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Catch the Chilling Conclusion to Crashed Ice in Edmonton


Photo by Sebastian Marko, courtesy of Red Bull Crashed Ice.

For three exciting days from March 12 – 14, tough athletes from across the country and around the globe will hurtle down an ice track at breakneck speeds reaching 55 km/h. Their goal? To beat out the other racers and win Red Bull Crashed Ice!

The skaters will push, slide, and sprint down the longest track of the 2015 season, which measures over 415 m in length. The track is built with massive drops — the biggest vertical drop is 45 m! — gaps, steps, and hairpin turns. The field of 64 riders will be whittled down to four athletes in the exhilarating final run on March 14.

To prepare the frozen track, 20 cases of crushed ice (each weighing 1,700 lbs.) are dumped onto the track, and water is then sprayed to create the first frozen layer, and then sprayed again and again over the week it takes to prep the ice and ensure it’s perfect.

One of the brave athletes, Ben Hilborn — who’s an Edmonton resident — wasn’t expecting to make it to the final, but was “pretty pumped” when he heard he’d made the cut. Hilborn mentions that though there’s no special training he went through to prepare him for this type of sporting feat, he’s played hockey for his whole life, so he plans on drawing from many of the skills he’s learnt while playing.

To face such a steep and slippery slope, you need a strategy, and Hilborn has prepared one. “There are lots of experienced guys running it,” he says, “and I’ll watch how they perform for any tips and strategies.” He’s feeling mixed emotions about the event, but overall he’s pretty excited. “I’m nervous about doing it in front of 100,000 people,” he says, “but hopefully I’m prepared.”

The event is free for all spectators to take in, and you can also stream the event live from the website if you’re not feeling brave enough to brace the weather. For tips on where best to watch the event and more information, please visit the website.

—Matthew Stepanic

5 Spots for Brunch in Edmonton


Photo by Jennifer Linford.


1. Enjoy a side plate of nostalgia (or crispy bacon) with your brunch at the retro Route 99 — a great spot for cheap and hearty eats hot from the skillet.
Route 99 | 8820 99 St. | 780-432-0968

2. Visit Cora for healthy, feel-good food, as its delicate crêpes and scrumptious omelettes are accompanied by a heap of fresh fruit.
South: #111, 2920 Calgary Tr. | 780-465-2672
West: 9977-178 St. | 780-487-8898

3. Artisan Resto Café puts a gourmet touch on brunch by accompanying each farm-fresh egg specialty with straight-from-the-oven artisan bread.
Artisan Resto Café | 10732 Whyte (82) Ave. | 780-413-8045

4. With a wide variety of house-made bagels and decadent toppings — such as smoked goose breast or prosciutto — for its eggs benedict, the cozy New York Bagel Café is a rich treat.
New York Bagel Café | 8430 Gateway Blvd. | 780-432-2003

5. Under the High Wheel partners its comfort food — think waffles under dollops of heavy cream and sweet chocolate drizzle — with seasonal, sustainable, and local ingredients.
Under the High Wheel | 10159 Whyte (82) Ave. | 780-439-4442

— Matthew Stepanic

Best New Restaurants to Enjoy a Cocktail in Edmonton


Photo by Jamie Tweedy of Tweedy Studios.

1. North 53
The unanimous winner, North 53 has 15 handcrafted specialty cocktails all dreamed up by a team of bartenders headed by Brendan Brewster — “Edmonton’s King of Cocktails” according to Phil Wilson. With incredible concoctions like Razzle Basil, Witches Fizz, and the Dirty Crim Royale to chose from, it will be hard to pick just one! Addie recommends the Rosie Cheeks that “does wonders to the taste buds with a tantalizing mix of unfiltered sake, citrus juice, aromatic elements like cardamom and saffron, and a garnish of rose petals that draws you in for the kiss… it was made to taste like a boozy version of Akbar Mashti Bastani, a popular Persian dessert.”
10240-124 St. | 587-524-5353

