Overflowing house Friday night as a bunch of things were happening as well as the Jam. Politicians came by, lots of artists were networking, Rocky Mt Lo led a ribbon weave art workshop for kids in the basement, poetry readings, and, of course, some great music!
Wally Dae and Daniel Ranger getting it all going.
Filled up pretty fast.
Wally Dae chatting with Borough Mayor Jean Francois Parenteau.
But it was also an evening to pay tribute to Valerie Lamirande, stained glass artist and President of Empreintes d’artistes. A veteran promoter of art and artists, Val has worked tirelessly to make everything you see here at Cafe Kali a reality. Through determination and vision she has brought Empreintes d’artistes to the next level where it can now be a driving force for art in the community in Verdun. The future looks very good! Thanks so much, Val, for all you have done, none of this would have happened without you!
Projet Montreal Borough Councillor and Verdun Borough Mayor Jean Francois Parenteau with Valerie Lamirande and host Luz Garcia de Zielinski.
Art will always overcome differences and work for solutions.
Also present was Marc Olivier Simard speaking on behalf of local Member of the National Assembly, Jacques Daoust.
And the final word goes to Fani, proprietor of Cafe Kali.
Group shot of all the participating artists.
Jocelyne Langlois reciting poetry in French while Francois Beaumont provides musical accompaniment.
Luz Garcia de Zielinski reciting poetry in Spanish.
And Alfred Hepworth reciting poetry in English.
Back to the music with Wally Dae and Ray Garneau.
And a couple of tunes from Verdun singer songwriter Daniel Ranger.
Rocky Mt Lo was running a workshop in ribbon weave art for kids downstairs.
And Luz Garcia de Zielinski leading some live painting activities.
Stained glass reindeer by Valerie Lamirande make great Christmas items.
Barry MacPherson going solo.
Full band to take it home.
One last picture.
And so that was it, a night not to be missed. I would like to thank everyone who helped to make this event such a great success and to all the participants who make all the behind the scenes preparations worth it. Big thanks to all the artists. And to the musicians who are the raison d’etre of the Friday Night Jam, Thanks!!
And just a reminder that the Jam will continue every Friday evening at 6 at Cafe Kali, 5200 Verdun avenue. Stay tuned for some exciting news about the Jam in December. Coming soon!
Also Cafe Kali will continue to display the art of the members of Empreintes d’artistes throughout December and January (it changes on the first Friday of each month) so do make a point of dropping in anytime during opening hours.
One way you can help us to continue to bring you these quality events is by becoming a member of Emprientes d’artists (only $35.00 per year) and/or by becoming a volunteer, so email me or contact me on Facebook for how you can go about getting involved in this unique artist run non profit organization.
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