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The Dream World of Odysseo: A Review and Tips for a Great Viewing Experience

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There’s a buzz of excitement from grown men in cowboy hats and giddy laughter running through the stands from little girls sitting with their parents. The audience clearly can’t wait for the curtains to part and the stage to light up. The moment suddenly arrives. The screen transforms from a wall of black into a scene of a forest. A heavy silence falls on the audience and out of the darkness a vision appears: a woman in an ethereal gown of rose pink walks up from a mossy green hill, her angelic voice singing in Italian. Then, a pack of snow white horses comes charging in across the stage, as if out of a dream. Petite women with the train of their cloaks flapping behind them stand on the backs of two horses. They strut side by side, making their way from one end of the stage to the other, disappearing through the stage left doors with their riders — but this is only the beginning of the show and there are many more surprises to come.

Cavalia’s Odysseo is a show that heightens the senses and leaves you with a strange sense that you’ve entered into another world –– like something out of a magical page of a Narnia book, or The Shire from The Lord of the Rings, or even a Game of Thrones realm. It’s a show for both children and adults to escape the realities of the real world and to remember that as humans we are made of dreams. This break from everyday living is being offered in Edmonton from July 13 – August 10, 2014.

The Montreal based production Cavalia has brought one of the largest touring tents in the world to our city. Inside the white pavilions, 69 different breeds of horses hit the main stage –– each one clearly bringing a different personality to the production, making the show charmingly spontaneous at times. Audiences who are fans of Cirque du Soleil will recognize a similar use of acrobatics and dance sequences from male and female performers throughout Odysseo. All the choreography is based on the imagination of the director, Normand Latourelle, who was one of Cirque du Soleil’s co-founders.

The show itself is two hours long with a half hour intermission in-between. To make the most of your time at this dreamlike show here are some logistics and insider tips:

  • When buying your tickets, spend a little extra on the VIP package if you can. It has great perks, like a buffet in the Rendez-Vous tent an hour and a half before the show starts. Delicacies include melted brie cheese smothered in pecans, feta and spinach stuffed spanakopita, smoky and thinly sliced, cured salmon, and more. For adults, there are beverages such as prosecco, white and red wine, and beer. For the little ones, there are sodas, juices, and waters. To top it off, during intermission, the buffet is cleared away to make room for deserts – including a chocolate fountain!
  • Inside the VIP Rendez-Vous tent or at the Box Office in front of the tent buy a keepsake or gift like a recording of the beautiful music (which will be performed live during the show) or a stuffed toy horse for that special someone.
  • Parking can be found on site for $15, or $12 if it’s purchased ahead of the show on the show’s website. If you want to save your dollars, park across the service roads by the gas stations for free. There’s no cross walk to get across to the big tents, but if you’re polite, there will be police officers on site stopping traffic when you need to cross.
  • When buying tickets for seats, aim for rows in the middle (like rows HH and A) so you can see the whole vista of the stage. There’s also a great scene involving a lot of water towards the very end of the production, so if you don’t want to get a bit wet, avoid the very front row.

Visit cavalia.net/en/odysseo for driving instructions, ticket prices, and more information.

Enjoy the show!

— Becky Hagan-Egyir

10 Summer Patios in Edmonton

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The Sugarbowl in Edmonton. Photo by Jennifer Linford

When the sun is shining nothing beats dining outdoors with a cool drink in hand. Here are ten restaurants with great patios in Edmonton to get some sun and good food:

1. Craft Beer Market — One of the newest patios in the city, and one of very few rooftop patios, this spot comes with an incredible view of downtown and more than 100 beers on tap to enjoy in the sun.

2. Leva — Located on the corner of a sleepy, historic street just a few steps off the U of A campus, this shady spot is a great place to relax with a cappuccino or while away a warm afternoon with homemade gelato.

3. Earls Downtown — The perfect spot to see and be seen, you can snuggle in a booth, perch at high tables, or lounge on a couch in this sleek, always-busy outdoor space.

4. MKT — Comfortable picnic-table-like seating and a massive outdoor bar makes this space a local favourite during the warmer months.

5. Wildflower Grill — This cozy, street-level patio is surrounded by fresh flowers and is the perfect spot to indulge in summer menu items like the incredible Miso Seabass and the Watermelon Salad.

6. Urban Diner on 102 Ave. — Tucked behind the restaurant is a tree-shaded outdoor space that has such a relaxed vibe, you might mistake it for your own deck!

7. Chiantis — Escape the hustle and bustle of Whyte Avenue, on this sunny patio that comes with the scent of beautiful flowers and freshly made pasta.

8. The Confederation Lounge — No one can argue that the view of the river valley from this patio is anything but breathtaking. A summer menu full of items straight off the BBQ makes this spot one that can’t be missed.

9. Sugarbowl — With the garage-door-style windows at the front of this trendy spot rolled open wide throughout the summer, you will feel like you are outside even if you don’t snag a coveted seat on their always-busy patio.

