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Fringey Weekend

Not sure if you’ve heard anything about this Fringe festival we’ve got going on in Edmonton, but that comes to it’s spectacular conclusion this weekend.

We’ve been posting videos, mostly trailers, of some plays.

Oh, and while Fringeopolis will finish up this weekend, there are popular plays being held over.

The Fringe, however, is not Edmonton’s only festival this weekend.

We’ve got the Labatt Blues Festival down in Hawrelak Park…the Dragonboat Festival over in Louise McKinney Park…and East Meets West in Chinatown/Little Italy, with East Meets West: Tropicana Afrika on Sunday…

The Blues Festival has plenty of great artists, but that’s not the only live music worth checking out.

The Edmonton Show VI is on tonight at Avenue Theatre, with Scenic Route to Alaska among the arts and entertainment…there’s a Degrassi Junior High dance party at the Pawn Shop, with DJs Caitlin and Spike…Matt Landry and the Dryland Band are among the bands playing at Brixx tonight…My Sister Ocean headlines a show at Brixx on Saturday…Ricky’s in Mill Woods is starting up a series of Saturday night music nights (with a little help from our old friend Consilience) with Kaleb Kaiser, Mack Behm, and Nelson Lemay kicking things off…The Edmonton Show VI is back on Sautrday night (still at Avenue Theatre) with a killer lineup of Sugarglider, Mitchmatic, and A.O.K….and Chris Isaak is at the Tentue on Sunday night

Movies on the Square is back in Churchill Square, with Rio and Hop on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. There’s a 1920s picnic at Tiptop Park on Saturday. And you can Yelp your way through East Whyte with a passport to deals and discounts.

In sports…the Edmonton Eskimos are home to the B.C. Lions tonight…the Edmonton Capitals are home to the Chico Outlaws all weekend…the 82nd running of the Canadian Derby is Saturday at Northlands Park…and FC Edmonton is home to the Atlanta Silverbacks on Sunday…

Weekend Events

If you happen to look at Gallagher Park and wonder what the heck all those people are up to, it’s cool, it’s Folk Fest.

But that’s not the only festival in Edmonton this weekend. Heck no! It’s also Cariwest, so expect Jasper Avenue to be flooded with colour for the parade tomorrow, and then party all day at Churchill Square.

It also happens to be Animethon weekend.

And today is International Beer Day! So, drink some beer.

Now, outside of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival there’s still music to be had.

You can’t much more opposite folk than metal. The Starlite Room and Brixx are hosting Metal Fest 2011 tonight. Down at Hawrelak Park tonight you can help raise money for the Canadian Liver Foundation at a concert with Sister Gray and The Apresnos. Also tonight…The Secretaries, Hellfire Special, Throttle, and Nature are at the Pawn Shop…Over at Wunderbar, you can help Hang Loose raise money for a “Solidarity Rock” trip to Cuba. They’re playing with with Service:Fair and The Frolics.

Tomorrow night at Wunderbar it’s Field + Stream, Extra Happy Ghost, and Lab Coast…Dragonette is at the Edmonton Events Centre, with Dirty Radio…and The Weekend Kids, with Old Sins, Liv, and The National Security Council are all at Brixx.

This weekend also officially opens the Garneau Theatre as the new home of Metro Cinema. (For non-Metro movies, Gregg’s got some thoughts.)

FC Edmonton is home to the Puerto Rico Islands Saturday night, at Foote Field.

And a reminder: The LRT does not stop at Coliseum station this weekend, but still runs Clareview to Century Park.


Live Music Weekend

It looks like a dandy weekend for live music in Edmonton, so let’s start there.

Tonight you’ve got a Christan Hansen & The Autistics all ages show at The ARTery with Paperplanes and Dragonboats, so that’ll be good. The Blame-Its, The Afterbeat, and Wildrose Orchestra, are at New City LegionOver at Wunderbar you can hear Teen Daze with Oh No Yoko and SugargliderCraig Cardiff is at the Haven Social Club with David Blair and Erica Viegas… The Open Sky Music Festival isn’t until the end of August, but Souljah Fyah and Jeff Morris are getting things going this weekend

Saturday night is no less good, with The Weber Brothers, Chris Carmichael, and Lyra Brown at the Haven Social Club…Xplosionation, The Party Martyrs, and All The King’s Men, at Brixx… The Weekend Kids, Old Wives, and Freshman Years at Wunderbar…and The Consonance, Noisy Colours, whiskey wagon, all over at New City Legion.

