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Rhythm for Research

This Saturday there’s a cancer research fundraiser at Original Joe’s Varsity. Now, what sets this apart is the fact the organizer, Erin Land, has gathered together one of the most formidable Edmonton music lineups I’ve yet to see.

And this is just to raise money on her way to running a half marathon in May. Talk about dedication to eradicating blood cancers!

“The cause is close to my heart for several reasons,” Erin writes in an e-mail.

“I’ve lost two family members, and very close friends of mine lost their daughter at the tiny age of 6. Finding a cure is important to me, and I’ll do what I can to help!”

So, Erin gathered her team from the #yegmusicclub (a local collection of music lovers) and they got to planning. In order for her to participate in the run, she needs to raise $3250 in donations for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

For a mere $15 here’s what you could be listening to on Saturday. (more…)

Mostly Christmas Stuff

Another week has wrapped and it’s time enjoy a few days off. Likely that is the scenario for you. So, here’s some stuff that I know about that’s going on.

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This is happening too.

That snow and cold may be putting you off the idea of even leaving the comfort of your home. You can also avoid the outdoors at the movies.

With Christmas approaching, gifts can be a priority. So, why not hit up the Butterdome Craft Sale or the Handmade Mafia? Or both.

If you’re in that gift-giving frame of mind, remember to send us photos of you donating to a charity.

This will be the last Christmas you can shop at Nokomis. So, enjoy it while it’s still here to spread clothing love.

On Christmas…Candlelight Christmas a the John Walter MuseumCandy Cane Lane opens…The Salvation Army’s Festival of Carols is over at the Winspear – the ESO is also collecting for the Edmonton Food Bank at all events right now…It’s Christmas music to the max in Edmonton: Check out YEG Live for all your options. (And there are a lot.)…A Christmas Carol continues at the Citadel…ETS is back with Christmas light tours.

The City Market is back at Churchill Square this Saturday. If you’re into slow food, or want to be,  check out Slow Food Edmonton’s Terre Madre Day (and holiday brunch on Sunday).

The Fringe, yes that Fringe, is finishing up a family-friendly run of  Jack and the Beanstalk.

And the Oilers and Oil Kings are both at home (not at the same time of course).

Is today some kind of music festival?

I am not kidding around, Edmonton. There are so many great shows tonight, your ears are going to be hungover tomorrow. (You may also be hungover, depending on how you party.)

Churchill Square is going to be hopping all weekend, since it’s Huddle Town for the Grey Cup. You can catch Helix right about now, George Canyon will be there later! Thankfully, it’s not even freezing cold anymore.

If you miss Helix downtown, they’re in Sherwood Park later tonight.

Oh, Jeff, that’s not all that much music, you say.

Well, feast your ears on this, Mr. Mayor:

Wil and Leeroy Stagger at the Haven Social Club (they do it again, in the same place, tomorrow night)

Boogie Patrol at Rusty Reed’s House of Blues (they’re at Blues on Whyte next week)

Basshunter at the Edmonton Event Centre

Delhi 2 Dublin is at The Starlite Room

Manuela plays at Accent European Lounge

Lee Harvey Osmond and Manraygun are over at Lyve on Whyte (Lee Harvey is Tom Wilson’s new band)

Lisa Nicole Grace is at Axis Cafe

and  (AND)

Paul Revere & The Raiders at Century Casino.

If I had to choose just a couple, I’d go for Manuela and Lee Harvey Osmond (but follow that up with Wil tomorrow night). Edmonton is such a great live music city!

Some Edmonton Events

There’s some good music happening in Edmonton this weekend.

CJSR’s FunDrive benefit show is tonight at The ARTery.

Todd Snider is at the Myer Horowitz. (Thanks to hi54lofi for the heads-up on this one.) Kat Danser is playing the Arden…you know you like swamp blues. Michelle Wright is bouncing around the capital region. Homefest is also this Sunday.

