All posts by Hamdi Issawi

Hamdi is a journalism student at MacEwan University. He cut his teeth as a contributor on Terra Informa, an award-winning, environmental news magazine. He has also written for The Gateway Online and The Griff. Find Hamdi on Twitter @hamdiissawi.

A new Northlands can be a new opportunity Changes allow Northlands to go back to its roots

Change is in the air, and that means more than the seasonal change to fall. In the blink of an eye, Northlands seems to have been turned on its head. It all happened so fast.

Come Jan. 1, Northlands will hand the reigns of its EXPO Centre to the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), the City of Edmonton’s arm-length agency that manages the Shaw Conference Centre. Continue reading A new Northlands can be a new opportunity Changes allow Northlands to go back to its roots

Composer makes rooftop music at Kaleido Vivian Fung premieres Humanoid on Alberta Avenue

California-based composer Vivian Fung is known for weaving disparate influences into her music. But her latest project, Humanoid, represents her first major piece for electronics, bringing a cellist in dialogue with pre-recorded machine sounds for a 13-minute performance.

“I’m trying to stretch the boundary of what is possible with a single cello,” Fung said. “How many ways can you have an interaction between machine and cellist? That was my idea behind the piece.” Continue reading Composer makes rooftop music at Kaleido Vivian Fung premieres Humanoid on Alberta Avenue

Used materials get a second life as art Kaleido Festival to roll out tire sculptures along the Ave

At this year’s Kaleido Family Arts Festival, you might find an alligator lurking along Alberta Avenue. Moulded out of old tires, the treaded reptile will be one of a handful of community art projects created from reused and recycled materials. Continue reading Used materials get a second life as art Kaleido Festival to roll out tire sculptures along the Ave

Edmonton Transit rolls out new subsidized pass Ride Transit program to help low-income residents

In July, Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) launched a program to make city transit more accessible for low-income households.

Funded by the City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta, the Ride Transit program is a 16-month pilot project that allows eligible Edmontonians to purchase youth and adult monthly transit passes for only $35, a reduction from regular rates of $73 for youth and $94.25 for adults. Continue reading Edmonton Transit rolls out new subsidized pass Ride Transit program to help low-income residents

When a tree fell, everybody heard it Community warmth shines on a dark and stormy night

Sensing a storm brewing, Alita Rickards stood at the front door of her Alberta Avenue home on June 26 to call her cat, Sally, in for the night. Fierce winds whipped down the street, and the feline fled into the house for safety. Continue reading When a tree fell, everybody heard it Community warmth shines on a dark and stormy night

Alberta Avenue gets more feet on the beat Look for officers patrolling by bike and by foot

Edmonton Police Service (EPS) doubled its presence around 118 Avenue with the addition of six constables and a second sergeant to the beat in June.

Led by Sgt. Ashley Hayward, the extra officers will provide greater day and night coverage to Alberta Avenue and parts of Westwood, Spruce Avenue, Parkdale, Eastwood, and Elmwood Park. Continue reading Alberta Avenue gets more feet on the beat Look for officers patrolling by bike and by foot

Kids abuzz about bee course Young beekeepers find community at Northlands

The parking lot south of Northlands Park Racetrack and Casino hides an urban treasure. Guarded by a chain-link fence and slotted between turret-like satellite dishes, five bustling honeybee hives sit on a grass island dubbed Pollination Park.

As the training ground for the Northlands Youth Beekeeping Project, Pollination Park allows amateur apiarists to learn about honeybees and gain hive handling experience. Continue reading Kids abuzz about bee course Young beekeepers find community at Northlands

SkirtsAfire premieres a new play The Mommy Monologues explores facets of modern motherhood

Like a prism to light, the main stage production of this year’s SkirtsAfire HerArts Festival presents 10 unique stories from as many local writers on the topic of motherhood.

Directed by Glenda Stirling, The Mommy Monologues premieres at the Alberta Avenue Community Centre Cabaret Theatre and runs March 2-12. The two-hour show, written and performed by women, features one song and nine monologues in genres ranging from comedy to thriller. Continue reading SkirtsAfire premieres a new play The Mommy Monologues explores facets of modern motherhood

Timothie Hill Hair here to stay on the Ave Hill plans to offer massage and spa services

Hair stylist Timothie Hill has returned to 118 Avenue, and this time with a spa. Hill operated a salon on 87 Street just off 115 Avenue in Parkdale for almost 10 years. During that time, he contributed hairstyle makeovers to the Rat Creek Press.

After spending a few years on the south coast of British Columbia, Hill returned to Edmonton in 2009 to spend time with family. In 2014, he set up shop on Jasper Avenue and 117 Street.

Continue reading Timothie Hill Hair here to stay on the Ave Hill plans to offer massage and spa services

City seeks input for future of river valley parks Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine plan enters phase two

The city kicked off the second phase of the Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine Master Plan last month by asking citizens to share their vision for the future.

An open house held at Alex Taylor School on Jan. 17 invited residents to help craft a vision statement, vote on preferred features, and map out their ideal park to inform design concepts that will be presented in the next phase.

Continue reading City seeks input for future of river valley parks Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine plan enters phase two