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Edmonton

Farmers’ Markets in Edmonton

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Photo by Jennifer Linford.

Warmer days mean that local producers are bringing their fresh food to the city to be sold at one of Edmonton’s many farmers’ markets! Look below for the location of a market for almost every day of the week.

Tuesday
Beverly Towne Farmers Market | 4 pm – 8 pm
4002 117 Ave., 780-413-6244

Miller Crossing Farmers’ Market | 4 pm – 8 pm
14339-50 St., 780-885-1374

Wednesday
Callingwood Farmers’ Market | 2 pm – 6 pm
6655-178 St., 780-487-8649

Castle Downs Farmers’ Market | 4 pm – 8 pm
11520-153 Ave.

Sherwood Park Farmers’ Market | 4 pm – 8 pm
401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, 780-464-3354

Southwest Edmonton Farmers’ Market | 4 pm – 7:30 pm
Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre, 2051 Leger Rd., 780-868-9210

Thursday 
124 Grand Market | 4 pm – 8 pm
102 Ave. between 124 St. & 125 St., 780-463-1144

Millwoods Farmers’ Market | 5 pm – 8 pm
7207-28 Ave., 780-461-0619

Saturday
City Market | 9 am – 3 pm
104 St., between Jasper Ave. & 102 Ave., 780-429-5713

Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market | 8 am – 3 pm
10310-83 Ave., 780-439-1844

Opens June 11: St. Albert Outdoor Farmers’ Market | 10 am – 3 pm
St. Anne and St. Thomas St., St. Albert, 780-458-2833

Sunday
Callingwood Farmers’ Market | 10 am – 3 pm
6655-178 St., 780-487-8649

French Quarter Grand Market | 11 am – 3 pm
La Cité Francophone, 8627-91 St., 780-463-1144

Miller Crossing Farmers’ Market | 10 am – 3 pm
14339-50 St., 780-885-1374

5 Spots for Sushi in Edmonton

Sushi1. One of the city’s newest sushi spots, Washoku Bistro is offering a mix of Korean and Japanese foods.
10702-124 St., 780-705-2055

2. At Mikado, the ingredients are flown in weekly from all over the world, including Tsukiji, Japan.
10350-109 St., 780-425-8096 & 9942-170 St., 780-481-2202

3. Volcano pleases the palette and the eyes with brightly coloured tapas.
4226 Gateway Blvd., 780-718-0618

4. For over 20 years, Furusato has provided an extensive list of scrumptious rolls, fresh sashimi, and tasty temaki.
10012 Whyte (82) Ave., 780-439-1335

5. Japonais Bistro’s innovative sushi dishes are infused with North American flavours.
11806 Jasper Ave., 780-760-1616

Sample from over 400 Brews at Edmonton Craft Beer Festival

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Photo by Pedro Escobar.

Whether you’re a beer geek or casual sipper, you’ll find some new favourite brews at the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival! Over 100 breweries will have 400 beers to sample, and twenty of Edmonton’s unique eateries will be offering a selection of their tasty food.

If you’re curious to learn more about what goes into a brew, attend a Brew Master Seminar, where experts will share the inside story of the craft beer industry. Or improve your cooking skills at a Cooking with Beer Seminar that will teach you the finer points of beer pairing. And new this year, you can attend Beer University to educate yourself about beer’s journey from grain to glass. If you answer all of your questions correctly, you’ll even earn an MBA (Master Beer Appreciation)!

Edmonton Craft Beer Festival will take place at the Edmonton EXPO Centre on June 3 & 4. For more information and to buy tickets, visit Alberta Beer Festivals’ website. If you use the promo code WHERE15, you can save 15% on your tickets!

CONTEST ALERT
WHERE Edmonton is giving away FREE tickets to the festivities on Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4! To enter to win a pair of tickets, follow us on Twitter (@whereedmonton) and watch for tweets about the contest. And follow WHERE Edmonton on Instagram (@whereedmonton) for another chance to win a pair of tickets! All tickets will be drawn for on Friday, May 27.

Fri, June 3: 4 pm – 10 pm | Sat, June 4: 2 pm – 9 pm
Edmonton EXPO Centre | 7300-116 Ave. | 780-471-7210

Fort McMurray Fundraisers in Edmonton

Fort McMurrayThe people and businesses of Edmonton are banding together to support the relief efforts for Fort McMurray. If you’re looking to offer your support, consider attending one of these fundraisers listed below or following the general donation information at the bottom of the page.

Urbano Pizza Fundraiser | May 9
Urbano Pizza Co. will donate 100% of sales to the Canadian Red Cross on May 9.
Urbano Pizza Co. | 10220-103 St.

