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Edmonton this week: Music, dance and Canada Day

September 18, 2017 • Adminas

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.

Cunning Vixen

September 18, 2017 • Adminas
The Cunning Vixen plays at Festival Place on June 29.

 

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.

Mark Templeton

September 18, 2017 • Adminas
Mark Templeton is at 9910 on June 29.

 

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.

Edmonton Music Awards

September 18, 2017 • Adminas
Mallory Chipman is performing at the Edmonton Music Awards at the Winspear on June 29.

 

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.

Historic Fest kickoff

September 18, 2017 • Adminas
between the heart of Old Strathcona and downtown Edmonton across the High Level Bridge.

 

 

A confluence of events takes place this Saturday as the annual Historic Festival and Doors Open Edmonton kicks off for 2017 with a launch at the Sand on Whyte sand carving exhibit. Admission is by donation, allowing you to wander around and peruse the efforts by world-class sand carving artists, including Peter Vogelaar and Guy-Olivier Deveau. Meanwhile, Historic Edmonton will celebrate their week-long fest with a proclamation and the unveiling of a Canada 150 Mosaic.

Canada Day at Telus

September 18, 2017 • Adminas
The Science Behind Pixar, starting on Canada Day at Telus World of Science on July 1.

 

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.

Sarah McLachlan 

September 18, 2017 • Adminas
Sarah McLachlan performs at Rogers Place on July 1.

 

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.

Canada 150 

September 18, 2017 • Adminas
There’s plenty to do on Canada Day

 

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

September 18, 2017 • Adminas
Celebrate Canada Day at the night street market in Chinatown.

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

September 18, 2017 • Adminas
Queen and Adam Lambert perform onstage during the North American Tour kickoff at Gila River Arena on June 23, 2017 in Glendale, Ari.The tour hist Edmonton on July 4.

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.