Summer Moon Festival Mural Projects Revitalizing Downtown

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Feature muralist Jean Paul Langlois focusing his art on local landscape

The 2022 Summer Moon Festival will bring art and music to Sault Ste. Marie, elevating local creators and helping revitalize the downtown core.

The five-day festival features real-time creation of large-scale public art, along with an Indigenous dance performance to honour National Indigenous Peoples Day and live music performances by SHAD, Snotty Nose Rez Kids and Skratch Bastid.

Jean Paul Langlois, a Métis artist from Vancouver Island, is travelling to Sault Ste. Marie to create the feature mural for the festival. He’ll be working on the mural, located at 216 Bay St., throughout the week.

“This is my first mural in a couple of years, so hopefully I’ll remember what I’m doing,” Langlois joked about his creative process.

Langlois enjoys using ultra-saturated colours, references to art history and well-worn cinema tropes in his work, all while seeking to understand the alienation of his own cultural backgrounds. He has a recognizable style of familiar figures in their own world of bright colours and flattened space.

His design is inspired by the landscape in Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding area. Langlois has spent a lot of time in Pancake Bay and Batchawana Bay, where he learned about Northern Ontario’s unique scenery.

“I’m looking forward to spending more time in the community, but what I’m most excited about is being in and around the water. I love Lake Superior,” Langlois said.

Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU)’s largest branch is located on Bay Street, and they’re excited to be part of this festival bringing art and culture to the area.

“We love our community and want to support initiatives bringing art and culture to local spaces. Jean Paul’s mural will leave a lasting mark on Sault Ste. Marie, particularly in our Bay Street neighbourhood, and we’re proud to be part of this legacy,” said Lara Stilin, Chief Financial Officer at YNCU.

The Summer Moon Festival kicks off on June 21 and runs until June 25.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Unfortunately this will just end up being more of a background for additional unwanted graffiti. Downtown needs some serious patrolling and not during bankers hours like it has been in the past. You have to wonder not only who thought of that dumb idea but who approved it? Eleven to seven a.m are the hours that it really needs to happen.

  2. well this is silly why. Should we tolerate ewhat is effective a legal form of vandal to our citie’s buildings? like yoiu are sending a message to then youth that it is ok to vandilize buildings. i think it’s a step in the. Wrong direction.

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