Four Fresh-Air Affairs in Downtown Edmonton

JUN 17
Mercer Summer Super Party
One of Edmonton’s coolest cultural hubs, the Mercer Warehouse, opens its doors to a closed 104 St. for one supersized block party. Explore all it has to offer inside—Mexican food, artisans and fashion designers—while outside music, art, food and dance awaits. (5pm-10pm, Mercer Warehouse, 10359 104 St., tinyurl.com/MercerSuperParty)

JUL 8
Meals on Wheels at Edmonton Prospects vs. Medicine Hat Mavericks
Step up to the plate and buy a 50/50 ticket in support of Meals on Wheels. Watch Edmonton’s minor league baseball team the Prospects take on the Medicine Hat Mavericks and help this meal subsidy program continue to hit home runs to those who are in need. (7pm, Telus Field, 10233 96 Ave., mealsonwheelsedmonton.org)

 

JUL 21–30
Taste of Edmonton
Look who’s turning the big 3-0! Celebrate the legendary festival’s milestones with great eats from your favourite—and maybe undiscovered—bistros, bakeries and bars, plus live music and refreshing beer and wine gardens. (Churchill Square, tasteofedm.ca)

 

 

 

AUG 2, 9, 16 & 23
Movies on the Square
Set up camp in Churchill Square with lawn chairs, snacks and (just in case) blankets to enjoy outdoor screenings of family movies on a three-storey high inflatable screen. Come early for pre-movie entertainment like group games and short films. (7pm, Churchill Sq., Edmonton.ca/attractions)

Four Summer Socials for Edmonton Seniors

JUN 16, 23, 30, JUL 7 & 14
GeriActors Summer School
The seniors’ theatre group’s first-ever summer session offers an introduction to storytelling, acting and improvisation. Don’t worry about learning lines; just have fun in this stress-free environment and enjoy the laughs. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Tickets $20. (1pm–3pm, SAGE, 15 Churchill Sq., geriactors.ualberta.ca)

 

 

JUN 18
Golden Girls Tribute Show
Take another adventure with Dorothy, Sophia, Blanche and Rose in this tribute to a TV classic. Get your ticket and enjoy the show along with hot drinks, snacks and a silent art auction. Tickets available at the Edmonton Seniors Centre. (6:30pm, Edmonton Seniors Centre, 11111 Jasper Ave., edmontonseniorscentre.ca)

 

JUN 30
“Canada Day” Bus Trip to Wabamun Lake
Take a bus out to Wabamun for a day of lakeside fun, delicious food and a memorable Canada Day celebration! Meet at Edmonton Seniors Centre, join friends on the bus and play bingo until you arrive at the water. (10am–3pm, Meet at Edmonton Seniors Centre, edmontonseniorcentre.ca)

JUL 13
Pioneer Pancake Breakfast
Don’t be afraid to pile up the pancakes at Edmonton Senior Centre’s famous $5 breakfast. Mingle with your fellow Oliver residents over some syrupy goodness and live entertainers, and start the day off right. (9–11am, Edmonton Seniors Centre, 11111 Jasper Ave., edmontonseniorcentre.ca)

Three Must-See Summer Shows in and Around Downtown

JUN 15–25
Improvaganza Festival
Rapid Fire Theatre’s 16th annual comedy festival features some of the world’s best improvisers. After 10 days of stand-up, Theatresports and social events your abs will be sore from laughter. (Citadel Theatre, 9828 101a Ave., rapidfiretheatre.com)

JUN 15, JUL 20, AUG 17
Story Slam
Tell your best tale and see how it stacks up against your fellow storytellers at this competitive story-telling event. Sign up at 7pm and get a chance to take home some cash—but remember to keep your story contained to five minutes. (7:30pm, Mercury Room, 10575 114 St., edmontonstoryslam.com)

JUN 22
Tiger Army
The Berkeley, Cali., “psychobilly” legends bring their 20th anniversary tour to Edmonton—itself once a punk rock hotbed—with openers The Bellfuries and Pine Hill Haints. (Starlite Room, 10030 102 St., starliteroom.ca)

Four Creative Exhibits to Explore in the Core

UNTIL JUN 11
Sean Caulfield
The local printmaker and mixed media artist uses traditional woodcut and linocut techniques to ponder how machines have changed our environment and bodies. By blurring the biological and technological into his work, Caulfield challenges the viewer to consider what happens when they merge. (DC3 Art Projects, 10567 111 St., dc3artprojects.com)

