Derek Giberson with his Professors of Funk at the OSI Art Crawl opening.
The Downtown Oshawa BIA sponsored event got underway with the diverse Art Vendors Market on Celina Street and a rousing and funky impromptu parade featuring the MaracaTALL Afro-Brazillian stilt walking drum troupe surrounded by the Living Room Community Arts Centre's huge puppet creations and local band Hairy Holler, Dan Reiff's drummers and various others. The official opening featured MPP Jennifer French, Mayor John Henry, Greg Murphy, Dean Durham College's School of Media, Arts & Design, Oshawa Space Invader organizers Steven Frank and Grant Cole. Paul Koidis Jr., Assoc. Dean of Durham College's School of Media, Arts & Design was the emcee.
The music portion of the evening got underway with a short set by singer songwriter Paul Irvine and then Oshawa's nine-piece The Professors of Funk brought the funk and more as they found themselves in an unplanned jam with the Afro-Brazillian stilt walkers - only in Oshawa! After the Professors, Hairy Holler took their style of bohemian rhapsodies to the streets complete with horns and washboards. This turned into another street parade while Silver Elvis made the moves with his futuristic Rocket Car as the search lights scanned the skies for other lifeforms!
Most of the earthbound life had moved to the seventeen art venues, many that were jam packed with artcrawlers.
The Tapas Tour proved to be a success as some of the restaurants had run out of their special Art Crawl offerings.
The Art Crawl wrapped up at midnight then the party continued with local musical acts at many of the local bars and restaurants.
Our Music Coordinator Will McGuirk did an excellent job with the music and we thank Silver Elvis for bringing crowd favourites - MaracaTALL.
Enjoy videos courtesy of Greg Hayes and Silver Elvis from the OSI Art Crawl Night.