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Edmonton

Cult Footwear

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Photo courtesy Fluevog Shoes

With a dedicated fan following that includes celebrities such as Whoopie Goldberg, Jack White, and Madonna, Fluevog Shoes has returned to the capital with a new shop for Fluevogers. For over 40 years, this Canadian shoe designer has been crafting art-deco inspired styles that are as comfortable and functional as they are fashionable. Rush your comfort-craving feet over there as soon as possible: some Edmonton-only, limited-edition shoes (pictured) will be available only while supplies last!

Dean Brody: Beautiful Freakshow Tour

Dean-BrodyReady for a little bit country? Canadian country music artist Dean Brody is on his Beautiful Freakshow tour, and the city’s lucky to be one of the stops. The superstar has numerous awards under his belt, including the 2016 Juno Awards’ Album of the Year for Gypsy Road and several years as the Canadian Country Music Association’s Male Artist of the Year. Soak in the talent as Brody showcases an album that mixes in a little rap and reggae to push some of the preconceptions of country. Joining him are Canadian country singer Madeline Merlo and country group the James Barker Band.

Dean Brody | May 26 | $39.50–$65
Northlands Coliseum | 7424-118 Ave. | 1-855-985-5000

5 Unique Caesars

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Illustration by Rudy Smith

Synonymous with summer and patio weather, this classic Canuck cocktail is Canadian culture for your taste buds! So dive into Canada’s favourite salty sip (with a unique twist!) at these local hot spots.

1) Tavern on Whyte boasts a loaded Caesar with a grilled cheese sandwich, boiled egg, pickle, asparagus, celery, stuffed olives & more!

2) Chartier uses Old Bay spice for their rims and tops their Caesar with home-made pickles and house-smoked meat.

3) Try 1ST RND’s Maple Bacon Caesar, which is mixed with a bacon vodka and maple syrup and garnished with bacon and asparagus.

4) MEAT makes their tasty Caesar with Buffalo Trace Bourbon and horseradish.

5) Available only on request, Black Pearl Seafood Bar’s signature Caesar comes with a crab claw!

Chris Hadfield’s Canada 150 Tour

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Courtesy Chris Hadfield Inc.

After winning the hearts of people from across the planet with his entertaining videos from space, Colonel Chris Hadfield has become an international (and possibly intergalactic) sensation. Now a retired astronaut, Canada’s first spaceship commander will be sharing stories of the country’s history and future that promise to be out of this world on his Canada 150 Tour. His fun-loving singles—including “In Canada” and “Beyond the Terra”—are sure to give you a patriotic feeling! From the Canadian land and skies to the space beyond, this entertaining evening will have you re-imagining Canada’s role not only on the planet, but in the greater universe.

Chris Hadfield | May 15 | $45 – $79.50
Winspear Centre | 4 Sir Winston Churchill Sq. | 1-800-563-5081

Ask the Expert: Les Clefs d’Or Corner (May/June 2017)

We asked Edmonton expert and Les Clefs d’Or Nella Mirante at The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald for her advice about celebrating spring’s weather, holidays, and festivals in the city!

1. As the weather warms up, what spot would you recommend for a drink on a patio?
I love the patio at the Confederation Lounge! Sip on a refreshing Pomegranate Paloma or the citrusy Right Word while admiring the fantastic view of the blooming river valley below.

2. Where would you send a guest to buy a special gift for Mother’s Day?
My Mother’s Day shopping starts at LUX Beauty Boutique. Spoil your mom with a special package of indulgent bubble baths and hard-to-find beauty brands used by celebrities!

3. And what about for Father’s Day?
Head down 104 Street to The Helm, where you will be greeted by warm and welcoming associates who will help you find the perfect gift, including casual clothes and stylish accessories!

4. What festivals in May and June are your top recommendations for visitors?
My fave festival in May is the International Children’s Festival with tons of free and fun activities! In June, the Works Art & Design Festival showcases local artists and their creations throughout the downtown core.