Lyve on Whyte gets Old Ugly Saturday night with Doug Hoyer and Mitchmatic. Oh, and Emily is going to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Also happening this weekend…Farmfair International (kind of a precursor to the Canadians Finals Rodeo, or CFR), the Oilers host the Red Wings, politicos are trying to Reboot Alberta (3.0) at the Delta South, there’s an open house at MacEwan University, it’s a Handmade Mafia weekend, and the Edmonton Public Library (EPL) is holding a kick-ass book sale.

Thanks to Leanne for reminding us about the Edmonton Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival.

Don’t forget there are always new movies and November is Shop Local month.


Of Edmonton Events

We have come upon our first weekend in the post-2010 election era. I expect candidates and councillors to be sleeping in the next couple of days.

There are a number of things happening if you’re not napping.

On your way home tonight you could stop in at The ARTery and raise money for HIV Edmonton while enjoying the end of the work week. Friday night, Dan Hill plays the Shaw Conference Centre for a Canadian Diabetes Association fundraiser. Justin Rutledge is at the Haven Social Club. Library Voices swing into the Avenue Theatre.

Still Friday, there’s a Bicycle-powered party at the U of A.

Saturday night, Falklands returns home from a cross-country tour to play Teddy’s. Yes, Teddy’s. This should be a good one.

M.A.D.E. In Edmonton closes out “Edmonton Design Exposed” with a party at Bohemia. It’s a little spot that’s out of the way but worth trekking to.

LitFest isn’t done yet!

We are starting to see all of the Hallowe’en movies now. Watching movies is still a viable pastime.

The Oil Kings, Eskimos, and Oilers are all home this weekend. There’s roller derby at the Edmonton Sportsdome (and it’s even got a nice Hallowe’en theme to it, with Regina’s Pile O’ Bones in town).

The City of Edmonton continues its series of Hallowe’en events with Pumpkins & Pirates at the Muttart Conservatory.

By the way, it’s Friday, which means it’s Free Cookie Friday over at Luzarra. Head down to Whyte Avenue for a coffee and mention Luzarra’s free cookie tweeting. Then you’ll get a free cookie.

And, as always, the geniuses at and helped me fill out your social calendars. Those guys are awesome.

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This is also happening all weekend long. Pure Spec is at the Radisson south.

Election events

Alright, so the election itself isn’t until Monday, and you’ve got no excuse not to vote so I’m hammering on the election.

Advance polls are open at City Hall today and tomorrow. You can also vote at polling stations in your actual ward Saturday. Find out where.

To celebrate all of this democracy you can Rock the Vote, Sunday, at the Pawn Shop. Sunday night’s lineup of local talent should show that Edmonton’s younger voters can get energized.

The Taboo Sex Show…naughty but nice…is back at Northlands. If you’re going, stop by The Traveling Tickle Trunk booth and say “Hi” to that great crew.

LitFest is here! That’s Edmonton’s non-fiction festival.

Saturday is the second annual Timeraiser. That’s where you bid on auction items with your volunteer hours.

If you like beer, and your kidneys, you should check out Sha-Bam, which is an event of beer, arts, and The Kidney Foundation of Canada – Northern Alberta chapter.

Wunderbar’s got a couple of good shows this weekend. Tonight it’s Warning to Avoid and The Mystery Ponies. Tomorrow night it’s The Party Martyrs. All good times.

If you’re in the mood for something bluesier, try Bombchan at The Common. That’s not to be confused with The Edmonton Commons. The Journal really hates it when you try to play shows in their lobby.

October is the scariest of months…as detailed in Gregg’s latest movie previews…But it also means Scarecrow Festivals, Howl-O-Wiener Roasts and the Boo at the Zoo. And it’s not even Hallowe’en weekend yet.

There’s also an Olde Time Fair at Churchill Square and Handmade Mafia at the Orange Hall.

And, since I really want to annoy you with talk of the election (Monday, October 18, vote, vote, vote) we’ll be doing a live show once the polls close.

