Summer festival to bring Cornwall-area artists home

Trilli'Arts Festival Artistic Director Louise-Andree Baril and Executive Director Danielle Vaillancourt make their presentation to city council Feb. 23, 2015. The festival is scheduled to run Aug. 7-9, 2015 at four locations in SD&G. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – You never forget where you came from and a couple of organizers of a summer arts festival are hoping to bring some artists back to their roots.

Artistic Producer Louise-Andree Baril and Executive Director Danielle Vaillancourt presented their vision for the Trilli’Arts Festival to city council Monday night.

They are hoping to bring artists from around the world that have roots in SD&G to come back home for a summer presentation.

“This area is just waiting to explode in the arts. Our long term vision is to make it the most sought out in the region (for the arts),” said Executive Director Vaillancourt.

Vaillancourt says she also wants to expose the Cornwall and SD&G public to classical music.

Baril says they have already received over 100 responses from people from as far away as Texas, Florida, Montreal and Ottawa that want to come to Trilli’Arts.

Trilli’Arts is a play on words for both the trillium flower and the musical technique of trilling a musical note.

Both Vaillancourt and Baril believe bringing people in to the Cornwall-area will lead to economic spinoff at restaurants and shops.

It will also coincide with the 400th anniversary of French culture.

The group are also looking to access Ontario Arts Council grants.

The ladies have already picked out four locations for the festival – the waterfront, Nativity Parish, St. Lawrence College and St. Raphael’s Ruins – but some of those need to be finalized.

Couns. Carilyne Hebert and Elaine MacDonald were energized supporters of the project, suggesting the city could put “resources” behind it such as city write-ups. “This could be the beginning and support of the arts for the next four years,” Hebert said.

“It fits in so well with our plans for an arts center,” Hebert added.

“This is great. Let’s keep talking and support where we can,” said Coun. Bernadette Clement.

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