Support Live Music

There’s something about a live show. Your favourite musicians, or those you’ve recently discovered, get on stage, the lights go down, the strings get a final tuning, and the room comes alive. You’re in a smaller space, a local venue, not a multi-thousand seated behemoth (although there is certainly a time and a place). The vibe is different here.

You nod to those you’ve nodded to at other shows. You know the bar staff enough to say hello and maybe they even remember your favourite beer. You know to avoid the table in the corner with the wobbly leg. This is your place. But what if it wasn’t anymore?

“In Edmonton, venues are dropping like flies, said David Lee, Naked Café’s marketing and booking manager. There’s virtually no support for venues.”

Lee stressed that if Edmonton had more of a focus on the importance of music, there could be a vibrant area in the heart of Downtown. COVID-19 has not helped the live music scene either and it has been an incredibly tough time for venues, artists and staff involved in the live music industry, with more than a few businesses shutting down for good.

“Live music venues are a fragile ecosystem, even during the best of times. This past year has pushed them to a near breaking point. We’re thrilled to be inviting artists back on stage, and while we hope that further shutdowns won’t be needed, we acknowledge that safety should be our first priority as the province reopens,” said Olivia Street, On The Rocks’ talent coordinator.

A way for the community to show its support is to attend more live music events. Here are some venues that have reopened in Oliver and Downtown or have come up with unique ways to get their music out such as live DJ streaming. Check out their sites for more info.

9910 109 Street

10303 108 Street

11740 Jasper Avenue

10030 102 Street

10524 Jasper Avenue

Around the Core (Summer 2021)


The weather has warmed up and summer is here, so patios are the place to be. Even while restaurants were closed for in-person dining, outdoor seating has been consistently available. It’s great that we can still enjoy delicious food and refreshing drinks under the sun while, obviously, remaining socially distanced. Here is a list of some of the core’s must-try patios.

As of publication, patios were open for dining. Depending on summer restrictions, you may need to order your food for takeout and have a picnic in the park.


Located at: 10750 124 Street

Tiramisu is known for its delicious Italian food and is a great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For a private outdoor setting with your cohorts, igloo dining is available on the small but mighty patio. Be sure to book ahead of time.


Located at: 10013 101A Avenue

CRAFT offers tasty local and fresh-food options and is known for its broad selection of beers. The rooftop patio recently underwent renovations and features games and a cocktail camper bar. It’s the perfect spot for a hot- summer day when you’re dreaming of camping outside of the city.


Located at: 10909 Jasper Avenue

Central Social Hall’s patio is a lively social setting with first come, first served seating. Great food, drinks, and service, combined with a chic and colourful atmosphere—check out the bright pink umbrellas!— creates a vibrant and energetic mood for you and your cohorts.


Located at: 12021 102 Avenue

Odd Company offers many different kinds of beers in sizes from growlers to pints, which hit the spot after a long work day or even just kicking back on the weekend. This patio is equally enjoyable daytime or nighttime as you can sit next to cozy fire pits, giving the place a backyard vibe where you’ll feel right at home.


Located at: 10359 104 Street

Baijiu features Asian-inspired eats and one-of-a-kind cocktails. In fact, bartender James Grant was recently named Canada’s Bartender of the Year. The patio has strands of hanging outdoor bulbs and umbrella-clad picnic tables, which creates a perfectly romantic or social ambiance during the night, with a fun selection of music.

Around the Core (Spring 2021)

Community Supports


Phoning 211, or visiting, is a useful first step for those needing assistance. Community resource specialists search for appropriate resources nearest to the caller. Inquire about advocacy when you call, as navigating through community and government programs can be stressful. For example, Edmonton’s CMHA office provides assistance with filling out AISH applications.

Calls to information services at 211 have increased 30 percent over the previous year according to Emma Potter, Director of Crisis and Navigation Support Services at the Canadian Mental Health Association. “There are challenges with mental health, isolation, loneliness and meeting basic needs,” Potter said.

The pandemic has certainly challenged many of us in many ways. Financial issues, eviction, anxiety, stress, and loneliness can feel catastrophic, and when you are in crisis, navigating ways to get support can be difficult. But help is available and we’ve gathered some resources for you.