10. Julio’s Barrio — Arguably the best spot in the city to people watch, this patio spills out onto the Whyte Avenue sidewalk in the summer months and is filled with people celebrating the season with margaritas, nachos, and tacos.

What’s New at Edmonton Valley Zoo—Edmonton’s Best New Attraction 2014

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Congratulations to the new The Wander Trail System at Edmonton Valley Zoo — our pick for the WHERE Edmonton Magazine 2014 Best New Attraction!

If your most recent memory of Edmonton Valley Zoo involves posing for a photo with the statue of Humpty Dumpty, it’s time to plan another visit. A lot has changed since its days as Storyland Valley Zoo, and the new additions are proof that change is good.

Since 2010 Edmonton Valley Zoo has undergone expansive renovations to complete three new phases of the zoo. The Wander is the second phase of the re-design and parts of the attraction have been open since December 2013, with the Grand Opening taking place on July 11, 2014. The Wander is a themed walkway that connects the new entry plaza to the rest of the zoo, andre-enacts the story of the North Saskatchewan River with features that mimic its origin as glacial water in the Rocky Mountains, to its presence in Edmonton. “We’re so connected to the river in Edmonton and with The Wander we want everyone to understand a little more about it” Denise Prefontaine, Director of the Zoo, says.

The Entry Plaza, where you’ll find a Wild Earth Cafe and the Zoo-tique Gift Shop, represents the urban city of Edmonton. Sharp eyes will notice that the floor of the plaza is formed by non-uniform concrete squares of various sizes — it’s because they depict the dominion grid of how Edmonton was settled. Non-artificial rocks, a mosaic path, and water features make up the rest of the walkway, which ends at a structure resembling an ice cave in the Columbia Icefields. With coloured stained glass-like windows and a reflective surface that keeps things cool, the structure is a serene spot to take a break on a hot day.

Between the two points, the “river” takes guests by a beaver dam play structure that children can climb on, a beach area with sand and a wading pool, a trout pond and wetland marsh, rock steps and benches, shallow streams of water that are meant to be walked and splashed in, and smaller rocks that children can move and stack within the water. Despite its intricate setup, there are flat pathways around the features so that The Wander is completely accessible for those with mobility issues.

Of course, an attraction at the zoo wouldn’t be complete without some animals, and all of the enclosures that surround The Wander contain animals from mountainous regions to fit with the theming: “[w]ith the re-designs in the zoo, we wanted to educate people about the habitats and land that animals live on as much as the animals themselves” Tammy Wiebe, Executive Director of the Valley Zoo Development Society says.

Though The Wander serves to make the animal enclosures at the zoo more easily accessible, all of its features make it an attraction itself. It’s fun, it’s functional, and it’s also beautiful. The spot at the very top of the attraction provides a stunning view of the deep green trees in the river valley, and it’s the perfect place to snap a few group photos and commemorate the outing to the newest phase of the fantastic Edmonton Valley Zoo!

Canada Day Celebrations in Edmonton in 2014

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Canada Day Fireworks in Edmonton Photo courtesy City of Edmonton

1. Alberta Legislature | 10 am – 10 pm | Free Admission | assembly.ab.ca/canadaday/event.html
Official ceremonial activities include a 21-gun salute at 12 pm, tours of the legislature building, and welcoming remarks from the Premier of Alberta and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. There’s plenty to do throughout the day, including roaming performers (magic shows! stilt walkers!), food trucks, activities and crafts for kids, and is a good spot to view the evening’s fireworks spectacular. Ten local music acts will keep things rocking throughout the day, with a showstopping performance by elctro-dance group Shout Out Out Out Out to close out the day.

2. Telus World of Science—Edmonton | 9 am – 6 pm | $4 General Admission; $4 IMAX Theatre Shows | telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca
The science centre is celebrating Canada’s birthday—and theirs, too! To celebrate their 30th birthday, Telus World of Science is offering vintage admission prices. For $4, you can see all the great exhibits plus two summer feature exhibits—K*NEX Thrill Rides and Wildlife Rescue—and shows in the full dome theatre. For an additional $4, check out one of the fun 3D films in the IMAX theatre.

3. Edmonton Valley Zoo | 11 am – 4 pm | $13.25 Adult; $11 Senior/Youth; $8 Child (2-12) | valleyzoo.ca
Celebrate the zoo’s 55th Birthday and Canada’s 147th Birthday with Canadian animal enrichments, Canadian Geographic games, crafts, cupcakes, and live entertainment. Plus, check out the new The Wander exhibit with interactive water features and climbing structures for children.

4. Mayfield Dinner Theatre |  Dinner 6 pm; Show 8 pm | $59 | mayfieldtheatre.ca
See a special presentation of The Last Romance at Mayfield Dinner Theatre to celebrate Jamie Farr’s (the star of the show) 80th birthday! Tickets for this night only are $59 and there will be birthday cake served after the show.

