Carmel art & music fest heading to Firemen’s Park
After a year's absence, the Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival will return this September in a new location: Firemen's Park in Niagara Falls. PHOTO: John Law / Niagara Falls Review
After going on hiatus last year, the Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival will return this September.
But don’t look for it at the Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, its home for the first four years. Ongoing renovations at the space have forced new organizers to move it to Firemen’s Park for three days, Sept. 15 to 17.
The revamped show will utilize the park’s new Firemen’s Hall, along with the bandshell for live music.
“The first time we were there, we knew of all the places we’d seen, it would be a good location,” says Charlotte King, president of Niagara Arts Showcase, which has taken over operation of the show.
“Even if it is a little smaller the first year (there), it’s something where we can see it continuing to grow in that location.”
The non-profit Niagara Arts Showcase, established last summer, took the reins from former organizer Torena Gardner-Durdle, who established the show in 2012 at the scenic and serene monastery on Stanley Avenue. Gardner opened her store Fae Nature on Queen Street last year and was unable to continue with the annual show.
She approached longtime Niagara Falls arts advocates Phil and Lori Lococo to take over. They in turn put it under the umbrella of Niagara Arts Showcase.
About 4,000 people attended the event during its final years at Mount Carmel.
“Torena did a wonderful job throughout the last few years,” says Lori, the new co-chairwoman. “She took it as far as she could take it, with her new opportunity. I think it provided artists a very affordable and local opportunity to showcase their art and their music.”
Firemen’s Park will allow more room for food trucks, outdoor displays and children’s activities, she adds.
About 100 artists and 14 musicians are needed for the show. Deadline for artists is May 1, and for musicians April 30. Applications can be made through www.niagaraartsshowcase.com
To help promote the show’s return and new home, Niagara Arts Showcase will have a heavy presence at this year’s Canada Day Parade downtown, including an art show fundraiser at The Hub and a music and art show at Four Triple 5.