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UNTIL JUL. 2
#ABCRAFT
This exhibit shows viewers how digital technology is transforming Alberta’s fine craft artists, featuring 14 artists using digital technology in various forms—research, prototyping, production, etc.—to enhance their craft. (Alberta Craft Council, 10186 106 St., albertacraft.ab.ca)

 

AUG. 25–OCT. 8
Juan Ortiz-Apuy’s the Garden of Earthy Delights
The Montreal artist’s installations use juxtaposition, assemblage and collage to connect and combine specific moments in time. He describes his work as an encyclopaedia that draws on literature, theory, pop culture, design, history and more. (SNAP Gallery, 10123 121 St., snapartists.com)

JUN. 3–AUG. 28
Echo to Artifact
Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla’s film, sculpture, sound pieces and performances use artifacts and antiques, plus pieces based on Western Canada’s prehistoric history, to create beautiful reminders of the past in harmony with the present. (AGA, 2 Churchill Sq., youraga.ca/exhibitions)

4 Reasons to Bring Your Kids to the Core

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SATURDAYS
Saturday Open Studio
The Art Gallery of Alberta’s weekly drop-in sessions invite children to paint, sculpt, draw and design. Children 6–12 are welcome. Admission is $15 and includes all material costs. (1 pm, AGA, youraga.ca)

WEDNESDAYS
Baby Playgroup
Free up your arms while you relax with friends and neighbours. (11am, Christ Church, 12116 102 Ave., christchurchedmonton.org)

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MAR 26
Easter Egg Hunt
Get cracking with this fun, free, non-denominational egg hunt. Warm-up begins at 10 am with children’s activities, followed by a quick snack, before under-12 kids can ambush the area for painted eggs and cool prizes. (Christ Church, 12116 102 Ave., christchurchedmonton.org)

MAR 29–APR 1
Spring Break Starts Here
Until they’re old enough to pay their way to Cancun, take your kids to the Stanley Milner Library for a spring break staycation. Families learn and perform songs together, make crafts, draw and hear stories inside the children’s library. (Stanley Milner Library, epl.ca)

 

5 Places to Channel Your Creativity

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THURSDAYS
Studio Y Drop-in Workshops
These weekly after-school drop-ins give teenagers the chance to hang out and make art without adults breathing over their shoulders. Every week there’s a different theme. Admission is $5. (4pm, Art Gallery of Alberta, youraga.ca)

MAR 18–JUL 31
John Thomson Photo Exhibit
History buffs will appreciate John Thomson’s photographs displayed at the University of Alberta’s Museum Gallery downtown. In the first-ever exhibit dedicated to the late Scottish pioneer and geographer’s works, the images depict the monuments and unfamiliar landscapes of 19th century China. Admission by donation. (Enterprise Square, 10230 Jasper Ave., museums.ualberta.ca)

APR 13, APR 21
Public Talks with Connor Buchanan
Local artists are invited to the Creative Practices Institute’s two-day presentation, where art curator Connor Buchanan shares knowledge on curation, arts administration and how artists can make the best of their talents in Edmonton’s creative sector. (6pm, Creative Practices Institute, 10149 122 St., creativepracticesinstitute.com)

MAR 29–APR 1
MaKey MaKey Fun
Release your inner inventor with a gizmo called a MaKey MaKey. This electronic “invention kit” lets you hack computers with everyday objects. Turn a banana into a piano and playdough into game controllers—or whatever else you might dream up. The workshop is free. (2pm, Stanley Milner Library, epl.ca)

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APR 7
Margaret Atwood

Who better for the Canadian Literature Centre to invite for its 10th annual Kreisel Lecture than the country’s best-known author? Tickets for Atwood’s lecture on the 1960s CanLit golden era start at $20. (7:30pm, Winspear Centre, abclc.ca)

3 Spring Shows You Don’t Want to Miss

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MAR 17–19
Bust ’Em Up Burlesque
Edmonton’s own Send in the Girls Burlesque company presents this little known story of the Forty Elephants, a jazz-dazed girl gang in 1920s London. It’s true crime meets striptease. Tickets start at $22. (The Club at Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., citadeltheatre.com)

