February 11, 2017
90 minutes of improvised comedy entertainment that unveils scenes, songs, and production numbers completely off the cuff to create a brand new musical based on audience suggestions. This award winning improvised musical comedy features some of Canada’s best improvisors as they make up a musical on the spot! 11 p.m. every Friday night! $13 tickets at the door (box office opens at 10 p.m.). At the Basement Theatre in Holy Trinity Church, 10037 84 Ave., Edmonton
Delve into a provocative world of dance as BalletBoyz, one of the hottest dance companies in the world, presents the Canadian premier of Life. This all-male company performs the breathtaking new works of internationally acclaimed choreographers Javier de Frutos and Pontus Lidberg. Together, they have crafted a stunning physical display of superior athleticism, sensitivity and astoundingly visceral storytelling of 10 powerful dancers. Performing to sold-out houses the world over, these intensely raw artists illustrate a mesmerizing conversation about life and death. Through Life, BalletBoyz deliver a truly sensational performance, which is underscored by the original music of 14 musicians. This Canadian premiere is a vivid example of how dance deftly investigates the world around us with a dynamic energy that is rarely seen. BalletBoyz have tapped into a thrilling cultural artery, converting generations of dance fans to their distinguished style of gripping contemporary dance. Brilliant and profound, Life simply, should not be missed. Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium,February 24 and 25. Ticket info from Ticketmaster: 1-855-985-5500 or online at www.ticketmaster.caFor more information, please visit: www.albertaballet50.com/2016-17- season
Reflections features the debut of two new works; both pieces examine contemporary movement rooted in classical ballet technique. The production begins with Citie Ballet’s own Kiera Keglowitsch’s thoughtful investigation of the impact of melting glaciers with her debut of On The Edge. Dancers’ bodies are harnessed to express our apathy towards the majesty of these essential formations that sustain us as we ponder the consequences of allowing them to simply disappear through our collective willful blindness. The highlight of the evening features a provocative new creation from former Alberta Ballet principal dancer, Yukichi Hattori, with his piece Ghosts. Hattori weaves unique balletic forms and pushes the envelope of new movement compositions. This work is underscored by an original soundscape by Edmonton electronic production duo, Nulle Part - Ben Good and Jason Troock, who utilize an arsenal of analogue synthesizers, drum machines, detuned vocals, and clouded pianos to create a rich, textured sound to support the title piece. Three performances only: Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m. Timms Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta Campus. Ticket info available from Tix on the Square, 780-420-1757, or online at tixonthesquare.ca
Celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2017, Ballet Jörgen continues to showcase the extraordinary beauty of traditional ballet in its purest form. Propelled to the forefront of the North American dance scene through the national and international acclaim of over 117 works, they make their Arden debut with a stunning, dramatic, and timeless rendition of Swan Lake. In this story of true love, the union of two souls, and the ultimate sacrifice to be set free, Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen even presents some novel and uniquely Canadian twists on the original plot that are a signature sign of his distinguished work. Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert. Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $68/adults; $55/students and children, plus fees. Call the box office, 780-459-1542.
Share your story in song! Celebrate Canada 150 by participating in a songwriting contest! Create an original song highlighting life in St. Albert and the significance of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Contest is open to St. Albert residents only, and any age is encouraged to apply. Entries accepted from March 1 until May 11, 2017 at 5 p.m. Singers, rappers and spoken word artists are all invited to submit their song by uploading a YouTube video of their submission for a chance to win: a $5,000 Professional Theme Song Recording Package with PlanIt Sound; $1,000 cash from The Survey Company; an opportunity to perform your original song at St. Albert’s Canada 150 events. Five finalists will be chosen from all entries and asked to perform at a live finale held on June 3 during the International Children’s Festival of the Arts at St. Albert Place. The winner will have the opportunity to perform their original song at St. Albert’s Canada Day event and the City-Wide Block Party being held on September 8, 2017. All entries received will be used as part of Canada’s 150 Stories, which is a collection of stories from residents sharing their cherished memories of the community, as well as their hopes, dreams and wishes for St. Albert and Canada for the next 150 years. The songwriting contest is a partnership between the City of St. Albert, the Government of Canada, PlanIt Sound and The Survey Company. For complete details on how to enter, visit stalbert.ca/canada150.
St. Albert Firefighters need your support during the 7th Annual Muscular Dystrophy Rooftop Campaign which is running from February 11 to March 10. This year’s campaign goal is $25,000 with money raised going towards improving the quality of life for people with neuromuscular disorders. Donations will help support the purchase of mobility equipment, provide support services and fund research, which will one day lead to a cure. On Feb. 11 and 12, local firefighters will be at the Safeway store, 395 St. Albert Trail from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Firefighters are also selling tickets for the Valentine’s raffle. The rooftop camp-out runs from Feb. 26 to March 1 at Fire Station #2, 100 Boudreau Road.