Sunday (yeah, we’re still going on just music) there’s the Whyte Avenue Street Sale (which means the street will be closed to traffic between 105 and 103 Streets) and SOS Fest playing music on two stages all day long…Sunday night ends the weekend with a giant kick to the face of awesome with  The Joe and Doug Hoyer kicking off their national tour at Wunderbar, with Mikey Maybe.


We also have a bunch of festivals and the such.

Down in Hawrelak Park you can catch two of Shakespeare’s finest plays during the Freewill Shakespeare Festival. Heading into the Indy we’ve got Race Week Edmonton (which lasts longer than a week). The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival is on at Churchill Square. The Edmonton & Northern Alberta Historic Festival also begins this weekend (which can get you into some cool old buildings).

For the dogs, and dog lovers, you can head up to 118 Avenue on Sunday for Avenue Goes to the Dogs, put on by the Eastwood Community League.

If all of that great Edmonton music and festivals isn’t enough…

Cirque du Soleil’s “Dralion” is at Rexall Place. There’s a Campus Community Garden Open House, Saturday 11-2, at the U of A’s campus community garden. The Edmonton Eskimos will fight, fight, fight on at home to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Oh, and if you’re not doing anything at about 9pm on Sunday you can watch the last episode of our ShawTV series, the edmontonian presents, on Shaw cable channel 10. (It’ll be on YoutTube, Livestream, and iTunes shortly after.)


Festival Saturday (and the rest of the weekend too)

Summer officially arrives in Edmonton next week, which probably explains why this weekend is so jammed with festivals.

Friday and Saturday there’s the Utopia Music Festival, which kicks off summer in Hawrelak Park.

On Saturday we’ve got Bikeology (in Beaver Hills House Park), and the whole month of June is actually Bike Month, Park(ed) is back on the streets, taking up parking spaces (on 102 Avenue), Rock The Square (at Churchill Square), Africa Connect (at the Edmonton Expo Centre), and the Hope Street Festival (105 Avenue and 100 Street). 107 Avenue also has Safe Streets and a Night Market on Saturday (afternoon and evening).

Improvaganza 2011 is just getting warmed up (and will even have social media improv on Monday). Opera Nuova’s Vocal Arts Festival and the Edmonton Pride Festival are both continuing too.

For you, young and engaged folks, tonight is Pecha Kucha 10: Designing Downtown (which you can watch through the Edmonton Journal’s livestream), and Next Gen’s back at it on Sunday with the DIYalogue. We’re happy to be one of the groups chatting about cultural start-ups and entrepreneurship.

On a more serious note, there’s a picnic in Giovanni Caboto Park to remember murder victim Nina Courtepatte, and others lost to violence.

Watch It!’s got a BOOMBUS on Whyte Avenue today (4-8pm) and it’ll be downtown, on Jasper Avenue, Saturday morning. Keep your eyes open for this rolling watch and street party.

Over at La Cite Francophone you can catch a production of Little Shop of Horrors.

In music…Radio for Help plays the Pawn Shop tonight…Joe Nolan has a CD release at the Haven Social Club…Sidney York plays Brixx Saturday night, with Kaley Bird…The Collective West and Jeff Morris are at The ARTery…Wunderbar’s got a Weird Canada and Scion show…And Zero Cool’s at DV8 with Down the Hatch…

You can always catch a movie, which is likely to be a summer blockbuster right now.

Farmer’s markets abound on the weekend, downtown, in Old Strathcona, St. Albert, and in Callingwood.

The Edmonton Capitals are hosting the Chico Outlaws down at Telus Field.

Your Lucky Weekend

Welcome to another weekend, Edmonton. Don’t let today being Friday the 13th throw off your vibe.

This weekend just so happens to be a Make It! Edmonton weekend. The craft and design show is back at the Alberta Aviation Hangar, with all kinds of great handmade goods. You can also help out the Canadian Kidney Foundation while you shop, by bidding on the silent auction – which will include items from the Make It! designers.