2. &27
The inventive cocktail menu at this new hot spot opened by chef Nathin Bye includes 15 inventive concoctions that, according to Andrea Chan, have a “unique pairing of flavours [that] makes every single one intriguing.” A departure from the typical pub scene of this hip neighbourhood, Wilson believes that “the fantastic cocktail menu here is giving the more sophisticated drinker a reason to visit Whyte Ave.” We recommend the smoky sweet Crystal Sidecar — made with Brandy, Grand Marnier, Chrysanthemum Orange Honey, Lemon, Walnut Bitters, and Cherry Smoke, it is sure to chase the winter chill away!
10612 Whyte (82) Ave. | 780-757-2727

3. Rostizado
The tequila- and mescal-based cocktail menu at this new rustic Mexican eatery goes well beyond the typical. According to Wilson, “after sampling these drinks, you’ll never think of tequila the same way again.” The muddled herbs and spices added to the drinks and the presentation is what really sets them apart. “Note the tajin spices (a mixture of Mexican chilies and lime) that rim the glass of The Tamarind,” remarks Liane Faulder, “tequila blanco whisked with a sour smack of tamarind nectar and Cointreau.” Sounds good to me!
10359-104 St. | 780-761-0911

Winners in this category were selected by local food bloggers Phil Wilson of Baconhound, Andrea Chan of Little Miss Andrea, Addie (@BigAddie), and Liane Faulder of the Edmonton Journal’s Eat My Words blog.

— Lindsay Shapka

Edmonton’s Best New Restaurant 2014: North 53


The popcorn chicken at North 53. Photo courtesy of North 53.

The overall winner for 2014, this cozy, hip restaurant has gone through a lot of changes in its inaugural year. A recent revamp of the menu made this already popular spot even more of a destination for local foodies.

Fun, simple plates showcasing the diversity of Canada’s food scene are perfect for sharing and pair wonderfully with their award-winning (see right) cocktail menu. Try the melt-in-your mouth popcorn chicken (pictured) before digging in to the hearty Rutabaga and Oxtail Tart. The tender Whole Roasted Chicken served with a savoury stuffing is perfect for larger groups, and make sure to leave room for the unique Blue d’Elisabeth made with roasted pear, blue cheese, and a sherry caramel sauce — it’s amazing!

The restaurant also won our food bloggers’ vote for the best cocktail list from a new restaurant! The unanimous winner, North 53 has 15 handcrafted specialty cocktails all dreamed up by a team of bartenders headed by Brendan Brewster — “Edmonton’s King of Cocktails” according to Phil Wilson.

With incredible concoctions like Razzle Basil, Witches Fizz, and the Dirty Crim Royale to chose from, it will be hard to pick just one! Addie (@BigAddie) recommends the Rosie Cheeks that “does wonders to the taste buds with a tantalizing mix of unfiltered sake, citrus juice, aromatic elements like cardamom and saffron, and a garnish of rose petals that draws you in for the kiss… it was made to taste like a boozy version of Akbar Mashti Bastani, a popular Persian dessert.”

10240-124 St. | 587-524-5353 | north53.com

— Lindsay Shapka


6 Spots for Coffee & Tea


Photo by Jennifer Linford.

Nothing wards off the chill of winter winds like the perfect blend of roasted beans or dried tea leaves. You’ll feel like you’re carrying a talisman against the season with a cup from one of these spots in your hands!

1. Burrow
From the owner of the much-loved Elm Café and District Coffee Co., comes Burrow: the perfect grab-and-go café for travellers! Located conveniently in the LRT Central Station, you can pick up a craft coffee and a tasty breakfast sandwich before you head out to explore downtown.
810-10060 Jasper Ave. | 780-425-9991

2. Da Capo Caffe
An authentic Italian espresso bar, Da Capo offers the ambiance and flavours of Italy in Edmonton. Its coffee is made with traditional Italian espresso with none of the fuss: no syrup and no single-varietal espresso, just a bona fide cup of Italy.
8135-102 St. | 587-521-2276

