On the first day of the month, Renfrew-Collingwood neighbours came together to welcome the September full moon at our Opening Ceremony. Senaqwila Wyss from the Squamish Nation opened the event, local dye artist Bea Miller set the stage with her naturally dyed banners, and Zamir Dhanji played the hang drum as guests folded origami boats inscribed with their prayers for the water. These boats were later displayed at the Streamside Lantern Installation on October 3rd.
Moon Music in the Dye Garden
Our annual Moon Music event brought neighbours together to enjoy a scene of live music in the Colour Me Local Dye Garden. The event featured Andromeda Monk on bass clarinet and Adrian Avendano on percussion. Both musicians improvised throughout the evening as guests enjoyed their music and the beautiful sunset.
At our Harvest Gathering, participants explored different harvest techniques, including making healing salves, using ivy to weave baskets, and seed saving. We were so grateful to have Lori Snyder there to open the gathering and lead the salve workshop, as well as Bea Miller who displayed her naturally dyed banners to welcome attendees into the garden.
Indigenous Harvest Talk
This talk featured Resurfacing History facilitator, Leona Brown of the Gitxsan nation. Leona spoke of the empowerment of regaining access to her culture and traditional knowledge through the Resurfacing History program. She shared her knowledge of traditional medicines and native plants, and provided the herbs for participants to mix a tea to take home. Much gratitude to Leona for this insightful and engaging talk!
During this year’s Moon Festival, Constellations and Transformations, we created a Constellations performance featuring community members aged 10 to 60! This choreography was inspired by the ways communities have come together and stayed connected while remaining physically distant during these times.
Shoutout to Isabelle Kirouac for the choreography, Wilson Mendes for leading the film productions, Conor Provenzano for the filming and video editing and to Isaac Rosen-Purcell and Clara Rose Chisholm for the original music!
Streamside Lantern Installation
On October 3rd, we celebrated our final and most anticipated event, the Streamside Lantern Installation! It was truly a memorable night with the beauty of candlelight, exquisite lanterns, ethereal music and the shimmering Still Creek in the Renfrew Ravine. We thank all of the artists and musicians that participated in this year’s Moon Fest.