February 28, 2015
Sylvain Émard is best known for his dances choreographed for male dancers. In this piece, he plunges seven men into a lavish extravaganza of powerful dancing. While the metaphor of a hurly-burly contemporary world experiencing unprecedented change is certainly present, Ce n’est past la fin du monde reveals a most positive energy and excitement for the future. The dancing is uninhibited. The zeitgeist of this work is complete, richly detailed and animated by every dancer’s performance. These seven dancers come together in a fraternity of true humanity. At Timms Centre for the Performing Arts, Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7at 8 p.m. Ticket info from 780-420-1757 or online at: www.tixonthesquare.ca.
Featuring music from the hit series, The Next Step Live on Stage is an interactive dance experience for kids and families of all ages. Showcasing their incredible talent and athletic abilities, The Next Step dancers will perform popular routines from the show – both intricate solos/duets and jaw-dropping group numbers – along with new eye-popping choreography and tutorials designed to celebrate dance and movement. Ticket information: available only by phone at 780-428-1414. All tickets subject to applicable service charges.Please note: children under 3 years of age will not be admitted.Friday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m.,Winspear Centre for Music. Ticket info from: 780-428-1414 or www.winspearcentre.com
Fiddler on the Roof, is coming to the beautiful Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Old Strathcona. Come to Anatevka where the traditions of the Jewish families come face to face with the modern concept of love. At the turn of the 20thcentury somewhere in Russia, matchmakers are quickly going out of style but never will a father of five daughters not have a reason to grumble to his horse. As tradition is put to the test, Tevye and his family sing and dance their way into the new century. There are weddings, Russian dancing, and one heck of a dream sequence. Directed by Morgan Kunitz with musical direction by Darlene Kunitz, the Trinity Players features the effervescent Andrew Hladyshevsky as Tevye. Trinity Players was originally founded in the early 1900s as a ministry of Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Morgan Kunitz and Darlene Kunitz decided to resurrect (no pun intended) the Trinity Players in 2010 by putting on small cabaret revue style shows. Trinity Players’ goal is to include people with very busy schedules and of all ages making sure that everyone gets the chance to sing, by themselves, on stage. The group now spans folks from 11 to 70 years young and has put on eight cabaret shows. Trinity Players mounted a sell-out run of Jesus Christ Superstar in 2013 and this is their second full scale musical. The fiddler starts playing March 5 and continues until March 8 with evening shows at 7:30 and a matinee at 2 p.m. on March 8. Tickets: $15, available by calling 780-420-1757 or purchase at the door, or online at www.tixonthesquare.ca
The Mom, Pop & Tots Fair is a two-day show loaded with family fun and excitement! New and expectant parents can find products and services geared to their needs, as well as information galore! It’s a wonderful opportunity for family time, with a large variety of activities to participate in. Whether you have a bouncing baby, tremendous toddler, or keen kid, there’s a little something for everyone from a baby crawl to a chalk drawing floor to a petting zoo and many hands-on activity centres. Join us on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets available at the door: $14/general (ages 17+); $10/youth (ages 9-16); $4/child (ages 3 to 8); admission is free for kids 2 and under. At the Edmonton Expo Centre.
The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement which brings Christians of many traditions together to observe a common day of prayer each year.Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m.,at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, 125 Larose Drive, St. Albert.For information, call 780-459-9426
By Chris Craddock; based on the novel by Miriam Toews. Come celebrate our 40th birthday! Be part of the studio audience as Bradley Moss, Chris Craddock, Caroline Livingstone and a cast of local celebrities hit The BackstageTheatre for a radio-style reading of this 2005 hit. Experience the hilarious characters and heart-warming story for two nights only: March 6 and 7. Due to the fire that ravaged Theatre Network, performances will take place at the Varscona Backstage Theatre, in the ATB Arts Barns. Entrance is on the north side of the Strathcona Farmers’ Market Building (by the Highlevel Bridge Streetcar sign). Pay parking available on the east and west side of Gateway Boulevard (103 Street) across from The Backstage Theatre. For ticket info, call 780-420-1757 or purchase online at: www.tixonthesquare.ca
Want a great deal on books? Come to the library’s annual book sale! We have gently-used books of all kinds for sale (fiction and non-fiction, hard-cover and paperback, for kids right up to adults), as well as CD/audiobooks, music CDs and DVDs. The sale takes place in the foyer of St. Albert Place just outside the entrance to the library from Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 8 during regular library hours (Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.). All proceeds from sales go back to support the library. The library is located in St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street.