3. Iconoclast Koffiehuis
When you enter this inviting coffee shop with its gorgeous repurposed woodwork, you’ll have a selection of seats to warm up at and sip your java. All of their coffee beans are roasted in small batches on site in a Has Garanti drum roaster, which allows for a careful, perfect roast every time.
11807B-105 Ave. | 780-705-7788

4. The Tea Girl
It may seem overwhelming to select from nearly 200 types of teas, but the friendly staff here have extensive training in tea culture and can help you find one suited for your taste! A life-long lover of tea, owner Sarah has built a welcoming tea community at her shop.
12411 Stony Plain Rd. | 780-732-4832

5. Cally’s Teas
This cozy tea shop will remind you of grandma’s house with its quaint 50s-style décor. With over 250 teas from around the world to select from, and savoury baked goods made in-house daily, Cally’s Teas will surely warm your body and heart on any chilly day.
10151-82 Ave. | 780-757-8944

6. Cha Island Tea Co.
With its pleasant atmosphere, Cha Island Tea Co. will make you believe you’ve been transported out of winter and in to an actual island café. And with live music from local bands most nights, you’ll find yourself escaping frequently to this relaxing eatery for a cup from its selection of over 100 loose leaf teas, or one of their sweet and savoury waffles!
10332-81 Ave. | 780-757-2482

—Matthew Stepanic

5 Spots to Grab a Bite in the West End of Edmonton

burger1. Cactus Club Café
An import from the B.C. coast, Cactus Club Café’s menu is designed by the first Canadian to win Iron Chef America, Rob Feenie. His innovative dishes will delight the senses, especially when partnered with a signature cocktail or martini.
West Edmonton Mall | 8882-170 St. | 780-489-1002

2. Guru Fine Indian Cuisine
Butter chicken samosas, shrimp pakora, chana masala — if your mouth’s watering just from hearing the names of those dishes, you’re probably an Indian-food veteran. But if not, Guru’s the perfect place to start, or heighten, your experience as the restaurant prides itself on preparing some of the finest Indian cuisine in Edmonton with its highly trained and award-winning chefs.
17021-100 Ave. | 780-484-4300

3. 1ST RND
With over 75 brands of beer, this bar is perfect for meeting fellow Oilers or Oil Kings fans! And you’ll feel like you belong in the City of Champions if you manage to finish 1ST RND’s The Great One: two all-beef patties, double cheddar, and double bacon all between two grilled cheddar cheese sandwiches.
West Edmonton Mall | 8882-170 St. | 780-487-4600

4. Ban Thai Restaurant
True flavours of Thailand shine in each dish at Ban Thai — from hot sour soup to pad thai to creamy coconut red curry — as the family-owned restaurant draws from its recipes passed down through generations in Thailand.
15726-100 Ave. | 780-444-9345

5. Soda Jerks
Soda Jerks is a classic burger-joint experience, complete with your choice of a dozen bottled soda brands and over twenty flavours of milkshakes — which you can upgrade by adding a shot of booze! Build the best burger based on your own tastes by picking from over 50 toppings, including Doritos, mini donuts, and gin & bacon sauerkraut.
17520-100 Ave. | 780-486-5375

Matthew Stepanic

20 Holiday Activities in Edmonton Under $20 in 2014

Celebrate the season throughout December at the Alberta Legislature!

1. Celebrate the Season
Cost: Free!
Where: Alberta Legislature Building, 10800-97 Ave.
When: December 4 – 23
About: The first day of this month-long event features a choir performance and the Premier’s ceremonial turning on of the colourful lights outside the Legislature buildings. During the rest of the month, guests can enjoy afternoon and evening choir performances and hot chocolate when visiting the Legislature rotunda.
More info here!

2. All Is Bright on 124 St.
Cost: Free!
Where: 125 St. and 102 Ave.
When: Saturday, November 22, 3 pm – 8 pm
About: Celebrate the coming of winter with a stunning showcase of fashion, food, and entertainment on 124 St. Enjoy holiday-themed storefront displays, hot holiday drinks and food truck specialties, live music, sleigh rides, and a pop-up Christmas market to start your holiday shopping!
More info here!

