Around the Core: Winter 2017

Get Holly, Get Jolly


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.


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.

JUNE 14-21
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.

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.

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. 

Jazz Festival
The Edmonton International Jazz Festival
connects audiences with provincial, national
and international jazz artists. Various venues
and times. 

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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-

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

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:

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:


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.

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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

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.

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,

Seven Festive Things to Do This Holiday Season


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.,

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.,

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.,

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.,

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.,

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


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.,

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

Photo courtesy of jeffreyw/Flickr

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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Photo courtesy of aboyandhisbike/flickr

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.,