3 Downtown Events to Whet Your Spring Appetite


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Mar. 13–22: Foodies unite! Edmonton Downtown Business Association’ s annual event showcases some of the city’ s best eateries. Restaurants in the core aim to impress and deliver, showcasing special dishes in multi-course meals for $15, $28 and $48 at various restaurants.


Mar. 19, APR. 2, MAY 7: There’ s lunch at Edmonton Seniors Centre for every special occasion— even St. Paddy’ s. The Irish celebration is followed with lunches for Easter and Mother’ s day, too. All are welcome. (Edmonton Seniors Centre, 11111 Jasper Ave.)


Apr. 1: Chef and educator Gail Hall invites you into her home for a fresh spring meal with locally sourced ingredients. The express class shows you can make delicious dishes with just what’ s in season. Registration required.  (Cobogo Lofts, 10249 104 St.)

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Ted Bishop, author, presenter at Creative Mornings


Mar. 20, Apr. 17, May 15: On every third Friday of the month, 99 cities explore one theme. In March, Ted Bishop, author of The Social Life of Ink speaks on the theme of (what else?) INK. With stories of his world travels, he’s sure to spark your creative curiosity. The breakfast series is free, but you must register online to attend. (Iconoclast Coffee, 11807B 105 Ave.)


MAR. 21: Back to the future AGA’ s popular late-night party returns with a future-themed dance party to celebrate the opening of Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, an exhibition inspired by Edmonton’ s hidden LRT station. Tickets are limited (18+).  (AGA, 2 Churchill Sq.) 


APR. 1, MAY. 6: Blog and non-profit group the Local Good brings together environmentally-conscious people who value all things local, sustainable and green. This season’ s themes are Greening Your Closet and YEG Hidden Gems.  (Yellowhead Brewery, 10229 105 St.)


APR. 3, MAY 1: Artists and art-lovers gather on the first Friday of every month for a night of creativity and community-building. Some artists bring work to sell or trade, while others hit the open stage. Free for members of the Boyle Street Community League—or buy a $5 membership at the door. (Boyle Street Plaza, 9538 103A Ave.) boylestreetcl.com


Apr. 13, May 11: Every second Monday of the month, early risers come to this free event to learn what Edmontonians are making. Come to connect, leave inspired.  (Startup edmonton, 10363 104 st.)


Apr. 18: Preview Pride Festival’s 35th anniversary with a night of mixing, mingling, and dancing with the LGBTQ and allied community.  (Yellowhead Brewery, 10229 105 St.)


Apr. 19, May 17: Children, caregivers and Oliver community league members alike love this weekly event. It’s more than a free playgroup and potluck—it’s a multi-generational meet up. Email Mackenzie.Heather@gmail.com for more details.  (4-6pm, Oliver Community League)


May 28: If you want to get closer to Edmonton’s marketing and communications community, or just meet some of the creative class, they’ll all be there at the local chapter of the International Association of Business Communication’s annual awards. Cocktails are followed by dinner and a celebration of the city’s talented communications professionals and graphic designers. (AGA, 2 Churchill Sq.)

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APR. 1: Can’t wait for the bloodbath of Lucia di Lammermoor? Edmonton Opera invites you for drinks, food and a casual conversation on the history, political science and music theory of the Italian tragic opera. (Mercer Tavern, 10363 104 St.)


Apr. 7–11:The fourth annual laugh-fest explores the bold world of long-form improv. With little more than a couple of audience clues, the Rapid Fire Theatre ensemble embodies new characters for 30 to 45-minute stories—without a page of script. (Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave.)


Photo: CBC.ca

Photo: CBC.ca


APR. 9–MAY 23: BC print artist Briar Craig is known to comment on consumer culture and everything else in our peripheries demanding our attention. Using ultraviolet and rich, tactile surfaces, Craig brings language from two or more worlds together to create “accidental poetry” in visual arts. (SNAP Gallery, 10123 121 St.)


Photo: Edmonton Story Slam

Photo: Edmonton Story Slam


APR. 15, MAY 20: 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.  (The Mercury Room, 10575 114 St.)

By the Numbers: Red Bull Crashed Ice

Marco Dallago (AUT), Miikka Jouhkinmainen (FIN), Denis Novozhilov (RUS), Tyler Roth (USA) - Action

On March 13 and 14, embrace winter with an ice track, adrenaline buzz and a whole lot of speed at the Ice Cross Downhill World Championships. It’s Edmonton’s first time hosting the extreme sport blending hockey, boardercross and downhill skiing on a track long enough to snake from City Centre to the river valley.

Here’s a look at the numbers behind this free spectator sport. (March 14, City Centre, redbullcrashedice.com)

• 3 WEEKS to build the course

• 38,500 KILOGRAMS of crushed ice used

• 1,000 METRES of spectator boards

• 460 METRES length of track

• 2,500 SQ. METRES of ice

• 60 KM PER HOUR competitor track speed

Stimulating Conversations at Yeg Coffee Week

For centuries cafés and caffeine have inspired transformative ideas, but it’s time to turn our attention to them for seven days. Organizer Sarah Jackson spills the beans on what’s to come at YEG Coffee Week. (March 7 to 15, Various locations)


Why do you think Edmontonians need a coffee festival?

Coffee is a mainstay in many lives, but it also has a unique place in our society. And Edmonton has a passionate coffee culture, but it’s a young coffee culture, a growing coffee culture, and a coffee culture that should be shared and celebrated.

What do cafés contribute to communities?

They’re hubs of connection, bringing people together and acting as a meeting point. Historically they were a hub for politics, religion, art and science. There’s a revival now because being disconnected from others these days is so easy. So cafés are an opportunity for personal bonds—if only for a moment.

What can we expect at coffee week?

It launches with a documentary, A Film About Coffee, followed by a panel discussion on coffee and community. All week-long, cafés like Transcend Mercer will host different events, tastings and latte art workshops, community-building events like live music and knit nights.

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MARCH 12: Presented by SAMU Speaker Series, the actor behind Walt Jr. speaks about overcoming bullying, living with cerebral palsy while playing a character with the same disease, and life after working on the most critically acclaimed show in history. (Robbins Health Learning Centre, 10900 104 Ave.)

Photo: Habitat for Humanity Edmonton

Photo: Habitat for Humanity Edmonton


MARCH 10–14, MAY 26–30: Women Build Week Habitat for Humanity is recruiting more women to strap on hard-hats and get building. These two four-day workshops will train and equip you for every possible task expected as you, in turn, help hard-working families build a future. (City Hall)



APRIL 23: Don’t miss Edmonton’s first-ever Walrus Talk on how cities can honour their Aboriginal communities and help them thrive. Writer and Al Jazeera correspondent Wab Kinew, homegrown architect Douglas Cardinal and other co-panelists shed light on how Edmonton could embrace its indigenous heritage. (Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave.)


MAR. 15: All ages and abilities are encouraged to get their walk on in support of the Seniors Assisted Transportation Society . A $5 registration and donations help it to continue delivering essential services to low-income seniors.  (City Hall)