3. Christmas on the Square Holiday Light Up
Cost: Free!
Where: Churchill Sq. Downtown
When: Saturday, November 15, 4 pm – 7 pm
About: Kick off the festive season with activities and entertainment for the whole family, including free balloon artists and face painting, stilt walkers, mascots and carollers, singers and musicians. Santa himself will be around to light up the majestic 72-foot tree adorned with more than 14,000 LED lights, cascading snowflakes and stars, followed by an impressive fireworks display.
More info here!

4. Luminaria
Cost: $11.50 Adult; $9.50 Senior; Children 7-12 $6.25; Children 6 and under are free
When: December 6 & 7, 5 – 9 pm
Where: Devonian Botanic Garden, 5 kms north of Devon on Hwy 60, 15 minutes from West Edmonton
About: Thousands of hand-lit candles sparkle along the paths of the Kurimoto Japanese Garden. Strolling singers, ice sculptures, hot apple cider at the bonfires, illuminated Snow Sprites. An enchanting display! Call for tickets 780-987-3054 ext. 2223 to avoid lineups or order them online.
More info here!

5. Festival of Light
Cost: $9.50 Adult; $5.50 Child; $30 per Family
When: December 5 – 14, 5 – 10 pm
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
About: The Festival of Light will stage a spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations, live music, dancers, skating, and animal encounters within the unique setting of the zoo. Be sure to check out the gift shoppe, cafe, zoo school, multi-purpose room, and The Wander pathway.
More info here!

6. Cory Christopher Christmas Market & Holiday Workshops
Cost: Free to browse the market; prices vary for workshops and special events
When: November 1 – December 23
Hours: Tues – Wed 10 am – 5 pm; Thu 10 am – 9 pm; Fri 10 am – 5 pm; Sat – Sun 10 am – 5 pm; Closed Mon
Where: 10914 105 Ave. (alley entrance)
About: A treasure trove of yuletide delights awaits shoppers, showcasing the talents of local and Canadian artists and designers. Enjoy freshly brewed apple cider as you find the perfect holiday gifts, accents for your home, and of course something special just for you! Special events and creative workshops take place throughout the market; get creative and get in the spirit of the season!
More info here!

7. Theatresports Improv
Cost: $12
When: November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12, 19
Where: Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A Ave.
About: Edmonton’s renowned improv comedy troupe Rapid Fire Theatre performs Theatresports weekly, where teams of talented improvisers do their best to win over the audience in a series of improv challenges. Shout out your suggestions and watch a scene evolve — you never know what they might say or do, but they will make you laugh! And with the holidays on everyone’s mind, you’re sure to witness a few pokes at Christmas classics or holiday traditions.
More info here!

8. Candy Cane Lane
Cost: Free, though donations for the Edmonton Food Bank are accepted and appreciated. Extra fee for sleigh rides.
When: December 12,2014 – January 4, 2015
Where: 148 St. between 100 Ave. & 92 Ave.
About: Grab a hot chocolate and take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane — a ten-block stretch of impressive residential displays of colourful Christmas lights and decorations. Or, see the sights while taking a festive sleigh ride!
More info here!

9. Festival of Trees
Cost: $10 Adult, $5 Senior (65+), $5 Youth (13-17), $2 Children (2-12), Infants under 2 are free
When: November 27 – 30
Where: Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave.
About: The University Hospital Foundation’s annual fundraiser (this year in support of a gamma knife to perform delicate brain procedures without making an incision) is a family-friendly event with magnificently decorated trees, festive displays, uniquely decorated cakes, and the most intricate gingerbread houses you have ever seen! Enjoy family scavenger hunts, live entertainment, and a special visit from Santa.
More info here!

10. The Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant Ever
Cost: $20 – $22
When: December 18 – 22
Where: Varscona Theatre, 10329 83 Ave.
About: What could be so hard about directing a Christmas pageant? It’s always the story with the same carols. But no one was expecting the Herdmans — “the worst kids in the world” — to show up for auditions! What has the potential to be the worst pageant ever turns out to be the best one as everyone learns the true meaning of Christmas in this funny, heartwarming play.
More info here!

