L’Écho d’un Fleuve was an absolute success this weekend. My congratulations go out to Péristyle Nomade and all those who were involved in this ambitious undertaking! Bravo! My wife Laurel and my daughter Sabine came back from Vancouver (were visiting Sabine’s grandparents) on Thursday so L’Écho d’un fleuve was a great opportunity for us to participate in something locally (only a few blocks away) as a family and we even brought Elliot our dog. We ended up participating in the first evening, saw the inauguration of the new mural in the Ruelle Verte (i.e. a “green” backstreet), and three different art performances.
On Day 2, there were tons of activities all day long. We came by early on to get a look and chose to come to 5a7 cabaret hosted by my old friend Alexis O’Hara who I was ashamed to admit I hadn’t seen perform in 6 years. I had the pleasure to work with Alexis on her first album back in the day when I co-ran a small label called Grenadine Records. I have such good memories of working with her as she understands her craft and she works so darn hard. Anyhow, it was great to see her perform a bit and animate this cabaret – she did a fantastic job (et en français en plus)! Finally, the cabaret itself had a little for everyone which I felt was important since it was as inclusive as possible to the community. This included various performances including a local folk singer who came in on a pick-up truck (sorry I did not catch his name but loved the performance, anyone?), a choir and the world’s smallest Improv competition (see the photo below). Plus the day included a fair in the Touski backyard, a historical tour (which I am extremely sad to have missed), “pro-green” art (see the images below) and various kiosks and areas for kids. Very inclusive, very well done! I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking. Bonne job tout le monde et on a hâte à l’année prochaine!