112 mu­si­cal acts to take part in N.D.G. event

Montreal Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - T’CHA DUNLEVY tdun­levy@post­media.com twit­ter.com/TChaDun­levy

Front stoops all over N.D.G. will come alive with the sound of mu­sic this week­end, as 112 acts per­form at the fourth an­nual N.D.G. Porchfest.

The in­clu­sive event ac­cepts any­one who ap­plies, on two sim­ple con­di­tions.

“If you have a porch in N.D.G. and you want to play, you can play,” said Porchfest founder Aurora Robin­son. “As long as you make it in on time. We can only take so many bands. I think (112) is pretty gen­er­ous.”

Robin­son came up with the idea for the event af­ter tak­ing in porch­fests in Bos­ton, where she lived for four years. Upon re­turn­ing to Mon­treal, she de­cided to start one in her neigh­bour­hood.

The ini­tial re­ac­tion was hes­i­tant with a touch of con­fu­sion.

“The first year, I went to the N.D.G. Com­mu­nity Coun­cil with (the idea), and they didn’t get it,” she said. “To be fair, my hus­band didn’t even get it. But once we did the first one ev­ery­one was on board and lots of peo­ple came out of the wood­work and wanted to help. Now we get a lot of sup­port from the N.D.G. Com­mu­nity Coun­cil and we have N.D.G. Arts Week help­ing put on a show.”

The key to Porchfest’s ap­peal is in the friendly neigh­bour­hood feel­ing that spreads as peo­ple who might oth­er­wise pass each other silently on the street be­gin play­ing and tak­ing in mu­sic to­gether on the steps of each other’s homes.

“You’re lis­ten­ing to your neigh­bours play mu­sic on their front porch and get­ting to know your com­mu­nity at the same time,” Robin­son said.

“The bands love do­ing it. They like giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity and dis­cov­er­ing other mu­si­cians who live nearby; and they love be­ing able to play for their neigh­bours and reveal a bit about their life and work.

“Peo­ple who live in the neigh­bour­hood love to dis­cover that as well: ‘Oh, who knew my neigh­bour was a sax player?’ ”

Satur­day and Sun­day, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., open-minded mu­sic fans can walk the streets of N.D.G., with their down­load­able Porchfest map in hand, and take in a wide range of per­for­mances, be­gin­ning with the sul­try soul sounds of open­ing show head­liner Hanorah — who was a quar­ter-fi­nal­ist on sea­son 5 of hit Que­bec re­al­ity show La Voix — Satur­day at 11 a.m. at Girouard Park.

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Hanorah, quar­ter-fi­nal­ist on sea­son 5 of La Voix, head­lines this week­end’s N.D.G. Porchfest. She per­forms Satur­day at 11 a.m. at Girouard Park.

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