Overture Fest Celebrates the Arts of Montreal
August 16, 2015
By: Sharon Renold
MONTREAL – OWTA’s inaugural Overture Fest took place on Saturday, August 15 at Grier Park in Pierrefonds, hosting a variety of performances and workshops to promote the arts in today’s youth.
A collaboration between OWTA, the department of Canadian Heritage, the Pearson Educational Foundation and the City of Pierrefonds, Overture Fest brought together artists of various disciplines to showcase some amazing local talent. Paint and dance workshops also took place and vendors offered local products at the event.
Honored guest, Mayor of the borough Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Dimitrios Jim Beis, kicked off the event with a few words of support to OWTA, revealing how important the performing arts are to the community. As an Executive Committee Member at Ville de Montréal, responsible for procurement, sports and cultural communities, Beis recognizes the importance of encouraging artistic creativity.
“I find that in order to develop self-esteem in youth and give them the skill to express themselves, performing arts is necessary. I think that music and culture do that remarkably,” says Beis. “I think that it is a wonderful thing that kids are here in the park listening to some beautiful, talented people.”
Performances of the day began with covers and original songs by Milan Boronell, a local artist whose goal is to inspire others to follow their dreams.
Dancers from Break City showcased some amazing talent with a break dance performance. Chris “BBOY CITY” Eagleton, founder of the Break City Dance Program, encourages his students to express themselves through performing.
The Record Breakers, a local band composed of four teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18, presented five original songs, making the audience tap their feet to their rock and roll style. Julian Galasso, drummer, states:
“What we are trying to do is inspire other kids to play also, because as far as music and young rock bands go, there isn’t a lot and we want to show kids that rock and roll is not dead.”
Jonathan Emile concluded the event with two of his students. They performed two original song, “Wings” and “Coconut Water.” Jonathan Emile says that his inspiration for song writing comes from those around him.
“Its awesome working with Overture with the Arts because you get to meet young people with crazy energy who love music and the arts,” says Emile. “That’s an inspiration in itself. It’s been an amazing experience helping the organization grow.”
Akilah Newton, founder and executive director of OWTA, hopes to make Overture Fest an annual occurrence that will attract more local artists and encourage others to practice the creative and performing arts.