So, at 8pm, curl up with your laptop, throw the Macbook on the bar for all to see, and let us entertain you for an hour or so, with one of Edmonton’s few live election night shows. More details to come…I’m just lazy…

The sun is calling my name

That sun is shining, the weather looks great this weekend, so I’m phoning it in this Friday.

Here’s what I’ve got:

Watch the video above, filmed and edited on an iPhone4 (!) for local baby shop lala ladybug. (Thanks to Randy for the link.)

For all of your other weekend needs, check out new movies with Gregg, prepare for the Spaceport debate with Colin, and find stuff to do with ShareEdmonton and

See ya Monday!

It might be the last great weekend. Don't miss it.

A rollicking weekend

You’re in for one of those, Edmonton. And the weather is even

I guess we know which one of us will be watching movies for free.

supposed to be nice. So let’s all remember to take advantage of that.

The Edmonton International Film Festival is underway tonight. There’s an opening night movie and gala, then it’s a week+ of movies, movies, and more movies.

Speaking of movies…

The Old Strathcona Foundation is hosting A Taste of Old Strathcona, tonight at the Arts Barns. It will be food and a silent auction, all the with flair of Edmonton’s funnest neighbourhood.

Speaking of the Old Strathcona neighbourhood…Edmonton Chante is back for another year of the city’s best French music. The shows are free. Free I tells ya!

Speaking of music…Falklands is, of course, playing New City. It’s the first show of their national tour. We think they’re great.

The ARTery continues its fundraising Happy Hour Fridays. This month’s charity is Room to Read. Plus, there are rumours of a new nacho treat.

Danny Michel is playing the Arden Theatre. He’s also great. And he’s following up his show tonight with a songwriter’s session with U22.

Chopin 2010 begins this weekend. It’s months of music and events to celebrate the 200th birthday of Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin. (You probably recognize some of his work.)

Speaking of classical music (more…)

Enjoy it

Last weekend I got rocked by Edmonton bands N.N. (pictured), The Mystery Ponies, and touchitandyouwillsayow. The first two are playing again this Sunday, at Brixx, with a couple of local rappers.

We hinted, in today’s symphony post, and movie previews, that summer is ending. So we might as well enjoy the unofficial end of summer with a long weekend full of good times.

It will be even better if the weather cooperates.

As mentioned, this weekend heralds new movies, and is the annual Symphony Under the Sky at Hawrelak Park.

There are more movies, on the square, with How to Train Your Dragon tonight and Toy Story 3 tomorrow night.

There’s more music festival, Saturday, with Sonic Boom back at Northlands.

Also at Northlands, all weekend, is the WPCA Dodge World Chuckwagon Championships.

One event I hadn’t heard of, before checking ShareEdmonton, is the Raas Garba Festival, which looks to be colourful, and features events with people from Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray, and Vancouver. The festival is a celebration of the culture of people from the west Indian province of Gujurat.

Almost ABBA is at the Century Casino. Bobby Curtola is playing the Arden Theatre, in St. Alberta.

Alright, now back to young, hip kid stuff. (With some help from

Like Cam Penner, playing the Blue Chair Cafe tonight.

This weekend is also the Beaumont Blue Fest. That will see bands such as Jimmy and the Sleepers, Boogie Patrol, Gordie Johnson (from Big Sugar) and Amos Garrett bring down the party, rock things out, and and spill their souls, just southeast of Edmonton.

There’s even more great blues music all week at Blues on Whyte, with Winnipeg’s Big Dave McLean.

Bluebird North is showcasing songwriters this long weekend too.

You could always get lost.

Don’t forget:

The LRT will not be going beyond Churchill Station. That starts Friday night and continues through all of Monday.

You probably don’t have to work Monday.

Edmonton Events

Boring headline aside, this weekend has the potential to blow your mind.

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Sometimes all you need is a good beer, a place to be, and a phone. The phone is in case you need to find a better party.