Financial Aid

In addition to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, those searching for financial aid can seek provincial assistance from Alberta Works. The Emergency Needs Allowance can be used for utilities, eviction payments, and more. Phone 780-415-4900 or visit Community Social Services.


For basic needs, Leftovers Rescue Food has a Fresh Deliveries program which operates on a pay what you want model. Phone 780-809-1962 or visit

Seniors looking for groceries and prescriptions to be delivered at no cost can find help from The service was created by Canadian medical students to help those who cannot leave the house.


The Seniors Friendly Calling Program from the Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (Sage) is an option for those who want some human connection. Phone 780-423-5510 and choose extension five to be added to the call list.


Self-isolation, closures, and the limiting of in-person interactions makes mental wellness a top concern. From March to December, the main issues for callers on the Edmonton Distress Line were mental health and loneliness. An excellent resource is The page provides locations for single-session counselling. During the pandemic, therapy is provided over the phone. Those with insurance should phone 780-424-0294 or visit in order to use the Psychologist Referral Service.


If you would like to contribute to the community, volunteering is still happening within many organizations. For example, phone 780-701-9014 or visit to help make friendly calls to seniors.

CMHA is also accepting volunteer applications. Potter said this will become more important as in-person activities begin resuming later this year. To learn more visit is a page where you can search for opportunities using a variety of filters including time commitment and remote volunteering.


Finally, if volunteering is not an option, consider donating to community organizations. Like the people of our neighbourhoods, organizations have also been affected by the pandemic as fundraising events have been cancelled. CMHA, Bag-Half- Full, Leftovers Rescue Food, and Sage are all supported by donations.

Around the Core (Winter 2020)

Downtown Live

Various dates and times

The musical micro-events that were a hit of the summer have been extended until the end of February! Look forward to more performances by local favourites at venues like The Starlite Room.

Find the schedule for Downtown Live

Igloo Dining at the Riverside Bistro, Courtyard by Marriott


A Canadian solution to distanced dining—dine outside in a colourfully-lit private igloo overlooking the river valley. It’s $150 for 90 minutes, which includes a $100 food and drink credit. Reservations required.

Book now

Get Cooking Classes


Eating too much frozen pizza? Get Cooking is hosting classes to bring out your inner Iron Chef! With online and in-person options, and specializations in wine pairings and vegan/vegetarian meals, there’s something for everyone.

Schedule my next cooking class

Downtown Holiday Lightup

December 2020

Every year, thousands of Edmontonians join the Downtown Business Association (DBA) in Sir Winston Churchill Square to celebrate another holiday season with tree-lighting and carollers. Though things may be different this year due to COVID-19, check online to see how this year’s holiday season will be kicked off in the core.

Learn more about Holiday Light Up

Dang Show

December 18, 2020 | 7 p.m.

Dang Show, a band which started as a protest movement in Iran (and remains banned in the country) is coming to the Royal Alberta Museum to share their fusion of jazz and traditional Persian music. Tickets start at $45.57.

Evolution of the Arts in a Digital World (Virtual)

Starting January 6, 2021 | 10 a.m.

This free weekly virtual event is hosted by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO). The ESO will lead discussions about the interaction of technology and arts. The panels will feature global experts.

Register here

Misty Meadows 

January 23, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.

Calgary drag queen Misty Meadows is coming to Evolution Wonderlounge for a one-night, one-woman performance. This hilarious and heartfelt show won’t be live-streamed. Evolution is selling tickets to parties of four or more. Tickets start at $60 per party.

Buy tickets

Heaven: Horizon Series Live!

January 23-February 14, 2021

As the Citadel Theatre reopens with COVID-19 precautions, join them for the original production of Heaven. It’s the story of Black pioneers settling in Alberta after fleeing the southern United States. Written by Cheryl Foggo. Tickets start at $34.65.

Tickets on sale now

Curtis Talwst Santiago: Liming 

Runs until February 14, 2021 

This exhibition at the Alberta Art Gallery by Edmonton-born artist Curtis Talwst Santiago focuses on the Trinidadian idea of ‘liming.’ Liming means to meet and socialize. Santiago explores liming in the gatherings in his childhood home through diorama. Admission prices vary.

Learn more

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.


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 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


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 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.


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.


Watch over 150 of the world’s best films created in the last 18 months at the Edmonton International Film Festival ( 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 ( 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.