Tickets are $5 at the door, but we can get some of you in for free. Would you like that? Let us know if you want to go to Make It! this weekend.


On Saturday, at the Russ Barns Arena, E-Ville Roller Derby wraps up the season with the Gage Cup between the Slice Girls and Berzerkhers. Sticking with roller derby…the Oil City Derby Girls become the “Knicker Kickers” to take on the Red Deer Belladonnas (who become the Whale Tails) in an Underwear Affair on wheels.

In music…you’ve got Rammstein at Rexall Place tonight. I expect it to be roofless by tomorrow. The Bridle Party and Van Funk & The Lebarons are playing an early show at Brixx tonight. Captain Tractor has a CD release at the Roxy Theatre (they play in Permanent Records tomorrow at 5pm). Over at New City Legion it’ll be Black Mastiff with Field & Stream and Morals. Men Without Hats are at the Century Casino. Buddy Guy is at the Polish Hall. Tomorrow’s Hair of the Dog is a good one; with Caity Fisher (you may remember her from our most recent episode of television). Saturday night The Empress has Howlin’ Dan, with John Woroschuck. And on Sunday Jimmy Rankin is at the Haven Social Club.

Capital City Burlesque “Unleash the Geek” this weekend, at the Starlite Room.

Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes? (It had to be since it’s the Edmonton Reptile and Amphibians 2011 Spring Show & Sale.)

Biodiversity Week (it’s a thing) kicks off in Edmonton at City Hall. Earth Alive will be a family-friendly event, and you could learn how to increase the wildlife population in your backyard.

The third annual #yegHelp event is Saturday night at Lux. Proceeds of the event will go to La Salle women’s shelter.

If you’re into helping, you might have already known that the sixth Homeless Connect Edmonton is this Sunday at the Shaw Conference Centre. Homeless Connect is an interesting event, it provides all kinds of services to Edmonton’s homeless community; everything from mental health assessments and immunizations to haircuts and laundry.

For you fans of reading, this is a good weekend. The Edmonton Public Library’s Books to Eat fundraiser is Saturday night, while Audrey’s hosts An Afternoon with the Authors Sunday.

Sunday afternoon, The Pure Speculation Festival is holding Mini Spec!: a fundraiser for the big deal (which happens later this year).

Still on Sunday, there will be an Open House at ENTS. That’s the Edmonton New Technology Society; a cool little collective workspace in Oliver. E-mail them to get in on it and check out their space.

You can always see a movie, now that blockbuster season has begun (does it feel like it’s starting earlier to anyone else?). Oh, and get rid of your old couch at the City’s  Big Bin Events.


All Hale’s Breaking Loose (sorry) OR How #yeg’s Hale Hale Got to Open for Sam Roberts

In life, my friends, we are afforded opportunities at every turn. So many, in fact, that we cannot possibly be expected to go after them all. I, myself, tend to filter these opportunities, choosing the ones that appear to be the most easily attainable. You will not find me pursuing, say, a doctorate in neurobiology, or an Olympic Gold medal, or building a better seahorse. These things all seem exhausting, complicated, and ultimately demanding of A LOT of human effort. NO THANKS.

But! Perhaps that is a mistake. Let the following tale be a lesson to us all – sometimes, the shortest distance between two points is just calling the venue and asking if your band can open for Sam Roberts (this will make sense in a minute). (more…)

Tuesday Night Music Club

It’s a Tuesday night in Edmonton, and there’s plenty of great, live music to keep you from the cold.

You can always head over to Brixx for Troubadour Tuesdays, tonight with Ashley Sacha.

Upstairs from Brixx, you’ve got Yann Tiersen and Breathe Owl Breathe at The Starlite Room. (Update: Winter has claimed the tour bus, canceling Tiersen’s appearance. Check with the Starlite about the rest of the show.)

Wunderbar’s got some Old Ugly for you on this frigid Tuesday. Tyler Butler, Two Bicycles, and Andy Shauf will keep you warm.

Oh, and the Myer Horowitz has a show with some guys you’ve probably never heard of; Jim Bryson and The Weakerthans.

What’s that?