Twenty-three of St. Albert’s top artists have been nominated for the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts awards, which are handed out annually to individuals and groups who are making a mark in St. Albert’s cultural community. Nominees include young and established artists whose creativity, passion and leadership shines through their work to help enhance our community’s creativity, and further nurture others around them. There are six categories: Youth Artist – celebrating St. Albert’s young artists; Emerging Artist – acknowledging artists in the early stages of their career; Community Arts Group Award – identifying the ongoing commitment of a community group or organization that brings the arts alive in St. Albert by supporting, producing or participating in the arts; Established Artist – applauding artists who are receiving critical recognition for excellence in their art practice in St. Albert and beyond; Excellence in Arts Teaching – recognizing the important contribution of those who strive for excellence in arts teaching; Arts Leadership – celebrating an individual who has demonstrated creative leadership in the growth and development of services and support for the arts in St. Albert. Award recipients will receive an original work of art by St. Albert artist, Kyle Walton, who is the owner of Hammer and Forge Design Studio. Recipients will also receive a $1,000 monetary award.The Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts and Night of Artists will come together on Friday, March 6, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Enjoy Centre. The new partnership showcases a weekend of artistic diversity that recognizes excellence and celebrates a community coming together to support the arts in St. Albert. Tickets are $35 and are available at the Arden Theatre Box Office or at www.ticketmaster.ca. Ticket includes entry into Night of Artists Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday day exhibits.For more information, visit: stalbert.ca/mayors-arts-celebration.
This year’s show includes exhibitors from around Alberta, B.C., and the United States and is a great way for you to plan your 2015 golf season. Don’t forget to stop by the indoor driving range to test out the top manufacturers newest products, shop in the clearance centre, get a free lesson from a PGA of Canada Professional, participate in activities like the long drive, closest to the pin, chipping and putting contests! Bringing down the whole family? Make sure to stop by the junior area for free junior activities.Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Edmonton Expo Centre
The exhibition 15 on 35 includes artwork and written insights by a selection of 15 long-term, mid-career, emerging and new members. Each of the participating artists uses their work and writings to reflect on how the ACC has enriched their careers. And, collectively then look at the past, current state and future of the ACC and fine craft in general. 15 on 35 launches the 35th anniversary of the ACC and Craft Year 2015. Some participants have chosen to look back and understand better now the significance the ACC has played in their careers. Others are exhibiting more recent work to demonstrate the vital role the ACC currently plays in their careers. Participating artists: Bee Kingdom, Andrea Blais, Sarabeth Carnat, Katrina Chaytor, Linda Chow, Margie Davidson, Matt Gould, Chris Kubash, Lisa McGrath, Laura McIvor, Wendy McPeak, Jean Claude & Talar Prefontaine, Shona Rae, Jenna Stanton, Keith Walker.Runs from Jan. 17 to March 28. Alberta Craft Council Gallery, 10186 - 106 St.
Come and see the Alberta premiere of Charles Stankievech: The Soniferous Æther of The Land Beyond The Land Beyond. This 10-minute 35-mm film installation was created during a residency at Canadian Forces Station Alert, a military spy outpost and the northernmost settlement on Earth. "We shape our landscape as much as the landscape shapes us, particularly in Alberta," notes exhibition curator Matthew Hills. “Charles’ film resonates strongly not only in our community, which is buffeted by harsh winters, but also at the University of Alberta, with our renowned art collection and research strength in Northern issues. It’s important to us to bring the best contemporary Canadian art to our audience at the U of A Museums Enterprise Galleries.” Runs until March 21 at U of A Museums Enterprise Square Galleries. Hours: Thursday/Friday noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. Admission by donation.Enterprise Square Galleries, 10230 Jasper Ave.