11. Santa’s Arrival at West Edmonton Mall
Cost: Free
When: November 15, 10 am – 8 pm
Where: North Pole Place, West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St.
About: Come and welcome Santa to his home-away-from-home for the holiday season! Exciting entertainment includes a magician, face painters, a balloon artist, and Rapid Fire Theatre will be there with a special improv performance of Disney’s Frozen!
More info here!

12. Crafters Christmas Sale
Cost: Free!
When: November 28 – 30
Where: Devonian Botanic Garden, 5 kms north of Devon on Hwy 60, 15 minutes from West Edmonton
About: Shop for seasonal handmade crafts like wreaths, centrepieces, dried floral arrangements, potpourri, candles, cards, unique gifts, cookbooks, and much more. Products are handmade by members of the Devonian Botanic Garden’s Crafters Association, many with materials harvested at the garden.
More info here!

13. Holiday Bazaar at The Roxy!
Cost: Free to browse!
When: December 4; 5 pm – 9 pm
Where: Roxy Theatre, 10708-124 St.
About: Join the 124 Grand Street Market for a holiday-themed market place with festive energy and grand vendors, in a unique theatre setting! Fill your bags with quality goodies from local makers that will impress all your secret santa’s with a one-of-a-kind gift.
More info here!

14. North Pole Christmas
Cost: $12 Adult; $10.60 Senior (65+); $10.60 Student (13-17); $6.50 Child (2-12): Children under 2 are free.
When: Sunday, December 14, 12 pm – 4 pm
Where: Muttart Conservatory, 9626 – 96A St.
About: The Muttart Conservatory is throwing an event to get you into the Christmas spirit! Activities include a seasonal craft, face painting, and Christmas cactus planting! And live music will fill Centre Court with the warmth of the season. You can even pick up a Muttart Conservatory–grown poinsettia!
More info here!

15. Print Affair: Pretty Paper
Cost: $20 (for members, $25 regular)
When: Saturday, December 6, 8 pm
Where: SNAP Gallery, 10123 121 St.
About: Enjoy a fun and elegant evening of holiday cheer with a community of members, volunteers, artists and art patrons. Enjoy great music from local DJs, wonderful food, exquisite drinks and, of course, high-caliber contemporary print art. This event focuses on the sale of contemporary print works at all price ranges and the Edmonton community is encouraged to support local arts and culture by purchasing art as gifts this holiday season.
More info here!

16. Royal Bison Craft & Art Fair
Cost: $2 General, Kids get in free!
When: November 28 – 30 & December 5 – 7
Where: Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre, 8426 Gateway Blvd.
About: Browse the beautiful boutique-like displays from local, independent vendors selling unique handmade clothing, jewellery, accessories, artwork, toys, and zines. This is the perfect fair to find a speciality, hand-made holiday gift! New this year: the fair will run for a second weekend in December that will feature the best crafts and wares from across the prairies!
More info here!

17. A Prairie Christmas
Cost: $12
When: December 13 & 14
Where: Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm, 56311 Lily Lake Rd., Bon Accord, 25 km north of Edmonton
About: Bundle up and enjoy some seasonal family fun at the cozy, rustic setting of Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm. Decorate cookies with the elves, ride the magical Polar Express, get a family photo with Santa, make ornaments and gifts at the craft station, and enjoy hot chocolate and other treats in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen.
More info here!

18. Whyte Christmas Sleigh Ride Shuttle
Cost: Rides by donation in support of the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta
When: November 29 & December 6, 13, 20; 1 pm – 5 pm
Where: Old Strathcona
About: Experience the sights and sounds of the holidays along Whyte Ave. in Old Strathcona with a sleigh ride! And watch carefully because you may spot Santa roaming around Old Strathcona one of those days!
More info here!