5. Edmonton Prospects Game | 7 pm | $14 Adult; $12 Student/Senior; $8 Child (6-14); Children under 6 are free | prospectsbaseballclub.com
Watch Edmonton’s Western Major Baseball League team take on the Regina Red Sox. After the game stick around for an amazing view of the fireworks over the river valley. Join in the tail gate party on the field from 5:30 – 6:45 for live entertainment, a great view from first base, and a barbecue. There’s an additional charge for the tail gate party.

6. Muttart Conservatory | 12 pm – 4 pm | $12 Adult; $10.60 Youth (13-17)/Senior; $6.50 Child | edmonton.ca
View the new display in the feature pyramid, enjoy live music, Canada Day crafts, face painting, activities, and snacks.

7. Fort Edmonton Park | 10 am – 6pm | $18.15 Adult; $13.55 Child (2-17); $63.55 Family | fortedmontonpark.ca/events/dominion-day-2014
Celebrate Dominion Day at the historic village that celebrates Canada’s history all year-round. Special programming for the day includes a citizenship ceremony and a parade.

8. City Hall | 1 pm – 4 pm | Free! | edmonton.ca
Soak up the sun by the outdoor wading pool or take in some of the entertainment and activities including live music, roving performers, and children’s crafts. Plus, cross the street to Churchill Square and take in the fun, free exhibits at The Works Art and Design Festival.

9. Art Gallery of Alberta | 11 am – 5 pm | Free! | youraga.ca
View all of the current gallery exhibitions and enjoy children’s activities and a barbecue.

10. Light Up the Sky: Canada Day Fireworks in Edmonton | 11 pm | Free | River Valley
The High Level Bridge will unveil it’s brighter display when it’s lit up in full for the first time. The lights on the bridge will be synchronized to an Edmonton Symphony Orchestra performance of “O Canada!”, which can be heard on CKUA on your radio or smartphone app. Finally, the evening will end with a majestic fireworks display over the river valley.

Hunter Hayes is Alberta Bound: Interview

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Grammy-nominated country music singer/songwriter Hunter Hayes is treating Edmonton fans to two shows this summer. With his new album Storyline, Hunter’s got a string of new music to perform in addition to his breakout hits “Wanted” and “I Want Crazy”.

The country music star will be playing a free show at West Edmonton Mall on the HMV Stage on Monday, June 23 at 6:30 pm. After the show, Hunter will sign autographs for fans. Visit wem.ca for more information.

Hunter will be back in Alberta for a headlining performance at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose on Friday, August 1. For tickets and more information, visit bigvalleyjamboree.com.

Where Edmonton interviewed Hunter before his June 23 show at West Edmonton Mall! Read on to find out what the country singer had to say:


There’s a viral video making the rounds called Why Country Music Was Awful in 2013. The video suggests that mainstream country music by male artists has become cookie cutter dull and derivative with formulaic, empty lyrics about trucks, dirt roads, tight jeans, beer, and little else.

The video has a point, so it’s refreshing to listen to Hunter Hayes’ new album Storyline and not hear any of that. The lyrics—most of  which the young performer penned himself— delve into typical themes of love, but with a refreshing take on celebrating and fostering positive relationships—with others and with ourselves—and even explore healthy, self-aware breakups. Hayes estimates he had about 80 songs written for the album before selecting which ones would make the final version, and says that the songs on Storyline were very inspired and in-the-moment ideas:

“I did a lot of writing on the road which was very different than working in Nashville. For the first record, I had three or four days a week booked in a writing room because I wasn’t touring or anything at the time. About a month out you would know exactly what day you’d be writing and in which room you’d be in and who you’d be writing with… it was such a systematic way of writing and it kind of freaked me out. Writing is such an emotive process—you’re talking about your life. It’s tough to schedule something so personal that far in advance. I mean, really, what do you schedule that far in advance? It’s just funny to me. But I eventually learned how to collect thoughts and build ideas and close them off in a theoretical jar and release them on the certain days you were writing with certain people.

On the road you can’t schedule anything. Our show days are crazy and busy which is exactly how they should be, but you don’t have a lot of time to sit down and say ‘let’s talk about my life’”. We would usually have about 45 minutes at the most to write, which isn’t the most ideal…. but it worked. One night between 10 pm and 2 am we had written three songs. [Being on the road] is a way to write in the moment and actually capture things. You hear that phrase a lot…capture the moment…but that’s exactly what it is. That spirit you’re in on the road is actually the most conducive to [writing]. You’ve just come off the stage from a show and the fans just gave you a ton of energy and you have to capture that because it’s special and magical and you’ve got no where else to go except to write and create things.”