Around the (Virtual) Core

We usually share traditional summer events around the core in this column—music festivals, art walks, open-air markets, and other gatherings that would involve lots of people coming in close contact with each other—but most of these have been cancelled for the foreseeable future as we grapple with COVID-19. What we’ve also seen in response to this situation is ingenuity, resourcefulness, and a sort of intentionality to connect as a community. In other words, we’re taking it in stride and making the best of a not-so-great situation. So, here’s a list of socially-responsible, physically-distanced events going on in the YEG core this summer.


If you miss going out for dinner with your friends, you still can–just at your own kitchen table. #EatWithMeYEG is helping connect Edmontonians while spotlighting local businesses. The group hosts weekly Wednesday lunches (12 to 1 p.m.)—all you have to do is RSVP for the free event, order take-out from a local business in the neighbourhood they are highlighting that week, and then join the teleconference. Each event features local business owners and entrepreneurs and includes an opportunity to talk about how we can support each other. You can keep up with what’s coming up next by following the hashtag on social media or by keeping an eye out on

Another idea is to organize your own virtual party with your buds via FaceTime, conference call, or Zoom. After all, it’s more fun drinking together than alone. Everyone could order from the same local brewery, say, Odd Company Brewing, and then have a howler (or growler, since you won’t be driving) and catch up. OCB is open daily from 12 to 8 p.m. for pick up, and they’re also on the road slinging deliveries from 4 to 9 p.m. Other central breweries still open for your beer needs include Campio Brewing Co. and Brewsters.

photo: Gerrie van der Walt


If you’ve ever wanted to handle a fossil or jump inside a museum diorama, then now’s your opportunity! The Royal Alberta Museum has begun digitizing its collections and sharing them on Sketchfab, an online platform for 3D and VR content. You can get up close like never before by seeing every nook and cranny of their 3D collection. If you have a touch- screen device, the experience is especially unique and engaging. They’ve also got at-home activity suggestions for kids and live shrimp and turtle cams.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is helping bring art to your home with virtual exhibits, live discussions, videos, and more. Visit their website or follow them on social media for their latest offerings.

On that note, if you are looking for the chance to get creative, get some friends together (virtually) to join Kay Rose Creative in weekly Saturday evening painting sessions. Kaylee Rose has taught painting to over 15,000 people, and her art has found its way into the homes of more than 40,000 people across North America in its various forms. You can join her free live painting lessons on Facebook or Instagram at Kay Rose Creative and KayleeRoseWray, respectively. Each Saturday features learning to paint a different animal, so by the time summer is over, you’ll have a full menagerie in your living room.

The Art Gallery of Alberta
photo: IQRemix via Flickr


Let’s not forget to talk about our mental health during this time. If you or someone you know needs immediate mental health help, then call Health Link at 811 or Alberta’s Mental Health Help Line toll-free at 1-877-303-2642. Being isolated, especially during a time of crisis, can lead to serious mental health concerns. Try getting involved in virtual events—it’s a way to stay connected while staying physically distanced. Staying connected will help us all maintain our sense of community and bolster our mental health. You can also text COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe to AHS’s Text4Hope program. By subscribing, you’ll receive daily messages of hope, advice, and personal coping skills.


Summer vibes mean market vibes and while they’ve faced some significant changes, as essential providers of fresh and local food products, farmer’s markets in the core are still operating. The 124 Street Grand Market operates on Thursdays and Sundays, and the Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market is open on Saturdays and Sundays. With physical distancing measures in effect, that means that only so many vendors and shoppers will be allowed in at one time. Customers are encouraged to plan their list and trip out in advance. Get in, support local, get out. Also, designated shopping times will be provided for the elderly and immunocompromised. It also probably wouldn’t hurt to wear a mask and bring your sanitizer if you happen to have some on hand (pun intended).

Many local vendors and restaurants also offer contactless delivery and pick-up. Just shop online and then arrange for a rendezvous either on your doorstep or theirs. Plum Home, Paper Doll Clothing, Table Top Cafe, Normand’s Bistro on Jasper, Remedy Cafe, deVine Wines and Spirits, and Audrey’s Books are just a few local vendors that are trying to make it through this time and could use support if you can give it. You can visit Shop in the Heart and Things That Are Open to find merchants that are open for business.