5. What’s your favourite restaurant that’s opened in recent months?
I love the look and feel of the new Baijiu located in the historic Mercer Warehouse. My fave dishes are the Devilled Tea Eggs and Fried Bao Ice Cream Sandwich. Finish off with a Hennessy & Green Tea shot!

Les Clefs d’Or Concierges have been opening doors for hotel guests in Canada since 1976, and today there are more than 150 members from coast to coast and more than 3,500 members worldwide! You can find Nella at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.

Land of the Midnight Sun

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Courtesy Gavin Lynch

One of the key disruptors in the art form of landscape painting, Ottawa-based artist Gavin Lynch surprises viewers with juxtaposed styles and elements in his work, such as fluid and sharply delineated forms. In his first exhibition with the Peter Robertson GalleryLand of the Midnight Sun, Lynch melds memory and imagination in each image. Fans of Steve Driscoll’s work at Peter Robertson last year—where the space was transformed into a lake—will not want to miss this event, as the gallery has a special installation surprise in store.

Land of the Midnight Sun | May 4 – 20
Peter Robertson Gallery | 12323-104 Ave. | 780-455-7479

Alberta Ballet’s Our Canada

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Courtesy Bottom Line Productions

If you could read Canada’s mind, many of its thoughts would be found in Gordon Lightfoot’s gorgeous folk songs. To honour its 50th season and Canada’s 150th birthday, Alberta Ballet will explore the country’s soul through some of this iconic songwriter’s most-beloved songs in Our Canada. Acclaimed choreographer Jean Grand-Maître has combined 30 superb dancers and impressive multimedia installations to portray some of Canada’s most significant moments in history with songs such as, “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” and “Sundown.” This inspiring ballet will encapsulate everything from our geography and diversity to the Indigenous cultures and our collective spirit that drive this country.

Our Canada | May 12 & 13 | $24 – $124
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium | 11455-87 Ave. | 780-429-1000

Artist Spotlight: Hayley Wright

Hayley-WrightWHERE: Why art? What made you want to be an artist?
Hayley: Ever since I was little, art has always been a huge part of my life in one way or the other. It is really challenging to pursue art as a career, but I couldn’t imagine doing anything else!

W: Do you have any professional training?

H: After I graduated from a specialized Fine Arts high school in Ontario, I studied for a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. I also received my degree in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising from the Vancouver College of Art and Design.

W: What mediums do you work in/prefer?
H: I absolutely love experimenting with all sorts of mediums, and am constantly wondering how I can combine materials together in an unusual way. However, I definitely gravitate towards pencil, watercolour, and oil paints… oh, and glitter, of course!

Hayley-skateboardW: What is your favourite subject to paint/illustrate?
H: I love drawing portraits—specifically, girls and women who are both feminine and fierce. I also love incorporating elements from astronomy—stars, galaxies, and planets.

W: You recently started painting skateboard decks. Where did the inspiration come from?
H: I was getting a bit tired of always drawing on paper and wanted to try something completely new and unfamiliar. I also loved that this would make my artwork portable, and introduce my work to an entirely new group of people.

W: Where can readers view/purchase your work?
H: All of my work can be purchased online, and readers can follow me on Instagram.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

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Photo by Carol Rosegg

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s contemporary take on Cinderella — the classic tale of a servant girl’s adventures with a pumpkin carriage, wicked stepsisters, a glass slipper, and a handsome prince — includes an incredible score, jaw-dropping transformations, and some surprising new twists. Be transported back to your childhood while you marvel over Cinderella’s beautiful gown for the ball, the strange but wonderful Fairy Godmother, and beloved songs like “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago.”