Speaker: Amber Reid from OLIV Tasting Room. Oliv Tasting Room will take you on a journey from fruit to bottle, from South Africa to Italy. You will learn traditional tasting methods, health benefits, processing practices, how to properly store your oils and vinegars, much more! We will also have a delicious variety of EVOO and balsamic vinegar for sampling. Serving a breakfast buffetand Mimosas and freshly brewed coffee and tea.Members: $15; non-members: $18. Takes place Tuesday, Feb. 28from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Pre-purchase tickets by Feb. 23. St. Albert Seniors Association, 7 Taché St. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Telephone: 780-459-0433. Visit the website at: http://stalbertseniors.ca
Celebrate all things Canuck in support of your local public art gallery! Together we’re going to raise loonies, toonies, Kings and Queens to keep the Gallery exhibitions and programs alive and thriving! Join us for a distinctly Canadian affair that promises the perfect balance of class and kitsch.Guests will enjoy; artistic demonstrations, themed food, live music, silent auction, cash bar, prizes and more!A curated selection of artworks, as well as artistic items by artisans will await your silent auction bids. Be sure to check our website for an updated list of participating artists!Purchase tokens and join us in the studios to indulge in creative activities with a contemporary Canadian twist: • Don’t be afraid of the dark! Capture time and illuminate your movements in a fun light-painting activity! • Make your own printed tote bag using a prepared silk screen from local print artist Eva Schneider• Roll up your flannel shirt and create a maple leaf-inspired clay piece in the pottery studio• Craft a Canadiana button to wear with pride!Check out the Canadiana-rama beer garden and take a seat at the Art Bar to create a souvenir postcard to mail (or treasure).This event is the major fundraiser for the Gallery in 2017; we rely on your Canadian community spirit to make it a success. Funds you help raise sustain exhibitions and programs, enabling us to continue to serve our vibrant community by keeping admission free and programming fees low. Get involved and show your support by buying a ticket and participating in the activities curated for your enjoyment!You’re not going to want to miss this unforgettable Canadian-themed fundraising event! Enjoy a classic party atmosphere while supporting St. Albert’s Public Art Gallery! Tickets $30; for Arts and Heritage members: $27; Canadiana VIP Package $1,200 (8 people). Tickets will be $35 at the door, subject to availability.Token packs for art activities $30 – purchase your tokens in advance to avoid line-ups at the event. Saturday, Feb 25 at 6:30 p.m., St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert.
On February 26 Hollywood's glittering and glamorous elite will be gathering in Los Angeles to honour their own with the 89th Academy Awards. And once again Shadow Theatre and ACME Theatre will be marking the occasion with biggest, brightest and best Oscar party in all Edmonton: OSCARNIGHT 2017! Those of you who joined the festivities last year know what a glittering and glorious celebration of cinematic excess OSCARNIGHT is. But just in case you don't know what to expect, here are some reasons to join the Hollywood inspired high jinks of OSCARNIGHT: You get to watch the Academy Awards broadcast bigger than life up on the big silver screen! Watch movie stars in their natural habitat! You get a full evening's worth of entertainment courtesy of the event's stellar comic hosts: The Hey Ladies (namely the Divine Davina Stewart, the Luminous Leona Brausen and the Cosmopolitan Cathleen Rootsaert) will be hosting the night ably assisted by Naughty Noel Taylor. Unlike at home, you can enjoy the show without having to suffer through all those commercials! You receive a mouth watering three course meal prepared by the culinary wizards at BLVD Supper Club! A tempting choice of meals served hot from the kitchen partnered with drinks ordered from the bar will keep you sensuously satisfied. You could dine out in style after the show for accurately predicting winners in selected Oscar categories! Prizes include dinners for two at Da De O, The King and I and other popular Edmonton restaurants. Join the fun of predicting the winners in ten Oscar races. (Meryl Streep is always a safe bet.) You might be able to score some serious swag from the glittering array of Hollywood quality goods available at the silent auction! Let your eyes be dazzled by the loot up for grabs! You will enjoy complimentary cookies baked by CONFETTI SWEETS, the company that has been selected by the Academy Awards for inclusion in their celebrity goodie bag! Experience the goodness of Tinsel Town approved treats! You can dress like the celebrity you always knew you were (or not)! Oscarnight has traditionally been a night where the highest fashion is on display. If you manage to catch some attention, you might win one of the fabulous Fashion Awards! For being so dazzlingly eye-catching you can win tickets to shows at some of Edmonton's most entertaining theatres! For over a decade, OSCARNIGHT has been Edmonton's most fabulous, fashionable, flighty, filmic and fun party of the year. Come join the excitement on Sunday Feb. 26 at BLVD night club, 10765 Jasper Avenue. The doors open at 5:30 with the live show starting at 6:15 and the live broadcast from Hollywood commencing at 6:30. Tickets are $100 and can be ordered through Tix on the Square, 780-420-1757, or online at tixonthesquare.caor the Shadow Theatre box office, 10329-83 Ave.A fundraiser for Shadow Theatre and the ACME Theatre Company.
