On Friday night, Kenneth Lavallee realized his goal of mounting a star blanket mural in the North End to commemorate Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. A massive mural now envelopes the surface lot between Red Road Lodge and The Edge Gallery.
The project is part of Synonym Art Consultation's Wall-to-Wall Festival, made possible by Lavallee, Red Road Lodge volunteer artists, Synonym staff and their sponsors. On Friday night, a crowd gathered inside The Edge Gallery to witness a performance piece curated by Niki Little. Little and three other Indigenous women washed crude-oil-soaked china in plastic bins to protest the building of pipelines across Win-nipi lands.
Afterwards, the crowd flowed out into the lot, where elder Mae Louise Campbell and Jamie Goulet from Grandmother Moon Lodge blessed the mural and led a smudging. The night wrapped with a performance from JD & The Sunshine Band.
Then on Saturday, after a long day of painting over at Red Road, Synonym rounded everyone up over at The Vineyard Church to celebrate the launch of Parr Josephee + PA System's and the Clandestinos' murals. The celebration kicked off the Nuit Blanche Rainbow Trout Bike Jam, and was a collaborative effort by Synonym, Graffiti Art Programming and North End Community Renewal Corporation. It Included a free barbecue, youth arts programming by Jessica Canard, a light installation by InTheMiddle and RedBull, and performances from Studio 393, On The One Collective x NU HAUL x Red Bull SUGGA, 3Peat and Begonia.
The night ended with a wrap party in the lot by the Western Paint Building.