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Kahnawà:ke Tourism offers a preview of the Riverside Musical Park project

Parents searching for something unique, educational, and nearby to do with their families over March Break need look no further.

Kahnawà:ke Tourism is opening a temporary installation of its Musical Park Project, which features themed percussion-instrument sculptures designed to facilitate connection through music. It will be open March 4-9 at the Kahnawà:ke Youth Centre.

Created in collaboration with Owisó:kon Lahache, a Mohawk artist living in Kahnawake, the musical park includes cultural and historical elements and dynamic features based on sound and music-making, including playable Iroquois social songs. The nine sculptures featured in the Musical Park include a vertical amadinda or xylophone, a metal and wood xylophone, metal “tobacco leaf” cymbals, flower cymbals, mushroom bells, pipe drums, metal drums, downward pipe charms, and an upright pipe chime table with square pipes.

PHOTO Kahnawàke Tourism

Kimberly Cross, the tourism development manager describes the park as “a wonderful opportunity to encourage inter-cultural social gatherings where we can share music and knowledge through a modern artistic work of art surrounded by nature.”

The innovative project is supported by the Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) program, which helped fund the initiative with a non-repayable contribution of $193,000 through the Tourism Relief Fund.

Soraya Martinez Ferrada, the minister of Tourism and minister responsible for CED, is pleased the government is supporting the interactive musical structures project. “By encouraging Quebec’s Indigenous communities to develop their tourism potential, we are contributing to inclusive growth in regional economies and paving the way towards prosperity,” she explains.

The federal minister refers to the project as “a unique opportunity to showcase the living Kahnawà:ke culture at the heart of our incredibly diverse cultural heritage.”

The final location for the permanent Musical Park has not been determined as of now, but the installation will eventually include the nine sculptures, as well as a picturesque seating pergola stylized as a traditional longhouse.

The temporary installation at the Kahnawà:ke Youth Center is open to the public daily between 1 and 7 p.m. until March 9. (SR)

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