Posted by: jjarmasz | December 11, 2011

Delaware Street Festival (better late than never)

Well this is so overdue that it’s almost embarrassing… but I wanted to post a few things about my hyper-local (as in, happening outside my front door) street festival that took place way back in September:

Poster for the Delaware Street Festival 2011

For some reason the last weeks of September seem to be the designated times for local street festivals in Toronto, perhaps because many get sponsorship from the Car Free Day (Sept 22nd this year), as was the case for the Delaware festival. So the festival is not unique, but it’s a lovely way for people like me who are new to the neighbourhood to start feeling like part of the community.

I don’t know how long this festival has been going for, but it was the second one I’ve been to. It had a great vibe. Lots of live music and kids activities, but also tie-ins to local groups and initiatives.

Live music at the Delaware Street Festival 2011

Live music at the Delaware Street Festival 2011

I particularly liked the hay bale and flower arrangements someone set up:

Hay bales and flowers

Hay bales and flowers

For history geeks like me, there were historical maps of the street and surrounding area:

Historic map of what is now Dovercourt Village (1884).

Historic map of what is now Dovercourt Village (1884). Note that Delaware Ave. was Cumberland, and the current Concord Ave. was called Lancaster.

The festival happened weeks before the provincial election. Thankfully the place was not crawling with politicians (I wonder how that happened!), but our local federal MP and erstwhile punk rocker, Andrew Cash, played an acoustic set (mostly labour songs). Political preferences aside, I like the fact that I am represented in Parliament by someone who can hold a tune!

Local Federal MP Andrew Cash.

Local Federal MP Andrew Cash singing at the Delaware Street Festival 2011.

The festival went well into the night, with a potluck under the stars and more live music.

Potluck on the street.

Potluck on the street, under the stars.

The music went on into the night.

The music went on into the night.

All in all, a very friendly and welcoming event. I look forward to the next one — and maybe I’ll even help get involved with the organizing committee!

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