Discover the rich array of art and culture that NDG has to offer at the second edition of the NDG Arts Week which takes place from August 19th-28th. A natural evolution from last year’s NDG Arts Weekend, this 9 day festival celebrates the abundance of creativity and spirit found in the West end. Historically, NDG has been a diverse borough with a rich multi-cultural background and history. With this comes an artistic diversity that is calling to be been seen, heard and tasted. The festival provides an opportunity for diverse groups of citizens, artists and businesses to participate in art, cultural and community building activities in NDG - all under one banner.
This year, the festival is partnering with the NDG Food Depot to mark their 25th anniversary. “During the recession of the 80s I went to the food depot and was grateful that it was available to me”, says G. Scott MacLeod, Art Walk & Festival coordinator. “That experience taught me that hard times and hunger can fall on anyone”.
The Food Depot distributes over 600 food baskets per week and offers a variety of support and skill building programs. “Co- creating art and beauty around us is a great way to overcome ‘poverty of spirit” says Fiona Keats, director of the Food Depot. “We need to nourish our bellies as well as our spirits to be healthy - community art projects are a natural and fun way to break the social isolation that so often accompanies urban living”. Although all the Arts NDG Week events are free, donations may be made in support of the NDG Food Depot’s programs. www.deptndg.org
19th Press Launch – At Coop la Maison Verte
19th -28th Dine For the Depot - A campaign, which celebrates the culinary arts featuring 20 local restaurants
20th Depot Block Party - Community mural launch, art activities, BBQ, and Live Music- Bring your dancing shoes!
21st to 27th Youth Art – Programming for children
25th Street Vibes – Head & Hands present’s NDG’s vibrant urban music scene
26th Off the Wall Film Festival – Short films by local directors screened in Girouard Park
27th Art Walk - Live painting by over 50 artists on Sherbrooke between Melrose and Wilson
28th Country En Ville – Country and folk festival in Girouard Park