All posts by Talea Medynski

Talea is the Rat Creek Press editor. She loves sharing the stories of our diverse neighbourhoods.

Dive into science fiction and fantasy Pure Speculation Festival finds a home on the Ave

Interested in learning the finer points of parasol dueling? Or perhaps you’d like to join other festival goers in eating cereal and watching cartoons? For those who love science fiction and fantasy, Pure Speculation Festival has a new home this year at Alberta Avenue Community League from July 28-29.

Brent Jans, festival chair, described the festival as “a small fan-organized speculative fiction science fiction fantasy event, but we will talk about anything the Hugo gives awards for: TV, movies, or graphic novels.” Continue reading Dive into science fiction and fantasy Pure Speculation Festival finds a home on the Ave

New festival promotes cultural diversity Global Fusion shows how youth lead the way

Youth have an opportunity to showcase their culture and learn about other cultures during Global Fusion Festival on July 21 at Giovanni Caboto Park. The festival, part of Canada 150, is meant to empower youth and bring cultures together.

Ahmed Abdulkadir, executive director of the Ogaden Somali Community of Alberta (OSCAR) and one of the festival facilitators, said, “We have a lot of hate, but the youth are saying ‘we’re here to promote love.’ ” Continue reading New festival promotes cultural diversity Global Fusion shows how youth lead the way

Red Chair Ave sparks conversations Talk about your dreams, love, and thoughts of home

On June 3, look for red muskoka chairs in small parks. Part of 100in1Day, Red Chair Ave aims to spark conversations and introduce people to underutilized parks.

Wesley Andreas, organizer of Red Chair Ave, said he often passes what he calls a “pocket park” on 96 Street and 116 Avenue. Continue reading Red Chair Ave sparks conversations Talk about your dreams, love, and thoughts of home

Healing stories of Truth and Reconciliation Local installation prompts us to share and listen

A traditional Métis story used to teach values of honesty and sharing is being shared once again for Truth and Reconciliation during Medicine Stories/Maskihkîy Âcimowin.

The installation, which runs May 27 to June 21, features a 12-foot steel tree based on The Giving Tree story. The tree, placed in the 118 Avenue and 92 Street grassy space, will be used for Truth and Reconciliation through storytelling, songs, and art. Continue reading Healing stories of Truth and Reconciliation Local installation prompts us to share and listen

Two more tours scheduled for Eats on 118 June tour will feature different restaurants on the Ave

 

Last year’s Eats on 118 food tour, which encouraged people to try 118 Avenue area restaurants, was such a success that three tours are being held this year. April’s tour is already past, but two tours are scheduled for June 28 and August 30.

“What got it started was a workshop called Leading the Way,” said Joachim Holtz, executive director of Alberta Avenue Business Association (AABA). “We thought, ‘what can we do to help the hospitality businesses?’ Restaurants feel recessions a lot on their bottom lines.” Continue reading Two more tours scheduled for Eats on 118 June tour will feature different restaurants on the Ave

Film project tells newcomers’ stories Local filmmaker explores what it means to be Edmontonian

Newcomers can have tumultuous experiences, as local filmmaker Jason Gondziola explores in the documentary series Becoming Edmonton.

The community film project features nine short films and took two years to complete. Gondziola collaborated with Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Edmonton Multicultural Coalition, and Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers and received funding from Edmonton Heritage Council and Edmonton Arts Council. Continue reading Film project tells newcomers’ stories Local filmmaker explores what it means to be Edmontonian

The Carrot offers all-ages Hip Hop Night New programming fills a niche in the community

The hip hop community and those curious about the art form now have a space to perform and learn at The Carrot on the second last Wednesday of every month.

Meaghan Underhill, The Carrot’s volunteer and events coordinator, explained the idea for an ongoing program began while programming events for Black History Month.

Continue reading The Carrot offers all-ages Hip Hop Night New programming fills a niche in the community

The road to creating community initiatives Advice and resources to get a project on its feet

Many community initiatives happen in our area, encompassing everything from small community projects to big festivals.

Wesley Andreas, creator of Animate the Avenue Alleys, is a great example of someone who developed a successful initiative. A few years ago, he needed to repaint his garage, but wanted something creative. He participated in an event called DIY City and painted a simple, bright cityscape and silhouettes of people. Continue reading The road to creating community initiatives Advice and resources to get a project on its feet