19. Edmonton Oil Kings “Sing for Santa”
Cost: Tickets start at $18
When: Saturday, December 6, 4 pm
Where: Rexall Place
About: Watch WHL hockey teams Edmonton Oil Kings vs. Moose Jaw Warriors and enjoy special holiday-themed entertainment.
More info here!

20. It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show
Cost: $18
When: December 17 – 23; 8 pm
Where: Fort Edmonton Park, 7000-143 St.
Watch the classic holiday tale of despair and redemption performed as a 1940s radio broadcast by a cast in full period costume with live music and sound effects. It’s a perfect holiday treat with classic holiday music and hilarious commercial breaks.
More info here!

— Matthew Stepanic

War Memorials in Edmonton


Photo courtesy of Musée Héritage Museum.

Over 100 years have passed since the beginning of the First World War, and remembering the sacrifices of past Canadians is as significant an action as ever. If you’re looking to pay your respects privately on Remembrance Day, you can visit one of these memorials in Edmonton to have a moment of silence or place some flowers to honour all the brave lives we lost during times of war.

Edmonton Cenotaph | City Hall
Unveiled Aug. 13, 1936, the cenotaph stands 23 feet high, weighs more than 100 tonnes, and was constructed from B.C. marble, concrete, and steel. The memorial represents the tombs of approximately 3,000 veterans from the Edmonton area who died in WWI.

Aboriginal Veterans’ Monument | Legislature Building Grounds
Placed in 2004, this plaque honours the aboriginal veterans of Alberta who have served in Canada’s military.

Korean War Memorial | Legislature Building Grounds
This cairn is in memory of the Albertans killed in action during the Korean War (1950-1953).

Albertans in the Canadian Naval Service Plaque | Legislature Building Grounds
Placed in 1985, this plaque honours all Albertans who served in the Canadian Navy.

Canadian Merchant Navy Plaque | Legislature Building Grounds
Unveiled in 1996, this plaque commemorates the Canadian Merchant Navy and was placed on the 52nd anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.

War Memorial Pipe Organ | U of A Convocation Hall
Erected in 1925 by Casavant Frères, a Canadian pipe organ company, the organ is in memory of the 80 University of Alberta comrades who gave up their lives during WWI. There are also tablets near the entrance of the hall with the names of the students, staff, and alumni who did not return from the First and Second World Wars.

— Matthew Stepanic

Shadow Play at the AGA


Art Gallery of Alberta. Photo by Pedro Escobar.

Try your hand at shadow play at the Art Gallery of Alberta’s latest late-night art party on November 15! Inspired by the avant-garde shadow theatres of 19th Century Paris, the night promises to be one of whimsy and illusion.

You’ll enter a world of intrigue and enigma as you explore light, dark, and colour in installations by local artists Patrick Ares-Pilon, Kyle Armstrong, and others. DJs will also provide a soundtrack for the night as you move from the dance floor to participating in some fantastical art projects, such as camera-less animation that will allow you to create a visually stunning movie by applying various media to 16 mm film — your short film will even be projected live that night!

Other installations include Harmony Light, in which Mark Templeton will use video feedback and printed overheads to produce various shapes of colour and light, and Into the Light, for which Leanne Olson will install hundreds of feet of transparent macro photos of the sky reflected in a creek’s sediment. The displays and setting of the gallery that night will make you feel as if you’ve been transported into a dream world!

As with the AGA’s previous Refinery Parties, this one offers you the opportunity to play with some unique fashions. The dress code asks for dark hues or pieces that create dramatic shadows, or you can slip into reflective attire that shimmers with sequins. Take a gander at the AGA’s Pinterst page to be inspired by imaginative new looks you could put together for yourself.

The evening also offers a unique opportunity to see the AGA’s current exhibitions, Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne, A Moving Image, and Amy Malbeuf: kayâs-ago, in a new light! For more information about this evening, be sure to visit the AGA’s website.


Assistant Editor Matthew’s #ShadowSelfie

Contest alert!
The AGA has given us two tickets to the Shadow Play Refinery to give away! And on top of that, Sutton Place Hotel has given a one-night stay for the night of the party!

