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 (www.aprilprescott.com/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.

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.

FOR THE FOODIES

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 eventbrite.ca.

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

CULTURE & CREATIVITY

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

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS

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.

SHOPPING LOCAL

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

KEEPING FIT

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.

FOR KIDS

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.

DICKENSFEST
/// 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.

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

PAINT NITE AT THE PINT WITH ARTIST AMBER VERSTEEG
/// 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

SHORTBREAD COOKIE FUNDRAISER
/// 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

CHRISTMAS MUSIC AT NOON
/// 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.

CELEBRATE THE SEASON
/// 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.

CREDO COFFEE AND JACEK CHOCOLATE
/// 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

HANDEL’S MESSIAH
/// 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

PRINT AFFAIR: DÉJÀ VU
/// 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.

YOGA IN THE GALLERY
/// 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 youraga.ca

HANDS-ON MAKE AHEAD HOLIDAY TREATS
/// 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

CAROL SING-ALONG
/// 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

THE MUSIC OF STAR WARS
/// 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.

LIVE JAZZ AND BURLESQUE AT THE CANARY ROOM
/// 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

MCDOUGALL CHURCH NEW YEAR’S EVE CONCERT
/// 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.

NEW YEAR’S EVE BLACK TIE AFFAIR
/// Dec 31
Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. Dinner, dance and hotel packages starting at $99. 10065 100 Street NW

EDMONTON DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET
/// 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

NEW YEAR’S EVE CLUB CRAWL 2020
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.

YOGA
/// 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.

WINTERRUPTION YEG
/// 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. winterruptionyeg.com

THE CRUCIBLE
/// 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

THE CHOCOLATE EXPERIENCE
/// 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.”

WINEFEST
/// 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.

TRIVIA AND GAMES NIGHT
/// 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.

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

KNOT-TYING CLINIC
/// 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
events.mec.ca

PARK(ING) DAY
/// 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)

124 GRAND MARKET
/// Thursdays and Sundays
Food trucks, local goods, live music, kids programming and more at this 124 Street staple. Thursday markets run 4:00 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)
124grandmarket.com

HIGH LEVEL LINE DAY
/// 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

HOLIDAY LIGHT-UP
/// 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
EdmontonDowntown.com

DICKENSFEST
/// 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
citadeltheatre.com

ETSY MADE IN CANADA – EDMONTON MARKET
/// 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

EDMONTON DOWNTOWN FARMER’S MARKET
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

FALL GALLERY WALK
/// 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.
facebook.com/edmontongallerywalk

EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
/// 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
edmontonfilmfest.com/

AN EVENING WITH MALCOLM GLADWELL
/// 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
litfestalberta.org

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.

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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)
124grandmarket.com

SUPER SATURDAY /// June 15
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)

EDMONTON’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FESTIVAL /// June 22, 11:00am – 9:00pm
Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day with a Pow-Wow, interactive activities, live performances and an artisan marketplace.
Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 118 Avenue
eipfestival.ca

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

Downtown

BEYEG CHALLENGE /// June 15
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.
beyegchallenge.ca/

YARDS SUMMER LAUNCH EVENT /// June 20
Join us for a discussion on accessibility in the core
The Hendrix Roof Top Patio Doors at 6:30pm, Speaker at 7:30pm
Read more

HISTORIC FESTIVAL AND DOORS OPEN EDMONTON /// July 1 to 7
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.
historicedmonton.ca/events/historic-festival/

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.
snapartists.com/event-type/artists-talks/

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
cariwest.ca/

SERVUS EDMONTON MARATHON /// August 17 and 18
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).
edmontonmarathon.ca/

Around the Core: Fall 2018

EARWORMS & EYE CANDY

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, winspearcentre.com

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, nuitblancheedmonton.ca

UP & DOWNTOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL /// October 5 – 7

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, updt.ca

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, 124street.ca

FOR STORY LOVERS

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, gottaminutefilmfestival.com

EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL /// September 27 – October 6

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, edmontonfilmfest.com

LITFEST: EDMONTON’S NONFICTION FESTIVAL /// October 11 – 21

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), litfestalberta.org

LET’S EAT

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, 124grandmarket.com & Saturdays from 9 am – 3 pm, 104 Street between Jasper Avenue and 103 Avenue, city-market.ca

ROCKY MOUNTAIN WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL /// October 19 – 20

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, Rockymountainwine.com

BIG TO-DOS

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, greycupfestival.ca

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, 124street.ca

Around the Core: Spring 2018

Edmonton the Big City

Crashed Ice | MARCH 9

This is the series finale for a Red Bull-sponsored extreme sport that feels right at home in Edmonton: ice cross downhill. For this time around, following the first event in 2015, the course location has yet (as of press time) be confirmed but those in the know predict a spot near downtown in Rossdale with a hang-out zone at the Shaw. The last time Crashed Ice came, more than 70,000 people came downtown for it. Expect crowds.

