Parkallen Music Festival and Art Walk


The Music Festival and Art Walk were a huge success. The two goals that we had for the event were accomplished. As a community we were able to raise almost $5,000 for the park. We raised $1,800 through entrance fees and sales.   People as well made donations directly to the park of over $2,400. The children raised $525 for Raise the Rock. The donations and Raise the Rock money will be matched by the city of Edmonton. The generosity of our community is something that we should all be proud of.    It was also great to see the time that our volunteers put into the event.   On Saturday we had more than 60 volunteers. Without them the event would not have happened.

Our second goal was to build community by getting together with friends and neighbours. It was great to see so many people talking, dancing, eating, laughing and having fun. We do have a special place here in our corner of Edmonton and we truly understand and display what "Community" is about. I think for the children that came it was a fabulous day. They ran around in the tall grass in the rink, jumped in the jumpy castle, made forts with cardboard, blew bubbles, played games, had their faces painted and of course played in the park. The volunteers that came from Grant MacEwan, the city staff and our own volunteers ensured that the children were having fun. Jan Hardstaff has put pictures of the event on Picasa, to view the pictures CLICK HERE:

MUSIC: Thank you to all of the musicians who donated their time and entertained us. I had so many positive comments about the tremendous quality of music. All of the musicians, young and “older”, were a huge hit! Thank you so very much.   I hope that you enjoyed the event as much as we enjoyed having each of you as part of it. Thank you to Jan Hardstaff for gathering the musicians. We are also grateful for the wonderful job on sound by Steve Schroeter from Clear Sound Productions. He was there from early in the morning until tear down. The bands were so glad that we had someone with skills and experience.


The Musicians and Bands

Brandon Quigley
Callum Walsh
Charles on Accordion
Gue Cello Duet
Kevin Kornelson
The Real Humdingers
The Off-Whyte Band
Rockin’ Ron and the DTJ Band
Samba de escola de Edmonton
Sarah Culkin
The Tom Weir Project     


Art: The Art Walk constantly drew people inside the Parkallen hall to admire and shop for art from our neighbourhood artists. Cathy McMillan did a wonderful job gathering the artists. Thank you to Cathy and the other artist who donated their time and showed us their amazing skills and talents. Thank you for donating to our Park.

The Artists

Cathy McMillan ~ Quirky Art Cafe
Paulina Smit
Barbara Mackintosh
~ Barbara’s Beads
Trudy Gusse and Lisa Brunelle ~ 2 Curls Jewellery &
Tim Koslo ~ T.K.O Art

VOLUNTEERS: As stated before nothing could have happened without our vast array of volunteers. I had a few people helping for weeks prior to the event to the final clean up on Monday. The time commitment and the willingness to pitch in never ceased to amaze me. Thank you to each of you. Mayja Embleton did an amazing job gathering volunteers and preparing them for their volunteer position. She ensured that each area had a instructions which made it easy for those who volunteered. 

The Volunteers

Jan Hardstaff, Christine Gue, Nora Begoray, Leanne Kohn, Mayja Embleton, Carmelle Cooper, Aiden Cooper, Sonya Choy, Derek Roy-Brenneis, Terri Roy-Brenneis, Sarah Pearce, Ken Pearce, Brandon Quigley, Talia Gorn, Billy Gorn, Dave Hornbeck, Dave Begoray, Moira Wyton, Rhonda Webster, Mark Webster, Derek Webster Meghan Dunnigan, Marvin Zimmer, Lucie Zimmer, Sunny Chiari-Hirsch, Dacia Chiari-Hirsch, Michele Lobner-Cox, Deniell Lobner-Cox, Calen Pregizer,Holly Huber, Charlotte Huber, Christie Roy-Irving, Brent Irving, Sandra Stessun, Rob Hafer, Noga Liron, Julia Peters, Rhonda McEachern, Sharlene Oliver, Kevin Gue, Sherrill Johnson, Violet Bell, Ethan Kohn, Noah Kohn, Justice, Duncan Pearce, Tracy Gordon, Angie Miller, Kelly Stewart, Brad Umpherville, Sharlene Oliver, Nicole Hoyt, Nayan, Darcy Hirsch, Mark Dobblestyn, Heidi Coughlin, Jason Coughlin, Emma Coughlin, Robbin Webber, Cynthia Puddu, Liz Mathew, Kai Waselius, Tim Stonehouse, Brad Hardstaff, Kyle Hardstaff, Jared Hardstaff, Kaylyn Hardstaff, Curtis Arnett, Anne Arnett, Kim Wyton, Nancy Hunt, Kristina Laban, Amy Heidebrant and Warren Moody

Door Prizes

We were able to give away three door prizes that were donated.
Family Day Pass to the Muttart, donated by the City of Edmonton. 
Family Day Pass to the Zoo, donated by the City of Edmonton.
Family Annual Pass to the Telus World of Science, donated by the Telus World of Science. 

SPONSORS: Thank-you to the following businesses whose generosity totalled almost $3000 in donated goods and services. I encourage everyone to support these businesses that supported us. 


Regent Signs ~ donated the banners
Old Country Meats and Deli ~ donated all the hamburgers
Mary Penonzek at M&M Meat Shop 103 St. / 51 Ave. ~ donated the wieners
Liquor Depot  Lendrum ~ donated all of the wine
Alley Kat Brewery ~ gave us 50% off of the beer
Fast Fence ~ donated the fence around the beer area
Heidi Coughlin & Jan Hardstaff ~ donated the tents
Mckernan Community ~ tables and chairs
Westwood Unitarian Church ~  tables and chairs and a coffee maker
Christian Adoption Services ~  the bouncy castle
Superior Propane ~  the BBQ
Save On Foods ~  flats of water bottles
Pleasantview Sobeys ~ Juice boxes
Handi Cann ~  discount on porta-pottys
London Drugs ~ gift card
Costco gift card
Super Store ~  gift card
Home Depot  ~  gift card