Where Edmonton (WE): Tell me the story behind one of the songs on Storyline [at my request, Hunter relayed the story of "Flashlight"]:

Hunter Hayes (HH): I wanted to have a conversation about my faith, and I had a song on the first record called “Faith to Fall Back On” that I was really proud of and I wanted to write something like that, but I didn’t want to just make a new version of that song. I had written a few songs about [my faith] but I wasn’t really happy with any of them, none of them really felt right. My friend [and co-writer] Troy actually came up with the title, and as soon as he said “flashlight” I was like… yes. We have to talk about this. We have to discuss what this means. You’ve heard that “footprints in the sand” reference, and to me it’s another version of that. It’s another way of saying that even in the darkest moments of our life we are still able to make it through somehow. Even in the worst of times you can find the light and the positives and the thing that leads you out of the darkness, and it leads back to one thing that never changes or wavers or disappears, and for me that’s my faith.

There’s a line in the song that says ‘it’s funny when I realize all the places that your miracles can hide’. It’s saying how it’s funny how often we can encounter small miracles every day.

At a meet and greet when a fan says something to me very quickly—almost in passing—about a song on the record, I wish there was some way for me to tell them in that instant how much that lifts my spirit. I wish there was some way for me to put into words how much that means. Something as simple as that changes my whole day, it changes my whole outlook, because it means the world. Different versions of that happen all the time and just light up your day.

With “Nothing Like Starting Over” I had that title for a year and every time I looked at that title it brought me back to the feeling I had the day I thought of it. I knew it was simple but I wanted to write a song about the option that you have in a break-up scenario to make it good or bad. You can each walk away with respect and good things, and sometimes you have to work hard to make it happen but it’s always worth it. It’s always worth it to make a good scenario for both parties. I wrote that song between two meet and greets in 45 minutes.

WE: What’s been the most surreal moment of your career so far?

HH: It’s still kind of surreal to look at the pictures from the arena tour we just finished up…I love the pictures that our photographer got from behind the stage and of the whole audience because that’s something I’ve always wanted to do, arena tours. I’ve always wanted to build a show for an arena. When I think about it, it still kind of catches me off guard that I got to do that, and that is one of the most defining surreal things that I’ve gotten to do. Another thing that has been surreal was the Guinness World Record thing, but I don’t know if that was surreal or just kind of nuts. It was a brilliant day considering everything that could have gone wrong. Well done on the team’s part and of course the fans were great. The fans packed each place and sold out every show. I think all the reporters were wanting to hear a stressful story, but it was really a lot of fun.”

WE: What are three words to describe a Hunter Hayes concert, perhaps to describe it to someone who’s never seen one of your shows?

HH: I say all this with “hopefully” at the beginning… energetic, emotional—good and bad, mostly good, but you gotta go through all of it—and memorable.

WE: You play over 30 instruments, so what is your approach to performing? How do you build a show?

HH: I’m leaning a lot lately to being a guitar player because that is my home and that’s my instrument. But I would never step out and say “well, I’m a guitar player!” You know? I play things on the piano during most shows. But lately I’ve been trying to step away from the instruments and just sing and just be a vocalist…not even trying to be a vocalist, it’s not about that…but with a song like “Invisible”, when we first started playing it live I didn’t want any instruments to distract from the song and the message and I just liked to perform it. This isn’t in any reference to any recent events, but I like trying to channel my inner Michael Bublé and just sing and emote.

 

5 Unique Movie Theatres in Edmonton

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Watching a movie is a great way to relax, especially if you need to escape some bad weather! We recommend checking out a flick at one of these one-of-a-kind venues.

1. VIP Windermere Cinemas | 6151 Currents Dr. | 780-822-4250 | cineplex.com/Theatres/VIP
Get the red-carpet treatment at the only Cineplex Odeon VIP theatre in Alberta! In addition to the seven regular theatres, three VIP theatres offer movie-goers a unique way to enjoy the latest films. The extra admission price allows patrons to relax in an adults-only theatre and access a private concession stand and lounge with a full restaurant menu and bar. Once in the theatre, extra-wide, high-back rocker seats—accompanied by seat-side food and drink service—await guests. VIP 18+ Admission $20.25; General Admission $13.25 Adult, $9.50 Senior (65+), $8.99 Child (3-13); Ultra AVX 3D $18.25 Adult, $14.50 Senior, $13.99 Child.

2. Garneau Theatre |  8712-109 St. | 780-425-9212 | metrocinema.org
The Garneau Theatre has been a fixture of the trendy Garneau area since 1940. It’s maintained some of its nostalgic features like it’s outdoor neon sign and marquee, two-level seating in a single-screen theatre and a retro concession stand. It’s currently home to the Metro Cinema, which screens a selection of independent new releases and nostalgic favourites—this is the place to re-live the “Golden Age” of film and see Hollywood classics on the big screen! Monthly film series like Crime Watch, Science in the Cinema and Reel Family Cinema show pop culture favourites and open with a brief, entertaining talk. The lineup changes weekly; two films are screened every weekday evening, four films are shown each day on the weekend. $10 Adult ($8 matinee), $8 Senior/Student ($6 matinee), $6 Child (under 13).

