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What to See Edmonton

The Best 8 New Summer Attractions in Canada

Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2013: Calgary

Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2013: A shot of Calgary’s winner

Each year, the editors of Where from across Canada release their picks for the summer’s most anticipated attractions. Winners of the Best New Summer Attractions Awards could be brand new, significantly improved, or celebrating major milestones. From graceful sports temples to rich explorations of science and history, this year’s coast-to-coast list offers a set of thrilling diversions for travellers planning their summer vacations in Canada.

See the winners of the Best New Summer Attractions Awards for 2013 »

Cirque du Soleil in Edmonton: Amaluna Dazzles

With 19 different productions currently performing around the world, it’s likely you’ve heard of the much-hyped Cirque du Soleil shows.

Now’s your chance to see Cirque du Soleil in Edmonton — for the first time under the signature yellow-and-blue striped Grand Chapiteau Big Top Tent — with its production of Amaluna from May 29, 2013 – June 23, 2013.

WHERE Edmonton attended the premiere of Cirque du Soleil Edmonton on May 29, 2013 and had a fantastic time at the show — it’s well worth the price of admission. The upbeat music, stunning visual elements, and jaw-dropping, I-can’t-believe-they’re-doing-that stunts make Amanula a show that you have to see to truly believe — there’s an immersive, dazzling energy to the show that is simply felt and cannot be described. And, yes, the hype these shows get is well deserved!

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Whether you’ve seen multiple other Cirque shows or thinking Amaluna should be your first, here’s what you need to know:

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Edmonton Hockey Guide: 10 Ways to Get the Ultimate Hockey Experience

Edmonton Hockey

Edmonton hockey guide: fans fill Rexall Place to cheer on The Edmonton Oilers during an NHL hockey game. Photo courtesy of the City of Edmonton.

All Canadians may love the game, but Edmonton hockey fans are some of the most enthusiastic in the country! Home to five-time Stanley Cup Championship winners, the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton is a fantastic, sports-savvy city to experience hockey excitement year-round. For an ear-shattering crowd experience, be sure to catch a live Edmonton hockey game — but even if you’re not visiting during the hockey season, Edmonton provides plenty of other ways to take in the sport. Here, we name some of our favourite experiences that will enrich any hockey-lover’s Edmonton stay.

See the list of 10 ways to get the ultimate Edmonton hockey experience »

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One Man Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings: You’ve read the books, seen the movie trilogy (the extended DVD version, of course), and  have already seen the holiday blockbuster The Hobbit. Until the next two Hobbit films are out, what’s a fan to do next?

If a trip to Middle Earth (aka: New Zealand, where the movies have been filmed) is out of the question, be sure to check out the funny, captivating performance of Charles Ross: One Man Lord of the Rings on January 30, 2013, 7:30 pm at The Arden Theatre (5 St. Anne St., St. Albert, 780-459-1542).

Photo from The Arden Theatre

Ross, a Canadian actor and comedian, has eloquently compiled every spell, battle, plot, and character from the Lord of the Rings trilogy into a hilarious, one-man production. Even Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Gandalf in the films, has endorsed this witty, captivating play. He has performed this show around the world, even taking the stage at some of the largest theatre venues like the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Even those who aren’t fans of the series will enjoy the humour and compelling storyline – and it’s much easier to sit through than the 3-hour movie version.

Tickets are $25 each, and can be purchased online or by calling 780-459-1542. Some tickets may be available at the door.

Hannah Georgas Tours Canada: Q&A With Vancouver’s Irrepressible Singer-Songwriter

Vancouver’s Hannah Georgas on tour

With her self-titled new album and tour, Hannah Georgas is turning over a new leaf. Gone are the acoustic guitar-tinged folk melodies of the Canadian indie darling’s previous efforts The Beat Stuff and This Is Good; on Hannah Georgas (and on her current tour), you will find catchy melodies and synth-infused electronic beats. But though the album’s influences seem endless – everything from Foals to John Maus to Calgary’s Chad VanGaalen – the songs are still undeniably Hannah. They may indicate a slightly darker and more self-assured musician, but the impeccable musical and lyrical stylings that earned her a 2011 Juno nomination for “Songwriter of the Year” remain perfectly intact. Where Ottawa‘s Erica Eades sat down with Hannah Georgas on day three of her cross-Canada tour in support of fellow Canadian five-piece Mother Mother.