We Like to Party

La Traviata | MARCH 1,2,3 & 8,9,10

Go back to the pleasure-crazed 1920s through a Verdi classic opera staged in the most unlikely, and yet, most perfectly suited of downtown venues — Chez Pierre Cabaret. Don your jazz age clothing and prepare to escape into a Paris of another era. Doors, 6pm; show 7pm sharp. Chez Pierre Cabaret, 10040 105 Street.

3rd Annual GLOW Festival | MARCH 22-24

Everyone loves a parade. This one is right on the edge of the core, in The Quarters, and it’s a night parade of animated lanterns that have been made by community members. This is a great way to celebrate the equinox and the coming of summer’s long, late nights of twilight. 6pm – 8pm (March 22 & 23); 7:30pm – 11:30pm (24), Boyle Street Plaza, 9538 103A Avenue.

Edmonton Beer Fest | APRIL 13-14

If you love beer, and learning about beer, and sampling beer, and talking beer snobbery,
and generally anything else about beer, this is probably your version of heaven. Five-hundred beers to try, entertainment — and one imagines very long lines to the washrooms at peak periods. Go thirsty! 4pm – 10pm each day, Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue.

Let’s Build Community

Drop-In Basketball | BEGINS MARCH 9

Enjoy a pickup game or just shoot some hoops at this regular drop-in basketball event open to the whole Oliver community. 7–9pm, Grace Lutheran Church, 9907 114 Street.

We Believe: Let’s Move Forward Together | MAY 16

The fifth annual fundraising and awareness gala for the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton will feature Tarana Burke, a co-creator of the international #MeToo movement. 5pm – 9pm, Shaw Conference Centre,
9797 Jasper Avenue.

City Market Downtown | MAY 19

It comes outside again on May 19. 9am – 3pm, 104 Street/102 Avenue.

Around the Core: Winter 2017

Get Holly, Get Jolly

DECEMBER 1 Art-O-Rama

It’s a Bohemian art-o-rama sale to stock up on Christmas gifts, and it’s the first time the gallery is hosting it. So come out and enjoy the wine, and cheese, music, fun people and deals. Harcourt House, 10441 123 Street. 12 noon – 11pm. Free.

DECEMBER 2 Ginger SNAP

Celebrate art while eating ginger snap cookies. This year’s theme is retro, with shiny copper and black décor and lounge-y music. Local super-star Elm Catering supplies the eats. SNAP, 10123 Jasper Avenue. Doors 8pm. Contact SNAP for prices.

Build Your City

DECEMBER 6 10 Years of Local Good Fundraiser

Back in 2007, a group called E-SAGE (Edmonton Socially-Conscious Alternative Green Entrepreneurs) got together to support local sustainability. They (thankfully) re-named to the Local Good and now host fun, thoughtful events throughout the year — like this fund- raiser. Yellowhead Brewery, 10229 105 Street. 5pm – 7pm. Free, but please RSVP in advance.

JANUARY 12 Design Studies Alumni Show

Celebrate the design achievements and brilliance of some of MacEwan’s graduates. A great way to learn and engage with better design in the city. Allard Hall, 1110 104 Avenue. 7pm. Free.

JANUARY 20 March on Edmonton

More than 4,000 gathered at last year’s rally in the wake of that orange guy being elected president in the U.S. This year, Edmonton again joins in solidarity with cities around the world. Alberta Legislature. 1pm. Free.

FEBRUARY 28 Art, Culture and Community Engagement

What’s the future of arts engagement in our community? Using Oliver’s newly-opened arts-first facility, a moderator will lead a discussion that will end in a call to artists to serve the community. Allard Hall, 1110 104 Avenue. 7pm. Free.

For The Drama Seeker

DECEMBER 17 Canada’s Women’s Olympic team vs. Team USA

It’s the final game in a six-game series against our favourite (or least favourite?) rivals. The series a key step in Canada’s team’s preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeonchang, South Korea. Rogers Place, 10214 104 Avenue. 5pm. Ticketmaster.

FEBRUARY 1 Theatre Lab Grand Opening

Oliver’s arts landscape takes a dramatic step forward with the opening of Theatre Lab. The first production: Love and Information. Allard Hall, 1110 104 Avenue. 7pm. Free.

