Almost time of Nuit Blanche at Boyle Street Plaza!


We are only days away from one of the most exciting arts events of 2015. Nuit Blanche Edmonton is a free, contemporary art event that will transform downtown for one night only (September 26-27, 7pm-4am).


Boyle Street Plaza (9538-103A Ave) is excited to be participating as an independent site, right around the corner from the main festivities at Churchill Square. Quarters Arts Society and Boyle Street Community League will be serving up a feast for your senses all night long. From visual art, interactive sound installations, and a licensed lounge, to drummers and storytellers around the fire, be sure to stop by Boyle Street Plaza as you experience the excitement of Nuit Blanche.


Sponsored by Steam Whistle, we are excited to have a licensed lounge on site, starting at 9pm.

Featuring projection art by Evan Pearce, and photographs by Bill Neis, you are invited to stop by and have a tasty beverage while you’re exploring Nuit Blanche. Come support local arts at the Quarters Arts Lounge.
Please note that the lounge is cash only. There are ATMs around the corner, but don’t be disappointed!Drinks will also be available at the opening reception of Carried from 7-9pm. We will be collecting donations for the Inner City Recreation & Wellness Program.

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Young Cree Singers and Drumming
Located in the small outside round, join us as we connect to Mother Earth through drumming and singing.

9:30 – 11:00 p.m. Storytelling Around The Fire
Located in the small outside round, local storytellers will share their tales around a roaring fire.

7:00 – 11:00 p.m. Community Art
Join the leader of Cipher 5, help create a work of graffiti art, and show how we connect with one another.


CARRIED (YORK:MOMENTS)The York Hotel was located at 104 Avenue and 96 Street in the heart of historic Boyle Street. Its closure in 2010, and demolition in 2012, inspired Artists-in-Residence Sydney Lancaster and Marian Switzer to revisit the history of the 1913 hotel turned rooming house – and to some, community hub. “Carried” is the result of this journey. Created in active collaboration between the Artists-in-Residence and community members over the last several months, this sculptural installation will feature gel transfer prints of images from the York Hotel. They will resemble pieces of paper fluttering down from above, evoking thoughts of memory and change.

The opening reception will be held from 7-9pm, with the site open overnight until 4am. For updates on the ongoing York:Moments project, follow us on Facebook.

This project has received funding from the Edmonton Heritage Council, Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, and Boyle Street Community League.


CONNECTIVITY  As part of the inaugural Nuit Blanche Edmonton festival, Ramshackle Day Parade is thrilled to present CONNECTIVITY. Created by Brendan Anderson, Parker Thiessen and Abram Hindle, CONNECTIVITY will combine elements of live performance and sound installation to reflect on the ways art is influenced by the communities and physical environments in which it is created, and on the symbiotic relationship between audiences and performers.Performers from Edmonton’s experimental music scene will come together to create a nine hour long, continuous sound piece that will be manipulated by audience members as they experience and move through the physical space of the installation. Interactive software designed by Abram Hindle will allow listeners and performers to respond to each other and work together in creative ways to shape the sounds being produced. Through this process, artists will be forced to relinquish control over their final product and audiences will play an active role in their own experience. CONNECTIVITY will be spontaneous and ephemeral, embracing the chaos and collaboration that is so often inherent to the creative process and using these elements to create a work that is entirely dependent on its specific place and time. No two moments will be the same and every participant will come away with an experience wholly unique to them.



Quarters Arts Society creates opportunities for our supporters to engage with the Boyle Street community and illuminates the historic, artistic, and cultural diversity that exists in Edmonton’s oldest neighbourhood.For more information on how to get involved, email

Quarters Arts is a non-profit society that engages in citizen-led projects that honour the heritage and explore the diversity of the community of Boyle Street. Quarters Arts acknowledges that Boyle Street is a part of Treaty 6 territory and is a traditional meeting ground for many Indigenous peoples.

Without the dedicated partnership with Boyle Street Community League, we would not be able to provide the wealth of programming for our community near and far.Thank you for your ongoing participation and support, dear friends and partners.Please visit their website to keep updated on their host of events and meetings, serving your

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Do YOU Remember the York Hotel?

As our part in this ongoing project winds down, Marian and I are excited to see and hear the stories and memories that Jason (filmmaker) and Kyla (historical practitioner) gather in the coming months.

We have met so many lovely people in the neighbourhood as we have worked at Boyle Street Plaza, and many of them had memories and stories to share with us while they helped us make prints.

We hope that they – along with anyone else who has stories and memories to share – will get in touch with Kyla & Jason, and help them to put together a permanent record of those thoughts.

These stories are a living part of the history of this neighbourhood, and need to be preserved and shared.

York Poster

If you know someone with a story of the York to share, please let them know to get in touch!

**Your contact information will NOT be shared, except between the project participants, for the purposes of contacting people who want to share stories and memories.

What an Arts Night!

We had a wonderful time at the last Quarters Arts Night on September 4th!

A great turn out – LOTs of people! And such a lot of helpers assisting with the gel transfer making!


The work is always better when shared:


It has been so wonderful to meet so many people from the neighbourhood over the last few months, and to share the work we’ve been doing as Artists-in Residence at Boyle Street Plaza.

We are going miss these work parties *(but NOT the blisters!)

Stay Tuned for the NEXT phase of this work … the installation and launch of Carried!

Quarters Arts Night September 4

The spring and summer have absolutely flown by, and now it’s back to school time, and the first golden leaves are falling.

Come join us at Boyle Street Plaza this Friday night – September 4 – for one last HURRAH before we all hunker down into Autumn-mode.


We have been very busy at the Plaza, working on the installation that will be presented at the end of September … but there’s still more to do!

So drop in on September 4, and come give us a hand with the last of the gel transfer printing we have to do!

Hope to see you there!!