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Montreal Families

Westmount merchants to host street festival

For its 35th annual street festival, the Victoria Village Merchant Association is promising visitors will have a fun-filled weekend of sales, art, music, food and general merriment.

“It’s an annual event that families have come to count on, and for many people it signifies the start of the summer,” says Coordinator Katie Pothier. “This year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever because we’ve received additional sponsorship to hire a production company, so we’ll be providing more entertainment and activities than previous years.”

The festival kicks off Friday, June 12 with the opening of the sidewalk sale and a number of performances by local bands and musicians. The musical performances continue throughout the weekend with rock,  acapella, children’s music and more. The stage will be located on the south side of Prince Albert Ave. and Sherbrooke St.

The festivities pick up Saturday with a number of activities for kids in the Somerville area along Victoria Ave. There will be inflatables, a strong man bell and hammer game, a temporary tattoo station, a wandering zoo, and face painting. And for every child who has ever dreamed of running away and joining the circus, there will be a circus section with professional jugglers giving free lessons. Shoppers should also expect good deals as many local artisans will be present to showcase handmade jewellery, cosmetics, accessories, clothing, rugs, and so on.

On Sunday, the kids’ area will transform into a farmer’s market where families can sample local produce and kids can decorate cookies. In addition, food trucks will be on site throughout the weekend, and be sure to look out for street performances by hoola hop and flamingo dancers!

The festival runs June 12 to 14 and is free. It will take place on Sherbrooke St. from Grosvenor to Grey Avenues., and on Victoria Ave. from Sherbrooke to de Maisonneuve Blvd.

For more information, visit the Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/1IwWOUD.

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