3. The Princess Theatre | 10337 Whyte (82) Ave. | 780-433-0728 | rainbowcinemas.ca/A/Princess
For a dose of history and entertainment, see a film at Edmonton’s oldest surviving cinema, The Princess Theatre. The ornate building still features the original auditorium and balcony from 1915, and screens an interesting mix of independent, foreign and alternative new releases.Two or three films are shown every week; two screenings on weekday evenings, four screenings on the weekend. $11 Adult ($8 matinee), $8 Senior/Student/Child. On Mondays, all movies are $6.

4. Capitol Theatre at Fort Edmonton Park | fortedmontonpark.ca
Enjoy some of the most classic, popular, and influential films of all time on the big screen in the historic one-room Capitol Theatre! Movies are shown every Thursday evening at  7:30 pm, and there is a different film series film each month. June 2014 is “Clint Eastwood and John Wayne,” July 2014 is “Family Favourites,” and August 2014 is “Musical Requests”. $10 General Admission.

5. Telus World of Science—IMAX Theatre | telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca
This theatre shows a variety of made-for-IMAX films that are both educational and stunning. Now playing are Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D, D-Day: Normandy 1944 3DJerusalem 3D, and Rocky Mountain Express. The theatre also shows some of the latest big blockbuster hits, and has shown films like Gravity and Captain America: The Winter Solider. You can enjoy a film in the IMAX theatre without paying admission to the science centre exhibits. If you do want to check out the rest of the science centre, discounted combo tickets are available. $13.95 Adult; $11.95 Senior (65+)/Youth (13-17); $9.50 Child (3-12); $54.95 Family (2 adults and up to 4 children). Showtimes vary daily.

6 Spots to Watch the FIFA World Cup in Edmonton

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The FIFA World Cup takes place from June 12 – July 13, which means soccer fans will be looking for a spot to score a few pints and a view of the game with other enthusiastic fans. There’s a good chance that any bar or pub you stumble into will have the games playing, but here’s our round up of five spots in Edmonton to watch the FIFA World Cup that have unique offerings:

CIBC Soccer Nation | Louise McKinney Riverfront Park, 9999 Grierson Hill Rd. | Saturday, June 21, 11 am – 6 pm
The CIBC Soccer Nation Tour is a cross-country mobile soccer festival. In Edmonton, the Germany vs. Ghana game on June 21 will be broadcast outdoors live on the big screen along with fun activities for fans and families, including a Cheer Booth, footballing tips and demonstrations from ‘Masters of Ball Control’ freestyle soccer players, giveaways of thunder sticks, stick-on tattoos and nine pure silver FIFA commemorative coins, and more!

Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse | pampasteakhouse.com
Can’t make it to Brazil for the live games? This is the next best thing! Cheer on your favourite soccer team while enjoying authentic Brazilian BBQ and drinks. There is a special World Cup à la Carte menu featuring individual skewers of barbecued meats—like bacon-wrapped chicken and garlic rump steak—cooked over a Brazilian charcoal barbecue. For early morning games, a traditional Brazilian breakfast will be served. Reservations are recommended.

The Pint | thepint.ca
This sports pub is a partner of The Official England House, so if England is your team you’ll be among plenty of other fans during their “football” games. On nights when England plays (June 14, 19, 24) there will prizes, giveaways, and food and drink specials.

O’Byrnes | obyrnes.com
If you don’t want to miss any opportunity to soak up the sun, O’Byrnes will be showing all of the games live even out on their patio. If you’re seated inside, you won’t have to miss a second of the action with their table side self-serve beer system. Pour yourself a pint whenever you want one!

DeVine Wines and Spirits | devinewines.ca
This local liquor store is is hosting a World Cup Wine Tasting event on Saturday, June 21 at 7 pm. Guests can sample different wines from countries participating in the games, including wines from Brazil. You don’t need to be a sommelier to attend—this one is a casual, informal wine tasting meant to be social and in the spirit of the games. Registration is required; $35 per person.

Spinelli’s Bar Italia | baritalia.italiancentre.ca
This cafe inside the Italian Centre in Little Italy is the spot for fans of Team Italy to gather. The games will be broadcast on large screen TVs throughout the cafe, where you can nosh on light fare, flaky pastries, and espresso. On Saturday, June 14 from 12 pm – 4 pm, watch the Italy vs. England World Cup Game live outdoors on a big screen in Caboto Park.

Edmonton Food Trucks 2014

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Molly’s Food Truck in Edmonton serves up tasty eats in the street.

Edmonton’s culinary scene hits the street in the summer with almost 50 food trucks out and about. With menus that change daily, there is plenty of variety to satisfy all taste buds. The location of each truck varies daily, and they also make appearances at farmer’s markets, festivals, and events throughout the season. Whet your app-etite and visit streetfoodapp.com/edmonton for a real-time list of where and when each food truck will be available, or download the free Street Food App for on-the-go navigation. Plus, most food trucks share their daily menus and locations on Twitter.

