Jasmine Community Arts Festival
June 3, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Area (QVBIA) and House of PainT Announce Artist Duo to Paint Tallest Mural in Ottawa
VANIER, May 3, 2017: With a vision of embracing creativity, the QVBIA will be investing a significant amount this year towards the goal of creating the TALLEST mural in Ottawa, right in the heart of Vanier. Seeking synergetic partnerships, the QVBIA partnered with the House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture and the property owner of 261 Montréal Road, who will be providing the 4 story wall — the perfect canvas for the creation of what will become one of Ottawa’s most iconic murals.
In January 2017, an artist callout for mural designs resulted in eight of Ottawa’s most esteemed and experienced artists, representing 4 artist teams, short-listed for the top mural design concepts. In February 2017, the community was invited to vote online for their favourite mural design. More than 1,000 votes were cast. We are delighted to announce the winning artist team: Mique Michelle and Kalkidan Assefa.
Mique Michelle is a Franco-Ontarienne from Field whose nomadic journeys allow her to exercise her graffiti art from Northern Ontario to France. Through her travels and studies at the Ottawa School of Art, she has evolved as a mixed media artist and an active facilitator of the arts in Ottawa. Her work can be seen in galleries, public buildings and outdoor venues. Mique Michelle is a proud Vanier resident and remains a strong advocate for abolishing negative perceptions of graffiti and street art. Kalkidan Assefa (aka drippin soul) was born in Ethiopia and is a visual artist and certified Artist-Educator specializing in small and large scale portraiture, figurative and iconographic paintings, canvases, murals, and illustration in acrylics and assorted mixed media. He is based in Ottawa-Vanier.
In their proposal, Mique Michelle and Kalkidan recognize Vanier as a cultural mosaic with the city of Ottawa being home to the largest Inuit population outside of Nunavut. Their mural design concept wishes to honour the history of Vanier’s Inuit population, experiences, and contribution. They draw inspiration from legend, tradition, and nature. By including marine creatures from the North, which have significant importance to Inuit culture and livelihood, they highlight conservation, stewardship, and harmony.
Having such a bold, large, and creative mural prominently featured at the heart of Montréal Road will add to Vanier’s artistic richness as demonstrated by numerous murals found throughout the vibrant neighborhood. From May 1, 2017 to June 10, 2017, a crowdfunding campaign to harness community support and help with efforts for creating this masterpiece on Montréal Road. As Montréal Road will undergo significant reconstruction in 2018/2019, the aim of creating the tallest mural in Ottawa will contribute to excitement surrounding Montréal Road’s redevelopment in the heart of the Vanier neighborhood.
On Saturday, June 10, 2017 large sections of Montréal Road will be animated with art, entertainment, food, drink and live music at MOZAIK (1-9pm).
Two large-scale murals will be unveiled: At 261 Montréal Road the tallest mural in Ottawa, and at 273 Montréal Road a youth-led, artist-facilitated mural funded by Crime Prevention Ottawa’s Paint It Up program, working in partnership with the local Boys and Girls Club and the Vanier Community Service Centre. Directly across the street from the large murals at the vacant lot found at 250 Montréal Road, with the support of its property owner Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), MOZAIK will also be featuring a dynamic program of activities. Throughout the day and into the evening, House of PainT will animate the heart of Vanier with live music, dance, and entertainment which will include: Nile Groove and TIMEKODE.
Nile Groove is an accomplished and culturally diverse 6-piece Ottawa-based reggae, R&B and funk band have been grooving up the music scene with its distinguishable sound and style, performing fresh, energizing, and infectious original and cover music since its 2012 beginnings, live and on international airwaves.
TIMEKODE is Ottawa’s largest, longest-running monthly dance party. From humble beginnings at Café Nostalgica in 2005, to the recent warehouse blowouts at Maker Space North, TIMEKODE has emerged as a beacon for progressive plurality on the dancefloor in Canada. Its resident DJs Memetic and Zattar have spent the last 10+ years using this philosophy to explore the freshest sounds of yesterday, today and tomorrow across genres, on two turntables.
Also included in MOZAIK will be the very popular Brewery Market, an event series inspired by the traditional farmers market that offers locally-produced craft beer served in a small-scale outdoor setting. The breweries that will be taking part in the event are Clocktower, Dominion City and Bicycle Brewery. Plus several local food vendors and CHUO 89.1 FM, MOZAIK‘s media sponsor, will also be taking part in this highly-anticipated community gathering.
“As the Co-Chair of Ottawa 2017, I am happy to see that the QVBIA, in partnership with House of PainT, are organizing an event called MOZAIK on June 10, 2017. I am pleased to offer my office’s full support on this project, as it will leave a lasting positive impact on our community” said Councillor Fleury.
To support the crowdfunding campaign for the tallest mural in Ottawa, visit causesquare.com/TallestMuralOttawa. Limited edition prints sponsored by: Advertise in Ottawa
House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture is the largest growing urban arts event and organization in our nation’s capital. Going into its 14th festival year this summer, with more than 10,000 patrons attending each year, House of PainT continues to expand with partner projects and community arts events throughout the year, elevating urban arts in Ottawa.
The Quartier Vanier BIA (QVBIA) is a not-for-profit organization which represents over 400 property and business owners along Beechwood Avenue, Montréal Road and McArthur Avenue. The QVIBA promotes the Quartier Vanier area as an attractive business area, invests into the beautification of its three mainstreets and raises awareness to improve engagement with its local stakeholders.
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