In its seventh year, the Kaledio festival on Alberta Avenue broke attendance records as thousands came out to the family arts festival.
“We have already broken our records, at this point we have already over 25,000 people come out for the two days we are looking a probably reaching 35,000,” said festival director Christy Morin.
Early, Sunday afternoon hundreds were out wandering the site, a stretch of 118 Avenue from 91 to 94 Street, to check out artists painting in the street, musicians playing from balconies and dancers from a variety of culture on stage.
The festival also featured a variety of vendors selling art and jewelery.
“The weather has been an absolute blessing for us so that has gone exceedingly well.”
Morin said the festival has grown along with the revitalization efforts along the Avenue. She said she festival really brings the community together
“It is creating rituals together and I think ritual is how a community really grows,” she said. “It is like a big party for the whole neighbourhood.”
Morin, who also serves as artistic director of the Arts on the Avenue group, credited the mayor and city council will making a concentrated effort to improve the area.
“The hard work of the community is really coming to fruition.”