124 Street Grand Market
photo: Mack Male


Just because gyms are closed doesn’t mean that working out isn’t possible. In fact, exercise can be a great source of stress relief during this time. If you want to try out a training program, check out Edmonton-based F.R.E.E. Fitness to find a variety of free courses from personal trainers to help you reach your fitness goals at home. XTherapy Athletics is offering live classes on Instagram every day of the week except for Mondays and Fridays, including HIIT classes and spin classes with limited bike rentals available.


With playgrounds being roped off and sports being cancelled or postponed, our kids are in need of some entertainment. One event that is tackling this challenge head-on is Free Footie TV, which occurs every weekday at 4 p.m. Free Footie is a free after-school sports program that targets kids in need in local communities across the city, including at Grandin Elementary School. However, with school and events being cancelled, they’ve moved their programming to an exclusively online format, with live interviews and training that your kids can take part in from home. Past topics include fitness for families, soccer skills, basketball skills, goalkeeping, and a drumming lesson.

Learning never stops, not even during self-isolation. That’s why Edmonton Public Library is continuing its programming with EPL From Home. Parents will find regular classes like Sing, Sign, Laugh and Learn as well as activities like building your own Rube Goldberg Machine, tips on learning a new language, and virtual library tours. You can find content by following Edmonton Public Library on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube or by subscribing to their email newsletter from their website.

Around the Core: Winter 2019

Christmas and beyond in downtown Edmonton means cooler temperatures, that’s for sure. But it doesn’t mean there’s any less to do in the frozen core. Concert venues are ramping up for Christmas and New Year’s festivities. And once that’s over January brings a raft of new opportunities for fun. Drink wine, paint a picture, enjoy one of many performances of Winterruption.

/// Nov. 27 – Dec. 8
The Citadel Theatre and the Downtown Business Association present the second annual Dickens Fest! Featuring the Pavilion of Lights, a holiday market, as well as holiday teas and dinners. And of course the Citadel has a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol, until Dec. 23.

/// Nov 30 – Dec 23
Don’t miss this new adaptation of a holiday favourite. Citadel Theatre 9828 101 A Ave

/// Every Saturday night
$40 gets you two hours of painting instruction. Please note prices do not include food, drink or gratuity. 10125 109 Street, Edmonton

/// Dec 1 – 14
Milk Crate and the Christmas Bureau are working together on this special fundraiser, with 100% from each Candy Cane Shortbread Cookie sold to the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton. Order them by the dozen as a client gift, hostess gift, stocking stuffers, or just because… Main Floor Epcor Tower 10423 101 St

/// Dec 4 and 11
McDougall Church’s free “Come Home to Christmas” concerts Dec. 4 and 11. The iconic downtown church provides musical artists–including Ron Long, Kimberly McMann, and A/B Trio–hot apple cider, cookies, and coffee from Starbucks. Bring your lunch. Donations support E4C’s School Lunch Program. Doors open at 11:45, music starts at–you guessed it–noon.

/// Dec 5 – 23
Visit the Alberta Legislature Dec. 5 at 4:45 p.m. for the annual light up of the spectacular display at the building and on the grounds. From then on, there are musical performances in the Legislature rotunda’s grand staircase. There are free hourly building tours weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and weekends from noon to 5. Once it’s cold enough, there is public skating on the south grounds.

/// Dec 6
Chocolate and Coffee pairing – learn how chocolate is paired with single origin coffees and hand-blended teas. Tix $46, Credo’s 124 Street doors open for the event at 7:15 p.m. 10350 124 St NW

/// Dec 6 – 8
The holiday season isn’t complete without the full rendition of Handel’s Messiah at the Winspear. Sir Winston Churchill Square, Corner of 99 St & 102 Ave

/// Dec 7
Snap Gallery’s biggest yearly fundraiser. It’s SNAP’s last bash on Jasper Ave. before they move to Queen Mary Park. Go for the art. Stay for the party.

