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Reynolds-Alberta Museum Exhibit: The McLaughlin Story


Photo courtesy of Reynolds-Alberta Museum

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with a look at the evolution of the country’s transportation industry! The newest exhibit at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum, The McLaughlin Story, explores the history of the auto industry and the risk-taking McLaughlin family, who started one of the first major automobile manufacturers in Canada in 1907. Check out more than 20 beautifully restored and as-found McLaughlin and McLaughlin-Buicks, as well as interactive games and tours that will ensure fun for the whole family.

Reynolds-Alberta Museum | 6426-40 Ave., Wetaskiwin

Chef Spotlight: Alexei Boldireff


The head chef of downtown’s Baijiu, Alexei Boldireff, has an extensive repertoire of experience. From farms and butcher shops to bakeries and Michelin-star restaurants, Boldireff has staged (or interned) in restaurants around the world and across Canada to broaden his knowledge. “Everyone in the food industry has great things to teach, and the learning curve is so steep that you absorb so much information in such a short period of time,” he says. “It opens your eyes to a whole new world in terms of things you really like and you don’t necessarily like.”

Having been mentored by such chefs as Canada’s 100 Best’s 2016 Most Innovative Chef Justin Leboe and Top Chef Ireland’s Kevin Thornton, Boldireff has always enjoyed that aspect of the industry. It was this that compelled him to leave his food truck, S’WICH, for the larger kitchen at Baijiu. It allowed him to work with a larger staff and also work with a broader menu concept. Boldireff says, “I love having a team of people who I can train and develop and help them evolve in their careers.”

The Asian-fusion restaurant has launched a new chef menu, where customers entrust the kitchen staff with their dining experience and allow their courses to be chosen for them. “It’s for people who don’t really know what they want or are intimidated by the menu,” says Boldireff. They are also hoping to begin lunch service soon, with quick house-made bánh mì—Vietnamese sandwiches on freshly baked bread. And Boldireff himself enjoys participating in new events in the city, such as cooking a Russian dish to reflect his heritage for the upcoming REDx Talks.

In his time off from his full and hectic schedule—60 hours a week on his feet, like most chefs—Boldireff will indulge in favourite restaurants like Corso 32 and Sloppy Hoggs.

You Are Here: The French Quarter


Photo by Megan Lemoine

1. Bite into a delicious and cheesy Croque Monsieur at the quaint Café Bicyclette, or take one of its picnic basket lunches to go and enjoy it in a nearby park. 8627, rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91 St.) | 587-524-8090.

2. Every Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm, shop for artisan foods, custom crafts, and other hand-made goods from local vendors at the French Quarter Farmers’ Market. La Cité Francophone, 8627, rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91 St.) | 780-463-1144.

3. Traditional Korean fare is on the menu at Bul Go Gi House, where it is best to bring a large group to enjoy mouth-watering dishes such as Beef Bulgogi and Bibimbap. 8813-92 St. | 780-466-2330.

4. When you step into Duggan’s Boundary Irish Pub, you’ll feel transported to a neighbourhood pub in Ireland with its traditional Irish fare, such as Steak and Guinness Stew and County Kerry Salad. 9013-88 Ave. | 780-465-4834.


Photo courtesy of Campus Saint-Jean

5. A hub of French culture, La Cité Francophone hosts innovative events throughout the year, including plays during the Edmonton International Fringe Festival and new artworks in Galerie Cité. 8627, rue Marie-Anne- Gaboury (91 St.) | 780-463-1144.

6. Stroll around the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean to view its beautiful brick buildings and public artworks, such as Esprit Ours (Bear Spirit) by stone sculptor Stewart Steinhauer. 8406, rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91 St.) | 780-465-8700.

7. Dedicated to French artists, Galerie CAVA exhibits works from new and emerging artists. Through August 12, you can view an exhibit from Quebec artist Caroline Blais and the hidden sides of the art world. 9103-95 Ave. | 780-461- 3427.


Photo courtesy of the Red Ox Inn

8. The upscale Red Ox Inn offers a cozy and intimate fine dining experience with 12 small tables, an extensive wine list, and locally sourced food. 9420-91 St. | 780-465-5727.

9. Not only does The Wired Cup serve a great cup of coffee, but they also offer fresh-baked goods, tasty sandwiches, and cool and eclectic gifts. 9418-91 St. | 780-462-6628.

Also, during the Fringe Festival (August 17-27), a free shuttle bus will travel between Old Strathcona and the French Quarter, making this an even more convenient neighbourhood to visit!

Talent Spotlight: Mohsin Zaman


Photo courtesy of Paquin Artists Agency

Three years ago, Mohsin Zaman was a banker who played open-mic nights around the city and had just attended his first-ever music festival. Now, the local talent has released two albums, been awarded the 2016 Male Artist of the Year at the Edmonton Music Awards, and was recently named the Edmonton Folk Festival’s very first Artist-in-Residence. Zaman says, “There’s this perception that it’s hard to have a music career in Edmonton, so it’s great that there are many different ways that honour and show respect to the arts.”

