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

 

Around the Core: Spring 2017

MARCH 10-19
Downtown Dining Week
Discover a new restaurant you’ve never
been to during Downtown Dining Week (we
attest there’s lots to choose from) or visit a
perpetual favourite. For ten days, downtown
diners enjoy affordable prix-fixe lunch and
dinner menus at participating restaurants.
The only downside will be your bulging waistline.
edmontondowntown.com

MARCH 18
Downtown Defrost
Churchill Square transforms to one massive
dance floor for Downtown Defrost, the city’s
annual winter dance party. Hosted by
Night Vision and Wheelhouse Productions,
this free, family-friendly event supports YESS
(Youth Empowerment & Support Services).
DJs start spinning at 3pm and keep the cool
tunes going till 10pm. Head to Chvrch of
John for the after-party. Churchill Square,
downtowndefrost.com

MARCH 24
Seniors Steak Dinner in Bruce, AB
Normally we wouldn’t encourage folks to
leave the core to find great dining, but this
one is good enough to make an exception.
Edmonton Seniors Centre heads to Bruce,
Alberta, to dine at one of the province’s finest
chop houses. Buses leave the centre to Bruce
Hotel at 3:30 and return at 8:30pm. Your
$60 ticket includes transportation, beef or
chicken dinner, a non-alcoholic drink, tip
and tax. Participants must reserve and pay
for a spot in advance. Call 780-342-8625
for more info. 11111 Jasper Avenue,
edmontonseniorscentre.ca

MARCH 25
Capital City Burlesque
Burlesque, an art form that was once
relegated to the underground scene, has
found its way to mainstream venues.
See what it’s all about when Capital City
Burlesque, Alberta’s premiere burlesque
dance troupe, mounts the stage at The
Needle Vinyl Tavern. This tantalizing
show straddles a fine line between classic
burlesque and humourous modernist parody.
10524 Jasper Avenue, theneedle.ca

APRIL 8 & 9
SNAP Gallery Portrait Workshop
Create your very own hand-carved and
printed portrait during this weekend
workshop at SNAP. Artist Sara Norquay will
teach image transfer and carving techniques.
10123 121 Street, snapartists.com

APRIL 16
Easter on the Promenade
Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ
Easter Sunday on Victoria Promenade with
the Robertson Wesley United Church congregation.
Sunrise service starts at 7:30am,
followed by prayer breakfast at 8am at the
church. 100 Avenue and 121 Street, rwuc.org

APRIL 21 & 22
Cheerleading Extravaganza
Cheer teams from across Alberta battle it
out at the Alberta Cheer Empire’s All-Star
Extravaganza at the Shaw Conference
Centre. Cheer on your high-school alma
mater and watch these super athletes
perform dazzling stunts. 9797 Jasper Avenue,
abcheerempire.com

APRIL 23
Isolation Discussion Panel
Cathedral Talks tackles the issue of
isolation and loneliness in the core.
10035 103 Street, All Saints Anglican
Church, allsaintscathedral.com

MAY 2 & 3
Northern Lands Wine and Culinary
Northern Lands is back for its second year,
taking over downtown and the rest of the city
for food-and-drink fuelled fun with Canadian
winemakers and Canada’s top chefs. Participating
downtown chefs include Nevin Fenske
(Drift), Edgar Gutierrez (Rostizado) and Lino
Oliveira (Sabor), to name a few. Learn about
wines, craft beer and spirits through seminars
and producers dinners. Scoop up tickets for
the May 2 Meet Your Makers event at the
Shaw Conference Centre now before this
event sells out. northernlands.ca

MAY 24
Martin Kerr at the Winspear
City Market Downtown shoppers will know
the name “Martin Kerr.” For years, Kerr was
a regular busker at the Saturday market,
drawing crowds with his mellow, folk rock
tunes. The 2008 Canadian Idol performer,
who has been compared to Cat Stevens,
James Taylor and John Denver, graces the
stage of the Winspear Centre performing
original songs from his new album Not in
Stones. Special guest Rhea March. 7pm,
Winspear Centre, martinkerr.com

Seven Festive Things to Do This Holiday Season

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DEC. 1–3 
Make A Wish Northern Alberta’s Calendar of Wishes
This larger-than-life advent calendar (full of “wish stories” supported by local businesses) will be up all month. But the opening ceremonies—including a Miracle Marketplace, ice sculptures and family-friendly beverage garden—only last three days. Abbey Glen Park, 10107 Jasper Ave., makeawishna.ca

DEC. 3
SNAP Print Affair: Après Ski
This annual fundraiser is your chance to snag an impressive piece of art at the opening of the SNAP members print sale—or to simply enjoy the seasonal cheer. 8pm, SNAP Print Studio, 10123 121 St., snapartists.com

DEC. 11
Lessons and Carols
Mark your calendar for this family favourite. Enjoy traditional carols and music surrounded by candlelight and good company. 4pm, Robertson-Wesley United Church, 10209 123 St., rwuc.org

DEC. 26
Christmas Social
Have fun with holiday activities in the intimate setting of the Edmonton Seniors Centre. All are welcome. 4pm, Edmonton Seniors Centre, 11111 Jasper Ave., edmontonseniorscentre.ca

JAN. 3
Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert
Conductor Oliver Ostermann is your guide through this melange of Viennese music and dance. The Blue Danube Waltz is a fan favourite. 2:30pm, Winspear Centre

JAN. 15
Opera Brunch
Enjoy a delicious brunch hosted by Edmonton Opera, with enchanting music, the cast of Cinderella and a beautiful setting.  11am, Royal Glenora Club, 11160 River Valley Rd.

FEB. 2
Green Drinks with the Local Good
Talk global warming over a cold one at Green Drinks, where neophytes and experts alike come together to discuss environmental issues affecting the city and the world at large. 7pm, Yellowhead Brewery, 10229 105 St., thelocalgood.ca

Three Downtown Events that Embrace the Freeze

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SUNDAYS (JAN.–FEB.)
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, edmontonarts.ca

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. exploreedmonton.com

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., edmonton.ca

Four Winter Performances That Will Steal the Show

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Aesop Rock

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., citadeltheatre.com

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., allsaintscathedral.com)

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., rwuc.org)

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., thelocalgood.ca)

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., picatic.com/fallyards)