East meets West is this weekend, which is where you get the best of Edmonton’s Chinatown and Little Italy. And this year kicks off with Karibuni Afrikafest (happening now!). Three days, three cultures, three times the fun.

Good thing I check ShareEdmonton for events. I’d have never heard about the Outdoor Nite Market otherwise. That’s tonight (Friday), on 107 Avenue, and it’s got a little of everything. The best item it has is a reason for people to be out on the street at night, which encourages good things.

This weekend, Hawrelak Park has the first-ever Open Sky Music Festival. It’s all about surf rock, island rock and reggae. The weather may not say summer, but that music sure does. (If the festival’s website isn’t working for you, there are details at ShareEdmonton’s event page.)

Telus Field will be hosting a music event Saturday too. Rock The River hits our city.

Saturday night I’ll likely be checking out Bohemia for the first time. N.N., Touch it and you will say ow, and The Mystery Ponies are playing.

Eamon McGrath is at New City. That’s Saturday too.

Lady Gaga is still here. If she’s still in Edmonton this weekend I’m going to start getting worried we won’t be able to get rid of her. And I’m going to borrow her wardrobe.

Since it looks like we might have already tapped out the good weather you can always head inside to see a movie.

FC Edmonton gets its final kicks at its warm-up season Saturday. The team is hosting Miami FC. I wonder if they’re playing for the right to have FC in their name? There can be only one!

The Eskimos are home to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Shouldn’t we be going to the games this season, so as to not appear as bandwagon jumpers if they get good again?

Over at the River Cree Casino there’s also the All-In for Diabetes Poker Tournament. Buy-in is $250 and you can claim $100 for knocking out bounties, such as CTV’s Daryl McIntyre. If you bring a bag of clothing as a donation you can get extra chips too.

Ukrainian rock

Some days, I won’t lie to you, I’m just looking around for stuff to highlight as a good event in our city.

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Most of the time it’s because I’m not going to mention the same week-long event again and again. Or I’ve missed a fun event by a few hours (like pancake breakfasts, I always forget about early morning stuff).

But I always find something. Because there’s always something happening in this city.

Today I’ve found one, thanks to ShareEdmonton and, that I didn’t know about. But it sounds like a good time.

Haydamaky and the Kubasonics are playing the Edmonton Event Centre this evening and it’s probably going to be one raucous Ukrainian party.

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Haydamaky is from Kyiv, Ukraine, while the Kubasonics are from right here in E-Town.

They both play what would be considered somewhat traditional Ukrainian music, but turned on its head, mixed up with rock (and other forms of music) and thrown out there in a new, eclectic, exciting mix. I’ve been grooving to their MySpaces while writing this.

I also enjoy the fact Haydamaky’s next few shows are here, Winnipeg, and Dauphin, Manitoba. We prairie folk keep it old country.

Canadian Events

Happy Canada Day, Edmonton!

If you’re feeling patriotic today can get into the Canadiana all over the city. There’s the Silly Summer Parade down Whyte Avenue, Churchill Square is busy with The Works and City Hall has Canada Day activities, the Alberta Legislature is all about our country’s 143rd birthday, and Mill Woods always throws a huge party. For a complete listing of all of Edmonton’s Canada Day fun head to the City’s website.

And don’t forget about fireworks! Mill Woods has them tonight and the river valley will light up with the city’s main sky display. There are some traffic restrictions downtown, tonight, because of the fireworks, so, again, check the city’s website for Canada Day and fireworks details.

Now, because Canada Day is Thursday this year it’s going to throw the week totally off for some people. I’ll be be back at work Friday, but you might not be. So let’s just call this a long-weekend and see what’s going on Thursday-Sunday.

As I noted above, The Works continues in Churchill Square, and various installations around downtown.

The Edmonton International Jazz Festival continues. You should snap some photos and win our hat.

One more festival…feats – estival of dance, continues to move.