For a chance to win this fantastic prize package, we want you to try your hand at shadow play! To enter to win two tickets to the Shadow Play Refinery and a one-night stay at Sutton Place Hotel on November 15, send us a tweet @whereedmonton with a picture of your #ShadowSelfie! We’ll draw for the prize package on Wednesday, November 12, at 3:00 pm.

— Matthew Stepanic

Edmonton Theatre Preview (November 2014)

As the cool weather begins to settle in Edmonton, the live theatre starts to heat up! It’s a wonderful relationship, as theatre is great entertainment to seek out when avoiding the cold. Here’s a list of all the comedy, drama, and action that will hit our city’s stages this November — presented in the order of their openings so that you can plan ahead and catch them all!

One Man, Two Guvnors One-Man-Two-Guvnors| Through Nov 16
This British farce is a marvelous concoction of satire, songs, slapstick humour, and one-liners. The play follows the tale of a man who is hired by two different criminals and must keep each from learning about the other.
Citadel Theatre | 9828-101A Ave. | 780-425-1820

Sequence | Through Nov 16
A nearly blind professor receives a surprise visit from an unlucky student, and a pregnant young woman confronts a celebrated author. These two encounters intertwine with unexpected twists and turns in this new work that explores the mysteries of science, destiny, and faith.
Varscona Theatre | 10329-83 Ave. | 780-433-3399

Sherlock Holmes | Through Jan 31
When Dr. Watson throws his friend, the world’s greatest detective Sherlock Holmes, a retirement party, he believes nothing can go wrong — but then a guest is murdered! Everyone at the dinner is a suspect — even you! Set to the best “killer” tunes of all time, this modern spin on a classic tale will make you sing and laugh along.
Jubilations Dinner Theatre | West Edmonton Mall | 8882-170 St. | 780-484-2424

Loveplay | Nov 1, 3–8
Set in one location in London, Loveplay moves through time to explore human nature’s constant quest for love and sex. This satirical romp asks: with every advance in intellect, does our human capacity to feel keep pace or fall behind?
Timms Centre for the Arts, Univsersity of Alberta | 112 St. & 87 Ave. | 780-420-1757

The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble | Nov 6–23
A mother calls her three children to a family meeting to announce the news of her early onset of Alzheimer’s. Drizzled with heart, this play has all the right workings to remind us what keeps families together.
Roxy Theatre | 10708-124 St. | 780-453-2440

Top of the Pops: A British Rock Invasion | Nov 11 ­– Feb 1
For their annual holiday rock ‘n roll revue, Mayfield Dinner Theatre is hopping across the pond to celebrate all things British! From the 60s to today, the show covers the best British idols, from the Beatles to Amy Winehouse. Prepare for an evening of high-energy hilarity!
Mayfield Dinner Theatre | 16615-109 Ave. | 780-483-4051

Maggie-Now | Nov 14–22
A favourite of the Fringe, The Maggie-Now Cycle of Plays includes a cast of 9 portraying 72 characters on an epic journey from 1890s Ireland to 1930s Brooklyn. This bold, bittersweet tale covers the themes of life, disappointment, love, and redemption for a Brooklyn Irish immigrant’s family.
ATB Financial Arts Barn | 10330-84 Ave. | 780-409-1910

Flashdance | Nov 25–30
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this iconic film is now a live musical! With electrifying dance numbers, Flashdance tells the inspiring story of Alex Owns, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night, who dreams of becoming a professional performer. In addition to big hits like “What A Feeling”, 16 catchy new songs have been written for this show!
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium | 11455-87 Ave. | 780-427-2760

A Christmas Carol | Nov 29 – Dec 23
A favourite holiday tradition, this Dickens’ classic is sure to delight audiences young and old. Now on its 15th consecutive year of performance, this show provides exceptional entertainment with its unforgettable story, rich characters, and dazzling special effects.
Citadel Theatre | 9828-101A Ave. | 780-425-1820

— Matthew Stepanic

Join Indiana Jones on an Adventure in Edmonton!


