Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Embracing the Sabrina Butterfly effect Local designer opens new store in Montrose

Sabrina O’Donnell, creator of Sabrina Butterfly Designs and a Parkdale-Cromdale resident, has been selling her clothing for 20 years. It’s a favourite of Folk Fest attendees, Premier Rachel Notley, professionals, mothers, daughters, and anyone who favours comfortable yet classic clothing. Continue reading Embracing the Sabrina Butterfly effect Local designer opens new store in Montrose

History provided playwright with inspiration The Romeo Initiative tells a tale of deceit and love

A spy agency psychologically profiles a West German secretary and delivers her perfect man to embark on a romantic relationship with her to elicit confidential information.

Sounds fictional, right? But this actually happened during the Cold War and Trina Davies, a playwright who lived for years in Edmonton, found inspiration in history. Continue reading History provided playwright with inspiration The Romeo Initiative tells a tale of deceit and love

Came for the ice and stayed for the chainsaw Veteran ice carvers coached participants during workshop

On Jan. 20, four experienced ice carvers coached seven participants in a day-long ice carving workshop on the front patio of Alberta Avenue Community League.

The group worked collectively on a chair and individually on a series of smaller sculptures to show different aspects of the art. Continue reading Came for the ice and stayed for the chainsaw Veteran ice carvers coached participants during workshop

Annual festival returns to the Ave for a one-day event Yule Ave celebrates the holiday season with families in mind

Yule Ave brings the holidays home for people this December with an emphasis on the values of the season.

The event returns for its sixth year at Alberta Avenue Community Centre on Dec. 16 to bring free fun for the whole family.

“I want people to create Christmas, not to buy it,” said organizer Frank Zotter about the upcoming one-day event. Continue reading Annual festival returns to the Ave for a one-day event Yule Ave celebrates the holiday season with families in mind

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