ARTS ALIVE! QUÉBEC: West Island - September 23-24 Closing event - Quebec arts and culture comes aliv

Arts Alive! Québec (AAQ) heads into the final event of this creative and fun summer festival series as it travels to the West Island and Point Claire’s St. John Fisher Junior School for a packed weekend. The free two day event, on September 23 & 24, features local West Island artists presenting live music, theatre, displays of visual art for sale, the ever-popular Teddy Bears’ Picnic, and a wide variety of craft and visual art workshops for both children and adults.

For AAQ West Island Coordinator Deirdre Potash, what really matters is family, friends and simple pleasures. For Potash, the 2017 edition of Arts Alive! Québec West Island offers all that, and more: “I’m so looking forward to the upcoming event; I’m sure people will be filled with unlimited happy memories of shared times. This is also an opportunity for artists, both professional and amateur, from young to young at heart, to have a stage and share their passions.” She quips, “The weekend is a huge delicious buffet, but with zero calories.”

ELAN Executive Director Guy Rodgers has been enjoying the various regions’ take on this cultural extravaganza. He is looking forward to the terrific events on the final stop of the AAQ circuit: “The West Island activities will have a strong community feel when St. John Fisher Junior School hosts a full weekend of performances and workshops for the entire family. This summer, thanks to generous Canada 150 funding, all the activities are free.” Potash adds, “In this year of Canada 150 and Canada’s belief in valuing individuality and uniqueness, AAQ West Island provides an opportunity to celebrate multiculturalism, including henna tattoos, an Islamic geometric drawing workshop, a Syrian artist’s photographs and foods of the world.”

AAQ West Island offers a combination of all the arts. For Potash, highlights include live beatbox battles, classical music, fairy tale theatre, a variety of creative outlets including printmaking workshops, and of course, the adorable Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

Full West Island programming below, details here

All events take place at St. John Fisher Junior School, 87 Belmont Ave., Pointe Claire- 11am-4pm, free!

Also- dozens of kiosks with artists from across the West Island selling their work and giving demonstrations

On stage - Saturday, September 23

11:00- Jamie Lee Saucier sings Canada 150 11:30- Teddy Bears’ Picnic with Shady West, for 5 and under with their adult 12:00- Christopher Pennington- From the Hello! Hello! Show, for toddlers to five year olds 12:45- Wake Up Sleeping Beauty. Exciting choose-your-own-adventure, 6-12 years (workshop at 1:45) 2:00- Break City Street Dancing & Party Groove performance 2:30- Judy Hung and her instrumentalists play classical music 3:00- Jabbour: Foot-stomping two-steps, steady swing, waltzes and enchanting melodies from Bill Collier, Carl Rufh and Guillaume Jabbour, collaborators in this song writing bilingual ensemble. Jabbour, Barbara Lewis, Montreal City Voices

On stage - Sunday, September 24

11:00- Flashback Rock Band. This energetic group of 10 year olds do it all. 11:30- Teddy Bears’ Picnic with Shady West 12:00- Who's afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? Musical by Gleams Theatre 4 years + and their families. 1:15- Montreal City Voices - This spirited chorus sings gospel, modern and 60s music, all a Capella! 1:45- Barbara Lewis- Well-known singer-songwriter celebrates the 150th with favourite Canadian songs. 2:15- Beatboxing Battles with Malcolm Humes and Collective. Hear the sounds and learn the techniques. 3:00- Antidote- Contemporary Québec folk music by Pauline Tidbury, Daniel St-Jean and Ed Masseau.

Workshops- Saturday, September 23

11:30: Creative Stitchery (Age 6 and up) 12:00: Writing (Age 11 and up) 12:30: Islamic Geometric Art (Age 8 and up) 1:45: Fairy Tales with a Twist (Age 8 and up) (Wake Up Sleeping Beauty at 12:45) 2:00: Kite Decorating (Age 6 and up) 2:30: The Basics of Rug Hooking (Age 6 and up)

Workshops- Sunday, September 23

11:30: Lantern Making (age 10 and up) 2:00: Creative Stitchery (age 6 and up) 3:00: Printmaking with Recycled Materials (age 5 and up)

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