In Festivals…the Kaleido Family Arts Festival runs this weekend on 118 Avenue (part of Arts on the Ave)…down in Hawrelak Park there’s a peace concert this weekend, on September 11…Latitude 53’sVisualeyez is back next week…Community League Day is on Saturday, September 17…The Edmonton International Film Festival is back on September 23, and runs through October 1. That last day is Alberta Day, with plenty of homegrown films playing…For a little French flair, check out the Edmonton Chante music festival, September 23-October 1…Also beginning September 23 is the Edmonton Accordion Festival…the Edmonton Comedy Festival gives it a go, October 19-22…the same dates as Lit Fest…
Good morning, Edmonton, and welcome back to the work week.
Here are some updates on Edmonton’s transportation network.
All this commuting stuff comes with the end of the Journal’s summer series on the suburbs. Living on the Edge looked at everything from commuting, to density, shopping, churches, who’s moving to the ‘burbs, and what’s working well out there.
If you followed the series at all, or are about to dive into it, there’s a survey you can fill out. I’d suggest filling out the survey if you appreciate long-form, in-depth reporting like Living on the Edge.
Wow. Could it really be?
Could the old Esso (Imperial Oil) lot at the corner of Whyte Avenue and 105 Street finally be moving toward sale? After more than a decade is the contaminated land finally going to be ready for new development? It’s a miracle!
And it’s a good reason why the City of Edmonton needs more and tougher rules for contaminated lots, or “brownfields,” and owners who would let properties sit vacant for more than a couple of years. (This one has sat empty and dirty for 13 years.)
Edmonton Police are going to start using black and white cruisers.
Alberta festivals, including a couple of Edmonton big ones, are getting some federal funding.
News on new beers after the jump. (more…)
On the festival circuit this weekend, there’s DEDfest, In/stall/ed, East Meets West, and Open Sky.
DEDfest is Edmonton’s annual horror film fest. In/stall/ed is is a unique performance and visual art display, happening in the McCauley neighbourhoods in parking spaces. Yeah, public art baby! Latitude 53 is running this, and there will be 17 performances and installations on Saturday. East Meets West continues up in Little Italy and the McCauley neighbourhood, and there’s Mercury Opera performing Madame Butterfly in Giovanni Caboto Park. The Open Sky Music Festival is packing Hawrelak Park with bands and bands and musicians and more musicians.
If you’re into walking, the Highlands neighbourhood is kicking off their walking map this weekend. These maps are great ways to get to know an Edmonton neighbourhood.
I haven’t heard a whole lot about MEAET but it sounds like a cool idea. A bunch of people get together, have some food, enjoy themselves, then vote on who to give some money to for a project.
You can also Show What You Grow, at Fort Edmonton Park.
In music, there’s the earlier mentioned Open Sky Music Festival, with plenty of bands and artists down in Hawrelak Park…Wunderbar’s got Fire Next Time tonight and The Joe and Doug Hoyer triumphantly returning to Edmonton (after a national tour) on Saturday night. Also on Saturday, Hale Hale, Southroot, and Zero Something play the Starlite Room. Back to Friday night, Warped Tourers Inner City Elegance are at Expressionz Cafe. Now back to Saturday (surely I should have done this in chronological order) there’s live music at Ricky’s in Mill Woods (with Consilience and Tyson Skakun).
Oh, and if you walk by CKUA on Jasper Avenue tonight and it seems like something cool is going on it’s because they’re celebrating their amazing record library and have a live performance from 100 Mile House.
Down in the river valley, the Edmonton Capitals host the Calgary Vipers through the weekend.
And over at Clarke Stadium (beside Commonwealth) the Edmonton Huskies are home to Saskatoon Hilltops in Prairie Football.
With festival after festival after festival we’ve hit that lull in summer’s festival calendar. It’s a great time to take a few days off from running around the city, eating green onion cakes, and just enjoy summer as it is.