How do we adapt and process current shifting and political, economic, personal and environmental challenges to our safety and stability? Featuring photographic, print, sculpture, video and performance artworks, Survival Guide examines strategies for survival within a contemporary art context. From Jan. 28 to May 7 at the Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton. Telephone: 780-422-6223. Winter hours: Tuesday, Friday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Monday: closed.
Gene and Marg Brenda are an endearing and engaging long-term retired couple – who also happen to be prolific art-makers. Marg and Gene embody the joy and wellness that creative endeavours bring to our lives.Their works encompass a lifetime of artistic learning through a variety of outlets: community classes, workshops, retreats, and classes through theEdmonton Lifelong Learners Association (ELLA) at the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension. These artistic endeavours have given both Brendas a variety of experiences and skills across a wide range of mediums and styles. They have nurtured their individual talents and interests, while inspiring their collective appetite to see and learn. The couple’s creative endeavours include photography, ceramics (including raku), mixed media, and both watercolour and acrylic painting. Their scope is far-reaching and their explorations many and varied. Creative Endeavours also features candid contemporary photographic portraits of Gene and Marg in their home, captured by Edmonton photographer Amber Bracken.Other art-makers displaying their works include participants and instructors of Gallery Community Programs and a few of the Brenda’s past art tutors. The exhibition celebrates artistic achievement in the community, and reveals the profound joy granted to those willing to take the creative plunge. Exhibit runs from Feb. 2 to April 8. Opening reception: Saturday, Feb. 4 from 2:30 to 5 p.m.at the Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron Street, St. Albert. Phone 780-460-4310. Website: artgalleryofstalbert.ca
The first installment of New Voices shows the artwork created by emerging artists while in our visual arts mentorship program. It features the works of Sofia Cristanti, Yong Fei Guan, and Keita Kwame Kankam. It will run from Feb. 9 to April 8. Jacqueline Fiala and Namita Patel will also be represented, and their show, New Voices 2, will open April 13th. Exhibition Dates: February 9th to April 8th, 2017. Visual Arts Alberta ~ CARFAC Project Space, 3rd Floor, 10215 - 112 Street, Edmonton. Gallery hours: Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. Closed February 20.
This new exhibit will take you two kilometers underground to discover how the sun works… Why? This interactive multimedia exhibit will answer that question, allowing you to explore SNOLAB and discover how the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) Nobel Prize winning results are breaking new ground in particle astrophysics. The exhibit features the building and the discoveries of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, the recognition of this work with a Nobel Prize in Physics for 2015 to SNO Director, Dr. Art McDonald, and the facilities and experiments of SNOLAB – an expansion of the original SNO Laboratory, at the Vale Creighton Mine in Sudbury, Ontario. The University of Alberta (UAlberta) is one of five Canadian universities that jointly own and manage SNOLAB. Not only were researchers in the Department of Physics in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Science involved in the original SNO project, they also play a central role in the next generation of astroparticle physics experiments. The 40 panels of the exhibit present spectacular images of the installations and a history of the development of SNO and SNOLAB, video kiosks which offer options to visitors to explore more information about the themes of the 8 stations, as well as a virtual tour to SNOLAB and its experiments, guided by the visitor. A video of an operating cloud chamber shows the “contrails” left behind by cosmic particles as they bombard the earth, which requires experiments like SNO to be sited deep underground, away from this interference. Artifacts featured in the exhibit include unique detector components, developed especially for SNO, as well as a 1/50 scale model of the SNO detector. Exhibit continues to April. 2. TELUS World of Science – Edmonton, 11211 142 Street, Edmonton. Show information and ticket sales: 780-451-3344. Website: telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca
Find us in the foyer of Servus Place every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Find out what's new and going on at the Library, check-out a book or return an item. There's always something different going on. For more information visit www.sapl.ca. Servus Place is located at 400 Campbell Rd.
