Meadowfest Music Festival This Saturday August 23

First ever Meadowfest Music Festival to be held on Saturday, August 23

Côte Saint-Luc, August 13, 2008 – The first ever Meadowfest in support of the west-end greenspace will feature live bands, music, dancing and family fun at on Saturday, August 23 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Richard Schwartz Park (corner of Côte Saint-Luc Rd. and Westluke Ave.).

Admission is free. In the event of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, August 24.

Meadowfest is organized by Les Amis de Meadowbrook and supported by the municipalities of Côte Saint-Luc, Montreal West and Hampstead as well as corporate sponsors including the TD Canada Trust branches of Côte Saint-Luc.

“This is a first for Les Amis and we are very grateful for the support shown by these corporate and municipal sponsors,” said Jo Ann Goldwater, chair of the organizing committee and long standing member of the group.

For nearly 20 years, Les Amis de Meadowbrook has been defending successfully the preservation of the Meadowbrook Golf Course at the western end of Côte Saint-Luc Rd.

“The 18-hole golf course is an oasis of green in the middle of the island,” said Avrom Shtern, member of Les Amis, who has been advocating in support of making the golf course an eco-territory on the island of Montreal. “Like Angel Woods, Meadowbrook deserves to be recognized as it has been repeatedly recommended in the reports of the Office de Consultation Publique de Montreal.”

As one of the oldest and last surviving golf courses on the island, it is a green space on the map of Montreal “hot spots” right in the middle of the island along Highway 2/20.

Created in 1917 by CP Rail along the railway corridor, half of Meadowbrook is in Côte Saint-Luc and half in Lachine bordering the backyards of homes in Montreal West. In 2001, the City of Côte Saint-Luc rezoned its half to remain as a golf course, while the borough of Lachine maintains a zoning of 1,200 homes. This ambiguity was reflected in the Master Urban Plan adopted for the island in 2005 and Les Amis wants the cities and the island to protect this space forever.

Although it has changed hands several times since 1992, the various attempts to develop it have failed in the face of resistance and opposition of the local population and politicians. Since 2007, the golf course is again under threat from the developer, Groupe Pacific, who has presented a futuristic housing proposal with a green label of sustainable development.

“Les Amis de Meadowbrook is not fooled,” said Les Amis Director, Wendy Dodge. “Green housing is not green space.”

Les Amis wants everyone to come out and celebrate Meadowbrook with music, dancing and festivities. It has lined up a star-studded show, featuring Just for Laughs Montreal comedian Derek Seguin, and some of the best bands of the city who are graciously contributing their talents to the cause. The five-hour show will be headlined by the The Coloured Lights, with opening acts U b Over 40, The Mile End Village Band and First You Get the Sugar.

“These bands play music for the whole family and have huge local following,” said Dr. Rina Gupta, a local resident and child psychologist at McGill University. “We are doing this for the health and future of our children. If we don’t preserve the green space for them, it will be gone forever.”

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For more info, please contact:

Jo Ann Goldwater, (514) 484-8668 or 924 0957, savemeadow@yahoo.ca
Wendy Dodge, (514) 488 3737 or 916 7549, wendyldodge@videotron.ca
Dr. Rina Gupta, (514) 484-4544, rina.gupta@mcgill.ca

www.lesamisdemeadowbrook.org

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