Ellice Street Festival
Since it’s inception in 2001, the Ellice Street Festival in June is an annual fixture in the neighbourhood, bringing out over 2,000 local residents to meet and interact with their neighbours and the community organizations that provide services in the West End neighbourhood. This free festival features a community BBQ, live music, community organization displays, an artisans market, and a variety of fun activities for kids and families. This event shines a positive light on a neighbourhood more accustomed to being in the spotlight for negative reasons and is a highlight of spring for the community.
Musical Notes and Lunch Totes
Now in it’s third year, the WECC in partnership with West End Biz presents a free weekly summertime lunchtime concert series called Musical Notes and Lunch Totes at Saigon Park (on Ellice between Spence and Balmoral). Past performers include Scott Nolan & William Prince, Raine Hamilton String Trio, Jaxon Haldane, Richard Inman, Ila Barker, Nation of Two, Vince Andrushko, and Mulligrub. This series provides the WECC, artists, and members of the community the opportunity to connect with each other in a very direct way.
Holiday Dinner & Concert
Each year, 150 free tickets for this annual concert and dinner are distributed to members of the community. The dinner is the main attraction and the concert is a wonderful way to introduce people to great local talent (past performers include Al Simmons, Eagle and Hawk, Shanley Spence, Don Amero, JD and the Sunshine Band, Double the Trouble, and students from John M. King School). We provide a full holiday meal with all the fixings prepared by the Youth Crew from Spence Neighbourhood Association along with a visit from Santa who hands out toys to all the kids. In-kind donations from businesses (Food Fare, Safeway, Vita Health, Toad Hall Toys, Indigo, etc.) and volunteers help to make this dinner such a great annual success.