Knosh Catering
@knoshcatering
British pub grub like Yorkshire pudding, Shepard’s pie, and sandwiches.

The Fruit Truck
@TheFruitTruck
Fresh, organic fruit—much of which is grown on local, regional farms.

Moose on the Run
@mooseonrun
Smoked meat, chicken and waffles,

Attila the HUNgry
@AttilaTheHUNgry
Asian fusion food like Thai PB & J sandwiches and duck tater tots.

Local Omnivore
@local_omnivore
Homemade smoked bacon and sandwiches.

La Poutine
@La_Poutine_
Over 19 types of poutine (including a vegan variety) with homemade gravy.

Perogy Princess
@perogytruck
Authentic Ukrainian dishes like perogies, sauerkraut, and cabbage rolls.

Afterbite Mobile
@AfterbiteMobile
Burgers, pizza rolls, chicken fingers, and poutine.

Bully Food Truck
@BullyTruck
Upscale comfort food like butter chicken pops, pizza burgers, and their famous mac and cheese.

Drift
@driftfoodtruck
Fusion-food craft sandwiches, handcut fries with homemade ketchup and seasoning.

Little Village
@littlevillageFT
Delicious Greek fare including salads and pita wraps.

Molly’s Eats
@MollysEats
Hot sandwiches, spiced french fries, and desserts.

Smokehouse BBQ
@Smokehousebb
Southern barbecue food like ribs, brisket, and pulled pork.

Native Delights
@NativeDelights
Aboriginal cuisine like bannock burgers, Indian tacos, chili and cheddar bannock dogs.

SoCal Smoothies
@Socalsmoothies
Fresh fruit smoothies.

The Patty Wagon
@PattyWagonEd
Customizable gourmet burgers and poutine.

Big City Sandwich
@bigcitysandwich
Gourmet sandwiches with international influences and handcut fries.

Casa 12 Doce
@casa12doce
Traditional handmade Mexican streetfood like tacos, tortas, and huaraches.

dedo’s
@dedosfoodtruck
AAA Alberta beef creations, including their signature Shwarma.

Filistix
@Filistix
Ricebowls and Asian-inspired fare.

Sailin’ On
@sailinon
All vegan wraps and sandwiches, including one made with their famous coconut bacon.

Nhon Hoa Sandwich Bar
@nhonhoavietsub
Vietnamese subs, spring rolls, and bubble tea.

Truckin’ Good Eats
@truckingoodeatz
BBQ ribs and beef.

Dolce & Banana
@dandbfoodtruck
Italian pasta, paninis, and desserts.

Incredible Edibles
@IncredEdibles
Poutine, hot sandwiches, and frozen lemonade.

Orbit
@orbitfoodtruck
Fusion tacos.

Quick Meal
@edmquickmeal

Mediterranean food like donairs and shish kebabs—the donair poutine is a must-try.

Gone But Not Forgotten
The Act was a popular local food truck, but you won’t see it on the streets this season as the owners are focusing on their new restaurant, MEAT. If you’re craving The Act’s burgers, they’re served up at The Next Act.


What the Truck?!
Inspired by lively food truck gatherings in San Francisco, local bloggers Mack Male and Sharon Yeo started What the Truck — a series of events that each gather several food trucks in one place, accompanied by live music, so hungry guests could “truck hop” and try a variety of dishes in one vibrant, community-oriented setting. Events run throughout the summer; the next What the Truck event is June 13, 2014. Visit www.whatthetruck.ca for updates.

 

You Are Here: South Edmonton Common

1. PLAY! Brain teasers, puzzles, model trains, windsocks, good old fashioned kites, and more await you at the jam packed hobby shop Kites and Other Delights. 10024-21 Ave., 780-487-9952. kitesandotherdelights.com

2. WALK, JOG, RUN From his very first store in the living room of an old house in Edmonton, John Stanton’s Running Room has grown to include more then 100 stores across North America! This is the go-to place to be fitted with the perfect running shoes to suit your stride. 10012-21 Ave., 780-450-0129. runningroom.com

3. THE QUEEN OF SPAS Since starting her first salon in Edmonton in 1984, Eveline Charles has become one of the most recognized names in the Canadian luxurious salon and spa industry. 1641-102 St., 780-424-5666. evelinecharles.com

4. BEST BURGERS Did you know that there are over 250,000 possible ways to order a burger at Five Guys Burger and Fries? Plus, none of their ingredients are ever frozen (they don’t even have freezers in their restaurants), so you know that you are getting exactly what you want, made fresh! 10161-13 Ave., 780-436-9885. fiveguys.ca

5. GREEN GEAR In need of new clubs, a pink plaid pair of pants, or a fancy new golf bag? Get geared up for golf season with everything you need at this gigantic Golf Town Store. 1940-99 St., 780-988-6000. golftown.com