/// Dec 9
Enjoy yoga in a calm gallery space amongst the art. Classes are suitable for all ages and stages. Discounts available for members. Tickets at

/// Dec 12
ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Get a head start on some of your Christmas baking. This class features goodies that can be frozen or safely stored, like Earl Grey Thumbprint Cookies, Candy Cane Nanaimo Bars and Grandma’s Poppycock. 10035-105 Street, Main Level

/// Dec 13
This annual Francis Winspear Centre for Music/Christmas Bureau/The Breeze fundraiser brings singing to the masses with a lunch-hour carolling with admission is by cash donation. Sir Winston Churchill Square NW–Corner of 99 St & 102 Ave

/// Dec 13 – 15
ESO brings The Music of Star Wars, conducted by Bob Bernhardt, to the Winspear in mid December. Need a break from Christmas Music? This is your jam.

/// Dec 27
Live Jazz by Keat Aaron and the Swells and a roving burlesque performances by Whisper Sisters Burlesque at The Crash Hotel Lobby. You can also purchase a 3-course dinner by chef Nathin Bye. Crash Hotel Lobby – 10266 103 Street, Edmonton, Alberta

/// Dec 31
A free evening of music and entertainment in support of the Edmonton Food Bank. McDougall Church offers its facility at no cost and its volunteers ensure the evening runs smoothly. Pro tip: Head out the front doors to catch a glimpse of the fireworks at the Alberta Legislature at 9 p.m. (Yes, nine, don’t ask us why.) Featured are, Bill Bourne, Back Porch Swing, Braden Gates, and Celtara. 10025 101 St.

/// Dec 31
Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. Dinner, dance and hotel packages starting at $99. 10065 100 Street NW

/// Saturdays
The market has moved into its new space in the historic GWG building at 97 Street and 103 Avenue. Currently the market runs Saturdays, but Sun- days are planned. Check the website. 10305 – 97 Street

By Student Tours Canada. You don’t need to be a student. The evening starts at The Pint, 10125 109 St, and buses will squire you around the city. Purchase tickets here.

/// Jan 14 – Feb 18
Free classes at Mountain Equipment Coop., All levels: from beginner to experienced yogi. Tuesdays – 7-8:00 p.m. 11904 104 Ave.

/// Jan 23 – 26
Multiple Venues in and around the Core. Sites include Starlight, Temple, Downtown Comm. League, Cask and Barrel, Rocky Mountain Icehouse, and Abbey Glen Park at Jasper and 102 Ave. The lineup includes Wu-Tang Clan member GZA, Ezra Furman, No Age, Coleman Hell, Nuela Charles, Partner, Bully and Begonia and more.

/// Jan 29 – Feb 8
Grant MacEwan University presents Arthur Miller’s masterpiece, set during the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials and written against the backdrop of the 1950’s McCarthy-era communist scare. Theatre Lab, Allard Hall, 11110- 104 Ave

/// Feb 14
The main event in a series of Foundry Room sessions focusing on various chocolates and chocolate desserts guided by a local dessert chef. The Valentine’s Day events highlight is a Dessert Buffet featuring Silk and Slate Catering and Viva Dance Company’s “Sweet Nothings.”

/// Feb 14 – 15
Your ticket includes an all-inclusive sampling of hors d’oeuvres and wines from all over the world. Edmonton Convention Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave.

/// Feb 22, 5 p.m.
Robertson Wesley United Church hosts a night of church fun, including Bible Trivia, Name That Hymn, and Hidden Secrets of the Church. An all-ages event featuring complimentary root beer floats. 10209 123 St.

Around the Core: Fall 2019

The Edmonton International Film Festival is a small yet burnished gem, highlighting excellent movies and allowing cinephiles to meet and talk to filmmakers and actors. Also at this time each year we enjoy the harvest of the bread-basket that surrounds us–a farmers-market bounty reminding us agriculture is critical to Alberta’s past and future. And there’s food for the mind, with Litfest–which this year includes a talk by legendary writer Malcolm Gladwell.

/// Oct 17-20
Seasonally inspired dishes with specially priced menus at dozens of downtown restaurants.