An examination of the creative practices at work with Alberta artists and ultimately an expression on what it feels like to be an artist in Alberta. The title is derived from an abandoned transit platform located under the civic centre of the province’s capital, Edmonton. Future Station is in reality both a physical and allegorical place of transition and stasis: part urban mythology and part monument to the banality of dormant infrastructure. It serves as a metaphor for the status of contemporary visual culture in Alberta – it exists and functions as a potent vacancy awaiting due recognition. Several themes unite an approach to contemporary art practices in Alberta: psychology, natural forces, detritus and austerity. Exhibit goes from Jan. 24 to May 3at the Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square. For more info, including hours and admission fees, visit the website: www.youraga.ca
Opening in Gallery A: A series of paintings inspired by William Blake’s poems Songs of Innocence & Songs of ExperienceSongs of the Soul represents in paint issues such as the environment, equality/inclusiveness, aging, homelessness, depression, religious/racial differences, mortality and the need for social justice. Father Douglas’ fondness for dogs leads to the imagery in this body of work that expresseshow humankind has not changed since Blake exposed these troubles to the world over two hundred years ago. Opening reception: Thursday, Feb. 5 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Exhibit on from Feb. 5 to March 28 at Visual Arts Alberta Gallery; 3rd Floor, 10215 - 112 Street.
Opening in Gallery B: TENGINGAR is Icelandic for connections. The exhibition captures the personal experiences of artist Deborah Catton during a 30-day residency period in May, 2014 in Iceland. The work explores connections between the landscape, the geography and the climate and the many connections and contrasts that exist with the colour, shape and form of this amazing place. Opening reception: Thursday, Feb. 5 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Exhibit on from Feb. 5 to March 28 at Visual Arts Alberta Gallery; 3rd Floor, 10215 - 112 Street.
Started in 2003, Grow With Me is a not-for-profit playgroup program for children ages 0-6, with their caregiver. This program includes a Circle Time of music, movement, and an interactive Bible story. An easy, child-directed craft is followed by free-play at our various centers. Grow With Me is held at St. Peter Lutheran Church, at the corner of Hebert and Cunningham (55 Stanley Drive, St. Albert),Tuesdays from 9:45 to 11 a.m. Our spring session is called: It’s a Miracle! Feb. 24:Jesus and the Empty Fish Nets. March 3: Jesus and the Man who couldn’t Walk. March 10: Jesus and the Girl who Died. March 17: Jesus and the Hungry Crowd. March 24: Jesus and the Cross. Per session cost: $25 for the first child, $15 for the second child and $10 for the third child. Walk-ins accepted: $5/child age 1 and over. To register: Call Sarah at 469-0410 or register on our website.
Mary’s original and traditional tunes with a twist, are highly interactive and creative, and they will fill listeners with childhood memories, warmth and humour. Mary’s Noisy Theatreperformance encourages young tots to break all theatre rules in this lively and interactive mid-morning performance. At a Noisy Theatre presentation, parents and children alike can laugh and relax in this unique “no-shushing” environment. The house lights stay up and the doors stay open to make this mid-morning show enjoyable – comfortable for toddlers and painless for parents. This concert is just plain sing-along and dance-along fun for kids. Mary will engage everyone in the crowd with her original and traditional tunes with a twist. This Old Man Came Rolling Home becomes This Old Man Came Jiving Home, plus Old MacDonald’s Funky Farm, Five Little Fishies in the Bath Tub and the Toothfairy Loves Ballet are just a few of the songs from Mary's repertoire that will be performed. Each child will even dramatize becoming little monkeys for the grand finale!Mary Lambert’s “Monkey Sing, Monkey Do” will beat the Arden Theatre, Wednesday, March 4 at 11 a.m. Tickets: $18/adults; $15/children, seniors; plus fees. Call the box office, 780-459-1542.
