Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival
Summer might be fading fast – but there’s still plenty of time to brighten up your fall.
This September, Niagara will be celebrating some of its finest artists and musical acts at the fifth annual Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival. This three-day event will take place at Firemen’s Park on 2275 Dorchester Road in Niagara Falls.
The Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival gets off to a great start with a special Masquerade Soiree on Friday, September 15th from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. During this gala reception, attendees will have the chance to dress up and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while socializing with many of Niagara’s premier artists. Entertainment for the evening will include the vintage pop stylings of singer / songwriter Mel Monaco and an inspirational speech by famed Impressionist painter Angie Strauss. Award-winning TV and radio broadcaster Kim Clarke Champniss will also be on hand to MC the event and promote his recent book —The Republic of Rock ’n’ Roll.
The main festival itself takes place on Saturday, September 16th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 17th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 60 artists will have their work on display and be selling everything from glassware and pottery to paintings and ceramics. The festival will have a wide range of vendors, displays and food trucks on site, and 17 musical acts will be playing all weekend longrain or shine.
When it comes to family entertainment, parents will find plenty of activities to keep their kids busy. That includes a Kids Art Zone where children can get their face painted and create their own artwork to take home. There are even live art demonstrations, poetry readings and a community art mural where visitors are welcome to add their own artistic touches.
In the past, the Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival was held at the Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre on Stanley Avenue in Niagara Falls and based its name on the venue. This year, however, organizers decided to move the event to Firemen’s Park in order to take advantage of the park’s expansive grounds and greater amenities. That includes the newly-built Firemen’s Hall and an outdoor bandshell where many of the musicians will be performing.
Originally established in 2012, the Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival is now run by Niagara Arts Showcase—a non-profit organization that’s dedicated to promoting arts, culture and recreation in Niagara Falls. Niagara Arts Showcase recently acquired the annual festival from its founder Torena Gardner-Durdle when Torena decided to pursue some new business endeavours.
According to Lori Lococo, administrator of Niagara Arts Showcase, the event is a great opportunity for Niagara residents to experience their homegrown artists in action. BL
Admission is $15 for the Masquerade Soiree on Friday night and $5 for Saturday and Sunday. (Children under the age of 12 are free.)