Around the Core: Summer 2017

JUNE 10, 17 & JULY 1
Pride Events
Support Edmonton’s annual Pride parade
over in Old Strathcona, then bring the cele-
bration downtown with Fruit Loop events at
The Needle on June 17 and July 1. Parade is
11am-2pm, Whyte Ave.; Fruit Loop events
are at The Needle, at 10524 Jasper Ave.
facebook.com/fruitloopyeg

JUNE 14-21
Improvaganza
Edmonton’s international improv sketch
and comedy festival will be sure to leave
you in stitches. Artists invade various locales,
fully prepared to entertain. Numerous
locations, times. rapidfiretheatre.com/festival/
improvaganza

JUNE 21
Make Music Edmonton
Following a French tradition called “Fête de
la Musique” where musicians offer free
music on the streets every summer solstice,
this event showcases all styles and genres of
live music. Various venues, 5-9pm, along
124 St from Jasper to 108 Ave.
makemusic-edmonton.ca

JUNE 22-JULY 4
Works Art and Design Festival
The Works is North America’s largest, free
outdoor art and design festival. Through a
multitude of exhibits, live performances, and
more than 200 special events, the festival
encourages everyone to discover and develop
an appreciation for art and design. Churchill
Square, various times. theworks.ab.ca 

JUNE 23-JULY 3
Jazz Festival
The Edmonton International Jazz Festival
connects audiences with provincial, national
and international jazz artists. Various venues
and times. edmontonjazz.com 

JULY 7-16
Street Performers Festival
Prepare to be entertained by performers.
These hard-working artists earn their pay
from the audience; please be generous.
Daily shows begin at 11:30am and end
with a Troupe du Jour variety show at 10pm.
Churchill Square. edmontonstreetfest.com

JULY 20-29
Taste of Edmonton
An annual favourite, Taste of Edmonton cele-
brates all the culinary delights our community
offers. Whatever you fancy, you’ll be able to 
find it here. 11am-11pm, daily. Churchill
Square. tasteofedm.ca

JULY 20
Premier’s K-Days Breakfast
Everyone is invited to the annual kick-off to
the Edmonton K-Days festival to enjoy free
pancakes, eggs and sausage. 7-9am, south
grounds of the Alberta Legislature. k-days.com

JULY 21-23
Canadian Food Championships
Experience CFC as a competitor, judge,
volunteer or spectator. This is one of the
tastiest and highest stakes competitions
in the country as it is the only Canadian
qualifying competition for the World Food
Championships. Churchill Square.
canadianfoodchampionships.ca

AUGUST 2, 9, 16, 23
Movies on the Square
Enjoy free movies in the outdoors for the first
four Tuesdays in August. Bring your lawn
chair, family and friends and watch a flick on
a three-storey inflatable screen. Pre-movie
entertainment starts at 7pm; movies at dusk.
Churchill Square. edmonton.ca

AUGUST 11-13
Cariwest Caribbean Festival
Experience one of Edmonton’s most colourful
and vibrant festivals. Enjoy Caribbean music and
cuisine over a weekend filled with a costume
extravaganza, parade, Caribbean village and more.
Churchill Square. cariwest.ca

AUGUST 18-20
Dragon Boat Festival
A festival held annually in Edmonton since
1996. Come watch strong teams compete in
the 2017 dragon boat races in Edmonton’s
beautiful river valley. Louise McKinney river-
front. edmontondragonboatfestival.ca

AUGUST 19-20
Servus Edmonton Marathon
This marathon aims to be personal, genuine
and fun – it’s the Edmonton way. Challenge
yourself, connect with friends and make
new ones. Start/Finish line at 9797 Jasper
Ave. edmontonmarathon.ca

The Yards Spring Salon: Presented By Colliers International Inc.

How can we sustain urban agriculture in the core? Can we source and produce our own food while living in Edmonton? Come join the conversation as our panel discusses balcony gardening, urban beekeeping and foraging in Edmonton’s river valley.

Join us for our Spring 2017 Issue Salon on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at CKUA Radio (9804 Jasper Avenue)!

Tickets are $10 in advance, limited amount may be available at the door. Refreshments provided, cash bar by Steamwhistle Brewery. Tickets available here: https://www.picatic.com/springsalon

Dustin Bajer, is an educator, permaculture designer, master gardener, and self-described network nerd. Raised in the country and living in the city, Dustin is passionate about systems that unite the natural and built environments.

Justin Keats can be found leading balcony gardening workshops, organizing Oliver’s community garden and teaching new gardeners the tricks of the trade.

Robert Dale Rogers, a herbalist and author of over 40 books, teaches plant medicine, aromatherapy and flower essences in the Earth Spirit Medicine faculty at the Northern Star College in Edmonton.

Then stick around for music, drinks and food as the conversation continues at this lively salon. Proceeds from ticket sales help to fund this innovative media project.

5pm – Central Edmonton News Society AGM (The Yards)
6pm – Drinks and Eats
7pm – Panel: Urban Agriculture
7:45- Onwards – Stick around for an evening of conversation and cocktails. Music by Andrew Williams of NVS to keep the night going.

Tickets availble here: https://www.picatic.com/springsalon