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5 Spots to Watch the Olympics in Edmonton

OlympicsRunnerFeel united with the rest of Canada while you cheer along with other passionate fans as the country’s top athletes earn medals during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio! Don’t miss a single thrilling moment by stopping in to one of these ideal spots to watch Team Canada compete with ice in their veins.

1. As close to Team Canada headquarters as you can get, Hudson’s Canadian Taphouse will be celebrating every medal and offering delicious, no-frills pub food.
10307 Whyte (82) Ave. | 780-433-4526

2. Though Fionn MacCool’s place serves traditional Irish favourites, you won’t have to worry about its allegiances — pub-goers will be cheering on Team Canada!
10200-102 Ave. | 780-424-4330

3. A dedicated sports bar, 1ST RND now has a location downtown and will always be close by for you to catch the latest Olympic event.
11248-104 Ave. | 780-428-7177

4. Guaranteed to be playing sports all the time, the friendly Kelly’s Pub will welcome you in with a pint as you hang around to catch up on the Olympic standings.
10156-104 St. | 780-451-8825

5. With many wide-screen TVs throughout the bar, you can see Olympic action from any angle at Schanks Sports Grill.
9927-178 St. | 780-444-2125

—Matthew Stepanic

Where to Watch Outdoor Movies in Calgary Summer 2016

We all love spending an evening watching a good movie, but on a beautiful, warm summer day it can seem wasteful to spend time indoors on the couch watching Netflix. Luckily there are a few outdoor movie screenings happening in Calgary this summer that combine the best of both worlds.

Illustration by Greg Doble, Courtesy CSIF

Illustration by Greg Doble, Courtesy CSIF


Dance to Psychedelic Tunes at Miike Snow in Edmonton

Miike-SnowRepresented by the strange and mythical jackalope — a jackrabbit with the horns of an antelope — Swedish indie band Miike Snow have a similarly strange origin story and iconic pop sound. They took the name of their band from a mutual childhood friend, who’d emailed them during a name brainstorming session, and added an i. You’ll feel like an “Animal” as you dance to the psychedelic tunes and next-level sound from their new album, iii.

Miike Snow | August 10
Winspear Centre | 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square | 780-428-1414

WHERE Edmonton is giving away a pair of tickets to the concert! To enter to win, follow us on Twitter (@whereedmonton) and watch for tweets about the contest. Tickets will be drawn for on Wednesday, August 3.

Burgers & Shakes in Edmonton


The Vatican City burger at Burger’s Priest.

This combination is a classic for a reason, so satisfy those old-school cravings at one of these fantastic spots!

The Burger’s Priest
Sometimes, simplicity is best. At least, that’s the belief upheld by The Burger’s Priest, which cooks over a flat-top griddle and offers fresh, premium beef and simple toppings. Try the gooey cheese-stuffed breaded Portobello burger or brave the fiery bacon cheeseburger with crushed hot peppers. Or for a potentially religious experience, try your burger sandwiched between two grilled-cheese sandwiches. Wash it all down with a Jarge-style (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry mixed) or black & white shake.
10148-119 St. | 780-760-0777

Delux Burger Bar
If you’re looking for a chic setting for your burger consumption, look no further. Delux gives its patrons a chance to dress up not only themselves, but their burgers too! Check out their online Burger Builder, which displays both the customizable options and their nutritional value. The restaurant prides itself on its environmentally sustainable Certified Angus Beef, to which you can add anything from creamy goat cheese to onion rings to buttered lobster. Then indulge in a three-scoop handcrafted milkshake, either virgin or spiked with whiskey, Kahlua, or schnapps.
9682-142 St. | 780-420-0101

The Downtown Diner
This casual dining restaurant in Fort Saskatchewan has a plethora of comfort food options. If you enjoy classics, the Downtowner burger includes brown-sugar bacon, smoked cheddar, and crispy onions. However, if you’re craving real comfort, choose the Meatloaf Burger with smoked bacon or the Shepherd’s Pie Burger with a crispy fried potato pancake. And no diner experience is complete without a milkshake — choices include chocolate cherry, pineapple, Rolo, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
10209-100 Ave., Fort Saskatchewan | 780-998-1435

Make sure you bring a big appetite! Particularly if you try the Triple Kingburger, which features one-and-a-half pounds of their juicy Alberta Angus beef and quadruple cheese, or even the veggie option loaded with guacamole, double Swiss, and a fried egg. The cooked-to-order burgers are beyond satisfying, but you’ll definitely still be tempted to add a thick and creamy milkshake (like a classic vanilla or fancier mocha java) to your order.
1755-102 St. | 780-469-8180

Jack’s Burger Shack
This family-owned business focuses on fresh food in both their St. Albert location and mobile shack. The ground beef and specialty buns are made and delivered daily, which they use to enhance their unique menu. Enjoy a beef patty topped with blue cheese, bacon, and fresh tomato relish, or try the mouth-watering poutine-inspired Quebecer (a classic patty topped with fries, cheese curds, and gravy). The unique milkshake menu includes such flavours as Cap’n Crunch, Darth Vader (vanilla and Coke), and Nutella.
15 Perron St., St. Albert | 780-458-0055