Global Edmonton’s 5K for Fort Mac | May 10 | 7 pm
For a $5 donation to the Red Cross, you can take part in this 5-km walk or run for Fort Mac.
Huskies Club Parking Lot | 9100 Walterdale Hill

Bikers Unite for Fort McMurray | May 10 | 6 pm
Enjoy live music, burgers, a mini poker run, and a silent auction at this fundraiser and clothing drive for Fort McMurray.
Blackjacks Roadhouse | 2110 Sparrow Dr., Nisku

For Fort Mac | May 11 | 5 pm
Nearly 20 acts will perform at this benefit concert for the Canadian Red Cross, including 100 mile house, Braden Gates, The Hearts, Jesse and the Dandelions, and more! There will also be a silent auction.
The Needle Vinyl Tavern | 10524 Jasper Ave.

Bring the Smile Back to Fort Mac | May 12 | 3 pm – 7 pm
Bring a donation for the Canadian Red Cross and take part in the fun, including bouncy castles, crafts, a photo booth, fitness classes, and more!
Borden Park | 7507 Borden Park Rd.

Refuelling Fort McMurray | May 14 | 12 pm – 3 am
Ten bands, a comedian, and a hypnotist will perform at this family-friendly event that includes face painting, bouncy castles, photo booths, and much more! All proceeds will go to the volunteer firefighter and paramedic associations and the Red Cross.
Blackjacks Roadhouse | 2110 Sparrow Dr., Nisku

#YEGFOOD for #YMM | May 15 | 5 pm
Some of Edmonton’s top chefs are joining forces to raise money for the Canadian Red Cross, including Doreen Prei, Tzin’s Corey McGuire, Sorrentino’s Jeff Jackson, and more! Stacey Brotzel will MC the evening that includes a multi-course meal with pairings, a silent auction, and music and entertainment! Buy tickets here.
BLVD Bar x Kitchen | 10765 Jasper Ave.

Great Ballroom of Fire! | May 15 | 6:30 pm
This evening of music, dance, and magic in the Chateau Lacombe ballroom will benefit the Canadian Red Cross. Start off with cocktails and a silent auction, and enjoy performances from Edmonton Samba, Mercury Opera, Blush Belly Dance, Shumka Ukrainian Dance, and more! Buy tickets here.
Chateau Lacombe | 10111 Bellamy Hill

You Can Do It! | May 16 | 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Rob Schneider — of Saturday Night Live, Big Daddy, and The Hot Chick fame —will headline this evening of hilarious comics. All door proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross. Buy tickets here.
The Comic Strip | West Edmonton Mall | 8882-170 St.

Support the Fort | May 21 | 12 pm
For $20, enjoy a full-day of live music with over 15 local artists. All proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross.
Naked Cyber Cafe | 10303-108 St.

Knifewear & Kent of Inglewood Fundraiser | Through May 31
100% of proceeds throughout the month of May from sharpening will be donated to the Red Cross.
Knifewear & Kent of Inglewood | 10816 & 10820 Whyte (82) Ave.

Artist Spotlight: Allan Bailey

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Courtesy Allan Bailey.

From just outside of Edmonton, photographer Allan Bailey has been producing work professionally for the last 17 years, but has always been interested in photography. “My dad was an avid photographer when I was young and so the gear was always around. As I got older, I enjoyed drawing, building things, working on cars — I just really like being creative. Photography was an outlet for me to do that.”

Bailey’s work celebrates all that is beautiful in rural Alberta, but not in a traditional way. He likes to focus on the details of an object or a space to make the shot more contemporary and evoke a feeling or memory. “I try to make the typical ‘field with clouds and a barbed wire fence’ shot a little different,” says Bailey, “whether it is looking at it from a different perspective, upside down, or backwards. I just like to make things look different than what is initially obvious about them.”

He must be doing something right, as he was named the 2015 Alberta Photographic Artist of the Year by the Professional Photographers of Canada, and won the 2016 National Photographic Artist of the Year Award.

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Courtesy Allan Bailey.

You can view his work from June 23 until July 8 at the Bugera Matheson Gallery, where he will be showing a collection of stunning shots that were taken with his iPhone 5s during a year-long project that involved shooting a meaningful photo every day and posting them on social media.

Atmosphere | June 23 – July 8
With an extensive background in photography, Allan Bailey was recently nominated for the National Photographer of the Year award by the Professional Photographers of Canada. This exhibition showcases photos from his trip across Alberta, all of which he captured on his iPhone.
Bugera Matheson Gallery | 10345-124 St. | 780-482-2854

Exercise Beyond the Gym in Edmonton

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Photo by Jamie Tweedy of Tweedy Studios.