For preschool children not registered in other storytimes at the Library. Activities and stories are geared for ages 2-4. For preschool children not registered in other storytimes at the Library. Parents are encouraged to join the program and anyone joining is expected to participate. The storytime runs Saturdays to March 25 from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. Please register for this storytime at 10:45 a.m. at the Children’s Information Desk at the Library (780-459-1532). St. Albert Public Library, inside St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street.
Rub, cut, gather and glue! Scour your AGA for textures before creating a multi-textured collage. Drop-in Wednesday mornings for gallery adventures, art-making, story-telling, and more! Each week has a new theme and activity related to current exhibitions and aimed at building early childhood learning skills in literacy, numeracy, community awareness and creative expression. The Tours for Tots program is designed for children aged 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Day care and other community groups can book a School Program. The Tours for Tots program is designed for children aged 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Day care and other community groups can book a School Program. See more at: http://www.youraga.ca/programs-events/family-activities/#sthash.bxF8QnuU.dpuf Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. Free with gallery admission. Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square.
Faust Mask Theatre utilizes masks, puppets, poetry, music and comic dance to offer a quirky retelling of the classic Grimm’s fairy tale The Frog Prince. This is a heart-warming story of tolerance for others, self-acceptance, reverence for nature, and respect for all creatures great and small. Since 1982 Faust Mask Theatre has performed at venues around the world including the Sydney Opera House and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre, 9502-100 Ave. Tickets: Family (Max 4): $35; Single: $12. Tickets can be purchased at the MCC Mon. to Fri. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except holidays) in person or by calling 780-939-7888; or from Tix on the Square, 780-420-1757, or online at tixonthesquare.ca
A registration day is being held at Servus Place on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Morinville Room located on the main floor by the south entrance for friends who may want to join. Servus Place, 400 Campbell Rosd, St. Albert.
The Friends of the St. Albert Public Library present "Reel Monday" – a screening of critically acclaimed films one Monday per month. The second film of the winter series is Florence Foster Jenkins presented on Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. A New York heiress (Meryl Streep) dreams of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Tickets for the 2016 Reel Monday Movies are $15 per movie or $55 for a season pass from the Customer Service Desk at the Library. All proceeds support the St. Albert Readers' Festival (STARFest). The Arden Theatre is located inside St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street.
Students from grades 1 through 6 who struggle with reading, can come in and read with Rufus the Therapy Dog on Wednesdays from Jan. 18 until March 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This pup loves to listen to you read. Register in advance, online at www.sapl.ca, at the children’s desk on the main floor or call 780-459-1532. St. Albert Public Library, inside St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street.
Students in grades 2 to 6, who struggle with reading come in and read with a buddy. Buddies are volunteers from the community and may be teens, parents or seniors. Please call to register. This program runs weekly from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from Feb. 1 to March 22. Register in advance at the children’s desk on the main floor or call 780-459-1532. St. Albert Public Library, inside St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street.
Students in Grade 2, who struggle with reading, come in and read and play literacy games with a teen buddy. This program runs weekly from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays from Feb. 7 to March 14. Register in advance, online at www.sapl.ca, at the children’s desk on the main floor or call 780-459-1532. St. Albert Public Library, inside St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street.
W.D. Cuts junior high students will be here to assist you with simple problems. Please pre-register by calling 780-459-0433. Wednesdays, Feb. 15 and 22. Free.St. Albert Seniors Association, 7 Taché St. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Telephone: 780-459-0433. Visit the website at: http://stalbertseniors.ca
The Library regularly offers a variety of beginner computer training courses free to Library members. This month we are offering: Introduction to Word Processing & Keyboarding on Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.; Windows 10: Top Features, Tips and More on Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.; Google Calendar on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Getting Started with eMagazines and eNewspapers on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; Online Learning for Adults & Students on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 2 to 3 p.m.; Mango Languages on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Microsoft Powerpoint for Beginners on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and Google Docs on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Please see our website www.sapl.ca to register or to find more computer training opportunities offered through the spring. For more information, or to register: register in advance, online at www.sapl.ca, stop by the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, inside St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street. A valid Library card is required.
Hope you can join us for a 'splash' of knowledge and insight from Permaculture instructor and designer, Kenton Zerbin on how to capture water to nourish your yard and save you effort and money! In this two-hour program, we will cover techniques for capturing rainwater, storing it and using it effectively. Kenton "filters" his considerable knowledge to us so we can apply it to our homes and yards.Cost: By donation. Suggested donation $10 -20. All donations provide an honorarium to the speaker (60%) and funding for our public food forest (40%). Donations can be made at Eventbrite or at the door. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/water-capturelearn-how-to-design-water-efficiency-and-resiliency-for-your-home-and-garden-saving-tickets-31589299445 Monday, Feb. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.at St Albert Heritage Park Grain Elevator site, 4 Meadowview Drive.
