Toronto’s Rhythm and Sound, the Tri-Tone Rhythm Ensemble, Taste of Flamenco and a Canada Day Dance Explosion are just a few of the events taking place at this year’s Feats Festival of Dance. Unapologetic Dance is promised at this year’s edition of the festival, with performances taking place at venues like the Sabor Restaurant, Sugar Swing Ballroom, and even along Whyte Avenue during Canada Day. Masterclasses and workshops are also promised; check the website for more information.
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The Nuova Opera & Musical Theatre Festival starts to wrap up the 2017 edition of their sprawling, six-week celebration of young talent with the final performance of Leos Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen. Brian Deedrick directs this Czech fable about a young vixen fox cub on an adventure in the forest, with Rosemary Thomson taking on conducting duties. There’s also the added bonus of members of Citie Ballet joining in on the performance, which is sung in Czech.
Local electronic artist Mark Templeton gets rave reviews around the world for his unique and experimental sounds, but it’s a rare night that Edmontonians can hear him in live performance. Lucky for us he’s chosen to celebrate the release of his 11th effort, Gentle Heart, over at 9910. Gary James Joynes and Kaunsel, featuring Jenna Turner, open with audio-visual sets.
Support local music! Altameda, Nuela Charles, Amy van Keeken, 100 Mile House, and Mallory Chipman are among the artists up for awards at this year’s Edmonton Music Awards, taking place over at the Winspear Centre. The lineup for the live music portion of the evening draws from the nominee list, with Altameda, Charles, and Chipman among the performers; Jay Gilday, Scenic Route to Alaska, and Silence the Machine complete the bill.
It’s not a party until someone brings out the cake. That’s exactly what the Telus World of Science will be doing on Canada Day, marking the big 150 with a large cake at noon, followed by a rocket launch, scavenger hunt, live science demonstrations, and much more. Canada Day is also the day when Telus brings in their latest exhibition, the Science Behind Pixar, with appearances by Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Sulley, and others.
There will be no lack of Canada Day activities in the downtown core to check out this year, including the usual festivities in Churchill Square. Rogers Place will be overrun with Canada Day activities all through the day, boasting a family street festival by the arena that features live performances, food market and community booths, an honoring ceremony and more, all free and starting at noon. It all culminates in a performance by Sarah McLachlan in Rogers Place itself, with local folk sensation Martin Kerr opening as well as appearances by Edmonton’s Firefly Theatre.
There will be no better place to mark Canada Day in Edmonton than the Alberta Legislature. The all-day festivities include a family fun zone, with crafts, activities, and magical performances, as well as a number of different stages hosting dance, music, taekwondo demonstrations and more. The Indigenous Showcase features storytelling, traditional games and songs, as well as appearances by Métis Child and Family Jiggers, Kehewin Native Dance Theatre and others; also, fireworks, of course. Check the link for full schedule.
Chinatown night market
Heading farther north past downtown is the Canada Day edition of the Chinatown street market. Expect craft and trinket booths as well as food trucks and traditional entertainment at this celebration, which takes over a street for the evening. Check the website closer to the date for more info on entertainment and activities.
Queen and Lambert
Bassist John Deacon remains aloof from it all, but guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor are still soldiering on with the latest incarnation of their long-running project, Queen + Adam Lambert. Some might find it horrifying that Lambert has stepped into the shoes of the beloved Freddy Mercury, but many reviews have insisted that the collaboration works, with Lambert gleefully taking on the over-the-top frontman role that Queen demands. As one reviewer notes, it might be karaoke, but it’s really good karaoke.