If dragging yourself to the gym for a monotonous 30 minutes on the treadmill seems like the last thing you want to do, why not shake things up a bit with one of these unconventional workouts?

Yoga in the AGA
The instructor will help you calm your mind as you move through a series of poses while surrounded by the inspiring works of some of the world’s most celebrated artists. Each class takes place in a different exhibition space at the Art Gallery of Alberta, allowing you to view the art while also getting a great workout. The drop-in fee for classes is $10, and they are suitable for all levels. Visit the website for a schedule and more information.

Surfing in the Prairies
Hang-10 at The Surf Studio, which combines fat burning, muscle building, balance, and core training in one 45-minute class on top of a custom made, unstable surfboard! Both high-intensity and yoga-based workouts are offered. Drop-in classes are $17.85. Visit the website for more information.

Join a Biker Gang
Based on the popular Soul Cycle model, the 50-minute spin classes offered at YEG Cycle will kick your butt. The room is lit only by small strings of lights that change colour throughout the class, the music is loud, and the energy is amazing. Specialty bike shoes are required, but are included in your drop-in fee of $19. Visit the website for more information.

Walk of Art on 124 St.

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Summer Lake XI by Pat Service, acrylic on canvas 48×36.

For two days every spring, the art galleries on 124 Street open their doors for the biannual Gallery Walk. This inspiring event brings live entertainment, snacks, and artists to the galleries and encourages the public to experience some fantastic works by very talented artists like Pat Service (pictured), whose colourful work can be found at the Scott Gallery. Take advantage of the gorgeous spring sunshine this weekend and explore the art of the city! Visit the website for more information.

Spring Gallery Walk | April 16: 10 am – 5:30 pm & April 17: 12 pm – 4 pm
124 St. between 103 Ave. & Stony Plain Rd.

5 Must-Catch Events at Edmonton Poetry Festival

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Photo by Randall Edwards.

More than just rhymes and structure, poetry is an exciting force that connects communities and offers new insights into old problems. Coinciding with National Poetry Month every year, the Edmonton Poetry Festival celebrates poetry in all its forms — from haiku to spoken word — at engaging and unique events that lift the words off the page. This year’s festival boasts 41 events on the theme of “becoming”, and here are some of our picks for your best bets!

1. Everything but the Kitchen Blinks | April 18 | 7 pm
With only 30 seconds to read, poets attempt to impress with their best and briefest words in this rapid-fire poetry challenge.
The Mercury Room | 10575-114 St.

2. Poetry Becomes Identity | April 19 | 5 pm
At this showcase of queer poets, learn how labels help or harm identities—featuring celebrated American poet Richard Siken.
The Mercury Room | 10575-114 St.

3. Poetry Becomes Art | April 20 | 6 pm
Three poets, including Armand Garnet Ruffo, explore how their visual art interplays with their poetry. A private guided tour of the art gallery will follow the discussion.
The Art Gallery of Alberta | 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq.

4. That Becomes You | April 21 | 5:30 pm
Local literary magazine Glass Buffalo hosts an engaging reading and discussion with four emerging writers about why they began writing poetry. Special guest Kayla Czaga will also read at the event.
Audreys Books | 10702 Jasper Ave.

5. Wine & Wild Women Wordsmiths | April 22 | 8:30 pm
Four talented female poets have each chosen a wine that pairs well with the complex flavours of their poetry. Enjoy both at this fun night of words and wine!
Latitude 53 | 10248-106 St.

The festival runs from April 17 to 24, and you can view the complete schedule of events on the website.

Author Spotlight: Todd Babiak

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Photo courtesy of HarperCollins Canada.

In this hotly anticipated sequel to Todd Babiak’s first political thriller Come Barbarians, security agent Christopher Kruse is dragged back down into the seedy underside of Parisian politics. After the murder of a charismatic politician, a young woman hires Kruse to hunt down the unknown assassin. Violence and deception — and a little bit of romance — await him at every turn.

Babiak’s previous bestsellers, including Toby: A Man and The Garneau Block, were more humourous tales,SonOfFrance so his venture into drama and espionage may seem like an odd move, but Babiak handles the shift with confidence. A nightmare was the catalyst for the genre switch; he was haunted by a dream about a car hitting and killing his daughter in the south of France. The draw of that story — which became Come Barbarians — was so strong that Babiak left his columnist job at The Edmonton Journal and uprooted his family to France for some authentic research.