The third annual SkirtsAfire herArts Festival is gearing up for another fantastic weekend of events in the heart of Alberta Avenue, (118 Ave). SkirtsAFire is a platform for women’s stories presented in theatre, music, dance, visual art, comedy and spoken word. Artists and audience come together to share in these powerful, moving, insightful and entertaining performances, exhibitions and workshops.Please join us in formally opening SkirtsAfire herArts Festival 2015 on Thursday, March 5 with the Gallery Installation,Everything Cannot Be True, fabulous food by The Upper Crust Cafe and the George Eliot String Quartet. Forget Bach, Beethoven, and the boys – join the George Eliot Quartet as they champion and celebrate a captivating array of string quartets by female composers. Bagpiper Sylvia Thiessen, will start off the festivities in grant style. Nourish your literary side with the power of prose!A house literary salon called A Place for Prose has been running in Edmonton since 2008. Hosted by local writers Astrid Blodgett and Audrey Whitson, the salon is a feast of writing and visual art, food and drink. This International Women’s Day, Audrey and Astrid bring you A Place for Prose: Satellite Salon in the heart of Alberta Ave in the Nina Gallery, with four women who make their experience the subject matter of their art.Hosted by Jasmina Odor, Edmonton long and short fiction writer; Astrid Blodgett, Edmonton short story writer; and Lisa Martin, Edmonton poet, essayist and fiction writer; Erin Pankratz-Smith, Edmonton mosaic artist.Takes place Saturday, March 7 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The official SkirtsAfire Art Unhemmed Gallery will begin with the opening ceremonies at 5 p.m on Thursday, March 5. It will be featured on its own Saturday, March 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. and will include an “Artist’s Talk” with some of the seven artists whose work is on display. Please join us in celebrating our fabulous visual artists and their work.Within the frame of making art, what is it that distinguishes our work? How do we delineate between pieces that are meant for an everyday purpose, and those that are elevated as art objects? Perhaps there is no line that needs to be crossed; instead there is creativity to be discovered in the shadows between art and utility, magic to be found in the mundane.Everything Cannot Be Trueis an exhibit revolving around questions linked to form and function, creativity and production. It invites both artist and viewer to explore boundaries which may or may not actually exist, and conceive of their own ideas about the unique ways art intersects in our everyday.The festival runs March 5 to 8. Tickets for SkirtsAfire Festival events are available at the door by donation. For more information on Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk or the SkirtsAfire HerArts Festival please visit our website https://skirtsafire.wordpress.com/.
Zahra Al-Harazi is one of Canada's most successful entrepreneurs. Sharing her no-holds-barred attitude and passion for success, Zahra discusses her unique approach to entrepreneurship and leadership, as well as her personal experience as a pioneering woman and immigrant in the business world. As CEO and creative director of Foundry Communications, Zahra has been recognized as Chatelaine's "Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year" (2011), one of Calgary's "Top 40 Under 40" (2009) and one of the most powerful women in Canada by the Women's Executive Network (2011). In 2012, she was bestowed with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.Friday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m.Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park. A meal is available for purchase at this show. Contact the box office, 780-449-3378 to make meal arrangements at least 48 hours before the show. General Admission: $65. Tickets are available at the Festival Place Box Office, 780-449-3378, www.festivalplace.ab.ca, or through Ticketmaster.
Our guest speaker will be Joe Gadhois fro Greenland Garden Center. His topic will be orchids. Join us Friday, March 6 at the Sturgeon Valley Golf & Country Club, 25114 Sturgeon Rd. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., breakfast at 9 a.m.Cost: $20/person. New members welcome. RSVP to Helen Kieran 780-458-2420.
Wherever birch trees flourished from Alaska to the Maritimes, the First Peoples made use of the unique qualities of their bark. Contemporary interpretations of traditional forms of birch bark containers, first collected by 19th century traders and adventurers, are being displayed beside souvenirs intended for tourists. Dyed porcupine quills enhancing bark canisters from Fort Laird, NWT, a handkerchief box from Nelson House, Manitoba, and a trinket basket from Christian Island, Ontario, show the beauty of birch bark in its various forms.The Musée Héritage Museum is pleased to be working with guest curators Bill and Michelle Tracy on this exhibition. Birch bark artifacts from the Royal Alberta Museum, the Tracy Collection, and other private collections highlight the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the First Peoples of North America in a diversity of art forms seldom seen together.Exhibition runs from Jan. 27 to April 12at the Musée Héritage Museumin St Albert Place, 5 St Anne Street. www.MuseeHeritage.ca
Listen to this fiddle and piano duo from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, March 4at McDougall United Church, banquet hall, 101 St., one block south of Jasper Ave., use Macdonald Drive entrance, facing the river. Admission is free! Bring your friends and a bag lunch; coffee and tea available. Funded by contributions from individual donors and volunteers from the Edmonton Arts Council and Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Dirk Meyer, conductor; Ilya Yakushev, piano. Piano and orchestra will be on glittering display at this concert, with Mendelssohn’s Capriccio brilliant, Weber’s Polonaise brilliant, and excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. To polish off the evening, sparkling orchestral versions of piano masterworks by Chopin and Brahms are also on the menu.Thursday, March 5 at 8 p.m.,Winspear Centre for Music. Ticket info from: 780-428-1414 or www.winspearcentre.com
Croatian virtuoso Ana Vidovic’s extraordinary gifts and engaging stage presence have made her one of the most important classical guitarists to emerge in recent years. A child prodigy, she was performing internationally at the age of eleven, and at age eighteen won first prize in the highly prestigious Francisco Tarrega Competition in Benicàssim, Spain. Her reputation in Europe resulted in an invitation to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory, from where she graduated in 2003. Ana Vidovic now lives in the United States and enjoys an active touring career that has taken her to New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Budapest, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Oslo, Copenhagen, Toronto, San Francisco and many other cities.Friday, March 6 at 8 p.m., Muttart Hall, Alberta College 10050 Macdonald Drive. Tickets: $25/members/students/seniors; $30/general. Call 780-420-1757 or purchase online at: www.tixonthesquare.ca
Pavlois a true world artist, incorporating the world's most exotic instruments into his classic Mediterranean sound. Influenced by his travels, he captures audiences through his skills on the Chinese ehru, Portuguese guitarra, Arabic flute, Indian sitar and the Greek bouzouki. Having sold over half a million records worldwide, Pavlo was named "World Artist of the Year" in 2005 and "Touring Artist of the Year" in 2006. Pavlo continues to perform more than 150 shows per year and has become famous for bringing audiences to their feet. Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.,100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park. For ticket info, call the box office, 780-449-3378.