SUNDAYS
Free Weekly Ballroom Dance Lessons
Join “Mr. Dam” in the Boyle Street Community Centre’s Willow Room for an afternoon of ballroom dancing. It’s free, so what’ve you got to lose? (1pm, Boyle Street Community Centre, 9538 103A Ave., boylestreet.org)

MAR 29
Wintersleep
Shake off the snow with this Juno-winning indie rock group. They’re sure to zap your winter blues into oblivion, so come for the thaw. Tickets are $20. (8pm, Starlite Room, 10030 102 St., starliteroom.ca)

5 Fresh Ways to Have Fun in the Breeze

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MAR 12
Parka Patio
Latitude 53’s fifth annual winter soiree features installation art, local DJs and a silent auction. With a winning bid, you can take home a piece of contemporary art for your own walls. Where does the “parka” come in handy? On the heated patio, of course. This year the gallery has added youth-friendly programming before the party starts. Tickets are $15. (5–7pm for minors, 8pm for 18+, Latitude 53, 10242 106 St., latitude53.org)

MAR 26
Downtown Defrost
Embrace the cold—and the dance floor—when things start heating up during this outdoor electronic music concert headlined by DJ Soup from British Columbia. The free event is presented by Night Vision, Wheelhouse Productions and Winter City Edmonton. (Churchill Square, downtowndefrost.com)

APR 1–3
Farewell to Winter Patio Party
Cozy up with your friends outside at participating restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and bars all across Edmonton. Call it an early start to the summer patio season or one last hurrah for winter. Venues will celebrate with toasty drink specials served under an open sky and fleece blankets in case they’re not toasty enough. (Locations listed at exploreedmonton.com)

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SATURDAYS STARTING MAY 21
City Market Downtown
Find out why one National Geographic writer called this outdoor farmers market the best in the world when it returns to the 4th Street Promenade. (104 St. and Jasper Ave., city-market.ca)

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MAY 21
Hip Hop in the Park
Break down and find your inner emcee at this ninth annual free outdoor festival for all things hip hop—from graffiti writing to DJing, rapping to beatboxing. The party don’t stop till the sun drops. (12pm, Boyle Street Community Centre, 9538 103A Ave., boylestreet.org)

Four Spring Events From the Downtown Community League

DECLlogoUrban Kids Board Game Night
MAR 18, APR 15, MAY 20:
Our monthly children’s board game night is where kids can play, explore and make friends in their neighbourhood. (6–9pm, DECL Community Space, 10042 103 St.)

Urban Kids Playgroup
MAR 7, MAR 28, APR 4, APR 18, MAY 2, MAY 16, MAY 30:
It’s where downtown children (0–5) play together and their caregivers meet. (10:30am, DECL Community Space, 10042 103 St.)

Spring Clean-Up
MAY 1:
Our annual tidying, part of the Capital City Clean-Up and River Valley Clean-Up programs, is a great way to help beautify the neighbourhood and enjoy the outdoors! Bring your “get dirty” clothes and gloves; we’ll provide cleaning supplies. (10am, Meet at DECL Space, 10042 103 St.)

Annual General Meeting
MAY 10:
We’ll discuss downtown issues and the business of the league, and hear updates from some of our committees and partners, with special presentations. DECL memberships will be available at the door for $5.  (6:45pm registration/7pm start, DECL Community Space, 10042 103 St.)

3 Ho-Ho-Hoedowns You Shouldn’t Miss

UNTIL DEC. 19
SNAP Members Show & Sale
Impress your “impossible-to-buy-for” loved ones with the gift of art after a visit to SNAP’s annual sale of prints by local fine artists. (10123 121 St., SNAP Gallery, snapartists.com)

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DEC 7–11
Holiday Magic
Enjoy the sweet holiday spirit sounds at City Hall when sleighbell-slinging student choirs from around Edmonton gather for five straight days. It’s free, but you’re encouraged to bring Edmonton Food Bank donations. (10am–2pm, Churchill Square, edmonton.ca/attractions)

DEC. 17
The Culture Collective Arts Market
Celebrate the season with eclectic holiday makers and local retailers all in one place, plus live musical performances and entertainers. Tickets are $11 through Eventbrite or at the door. (7–11pm, Yellowhead Brewery, 10229 105 St., culturecollective.ca)