— Around the Core —

Around the Core (Fall 2020)

Though we continue to grapple with the impacts of COVID-19 on our daily lives, many organizations in Edmonton are taking steps to ensure we still have events this fall. Some are virtual and others are physically-distanced, but all provide ways to safely connect with your community and engage with your neighbours. Here we share a variety of events planned in the core this fall, from online festivals to causes that might ignite a passion. While we’re all ready for COVID-19 measures to come to an end, it’s important to continue to stay connected safely.

CAUSES + PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Join the Edmonton River Valley Conservation Coalition for their annual fundraiser: Night on the North Saskatchewan. What’s usual will be passionate speakers on relevant river valley topics and the opportunity to make donations to fund conservation efforts. What’s unusual this year is that the Night on the North Saskatchewan will be hosted virtually.

If you’re interested in becoming involved in river valley conservation, then this might be the perfect introduction for you. Clear your calendar on Saturday, September 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and learn how you can be part of protecting one of our city’s best features. You can get more info from the Night on the North Saskatchewan Facebook page or by following Edmonton River Valley Conservation Coalition on Facebook.

Canadian Walk for Vets will be hosting its third “shoulder to shoulder” Canadian Walk for Veterans on September 26 and 27. While the goal was to host a walk in every province across Canada, this year will meet and exceed that with a virtual walk, enabling the event to reach anyone with an internet signal. This year’s focus will be on thanking active and veteran military personnel as well as front-line medical workers, first responders, and all those who have provided essential services during the pandemic. Included in the $20 registration fee, each participant will receive a commemorative coin dedicated “to those who rise to the challenge of service before self.” Proceeds from this event will go to Courageous Companions who provide service dogs to military veterans and first responders. If you are interested in participating, you can either walk, run, bike, or exercise by yourself, or you can organize a group to do a physically distanced display of physical activity. Just make sure to register on canadianwalkforveterans.com before the end of the event on September 27.

The final installment of the five-part How To: webinar series, How To: make Edmonton’s winter sidewalks safe + accessible to all is organized by Paths for People and features students from the University of Alberta School of Urban and Regional Planning. This free event will be a venue to discuss the City of Edmonton’s current strategies for clearing winter precipitation from sidewalks and brainstorm alternative approaches. Some solutions might include community efforts, bylaw enforcement, and even more advanced options, including autonomous equipment. Sign up on Zoom to join the public talk on Tuesday, September 22 from 7 to 8 p.m. You can register and add the event to your calendar on eventbrite.ca.

FUN AND GAMES

What do you get when you mix the board game Clue, Pokémon Go, and Harry Potter? Witchcraft and Wizardry Edmonton by CluedUpp games, that’s what. On Saturday, September 26, grab some friends, dress up in cloaks and pointy hats, and get ready to solve a mystery. The event is self-guided, and start times are staggered between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., so you won’t have to worry about social distancing and can just focus on having a good time. The ultimate prize is having fun, of course, but there will also be awards for best dressed, quickest time to find out whodunit, most creative team name, and more. Go to cluedupp.com to register.

Check out downtown’s newest outdoor market, Al Fresco on 4th. Located on 104 Street between Jasper and 102 Avenue, this market runs Saturdays from 11 to 4 p.m., with the last market of the season on September 19. With extended patios, food trucks, and more, this market makes a great weekend excursion.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Are you an entrepreneur who is stressed about your business, not to mention life in general? Or are you interested in entrepreneurship as a career path? Check out The Hustle YEG, an entrepreneur collective led by two local entrepreneurs. Jay Downtown is President of Oodle Noodle and co-owner of the River Valley Company, among other things. April Prescott is a meditation and mindfulness coach, yoga teacher, and co-founder of Shady Ape, among other things. Join their free webinar, Entrepreneurial Well Being Today and Everyday, put on by NAIT’s Mawji Centre for New Venture and Student Entrepreneurship. This webinar is on Monday, October 19 from 12 to 1 p.m. and will focus on how mindfulness can help you as an entrepreneur and end with a Q&A. You can also subscribe to their podcast, YEG Hustle, from wherever you get your podcasts.

FESTIVALS

Watch over 150 of the world’s best films created in the last 18 months at the Edmonton International Film Festival (edmontonfilmfest.com). This Oscars-qualifying festival has been taking place in our great city for more than 30 years. EIFF is the place for high-quality, diverse cinema in genres ranging from comedy to documentary and everything in between.

In addition to film showings, the festival includes Q&A sessions, filmmaker chats, gala screenings, local filmmaker spotlights, and more. Everyone’s welcome, whether you’re a film connoisseur yourself or just interested in expanding your cinematic horizons. The festival takes place from October 1 to 10, and you can purchase tickets on their website. Depending on restrictions at the time, the festival will either be virtual or held at its perennial location, Landmark Cinemas Edmonton City Centre.

With winter just around the corner, that means no more physically-distanced BBQs, fewer walks with friends, and still no concerts, sporting events, or indoor mass gatherings. The good news? We’ve got LitFest, Alberta’s nonfiction festival (litfestalberta.org). Get acquainted with a new book, series, author, or even a new-to-you genre. LitFest is going online this year from October 15 to 25. You can still expect the regular masterclasses, panel discussions, live readings, and author Q&As, but there will be some live elements as well, which will aim to get people off their screens, promoting an immersive reading experience, and partnering with local businesses as appropriate. Also, for the first time, LitFest includes podcasts. In partnership with the Alberta Podcast Network and the Edmonton Community Foundation, LitFest will start off with a mini-podcast festival from October 1 to 3. There will be masterclasses, workshops, panels, and interaction with the best podcasters from Alberta and around the world.