On June 17-18, experience the vast cultures Edmonton is home to with The Thousand Faces Festival.
The festival, which offers art, dance, song, and theatre, is currently celebrating its fifth year. Every year, Mark Henderson, artistic director, carefully plans the itinerary. “Year to year I think to myself, what would be fun for audiences to immerse themselves into,” said Henderson. “It’s a multicultural, multidisciplinary festival. We want performances from all cultures in all disciplines.”
Continue reading Immersing in the mosaic of cultural stories Local festival channels the power of myth with art, dance, music, and theatre
On June 18, Bridge Songs will celebrate its 10 year anniversary and its last year.
Bridge Songs focuses on music, poetry, and visual art and has given artists an opportunity to gain exposure.
“It feels like the right time and it’s felt like the right time potentially for the last couple of years,” said Dave Von Bieker, event organizer. Many early artists are either no longer making music or have become established. Von Bieker is also getting busier with his art gallery, Bleeding Heart Art Space.
Continue reading Closing a decade-long chapter on a festival Bridge Songs gave artists a chance to share work
A few things in Edmonton seem to be irrefutable: the gardening season isn’t long enough and there aren’t enough adult-only neighbourhood events. The solution: a garden party.
On June 25, the Alberta Avenue Community League is holding its third annual Rubber Boots and Bow Ties Garden Party. The event is a way for people in Alberta Avenue to get to know each other, but all area residents are invited.
Continue reading Basking in the beauty of art and gardens Mingle with neighbours at Alberta Avenue’s garden party
On May 7, Wesley Andreas hosted a Jane’s Walk through Spruce Avenue. He discussed the neighbourhood’s general history and the strong Polish presence.
Southwest of Alberta Avenue are several Polish businesses and community hubs. Polish settlers have been in Alberta for over a century, but plenty of immigration occurred after the Second World War. The Polish suffered much hardship during the Nazi occupation. Poland developed a strong resistance movement and brought that spirit here.
Continue reading Discovering Little Poland
AveFest is back for more community fun on the Canada Day long weekend, where festival goers will be treated to free food and entertainment such as lawn games, crafts, face painting, a watermelon eating contest and tug of war.
“This is going to be a community event that seeks to engage the community. The idea is that we’re able to bring together different parts of the community into a festival that is designed not just for observers but for participants,” explained Arthur Dyck, festival organizer.
Continue reading Bring your sunscreen and smiles for AveFest Free festival engages community and unites neighbours
Wesley Andreas has set his mind on beautifying and connecting the communities that surround Alberta Avenue. He’s focusing on the alleys in particular.
“We thought maybe we could do something more colourful,” he said. Andreas is the founder of the Animate the Avenue Alley project. He started last year with a project on his own fence and garage. “We had been wanting to paint our garage anyway, so we used it as an opportunity to do something interesting with our garage painting, rather than just repainting it white.”
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Community residents have the opportunity to try out urban poling this summer and fall.
Urban poling, also known as Nordic walking, utilizes ergonomic walking poles. According to Valerie Parr, the organizer, “urban poling combines the upper body technique of cross-country skiing with the lower body technique of walking.” The exercise provides a cardiovascular workout and helps improve posture.
Continue reading Alberta Avenue offers Nordic walking lessons Explore your neighbourhood, learn a new sport, and get fit
“Every single Cameroonian knows two things. First thing: how to dance. The second thing is how to play soccer,” says Raymond Kampoer, beaming with pride.
Kampoer moved into Parkdale two years ago with his wife Micheline and two children. During the upcoming Cameroon Day celebrations, his rich, diverse culture will be on display in Edmonton.
Continue reading Celebrate Cameroon’s culture on May 21 Enjoy a day of dancing, soccer, and food
That Bloomin’ Garden Show and Art Sale, which started with a focus on back alleys in 2007, is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this May.
“It started from a revitalization working group,” said Karen Mykietka, the producer of the show. A group of like-minded people sat down 10 years ago and brainstormed a project that brought beatification to back alleys.
Continue reading Garden event’s been Bloomin’ for 10 years An idea to bring community together has blossomed
Last fall, my friend Gerard Forget and I attended a Leaders in the Community meeting hosted by the Avenue Initiative Revitalization. The purpose was for people to share ideas and brainstorm implementation of new projects that would benefit the community.
Gerard and I saw this as a great opportunity to share our idea of organizing jam sessions for community musicians and performers who were looking for a place to play together in an informal environment.
Continue reading Musicians, rejoice! Making music in the hall Jam sessions strike a chord with community musicians and music lovers