The Lawn Gnomes performed outside 1023 Patricia Street. They will perform again June 13.
 | F.Dragon photo

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Jasperites were taken on a musical tour of town this Saturday with a series of porch concerts by local artists.

Performances took place across Jasper, from Stone Mountain to the 100 block of Geikie – and in an eclectic range of genres.

Matricia Bauer, Theresa Westhaver and Marla Pollock drummed and sang traditional First Nations songs – while rock band Cozen Indigo turned it up to 11 for their evening show. 

Marla Pollock, Theresa Westhaver, Matricia Bauer and special guest drummer Jayda (on the steps) performed at Stone Mountain.  | F.Dragon photo

Greg Deagle and Brian Lackey sang with their acoustic guitars, and band performances came from the Lawn Gnomes and Stone Mountaineers.

Deagle said audience and artists alike were comfortable, open and ready to share appreciation and celebrate what felt like a return to some semblance of normality.

“Since the beginning of this crisis, people’s adaptability and willingness to try new things has been a continuous inspiration to me,” he said.

“This was nowhere more evident than during Saturday’s pop-up performances.”

The event was organized by Habitat for the Arts – and it was so successful that another one is being planned for June 13.

Cozen Indigo rocked out from a driveway in Lodgepole Street.  | F.Dragon photo

Marianne Garrah, director of Habitat, said: “We are so proud of Jasper artists for stepping up and entertaining with the porch concerts – and of course the audiences who show that these things are important.”

Garrah said Habitat had many events for 2020 that were forced to be cancelled due to COVID-19

“How do you move forward in a process that requires people to mingle, do hands on projects, make messes and generally be together at a time when those very same things are prohibitive and restrictive?” she said.

“Imagine one of our film or nature talks or paint nights in a room that now holds eight to ten people distanced apart – a room that once held up to 35.”

But Habitat still has two viable venues: Online and outdoors.

“Scavenger hunts and porch concerts allow us to bring creativity together outdoors – adventures in colour and online art and music lessons allow us to keep connected online,” she said.

Two performances are already lined up for the June 13 event: A children’s concert and a repeat booking of the Lawn Gnomes.

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