Being immersed in the crowd at that first festival and experiencing the awe and respect for folk musician Ben Howard, Zaman was inspired. “I saw him and I was like, I want to play a song on that stage next year. And I did.” So Zaman started with the School of Song, a local educational outreach program designed to help build young, emerging musicians and songwriters. The program provides names of promising talents to the Folk Festival’s producer, Terry Wickham, who did indeed put Zaman on the stage. And he was the runner-up that year for the Emerging Artist Award.

Fast-forward to today and the talented musician is beginning an artist residency, where he will flip his role from student to mentor. His new position includes travelling to schools and different communities to conduct workshops for developing musicians. “I come from a diverse cultural background, so the goal is to get through to the multicultural community in Edmonton,” explains Zaman. “There’s so much ethnic music in our own city that no one knows about, and many individuals in these communities don’t know that something as big as Folk Fest exists.” Zaman is grateful for his time in Edmonton, especially as an emerging artist. “For the most part, it’s an embracing and loving community with amazing, insane talent. Some of the most inspirational songwriters I’ve heard are in this city,” he says. “I love watching good bands perform and being in that presence.” To add to his busy year, he’s taking those inspirations and will begin work on his third album, which he hopes will accurately represent his growth in the industry.

Visit Zaman’s website for more information about his music and upcoming performances.

Year of the Ukrainian

When the first Ukrainian pioneers immigrated to Canada 125 years ago, they had no idea they would become such an integral part of Canadian history. Alberta’s Year of the Ukrainian-Canadian celebrates the incredible contributions and accomplishments of generations of Ukrainians, who enriched our province—and Canada in general—with their culture, arts, education, and business. On Ukrainian Day, head to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village to take part in the celebrations! The festivities on August 13 include the best in Ukrainian music and dance, children’s activities, a Ukrainian food festival—where you can taste authentic pyrohy—and, as always, the chance to learn about the early life of these inspirational pioneers.

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village | 25 minutes east of Edmonton along Yellowhead Highway (Hwy 16)

Hot Date: Lady Gaga


Photo by Inez & Vinoodh

Calling all Little Monsters—Lady Gaga is ready to hear your “Applause” on her Joanne World Tour! With over 27 million albums and 146 million singles sold worldwide, the self-titled Mother Monster is one of the best-selling musicians of all time and has been honoured with numerous accolades, including six Grammy Awards and Billboard’s 2015 Woman of the Year. With explosive theatrics, dazzling costume changes, and bold stage props, you’ll experience an energetic and unforgettable evening from this pop artist famous for her provocative work and her advocacy for LGBTQ rights. Pick up that “Telephone” to get your tickets and prepare to “Just Dance” the night away!

Lady Gaga | August 3 | $45-$225
Rogers Place | 102 St. & 104 Ave.

The Phantom of the Opera


Photos courtesy of Live Nation

Many are familiar with the emotional tale of The Phantom of the Opera: a beautiful young soprano named Christine becomes the object of obsession for a mysterious, masked musician who hides within the confines of the theatre and goes to great—often dangerous—lengths to make her the star. With a cast and orchestra of 52, this production is one of the largest ones currently on tour and includes Tony Award-winning original costume designs and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous score, including “Music of the Night” and “Masquerade.”

Phantom of the Opera | July 26-August 6 | $35-130
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium | 11455-87 Ave. | 1-855-985-5000

Artist Spotlight: Vikki Wiercinski

WHERE: What made you want to become an artist?
Vikki Wiercinski: Being a visual person was the only thing that ever interested me. As a kid, instead of paying attention in, say, math class, I would draw all over my workbooks in school (and get in trouble for it!). Fast forward past graphic design school and somewhere in there I started drawing my abstract shapes and haven’t been able to stop.

W: What mediums do you prefer to work in?
VW: I lean towards mediums that allow me a lot of control while drawing and come in a range of thrilling colours. The drawings here are done in opaque acrylic ink markers as well as water-based markers, and are layered over and over—many drawings have 15 layers or more.

Photos courtesy Vikki Wiercinski

Photos courtesy Vikki Wiercinski

W: What themes or issues do you explore in your art?
VW: At the moment I am very interested in the effects spending time in nature have on one’s headspace. My abstract drawing series, Neon Prairie, started almost two years ago during a camping trip, and were inspired by the landscapes, clouds, and natural shapes around me. Over time I noticed in different places that the drawings took on wildly contrasting shapes, colours, and depths depending on what was going on around me.

W: What artists or works inspire your own?
VW: The work of Alberta artist Alex Janvier, of whom I stand in total awe of. As well as screen-printing pattern maniacs Atelier Bingo from France, Finnish designer Maija Louekari of Marimekko fame, the bright work of Lucienne Day, and the wonderfully crazy dots of Yayoi Kusama.

