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Hintonburg Happening: Support local meets independent artists

By Maria-Helena Pacelli on April 25, 2016

Hintonburg Happening is a 9 day festival that saw the light when a group of local residents wanted to bring more life and beauty to the neighbourhood. The desire to support small businesses in the area and create opportunities for artists lead to an art tour style street festival that draws attention from folks throughout the city of Ottawa to showcase the unique mesh of designers, artists, musicians and eclectic businesses that make Wellington West such a unique part of town.

The festival is 100% run by local residents, business owners and art lovers and what makes it stand out from other festivals in the city is the opportunities it creates for artists through the Hintonburg Happening & Wallack’s Art ThrowDown where a call to artists invites participation from artists throughout the city of Ottawa for a chance to win a $250 art grant.

Seeking artists from any neighbourhood and media, the call goes out in January and submissions for any kind of fun idea, talent, or vision for collaboration between art and local business are collected until February. This year, Wallack’s has joined the party with a 150$ gift certificate to their art supply stores.

Daniel Martelock hangs a Hintonburg Public House birdhouse.

Daniel Martelock hangs a Hintonburg Public House birdhouse.

The festival will be unveiling previous works such as the ‘HintonBird Houses’ created by Daniel Martelock and Craig O’Brien, a project that replicates 10 local business storefronts in the form of birdhouses. This project that beautifies the neighborhood, houses birds safely while promoting local businesses embodies the essence of the festival and the unique blend of the area. The next call to artists will be seeking similar projects that have a permanent nature, either showcasing the art behind a business or building bridges between artists and local businesses.

Hintonburg Happening launches on May 6, 2016 at 7pm at Tamarack Wellington. There will be a beer garden, snacks, live music and art. Plus, you can also take a tour of the HintonBird Houses. The festival runs through to the 14th. Follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to find out more about what’s happening in Hintonburg.