Creative Roots fashion and music show Thursday, October 20, 6pm The Pavilion 5816 Cogswell Street
Last year, Ann Denny of the non-profit Youth Art Connection sat down with folks from Halifax Pop Explosion and the Pavilion Youth Association with the goal of reviving the venerable Pavilion as a hub of the all-ages arts scene in town. This week, that idea will come to life—if only for a few days. Dubbed Emerge, the event runs from Thursday-Saturday and features a Pop Explosion showcase with the likes of Partner and Like A Motorcycle, a show featuring slam poets and hip-hop artists, and Creative Roots, a fashion show celebrating up-and-coming designers.
Denny met Hunter Lewis Lake, a clothing designer and recent NSCAD graduate, through her work at the Pavilion. "He had all of these cool ideas about how you could transform this building and space and I could just tell he was a visionary," she says of Lewis Lake. "Once I got the fashion show confirmed for Emerge, I reached out to him to curate it."
Creative Roots will feature eight emerging clothing labels, from the brand-new Jallah Apparel to streetwear upstart Citadel Clothing Co. to Lewis Lake's own eponymous label. "These are all young people who have an interest in design and fashion, and they're putting themselves to work for our community," says Lewis Lake.