Solve puzzles to collect pieces of a lost artifact as you explore the exhibition!

Dust off your high-crowned sable fedora and unbury your whip from the sock drawer — it’s time for an adventure! Indiana Jones™ and the Adventure of Archaeology offers you the perfect opportunity to practice your hand at archaeology!

The exhibition features authentic relics from ancient societies around the world that were selected by archaeologist and National Geographic fellow Dr. Fredik Hiebert. The artifacts represent some of the most significant discoveries in archaeology, including the oldest known map written on a Mesopotamian cuneiform tablet and gold artefacts from the Royal Cemetery at Ur.

As you learn about the science of archaeology, you’ll explore 14 different locations where Indy himself has travelled. You’ll also encounter actual props from each of the movies and sketches from iconic scenes, alongside cool movie trivia. For instance, did you know rimless glasses were invented for Sean Connery’s character in The Last Crusade? There’s more to learn about the movies and archaeology at the exhibition—so unfold your map and plot your course to the TELUS World of Science to begin your search for “fortune and glory”!


A sketch from the famous boulder scene.


The oldest known map.

TELUS World of Science—Edmonton | 11211-142 St. | 780-451-3344
Daily 10 am – 5 pm | Exhibition runs through April 6

— Matthew Stepanic

Six Free & Fun Events in Edmonton for Alberta Culture Days


Photo by Justin Wondga

All across Alberta this weekend, communities will be hosting FREE activities to highlight their unique arts culture — and Edmonton is no exception! The selection in this city for Alberta Culture Days seems endless with movie screenings, dance performances, visual arts, live music, and tours of historical attractions, so we rounded up a few great possibilities — all of them free and all of them fun!

1. Art Before Dark | Sep 26 | 5 – 7 pm
The Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society is partnering with many prestigious arts organizations in Alberta, including Theatre Alberta, Guru Digital Arts College, Edmonton Opera, and more for this educational event! Take a backstage tour of their world-class facility, learn some musical insight from local performers, and enjoy tasty treats from Bully Food Truck and One Cool Cookie!
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium | 11455-87 Ave. | 780-427-2760

2. Alberta Culture Days at Metro Cinema | Sep 27 – 28
Metro Cinema will be celebrating the wealth of talent and creativity in the community with a variety of short and feature-length films, all of which will be family friendly! Films will cover topics of prairie tales, indigenous perspectives, and more! For a full listing of what’s playing, check out Metro Cinema’s website.
Metro Cinema at the Garneau | 8172-109 St. | 780-425-9212

3. Pro Coro Canada: Everything Under the Sun | Sep 28 | 2:30 pm
Pro Coro Canada will be joined by the Richard Eaton Singers to perform the powerful “Path of Miracles” by Brit Joby Talbot. Tickets are free, but must be reserved through the Winspear Centre box office, so don’t delay in reserving yours! More details are available on their Facebook page.
Winspear Centre | 4 Sir Winston Churchill Sq. | 780-428-1414

4. Winspear Centre Tour | Sep 26 | 12 pm
Take a free tour of the Winspear Centre and discover shows are run and put together! Winspear will also be hosting other free events throughout the weekend, such as an instrument petting zoo and a big drum workshop, so be sure to check out the website for more information.
Winspear Centre | 4 Sir Winston Churchill Sq. | 780-428-1414

5. LEGO Competition with MADE | Sep 27 | 11 – 2 pm
Compete to win a golden brick of LEGO with your team as you build your version of the Art Gallery of Alberta’s building from the past, present, or future! This is a great challenge for any age! Find out how to register here.
Art Gallery of Alberta | 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq., 99 St. & 102A Ave. | 780-422-6223

6. All provincial and historical sites and museums have FREE admission, so don’t miss out on amazing exhibits, such as “Finding Place: Exploring Home Through Field Journal Art” at Royal Alberta Museum or “Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne” at the Art Gallery of Alberta!

For a complete listing of all the wonderful free events you can check out this weekend, visit the Alberta Culture website!