/// Sept 25
No more knots that come undone, or worse, that you can’t undo! Learn how to tie six of the best basic knots at this free clinic from MEC staffers in the Brewery District at 7 p.m. Register at their website.
11904 – 104 Street

/// Sept 20
Check out the over 20 parking stalls temporarily transformed into parklets, artistic displays, design installations and 104 AVE other enhancements driven by community members empowered to reminage the public realm and enhance the street space for pedestrians.
107 Street, north of Jasper Avenue (both sides)

/// Thursdays and Sundays
Food trucks, local goods, live music, kids programming and more at this 124 Street staple. Thursday markets run 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., from May 9 to October 10, and Sunday markets are 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. from June 2 to Sept 29.
108 Avenue and 124 Street (Thursdays) and 102 Avenue and 124 Street (Sundays)

/// Sept 7
High Level Line Day. Programming is scheduled along all parts of Edmonton’s historic tramline including on the downtown side. There will be musicians, buskers, theatre groups, improv shows and other live performances. Also, lemonade stands, bike repair stations, history and urban design tours. The lantern parade at dusk will light up the line.
Various locations throughout Edmonton

/// Nov 14
Enjoy hot refreshments while you watch the holiday light-up of a giant spruce tree and the space surrounding it in Churchill Square.
Churchill Square, 9930 102 Avenue

/// Nov 29 – Dec 8
Christmas in 19th century England comes to Edmonton, with European-style street market vendors, themed Christmas teas and dinners, and a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Citadel.
9828 101 A Avenue

/// Sept 28 – 29
ETSY Made in Canada – Edmonton Market. Back for their sixth year, On The Spot Pop-ups and ETSY are bringing over 225 designers, crafters and makers, artists, vintage sellers and even hand crafted liquor to the downtown convention center.
9797 Jasper Ave, Edmonton AB

The downtown market runs Saturdays, 104 Street north of Jasper Avenue and Sundays, 97 Street and 103 Avenue. Oct 5th is the tentative last date for the outdoor market on 104 Street. Oct 12 and 13 (Thanksgiving weekend) the market will be operating indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) at the new location.
10305 – 97 Street, Edmonton. The following weekend Oct 19/20 indoor only at the new location

/// Sept 21 – 22
The first of its kind when it launched in 1986. The two-day event sees seven galleries in a two-block radius open their doors Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
The West End Gallery at 10337 124 St is a good place to start.

/// Sept 26 – Oct 5
The Oscar-qualifying 33rd annual #EIFF19 brings more than 150 diverse shorts and feature-length films from 50+ countries to the heart of Edmonton. There are workshops, panels and gala events held in and around Landmark Cinemas City Centre theatres.
3rd Floor, 10200 – 102 Avenue

/// Oct 2nd
LitFest and the Edmonton Community Foundation are co-presenting an evening with author Malcolm Gladwell as a preview for LitFest, Oct 17 – 27. Winspear Centre

Around the Core: Summer 2019

What to do in the core this summer is a social-calendar dream. Beyond the friend hangs and the patio sessions (go easy, young buck), make sure to plunk some of these events into the mix.What to do in the core this summer is a social-calendar dream. Beyond the friend hangs and the patio sessions (go easy, young buck), make sure to plunk some of these events into the mix.


124 GRAND MARKET /// Thursdays and Sundays
Food trucks, local goods, live music, kids programming and more at this 124 Street staple. Thursday markets run 4:00pm- 8:00pm, from May 9 to October 10, and Sunday markets are 11:00am-3:00pm from June 2 to September 29.
108 Avenue and 124 Street (Thursdays) and 102 Avenue and 124 Street (Sundays)

Start your day off right at DECL’s Annual Pancake Breakfast, then head over to Mercer Super Party (1-10pm) on 104 Street and Fruit Loop Pride Wrap-Up Street Party on 103 Street (3-10pm)

Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day with a Pow-Wow, interactive activities, live performances and an artisan marketplace.
Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 118 Avenue

– The Works June 20 to July 2
– Taste of Edmonton July 18 to July 28
– Premier’s Breakfast
– Canada Day Breakfast


Sign up as a team of two or four and race around central Edmonton to compete in various mental and physical challenges.
Various locations throughout the core.

Join us for a discussion on accessibility in the core
The Hendrix Roof Top Patio Doors at 6:30pm, Speaker at 7:30pm
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Explore Edmonton’s past through the lens of this year’s leisure theme by partaking in tours and gatherings at communities, museums, and historical sites around the city.
Various locations throughout Edmonton.

SNAP GALLERY ARTISTS TALKS /// July 15 and August 23, 6:00pm
Hear Kristie MacDonald (July 15) and Amery Sandford (August 23) discuss the themes and journeys behind their most recent projects.

