Latitude 53 concludes the Summer Series with its patio celebration, Homecoming
For anyone going back to school, summer officially ended the second you took your seat in class this week, but it doesn’t have to. There’s one more summer party to be had before you’re buried under textbooks and homework.
After two successful patio parties through the summer months, Latitude 53 is concluding its Summer Series with a final shindig entitled, Homecoming.
“When we were first coming up with the party theme ideas with our special events committee, we were all really drawn to the idea of warmth,” says Latitude 53’s administrative coordinator Simone Kousol-Graham. “Returning to Edmonton after a long and eventful summer away from home, maybe considering Latitude as a place to return to. An Edmonton hub for arts, if that makes sense. We wanted to get that theme of school, and returning, and coming home.”
Homecoming, being the last of the series, has got a lot of bells and whistles. It’s a freshman dance sort of a party with Sweetie Pie and Double Lunch covering everything under the disco ball, Steamwhistle supplying beer, and Charton Hobbs and Belvedere Vodka filling the punch bowl.
It’s also an opportunity for local artisans and craftspeople to auction off their art. Shop Chop, Copper Cherry, Mod Pots, Hideout Distro, Mezzaluna Studios, and Of Quartz Interiors, will all be bringing their wares to purchase.
The Summer Series marks a departure from Latitude 53’s previous weekly patio series, and a renewed and more focused attempt at supporting the Edmonton arts community.
“I think one reason would be transitioning from our previous summer events into this new format, and kind of acknowledging that Latitude 53 is changing over the years,” says Kousol-Graham. “We want to join the community in different ways. I think, going back kind of to our mandate, we want to expand what we can do with the community in regards to events and fundraising and stuff like that.”
Past parties in the summer series took place in June and July. The first was called ‘Pedal to the Patio,’ and was an opportunity for the gallery to celebrate summer cycling and the new bike lanes that had just opened in front of the building. The second was called ‘The Urban Garden Party,’ and was a celebration with gardeners and florists.
“My impression, I guess, has been a very lighthearted, casual atmosphere to talk about art,” says Kousol-Graham. “Or not. Even just to hang out with your friends and have fun, while also supporting a good cause. I think everyone that attends these events, they all want to support Latitude 53. And I guess that’s the common thread that brings everyone together, and it’s pretty fun. It brings people together.”
Events like the Summer Series aren’t just an excuse to talk about art while drinking in the sun. It’s something that keeps Latitude 53 running and gives local artists the chance to have their work seen and heard.
“For me, I see Latitude 53 as an artist-run space that supports contemporary art,” says Kousol-Graham. “I think Edmonton is a growing, lively city that can support that. And Latitude 53, within Edmonton, kind of takes that support and uses it to say, ‘Hey, artists. You can experiment here, you can do things here, and take risks, and it’s okay because we’ve got your back.’”
Sat., Sept. 9 (5 pm)
$10 at doors