November 24, 2014
The Writers' Guild of Alberta is preparing to celebrate another successful year with the 2015 Alberta Literary Awards. Writers from across Alberta and their publishers are invited to check out and submit to this year’s award categories. Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within a category. The winners will be announced at the 2015 Alberta Literary Awards Gala in Edmonton in the spring. The awards presentation will take place in conjunction with the 2015 Words in 3 Dimensions Conference (www.wordsin3d.com)The Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers' Guild of Alberta in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors. Entries are judged by an independent jury recruited by the WGA. Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within a category. Prizes of $1500 are awarded in the following categories:R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature (picture books);Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction;Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction;Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama (plays published or produced);Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry.Prizes of $700 are awarded in the following categories:James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction (published pieces);Howard O'Hagan Award for Short Story (published only);Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize (unpublished pieces).The WGA is also administering the following awards for 2015:The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize ($5000 prize);The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize ($10,000 prize).The deadline for submissions to the Alberta Literary Awards is December 31, 2014. Guidelines can be found at: http://writersguild.ab.ca/Alberta-Literary-Awards.asp
Art Gallery of St Albert (AGSA), a contemporary public art gallery, seeks submissions from artists working in all styles and mediums for exhibition in the 2016 calendar year.The gallery strives to provide an exhibition schedule and corresponding programs that both support educationally challenging art and appeal to its many audiences. Artworks selected for exhibition must provide vision, inspiration and education for residents of St Albert and surrounding communities. They must also reflect originality and a diversity of styles and mediums. The Gallery endeavours to present artists who exhibit locally, nationally and internationally.Submissions are adjudicated by a panel of visual art professionals who represent a spectrum of expertise in the visual arts. The artists chosen to exhibit receive CARFAC fees.This call can be viewed online at http://artgalleryofstalbert.ca/exhibitions-events/call-for-submissions/Available on our website; template for Image List, gallery floor plan, vault dimensions, images of exhibition space.For more information: Jenny Willson-McGrath, Exhibition Curator email@example.com The gallery is located at 19 Perron Street, St Albert AB T8N 1E5
The Art Gallery of St. Albert is located in the historic Banque d’Hochelaga building in downtown St. Albert. With the gallery residing in a converted bank building, it benefits from many unique and interesting architectural features, including a decommissioned 100 square foot ‘Vault’ space on the main level. Repurposed over the years from bank vault to store room and currently to gallery space, this sound-proofed intimate space provides the ideal setting for small group film viewing as well as single site-specific installation works. The gallery seeks proposals from artists interested in utilizing this space for short term exhibitions of single artworks created or tailored for this space. Further details on the specifications of the space as well as images of this space can be found on our website. Selected artists receive CARFAC fees (further clarification and details available upon request). Please follow the specific Vault Exhibition submission process available on our website ArtGalleryofStAlbert.com. For more information please contact Jenny Willson-McGrath, Exhibition Curator/ Interim Director firstname.lastname@example.org 780-651-5741
Each year residents, businesses and schools come together to fill the Morinville Community Bus with donations for the Morinville Food Bank and the Knights of Columbus Christmas Hampers. Please join us in "filling the bus" with necessary food items and other non-perishable items to assist those in need. On Thursday, Nov. 27 the bus will be making the rounds and gathering donations from area schools and businesses that have signed up to be collection points and on Friday, Nov. 28 the bus will be at No Frills, 8901-100 Street, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at Sobey's, 10003-100 Street, from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Seasonal handmade crafts from the bounty of the Garden! Holiday wreaths, centrepieces, dried floral arrangements, potpourri, candles, unique pressed-flower cards, gift items, tree ornaments, stocking stuffers and much more. Products are handmade by members of the Devonian Botanic Garden’s Crafters Association. All proceeds support programs and special projects at the garden.Friday, Nov. 28from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Devonian Botanic Garden Crafters Association is a not-for-profit organization. There is no admission charge to attend the DBG Crafters Sale.
