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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