Chinatown REMIXED Mural Interview
CBC Radio – All In A Day
August 23, 2010
Deborah Margo
CBC Radio
May 2010

CHINATOWN REMIXED 2ND ANNUAL ART FESTIVAL; Exhibits in unexpected spaces Ottawa, ON May 8th – June 8th, 2010

Local shoppers and businesses brush shoulders with the art world this month, as the Chinatown Remixed Collective presents its 2nd annual art exhibition in Ottawa’s Chinatown, a multi-cultural village with an Asian flavour. Exhibits in unexpected spaces: come see original art in the barbershop, gift shop, opticians, cafes and restaurants.

Kenny Jiang, from the Oriental Charm Gift Shop, is excited to be a part of Chinatown Remixed again this year. “I was excited to see the wonderful turnout last year and expect more people this year. It’s the perfect family outing for a Mother’s Day weekend.”

The artists, mostly local, include the likes of STUART KINMOND, ANDREA STOKES and GREG PRITCHARD. Nearly 40 businesses in Ottawa’s Chinatown, Somerset Street West from Bay Street to Preston Street, will be showing art throughout the month from May 8th to June 8th.

This month-long event kicks off on the 8th of May from 2pm-5pm with over 50 simultaneous Vernissages. Art Walking Tour maps will be distributed along Somerset Street West (or from where participating businesses open their doors to art lovers and offer complimentary nibbles. You’ll be delighted by street performers between venues where you can speak directly to the artist and get first hand insight into their work.

A Garden Mural in Chinatown! The Chinatown Remixed Collective in partnership with the Chinatown BIA and local business is commissioning a Garden Mural to add colour and flowers all year round. This year, Remixed is seeking a mural artist and needs your input. View the artists’ proposals and vote for your favourite at the Shanghai Restaurant anytime during the festival. The winning artist will paint the mural on the East-facing wall of the Royal Treasure Restaurant in June. Paintings, photographs and sculpture add a new dimension to Chinatown for the month.

This artistic mash-up of culture, art and food promises something for every taste. Come out and experience Chinatown like never before.

Openings/Vernissages: Saturday May 8th, 2pm – 5pm.

Twitter:  @chinatownremix