The first week in August marked a two-day celebration of the late, great Kate Mc Garrigle. Firstly, a lovely dedication ceremony of La Place de Kate Mc Garrigle, a pocket park, renovated and redesigned by the City of Montreal and the Borough of Outremont, where Kate lived for many years. The park also features a chair sculpture by the reknown artist and family friend, Robert Wilson. The chair is called Kate and Norah, and was purchased and donated by the MUHC in the name of the Kate Mc Garrigle Fund, the original charity Kate began in Canada before her death.
Before a crowd of more than 200 people- family, friends and neighbors- the ceremony featured remarks from her children Rufus and Martha Wainwright, her sisters Anna and Jane, plus dignitaries like Mayor Marie Cing-Mars, the mayor of Outremont, and Elaine Ayotte, the city of Montreal’s representative for culture, heritage and design. There was a short musical performance by the family, and then a magnificent reception open to the public. Enlarged, printed pictures of Kate and those of her children and sister, Anna, lined the store fronts along Laurier. The spirit of the afternoon was uplifting and compelling.
Following the dedication, there was a benefit screening of our film at the Theatre Outremount.
Read more and watch the CBS report at Nonesuch.
On Thursday, August 8, we had two performances of “Cheminant Vers Ma Ville” at the Theatre Outremont. Two sold-out shows featuring Wainwrights/McGarrigles, dear friends, plus five accomplished French Canadian singers. The band of musicians, lead by Musical Director, Brad Albetta, was comprised on many of the musicians Kate and Anna played with through the years. Many of Kate and Anna’s French songs were played as well, as the guest artists offering their special touch to a McGarrigle song and also showcasing one of their own.
Martha Wainwright, Lily Lankin and Anna Mc Garrigle ~ Cheminant Vers Ma Ville
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