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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

CONTEST ALERT
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

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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

Fatburger
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

Artist Spotlight: Leo Arcand

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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.

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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.

5 Fantastic Family Day Trips near Edmonton

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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

Potted Potter: The Hilarious Harry Potter Experience in Edmonton

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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!

CONTEST ALERT
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.

Newsies Takes the Stage in Edmonton

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Photo by Deen van Meer.

“Seize the Day” and see this smash-hit Disney musical! Based on a real-life story, this energetic and inspiring show follows the lives of a group of orphaned and homeless newspaper boys who fight for their working rights against some of the most powerful men in New York — the newspaper publishers. Well-loved songs like “King of New York,” “Santa Fe,” and “Carrying the Banner,” and incredible dance numbers won this show the 2012 Tony Award for Best Score and Best Choreography!

Newsies | July 12 – 17 
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium | 11455-87 Ave. | 1-855-985-5000

Live Art Events in Old Strathcona

sand carving whyteThis weekend, the Old Strathcona neighbourhood of Edmonton will be overflowing with art thanks to two major summer events! Sand on Whyte, which runs through July 10, welcomes award-winning artists from around the world to sculpt magnificent, giant sand creations just off the avenue. Visit the festival more than once, as you can watch the artists work and the sculptures take shape throughout the weekend.

The annual Whyte Ave. Art Walk will also be taking place in the heart of Old Strathcona from July 8 to 10. This fantastic event creates an outdoor gallery and studio with hundreds of working artists. You can stroll along the avenue to admire the diverse selection of art, watch art being made, and purchase affordable, original pieces from local artists.

Throw in a visit to the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm, where on top of buying some fresh produce and local goods, you can also hear live music from busking performers. —Matthew Stepanic

Art Walk | July 8 – 10 | 10 am – 5 pm
Old Strathcona | Whyte Ave. between 108 St. & 101 St.

Sand on Whyte | Through July 10 | 10 am – 10 pm
Old Strathcona | NE Corner of Whyte Ave. & Gateway Blvd.

Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market | July 9 | 8 am – 3 pm
10310-83 Ave.

Edmonton’s Best New or Improved Attraction 2016

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Photo by Lindsay Shapka.

The new Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre is a stunning, light-filled space that features the Agora Interpretive Centre where you can learn about Alberta’s past and exciting future, and the 4-D immersive Pehonan Theatre. You can also take in a featured art exhibit in the Borealis Gallery or shop for incredible art and gifts at the stunning Alberta Branded gift shop! After exploring the centre, take in the view of the Alberta Legislature Building from the huge, fountain-filled square just outside that is surrounded by manicured gardens, wading pools, and a wealth of history. —Lindsay Shapka

Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre | Fri – Wed 10 am – 5 pm; Thu 10 am – 8 pm
9820-107 St. | 780-427-7362

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The fountains at night. Photo by Adrien Guyot.

Edmonton Cycling 101

CyclistExplore the city while perched atop a bike! No wheels? Rent one from MEC Edmonton (12328-102 Ave.), River Valley Adventure Co. (9735 Grierson Hill), or Bike Works (8001-102 St.). Enjoy your ride!

Rules of the Road
Cyclists are not permitted on sidewalks unless they are clearly marked as shared-use, but are allowed on all roads where they must obey the same rules as a motor vehicle.

Required Equipment
Your bike must be outfitted with a bell or horn, a bicycle brake, and reflectors on the front and back for cycling at night. Helmets are only required for riders under the age of 18. Make sure you have a strong bike lock with you as well so you have a way to secure your bike when you need to stop for a coffee break.

Share the Trail
Edmonton’s river valley has more than 160 km of multi-use trails, multiple parks, and is the perfect place to enjoy some fresh air no matter the season! The pathways are designated as shared-use, meaning that runners, walkers, bikers, rollerbladers, and skateboarders can all use them at any time of year. Anyone on wheels must yield to pedestrians, and it’s also a good habit to always keep to the right of the path so that people moving faster than you can pass easily.

Visit the city’s website for more information.
—Lindsay Shapka

The Tastiest Edmonton Street Eats

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Bully Food Truck layers its yummy comfort food with an abundance of cheese and nostalgia. One of their most popular items, The Bully Mac, contains six different cheeses blended in their signature cheese sauce, which is poured over macaroni. The Turkey Burger, topped with pickled red onions, bruschetta, and a four-cheese blend, is another cheesy must-try.