July is a new month, and a new month means new movies.

Tonight, the Summer Rooftop Patio Series is on at Latitude 53, and they’re open late for Canada Day.

Meanwhile…over at the “tentue” you’ve got Kim Mitchell and Sass Jordan Friday night. You can’t get more Can-con than that. Speaking of homegrown talent, Calgary’s Roman Danylo is going to be making people (maybe you) laugh over at The Comic Strip.

There’s some big news at the City Market. Eva Sweet Waffles is going to be at the downtown farmers’ market for the rest of the summer. Get some waffles.

It’s a pretty good sports weekend here in the City of Champions. The Edmonton Capitals are taking on Calgary, and you can get another fix of fireworks after Friday’s game. There’s more baseball with the Edmonton Prospects. And the Edmonton Eskimos kick off their 2010 CFL season Sunday, against the B.C. Lions.

Now it’s time to check in with ShareEdmonton and for important events and music.

Lil Kim is at Union Hall tonight. Lil Kim is at Union Hall tonight!

The Freewill Shakespeare Festival is back, and they start with my favourite of the Shakespears; Macbeth. They’re also doing Much ado about nothing.

Let me know if there’s anything else I’m missing. Last week I forgot to tell you about the Edmonton Turkish Festival and that’s one of my favourites.

UPDATE: How could I totally forget about the E-Ville “Declaration of Derby,” happening Saturday? I mean, we were giving away tickets and everything. It just proves you guys need to keep me on my toes.

Already the end of June

It seems like June has just flown right by this year. And since we are in the midst of the festival season it’s just going to keep zipping along.

Why, just look at this weekend. We’ve got the Edmonton International Jazz Festival (including the free Jazz in the Park event Saturday), The Works Art Design Festival, the Serca Festival of Irish Theatre, Bikeology wraps up Bike Month with a dance party, Improvaganza is finishing, and feats – festival of dance is sure to get you moving. That’s a lot of festivals.

This afternoon, you’ve also got the Edmonton Oilers drafting their first-ever first overall NHL pick. The team is throwing together a party. Will it be Taylor or Tyler? (That sounds like the stunning conclusion on some teen drama.)

This weekend is Edmonton’s first Startup Weekend. I’d explain what that is but Mack will probably do a better job.

I’ll be closing out the month-long Edmonton Community Challenge by building a canned good sculpture at Churchill Square. So I’ll probably take in some of The Works while I’m there.

Now it’s time to check in on all that is happening in Edmonton with ShareEdmonton and

The Edmonton Energy are taking on the Los Angeles Lightning, in IBL action, at NAIT’s downtown campus.

If you’re up for a little bit of a road trip, head out to Stony Plain (I said it would be a little road trip.) to catch The Swiftys at the Early Stage Saloon.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park will be overrun by little creatures since this Sunday is Pets in the Park 2010.

And on Monday you can celebrate Canada’s Olympic hockey glory at Commonwealth Stadium.

What else is going on this weekend?

Weekend 2.0

Welcome to weekend 2.0 Edmonton.

I really don’t know what that means, but everybody slaps 2.0 into their stuff and it just sounds so cool.

Sally mentioned The Joe’s big show, this Saturday at The Hydeaway, in her new feature “Welcome to the Beat Laboratory.” So, to reiterate, The Joe is playing a big show Saturday at The Hydeaway. With lots of other great rappers. At The Hydeaway. Saturday.

I hope they have bike-powered smoothies again.

Hey, this Saturday is Bikeology, and we’ve never missed a Bikeology festival yet, here at the edmontonian. Alright, we’ve only had one to cover. But I plan on being there tomorrow, so that will make us 2/2.

It’s happening in tandem with the City’s Park(ed) event on 102 Avenue. So, park the car, hop on the bicycle and take in our city at a slower, more enjoyable, pace. There’s also a rock show over at Churchill Square.