Jack’s Drive-In
The 50s have yet to go out of style at this iconic blast-from-the-past in Spruce Grove, where you can enjoy their extensive menu from atop a classic red stool! Try a tasty buffalo patty with BBQ sauce, Swiss cheese, and bacon, or a 99-cent teeny Buck Burger. Then get a large milkshake in one of the classic flavours or go for a rum and butter, licorice, or maple!
123 First Ave., Spruce Grove | 780-962-2727

The Next Act Pub
This casual pub just off Whyte Ave. offers juicy specialty burgers and a varied beer selection. Purists will enjoy the classic housemade patty with lettuce, tomato, and pickles, while the more adventurous can test out the PB&J (patty with crunchy peanut butter and housemade bacon jam) or the shrimp patty with sriracha tartar coleslaw. If you want to learn more about the secretive Cameo Burger, you’ll just have to drop by and find out for yourself!
8224-104 St. | 780-433-9345

Red Robin
This family restaurant has a burger for anyone and everyone! Options range from the garden burger with country Dijon sauce to a grilled turkey patty with zesty chipotle aioli to a beef patty with hardwood-smoked bacon and melted Pepper Jack. And you can’t go wrong by pairing your choice with a Monster Milkshake: a creamy classic (like vanilla, strawberry, or peach) with a bonus refill tin.
Multiple locations.

Rodeo Burger
A family-owned and -operated company, Rodeo Burger uses 100% Alberta Angus Beef, natural ingredients, and their own secret “rodeo sauce.” Choose a predesigned burger like the Western Burger with green chillies and guacamole or the Aussie Burger with a fried egg and pickled beets, or add your own veggies to a single or double patty.
8525B-112 St. | 780-435-6733

Soda Jerks
If you’re naturally indecisive, you may want to steer clear! Not only does Soda Jerks offer amazingly enticing choices like a burger with bacon, a fried egg, and hashbrowns or a beef patty with double bacon and chicken fingers, but you can create your own from an extensive list of options. Load up your chosen protein with a range of sauces and veggies and crazy fixings like chocolatedipped bacon, Doritos, and even gummy worms. Pair it with a classic milkshake like strawberry or peanut butter — or kick it up a notch by adding a shot of vodka, rum, or whiskey.
17520-100 Ave. | 780-486-5375

A Taste of the Tropics: Tropical Cocktails in Calgary

From tiki to tropical we’ve rounded up some fun tropical cocktails that will transform any day into a beach day. Whether you grab a coveted patio spot or not, you’ll be saying “aloha” to paradise.

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Artist Spotlight: Leo Arcand


Photo courtesy Bearclaw Gallery.

A Woodland Cree sculptor from the Alexander First Nations reserve in Northern Alberta, Leo Arcand began carving in soapstone the day that his daughter was born in 1991. Since then, it has been his medium of choice, drawing inspiration from his deep spirituality and the idea of balance in all things.

Carving in this medium is no easy feat, as sculptors actually have no idea what colour and texture the stone will have while they are working it. In its rough form, soapstone has a talc-like white film covering it until it’s sanded with five to six grits of sandpaper, heated, and polished with an oil or wax. Arcand’s natural talent and ability is apparent in the grace, movement, and refinement of his finished sculptures.


Leo Arcand’s “Courage.” Photo courtesy Bearclaw Gallery.

His name recently became forever tied with Prime Minister Trudeau’s and President Obama’s when the prime minister presented the American president with one of his sculptures titled “Courage.” The piece was purchased from the Bearclaw Gallery right here in Edmonton!

Visit Bearclaw Gallery’s website to learn more about the artist and purchase his work.

Bearclaw Gallery | 10403-124 St. | 780-482-1204

Talent Spotlight: Edmonton’s Nuela Charles

Nuela-CharlesDespite her international, alternative-soul sound, Nuela Charles has a close connection to the city. She’s lived all over the world — including Kenya, Switzerland, the Bahamas, and Vancouver — but her big break came when she moved to Edmonton to be closer to family and began work on her album Aware. It was the inaugural winner of the Edmonton Music Prize in 2013. She believes the music scene here gave her more opportunities to grow as an artist: “It’s why I’m still here. It’s a community that supports you.”

Having headlined a show at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival before, Charles is excited to play a bigger venue at the Interstellar Rodeo — but it does pose some new challenges due to a shorter set-up time. “We’re normally a five- or six-piece band, so we’re going to cut it down to half of that,” she says. Though they’ll be rearranging some of the songs to fit the smaller band, she says you can still expect a cinematic experience.

When not touring, she prefers to chill at home but does enjoy checking out local music acts. “My favourite venue right now is the Needle,” she says. She was impressed when she performed there, noting, “They’ve put a lot of thought into building the room.” As for eating out, Charles loves the tacos at Tres Carnales — “Oh my God, I die every time,” she says.

Later in the year, Charles will be touring again for her next album out in the fall: The Grand Hustle. “It’s a concept album about the ultimate comeback,” she says. “I feel like it’s something everyone can relate to at one point in their life, because I went through it and have seen friends go through it.” —Matthew Stepanic

To learn more about Nuela Charles and her upcoming performances, visit her website.