Once featured on Food Network’s Eat St., Molly’s Eats serves up classic food with a sentimental and gourmet feel. The Mac and Cheese Sandwich is stuffed with cheesy goodness, crisp bacon, and slow-roasted pork shoulder — and you won’t want to skip dessert once you see the tempting Double Chocolate Sandwich Cookies.

Fusion Foods
Enjoy out-of-this-world fusion tacos from Orbit’s bright white truck. The Jerk Chicken Taco, smothered in a tasty mango and habanero salsa and a creamy lime sauce, is a pleasing combo of spice and citrus.

Food-truck favourites are given an Asian spin for the hungry foodies who come to conquer Attila the HUNgry’s eats. The Duck Tots, which are crispy tater tops covered with tender braised duck leg, lime sriracha sauce, hoisen aioli, and green onion, never disappoint!

Sandwich Artists
Chedda’ Heads serves gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches with fresh-baked breads and premium cheeses. From the Big Poppa — grilled jalapeños and cream cheese — to The Hellbent — a three-cheese blend with avocado and crushed nachos — one bite will feel like a trip to cheese heaven.

S’wich doles out (as you’d expect from the name) delicious sandwiches made with handcrafted breads, such as ciabatta and pretzel, homemade condiments, and cured meats. The glorious icecream sandwiches are a thick layer of ice cream with sweet cereals, like Cap’n Crunch, mixed in for a nostalgic experience.

Delightful Desserts
Choose your flavour and tasty mix-ins, and then watch your ice cream be made fresh before your eyes! At Scoop N Roll Creamery, your dessert is chilled on a cold sheet and rolled into cylinders, creating a unique (and delicious!) ice-cream treat.

The impressive donut machine at Go Nuts 4 Donuts can serve up to 2,400 fresh and hot mini-donuts in an hour! Pick from the classic cinnamon sugar donuts and other gourmet toppings — you’ll be mesmerized by the show of watching the machine work while you snack on these warm treats.

New Trucks on the Block
These trucks took to the streets just last year, and they’re sure to conquer more pavement with each return visit.

At Hot Mess, expect food that will make you sweat as its tasty sauces drip down your fingers. Smoked pork on cornbread with apple slaw makes up the signature Hot Mess dish. Be sure to have water and a napkin at the ready!

The classic English pastries served out of Meat Street Pies, including Cornish pasties and chicken pot pie, feature hearty ingredients baked into flaky crusts. The pies hold a simple blend of veggies and spices, but offer a complex and satisfying taste.

Food Truck Show and Shine
Once a month, over a dozen trucks gather in one spot for a food-truck fiesta at What the Truck?! Make a multi-course meal of the event by starting with an appetizer at one truck, find your main course at another, and then finish off with the most eye-catching dessert!
July 8 | 5 pm – 8 pm | Northlands Park | 7410 Borden Park Rd.
August 20 | 4 pm – 8 pm | Edmonton Ballpark | 10233-96 Ave.
September 25 | 2 pm – 5 pm | Churchill Square

—Matthew Stepanic

Violent Delights at Freewill Shakespeare Festival

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Photo by Lucas Boutilier.

Every year, the Freewill Players return to the “golden world” of Hawrelak Park for their theatre double feature, The Freewill Shakespeare Festival! This year, they’ve programmed a summer of romance with the classic tragedy Romeo & Juliet and the absurd comedy Love’s Labour Lost. Witness what violent ends await the star-crossed lovers of Shakespeare’s most popular romance, and appreciate the sophisticated wordplay in the untraditional play in which a king and his companions attempt to swear off all women for three years. You’ll regret it if you swear off the violent delights of either of these passionate plays!

For this year’s performances, the festival has planned some extra special events to introduce Shakespeare to new audiences! Worried that your kids may not understand the plays? Bring them early on Saturday & Sunday matinees for Thou Art Here Theatre’s Puppet Primers, which will explain the plot of the play in a fun 15 minutes! For alcohol connoisseurs, grab tickets for the Shakesbeer Cask Night on July 7 & 14, which features a special brew from Alley Kat Brewery for that night’s show. Or head to the Unwined Date Night on July 9 for a wine and food pairing before the evening’s entertainment. —Matthew Stepanic 

Freewill Shakespeare Festival | June 21 – July 17
Hawrelak Park | 9930 Groat Rd. | 780-442-5311