And they say our downtown is dead…

One event that Sally will be going on and on about is the release of Toy Story 3. Check with our resident sass-machine for other movies coming out.

Rent begins a run at La Cite, a theatre in Edmonton’s French district.

Improvaganza is still providing laughs. That’s two major festivals already mentioned today.

FC Edmonton is playing. While I initially thought it was something to do with a Coca-Cola sponsorship, it turns out they will be taking on one of Chile’s best soccer teams, Colo-Colo. This could be the cure for your World Cup fever.

Also in sporting news…the Edmonton Prospects are home (home being John Fry Park) to Swift Current and Okotoks this weekend.

The WhitSundays are playing the Pawn Shop tonight.

(I think this is the least amount of music I’ve ever mentioned for a weekend.)

National Aboriginal Day is Monday, but the events begin before that.

Our good friends at ShareEdmonton (and their friends at have some ideas of their own about this weekend. That makes it sound nefarious, but they’re actually just good ideas.

You know, it’s almost summer. The real summer. Which makes Summer Solstice sound like just the right kind of event.

At ShareEdmonton they always know when the Edmonton Energy are playing. The Energy are on the hardcourt this weekend, against the Yamhill Flyers. I did not make that up.

Luke and Tess Pretty are releasing a CD. If you don’t know who Luke and Tess Pretty are you haven’t spent a lot of time on Whyte Avenue in the summer.

Maybe you just want to watch Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog again? There’s an event for that.

Tim Allen is at the tent at River Cree.

Sunday is Father’s Day. Fort Edmonton Park has “Dad vs. Wild,” which disappoints me only because it’s nothing like Survivorman.

June’s first kick at the can

The first June weekend of the year is here and let’s see what’s in store for us.

You could see a movie. There are four new ones in theatre this weekend.

Nextfest has begun. It’s the annual celebration of young, youthful artists in Edmonton. There will be plays, dance, films, visual art, music and lots more. And it’s all from young, and up-and-coming Edmonton artists.

Pay attention, some of these names will be in arts and culture coverage for years to come. Plus, you can check things out right now and be able to say you saw so-and-so’s first show back in 2010.

This weekend also marks the beginning of the month-long Edmonton Community Challenge. 20 21 of Edmonton’s community leagues will be eating pancakes, cleaning neighbourhoods, fixing bikes, collecting food for the Food Bank and recyclables for YESS, and scavenging for photos, all to try and win $15,000 for a capital project in their community. I’ll be reporting more on this, from the front lines, as captain of the Strathcona Centre team.

Dreamspeakers Film Festival is still going on. So is the International Children’s Festival.

Tonight, at the Avenue Theatre, Christian Hansen & The Autistics will impress you with their musical talent.  You’ll be there at 8pm.

Is that all I’ve got? Yes.

But that’s not all ShareEdmonton’s got:

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) is going to the Oscars this weekend.

It’s Movies on the Square time again! Tonight you can watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on a giant screen in Churchill Square. Tomorrow it’s Alvin and the Chipmunks 2.

If you head to Naked on Jasper, Saturday night, you can support aspiring musicians, including one of our favourites, Lyra Brown. Lyra is also going to be playing Nextfest on Tuesday. See what I said about the best and brightest young stars?

Eddie Vaan Shaw Jr. will be at the Yardbird. (This is one of those newfangled tie-in events I mentioned last week.)

If you’re in the centre of the city this weekend you might want to check out the Heart of the City festival. It’s two days of music, music and music. All at Giovanni Cabot Park, and all free.

Edmonton Twitter music notables Erica Viegas and Lisa Nicole Grace play Saturday night.

Oh, the things you’ll do

I’m not messing around when I say there is a lot of stuff to do in Edmonton over the next three days.

There is A LOT of stuff to do in Edmonton over the next three days.

Tonight, I’m making it about music. And you could too.

I’ll be at the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (9:30), taking in a “Late Night” performance. Tonight is Late Night Paris. After the performance there’s live jazz in the Winspear.

