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6 Downtown Events to Start Your Summer Off Right

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NEXTFEST
June 4-14: There are at least 600 reasons to celebrate the emerging artist festival’s 20th birthday. That’s how many artists it takes to build this program of original theatre, dance, music, visual art and film. (124 St. and Downtown)

HEROES VS. VILLAINS MARKET
June 5: Creative Edmonton presents a full night of makers, music and food in an indoor market-styled setting, plus costumed heroes and villains compete against one another in a number of themed Fear Factor-inspired challenges. (MacEwan, Bldg. 6, 10700 104 Ave.)

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PECHA KUCHA NIGHT
June 11: Twenty-two events later, it’s still the best place to exchange ideas. The 20-seconds per slide presentation format promises a concise, fast-paced and fun way to challenge conventional thinking. Find it in beautiful Louise McKinney Park—rain or shine. (9999 Grierson Hill Rd.) 

THE YARDS SUMMER LAUNCH & SALON
June 12: Even though you’re already reading it, we want to celebrate summer issue launch with you at on one of the best patios in the city. We’ll be joining forces with professor Heather Zwicker and human rights advocate Murray Billett, speaking on a panel and live podcast recording about Edmonton’s LGBT history and 35 years of Pride. (Latitude 53, 10242 106 St.)

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
June 24: The 140th anniversary of All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral features many well-known local musicians, including the cathedral’s own music director and core contributor to choral music throughout Alberta, Jeremy Spurgeon. (10035 103 St.)

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The Works 2011. Courtesy: david_mah/Flickr

THE WORKS GOLDEN SUMMER GALA
June 26: The signature summer arts festival of the year starts off with an extravagant gala to celebrate the launch of the 30th annual The Works Art & Design Festival. The Wet Secrets and Capital City Burlesque perform while chefs showcase their own creativity via the Food is Art Dinner Experience. (The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald 10065 100 St.)