. The Ukrainian National Federation (UNF) celebrated its 85th anniversary last year, and on March 23, 2018 the Ukrainian Women’s Organization (UWO) celebrated its 85th anniversary. The exhibition featured photographs from 1934 to 2012. Pictured above are participants in a watercolour workshop by artist Valeriy Semenko (front, kneeling). Mykola Vorotylenko

  • Ukrainian Community Easter Celebration – On March 17 and 18, the exhibition of archive photos “History of UNF, UWO & UNYF in Pictures” took place at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall located at 10629 98 Street. The exhibition featured photographs from 1934 to 2012. Pictured above is the youth ensemble Dzherelo during a concert featuring young performers. Mykola Vorotylenko

  • Fuel for Hunger Feeds Thousands – Moe Duval (front) and his crew of volunteers served chili lunches on the street by Bissell Centre and other inner city locations every Sunday during the winter months. The group, which is not affiliated with any agency, made the chili them- selves and served about 6500 bowls of chili between December and March (approximately 500 bowls each Sunday). For more information, search for “Fuel for Hunger” on Facebook. Jim Gurnett

  • Thanking the Plows – 110 Avenue in McCauley, between 92 Street and 95 Street, is very narrow because it was one of the first streets in Edmonton to have houses built along it. So, in the winter, the plows have nowhere to move the snow to but onto the sidewalk. When the snow began to melt this spring, it made huge puddles on the sidewalks, which turned to ice at night and made the road so narrow it was almost impassible. Joanne called the City and asked for their help to move the ice and snow. A few days later, two snowplows arrived and did an excellent job of cleaning up the spring mess. She wrote and thanked them for their work, and her photos are being included in a City employee newspaper, along with her thanks. It never hurts to say thank you when people do a great job! Joanne McNeal

  • Pets: A Part of Home – One part of “home” for me, is the pets we keep as part of our family. They provide love, affection, joy, and hope when we need it most. My two rescue dogs keep me walking when I don’t even feel like going outside, because they love to go for walks. Last month, I lost one of my rescued cats, Charlie, who I named after my grandfather. He was only about eight years old, but a month or so ago his breathing became laboured, and he began to lose weight. He never complained - he just wanted to sit on my lap and be stroked, so we did that. He died on Saturday night, April 7. My home feels so different without him. I took this photo of him in March, and to me he looks unwell even then. Poor little guy. I miss him. Joanne McNeal

  • Speaking Truth to Power – The annual Outdoor Way of the Cross took place on March 30 (Good Friday). Around 300 people took part in the walk, with numbers down a bit due to the cold weather - the coldest temperatures in the walk’s 39-year history. This year’s theme was “Speaking truth to power,” a Quaker saying used in the 50s and 60s in anti-war activities (and based on Jesus saying “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”). Stations looked at housing security, Truth and Rec- onciliation recommendations, police/courts/prisons, the environment, working people, and older people/isolation. For the first time, the Cross was carried past the new Royal Alberta Museum building. Michael Hoyt

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