W: What do you hope people take away from your work?
VW: I work to pause and look at my natural environment a little differently. There are so many shapes and forms and colours around you every day, and it’s pretty thrilling for me to notice that instead of walking by. It is my hope that people can share in enjoying surreal, curious combinations of abstract shapes and colours.

View Wiercinski’s work on her website or follow her on Instagram.

Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS


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You never know what you’ll discover when you attend a Cirque du Soleil performance, and this latest show could top all expectations! Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities pulls you into a strange, Steampunk-inspired world where an ambitious inventor attempts to manipulate the world around him—including time, space, and dimensions. Only this Cirque group could literally turn the world upside down! Get ready to experience a curious new world filled with dazzling effects, stunning set designs, elaborate costumes, and—as always—an impressive display of dance, stunts, and acrobatics.

Kurios | July 20 — August 13 | $43-$258
Northlands | 7424-118 Ave. | 1-877-924-7783

Ask The Expert: Les Clefs d’Or Corner (July/August 2017)


Photo by Jamie Tweedy of Tweedy Studios.

We asked Edmonton expert and Les Clefs d’Or Nella Mirante at The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald for her advice about celebrating summer, outdoor festivals, and tasty eats!

1. What are three reasons you love Edmonton in the summer?
My top three reasons are:
• Patio season
• Segway tours with River Valley Adventure Co.
• And one of the many delectable treats served up by the city’s food trucks

2. Where would you send someone for a refreshing cocktail?
I love sitting bar side at Woodwork and watching them craft their amazing sips! Some of my favourite summer cocktails there are Beach Grass, Pineapple Express, and the Citrus Mojito.

3. What are your favourite festivals to check out in July and August?
In July, I’m at Sand on Whyte watching artists from around the world showcase their artistic carvings and stunning castles. And in August, I love the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, which is four days packed with great music, delicious food, and a gorgeous view of our city from Gallagher Park!

4. What do you recommend for someone looking for a quick and tasty bite to eat?
Definitely District Café & Bakery! You can find a quick bite here for any time of day. My fave is the Pulled Chicken Sandwich with a mint chimichurri and a creamy aioli. Be sure to save room for their house-made sweet treats!

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.

Edmonton’s 2017 Best New Attraction Winner: Rogers Place

Congratulations to Rogers Place—our pick for WHERE Edmonton Magazine‘s Best New Attraction for 2017!

Opened in the Fall of 2016 with its first official concert performance by country star Keith Urban, the state-of-the-art Rogers Place is the new home to the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Oil Kings. In recent months, it’s welcomed top performers from around the world, including Garth Brooks who played nine sold-out shows in February. Out front of the spaceship-like structure, you’ll find the newly relocated and refurbished Wayne Gretzky statue. Inside and set in the floor of Ford Hall, you can view artist Alex Janvier’s gorgeous and complex Tsą tsą ke k’e (or Iron Foot Place)—a 45-feet-in-diameter circular mosaic that honours the land area where Edmonton is located as a historic meeting place. Fans of hockey and top artists from around the world have gathered to view this stunning new arena rejuvenating the downtown core. And with Rogers Place welcoming icons such as Sarah McLachlan, Queen, Bob Dylan, and Lady Gaga in July and August, there are plenty of reasons to visit this incredible attraction over the summer!

A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Pixar Animation in Edmonton

Pixar_MonstersU_Rigging_Immersive-1_Michael-MalyszkoHave you ever wondered how your favourite Pixar characters come to life on the big screen? Do you ever think about what goes on behind the scenes of your beloved animated movies? The TELUS World of Science—Edmonton’s newest exhibition, The Science Behind Pixar, will answer all of your questions and more. Take a journey through the filmmaking process and see science, art, and math come together to make movie magic!

Featuring Pixar’s most beloved films, The Science Behind Pixar immerses you in a world filled with science, art, and technology, and encourages you to take a hands-on learning approach to animated filmmaking. Make your way through the interactive exhibit and stop at each of the eight stages used in the filmmaking production to discover how each element of animation is designed. See the friendly faces of familiar Pixar characters as you try the hands-on activities related to the different stages of production and experience what it’s like to be a part of the Pixar studio production team!


Photos courtesy of TELUS World of Science

Explore the “Lighting” stage to see how lighting affects a scene and try it out yourself with interactive activities that lets you manipulate light and characters. Check out the “Surfaces” stage to discover how colour and texture are added in film and challenge yourself to recreate what the animator does with touch-screen, interactive games. You can even create your very own stop-motion movie! Take on all the different roles within the production of animated moviemaking and discover how your favourite movies come together from start to finish.

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition is open daily on July 1, 2017, until January 7, 2018. For more information and ticket pricing, visit The TELUS World of Science—Edmonton’s website.