Recently, Bowfort Towers, a piece of public art installed in Calgary, caused an uproar. The first theme of criticism was that the cost, $500,000, was wasteful in this economic downturn. The second was aesthetic and cultural, that the art was unattractive. A secondary argument to that was that it resembled Blackfoot burial structures, and that a non-indigenous American artist created this work using indigenous influences without understanding the symbolism. Continue reading Great public art inspires and becomes iconic Become involved and educated before forming an opinion
Last year, Gus Butcher and a few other local musicians were chatting with Arts on the Ave’s Christy Morin, and an idea was hatched: Why not create a night where musicians can get together and play? Continue reading Jamming with the cool cats at The Carrot Play with a group of experienced jazz musicians
You’re walking down the street and you see something that needs fixing, like a pothole or a fallen tree branch from a storm. Normally, you would call the city at 311 to let them know, then hope they’ll send someone to deal with it. Continue reading Connecting with city services using an app Download the free 311 app to report issues
Steven Townsend was walking his dog along 118 Avenue when he saw the first one: ”Repent! The sin of homosexuality will destroy Canada.”
It was a leaflet posted at a bus shelter, filled with anti-LGBTQ rhetoric backed up with selective Bible verses. Continue reading Anti-gay leaflets posted along the Ave Local reverend says those responsible are misinformed
Sidewalk chalk is temporary, but Art on the Ave’s Chalk It Up event has been going strong for four years! What started as a simple concept—bring in some chalk artists and let visitors try it for themselves—has turned into a popular, free event with a pancake breakfast and art. Continue reading Marking up the sidewalk at Chalk It Up Try your hand at creating sidewalk chalk art
When thinking of historical houses, we usually imagine well-preserved old mansions where important people lived. But throughout our inner-city neighbourhoods are homes with histories that haven’t been uncovered yet.
On March 30, a crowd packed the gallery at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts. They were there to see 19 short videos, each under five minutes, the result of the year-long Digital Storytelling project initiated by writer-in-residence Jocelyn Brown.
“I was working here with the artists individually on storytelling, but for a few of the artists at the Nina, telling a story in the traditional way just didn’t work for them. They might’ve not been able to speak or the stories they wanted to tell weren’t always linear in the traditional way. And they’re here as visual artists, so I was really looking for a way where we didn’t have to rely on text as much,” Brown said.
How is it that David Stockburger, a man living in the 21st century, is the creator of Avenue Vineyard Community Church’s annual Penny Carnival?
“Many years ago, as a kid, my school would put on a penny carnival for Halloween,” he said. “It was the best thing when you’re eight or nine years old, the games and getting candy. I always remembered that fondly.”
The middle of the city is probably the last place you’d look for 2,000 head of cattle. But once a year for the past 43 years, November in Edmonton meant hundreds of farmyard livestock making their way to Farmfair and the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) at Northlands. This year, your chance to connect with your inner cowboy or cowgirl comes Nov. 9-13.
The Secretaries are having brunch in Amy van Keeken’s kitchen on a Sunday afternoon, before rehearsal. Happy dogs lie at their feet. It’s a cozy domestic scene, but don’t be mistaken—this band isn’t made up of shrinking violets.
Colleen Brown, Natasha Fryzuk and Amy van Keeken work hard for the money (so hard for it, honey).
“We just wanted to jam,” said guitarist van Keeken. Six people showed up at their first session, but by the second, the band was distilled to its core members.