On Friday evening, Nov. 28, beginning at 6 p.m. it’s A Taste of Morinville featuring local restaurants, at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre, 9502 – 100 Ave., followed by the 7 p.m. concert with Hoja Vocal Ensemble. Great family fun!Sports fan? At 8:30 p.m. it’s a Morinville Jets alumni hockey game and silent auction at the Ray McDonald Sports Center, 9908 – 104 Street. Admission is free with a food bank donation). Saturday, Nov. 29 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. enjoy the Lions Pancake Breakfast with Santaat the Rendez-Vous Centre, 9913 -104 Street. After breakfast, head over to the Morinville Community Cultural Centre, 9502 – 100 Ave. for free kids’ activities: crafts, games, a bouncy castle, face painting, photos with Santa. A hot dog lunch is available and Major Conrad Flapps will perform two shows: 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mom and Dad can take in the farmers’ market at Morinville Community High, 9506 – 100 Ave. It goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The community cultural centre is the start point for the Christmas parade beginning at 5:30 p.m. and after the parade it’s Light Up the Park at St. Jean Baptiste Park and fireworks at the open field next to Morinville Public School. Hockey games begin at 5:30 p.m. at Ray McDonald Sports Center. Sunday, Nov 30 it’s a free family skate starting at 12:45 p.m. with Santa at the sports center and a family movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (with Jim Carrey) at the MCCC with free pop and popcorn. The fun begins at 5:45 p.m. Find all the details at www.morinville.ca
Come and check out Ansgar Danish Lutheran Church's Christmas Bazaar. Enjoy crafts, baked goods, Danish leverpostej and rye bread, “American” lottery and Santa’s Secret Shop for the children! A lunch menu is available with delicious open-faced sandwiches, beverages and Danish pastry. Free admission and parking.Saturday, Nov. 29, from 12 noon to 3 p.m.at Calder Community Hall, 12721-120 St.
Through his gift of storytelling, author and humorist Phil Callaway will bring a unique message of hope, healing, encouragement and laughter, reminding us all what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. The evening is designed to be a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. Phil's friend and master guitarist, Jay Calder, will provide beautiful music for our enjoyment. Please join the women in your community at North Pointe on Monday, Dec. 1 for this unique and refreshing Christmas event, from 7 to 9:45 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Includes event, beverages and dessert. North Pointe is located at 14025 - 167 Ave. Call 780-452-5566.
Rabbit in the Yard Productions presents the Christmas party of the season! A celebration of the season, the evening starts with a champagne reception among the paintings and sculptures of celebrated visual artist Jason Carter, on display for silent auction. Prepare for an incredible evening of song, stories, special super-star guests (including the big guy in the bright red suit), members of Kokopelli Choir, sing-alongs and more! Tickets are $27, available by calling 780-420-1757 or go online to www.tixonthesquare.ca. The evening starts Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m., with the show running from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the ATB Financian Arts Barns.
Come and check out our bake table, silent auction table and enjoy a hot lunch prepared by the grandmothers. The Morinville and District H.A.T.S (Hands Across the Seas) Grandmothers to Grandmothers group is holding their annual Christmas craft and bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Morinville United Church (corner of Grandin and Morinville Drive). All proceeds go to support African grandmothers through the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Phone 780-939-3389 for further information.
A musical of prophecy, promise and praise.Friday, Dec. 5at 7:30 p.m., refreshments to follow. Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Presentation.Sunday, Dec. 7 at 10:45 a.m.Presented by Sturgeon Valley Baptist Church, 51 Woodlands Road. Free admission. For more information: www.svbc.ab.ca or call 780-458-3777.
