Crouch Block Party set to rock Hamilton Road this Saturday

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The free concert is designed to increase access to art, culture and entertainment for equity-seeking populations.

The Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre will be hosting the Crouch Block Party — a fun-filled event this Saturday, July 30th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Located at 550 Hamilton Road, the free-to-attend event will feature live music, dancing and other festive forms of entertainment!

Those in attendance can expect live music from local music acts such as the FCLMA-winning artists, Leanne Mayer and the Latin Power Band, among others. The event will also feature dancing by 519 School Of Hip Hop as well as Drag Storytime by performers in London’s LGBTQ+ community. But it doesn’t stop there. There will be family-friendly activities, which includes face painting, science experiments, art stations and a free lunch.

Jennifer Martino, Executive Director at Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre
Credit: Vana Nosey

Shedding some light on the initiative, Jennifer Martino, Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre’s Executive Director says, “Hamilton Road has great promise as a home base and a destination, but we must do some work as a community to engage local residents and attract new visitors.”

She continues by saying, “With no fee to participate in the activities and free lunch, community members can come to the Block Party without a single cent in their pocket and have a wonderful time.”

The Antonio Alas Mariachi Band will be performing at the Crouch Block Party this Saturday.
Credit: Dario Novoa

Based on Hamilton Road, the Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre is a registered charity. Often referred to as “Crouch”, it offers support and helpful services for its low-income residents.

It also offers support for its local artists and entertainers. Jim Xavier, neighbourhood resident and founder of 519 School Of Hip Hop, expresses his gratitude towards Crouch due to the role it played in establishing his collective.

“It’s exciting to be part of the celebration, especially since our first grant we received for hip hop after school programming was with Crouch’s partnership about a decade ago,” Xavier says.

Forest City London Music Award winner, Leanne Mayer, will be performing at the Crouch Block Party.
Credit: Chris Jenkins

With the support of a $30,000 grant through the My Main Street Community Activator program, the Crouch Block Party engages its community with activities that emphasize social inclusion, leadership, nutrition and healthy living. It also aims to highlight the strengths, culture and diversity of the neighbourhood which it represents.

When asked about the Crouch Block Party initiative, Folk singer-songwriter, Leanne Mayer comments, “I think the block party is a wonderful initiative that brings our diverse and unique community members together in one place to celebrate and share their commonalties and differences.”



Phone: (519) 642-7630

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