Dr. Robert de Frece and Adam Robertson, conductors, with the Faculty of Education Handbell Ringers.Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m.,Winspear Centre for Music. Ticket info from: 780-420-1757 or purchase online at www.tixonthesquare.ca
Grindstone Theatre is excited to bring back this popular improvised musical! This two act improvised show defies all expectations with a different show every Friday night. There's no script, and no safety net! Improvised on the spot, with random ideas and suggestions from the audience, the cast creates characters and situations that go from funny, to intelligent, to downright silly, all in 90 minutes. Running every Friday evening at 11 p.m. at The Varscona Theatre, 10329 – 83 Ave., Ticket info available from 780-420-1757 or online at: www.tixonthesquare.ca
The teen line is a telephone and internet service manned by teens and young adult staff and volunteers, who have participated in a 40-hour training. They are available to talk, chat, or just listen when you want to talk to someone your age. Volunteers are between the ages of 15 and 25 years old and are trained to be there for teens and the issues that they face. Often just talking about what’s going on with someone who is non-judgmental and caring is all a person needs. If you need help or just want to talk with someone, the teen line is here. Teen line offers referrals for further support to youth organizations, counseling, social service agencies, and follow-up to those as the need dictates. Confidentiality, privacy and safety are of utmost importance and procedures are in place to build and maintain trust between the callers and the teen line workers. Volunteers obtain hands-on experience within a well-known Christian ministry. Many of the volunteers are college/university students who receive the training and donate dozens of hours, giving them credit in their college curriculum, preparing them for jobs in social work, pastoral care, chaplaincy or other types of community support job functions. Teen Support Line hours including phone and chat:Tuesday to Saturday 5 to 9 p.m. MST. Phone: 780-488-1414. Website: www.teensupportline.net
On March 3 will will discuss hassle-free shopping with children; March 10 is developing good bedtime routines; March 17 is dealing with disobedience; March 24 is a discussion on managing fighting and aggression. Program runs Tuesdays in March, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Fees: Members: $15; non-members: $15. St. Albert Family Resource Centre, #10, 215 Carnegie Dr. Call 780-459-7377 to register or for more info.
Join us for the Positive Parenting Program, presented at the library by the St. Albert Family Resource Centre. The aim of Triple P is to increase parental confidence and the ability to deal with the many parenting challenges. Triple P is a toolbox of solutions where parents choose the strategy that best fits their family. This unique program runs for four Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18 & 25 From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.Register in advance, online at www.sapl.ca, at the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, inside St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street.
Please join us for this dynamic event at The St. Albert 50+ Club. The workshop teaches citizens of all ages to recognize warning signs of abuse of older adults and to respond safely and supportively. True-to-life scenarios are used to facilitate discussion and to build skills. The agenda will include: Learning to recognize warning signs and risk factors; Discussion about ageism; Scenarios – video presentations of situations of abuse and neglect; Building skills: how to respond safely and supportively / how to have a conversation about suspected abuse. Please call 780-459-0433 or stop at the front desk to register for this workshop. Thursday, March 5, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.This project is made possible through funding by Employment and Social Development Canadathrough New Horizons. St. Albert 50+ Club, 7 Taché St.