Come and join the Library's monthly drop-in book club for a lively discussion and to share your impressions of the fiction and non-fiction titles we will be reading. A Book Club reading list is available on the Library's website. New members are always welcome! Our next meeting is on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. when we will discuss Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. For more information call 780-459-1682 or drop by St. Albert Public Library, inside St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street.
Kraft Singles for Everyone is a heart-felt and heartbreaking performance that opens with the death of a beloved matriarch. It touches on subjects such as being an ex-Catholic queer and the dynamics of small town big families, and leaves us all asking ourselves what we truly inherit from the blood that runs in our veins. Grappling with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity as well as topics such as family, class, and social justice, Ivan Coyote is an audience favourite from Anchorage to Amsterdam. With a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur, Ivan's stories remind us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Horizon Stage, west side of Spruce Grove Composite High School, 1001 Calahoo Rd., Spruce Grove. For ticket info, call 780-962-8995.
Join other book club members and Library staff on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for an enjoyable exchange of ideas that will enhance your book club experience. We'll share suggestions for success as well as favourite titles to discuss. Find out about the over 100 book club kits available to borrow from the Library. Thinking of starting a book club? Boost Your Book Club is the perfect place to begin. 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.
Big Lake Environment Support Society AGM will take place on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the St. Albert Rugby Club, 51 Riel Drive, St. Albert.Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for membership renewal. The meeting will run from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. with elections to the board, a review of BLESS activities in 2016 and guest speakers.Snacks will be provided and drinks will be available. Renew your BLESS membership and get a free drink.Please mark your calendar and plan on attending this annual meeting of the society. We look forward to seeing you there!
1867 Rebellion and Confederation: A Travelling Exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History
Just in time for Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation, The Musée Héritage Museum is pleased to present its first exhibition of 2017: 1867 Rebellion and Confederation: A Travelling Exhibition Developed by the Canadian Museum of History. “On July 1, 1867, Confederation was proclaimed, marking the birth of today’s Canada and the culmination of a journey that had taken nearly 30 years. This exhibition explores the route to nationhood taken by a society in transition, and by the people who fought, negotiated and made compromises to forge a more peaceful union. By tracing the pivotal moments leading to the draft of the British North America Act, this exhibition helps visitors to better understand how this legacy continues to affect our identity, our values and our institutions.” – Canadian Museum of History. Along with the travelling exhibition, the Musée Héritage Museum will be uncovering some intriguing facts and information about what the world was like in 1867—locally and internationally. Runs from Jan. 24 to March 26 at the Musée Héritage Museum, St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert. Telephone: 780-459-1528. Website: www.museeheritage.ca
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Ilyich Rivas, conductor; Paul Jacobs, organ. Master orchestrator and composer Gustav Mahler fused movements from two Bach suites into a romantic orchestral suite. It is matched with Tchaikovsky’s passionate, anguished final symphony, the “Pathétique,” and the beautiful organ concerto of Francis Poulenc. Young Venezuelan conductor Ilyich Rivas is a star on the rise, making his ESO debut.Featured repertoire: Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”; Poulenc – Organ Concerto; Bach – Suite (arranged by Mahler). Friday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Additional activities: Join us for Afterthoughts, a casual post-concert conversation in the main lobby with our guest artists.Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. Additional activities:Arrive early for Symphony Prelude, an in-depth presentation about musical works to help make the most of your concert experience, starting at 7 p.m. in Enmax Hall (Main Performance Chamber), free to all ticket holders. Winspear Centre for Music. Ticket info from: 780-428-1414 or www.winspearcentre.com
Featuring: Thin Edge New Music Collective and Ensemble Paramirabo. This double bill will bring together Toronto-based Thin Edge New Music Collective and Montreal-based Ensemble Paramirabo. The show will feature three new works by Canadian composers. Program: Frederic Rzewski, Coming Together; Yannis Kyriakides’ Karaoke Etudes;Colin Labadie, NEW WORK; Anna Pidgorna, NEW WORK; James O’Callaghan, NEW WORK. Thin Edge New Music Collective was founded in 2011 by co-artistic directors, pianist Cheryl Duvall and violinist Ilana Waniuk. Since its inception, TENMC has grown to include 13 of Canada’s brightest emerging performers and is passionately dedicated to supporting their peers through commissioning and performance, bringing innovative and eclectic 20th and 21st century music to audiences both existing and as yet untapped. https://www.thethinedgenewmusiccollective.com/ Taking its name from Paramirabo, by Montreal composer Claude Vivier, Ensemble Paramirabo’s roots date back to 2008 at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Since its foundation, the ensemble has been invited to New York’s Mise-En Festival, Winnipeg’s Cluster New Music Festival, and the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab. A proud ambassador of local contemporary music, the ensemble has over 30 premieres and commissions to its credit. http://ensembleparamirabo.com/ Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.,Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84 Ave., Edmonton. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.ca
Opening act: Ariana Brophy. The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch, recipients of the 2015 Edmonton Folk Fest Emerging Artist Award, and nominated for a 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, they have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene. The Slocans have a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan! Ariana Brophy is very active in the local music scene as a singer, songwriter and collaborator. She crafts her songs with a tuned eye for storyline, supported by stylized finger-picking guitar and expert harmony. Presented by the New Moon Folk Club, Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Basil's Cultural Centre, 10819 - 71 Avenue, Edmonton. Tickets: $20 advance from 780-420-1757 or www.tixonthesquare.ca or $25 at the door.