Perhaps you’ll take a long walk in the river valley. Or relax with a book at one of the branches of the EPL. Take the kids to a new spray park (check with your local community league). Jump into the new Queen Elizabeth Pool. Or just laze on the couch with an oscillating fan pointed at your face.
Whatever you do the next few days, enjoy it.
Because the Fringe starts later this week and that is one motherflippin’ busy festival.
Two of Edmonton’s larger, and more familiar, arts festivals are on right now.
You’ll also find plenty of art installations and showcases throughout the downtown, everywhere from building lobbies, to hotels and restaurants.
The Works is Edmonton’s annual summer arts festival. It’s a great way to explore some art, maybe dipping your toe into things before you make the leap to galleries. (Latitude 53 also has the Visualeyez festival in September which is more experimental, edgy, and performance art.)
The Edmonton International Jazz Festival is Edmonton’s yearly celebration of jazz. Obviously.
Every summer, jazz musicians from around the world will come and play the Yardbird Suite (Edmonton’s historic jazz club), the Winspear Centre, bars, clubs, and parks. You’d be hard-pressed to make it through the end of June without bumping into some jazz.
Like The Works being an easy way to explore art, the Jazz Festival is a simple way to listen to music you may not normally jump at. Festival passes, and show tickets, aren’t all that expensive and a festival provides a more relaxed atmosphere where newbies can mix with the longtime afficionados.
In fact, the Creative Age Festival is completely about Edmonton’s boomers, retirees, and seniors.
Creative Age isn’t just for folks to check out events, but also provide the art and entertainment for the next week, because it “encourages seniors to become more involved in the arts—drama, music, visual arts, literary arts and dance.”
If you don’t happen to be “old enough” to really get full enjoyment out of Creative Age, you may know someone who is a little older. Point them in the direction of this unique Edmonton celebration.
It’s also awesome that Creative Age is running at the same time as NextFest. You’ve got Edmonton seniors celebrating the arts, or discovering talents in their older years, and NextFest showing off young stars and the creative youth of the city.
Good Friday to you, Edmonton. Start with the downtown arena? OK!
The downtown arena is going to need money from the provincial and/or federal governments. While the provincial government says they won’t give money to a private business, I wonder if that’s not why the potential deal has the City of Edmonton owning the land and building, so it could be argued it’s a public facility. The ask better come quick, since a couple of potential Conservative premiers are ruling out the money.
The spend-crazy NDP don’t want tax money to go to the Katz Group’s new Oilers home. Because they hate the Oilers? Edmonton? Freedom? What’s with everyone wanting questions answered on this thing? Just get excited already. And, I’m sure school boards considering cutting teachers and staff to balance their budgets would agree, the Alberta government should fund the arena.
Does the arena herald a new era for downtown Edmonton? I would have argued 104 Street, a centralizing MacEwan University campus, LRT connections to the west and southeast, Capital Boulevard, and 109 Street’s makeover were doing that already.
OK, that’s the arena, now let’s see what else is going on. And there really is other stuff going on. (more…)
This is where your mettle for festival season begins to be tested, Edmonton.
We’ve had great festivals this summer, like the Jazz Fest, SOS Fest, Doors Open Edmonton and the Street Performers Festival. But now, now, is when you need to hydrate and find sleep when you can.
Now is when Edmonton becomes an endless string of carnival rides, mini donuts, race cars, deep-fried food, arts, music, theatre and parties.
This weekend we’ve got the Honda Indy Edmonton. That’s three days of race action at the City Centre Airport. There will be spin-off parties, including the tent on Jasper and the Race Week Music Festival at the Sutton Place hotel. (Side note: Drake is playing the Edmonton Event Centre, Saturday, with an after-party at the tent.)
The Freewill Shakespeare Festival is into its final days of Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing.
Churchill Square is full of food. That’s because Taste of Edmonton is back to fill your stomach with a selection of tasty treats from city restaurants.
