Three Downtown Events that Embrace the Freeze


Swing ‘n’ Skate Sundays at City Hall
Dance inside with the Sugar Swing Dance Club or skate on the plaza to the tune of local bands—it’s up to you. Come early if you plan to take advantage of free skate rentals. 1–4pm, City Hall,

DEC. 2–4
Winter Patio Kick-off Party
Who’s afraid of a little snow?Certainly not the proprietors of Little Brick, Sherlock Holmes or eight other restaurants and pubs that are extending patio season. Don’t worry, there will be heaters and blankets.

FEB. 20
Family Day at Churchill Square
The holiday has many names across Canada—Louis Riel Day in Manitoba, Islanders Day in Prince Edward Island. But here, in Alberta, it’s all about spending time with those you hold dear. Enjoy performances, games and activities with your loved ones in our civic plaza all morning and afternoon. Churchill Sq.,

Four Winter Performances That Will Steal the Show


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DEC. 2
Miserable Christmas
This third annual event, where Christmas attire is encouraged but Christmas cheer is not, is also a release party for bluegrass favourites the Misery Mountain Boys’ Moon Dog and the Familiar Spirits. 8pm, The Needle Vinyl Tavern, 10524 Jasper Ave

DEC. 12
Aesop Rock
The tongue-twisting alt-rap legend handled both the production and the rhyme-smithing on his 2016 album The Impossible Kid. 8pm, The Starlite Room, 10030 102 St.

JAN. 17–FEB. 5
Fortune Falls
Check out the world premiere of Catalyst Theatre’s newest musical in the company’s penchant macabre style. Fortune Falls is about a town dealing with the closure of their claim-to-fame and source of prosperity: the world’s largest candy factory. Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave.,

FEB. 22
Opera 101: Elektra
Elektra has been performed for more than 100 years, and though the Edmonton Opera performance comes at a price this casual lecture is free. Music historian Stephen Bonfield is your guide to the rich history surrounding Richard Strauss’s one-act opera as he delves into its music and ancient Greek themes. 7pm, CKUA, 9808 Jasper Ave.

Four Central Edmonton Events That Put Community First

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SEPT. 10
Welcome Back BBQ
Join All Saints’ Cathedral and the DECL in welcoming back the community from summer. All are welcome to this free barbecue with activities, entertainment and good company. (12:30–3pm, All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral, 10035 103 St.,

NOV. 26
Rummage Sale
Pop in to Memorial Hall and find everything you never knew you needed at this annual rummage sale. Browse the treasures and the bargains and find jewellery, linens, housewares, appliances, home decor, art, gardening items, electronics, toys, sporting goods, hardware, games, craft supplies … The discoveries are endless! (9am–3pm, Robertson-Wesley United Church, 10209 123 St.,

SEPT. 7, OCT. 5, NOV. 2
Green Drinks
Presented by the Local Good, these are monthly themed events for environmental and social do-gooders to enjoy a relaxed evening of networking and conversation over pints of craft beer brewed in the same room. Come help our community discover more ways to be sustainable and green.
 (7–10pm, Yellowhead Brewery, 10229 105 St.,

SEPT. 29
The Yards Magazine Presents: The Great Arena District Debate
Don’t miss this showdown between a prominent supporter (DECL development chair Ian O’Donnell) and opposer (Professor Jay Scherer) of the billion-dollar Ice District, as they debate on whether or not it will improve downtowners’ quality of life. The debate is moderated by editor Omar Mouallem. (6pm, EPCOR Tower, 16th Fl., 10423 101 St.,

Four Downtown Foodie Events This Fall

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Photo courtesy of jeffreyw/Flickr

SEPT. 24
Italian Dinner
Have a taste of Italy at Robertson-Wesley United Church and savour locally famous spaghetti, a surprise dessert and wine bar. In case you need one more reason to say yes, all proceeds go to supporting its community programs. ($20, 5pm, Robertson-Wesley United Church, 10209 123 St.,

