545 Sargent Avenue
'A World of Music'
Location: N side bet Sargent & McMicken; South Face
District: West End
Artist(s): Danielle Trudeau
Sponsors: West End BIZ, Employment and Social Development Canada
Over 60 local children between 8-17 years painted this piece with Mural Mentor Danielle
The location of this 2015 Mural Mentor Project was the site of a building that had to be
demolished which left behind an unappealing empty gravel lot. With a replacement building
unlikely for some time, something needed to be done to improve the image at that corner in the
interim. The opportunity to use a panel wall as a Mural was perfect; and it can be moved and
reinstalled when a new building goes up on the lot The site allowed for lots of space for the
children to work and great visibility for the finished art piece. Property owner Sal Infantino of
X-Cues Cafe was thrilled to host the Mural and provided the panels and carpentry requirements.
"This is an awesome way to showcase the different musical instruments used by our many
cultures and a perfect fit for the West End" says Sal. "I really appreciate the difference it
makes in the image of that corner."
West End BIZ Executive Director, Gloria Cardwell-Hoeppner: "The children were so
proud to help transform this empty lot into something colourful and interesting. Their
names are incorporated into the design as musical notes, which they thought was really fun!
The mural can be enjoyed whether you are walking, cycling or driving by and really helped
turn a negative situation into a more positive one".
Danielle Trudeau (Mural Mentor): "I saw the application online to be a Mural Mentor and I
thought it would be perfect for me and give me an opportunity to work with children which I had
done before and teach them art skills. I had only ever painted one indoor Mural before this.
Working outdoors had its challenges. It was hot with no shade and very little air
circulation. There was also rain, but overall working outside was awesome."
"The starting point of the Mural was the theme of music which was at the request of the
property owner. Because we are in the West End and there are so many ethnicities here, I
wanted to stick with that multicultural theme. There's a well known phrase that music is
a universal language; and I decided to run with that! That's why there is a centralized
globe representing everybody's home, and from there branching off to some of the major
ethnicities that are present here. So I decided to represent each of those by the musical
instruments you would naturally find in those cultures. The various clusters are the
various countries each represented by those instruments. The last finishing touches were
the things like the musical paper clefs here and there. Because music is naturally written
down on the music paper in that form, that's where I got the idea for the signatures at the
bottom. So you have the music paper banner at the bottom but all of the kids sign their
names on it; so it's the perfect way of having the kids write the music."
"Painting a mural with children has been an enlightening and enriching process. Feeling the passion and enthusiasm
they have for their neighbourhood helped to fuel the fire of inspiration. Viewing the creative process through the
eyes of a child has given me a fresh perspective and has reminded me of the importance of community life and pride."
Walkthrough of the musical instruments: "The big blue horn at the bottom on
each side is a vuvuzela. That is an element that the property owner Sal wanted to add."
Photo 2 Cluster: "That is representative of the Philippines. There's a type of gong
known as Agung, a type of bamboo xylophone known as a Gabbang and a little string instrument called a
Photo 3 Cluster "South America The string instrument you see is called charango. It was
originally made by the shell of an armadillo; and maracas."
Photo 4 Cluster Italy- a wind instrument known as an ocarina, a mandolin, and
Photo 5 Canada- Native Canadian drums, a fiddle
Photo 6 Vietnam- Dan Ty Ba, bamboo flute known as a Sao, Vietnanese
zither known as a Dan Tranh.
Photo 7 (Above) India sitar, tablas; (Below) Caribbean- Steel Drums
Photo 8 -Ethiopia (left to right) Begena, Kebero (large drum), Krar