6. KONNICHIWA! Relax in one of the private tatami rooms separated by sliding paper doors, while indulging in a Mango Tango Roll and some warm saki at Mikado Japanese Restaurant. 1903-98 St., 780-432-4500. mikadorestaurant.com

7. A TASTE OF ITALY Take a break from shopping to lounge over one of Caffe Sorrentino’s signature savoury paninis or melt in your mouth pastries alongside a cappuccino made with the fantastic LavAzza espresso. 1417-99 St., 780-463-1700. caffesorrentino.com

Artist Profile: Samantha Williams Chapelsky

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The featured artist in the May/June issue of WHERE Edmonton Magazine is the talented Samantha Williams Chapelsky. Her vibrant artwork has been displayed as far away as India and Italy, but this successful working artist was almost never an artist at all; “I was planning to be an engineer. [I] decided to apply to the UofA to [both] fine arts and engineering and see what I got into. I got into both and had to make a choice. I chose the art direction.” 

For the last four years, Samantha has been creating, exhibiting, and touring her incredible oil and acrylic landscapes — inspired by her travels, and artists like Monet and Jules Olitski — around the world. She creates all of her pieces in her home studio in St. Albert; “ It works best for me because of the hours that I work (6 pm until 2 am) and I know that I can make all of the mess that I want, and clean it up whenever I want. My paint drips everywhere.” Like most artists I talk to, all that Samantha really wants is to continue creating her work and sharing it with the world; “Income aside, as long as I can get by, this is all I want to do. The more time I spend on my artwork, the more I improve, and the more I enjoy it. I think that my paintings show that I truly love this. You have to follow what you are passionate about.”

Here is our full interview with Samantha, continued from the article in the May/June issue:

WHERE (W): How long would you consider yourself to be a working artist — selling your work, exhibiting, touring?

Samantha (S): Probably about four years.

W: What would you consider to be your big break into the art scene? 

S: I guess when I got my first solo show, and that was a pretty big deal for me. It was at the Daffodil Gallery in around 2011.

W: You are obviously a lover of landscapes, is that where most of your inspiration comes from?

S: A lot of it — the landscapes of where I’ve travelled and what I’ve been looking at while I’ve travelled are incredibly inspiring. I love going into galleries and museums as well though. Looking at different artists’ work is always inspirational.

W: What mediums do you use? 

S: I use both acrylic and oil. I use acrylic on [one half of my studio] and oil on the other half. I love acrylic for the vibrant colours and for how fast it dries, and the oil — I just love the feeling of oil paints.

W: We featured your hand painted Habotai Silk Scarves in the gift guide of our November/December 2013 issue. Where are they sold?

S: At the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton. I have shipped them all over the place as well, so some have gone to California and I have them up on an Etsy site. They are my fun, crafty activity. They are simple and fluid and look natural. They are not really stiff and confined.

IMG_0582 2W: I couldn’t help but notice the half painted wedding dress behind me. What is the dress for? A client?

S: It’s for a show I am going to be a part of in Vancouver at the Port Moody Art Centre. They contacted me and asked if I could fill their gallery with my silk scarves. I said ok, but the scarves are very small and they don’t take up a lot of space, so I thought I would do some tapestries, and the dress will fill the space as well. I think it would be so much fun if someone wore it at their wedding.

W: Do you take commissions?

S: Yes, I get a lot of commissions — and it is anything from a mother’s day gift to a birthday gift.

W: Approximately how much do you sell your pieces for?

S: It depends on the size. I feel like I am fairly reasonable. It can range from a few hundred to my max, which was $5000 for a painting that is 5 ft x 7 ft. For the most part, oils are more expensive then acrylics.

W: Are there any specific galleries in the city that you would recommend that a visitor check out?

S: I do love the little gallery strip on 124 Street. You’ve got the Scott Gallery, which is a great gallery; there are great artists in there as well. The Front Gallery has a couple of friends of mine, and I really like the Art Gallery of Alberta — such a fun building.

W: Do you have a goal for your work or career as an artist? 

S: I so badly want to just be an artist. That is all that I strive for. Income aside, as long as I can get by, this is all I want to do. I love coming down here [to my studio] in the morning. The more time that I have been able to spend on my artwork, the more I think I am improving and the more I think I enjoy it. And that’s the best part, being able to see the improvement as well as the love of what I do. I believe that my paintings show that I truly love this — whether it is the colours or the style, it just really makes me happy. I think that you have to follow what you are passionate about, especially in the arts because they are not going to make you a fortune, but I don’t expect to. I want to get by and be ok, and travel the world and showcase what I can do.

You can view Samantha’s work at the Sugarbowl, the Daffodil Gallery, and on her website samanthawilliamschapelsky.com

Photos and interview by Lindsay Shapka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edmonton Wayfinding Project: The Art of (Not) Getting Lost

How do you orient yourself in an unfamiliar place — without relying on a car or smart phone? The answer is wayfinding: anything that informs your navigation, such as directional signage and indicators. Relative to other major urban centers, Edmonton lacks any consistent wayfinding design — but that’s beginning to change.