Ellen Doty is a soulful Canadian vocalist and songwriter with a world-class voice. Her music is rooted in jazz, yet seamlessly incorporates elements of other genres including folk and pop. A true storyteller whose works are intimate and personal, Ellen’s immense talent for songwriting is complemented by her stunning vocals. Rich, sultry, and sweet, Ellen’s voice draws listeners in and takes them on an unforgettable journey. Ellen’s first full album Gold broke the top ten on several jazz charts in Canada and received critical acclaim. Since its release in 2014 Ellen has been touring extensively and enchanting audiences across the country with her show-stopping performances. With an honesty and warmth that sets her apart, Ellen Doty is clearly an emerging Canadian talent about whom you’ll someday say “I saw her when …” Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.at the Horizon Stage, west side of Spruce Grove Composite High School, 1001 Calahoo Rd., Spruce Grove. For ticket info, call 780-962-8995.
Edmonton based recording artist Colleen Rae is a multi-talented singer, songwriter and musician. Rae's What You Need Is Me album yielded seven nationally and internationally charted singles and garnered nominations by the WCMA, TIMA and CCMA. A natural on stage, Colleen and her band Cornerstone have performed at festivals and venues across the province including the Winspear, The Brier, Big Valley Jamboree and the Calgary Stampede. Colleen?s third recording is set to be released in 2017. Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.,100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park. For ticket info, call the box office, 780-449-3378.
Front Porch Roots Revue return for their annual "theme" concert after selling out their 40th anniversary tribute to "The Last Waltz" this past spring. This season the Porch crew unveils a night of "Classic Country-Rock and Swing" and the core group of Ron Rault, Thom Moon, Crawdad Cantera and Gord Matthews return with One Horse Blue vocalist Ian Oscar and a few other special guests. The musical menu will embrace tunes from the songbooks of Waylon Jennings, Danny O'Keefe and Poco, to The Byrds, Commander Cody, The Eagles and The New Riders of the Purple Sage, all done with a tasty Front Porch spin. Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.,100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park. For ticket info, call the box office, 780-449-3378.
World-renowned superstars whose music is "as deeply compassionate as it is invigorating, as accessible as it is virtuosic" (Time Out New York), The Klezmatics erupted out of New York's East Village in 1986 and revitalized klezmer for the new century. The music is steeped in Eastern European/Jewish tradition and spirituality, while incorporating contemporary themes such as human rights and anti-fundamentalism. The Klezmatics have collaborated with numerous luminaries, including Pulitzer Prize playwright Tony Kushner and folk hero Arlo Guthrie to name a few. They have performed at some of the world's most storied venues and festivals and their accolades include a GRAMMY Award for "Best Contemporary World Music Album" and the New York Jewish Music Award for "Best Klezmer Band." Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m.,100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park. For ticket info, call the box office, 780-449-3378.
Caroline Stinson, cello, Sarah Ho, piano. On February 26th, the Edmonton Recital Society presents the first annual Tanya Prochazka Tribute Recital. One of Edmonton’s best-loved classical musicians, cellist Tanya Prochazka died in May 2015 after years of living with ovarian cancer. Known for her passion for life and commitment to musical artistry, Tanya made an indelible mark on the musical life of Edmonton. She was a consummate performer, an inspiring and beloved teacher as well as a generous and supportive colleague. Sunday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m., Muttart Hall, Alberta College Conservatory of Music, 10050 Macdonald Drive, Edmonton. Tickets available from Tix on the Square, 780-420-1757, or online at tixonthesquare.ca $35/adult; $25/senior [65+]; $10/student.
