MABELLEarts

A Light in Midwinter - A Winter Parade for Central Etobicoke


Saturday, February 12, 2011

We were excited to be one of the stops in MABELLEarts‘ event “A Light in Mid-Winter: A Winter Parade for Central Etobicoke”. In preparation for the event, we hosted a series of all-ages afternoon workshops where local children and their families created beautiful bird-inspired puppets and even received instruction on bird vocalizations by composer Juliet Palmer.

Despite the chilly temperatures, over 200 people participated in the parade. Starting at Mabelle Park, the procession moved east on Dundas St. W. to Arts Etobicoke where a group waving the bird-inspired puppets burst from our Art Alley, vocalizing the mural’s poetry. Parade participants and onlookers were also able to view a video by Amnesty International volunteer and videographer Joel Shecter. Displayed as an installation in our storefront window, the video documented the Art Alley Poetry Mural. The parade then continued to Montgomery’s Inn for more performances and a warming feast.

The mural’s theme of Freedom of Movement (from Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) tied in with the theme of MABELLEarts parade, which celebrated "stories of migration and movement across borders and boundaries, through the air and across time, travelling through the streets of Etobicoke in a parade that reflects the diverse beauty of our city.“ The Art Alley Poetry Mural was created with City of Toronto Poet Laureate Dionne Brand in participation with Amnesty International’s Project: Urban Canvas.

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