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Third Annual Orleans Festival

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be at the Orleans Festival again this year!  Having taken part in the previous two years, We’ve seen the Festival grow from a single-day show to a full weekend event.  This year the Festival runs for three full days, June 1st – 3rd, 2012.  We’ll be there Friday from 3pm – 8pm, Saturday from 9am – 8pm, and Sunday from 9am – 3pm.

Just like last year, the artisans (including Drakestail) will be set up on the boulevard in front of the Shenkman Arts Centre.  Last year we were lucky enough to be at the end of the row of artisans, giving us a fabulous view of the main stage, also set up outdoors.  They had some fabulous dance troupes and local musicians performing, and gave the whole area a great vibe.  Inside were artists and sculptors, more music, dance, and theatre productions, and of course, local food vendors showcasing their delicious fare.  This year, we will again be performing a demonstration workshop as well.  We will keep you posted on the date and time of the workshop, and will be showcasing how we make some of our favourite jewellery designs.

As noted on the Shenkman Arts Centre web page:

The Orléans Festival was born in 2010 out of the community’s desire to promote and celebrate local creativity in the performing, culinary, visual and spatial arts in a fun, free and family-friendly one-day festival environment.

This year, Festival is expanding again and will take place on June 1, 2 and 3 to better celebrate the richness, scope, talent and breadth of the artists, chefs and artisans who will perform, display, and create their respective works in and around, the Shenkman Arts Centre, the east-end’s hub for artistic expression and community engagement. 

Join us at this wonderful festival.  Watch our Twitter feed and Facebook event page for updates.

Orléans Festival - 2011

 

Basement Artists show this Sunday

Don’t forget: Sunday the 13th is only days away! If you don’t have your tickets to the show at Mercury Lounge yet, send us an email at info@drakestail.com and we’ll hook you up. The show will be a great time, and will raise funds for the Humane Society. Drakestail will even put an item up for auction. See you there!

Spotlight on our friends: Basement Artists

When we started making jewellery in 2006 we didn’t know many local artists and artisans.  It was a hobby we both enjoyed and we decided to participate in some local art shows and craft fairs for fun and to see how people responded to our work.

We enjoyed the first few shows and kept at it over the next few years.  One of the things we found difficult was trying to decide in which shows to participate, not knowing the communities or organizers, it’s always a bit of a gamble.  About a year ago, I was introduced to Marcus Lamoureux through a mutual friend and later found out he is the founder and organizer of Basement Artists.

When Marcus founded Basement Artists, he wanted to dedicate himself to the promotion and showcase of local Ottawa musicians and artists.  Being an artist himself, he felt this type of group could really benefit the local community.  With some time, hard work and personal effort, Marcus created a type of art show unique to the Ottawa community.  His shows bring in people from all around the area, local artists as well as art lovers.  These evenings of music and art give musicians and artists the opportunity to reach a much larger audience then they would otherwise be able to.

In September 2010, Basement Artists celebrated their 50th music and art show at the Mercury Lounge in the Byward Market.  Each show combines performances by talented local bands with displays of impressive local artists and artisans.  This combination allows audiences a glimpse into a world of underground art and music that isn’t always readily accessible.  The shows take place at a variety of local venues and occur at least once a month.

Drakestail Jewellery had their first show with Basement Artists in the summer 2010.  We’re very happy to be a part of this local group of artists and musicians.  This helps us to reach a larger audience which is, of course, important but even more important is the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, to network with them and to be a part of a community that is larger then just ourselves.  We feel very fortunate to have joined Basement Artists and to have met Marcus, as well as the other wonderful and talented people who work with Basement Artists.

Our next Basement Artists show will be on Saturday, January 29th at Babylon Night Club in Ottawa, starting at 7:00 P.M.  We’d love to see you there!

If our post has piqued your curiosity about the organization, please visit their website here: www.basementartists.org

Or learn more about them by watching their interview on Rogers TV here: http://www.rogerstv.com/page.aspx?lid=237&rid=4&sid=68&gid=76123

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