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Courtesy Edmonton Wayfinding Project

When Tim Querengesser moved to Edmonton in March 2013, he noticed it was difficult to navigate the pedway, transit, and pedestrian walkway systems with the existing wayfinding signage. Inspired by citizen-driven wayfinding projects in other cities like Legible London, he started The Edmonton Wayfinding Project (EWP) to advance conversations with the city and engage locals in the discussion about creating better pedestrian wayfinding in Edmonton.

Good wayfinding can help visitors and locals alike navigate and explore the city more easily. Visitors to a city are often car-less, and are inclined to call a cab to take them to their destination because of an apprehension of getting lost. Querengesser says the presence of a detailed wayfinding design would change that: “wayfinding can be used in two ways, in a way that makes it easy to understand how to get from point A to point B, and in an adventure way like, ‘I want to go explore and see what I find’.”

To gather local input on wayfinding, EWP has a feature exhibit through June 2014 at Harcourt House gallery. Their first installation was a chalkboard wall map that people could interact with to create an insider’s perspective of the city. “We think of things in stories and a map is a story, it shows we all think of the city in our own way,” Querengesser explains. “It helps us think of Edmonton as more than just a grid of streets and cars. Our map shows that it’s shops and parks and humans and events… it’s where things happen.”

Querengesser says innovations like Google Maps do not negate the need for good wayfinding: “on Google maps everything looks the same. 104 St. and 106 St. look the same on the map but in real life 104 St. is this pedestrian-heavy, vibrant destination with some of the city’s popular shops and restaurants, and the farmers’ market, and you don’t get that sense from the digital map.” Wayfinding, Tim explains, serves as place-making to create an identity for a location by naming it. For instance, areas like Whyte Ave. and Garneau are popular, well known destinations in the city that encompass several shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues that are local favourites.

In its pilot stage, EWP has built and presented a functional, to-scale prototype, presented a public art installation, had their project accepted for the 2014 International Information Design Conference in London, England, and has designed a consistent set of symbols and labels for use on their directional signage. Now, the City of Edmonton has taken note and begun the first stages of its wayfinding program, Walk Edmonton. Wayfinding signs have been placed around Edmonton’s downtown core and the city is asking users to provide feedback in a survey.

Take the wayfinding challenge and go for a walk! Don’t anticipate getting lost, but rather expect to discover something new. You might just find a new favourite restaurant or unique shop en route to your next destination.

To learn more about The Edmonton Wayfinding Project, visit their installation at Harcourt House, visit edmontonwayfindingproject.com, or visit the City of Edmonton’s Wayfinding Project Page.

 — Breanna Mroczek

For the Thrill Seeker: 5 Thrilling Edmonton Attractions

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TAKE THE PLUNGE 
You only need 60 seconds to pack in all the thrills that skydiving has to offer! Whether you want to take the plunge for the first time or are an experienced jumper, dive from Canada’s fastest jump plane to experience an exhilarating 120 mph freefall. Skydive season starts April 1, and several jumps take place daily. Edmonton Skydive, 59523 RR 260, Westlock County, 780-884-5867, edmontonskydive.com

NEED FOR SPEED Race your car or motorbike down the one quarter mile drag strip Fast and the Furious style at Castrol Raceway during JB’s Power Centre Street Legal races every Friday night. If snow is keeping you off the tracks, head to Speeders Indoor ProKarts track to race electric powered pro-karts. Castrol Raceway, Highway 19 & Highway 2, Nisku, 780-468-3278, castrolraceway.com. Speeders Indoor ProKarts, 13145-149 St., 780-451-4377, speeders.ca.

HIGH FLYING FUN Soar 450 feet across the world’s largest indoor zipline with Line Tech Ziplines. You’ll get a view of the World Waterpark, where thrill seekers will want to try water slides like Cyclone where a trap door opens to release riders into a vertical free fall, before they encounter a gravity defying loop. West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St., 780-489-8147, linetechziplines.com.

TRIPLE THE FUN If you’re always in line to try the fastest, most topsy-turvy rides at amusement parks, you won’t want to pass up a ride on the Mindbender! It’s the world’s largest indoor triple-loop roller coaster, reaching heights of up to 14 stories and speeds up to 100 km/h. If you’re not too dizzy after the ride, head over to Space Shot to get launched 120 feet high in less than two seconds, all before plummeting back to the ground below. Galaxyland at West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St., 780-444-5300, wem.ca.

NATURE AT HIGH SPEED Take a drive off the beaten path and experience the great outdoors on a snowmobile or quad — either one might be suitable for the weather this time of year! Visit altasnowmobile.ab.ca or aohva.com for information on trails and rentals near the city. Pioneer Offroad Rentals, 7907 Davies Rd., 780-454-1010, pioneerrentals.ca. Expedition Rentals, 7012-82 Ave., 780-932-2746, expeditionrentals.ca.