You can draw at Draw. The annual arts event that includes, umm, drawing, DJs, food, dancing, and who knows what other kinds of fun. It’s at more than one location this year. Find yourself some space to express yourself visually at Latitude 53, Harcourt House, and SNAP. Things finish off at FAVA.
And that’s just the festivals.
We’ve got live music all over the place, including some Old Ugly action at Axis Cafe, featuring Kumon Plaza, Jessica Jalbert, and Jaded Hipster Choir. Wolf Parade is at the Starlite Room. A guy you’ve probably heard of, Neil Young, is at the Jubilee tonight.
You can refuse to believe the rumors, but SkeptiCamp Alberta is happening Saturday, at the U of A.
For the family, Sesame Street Live is at Rexall for shows throughout the weekend.
The Edmonton Prospects are home to Medicine Hat at John Fry Park.
Don’t forget you can seek air-conditioned refuge in a movie theatre.
Remember to pace yourself. Right after Capital Ex and Taste of Edmonton we’ve got the Heritage Festival, Folk Fest, the Fringe (and the edmontonian and Unknown Studio birthday party). It’s going to be September before we know it. (And once it is September we’ve got Symphony Under the Sky.)
p.s. If you’re by a computer Saturday night, at 9pm, why not come right back here and catch our attempt at a TV talk show: “Saturday with Samsonow.” It’ll be something. It might even be good.
Hope you’re enjoying our continuing look back at the year that was. For the edmontonian that is.
First off, we thank you, again, for sticking with us for one year. That is a long time in the Internet world. I mean, there’s plenty of awesome stuff on YouTube to distract everybody.
Now, let’s look at interesting, weird, odd, intriguing stuff from the last year. And stats. Everybody loves stats.
75,000+ people have checked us out. Sure, lots of those people come back again and again, but you’re supposed to use stats to make yourself sound cool. They stopped by hundreds of thousands of times. That is cool. Period.
We’ve averaged 3 posts per day. That explains why our logo is burned onto my retinas.
We’ve got more than 2 comments per post. (Again, an average.) That’s pretty good since a lot of items don’t even have comments. But we can always count on Gregg Beever to get you angry enough to say something.
In the last year we’ve posted more than 780 times. This is 789. We’ve also shown off more than 1,500 photos of Edmonton. If only our Flickr group reflected that. (Totally my bad, you guys.)
Beyond an audience, Sally and I started the edmontonian one year ago hoping we wouldn’t be the only ones writing and talking about Edmonton.
You made that a reality. And how!
We had 40+ contributors who wrote, took photos, shot video, gave us prizes, and did lots of other great stuff, all helping to tell Edmonton stories. If we paid you we’d be a real magazine or something.
Thanks Lorraine Poulsen, Janine Edwards, Derek Clayton, Ryan Engley, Mack D. Male, Brendan Berg, Ryan Dunford, Edward Monton, Joe Melin, Trevor Prentice, Josh Macedo, Jenn Prosser, Jay Runham, Pam, Derjis, Brittney LeBlanc, Andrea, Cherie Bucy, Manny (our first of many Bureau Chiefs), Linda Hoang, Paul Poulsen, Eri Gayler, Jason Bouwmeester, Tess Dehoog, Marilyn Kontz, Brent Welch, Gregg Beever, Dustin McNichol, Lauren MacDonald, Benjamin Tippett, Colin Enquist, Kristi Shmyr, Brenda Kerber, Alexis Kienlen, Adam Rozenart, Colin MacIntyre, Jordan Schroder, Heath Sperling and Mina Hideshima, Pepe Duenes, Katie McLaughlin, Angela Ostafichuk, Chris Chan, The Joe, Veronica Petrola, The League of Extraordinary Media, and anyone I missed while scanning though a year’s worth of posts.
And thanks to the many more people we’ve had the pleasure of talking with, collaborating with, linking to (and haven’t complained about us linking to them or embedding their videos). Thank you everyone!
