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Posted June 10 , 2013

Arts and Culture

Cambridge Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts happens June 14

Cambridge - The much anticipated Cambridge Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts (CMCA) is slated for Friday, June 14 beginning at 4:30pm. A new feature this year will include a special appearance from Frank Augustyn, Canada’s Ballet great.

The event began over a decade ago when Mayor Doug Craig sought to support arts and culture and give local budding artists a platform to showcase their talent. “The event has grown into one of the most exciting opportunities we have for our artists,” says Mayor Craig. “I commend the volunteer committee, staff and community partners who have helped make this such a success – it’s bigger and better than ever.”

This year, the line up is jam packed with performances at five different stages within Cambridge Civic Square, in front of City Hall, 50 Dickson Street. They include children’s themes, concert bands, senior’s choirs and literary artists and free admission.

Frank Augustyn, Former Principle Dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, will take the stage at 7:00pm to witness a special presentation by Meyerhofer Academy of Dancing that was designed to honour Karen Kain and him for their contributions to the arts.

“Forty years ago, at the 1973 Moscow International Ballet Competition, Canadian dancers Karen Kain and Frank Augustyn took home a silver medal for the best pas de deux. We’re pleased to announce this feature to celebrate this amazing feat,” says Mayor Craig. Following the stage performance of the group, Augustyn will be in the Bowman Room (atrium level of new city hall) to mingle, chat and sign autographs for guests.

Headliners Matt Storch and the Usual Suspects along with the musical entertainment of the Conor Gains Band are among the mix of other performers. Here’s a quick capture of some of the activities you can take in at the CMCA:

Children’s Performances and Art Expo – Market Stage and Farmers’ Market Parking Lot
4:30pm Sing – A – Long - Cambridge Glee
4:45pm Dance and Movement - Morph Studio
4:55pm GO Explore Show - Cambridge Libraries
5:05pm Piano Duets - Nightingale Piano Studios
5:15pm Art of Dance - Element Dance Arts
5:25pm Drama Delights - Cambridge Community Players Youth Group
5:35pm Child Poets - Cambridge Libraries Poetry Contest Winners
5:40pm Voice & Strings - Queen Street Music School
5:50pm Children in Voice - Cambridge Kiwanis Boys’ & Girls’ Primary Choir

Market Stage
6:15pm Cambridge Concert Band
7:30pm Junkyard Delight
8:15pm Air Play
9:00pm Pay No Mind
9:15pm Cameron Ernshaw & Trevor Sterczewski

Atrium Stage
6:30pm Cambridge Seniors’ Choir
7;45pm Cambridge Girls’ Choir
8:30pm Duo Calixa
9:15pm Rhaehana Dance
9:45pm Juneyt

Fountain Stage
6:00pm Credit Valley
6:35pm Riley O’Donnell
8:00pm Amber Morais
9:00pm Blunderbuss
10:00pm Sonny Butcher

Main Stage
7:00pm Mayor Craig, Frank Augustyn and Ballet Performance
7:30pm Matt Storch and the Usual Suspects
8:30pm Heavy Lights
9:30pm One Bald Tire
10:30pm Conor Gains Band

Literary Stage (Secord Room, 2nd Floor City Hall)
7:30pm April Bulmer
7:55pm Anne de Bock Fougere
8:20pm Marcie Schwindt
8:45pm Linda Schueler
9:10pm Joe Lethbridge

The fundraiser Art Attic is also part of the event again this year and is located in the Cambridge Centre for the Arts. Visit the silent auction and make a bid on a treasure to take home while mulling around the celebration and enjoying the great food and entertainment.

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