Magical Harry Potter Events in Calgary

Potted Potter. Photo by Brian Friedman

Potted Potter. Photo by Brian Friedman

Harry Potter Magical Midnight
Sunday, July 31 at 12:01 am
Re-live the rush of lining up to buy the latest Harry Potter book right at midnight with the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth book in the series. Most Chapters and Indigo locations in Calgary will be open late so you can be the first to buy the book, or pick up your pre-ordered copy and a free tote. Chapters Chinook is kicking things off at 10 pm with Butterbeer lattes from Starbucks and activities (including house sorting). Chapters Shawnessy is hosting a costume contest (so dress up like your favourite wizard, witch, elf, or giant) and playing Harry Potter trivia. If your little ones can’t stay up until midnight, visit Chapters or Indigo during the day on July 31 for fun Harry Potter activities and stories.
Tickets: Attending the event is free, but the cost per book is $23.99.


PokéStops at Calgary Attractions in Pokémon Go

Pokemon Go

Trainers playing Pokemon Go at the entrance to Prince’s Island Park in Calgary. Photo by Dale Calkins.

If you haven’t heard by now, Pokémon GO is the augmented reality app game that’s extremely popular all around the world — including here in Calgary. Going on a quest to catch Pokémon has become a great way to explore the city and see some of its top neighbourhoods and attractions. Here are some places in Calgary that are popular for locals and Pokémon alike:


5 Fantastic Family Day Trips near Edmonton


A dinosaur in Jurassic Forest.

Gather up the family and load up the car for a day of fun at one of these nearby Edmonton attractions. Everyone will have a blast exploring the province’s past, admiring its natural beauty, or playing entertaining games!

1. Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farms
Since first homesteaded by Franklin and Florence Pierce in 1898, this farm has always welcomed tourists. And now, with over 50 fun activities — including a petting farm, a corn maze, and rubber duck races — it’s easy to fill a day with your kids at this family-friendly farm. End your eventful day with some fresh-picked strawberries to take home.
56311 Lily Lake Rd., Bon Accord | 780-921-2272

2. Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
Discover this incredible living-history museum, which re-creates the pioneer experience from 1892 through the 1930s with refurbished buildings and costumed interpreters. Try your hand at grinding grain, working the fields, or making horseshoes. And grab a bite to eat with tasty, handmade perogy and cabbage rolls on offer.
Located only 25 minutes east of Edmonton along Yellowhead Highway (Hwy 16) | 780-662-3640

3. Devonian Botanic Garden
Flora and fauna abound over 240 acres filled with gardens, greenhouses, and outdoor displays. Visit the butterfly house to see nature interact, stop in the traditional Kurimoto Japanese Garden, or taste some edible flowers in one of the feature gardens.
Located on Hwy 60, 5 km North of Devon | 780-987-3054

4. Jurassic Forest
Journey back in time to this prehistoric park, where many of the dinosaurs come alive — and some are tame enough to ride! Enter a dig site to hunt for and identify real fossils or go on a self-guided scavenger hunt through the forest searching for prehistoric clues.
Located just 15 minutes North of Edmonton on Hwy 28, Gibbons | 780-470-2446

5. Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre
Learn about the innovative history of the oil industry in Alberta at this innovative historical site! Kids will love the hands-on learning lab and the virtual ride on a giant drill bit. For the budding scientists, the site offers day science camps featuring cool experiments in geology and chemistry.
#6, 20 Haven Ave., Devon | 10 minutes S on Hwy 2, 10 minutes W on Hwy 19 | 780-987-4323

Must-See Music Festivals in Calgary

Summer and music festival season are heating up, and you don’t have to go far to experience some great music! No matter what vibe you’re looking for, any of these large-scale local music fests will have you dancing and singing all day long.

Chasing Summer Festival in Calgary. Photo by Mike Hopkins, courtesy LiveNation

Chasing Summer Festival in Calgary. Photo by Mike Hopkins, courtesy LiveNation


Potted Potter: The Hilarious Harry Potter Experience in Edmonton


Photo by Brian Friedman.

Though the official Harry Potter play (and eighth story in the series) is only playing in London’s West End, fans of the books in Canada have their own magical treat to experience on their stages. Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience launches its cross-country tour this fall, and the hilarious show will be in Edmonton on October 29 & 30!

Actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner condense all seven books of the series into 70 minutes of non-stop fun. The clever pair have crammed in all of your favourite characters, a dragon, tons of costumes changes, fantastic songs, ridiculous props, and even a game of Quidditch! No matter how big of a fan you are, you’ll find joy in watching all the magic and mayhem of the series in this exciting show. Potted Potter has sold out across the world, so don’t delay in accio-ing yourself some tickets!

Potted Potter | October 29 & 30
Myer Horowitz Theatre | University of Alberta | 8900-114 St. | 780-492-4764
Tickets on sale July 16!

WHERE Edmonton is giving away a pair of tickets to Potted Potter! To enter to win, follow us on Twitter (@whereedmonton) and watch for tweets about the contest. Tickets will be drawn for on Thursday, July 21.