CARIWEST FESTIVAL /// August 9 to 11
The spirit of the Caribbean comes to Edmonton in Cariwest’s 35th anniversary celebration. Immerse yourself in Caribbean food, crafts, entertainment and, of course, a rum garden.
Federal Building Plaza, 9820 107 Street

Run one of Western Canada’s flattest marathon courses, sign up for a shorter distance, or grab a spot at one of the many spectator hot spots and cheer.
Edmonton Convention Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue (check website for route information).

Around the Core: Fall 2018


SYMPHONY UNDER THE SKY /// August 30 – September 2

From classics by Beethoven and Dvořák to the modern hits of Hollywood, hear beautiful music in the great outdoors. At each pleasant, relaxing evening in the park, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will skillfully perform each musical treasure as the sky slowly turns to twilight as the backdrop. Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Road,

NUIT BLANCHE /// September 29, 7pm – 7am

Explore the downtown core in an animated and re-imagined way with interactive art installations at this all-night contemporary art party! Bring a curious mind and a good pair of walking shoes as you wander and join in the revelry from dusk til dawn. Visit the website for a complete list of activities and participating artists. Various venues,


Watch as downtown venues transform into intimate concert halls. The festival plays host to some of the best independent music in a diversity of styles, from electronic and psychedelic rock to folk and reggae. Headliners include throat-singer Tanya Tagaq, musical Afrobeat collective Antibalas, local soul singer Nuela Charles and indie rockers The Velveteins. Various downtown venues, including DECL community space,

FALL GALLERY WALK /// September 22 – 23

Eight galleries open their doors wide for this special afternoon celebration of artistic diversity in the city. Stroll from gallery to gallery to enjoy light refreshments, live music, artist talks and more as you view contemporary, abstract, and traditional styles of painting, crafting and sculpture work. 124 Street between 103 Avenue and 107 Avenue,


GOTTA MINUTE FILM FESTIVAL /// September 24 – 30

While you wait for the LRT in late September, you won’t need a book or your phone to entertain you. One-minute silent films from local filmmakers will light up screens on train platform with clever and strange stories. Visit the Edmonton Public Library’s MakersSpace at Enterprise Square (10212 Jasper Avenue) any time during the festival to view all the films at once. Various transit platforms,


Add some entertainment to your lunch hour by feasting on some short films during this welcoming festival’s Lunchbox Shorts. Or, doll yourself up and attend one of the gala after-parties, where you can mingle with the visiting actors and directors. There’s a film for any taste as EIFF brings in many of the highly anticipated films from independent and international studios. Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre, 3rd Floor, 10200 102 Avenue,


Get up from your reading chair and experience that new and hot nonfiction title you’re dog-earing live, with author talks, walking tours and other activities. Feature authors include Polaris Prize-winning, Inuk artist Tanya Tagaq—who will be performing in partnership with UP+DT Fest—and columnist and best- selling author Elizabeth Renzetti, whose book Shrewed takes a hilarious and heartbreaking look at the political lives of women. Various venues (including downtown),


124 GRAND MARKET / CITY MARKET /// Through October 6

Snack on what’s ripe or grab fresh-baked fall treats—and connect with your neighbours. Stock up just before October 8, when the City Market will return to its indoor location at City Hall. The 124 Street market closes October 4. Thursdays 4 – 8 pm, 108 Avenue between 123 and 124 Street, & Saturdays from 9 am – 3 pm, 104 Street between Jasper Avenue and 103 Avenue,


Sip and savour dozens of distinguished wines, premium spirits and craft beers at this gourmet event. You’ll also be able to taste treats from some of Edmonton’s best restaurants that will pair perfectly with whatever you’re drinking. View the full menu on the website. Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue,


GREY CUP FESTIVAL /// November 21 – 25

Start getting amped up for the Grey Cup game with celebratory events throughout the week downtown. Festivities begin with a kick-off party along Jasper Avenue on the Wednesday, a FREE all-day street festival throughout the week and a lively parade at noon before the main event. Visit the website for more details and a map of the festival grounds. Various venues,

ALL IS BRIGHT /// November 10, 4 pm – 8 pm

Join businesses on 124 Street to kick off the winter season at this light festival, a perennial crowd favourite. Keep warm with hot beverages, sizzling entertainment and cozy fires. 124 Street and 108 Avenue, Helen Nolan Park,