Pro Coro Canada, Michael Zaugg, conductor. Pro Coro Canada’s annual Canadian Connections concert features ensemble Quasar Saxophone Quartet in an eclectic program designed to explore the richness of our country’s composers and performers. The choir will be performing works for choir and saxophone quartet including Draco by Canadian composer David Cronkite and the Canadian premiere of The Fifth Century by Gavin Bryars. We also welcome Nova Scotia-born emerging composer Cy Giacomin, here to observe the choir for inspiration for a forthcoming composition. The performance will be at All Saints Anglican Cathedral, 10035 103 St., Edmonton on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m. Regular admission is $30 and student or senior admission is $25. Tickets can be purchase at the door, by calling 780-428-1414, or by visiting www.procoro.ca.
Under 18 (as of June 30, 2017.) Limited spots available. Entry Deadline March 1. Goes March 24 to 26. Visit https://www.facebook.com/mkennedyu18/ or email email@example.com for more information. St. Albert Curling Club, 3 Tache Street. Phone 780-459-7007.
Runs from Feb. 24 to 26.This year’s theme is “Famous Families.” All ages: $300 per team – three games guaranteed – includes Saturday night banquet! Competition begins Friday evening with Finals on Sunday. For more information and to register online, visit: www.stalbertcurling.com/bonspiels-events. Free admission for spectators! St. Albert Curling Club, 3 Tache Street. Phone 780-459-7007.
A revue of song, dance and other passionate musingsstarring Jocelyn Ahlf, Jason Hardwick, Madelaine Knight, Ron Pederson and Gianna Read. Plain Jane Theatre presents a new revue at the beautiful Varscona Theatre starring this exciting and talented cast who have charmed Edmonton audiences many times in the past. Together they open their hearts and lungs to celebrate the passionate, adventurous, quirky and sometimes downright hilarious moments of romance. Romance is alive as they put their personal twist on moments from the classic musicals Anything Goes, The Music Man, She Loves Me, On the Town andThe King and I. The Janes are also thrilled to share romantic gems from the lesser known musicals 1776, The Rink andOn the Twentieth Century as well the incredibly romantic moments from more the recent musicals – The Light in the Piazza andFun Home. The evening celebrates the joy, passion, heartbreak and hilarity of every romantic moment making us grateful for why we have these songs and musicals in our lives. Runs from Feb. 16 to 25 at the Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave. Ticket info available from Tix on the Square, 780-420-1757, or online at tixonthesquare.caor at the door.
Dis/Harmonies and Artful Responses is being offered to process the fast changes happening in American and Global politics since the beginning of 2017. Moving the body and soul – movement and connection, Feb. 19, noon to 2 p.m. Come move your bodies through free expression and connect with others to process current events through poetry and discussion! Silent Self-care open studio, Feb. 19, 2 to 4 p.m. Come explore many art mediums as a form of self-care. In these trying times, nourishing our soul is important to continue to be engaged in the world and news feeds. Sessions will be conducted in quiet contemplation, participants can be anonymous. Dis/harmonies: Voice Release with Laura Raboud and Brooke Leifso. Friday, Feb. 24, 7 to 9 p.m. Laura Raboud and Brooke Leifso will lead a workshop opening up the voice and body with a focus on authentic sound making. Groups will work on solo release and group dis/harmonies. Brooke Leifso is a local Expressive Art practitioner and the curator of Robertson-Wesley United Church Spiritual Arts Collective program. Laura Raboudis an Edmonton theatre artist and mother of two. Her work is focused on combining progressive politics and theatre, to encourage social equity and environmental justice within Alberta. Robertson-Wesley United Church Spiritual Arts Collective presents Dis/Harmonies and Artful Responses at Robertson-Wesley United Church 10209 123 St., Feb. 19 and 24. No charge to attend, but registration is encouraged: https://rwarts.wufoo.com/forms/arts-collective-registration-form/
This session is for anyone who has experienced loss due to death divorce, employment or retirement. Learn about the different types of grief and life transitions. Hear about some practical approaches to help manage grief, loss and transition. This program on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.is presented by the St. Albert & Sturgeon Primary Care Network. 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.
