iHuman Takes the Main Stage at Interstellar Rodeo (Web Exclusive)

Community partnership between festival and arts organization highlights youth performers.

  • Jesse Jams Paula E. Kirman

  • Jesse Jams and the Flams Paula E. Kirman

  • Break dancing demo Paula E. Kirman

  • Break dancing demo Paula E. Kirman

  • Break dancing demo Paula E. Kirman

  • Jayden Paula E. Kirman

  • Jayden Paula E. Kirman

Interstellar Rodeo is one of Edmonton’s most popular music festivals. In its seventh year, the festival took place July 20-22 at the Hawrelak Park Amphitheatre.

Organized by Six Shooter Records, an independent music label, this year’s Interstellar Rodeo featured a community partnership with iHuman, an organization based in Boyle Street that provides arts programming and outreach to at-risk youth.

Two young performers had the opportunity to play on the main stage. Getting things started on the Friday night was Jesse James and the Flams. Young singer/songwriter Jesse performed with members of The Wet Secrets, one of Edmonton’s hottest bands. Unfortunately, Jesse’s set was cut short due to one of the three thunderstorms that plagued the evening.

The following afternoon, Jayden played a solo interlude set (while the stage was getting set up for a featured band) accompanied only with acoustic guitar. Jayden’s performance was very emotion-filled folk and received a good response from the audience.

Meanwhile, in the market area of the festival, iHuman had a tent with crafts like bead working, and a stage area for break dancing demos.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • MUSE Awards – The Edmonton Muse, an online magazine dealing with local art, culture, and music, celebrated its first anniversary on May 25. As part of the celebration at the Starlite Room, awards were handed out to several Edmontonians making a difference. One of the recipients was Sinder Sparks, founder of The Musical Mamas Society, a group of women musicians from in and around the area. Paula E. Kirman

  • Portrait of a Caterpillar – Gord Currie is an Ambrose Place resident who has taken up photography to cope with the challenges in his life. Here is an example of his work. He says that he has gone from “poverty to photography” and gives credit for this photo “to the caterpillar for being a good subject.” Gord Currie

  • MUSE Awards – The Edmonton Muse, an online magazine dealing with local art, culture, and music, celebrated its first anniversary on May 25. As part of the celebration at the Starlite Room, awards were handed out to several Edmontonians making a difference. Boyle McCauley News Editor Paula E. Kirman was the first recipient for her involvement in a number of volunteer, non-profit groups. Marissa Loewen

  • New Community Space at Bissell Centre – Ryan Arcand presents Gary St. Amand, CEO of Bissell Centre, an eagle staff at the grand opening of Bissell Centre’s new community space in its west building, on June 11. The drop-in has improved access to basic needs and support services. Paula E. Kirman  

  • Graffiti Artists at Work – Graffiti artists made original creations during Hip Hop in the Park on May 26 at Boyle Street Plaza. Paula E. Kirman

  • Harbin Gate Memories – Memories written about the Harbin Gate hang on the fence where it was removed for Valley Line LRT construction. Paula E. Kirman

  • Editor Receives Award from ESPC – Boyle McCauley News Editor Paula E. Kirman received the Edmonton Social Planning Council’s Award of Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice on May 24. She is pictured between ESPC Research Coordinator John Kolkman and his wife Kate Quinn, both McCauley residents and founders of the paper. Melissa Scott

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