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.