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Welcome!

Welcome to the Facer European Festival!

The Facer District Merchants and Residents Association are pleased and excited to host the second annual Facer European Festival this Civic Holiday Monday, August 7, 2017 on Facer Street (between Currie Street and Cosby Avenue) from Noon to 9:00 PM, in the historic Facer District of the City of St. Catharines, Ontario.  We are a family friendly event with admission completely free of charge!!

This year’s festival will kick-off with an interfaith blessing, multiple stages featuring live entertainment from many talented dance groups, singers and musicians, including Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostanek, and Sven Gali front man Dave Wanless.  Your taste buds will be tempted by the many flavors of our multiethnic cuisines, including pierogi and pizza eating contests.  There will be a children’s activity zone by Atlantis Inflatables, crafters selling their wares and neighbourhood walking tours led by guides familiar with this history of the area throughout the historic Facer District. 

Proceeds from this festival will be reinvested into the “Beautify the Facer District” initiative by upgrading the infrastructure, e.g. installing electric wiring underground; paving the street with cobblestone; mounting an arch at each end of Facer Street to highlight its designation; installing lighting, music fixtures, international flags, benches, planting greenery and creating a safe family-like environment.  With our combined and rich multicultural heritage, our organization is proud to embark in this endeavor to invest in our community and to make the Facer District a one of a kind tourist destination. In 2017, the City of St. Catharines will undertake a conceptual study of this vision and has set aside $10,000.00 to achieve this result.

We thank you for your visit to our festival this year and hope to see you again next year!  We welcome your opinion.  For more information contact us at info@facereuropeanfestival.com

or info@facerdistrict.com

 

Henry Ostaszewicz

Festival Chair

History

Friends,

One of the greatest gifts we can give the young people of today is a deep knowledge of their ethnic heritage.  Without this historical awareness, our children will not develop a full appreciation for the richness and diversity that is their cultural legacy.

The Facer European Festival is a way to celebrate and showcase the multicultural diversity of a neighborhood rich with cultural heritage from our forefathers.  In the early 1900’s, immigrants from Europe began to settle in and around the Facer District (also referred to as “Little Europe” or the “Immigrant Quarter”) raising children who became very distinguished members of society.  To identify all who are successful from the community would take an eternity. Suffice to say, pick a field and we can share a success story from meager beginnings.

In the spring of 2014, children of the community gathered as adults to garner memories from years gone by.  This time together created some very memorable moments of reflection and the next steps were taken to form a group comprising of merchants and residents past and present.  In the spring of 2016, this group and some new faces decided to renew the cultural experiences of their heritage and time growing up in the Facer District.

This group named itself the Facer District Merchants and Residents Association electing its first executive in March of 2016.  Elected were Mr. Roberto Vergalito (President), Mr. Boguslaw Chudyk (Vice President), Mr. Derek Kedzierski (Treasurer) and Ms. Tanya Orban (Secretary).  Members met regularly and in April of 2016 asked Henry Ostaszewicz to be its festival chairman to assist in this event for the 2016 inaugural year.  On November 25, 2016, the group received their Articles of Incorporation.

The vision for the Facer District that this talented group of merchants and residents see is a very vibrant one.  The Facer European Festival is a way for the vision to take root in the community.  During this festival, the cultural heritage was showcased and shared with the community at large.

The request for Facer Street to be closed off from vehicular traffic was a major event for our community.  Never in the history of Facer Street had the street been closed for residents and guests to celebrate their history.  In 2016, there were three stages showcasing various artists, musicians (Grammy Winner Walter Ostanek, Grammy Nominee John Gora, and Sven Gali front man Dave Wanless) and ethnic dancers taking part.  There were walking tours and many vendors filled Facer Street from Currie Street to Cosby Avenue allowing guests to mix and mingle freely.

Mayor Walter Sendzik and Councilors for the City of St. Catharines supported the vision for the Facer District’s “Little Europe” and the Facer European Festival.  In 2017 Mayor and Council approved $10,000.00 for a conceptual study for Facer Street in the Facer District.

Support from visitors in 2016 exceeded our expectations!  Thank You!

Future

Mission Statement:

We, the Facer District Merchants and Residents Association, are committed to recognizing and promoting our vibrant and diverse multicultural community, the revitalization and beautification of the Facer District.

 

Canada 150 Celebration:

All merchants and residents are asked to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary by displaying the Canadian flag and the flag of their heritage in front of their business and or residents from June 15, 2017 until August15, 2017 or longer if so desired.  This act will exhibit the uniqueness of the Facer District.

 

Holiday (Christmas) Lighting:

All merchants and residents are asked to celebrate the holiday (Christmas) season by displaying holiday lighting of their choice in front of their business and or residents from November 15, 2017 until January 15, 2018 or for a period of their choice.  This act will display the true uniqueness and diversity of the Facer District.

Donate Now

The Facer District Merchants and Residents Association is a volunteer group working towards beautifying the Facer District area. If you would like to make a donation to the organization you may do so via PayPal below, or by sending a cheque to:

The Facer District Merchant and Residents Association

22 Facer St, St Catharines, ON L2M5H3

33206