Sides for Thanksgiving:
 Express Demo Class
Want to bring more flavour and colour to your Thanksgiving table this year? Chef Gail Hall leads this quick cooking demo to teach you how to spice up your holiday meal. Learn how to perfect your stuffing or take this as an opportunity to learn how to amp up the competition on Gran’s famous cranberry sauce. Reserve a spot by emailing (6:30–8:30pm, Seasoned Solutions,

NOV. 4
Chili Cook Off
Kick off Rodeo Week with Edmonton’s 26th Annual Chili Cook Off. Taste the varieties and vote for your faves from some of the city’s nest restaurants, as well as some talented hobbyists. (Churchill Sq.,

NOV. 24
Trendy Appetizers: Hands-On Class
Sign up for this hands-on cooking class with Chef Gail Hall and cook the day away with a glass of wine in hand. Learn how to create memorable appies for this holiday season that will have your guests talking. To register, email (11am-4pm, Seasoned Solutions,

Three Spooky Halloween Events in Downtown Edmonton This Fall

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SEPT. 30–NOV 5
Face your fears at Deadmonton Haunted House and scream your way through this year’s all-too-real experience inside the bowels of an old cinema house. See website for details on daily operating hours. ($20-40, Paramount Theatre, 10233 Jasper Ave.,

OCT. 28
Spooky Organ Recital
This mysterious atmosphere will be full of ghouls while you snack on Halloween treats and enjoy Robertson-Wesley United Church’s organist play out some creepy tunes in the spirit of Halloween. Admission is $15 at the door. (11pm, Robertson-Wesley United Church, 10209 123 St.)

OCT. 31
Scare on the Square
Get the kids and yourself into your costumes and join this spook-tacular event. You’ll get lost in the hay-bale maze, enjoy a wagon ride and watch in horror as some of Edmonton’s scariest magicians and illusionists show off their trippy tricks. There’s also jack-o-lantern carving and trick-or-treating at the City Market Downtown. (12–4pm,Churchill Sq.,

Six Awesome Artistic Events in the Core This Fall


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Edmonton Story Slam
Wordsmiths, poets and animated storytellers are invited every third Wednesday of the month to this competitive story-telling night made famous by the Moth Podcast, giving performers all the creative freedom and just five minutes to weave a tale. The winner takes home the cash from the passing of a hat. (7pm registration,7:30pm show time; The Mercury Room, 10575 114 St.,

Cinema at the Centre
Enjoy a screening of independent, foreign and classic movies inside the library’s large theatre. Check out the website for the line-up. (6:30–8:30pm,StanleyMilner Library,


Tokyo Police Club

OCT. 7–9
Up + Downtown Music Festival
This multi-venue music festival celebrates the independent music industry and boasts over 50 talented artists across genres. Get an all-access weekend pass ($110) or tickets for individual shows ($8–$33), including Tokyo Police Club, Basia Bulat, White Lung and comedian Bruce McCulloch. (Various downtown venues,

Crafting Conscience
Canada has long had a tradition of craftspeople making both art and provocative statements at once. Crafting Conscience features recent works of Albertans that examine some of the most complex and compelling social issues in our world today, including Syrian refugees, environmental issues, political freedom, gender roles and more. (Alberta Craft Council, 10186106 St.,

SEPT. 17–DEC. 31
Every Story Has Two Sides
Canadian contemporary artists Damian Moppett and Ron Moppett collaborate to explore the history of art through assemblage and collage. By crossing and interpreting the historical and the modern, they showcase the similarities of various artistic practices over time. (Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Churchill Sq.,


Lindy West

OCT. 13–23
LitFest 2016
For 11 days, cafes, shops, performance venues and concert halls across Edmonton will open their doors to showcase the most talented voices in literary nonfiction from all over the globe. As Canada’s only nonfiction festival, you won’t want to miss out on the action—meet authors, listen to readings, be a part of important conversations about current events and take writing-workshops led by award-winning professionals. This year’s speakers include Shrill author Lindy West and CANADALAND’s Jesse Brown, who’ll be recording a live episode of the popular podcast.  (Various locations,

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.,

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.,


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,




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.,

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.,



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.,


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,

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.,

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.,

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.,

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.,

Four Creative Exhibits to Explore in the Core

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.,

Sarah Norquay

Sarah Norquay


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.,


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.,

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.,