Summer is festival season – inside and outside of Winnipeg – and one of the more popular urban events happens in the city’s west end, when a few blocks are closed off for the Ellice Street Festival.
At this year’s 15th annual fest held last month, many residents, vendors and representatives of community organizations were on hand to engage with the public and celebrate this vibrant Winnipeg district.
CKUW 95.9 FM caught up with several West Enders who were on hand for this event.
They included Greg Unger, volunteer with Orioles Bike Cage, a representative from Harvest Moon Local Food Initiative that helps bring local, sustainable and ethically-produced family farm food to Winnipeggers, Deandre Thomas Hart of the Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre, a community partnership providing educational and capacity building opportunities, Tanya Suderman of the Spence Neighbourhood Association, and Sean Ledwich of the West End 24/7 Safe Space, an exciting new project that will give young people a place to hang out and be safe.
The initiatives, ideas and resources these and other people bring to the West End are impressive. As you will hear in these brief audio clips, it’s what makes this neighbourhood so special.