Peace Fest

  • Games
  • Chalk art
  • Origami making
  • Art exhibition
  • Arts and crafts vendors
  • Music performances
  • Food vendors and much more! ​

Celebrate with us in our pursuit for peace and reconciliation as we shed light on the dark chapters of WWII in Asia!

History + Art = Peace 2016

Japan’s surrender on August 15, 1945 ended WWII. Although more than 7 decades have passed, there are still so many untold stories from those that suffered in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as in Canada. While the atrocities were horrific in intensity and scale, the North American society is still largely unaware of the historical and contemporary issues that stem from the Pacific Theatre during WWII. The injustices and the marginalization of this history have driven many to desire peace and social justice, and we hope that many more will be inspired to work for peace and social justice through understanding WWII in Asia.

To commemorate the 71st anniversary of the end of WWII and celebrate peace, ALPHA is partnering with local community organizations to organize 2 “History + Art = Peace” projects, Peace Fest and the HAP art contest. We hope that through more cross cultural and co-historical understandings through musical performances and visual art exhibitions, you will have a renewed spirit for peace and have a deeper understanding of history and humanity.

Why Art?

Art has a compelling power to create space for negotiation, creativity, empathy, and critical thinking. Understanding a marginalized history filled with injustices, forgotten stories, pain, and controversy through art can allow people to develop meaningful responses that will bring us closer to peace and reconciliation. Beyond issues connected to the Asia-Pacific War, communities can also see the interconnectedness of our collective suffering today when violence, greed, and selfishness reign. As responsible global citizens of all ages, we cannot look away from past and present conflicts. We must face the inhumanity in humanity so that we are reminded of the importance of peace, diversity, and social justice.

Peace Fest

Peace Fest will take place on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge St) – a busy and influential public square in the heart of North York!

Come out and join us from 12 pm – 9 pm for various programs, arts, games, and music performances, win prizes, and grab a bite at our diverse food vendors.

By volunteering for H.A.P events, you will receive:

– food and refreshments during shifts
– a volunteer t-shirt with our fantastic H.A.P signature design
– a chance to meet artists and social activists
– learn more about WWII in Asia history and the current related injustices
– volunteer hours and work experience
– a volunteer certificate
– a chance to promote social inclusion

We are looking for ~50 volunteers for Peace Fest and the Art Exhibition!