Alberta is horse country in both myth and reality. Calgary Stampede and Spruce Meadows come to mind, attracting fame with genuinely world-class equine events. But, did you know the Remington Carriage Museum in Cardston has North America's premier horse-drawn vehicle collection... or that Strathcona County on Edmonton's eastern edge has the country's highest per capita horse population... or that Edmonton has the last city-owned stable in Canada... or that Alberta has more horse rescue organizations and more wilderness horse trails than any other province? Horses and horse lore are a curious, rare, yet deep theme to fine craft in Alberta. This exhibition presents creative and accomplished craft objects that are useable, wearable, ceremonial, visual, historical, and reflect the human-horse relationship. "Well in Hand" invited craft artists to explore their own horse connections - horse culture. Runs from Oct. 4 to Dec. 24,with an opening reception: Saturday, Oct. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. Alberta Craft Council Gallery, 10186 - 106 St.
Features members of St. Albert Place Visual Arts Council (SAPVAC). SAPVAC is comprised of St. Albert Potters’ Guild, Painters’ Guild, Floral Arts Society, Quilters’ Guild and Paper Arts Guild.Artists from each guild will exhibit works inspired by an excerpt from a Thomas Moore poem, “Let Nature Stun You”. This quote forms both the stimulus for, and title of, the exhibition.Exhibit runs from Nov. 6 to 29;opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Additional evening hours will be: Snowflake Festival: Friday, Nov. 21, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron Street, phone 780-460-4310.
Explore St. Albert through the lens of our youth! The Musée Héritage Museum is pleased to display the work of budding photographers. We asked youth to take a picture of something with an interesting shape – tiny shapes, huge shapes, man-made shapes or natural shapes. The words and images of youth from Grades 3 – 12 are featured in the Take Your Best Shot exhibition. Exhibit runs from Nov. 21 to Jan. 18;special reception on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The prize presentation begins at 7 p.m. Gift cards to McBain Camera will be awarded to the top 3 photos in each group: grades 3 to 6, grades 7 to 9 and grades 10 to 12.Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron Street, phone 780-460-4310.
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story.Presented by St. Albert Children’s Theatre. First released in 1983, A Christmas Story quickly became a family favourite movie and a holiday viewing tradition for many. Now, more than 30 years later, this nostalgic look at childhood has found new life and has taken Broadway by storm.Complete with all new songs, this Tony Award nominated stage production propels the original story and all of its crazy hi-jinx into the hearts of a whole new generation. Book by Joseph Robinette. Music and lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Runs Nov. 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. and 7:30p.m.; Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.; Dec. 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Arden Theatre, St. Albert. Tickets: $26/adults; $20/children, seniors, students, available by calling the box office at 780-459-1542.
Canadian acappella group HOJA will kick off Morinville’s 2014 Lite Up the Nite Christmas festival. This extremely popular group will sing favourite songs from the ’50s to the present that span every style of music – from doo wop to rock, country to disco. Every amazing vocal and sound effect during the performance is created by the singers on stage! Bring the whole family and enjoy a pre-concert Taste of Morinville with food selections from your favourite local restaurants (not included in ticket price). Friday, Nov. 28 – Food service from 6 to 7 p.m., with show at 7 p.m. in the Morinville Community Cultural Centre, 9502 – 100 Ave., Morinville. Tickets: $25/family (max. 4); $10/individual, available at the Community Cultural Centre, or purchase online at: www.tixonthesquare.ca
The warmth, wit and contagious energy of clown aviator, Major Conrad Flapps has united the world in laughter for 25 years. As the world’s only “human airplane,” Flapps is a hugely likeable bundle of barely-suppressed zaniness. Suitable for all ages. Saturday, Nov. 29 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Morinville Community Cultural Centre, 9502 – 100 Ave., Morinville. Tickets: FREE! Available at the Community Cultural Centre.
Enjoy the colourful lights and Christmas display as you walk under the arches or drive around the cul-de-sac on Elliot Place, just a few blocks north of the Sturgeon Hospital. Non-perishable food items for the St. Albert Food Bank and Community Village are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off in the donation box at 9 Elliot Place any time during December.
