Alley displays slice of Stratford's musical past
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Feb 26, 2007  |  Vote 0    0

Alley displays slice of Stratford's musical past

Stratford Gazette

Stratford music icons have become a permanent fixture in Allen's Alley.

The alley, which connects Wellington Street to the Erie Street parking lot, has undergone a makeover recently, with local artists adding their touch to new murals.

"We basically wanted to build on what we did with O'Higgins Alley," explained Coun. Chris Rickett. "The scene itself is Stratford's musical past, so right now there's 12 murals and two more to be completed."

Completed murals include familiar faces such as Jack Hayter, Loreena McKennitt, Dayna Manning, the Perth County Conspiracy, Soylent Green, John Boyden, The Auto Van Hess Band and The Revols, featuring John Till, Ken Kalmusky and Richard Manuel. But the two murals still to be completed perhaps mean the most. One, of Dave Fischer, a well-known local musician who died Sept. 1 at Stratford General Hospital, will be featured in a mural. The other will portray his band, The Weezing Dogs.

"We decided we'd do a mural of Fish after he passed," said Rickett, noting Fischer had helped paint O'Higgins Alley and had started work on Allen's Alley before he died. "He was integral to the whole project."

Vlada Kato, Tyler John and Dave McCready have lent their artistic talents to the project, which gives local graffiti artists a chance to display their unique work, said Rickett. Once the murals are completed, a graffiti guard will be applied to prevent the work from being defaced.

A plaque identifying all the faces and explaining their significance in Stratford's musical history should be installed by winter.

The project is being funded by the city centre committee.

"We're doing something that's kind of a testament to the interesting history of Stratford and trying to draw some attention to the great musical history we have in the community," said Rickett. "It's a nice cross section of our musical past and it's something to be proud of."

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