Cinderella | Through April 23 | $30-$106
Jubilee Auditorium | 11455-87 Ave. | 780-427-2760

Local Distilleries and Breweries

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Courtesy Strathcona Spirits

GUIDING SPIRITS
Just last year, Strathcona Spirits was the first distillery to open in Edmonton. Ever. In making up for lost time, the distillery has crafted two high-end spirits. The Single Grain Wheat Vodka is made from hard red wheat grown only 23 kilometres from the distillery, and has delightful and subtle notes of vanilla with a light finish. Their Badland Seaberry Gin employs 10 unique botanicals — some juniper is even foraged from the Badlands along the Red Deer River. Find a bottle at Color de Vino or Keg n Cork.

HANSEN HOOCH
Though they opened their doors only last December, Hansen Distillery has a near-century-long history as the family used to make and sell moonshine during the Great Depression. The End of the Line Moonshine is based off that old recipe, and the strong liquor is made in small batches with Alberta-grown wheat. Despite the high alcohol content, the moonshine is surprisingly smooth, making it ideal for anyone craving a pleasant, stiff drink. Stop in the distillery for a tasting and a tour, and admire their grandpa’s old car! You can buy their liquors, including a rye and vodka, at the distillery or Sherbrooke Liquor Store.

IN SAISON
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Courtesy Yellowhead Brewery

The makers of Edmonton’s original craft lager, Yellowhead Brewery, have introduced some new members in addition to their regular roster. The Remlar Pale Ale, which is a silky-smooth mix of British and American styles, has become a year-round feature, while the Saison Tête Jaune is back this month and will hopefully be in season for a while. First introduced last November, Yellowhead’s Saison features floral and citrus flavours balanced with peppery notes from the Belgian Yeast. Enjoy it on tap at the brewery or head to the website to view a list of pubs tapping it in the city.

9 Parts of Desire

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Photo by Marc J Chalifoux Photography

Inspired by a quotation from the first Imam — “God created sexual desire in 10 parts, then he gave nine parts to women and one to men” — Heather Raffo’s 9 Parts of Desire details the lives of nine Iraqi women between the first and second Gulf wars. The characters are both extraordinary and ordinary — a painter, a Communist, a doctor, and others — as the story explores what it means to be a woman in a country experiencing war. The New Yorker called it “an example of how art can remake the world,” and you’re sure to leave inspired.

9 Parts of Desire | April 6 – 15 | $25 – $30
Varscona Theatre | 10329-83 Ave. | 780-433-3399

What Did You Forget?

You know the feeling. You open your bag and realize you forgot to pack an essential item that you just can’t live without — not even for a few days. Don’t worry though — Edmonton’s local shops have you covered!

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Courtesy Kent of Inglewood

FORGOT YOUR RAZOR OR BEARD TRIMMER ON THE BATHROOM SINK?
Grab a new and improved version from the gents at Kent of Inglewood, or head down the street to Whyte (82) Ave. where Barber Ha will be waiting to give you a cut and a shave or beard clean up.

DID YOU LEAVE YOUR MUST-HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCT AT HOME?
Head to Lux Beauty Boutique! Conveniently located on High Street, this local boutique contains the best beauty brands for skin, makeup, and hair!

UH OH! YOU FORGOT YOUR LITTLE BLACK DRESS FOR THE CONFERENCE COCKTAIL PARTY.
Don’t worry — Bamboo Ballroom has got you covered! This fantastic local boutique always has a great selection of dresses for all occasions by local, national, and international designers.

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Photo by Jamie Tweedy of Tweedy Studios

DID YOU LEAVE YOUR PERFECTLY PRESSED DRESS SHIRT FOR UNDER YOUR SUIT HANGING IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM?
Head to Henry Singer in Manulife Place where the expert staff will help you find exactly what you need to look your best.

THAT PERFECT HOSTESS GIFT YOU BOUGHT? YOU LEFT IT SITTING ON THE KITCHEN COUNTER.
Make your way to 104 Street just north of Jasper Ave. for a plethora of great options that will dazzle any hostess! A gift of gourmet, infused olive oil and vinegar from Evoolution will thrill the foodie, while couture chocolate from local Jacek Chocolate will satisfy any sweet tooth. You can also get a fantastic bottle of wine from deVine Wines and Spirits too!

– Lindsay Shapka