You have heard of them? And they’re really good? I had no idea.

Wait. I had an idea.

One Way State Giveaway

Do you guys remember One Way State? We met them last May; since then, they’ve put out a new record and are about to embark on their second tour – it kicks off this Thursday at Brixx.

“This is our second tour since we’ve been a band,” says lead singer Cody Mack. “After our first tour in November 2010, we were already itching to get back on the road.”

“We seriously can’t wait to hit the road again. We’d love to do this full-time, but day jobs get in the way. Nick is a supervisor in a warehouse, Charley works in television, I’m a server, and Brandon is a mechanic, which comes in handy on the road. All of us would quit everything for a chance to make a living playing music.”

Cody explains that their first tour was paid for by money from past shows and ticket and merchandise sales – and they’re hoping to do the same this time around.

Anyway, despite the fact that, as Cody explains, “Each t-shirt sold is 1/4 tank of gas, so touring bands like ours REALLY appreciate it when you buy their merch,” One Way State is giving away a t-shirt AND a pair of tickets to their tour-opening show this Thursday. To get into a draw for the t-shirt and tickets you just have to leave a comment naming a One Way State song.

“Edmonton has been very kind to us…we know that Edmontonians love live music and love supporting homegrown talent. We’ve been very fortunate to have the family, friends, and fans that we do. They’ve all been very supportive, and we are in deep appreciation if this.”

Wear your seatbelt. Take a picture.

I bet Alberta political junkies wish they had been wearing a seatbelt today! (So timely.)

This is an example of a photo that you could send in. I don't want to lose Scott's moustache to a car crash. (Interesting to note that Scott's Unknown Studio co-host, Adam, put me on to this contest.) Photo: Brittney Le Blanc

But, more seriously, there’s a new seatbelt campaign that’s asking for your help. It wants you to send in a photo of you and a loved one (or loved ones, if you have more than one).

You can read about the campaign here. You have until Friday to send in a shot of you and somebody you love/like/don’t want to see smashed up for not wearing a seatbelt. E-mail your photo, and remember to wear your seatbelt.

Speaking of seatbelts, wearing one really helped out the main character in the TV movie Intimate Stranger. What? You don’t watch terrible movies too?


Also, this being Tuesday, you can check out Troubadour Tuesday at Brixx. You get free tacos with Big Rock pints!

Thursday Night is alright!

It’s looking like a nice little Thursday here in Edmonton.

Ice on Whyte begins today. The annual festival of ice sculptures lives in the cold, embraces the cold, needs the cold. So, this weather isn’t slowing it down one bit.

Ingrid Gatin is playing Brixx tonight. With our old SOS Fest friend Kaley Bird. (Ingrid is sticking around Edmonton for a show tomorrow night at The Carrot.) I received word of this show from Gatin’s PR agency, but the thing that caught my eye was the fact that she’s hopping on the train when she leaves Edmonton. She’ll then play shows ON a train as she heads to Winnipeg. I think you CKUA-listenin’ folks are going to dig her. Her music is eclectic, jazzy-pop.

And for those of you who need a dose of fine cinema, tonight’s a Turkey Shoot kind of night. Turkey Shoot aims its zings and sarcasm at the great 1980 “film” Xanadu. It’s half-price admission for anyone with rainbow suspenders and a mirror ball.

Troubadour Tuesday

After a night of good times and good cake, I’m looking for something a little more low-key this evening.

Sounds like Brixx has just the thing.

They call it Troubadour Tuesdays, and tonight’s guitar-wielding singer is our old SOSFest friend Kaley Bird.

Alright, we don’t actually know Kaley that well. But she was one of the organizers of Edmonton’s newest music festival, and we like her. So there.

Ooh, and tacos are on special tonight too.

p.s. Speaking of SOSFest, the 2011 version is set, so mark you calendars and update your borkberries.

And away we go

Man, when Edmonton’s festival season is in full swing it is a happening place to be.

This weekend you’ve got your Folk Fest, your Animethon, CariWest, Fragapalooza, but it’s also Rock’n August in St. Albert and Monster Truck Madness south of the city.


A couple of traffic notes about those festivals, watch for people congestion at the top of the hill into Gallagher Park for Folk Fest, and the CariWest parade happens Saturday, at noon, on Jasper Avenue.

