Broken Arts celebrates three years of art and music

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Story and photos by Stephanie Foden

Quantum Odyssey plays in the reflection of a mirror at a henna tattoo stand.

Downtown Oshawa was filled with local talent on July 14 as Broken Arts celebrated its third anniversary with its annual art and music festival.
Vendors and bands at Broken Arts Fest on July 14.

This year, there were nearly double the amount of acts as the year previous with 23 bands, 44 vendors and 11 hours of Broken Arts at Memorial Park in the heart of downtown Oshawa.
The main stage of Broken Arts Fest at Memorial Park.

“It’s the biggest event we’ve ever had,” said Broken Arts founder, Harley Pageot. “We’re hoping each year will pull in even more people.”
Two women sit while creating sidewalk art at Memorial Park.

Broken Arts is an Oshawa-based arts collective which formed in 2009. The not-for-profit group is dedicated to conducting all-ages events involving music and art and holds several events throughout the year.
The Undrummer performs on the main stage at Broken Arts Fest.

The festival included performances by the Undrummer, Viva Mars, Watershed Hour and was headlined by the Marvelous Beauhunks.
A woman receives a henna tattoo at Broken Arts Fest on July 14.

Music was certainly the highlight of the festival, with bands from all over southern Ontario and two stages for performers, however there were several other venders and activities to keep visitors busy. Sidewalk art, hula hoops lessons, instrument making and meet and greet with bands entertained guests between sets. The local vendors sold jewelry, clothing, art, zines and more.
Vendors at Broken Arts Fest on July 14 at Memorial Park.

“For some coming to the festival from out of town, this is their first impression of Oshawa,” said Pageot. “So this is something that they’ll always associate with Oshawa.”
Sidewalk art at Broken Arts Fest on July 14 at Memorial Park.

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