Read the full Q&A, in which Hannah Georgas discusses her tour, her process and her inspiration »

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How to Spend a Romantic Day in Edmonton

Edmonton Romance

A couple kisses while spending a romantic day in Edmonton (Photo: bulliver)

9 a.m.: Start your day off at Credo Coffee where you can lounge over perfectly prepared cappuccinos and morning glory muffins.
• Credo Café, 10134-104 St., 780-761-3744, credocoffee.ca
• Map and reviews 

10:15 a.m: Make your way to the Old Strathcona neighbourhood where you can meander down Whyte Avenue and window shop, hit up the farmers’ market, check out the local art or browse the wares at one of the city’s best vintage stores.
• Old Strathcona, 82 Ave. between 109 St. and Gateway Blvd.

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20 Things to Do in Edmonton With Kids

20 Things to Do in Edmonton With Kids

20 Things to Do in Edmonton With Kids: Our number one pick is to visit West Edmonton Mall, where there are stores, skating rinks and sea lions (Photo: 2sirius)

Never be stumped again on what to do with children while visiting Alberta’s capital. Our list of things to do in Edmonton with kids has something for everyone, regardless of age, gender or predilection. Rain or shine, you’ll be able to find something to do with the wee ones in this handy guide.

See the list of 20 things to do in Edmonton with kids »

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Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition

Opening this weekend is one of THE MOST ANTICIPATED attractions of the year at the TELUS World of Science —  Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition. WHERE Edmonton attended an exclusive preview, and we think it looks absolutely phenomenal — a definite must-see attraction! The exhibit will be open daily from October 27, 2012 – April 1, 2013.

Can you spot the Star Wars Identities poster? Even Sheldon would be excited by this awesome exhibit! Screen shot courtesy of CBS from The Big Bang Theory, “The Date Night Variable” (Original air date: September 27, 2012)

Fans of the  series will not want to miss the rare opportunity to see some priceless props and memorabilia from the films; every item in the show is an authentic prop or artifact – not a replica – used in the films or in the production of the films. Over 200 artifacts are on display, including Han Solo in carbonate, one of the puppets used for Yoda, Anakin Skywalker’s pod racer, and props used in the original three films before CGI effects were available. Many artifacts are being exhibited for the first time, including the collection of the four original Stormtrooper helmets that are being displayed together for the first time outside of the studio and the Skywalker Ranch.

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Exclusive Interview with Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols

This weekend (Oct 20 – 21) the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo will give fans the opportunity to meet and listen to some of the most familiar actors from sci-fi/fantasy film and television. One of the guests we are delighted to welcome is the iconic Nichelle Nichols, who is best known for her role in the original Star Trek television series as Lt. Uhura. Her career spans numerous fields, as she has worked as a singer, dancer, producer, writer, and with NASA to recruit the first women and minority astronauts to the space program. WHERE Edmonton recently interviewed the very talented Ms. Nichols, who was completely charming, funny, and absolutely fantastic to talk to:

Nichelle Nichols will be at the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo this weekend, Oct 20-21
Photo courtesy of Mediatonic PR.

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Hot Attraction: Fall Festivals

If the weather outside is any indication, fall is well underway here in Edmonton! All the more reason to check out the plethora of festivals, and other activities, happening this weekend that celebrate familiar fall sights like pumpkins and scarecrows.

Scarecrow Festival (October 12 – 14): This is the final year to enjoy this beloved Halloween tradition. Families can enjoy a variety of fun, holiday-themed activities like face painting, a haunted house, Halloween crafts and games, scarecrow making, and cookie-decorating. General Admission $4; Children under 2 are free. Games and activities are an additional fee. All proceeds are donated to the ABC Head Start program. Oct 12 9:30 am – 8 pm; Oct 13 10 am – 8 pm; Oct 14 10 am – 5 pm. Edmonton Expo Centre Northlands Hall B, 7515-118 Ave.

Enjoy some of the many Fall Festivals that are happening this weekend!
Photo courtesy of City of Edmonton.

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