The Eskimos begin the post-Macioacoa Machocha post-Maciocia era, and go for win number two in 2010, tonight against the Argos.

Slow Food Edmonton hosts its annual summer Beer and Boar BBQ this Sunday, at Alley Kat.

For the family, Fred Penner (I saw him at my music store, and coffee shop, one time in Winnipeg) and the Doodlebops will be at the Valley Zoo, Saturday. You could also party like it’s 1849, this weekend.

The Starlite is hosting Metal Fest this weekend. METAL! Friday and Saturday.

Hey, if metal’s just too heavy for you, but you want to see some live music Friday night, why not duck downstairs to Brixx, and check out The Mystery Ponies. They play with Dirty Picture Show and The Bridle Party.

Also in non-Folk or Metal music news, Christian Hansen and The Autistics play On The Rocks Sunday night. Bring your dancing shoes.

I still check ShareEdmonton, a lot, because it’s a great events resource. Now I know there’s a Handmade Mafia happening Saturday.

What else are you up to this weekend?

What to do, what to do…

After what felt like an exceptionally busy weekend, seven days ago, this weekend appears a little tamer.

edmonton, artwalk, whyte avenue

There's going to be so much art here.

But there’s still plenty of good stuff around. And don’t you even think this signals a slowdown. The Capital Ex, Indy, Heritage Days, Taste of Edmonton, Fringe run is going to test your festival abilities.

As Sally brought to our attention earlier today, ArtWalk takes over Whyte Avenue this weekend. And a little rain isn’t going to stop the art.

Rain also hasn’t stopped the Street Performers Festival, wrapping up this weekend.

Angela reminded us that FAVA is partying today.

In music…Lily Fawn and her Lullaby band are at at The ARTery.

SOS Fest participants Wool on Wolves are playing Brixx, Saturday night. Jazz is at Wunderbar. It’ll be like you didn’t even miss them last weekend.

Blue Oyster Cult‘s at the Century Casino, Saturday night. Peter Frampton is tenting it up at River Cree.

The Pawn Shop is holding an undiscovered singing competition. Don’t forget about the Party Tent. (How could you though?) And Edmonton has a new blues bar. Rusty Reed’s opens with Big Dave McLean.

Gregg will probably be seeing Inception this weekend. It’s one of this month’s more anticipated films.

In sports…the Capitals play ball. (That means fireworks Friday night.)

I hope you like to party

Edmonton, get your party pants on because you’re going to need them this weekend.

We’ve got the Pride Parade Saturday, which helps kicks off Pride Week, and that is followed by an all-day party. Saturday also just so happens to be the second Al Fresco Block Party on 104 Street, with a used book sale too. That’s two parties on the same day!

And, I see, the Pride fun start tonight with a dance-a-thon.

There’s lots of good stuff for Bike Month. The Bikeology team is joining the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters for a 24-hour bike repair-a-thon. Bring in your bike, donate your old bikes, but make sure you run it through me so I can get Strathcona Centre points in the big Edmonton Community Challenge. Let me know if you have a bike in need of a tune-up or a new home. That runs Saturday and Sunday.

On Sunday there’s the Critical Lass ride around the southside of Edmonton. It ends with cupcakes. As all good bike rides should.

There’s still Nextfest to be had. As noted, this is your chance to see Edmonton’s next generation of artistic talent. For the kids, Sprouts is over at the Stanley A. Milner library this weekend.

Music? You want music? You got a great weekend of music ahead.

The Born Ruffians are playing tonight,  ZZ Top and Wide Mouth Mason play the Jubilee, The Misfits rock the Starlite, An Horse and Hot Panda will blow apart Brixx tonight, The City Streets return home to Edmonton for a show Saturday, there’s a big 30th anniversary gala over at the University of Alberta’s Timms Centre and The Joe is having a crazy, big rap-fest Saturday night, with lots of artists, at The ARTery.

Saturday sees track and field athletes competing for cash money (and world rankings) at the 2010 Edmonton International Track Classic, over at Foote Field. Which is at the South Campus LRT stop.

