12th St. Festival celebrates community spirit with music

The West End's annual 12th Street Music Festival is coming up on Sunday, August 1, and will feature free live music from local bands on two stages, children's entertainment, displays by local businesses & community groups and events for kids and adults.

Kids ride their bikes at the 2009 Twelfth Street Festival in New Westminster. Photo: Will Tomkinson.
Kids ride their bikes at the 2009 Twelfth Street Festival in New Westminster. Photo: Will Tomkinson.

The West End’s annual 12th Street Music Festival  is coming up on Sunday, August 1, and will feature free live music from local bands on two stages, children’s entertainment, displays by local businesses & community groups and events for kids and adults.

Bands will include:

  • Rainshadow
  • Mike Van Eyes
  • Mojo Stars
  • Maffie & Crew
  • Real Canadian Rock Band
  • Syndicate
  • Really Rod

According to festival organizers, highlights will include:

  • Kiwanis salmon BBQ
  • All Star Wrestlers (get an autograph!)
  • Wine tasting
  • Doggy wash.
  • Kidz Zone
  • Martial Arts Demonstration
  • AM 650 live radio broadcast from the street.
  • Car show
  • Dunk tank

“It’s going to be fun for everyone,” said festival coordinator John Ashdown in a media release. “We have a great line-up of entertainment, exhibits, events and a wide variety of foods.”

During the festival, 12th St. will be closed between 6th and 8th Ave., and there will be booths stretching all the way up from Stewardson to 10th Ave.

After the festival, there will be a wind-up party at the Terminal Pub at the foot of 12th St., from 4-8pm.

IN BRIEF

  • WHAT: 12th St. Festival
  • WHEN: Sunday, August 1, 2010, from 11am – 4pm
  • WHERE: 12th St. in New Westminster, between Stewardson and 10th Ave.

Briana Tomkinson

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3 comments

  1. Whooo! It was pretty packed and crazy there yesterday. We've lived just shy of 12th for 3 years and this is the first time we'd even heard of the festival, let alone attended.

    I think I found the wrestling costumes the most amusing, followed up by the long line for the dog wash, and the dunk tank. 🙂 Lots of things and people to gaze at and many products to check out. Not to mention the twist-cone soft serve ice cream…

    I shot some pics on my iPhone if anyone is interested in seeing them. They're at http://www.chellepatterson.blogspot.com.

  2. It was a great event, the best ever done on 12th street. More good news for 12th street and the rest of New Westminster is that our very own Chuck Puchmyer is considering a run for the mayor chair, nothing wrong with a good old fashion horse race!

    1. It was great that Chuck was MCing the Lower Stage along with Syndicate. He did a great job. But, please do not lose sight. The success of this Festival is credited to the many hours of volunteers of the West End Business Association. Regardless of Chucks poitical asperations, 12th Street will only have "more good news" if residents support local business on 12th and in all of New Westminster. Giddyup!!

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