For kids ages 3 to 5 years. Need a few hours to yourself to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. Have your children join us at Santa's Workshop for some hands-on fun with creative crafts and sweet treats. They might even have one wrapped and waiting for you on Christmas day! For this program, we require that your child has previously attended programs at our agency and is comfortable being left alone. This is to ensure that each child has the ability to enjoy the program to its fullest. We also require that children be potty trained.RunsThursdays, Nov. 27 to Dec. 11. Fees: Members: $48; non-members: $84. St. Albert Family Resource Centre, #10, 215 Carnegie Dr. Call 780-459-7377 to register or for more info.
Kids,come and Christmas shop for your parents at the Old Strathcona Antique Mall in a special area set aside where no parents are allowed! All gifts will be between $5 and $20 with no GST. Grandmothers from the GANG (Grandmothers of Alberta for a New Generation) will assist you with choosing, paying and wrapping your present before re-joining your parents.We are open Saturday, Nov. 29: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 30: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.at the Old Strathcona Antique Mall, 10323-78 Ave. 780-433-0398
For kids aged 2 to 5 years. Traditions can be an important tie bringing families and cultures together. Learn about winter celebration traditions through exploration of the crafts, games, stories, and foods that are traditional to Christmas in various countries, as well as other winter holidays such as Hanukkah and Denali. Come prepared to have fun and to share some of your families holiday traditions! Thursday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.Fees: Members: $16; non-members: $28. St. Albert Family Resource Centre, #10, 215 Carnegie Dr. Call 780-459-7377 to register or for more info.
You are invited to join Archbishop Sylvain for a two evening Advent mission using the spiritual wisdom of former Abbot Thomas Keating and appreciating the powerful and unique art of Fr. Seiger Köder. This retreat will be a prayerful time to slow down; to relax, to reflect and to deepen our appreciation of the mystery of the Incarnation by unwrapping the season of Advent. Each evening there will be singing, a presentation, fellowship and a ritual to wrap up the evening. Facilitator: Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie OMI. Please register by Nov. 21. Two Tuesdays: Nov. 25 and Dec. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: $30. Star of the North Retreat Centre, 3A St. Vital Ave. Call 780-459-5511 to register. Payment required upon registration. Website:www.starofthenorth.ca
Alberta farmers, city dwellers and cabin owners are installing solar systems. Come hear four solar system owners discuss their experience of living with solar. How are these systems performing in Alberta? How much do they cost? How do you finance a solar system? How do you choose the right installer? Can you do it yourself? What kind of maintenance is required? Where can I get good unbiased information and support? This evening will be useful for anyone considering solar energy in all of its forms. This seminar is offered free to the public and features four Albertans who have been using electricity, solar hot water and solar space heating. Presented by the Solar Energy Society of Alberta, a non-profit educational society. Wednesday, Nov. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at MacEwan University City Centre Campus, CN Theatre, Rm. 5-142. No charge. Contact: Rob Harlan, SESA Executive Director, phone 780-443-7788; email: email@example.com; website: www.solaralberta.ca
Why pay for eBooks when you can borrow them? Come to this free eBook demonstration onWednesday, Nov. 26 from 2 to 3 p.m.to learn how to check out and download our eBooks and eAudiobooks to your mobile device (a valid St. Albert Public Library card is required). Register in advance by visiting or calling the second floor information deskat 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
The HOME Program has been developed to meet the need in the community in assisting moderate-income individuals and families in becoming homeowners. This program encompasses education, referrals, one-on-one counselling, down payment assistance, matching with housing product and housing professionals and ongoing support. The counselling and follow-up are essential elements of the program in ensuring the families/individuals have the resources, support and advocacy in the process toward home ownership. This program runs two consecutive nights:Monday, Dec.1 and Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the library. Register for this program by visiting www.thehomeprogram.ca (see "Upcoming Sessions"). St. Albert Public Library, inside St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street.