Son of France is as high-energy as the first novel with many twists, cringe-worthy torture, and a few explosions. Follow Kruse as he treads down neglected Paris streets to uncover the city’s darker secrets and prepare yourself for several shocking surprises. Packed with grit and intrigue, this literary thriller is a satisfying novel with a character who is clearly not one-note. —Matthew Stepanic

For Culture Buffs in Edmonton

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Photo by Randall Edwards.

Festival City never disappoints, and there are exciting art festivals, cultural events, and more to experience year-round!

If you’re feeling a little more spontaneous, take in an experimental long-form improv show during Rapid Fire Theatre’s Bonfire Festival from April 5–9 at the Citadel Theatre or check out one of the company’s other on-going improv shows.

Immerse yourself in the thriving poetry scene, where venues around the city celebrate the written and spoken word. Edmonton Poetry Festival from April 17–24 is a great way to sample the varieties — enjoy free live readings every lunch hour in Churchill Square, poetry paired with science and music, workshops to hone your own skills, and events with various noteworthy poets, including the poet laureates from both Edmonton and Calgary. Or head to the Rouge Lounge on Tuesday nights for a poetry slam, where amateur and veteran poets alike have three minutes to impress audiences with their original works. If you’re more into stories than poetry (or even if you’re not), take in a competitive storytelling event. Story slams occur on the third Wednesday of the month at the Mercury Room. Writers have five minutes to tell an original, captivating story, and five judges are chosen randomly from the audience to rate each story in turn.

Fancy a pint or a glass of wine? Enjoy yours with a side of local musical talent! Wander down the notable Whyte Ave. and make your selection from countless options. Head to O’Byrne’s Irish Pub for your fundamental Celtic needs, Tavern on Whyte on Thursdays for softer acoustic sounds, or Blues on Whyte to swing your hips to some bluesy rhythms. Journey north to Brittany’s Lounge for their open genre variety stage, with a different night of the week dedicated to a different medium: visual, oratory, auditory, or movement. Prefer to sip on a relaxing coffee or tea instead? Saturdays at The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse mean a medley of local musicians, poets and comedians, and you can catch various jazz, folk, RnB, and indie musicians at Café Blackbird from Thursday to Saturday. Or start your Sunday off right with a jazz brunch at the Blue Chair Café. —Tamara Aschenbrenner

Chef Spotlight: Zinc’s David Omar

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Photo courtesy of David Omar.

An art gallery is the perfect place for creative expression, so it’s no wonder that Chef David Omar has been presenting his culinary creations as the executive chef of Zinc, located within the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Like many artists, Omar seeks and sees inspiration everywhere he goes, whether it’s collaborating with different chefs or merely walking down the street. The New Brunswick native looks particularly to other local chefs and restaurants, like Daravara and the Workshop Eatery, always searching for ways to stand out and learn. “Running a restaurant in Edmonton, you should be looking at other places, but really focusing on who’s your direct competition, partners in the industry,” he says. “This city has so many cool restaurants.”

The terms bored and boring do not sit well with Omar, whether in his own life or on a plate. The chef prefers to search for new challenges and opportunities and is regularly involved in various competitions and events throughout the year, such as Gold Medal Plates and Taste of Edmonton. He is particularly excited for the second year of Feast on the Field this summer, an outdoor dining event at Commonwealth Stadium that raises money for CapitalCare.

In terms of his cooking, Omar likes to ensure that he’s creating unique dishes, even if it’s just a fresh take on a familiar dish. For instance, Zinc’s new spring menu will include a twist on the classic pork and beans: succulent pork belly and white bean ragout with Gala apples, celery, and parsley. “It has to be the same and familiar so people recognize it, it has to be different so that it sets you aside, and it has to be new because the general public gets bored very, very easily,” says Omar. —Tamara Aschenbrenner

Western Canada Fashion Week

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Photo by Lindsay Thompson.

One of Western Canada’s longest running and most established fashion weeks, Western Canada Fashion Week is strutting into Edmonton to showcase local talents and international couturiers who will be unveiling their spring collections and giving you a glimpse into the latest fashion trends for the season. Contests for emerging designers, stylists, and fantasy hair and makeup artists will be taking place throughout the week, and the event will also feature unique collaborations, exciting parties, and exclusive sample sales. Tickets to runway shows are $25, and are available at the door or through TIX on the Square. Shows start at 8 pm at the ATB Financial Arts Barns; visit the website for a calendar of events.

Western Canada Fashion Week | March 24 – 31
ATB Financial Arts Barns | 10330-84 Ave. | 780-409-1910