Since her arrival in Ottawa in the 1990s, Elaina Martin has become a fundamental part of the community. Mainly recognized as the founder of the popular Ottawa arts and music festival Westfest, Elaina has expanded her role from creative entrepreneur to community leader in a short span of time.
The theme for the 2018 Ottawa Dyke March on August 25 is Dykes Shaping the Arts and, for the first time, is putting a highlight on dyke artists.
That’s a wrap on Westfest 2018. See you next year!
Westfest 2018 will take place June 8-10 in the heart of Hintonburg. This past weekend, the free festival was celebrated at the lineup launch.
As founder Elaina Martin put’s it, Westfest is “the people’s festival.” With Westfest in it’s 14th year, Apt613 talks to Martin about what Westfest is all about, its efforts towards reconciliation, and making Westfest Ottawa’s most accessible and diverse festival.
“How did it start…that’s a loaded question!” Sitting across the table from Westfest founder, Elaina Martin, I could see the effect the question had on her as she reached back into her mental archives to revisit her life back then, and the brewing of ideas that would lead to the creation of an event thirteen […]