In the last year we’ve talked about:
- Most of Edmonton’s festivals and events, like Bikeology, Dreamspeakers, Litfest, Capital Ex, the Fringe, fashion weeks (still some of our most popular stuff),Taste of Edmonton, the Olympic torch run, and mall openings.
- Cultural institutions like the Alberta Ballet, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton Opera and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
- Sports and teams including the Capitals, Rush, Wildcats and Huskies, roller derby, the (MMA) fights and Concordia.
- 150+businesses, business owners, entrepreneurs, biz people, artists, musicians and bands.
And we’ve made about 2,379 self-deprecating jokes.
Here’s to another year of talking ’bout Edmonton!
(This post would have been up a little sooner. But I actually got distracted on YouTube.)
Continuing our new love of talking about Edmonton events beyond the weekend, we offer you Angela’s look at how you can have fun without spending a lot of money.
365 Days of Sunshine, by Angela Ostafichuk
Summer’s almost here and it’s time to celebrate.
After reading “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin, I’ve decided to follow the golden path of having a more fulfilling life. In my quest for happiness this year I want to do as much as I can to see what makes me tick.
So turn off your TV, and feel free to join my 365 days towards a
Little or no money you say? No worries. Edmonton is one of the best places to be in the summertime with multiple outdoor festivals, events and concerts. There are literally hundreds of things to do here, some better then others.
From sex workshops to looking at the stars to eating popsicles while dancing in the street, the key is to think outside the box this summer. So whether you have 10 cents, 10 dollars or a 50 (call me!) in your pocket there’s something for everyone.
Last week saw Nextfest start around the city. The Enterprise Square Gallery features works from new artists and is worth a stroll through, at no cost. The rest of the festival is still amazingly priced with $5 for the nightclubs and $10 for a show.
Tuesday June 8, the Creative Age Festival kicks off. Although deemed as a festival for the 65+ crowds, there is lots to do even if you’re not loud, proud and retired. Grab gramps and head down.
Both Wednesday and Thursday (June 9 and 10) feature free movies at
the EPL. Wednesday is The Girlfriend Experience and Thursday features It
Might Get Loud. Both FREE, they start at 6:30 in the Milner Library.
Thursday also kicks off Pride week with a show at The ARTery titled “Peculiar Peckers: Drag Kings & Other Phallic Things” which will be worth checking out. Tickets are $5 and the entertainment is priceless.
Friday is a day to work out, so come join my friend Elly and I on what we like to call “walk and watch” on the stairs by Victoria Trail. If you have no clue what I’m referencing to, join us and you’ll see.
Friday is also a great time to just chill on one of Edmonton’s lovely patios, enjoy a walk through the river valley or read a book.
Saturday is jam-packed with events.
Of course everyone knows it’s the Pride Parade, that kicks off on Jasper at 1pm.
Before that, though, there are many events downtown including a pancake breakfast before, and a block party after on 104th, which goes until 10 pm. Add the Nextfest wrap-ups to Pride and downtown is the place to be.
Stay tuned for more cheap thrills as I figure out how to go big without going broke.
Where is the best place for cupcakes? Bubble tea? People watching? This summer I plan on solving these mysteries so keep reading Edmonton and keep it fresh.
The headline is supposed to allude to the word “enchante” which will in turn allude to our latest festival. I’ll keep future headlines clear and direct. (Or at least funny and punny.)
It’s time once again for francophone music stars to shine. Edmonton Chante kicks off its 6th year Thursday.
Checking out french and French-Canadian music is a central affair, as the venues are on Whyte Avenue, near Whyte and downtown.
I’m going to stop you before you tell me that you don’t speak French and this wouldn’t be your kind of thing. Music (like food and love) is a universal language, thus eliminating excuses not to embrace Edmonton, and Alberta’s french heritage.