And the National Portrait Gallery begins its run at Latitude 53. It’s not the “real” national gallery, since the federal government didn’t end up putting that anywhere.

The Edmonton Capitals play. Baseball. At Telus Field. You should go sometime.

Oh, and there’s this little soccer tournament going on. I think it’s called the World Cup?

You could also see a movie. I think this is the 80s weekend, with The Karate Kid and A-Team reborn!

And thanks for ShareEdmonton for reminding me about the Creative Age Festival (as Angela talked about earlier this week) and the ESO’s Landmarks Masters series, with Marc-Andre Hamelin playing Shostakovich.

Now get out there and party!

What a weekend

This is going to be a good one, Edmonton.

Just worry about the weekend. Don't look at Tuesday.

The weather is hot and sunny, Conan O’Brien is here, NHL playoffs are on TV, and the Edmonton Rush are home tonight (7pm) and trying to secure some Rexall Place playoff action for the spring.

I’m always a sucker to mention Winnipeg bands coming through town. Nathan is one such band that is worthy of your ears.

Buddy Guy, the dude who calls Eric Clapton in that cell phone commercial, is playing the Jubilee.

I’m grooving to some We Are Wolves as I tell you they’re playing the Pawn Shop. What did we do before YouTube?

Ghostkeeper is at Brixx. The Old Wives are at New City.

And there’s more!

You won’t believe all the good stuff ShareEdmonton has for you.

It’s time for the Edmonton Women’s Show. Which I predict will, predictably, have some soap opera star in attendance. Yup.

Saturday offers the rare treat of seeing inside the Edmonton Law Courts, cells, courtrooms, and more. Without a summons to appear.

The Winspear Centre will be pop-y with A Chorus of Hits.

And Edmonton celebrates Earth Day this Sunday, April 18. It’s not in Hawrelak this year, it’s at the City Centre Airport. Fort Edmonton Park. (I have no idea why I thought this was at City Centre Airport. This is my bad, not ShareEdmonton’s.)

I’m already tired.

p.s. If you didn’t see it already, Nikki “I Believe” Yanofsky is returning to the Edmonton International Jazz Festival this June.

What a busy weekend you have

There will be martinis.

There will be martinis.

Ah, the weekend. Our brief taste of freedom each week. Let’s enjoy it, Edmonton.

How about you get your thoughts provoked over at the Global Visions Film Festival? I believe it’s Canada’s longest-running documentary film festival.

The first Saturday of the month means time for the Handmade Mafia to provide you with awesome goods.

The Yardbird Jazz Festival kicks off tonight. Sweet.

Over at the TransAlta Arts Barns, the Night of Artists takes over for the weekend.

The Barns close out the weekend with a Yogathon for Charity.

Perhaps you’re feeling a bit peckish. Well, you can head over to the Shaw Conference Centre for the Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival.

The Likwid Lounge is hosting a veritable smorgasbord of aweseome Saturday, with a fundraiser show for a new independent record label. The lineup includes The Joe, A.O.K., Zebra Pulse and Audio/Rocketry.

As mentioned in the headlines this morning, Farmfair International IS ON.

The Alberta Ballet kicks off its Edmonton season with Romeo and Juliet.

The Edmonton Classical Guitar Society has “Between Two Continents on Eight Guitars,” or G8.

Maybe you’d like to see what Grant MacEwan University has to offer. There’s an app for that.

You can always see what Edmonton’s ChangeCampers are doing to change things around here.

If you’re a fabulous lady 50 or older there’s the “Fabulous at 50 Experience and Martini Party” (as noted in the sign above).

Perhaps you want to get rocked gently, by Andy Kim at the Century Casino?

With Remembrance Day coming up the Cosmopolitan Music Society presents “Lest We Forget: A Musical Tribute” at the Winspear Centre.

Finally, Said the Whale plays Brixx tonight.

And while it’s not exactly a weekend event, in the new week you’ll be able to listen to/download the new podcast from The Unknown Studio, with guests me and Sally. I shower the Unknown Studio boys with love until they blindside us with their 60 Minutes-style questioning.


My attempt at mixing our pending long weekend and football catch phrases aside, we do have a three-day weekend ahead of us. That means lots of stuff to do in the city we call Edmonton.

