The McCauley Family Life Videography Project has an official title: McCauley Moments. Here is the trailer for the project, featuring some clips from events and interviews:
Last night, the book McCauley, Then & Now launched at Zocalo. The book is designed as a walking guide to the neighbourhood and includes the history of the area, many of its buildings, and stories from long-term current and former residents. The launch featured people from the committee that created the book speaking, reading, and making music. I was the Editor of the project, and spent the evening behind the camera filming the event. Here it is!
Heart of the City celebrated its tenth anniversary on June 1 and 2, 2013. Here are some videos of the performers, art, and audience:
Primavera is a gardening festival and here is an interview with some of the organizers, plus information about the McCauley Slogan Contest:
The McCauley Writers Atlas launched on May 6 in Giovanni Caboto Park. Almost a year in the making, the volume features poetry, prose, and photography from people connected to the area. The launch featured a couple of writers sharing their work and demonstrates the cultural community that is growing in the area.
I’m in the home stretch of gathering interviews for the McCauley Family Life Videography Project but am still looking for young families and couples in the neighbourhood. In particularly, I am looking for immigrant families (or the descendants thereof) from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and also a same-sex couple that would be comfortable being on camera. If you are interested in taking part, please contact me at mccauleycommunity at gmail dot com.
I am trying to represent the main cultural groups in the McCauley area, and historically, Ukrainian has been one of them. McCauley used to be the centre of the Ukrainian community in Edmonton. There are still Ukrainians who live in the area, but many are now elderly. Most of the Ukrainians lived in the area that is now Chinatown, and some of the cultural buildings still remain such as the Ukrainian National Federation on 106 Avenue and 98 Street. It was here that a folk art event took place in mid-April, so I decided to pay a visit and speak to a couple of representatives from the Ukrainian community about why they still come to McCauley for cultural events. I also took in some wonderful Ukrainian dancing.