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Winspear Centre invite you to be our guest at a free, one-hour information session and backstage tour. You will hear from two or three speakers about the history of the ESO and the Winspear and our vision for the future. You will then be taken on a fascinating backstage tour. Lunch and beverages are provided! Join us at 12 noonon Thursday, Dec. 4. RSVP: Everyone is welcome to attend! Please contact Jeffory Magson at 780-401-2517 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend or invite a group.
The most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong. “Good morning, Earth.” That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield – writing on Twitter – woke up the world every day while living aboard the International Space Station for over five months. During his stay in space, Hadfield became something of an extra-planetary media star. He not only tweeted photos, he tweeted Queen Elizabeth, William Shatner, talked to school-children, strummed his guitar and provided videos about daily life on the station. On his last day on the ISS, he posted his farewell music video online–a reworking of David Bowie’s Space Oddity–it exploded, garnering millions of views in its first hours alone. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the astronaut has done an “absolutely remarkable job as the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station and has brought the miracle of space travel home to Canadians and to the entire world.” Chris Hadfield’s book, “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” was released October 2013 and his new book: “You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes” has just been released. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.,Winspear Centre for Music. Ticket info from: 780-428-1414 or www.winspearcentre.com
Join the library’s Writer in Residence Margaret Macpherson to discuss the tricky process of using family members or real life characters in the telling of stories. When do we soften the truth? What constitutes memoir? Who owns a story? This workshop examines the pros and cons of truth telling in memoir and creative non-fiction. Writing exercises are included. This writing workshop takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Register in advance at the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, inside St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street.
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor; Julianne Scott, ESO clarinet. Sir William Walton lovingly re-orchestrated Bach’s sacred music into a ballet about the biblical parable of the ten virgins. Alongside this rare opportunity to hear a suite from the ballet are a pair of pieces from early 19th-century Vienna; be transported by a sunny and playful concerto, and Schubert’s impassioned symphony.Wednesday, Nov. 26at 7:30 p.m.,Winspear Centre for Music. Ticket info from: 780-428-1414 or www.winspearcentre.com
Listen to this piano duo from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26at 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.
The concert will include J. Haydn - String Quartet Op. 33 No. 02 "Joke", and the beautiful Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 by J. Brahms with special guest Brazilian clarinetist Amandy Bandeira. Friday Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84 Ave. Free admission. The 4 and More Concert Series is supported by the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton. Website: www.vaughanquartet.com
A songwriter dedicated to uniting folk song tradition with today's stories, Jon Brooks has an uncanny ability to press his ear against the heartbeat and the soul of the times we live in. He's been compared to the likes of Steve Earle & Bruce Cockburn with his honest, gritty vocal delivery and his straight-shooting political songwriting. In only four years, he has been nominated twice for a Canadian Folk Music Award "Songwriter of the Year", been profiled on CBC's "The National" and took home the US Mountain Stage New Song contest. John's latest disk Delicate Cages aims to reveal the complicit natures of good and evil, love and fear, and freedom and imprisonment. Saturday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m., 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park. For ticket info, call the box office, 780-449-3378.
