West Island event celebrates Canadian heritage

The Community JamFest in Beaconsfield will have dance and mosaic workshops, live music, inflatables and more



On Aug.13, Canada’s 150th anniversary festivities will kick into high gear at the Community JamFest in Beaconsfield. 

Beginning at noon, Centennial Park will be overrun with family-friendly entertainment, workshops and activities celebrating our nation’s history and diversity. There will be local musicians, including up-and-coming violinist Leandre Gaucher, accordion player Daniel Benedetti, as well as the Deer Family Mohawk Singers and Dancers, The Gossage Brothers, and the West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra. Other acts will include comedic duo Bowser & Blue, break dancer Luca ‘Lazylegz’ Patuelli, and the Nadxieli Mexican Dance Ensemble. Families are invited to bring their own instruments and create freestyle melodies.

Kids can feel the rhythm in a break-dance workshop organized by local group Break City, with prizes for the participants with the best moves. There will also be several inflatables for young children representing different Canadian regions like the North, Atlantic or the Prairies.

Those who are artistically inclined can take part in a mosaic workshop. Participants will illustrate on a ceramic tile what Canada means to them, contributing to a colourful mural that will be displayed in the city. Artist ChalkChick will be creating a larger-than-life ground mural using chalk to illustrate a national icon, symbol or moment in Canadian history. Little ones can contribute to the artwork by creating chalk drawings of their own.

Members of a historical re-enactment group will explain the important role played by Canadians during the American Civil War through demonstrations and activities. Kids will even have the opportunity to try on traditional garb from the period. During the day, festival committee members will be offering tidbits of trivia about events that transpired on Aug. 13 throughout Canadian history.

In addition to the festivities, the city of Beaconsfield, in collaboration with the West Island Mission, will be holding a school-supply drive to provide underprivileged local children with notebooks, pencils, binders, erasers and other essential materials.

The day’s entertainment will be capped off with fireworks, courtesy of Royal Pyrotechnie, at 10 p.m. In the event of bad weather, the festivities will be held at nearby Beaconsfield High School, 250 Beaurepaire Rd. Admission to the festival is free, but there is a fee for certain activities.

For more information, visit beaconsfield.ca.

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