(There’s more Parisien Charm Sunday afternoon.)

The Late Night series is another way the ESO is trying to reach new audiences. They’ve got the Symphony Under the Sky in Hawrelak Park for the Labour Day weekend, matinees, pops, Broadway, kids’ shows, and the classics. A performance at 9:30 on a Friday night makes it feel like a real night on the town.

As the season winds down (it’s over in mid-June) I applaud the ESO for their versatile lineup and can’t wait for 2010-2011 to kick-off in the park.

If you don’t want to spend the evening at the Winspear Centre you can still make tonight about music.

We mentioned earlier that One Way State is playing Friday night with Maurice. Too Slim and the Taildraggers are still at Blues on Whyte too.

Our old pal Jerrold Dubyk is playing this weekend. He’s got a show tonight, at 6:30, at Victoria School. Then The Jerrold Dubyk Quartet takes to the Haven Social Club stage Saturday night with Althea Cunningham and Dawn in the City.


Back to Friday music…You could see The Neil Young Trunk Show over at Metro Cinema. Or catch punk legends The Buzzcocks at New City. The U of A’s Convocation Hall has Classic Broadway via Opera Nuova.

And Disney’s Beauty and the Beast finishes its Edmonton run this weekend.

Now…what about the rest of this busy weekend?

Did somebody ask for a Dance-a-Thon? Good. Because Mile Zero Dance is doing just that, Saturday night. It starts at 7:30 and while it says it ends at 1:30 am, I hope it goes until the last dancer drops.

It could be a weekend of shopping for new things. You can swing by Make-It Edmonton! and buy some cool, handmade goods. If you quickly find yourself with buyer’s remorse you can get over to the Winspear and trade that stuff away at the Over the Top Swap, which also happens to be a spa for the day.

You can celebrate videogames with local podcast User Created Content. They’re throwing a 2nd birthday party Saturday. It starts at HiTech Gaming (15219 Stony Plain Road) and finishes at Union Hall (Argyll and 99 Street).

If you’re still in the gaming mood, Sunday sees the monthly GamePub over at Original Joe’s Varsity.

Edmonton’s own Ann Vriend is playing the Myer Horowitz Theatre Saturday night. She’s kind of a big deal.

We are in the midst of summer movie blockbuster season. I think Sally is trying to drag Gregg Beever to Sex and the City 2. I feel bad for him.

Our event-loving friends over at Share Edmonton have something to say about the next few days too. Share has also teamed up with YEG to keep us all updated on live music!

They’ve got details on all the running around you could be doing at the Little Big Run and the Subway Coronation Triathalon. I wonder if everyone eats a giant sub after the race?

Saturday sees a Highlands Street Festival over on 112 Avenue.

And don’t forget the Edmonton Energy play at the Butterdome tonight, they’re hosting the Bellingham Slam.

Don’t tell me you can’t find something to do.

Too Slim Tuesday

Quite often when I’m putting together a list of weekend events I think would be a good time I see something coming up the next week that I can’t mention.

Well, I can mention it!

Edmonton’s more than weekend events, there’s stuff happening all of the time. That may be surprising to those who think we need a downtown arena before we’ll have anything to do. But I digress…

So, I present to you the first, of what could be many, events happening around Edmonton on days that aren’t the weekend.

We begin this Tuesday with Too Slim and the Taildraggers.

They’re a blues-rock band out of Seattle, calling what they do “dirty rock.”

It sounds like straight-ahead bluesy rock to this guy, with fast fingers from Mr. Too Slim on lead guitar. And you know what, you need some of that every once and a while. It can’t all be screaming and metal and whatever the heck hipsters are listening to this week.

Tonight kicks off a week of shows at Blues on Whyte. And if you still need another reason to like them, they’re endorsed by a sauce.

For more Edmonton bands and music events you can always check, and you already know about our friends at ShareEdmonton and all the events they keep track of.