Featuring guest organist Jeremy Spurgeon. i CoristiChamber Choir begins its 21st concert season with a reflective Advent program led by musicdirector Rob Curtis, featuring Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” for choir and organ (with organist Jeremy Spurgeon). Also included in the concert: Canadian composer Ruth Watson Henderson's “Magnificat” (also with organ); Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds's “Stars” (with tuned-glasses and Tibetan bowls); British composer Bob Chilcott's “TheShepherd's Carol; German composer Heinrich Schultz's “Deutsches Magnificat” (for a cappella double-chorus); and Flemish composer Orlando di Lasso's “Conditor alme siderum” (performed with the choir surrounding the audience). And to match the aural treat with an oral feast, the audience is invited to attend a reception catered by Upper Crust Cafe. The audience is encouraged to bring donations for Edmonton's Food Bank. Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 - 84 Ave. Ticket info available by calling 780-420-1757 or go online to: www.tixonthesquare.ca For more information, visit:www.iCoristi.com
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor; Robert Uchida, ESO violin. Travel around the world and back in time, from the striking symphony by a 19-year-old Schubert to a vivid depiction of a Chicago skyscraper by Edmonton’s Vivian Fung. The remarkable works of Sheng and Huang are brief counterpoints to a lush concerto performed by the ESO’s concertmaster.Saturday, Nov. 29at 8 p.m.,Winspear Centre for Music. Ticket info from: 780-428-1414 or www.winspearcentre.com
Featuring the Concordia Concert Choir and the Concordia String Quartet. Gloriawill be proclaimed by a number of composers throughout this concert as well as the Concordia Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Joy Berg. The choir will present the Alberta premiere of Jeff Enns’ Gloria accompanied by the Concordia String Quartet, as well as excerpts from Mark Hayes’ Gloria. The choir will also feature other seasonal pieces, highlighting soloists from within its ranks, all accompanied by Kim Cousineau, piano.Tickets: $15/adults and $12/students and seniors, available at by calling 780-420-1757; online at www.tixonthesquare.ca, or at the door.Sunday, Nov. 30 at 3 p.m.,Trinity Lutheran Evangelical Church, 10014- 81 Ave.
A brilliant technique and compelling musicianship place Denis Azabagic among the most respected guitarists in the world today. A native of Bosnia-Herzegovina and now resident in Chicago, Denis was first prize winner in twenty-four international competitions between 1992 and 1999, including the 1995 Guitar Foundation of America competition. He is in demand around the globe as recitalist and as orchestral soloist, having performed for the Masters of the Guitar series at the RoyalConcertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Aix en Provence Festival (France), the Ravinia Festival (U.S.A.), the National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing, China) and many others. He has recorded for the Naxos, Cedille, Opera Tres, Bridge Records and Orobroy labels, and is also noted for his work with flutist Eugenia Moliner in the Cavatina Duo. Sunday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.,Muttart Hall, Alberta College 10050 Macdonald Drive. Tickets: $20/members/students/seniors; $25/general. Call 780-420-1757 or purchase online at: www.tixonthesquare.ca
Symphony no. 38 "Prague" 1st movement / Mozart Orchestral Suite no. 1 / Fibich, Silent Woods / Dvorak. Soloist: Adam Caulfield, Cello. Fairy Tale op.16 / Suk Slavonic Dance op.46 no.8 / Dvorak. The Edmonton Youth Orchestra Association, is widely regarded as one of the finest youth orchestra programs in Canada, and gives 150 young musicians from Edmonton and Northern Alberta, the opportunity to develop their orchestral skills, to increase their knowledge and appreciation of music, and to enrich the cultural life of the community through concerts and benefit performances. Edmonton Youth Orchestra members are all motivated students who share a love of music. Michael Massey has been conductor of the EYO since 1977. He is pianist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and is widely respected as a conductor, soloist, teacher and accompanist. Sunday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. Francis Winspear Centre for Music. Tickets: $15/adults; $10/seniors, students, available at the door; by calling 780-420-1757 or purchase online at www.tixonthesquare.ca
Returning for a third time to Festival Place, Black Umfolosi is energy driven and engaging, mixed with great gentleness of spirit, song and exuberant dance. Their trademark harmonies mixed with intricate rhythms, clicking and clapping are highlighted during their brilliantly choreographed shows with a full range of movements from subtle to vibrant stomping and leaping! Specializing in a cappella (imbube) music, gumboot dance and Zulu dance, Black Umfolosi has toured extensively nationally and internationally through Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and Asia.Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.,100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park. For ticket info, call the box office, 780-449-3378.
