- Universal Soul stands behind its city.
106.9 GotAVoice FM kicks off the festival: Your hub for all things G250
Tuesday September 9, 10am
Gottingen has seen "dramatic change over the course of history, it's gone through a bunch of very distinct periods and eras and I feel like we are really capturing that with a lot of the interviews and storytelling," says Charlene Gagnon, program co-ordinator of iMOVe—one of the groups partnering to bring 106.9 GotAVoice FM to life. Programming reflects the diverse array of groups that call the north end home. Listeners can expect everything from roundtables on history to group discussions of the current realities blended with live musical performances. This pop-up radio station also has great utility assisting the non-profits in the area. Spreading positivity and awareness through heralding the good work being done in the community is incredibly valuable for the "types of organizations that only get media attention when something negative happens," explains Gagnon.
Saturday September 13, 12-7pm
Kids love festivals. It's a reality. Kids also love learning about history and connecting with fellow community members via dance and food, and Gottingen 250 wants both kids and parents to enjoy themselves. Hosted by Hope Blooms, LaMeia Reddick, an intern with iMOVe, explains that there will be a "talent show, teddy bear picnic, bouncy castle, dunk tank" and more programming oriented for kids Saturday from 12-7pm. "We want to get some big people in the dunk tank," says Reddick. "So if Jennifer Watts came out that day..."
The Concert Stage: Stay glued
Gottingen Street has helped shape much of the sound of Halifax—it's not surprising that the musical line-up that will hit the Gottingen 250 stage is stacked. Don't miss Uptown Revival (3-6pm), featuring various blues and jazz artists who will recreate the feeling of the legendary Uptown Festivals. Other highlights are Cindy Cain, Universal Soul and Uniacke Square's own JRDN on Saturday, followed by Ria Mae, Ghettosocks and Scratch Bastid and more on Sunday. Michelle Strum, North End Business Association board member, explains it's about more than great music: "Being able to do an outdoor concert where kids are able to check JRDN out, because all the kids kinda look up to him, that I am incredibly excited for."
Keep looking at your phone
Every event hopes to leave a lasting impression. Gottingen 250 is doing just that with its Walking History Map App. Fueled by both historical documents and personal stories from the community, the Map App will allow "people to walk through the neighbourhood, stop at buildings and pull up historical photos, key dates and prominent tenants, and listen to the stories of those who had memorable experiences at that location." Nat Smith, chair of the Gottingen 250 History Committee explains the idea: "What we're hoping is that when people are down on Gottingen Street for the festival, they'll be outside a building or talking to friends and they'll come up with a story and say 'remember that happened here?' and be able to go on the app and add that content." —DD