12th Street Music Fest on Sunday

Sounds of revving horsepower and honking horns will be replaced by blues, jazz and people on one of New Westminster’s normally busy drags on Sunday.

The 12th Street Music Festival, put on by the West End Business Association, will fill the air instead of exhaust fumes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Blues singer Wendy Biscuit will headline the Nanaimo Street stage along with Lesismore, The Syndicate and the Telapathetics.

Local and regional talent will be showcased by Ed and Salve Dayao of Java Jazz restaurant on the stage that will be stationed at the top of 12th Street at 10th Avenue.

Ishdafish, Silver Spurs, Funkdaliciouse will perform on a stage at 12th and Edinburgh. Royal City Swing will be dancing and jiving all day long on the Seventh Avenue stage.

A kids zone that includes a petting zoo will be set up near Dublin Street.

The festival has helped make the community feel better about itself after years where it was neglected, according to one of the event’s organizers, Coun. Chuck Puchmayr.

“It means a lot because we’ve been working real hard on getting a new image on 12th Street.

“The music festival gets them there to have a second look,” said Puchmayr.

“It also brings new residents to see some of the funky shops and businesses and the different things available to them on 12th Street. It’s real important to have people rediscover 12th Street and how clean it is and all the unique shops.

“There’s a lot of new businesses opening up. There are few vacancies, if any.”

The Save-On-Foods sponsored event will also give community spirit awards to the police department, the Last Door Recovery Centre and Assist2Sell Real Estate.

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