Arts & Culture

On a per capita basis, the arts scene in Wakefield is bigger than New York, bigger than Paris! This little village of about a thousand people boasts 2 live music bars, about 7 or 8 concerts per week, a theatre company, several art galleries, and is home to dozens of budding artists and musicians. The local calendar is almost filled with annual festivals that get bigger and better every year - Dragonfest, the Piggyback Fringe Festival, Wakefest, the Artists in their Environment Tour, and the Harvest Festival are just a few of the events that are contributing to Wakefield's emerging reputation as a village of festivals. The scenery and mellow vibe of the Gatineau Hills have been inspiring artists to sing, dance and paint for decades!

Music

Venues

Kaffe 1870
Kaffé 1870
715 Riverside Drive, Wakefield
(819) 459-3943
kaffe1870@gmail.com
www.kaffe1870.com
The Kaffé is open from 11am to 1am every day, 364 days a year. Every day you'll find a welcoming atmosphere with fresh made meals, 11 beers + cider on tap, good music, and friendly, good-lookin' staff.
The Wakefield Mill
Wakefield Mill Inn & Spa
60 Mill Road, Wakefield
(819) 459-1838
info@wakefieldmill.com
www.wakefieldmill.com
Escape to the charm and serenity of the Wakefield Mill Hotel and Spa; the only accommodation located within the Gatineau Park and only 25 minutes from Ottawa. The Mill offers 42 guest rooms, two restaurants overlooking the waterfalls, a charming fireplace lounge, two full service spas and five function rooms.
La Vallee Motel Restaurant
1418 Route 105, Chelsea
(819) 827-0524
lavalleemotel@qc.aibn.com
www.lavalleemotel.com
Black Sheep Inn
753 Riverside Drive, Wakefield
(819) 459-3228

Theatre

Theatre Wakefield
c/o River Echo, 735 Riverside Drive, Wakefield
www.theatrewakefield.ca
Community based theatre company delivering annual mainstage production, community fundraising, dramatic readings, theatre training, annual international film festival, listing of theatre events across Canada, and leadership on Arts and Economic Development in the Outaouais.

Film

Movie night (Tuesdays) at Kaffé 1870
715 Riverside Drive, Wakefield
(819) 459-3943
Cinema Wakefield - Wakefield Community Centre
38 Valley Drive, Wakefield
(819) 459-2025
www.wakefieldcentre.ca
Monthly 4 pm family matinee & 7 pm adult evening show. Schedule: www.wakefieldcentre.ca.

Literature

Phil Cohen
Philip Cohen (Village Poet) & Glennis Cohen (Village Librarian)
515 Riverside Drive,Wakefield
(819) 459-2747
www.carleton.ca/~gcohen/vphome.htm
Community Organizer
The Low Down to Hull and Back News
The Low Down to Hull and Back News
815 Riverside Drive, Wakefield
(819) 459-2222
general@lowdownonline.com
www.lowdownonline.com
Required reading of the Gatineau Hills. The Low Down is an independent, feisty English weekly newspaper covering all things important in the local area.
River Echo Language School
735 Riverside, Wakefield
(819) 459-3670

Community Venues

Wakefield La Pêche Community Centre
38 Valley Drive, Wakefield
(819) 459-2025
www.wakefieldcentre.ca
Wakefield Public Library
38 Valley Drive, Wakefield
(819) 459-3266
www.bibliowakefieldlibrary.ca
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 214
27 Legion Road, Wakefield
(819) 459-2913
Rupert Community Centre
24 Shouldice Road, Rupert
For Hall Bookings, call 819-459-2634 or 819-459-1293
www.ywar.ca
Eco Echo (Outaouais Environmental Campus)
P.O. Box 26, Wakefield
(819) 459-1128

Art Galleries

Khewa Native Boutique
737 Riverside Drive, Wakefield
(819) 459-2112
www.khewa.com
McKenzie Marcotte Gallery
26 Sully Road, Wakefield
(819) 459-3164
Helene Anne Fortin, Master Photographer
5 Burnside Road, Wakefield
(819) 459-2161
John Eaton
(819) 456-2786
Galerie Old Chelsea
10 Scott Road, Old Chelsea
(819) 827-4945

Festivals

Artists in Their Environment Studio Tour
Artists in Their Environment Studio Tour
CP 1755, Chelsea
(819) 827-2193
arttour@tourcw.com
www.tourcw.com
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Located within easy driving distance from Ottawa, this award-winning tour takes you through the beautiful Gatineau Hills, including the scenic villages of Wakefield & Chelsea. Visit www.tourcw.com to print your map and to view the latest work of the 24 talented craftspeople and artists.
Fall 2015
Wakefest Arts Festival
www.wakefest.org
Wakefest is a multi arts festival that takes place in Wakefield on the last weekend in August each summer. Throughout the village there are presentations in film, fine arts, installation art, spoken word, literary events, modern dance, theatre, music, poetry and other performance arts.
August 2015
Harvest Festival
c/o Khewa, 737 Riverside Drive, Wakefield
(819) 459-2112
www.wakefieldharvestfestival.ca
The Wakefield Harvest Festival takes place each autumn and is a celebration of food, the earth, the harvest season and Native Canadian culture.
Fall 2015
Wakefield International Film Festival
c/o Rooney Productions
(819) 456-3522
wiff@theatrewakefield.ca
www.wakefieldfilmfestival.weebly.com
Feature-length documentaries that engage, challenge and entertain audiences with uniquely independent viewpoints. Chosen for their iconoclastic value by a jury of local filmmakers and community members.
Spring 2016
Dragonfest
This festival started as a birthday party for Wakefield's village poet, Phil Cohen, and has evolved into an annual village celebration of all things winter. Each year, an enormous dragon is carved from snow for kids to climb and slide on, and activities include snow sculpting, ice hockey, snow tubing, children's games, hot food, and much more!
January 2016
Wakefield Canada Day Parade, Flotilla and Festival
Every July 1, Wakefield celebrates Canada's birthday with a parade down Riverside Drive, and a simultaneous flotilla down the Gatineau River. Festivities then proceed to the community centre for children's activities, food, live music and fireworks at dusk. After dark, the party usually moves to the Black Sheep Inn and Kaffe 1870.
Romprestomp
Municipal councillor Louis Rompre's birthday party has grown each year to the point that it is now one of the region's most anticipated summer bashes. Romprestomp has become a veritable outdoor music festival featuring incredible live music and dancing outdoors into the wee hours of the morning.