Saturday, July 11, 2020


The Friends of Raymond Taavel Park is a small volunteer group who worked together to establish the park in remembrance of Raymond Taavel- an important citizen/ leader of Halifax and activist within the 2SLGBTQ+ community who died tragically in April 2012.Last year, they officially launched the park and hosted the annual Candlelight Vigil ceremony of Pride Week.Over 200 people attended this event with keynote speakers, including Mayor Mike Savage.

In 2020, a similar event with additional gardens, special permanent lighting and the addition of public art to the space was being planned,however  COVID-19 has made those plans impossible or for large gatherings be held in this location due to it's modest size. So they decided to work on a beautification project for the project instead. 

We hope you can help us help them bring it to life!  We need your ARTISTIC SKILLS!

Pick up a CREATIVE CANDLE and bring it to life with your artistic and crafting abilities!The candles were made by JAMPY and sponsored by the DowntownHalifax Business Commission, so there is NO FEE to take a candle. All we ask is that bring your completed painted/decorated candles to Argyle Fine Art or the location you picked them up from originally (we hope to add some other pick-up/ drop-off locations soon) , no later than NOON on July 20thWell be painting a few in the gallery next Saturday too...drop by and paint with us!

ARTFUL PROCRASTINATORS: You can also deliver them to the Raymond Taavel Park between 5pm-6pm on July 20th and a volunteer will be there to receive them and display all the candles in the Raymond Taavel Park. Art will be on display for the rest of the week and then the candles will be used year after year!
If you are participating in the HALIFAX PRIDE VIGIL, you can walk with your candle and place it at the park as you pass by, before heading to the  final destination for the remembrance service. Find details about this event over here on the  HALIFAX PRIDE website.

GREAT FOR ALL AGES! WORK TOGETHER ON ONE WITH FRIENDS, FAMILY, or EVEN AT WORK as a team building art project too!  We can’t wait to see what you all create. Thank you for participating and helping bring beauty and pride to Raymond’s park in these uncertain times.