We wrote about it this morning, but it’s worth mentioning again; the Sobey’s Symphony Under the Sky happens Friday, Saturday, Sunday AND Monday. Every day has different concerts. That’s a lot of symphony! (Follow all the action on Twitter if you’re not going to be in Hawrelak Park.)

Did you miss the big Blues Festival in Hawrelak? Well, blues fans, you are in luck. The Beaumont Blues Festival is on this weekend. I had no idea Edmonton was such a hotbed of blues before coming here.

Dance!Our Weird Canada friends are presenting The Wicked Awesomes!’s LP release party at Bonnie Doon Bowling Lanes. They sell it best: “Music and bowling.”

He will be 18 ’til he dies, questioning if he’s ever really loved a woman. Bryan Adams plays Telus Field TONIGHT.

The Shaw Conference Centre is hosting the Metropolis Electronic Music Festival. Not usually my scene, but I recognize MSTRKRFT as a big deal.

British rock-blues group Band of Skulls plays Brixx Saturday night. Could be a good time indeed.

Speaking of music, radio station Sonic 102.9 and The Union present SONiC Boom; a modern rock festival up at Northlands with such guests as Franz Ferdinand, Metric, Billy Talent and Edmonton’s own The Wet Secrets. Get your rock on.

The Citadel Theatre begins its season this weekend. Its first show is The Drowsey Chaperone.

The Labour Day long weekend also means summer is coming to a close. Have you tried to get lost in the Corn Maze yet? For the long weekend, you can save $1 off the admission price with a donation for the Edmonton Food Bank.

The Starlite Room is This Many.

(five, stupid.)Happy Birthday, Starlite Room! Or probably more accurately, Happy Anniversary.

That’s right, it’s been five years. FIVE YEARS. If it the Starlite were a kid, it would be starting kindergarten in September. If it were a marriage, it would be (at least statistically) right on the verge of separating. If it were a goldfish, it would have died like four and a half years ago. It’s a noteworthy anniversary for a building that is, arguably, a music institution in Edmonton.

And it’s not going unnoticed. To celebrate, the Starlite folks are having a big crazy Starlite Room party with DJ Degree, Ben Stevenson and Bedouin Soundclash.

30-year-old Julie Ogg  handles booking, marketing and event planning for the Starlite Room, and has seen the whole thing unfold.

She was there when the doors opened back in 2004.

“I was even here when they were setting it all up,” she says. “It’s been crazy. I can’t believe it’s been five years now.”

Starlite Talent Buyer Julie Ogg

Starlite Talent Buyer Julie Ogg

“I got my start because my roommate … when this was still the Rev, he used to production-assist shows. He used to … bring all the catering, and he was the runner;  and he was like ‘Oh, I need help,'” she recalls.

“I basically started as a doorgirl. I worked behind the bar, I served. I worked the bar during the day, and ran doors during the night.”

Julie says that, for her, this was an unexpected career path. Her background is in psychology, and she spent time working with autistic children before starting at the Starlite. It’s led to plenty of other music-related projects too; Julie organizes an annual electronic music festival and is involved with Vibe Tribe, the  Tribal belly dancing troupe. She credits her career at the Starlite with opening a world of opportunities. (more…)

You’re not hardcore unless you live hardcore

Black and red mean business.

Black and red mean business.

There’s going to be a lot of talk about folksy music the next few days.

And lest you think we’re only excited about all things acoustic (or our usual indie-alt) and you’re just going to have to find yourself another website for something with some edge, I hit you with this.

The Starlite Room is going to melt some faces the next two nights.

MetalFest ’09 hits The Starlite with a selection of Alberta and prairie metal bands, including Edmonton’s own Dead Jesus, Death toll rising, Order of Chaos, Six Guns Over Tombstone, Madeleine Horn Striker, Vivisect and Skepsis. They’ve got it all too; death metal, thrash metal, metal core, progressive metal, psychedelic metal and just plain metal.

Tickets can be picked up at Blackbyrd Myoozik , Brixx Bar & Grill (The Starlite building) and from the bands. You can even get a two-day pass. It’s like Folk Fest, but with screaming guitars, dudes dressed in black and lots of thrashing about.