While on my usual trek to the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market Saturday I stumbled into one of Edmonton’s smaller festivals.
Like any good festival celebrating ethnic or geographic heritage, there was food, music, dance, crafts, jewelry and other goods to introduce everyday Edmontonians to Turkish culture.
While enjoying my kebab and my Turkish coffee* (I would have chosen a fruit-less and slightly more manly tiny cup had I known you got to take it home) I wondered if Edmonton even had a large Turkish population.
Uh…we do not. According to the 2006 Census just 1,250 people describe themselves as being Edmontonians of Turkish descent. So good for those guys for throwing together a yearly festival!
We’ve got lots of parks, a short summer worth jamming festivals into and lots of proud Edmontonians willing to share their history and delicacies (I’m looking at you, tiny coffee) with us. Just enjoy.
I hope the Edmonton Turkish Festival is back next year. I want a complete set of tiny coffee cups.
*the Turkish Coffee was strong, sweet and just delicious
As mentioned in a weekend update, the Bikeology Festival took over Beaver Hills House Park on Saturday.
The weather couldn’t have been better as hundreds of bicyclists (and surely a casual passerby or two) grabbed themselves free smoothies, got a free tune-up for their ride and just enjoyed the afternoon. There was also an ETS bus parked at the festival, so riders could practice loading their bikes on the front rack.(You can always practice that little trick at Mountain Equipment Co-op on 124 Street too.)
It’s all for bike month.
It’s also about gathering the city’s many different kinds of cyclists in one place. If you check out the flickr pool you’ll see commuting bikes, casual bikes, high-end bikes, bikes that just power blenders (for the free smoothies of course) and other wheeled-rides that reinvent the bicycle as you may know it.
For a winter city there’s certainly a thriving culture of bicyclists. And recently those around City Hall have kicked around the idea of expanding the city’s trail and path system.
If you missed out on the fun, just want to know more about bicycling in Edmonton, or have something to share you can drop your thoughts in a comment.
It’s all going down at Jasper and 105 Street. It’s been a busy week for that park.
Come out and see that Edmonton’s got a vibrant cycling community. Yes, people even bike in the winter.
I managed to make it over to the Dreamspeakers’s Festival Walk of Honour Festivities on my lunch break this afternoon. What a turnout, and what a cool event – I snapped some terrible cell phone pictures so you guys could check it out. I seriously would’ve stayed there all afternoon if I hadn’t had to go back to work. A giant barbeque, a bunch of great entertainment, and a chance to experience some breathtaking aboriginal culture that I, the whitest person alive, would probably not have had otherwise.
(The dancers especially blew my mind, and I’ll be trying to upload some shaky cell phone video of it later on this evening. If anybody makes it out to any of this weekend’s events, be sure to send us some descriptions, pictures or video! I’d love to see more.)
Anyway, if you’re downtown and get a chance, definitely swing by Beaver Hills House Park at Jasper and 105 St., and check out the shiny new Walk of Honour Display. Whoever designed it should be lauded – they’ve really made something important and spectacular – and the plaques all have really interesting biographies on these esteemed members of Canada’s aboriginal film community. (more…)
The Dreamspeakers’ Aboriginal Peoples’ Film Festival is on this weekend, running in conjunction with West Edmonton Mall’s Aboriginal Days. Complete event details are available on the Dreamspeakers’ website, including a cool Youth Day initiative (happening tomorrow ) and a full schedule of films.
Edmonton events kick of this morning at 11:30 a.m., with the unveiling of Walk of Honour installment at Beaver Hills House Park (corner of 105 St. and Jasper Ave.)
From the festival website:
The Walk of Honour has been created as a tribute to those Aboriginal artists who have blazed trails in the film industry. It is intended to be a lasting legacy to recognize their efforts and hard work at bringing a new understanding to the varied cultures, traditions, languages and artistic expressions of Aboriginal People in Canada.
The festival runs until June 21st.