Heart of the City Music & Arts Festival 2011

More than 40 artists are scheduled to appear at the 8th annual HOTC fest, which will kickoff Edmonton's bustling festival season

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

What: Free music & arts festival
When: Saturday, June 4 (11AM-8PM)-Sunday, June 5 (11AM-7PM)
Where: Giovanni Caboto Park (corner of 108A Ave. & 95 St.)

8th annual HOTC Festival is June4-5
IT'S that time of year, when Edmonton becomes the place to be for festivals, as events overlap each other each and every day of the week. One of the first up for the season is the 8th annual Heart of The City Music & Arts Festival, which will take over Giovanni Caboto Park the first weekend of June. Oh, and it's FREE!

Andrew Scott, Darryl Matthews, Julie Jonas, Colin Close, New Youth Edmonton, Jenie Thai, and The Magpies are amongst the Edmonton-affliated artists who will be showcased at the 2-day festival in Little Italy, joining other emerging and pro acts for original, live, and local entertainment. For the full 2011 line-up of acts and artists click here.

Located in an area that offers cafes, shops, and a small waterpark, the festival will also feature artist-hosted art workshops, artwork & crafts vendors, and a collaborative sculpture that'll be worked on throughout the weekend. Children can also find something to do at the ArtStart tent, where they can take in art workshops and crafts.

For more information on the family-focused, alcohol-free event check out their Facebook page.

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