These evenings will explore the wisdom teachings and practices of early desert fathers and mothers, mystics and saints. We will also draw from the contemporary contemplative traditions and wisdom teachings of Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, John Main, Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, Ronald Rol- heiser, Mirabai Starr, Margaret Silf and others. Join us as we expand our hearts opening to awakening and transformation in the Divine Presence and deepen our experience of contemplative practice. Feb. 21: Contemplation From an Evolutionary World View. March 21 & April 18: Thomas Keating and John Main: The Many Practices of Contemplative Outreach and Christian Meditation. May 23: Cynthia Bourgeault: Contemporary Guides for Christian Contemplative Tradition. June 20: Richard Rohr: Contemporary Guides for Christian Contemplative Tradition. Facilitator: Lucie Leduc. Runs Tuesdays, on the dates noted above, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Must register one week prior to the event. Star of the North Retreat Centre, 3A St. Vital Ave., St. Albert. To register, call 780-459-5511. Visit our website: www.starofthenorth.ca
Canadian Blood Services will be holding a community blood donor clinic at St. Albert Inn, 156 St. Albert Trail, Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Help save a life by donating blood. New donors welcome. Book an appointment online at: www.blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283).
Please join us in partnership with Red Willow Community Church as we wind down our plant-based whole food cooking classes. Though there is no one clear definition of what healthy eating is these classes are inspired from the health promoting foods recommended in the science-based documentary Forks Over Knives. In this class you will learn how to make Salads Beyond Lettuce. You will also learn how to make quick, easy and flavorful salad dressings. Classes include food sampling. Join us on Feb. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Red Willow Community Church, 15 Corriveau Ave, St Albert. These classes are free, and a way to encourage healthy eating. Donations will be graciously accepted to cover cost. To register or for more information contact Yvonne at 780-801-0872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to our new take on the ‘Away Days!’ ‘Slow Down Days’ are your opportunity to relax and renew your spirit while exploring different spiritual topics with like-minded people. Each day will consist of thought-provoking presentations combined with ample time for personal reflection and prayer; small group faith sharing is an option. Come pray, reflect and slow down as you come to this oasis of peace in a too hectic world. Feb. 23:‘But This I Call to Mind ...’: Seeking the Soul’s Terrain of Hope. March 23: Unleashing Lent in Our Lives: Beyond the Practice of Piety. April 27: Seeking the Sacred: Attentiveness to an Unfettered Spirit. Thursdays, on the dates noted above, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.$40 (lunch included) Add $5 after registration deadline one week before each program.Star of the North Retreat Centre, 3A St. Vital Ave., St. Albert. To register, call 780-459-5511. Visit our website: www.starofthenorth.ca
Saints were people just like us, who have wonderful stories of faith-in-action. Each show will be followed by reflection and time for sharing with refreshments. Feb. 23– St. Marguerite d'Youville: Using our difficult times to learn empathy and compassion.March 23 – St. Francis & St. Clare of Assisi: Becoming instruments of God's peace.April 27 – St. John Bosco: Guarding and protecting human rights of the young and marginalized.May 18 – St. Therese of Lisieux: Showing our love for God through acts of kindness. Thursdays at 7 p.m. Please pre-register a week before the date. $15. Star of the North Retreat Centre, 3A St. Vital Ave., St. Albert. To register, call 780-459-5511. Visit our website: www.starofthenorth.ca
When was the last time you stopped in order to take stock of your life? In fact, how do you make sense of your life? The hard times? The good times? Can you see God? What kind of story have you lived? And where can you see the mystery of Providence at work? This weekend retreat is an opportunity for participants to prayerfully reflect on their spiritual autobiography. The end result will be some form of creative representation, and hopefully some gains in perspective, integration and the ability to see how God has been at work in your life. Facilitators: Ron & Pauline Klok are trained Spiritual Di- rectors, and both have extensive experience facilitating groups of people who are on a journey of growth, and both know how to have fun! Runs from 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 Live-in: $250/Commute: $150. Register a week before. Star of the North Retreat Centre, 3A St. Vital Ave., St. Albert. To register, call 780-459-5511. Visit our website: www.starofthenorth.ca
A ground-breaking presentation by media personality and author Wade Sorochan.Presentation highlights:How social media can cause feelings of sadness, loneliness, envy, resentment, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression;Important facts about mental illness;A survivor’s inspiring story;symptoms of “Social Media Anxiety Disorder”;The latest social media trends raising concerns;Tips for parents and teens to help prevent cyberbullying and online safety; How screen time affects sleep;Tips to break social media and video game addiction … and more! Sunday, Feb. 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Hosted by Sturgeon Valley Baptist Church, 51 Woodlands Rd., St. Albert.This event isfree and all are welcome to attend! Hope to see you there!More info at: www.svbc.ab.ca