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
By Moises Kaufman. 1998, Laramie Wyoming: A hate crime against a gay student forced an ordinary town onto the world stage. Its citizens ask themselves: Are we the kind of town where something this horrible can happen? How do we make it right? Can we? A true story, told in the words of the people who were there. Runs Thursday, Nov. 20, Friday, Nov. 21, Saturday, Nov. 22; and Friday, Nov. 28, Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. N102 Theatre on campus at 9125 50th Street. Tickets at the door, at The King’s Bookstore, or by phone at 780-465-8306: $10 students and seniors/$15 general. Warning: mature content. Presented by The King’s University Drama Dept.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the pop culture phenomenon of Flashdance is now live on stage. With electrifying dance at its core, Flashdance: The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream. Flashdance: The Musical features a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the movie, including the Academy Award-winning title song "Flashdance – What a Feeling," "Maniac," "Gloria," "Manhunt," and "I Love Rock & Roll." In addition to these hits, 16 brand new songs have been written for the musical with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth. *This show contains some mature content that may not be suitable for all audiences. Jubilee Auditorium, Nov. 25 to 30. Performances: Tues. to Fri. at 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jubilee Auditorium. For ticket info, call 1-855-985-5000 or visit: www.ticketmaster.ca
Join us as Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the Tony Award©-nominated songwriters behind the smash hit A Christmas Story, perform a cabaret-style concert. The concert will feature stories and music from their shows Edges, A Christmas Story, James and the Giant Peach, Smash (TV) and Dogfight. Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. Arden Theatre, St. Albert. Ticket info available the box office at 780-459-1542.
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
Jewish Family Services (JFS) will host a public evening of drama and dialogue as it presents “Listen Up: Let’s Talk about Elder Abuse.” The evening begins with light refreshments and conversation at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by two short theatrical presentations: “Our Lear” is a play created by Edmonton’s GeriActors and Friends that uses Shakespeare’s “King Lear” as a jump off point to discuss issues of neglect and other seniors issues. “The Silent Crime” is a Health Action Theatre piece produced by JFS that is concerned with the boundaries of financial abuse in the elder community. An interactive forum will follow with the audience able to participate in discussion about issues relating to seniors’ abuse and neglect. Organizers hope the talkback session will spur deeper and provoking dialogue on issues that continue to grow as Canada’s population ages. Canada’s New Horizons granting program funded the Pan-Canadian Elder Abuse and Awareness Education Project to help bring preventative programming and public attention to issues that place older Canadians in peril – often at the hands of family members or others they know. Over the past three years, the program has taken steps in five Canadian cities to increase awareness of elder abuse, particularly in culturally-diverse communities. Begins at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 26 at the Royal Alberta Museum Theatre. Admission is free.
Sometimes it is good to get away, to take time simply ‘to be,’ instead of always ‘doing.’ Through a combination of presentations and reflective time, these day retreats will each focus on a different contemporary spiritual book. It is not necessary to have read the books. Thursday, Nov. 27: The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully, by Joan Chittester. Facilitator: Sandy Prather. Cost: $35/day or $40 at the door; includes lunch and a day use room when available. Star of the North Retreat Centre, 3A St. Vital Ave. Call 780-459-5511 to register. Payment required upon registration. Website:www.starofthenorth.ca
Come and explore the journey of the Magi from the east to Bethlehem and experience what heavenly wonders they saw. Then dare to look into your own dark night to see those points of light that call you to an inner journey through your own vast desert. Through this retreat we will reflect on the great treasures that we have been entrusted with and what joy there is in giving them completely to Jesus. Facilitator Fr. Mark Blom, OMI. Register by Nov. 28. Takes place Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.Cost: $20, or cost with optional dinner at 6 p.m.: $35. Star of the North Retreat Centre, 3A St. Vital Ave. Call 780-459-5511 to register. Payment required upon registration. Website:www.starofthenorth.ca