Monday, October 28, 2019

Evergreen Brickworks Day of the Dead

Death visited the Don River community centre during the Dia de Muertos Latin festival  on Sunday, October 27, 2019 - and he had a good time. The 9th annual celebration of Latin culture took place during the Sunday Artisan Market and had dancing, fun family activities and some traditional food and drink to enjoy from 10am to 3pm.

The main stage had performances of the Dance of the Monarch Butterflies and the Mexican Folk Ballent presenting a Chilango on the Day of the Dead along with storytelling by Catrinas. The Mexican holiday is for prayers and remembrance of family members that have died.

Merchants were selling Day of the Dead souvenirs with decorated skulls and skeletons being the most popular artifacts. Some of the visitors also had elaborate face painting with some ghoulish effects.

You can also wander the grounds of what was once a thriving clay quarry and brick manufacturing complex, then abandoned and brought back to life as a multi-use office and community centre. They have kept a bit of the old plant's components and graffiti to provide a historical background of the industrial process required to make the simple building materials. On weekends the limited parking fills up pretty fast and so try public transit, biking or even try the free shuttle from Broadview Station.
See the site in more photos after the jump.

Some of the abandoned equipment remains as a learning and artistic installation
A giant flower

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