Presented by Alberta Ballet. Transport the entire family to 19th century Russia with the magic of this beloved holiday favourite. Set to Tchaikovsky’s treasured score, this spectacular multimillion dollar production delights with glittering sets, lavish costumes, and enchanting dance. Before each show, join us for a wonderland of activities, making your experience SugarPlum-tastic! Don’t miss the Sugar Plum Parties one hour before every performance featuring Klara's Closet, where boys and girls of all ages can play dress-up with costumes from The Nutcracker, arts and crafts stations, where kings and queens are made, and the Storybook Corner, where the whole family can enjoy this timeless original tale. Jubilee Auditorium.Performances: December 12, 13 & 14 at 7 p.m., and December 14 & 15 at 1:30 p.m.For ticket info, Box office: telephone 780-428-6839 or email email@example.com Hours of operation 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekday performance days. Closed weekends and statutory holidays. For more info, visit: http://www.albertaballet.com
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 2014 Alberta Book Awards Gala in Calgary in the spring. Prizes of $1500 are awarded to published entries in the following categories: R. Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction;Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction;Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry;Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama (published or produced).In addition, four prizes of $700 are awarded to unpublished and published entries in the following categories:Amber Bowerman Memorial Travel Writing Award (unpublished);James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction (published);Howard O'Hagan Award for Short Story (published);Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize (unpublished).The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is a non-profit organization that represents both professional and emerging writers in Alberta. Their mission is to inspire, connect, support, encourage and promote writers and writing, to safeguard the freedom to write and to read, and to advocate for the well-being of writers.The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2013.For more information and submission guidelines, visit www.writersguild.ab.ca
In this riveting story, audiences will accompany a fearless doctor into the mind of the woman with a mysterious illness and a deep, dark secret. In turn, the doctor becomes a cartographer of the mind, of a place called “The Craniatrium.” Acts to look forward to include the Mind Monkeys (acrobatic creatures who live inside our minds), over 200 feet of red flying silks, an army on rolling globes, a flying pole (for the first time ever in Edmonton!), and a roller‐blading magician. Add to that original musical compositions, guest circus artists plus Firefly company members Lyne Gosselin, Kevin Ouellet, and in her first appearance with Firefly, Amber Bissonette. Gia Felicitas returns as The Spark. This event is a one‐of‐a‐kind in Edmonton – come and see ordinary people doing extraordinary things! Runs from Nov. 26 to Dec. 8 at the Westbury Theatre, ATB Arts Barns, 10330 84 Ave. Firefly Theatre is Edmonton’s only aerial theatre and performing circus arts organization. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit www.fireflytheatre.com
“God’s greatest gift; our greatest choice.” A musical created by Mike Speck. Choir Director: Rose Hodges. Takes place Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. (Refreshments following the presentation);Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Banquet, followed by choir presentation at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 10:45 a.m. ASL for Saturday evening banquet/presentation & Sunday morning presentation only.Banquet tickets ($20 each) availableat the church office through the week or on Sunday following the morning service. Please note: a ticket is not required for Friday, Dec. 6 Coffee/Goodies night. If you have questions, please call the church office at 780–458-3777. Sturgeon Valley Baptist Church is located at 51 Woodlands Road.
Thousands of candles light the paths of the Kurimoto Japanese Garden in a breathtaking display – a quiet oasis of peace and light. In addition to a stroll through the candle-lit pathways, visitors can sip hot apple cider beside the bonfires, enjoy the seasonal sounds of strolling a cappella singers and catch a glimpse of the magical “snow sprites”. A special Memory Lane will be available for visitors who would like to light a candle in memory of a loved one. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own mug for cider, to help reduce waste. Handmade natural decorative gifts and treasures will be available at the Crafters’ Workshop and the charming Shop-in-the-Garden will also be open. Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. Regular Luminaria admission prices (at the gate):$10.95/adults; $8.50/seniors and Friends of the Garden members; $6.15/children 7 to 12; free for children 6 and under. Prices do not include GST. No coupons or passes accepted.The Devonian Botanic Garden is located in Parkland County, 5 km north of Devon on Hwy 60. Parking is limited at the Garden during this popular event. Visitors are encouraged to use a free park-and-ride shuttle service, just 5 km south of the Garden in the Town of Devon. The shuttles run continuously from 5 to 9 p.m. Park-and-Ride Shuttle Location: 17 Athabasca Avenue in Devon (in the parking lot beside the Devon Public Library). Directions to Park-and-Ride: From Hwy. 60 in Devon, turn east on Athabasca Avenue (at Extra Foods). Proceed straight through the four-way stop at Superior Street, go half a block, then turn right into the parking lot (across the street from Home Hardware). If you pass the Royal Bank on the right hand side, you've gone too far. There will be signs to guide you.
A delicious lunch will be available for you to enjoy! Come and do your Christmas shopping at the bake tables, the craft tables or the silent auction! Have your family picture taken with Grandmother Elf. Sponsored by the Morinville and District H.A.T.S (Hands Across the Seas) Grandmothers to Grandmothers Group. Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Morinville United Church basement, 9610-Grandview Drive. All proceeds go to support African grandmothers through the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Phone 780-973-3878 for more information.
Enjoy the amazing art works of students from five to 85 years old! Scenery, florals, portraits, wildlife, cityscapes and more will be displayed in our attached gallery. Come meet the artists! For some this will be there first gallery showing! One day only, Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at #107, 25 Chisholm Ave., St. Albert. Call780-419-2055 for directions. Refreshments served.
Grab your dark shades and go undercover to join the exciting Christmas mission of We Three Spies, a covert group of spies who secretly bring Christmas cheer to the needy. This one-hour Christmas musical features the 90 voice NPCC Kids Choir. This highly entertaining event is Christmas fun for all ages.Sunday, Dec. 8 at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.at North Pointe Community Church, 14025 167 Ave. Both shows are free events so please come early to secure a seat. More info is at www.northpointechurch.ca or call 780-452-4566.
Kieran Martin Murphy has been a mainstay in Edmonton’s musical and theatrical scene for over two decades and is now releasing his own CD ‘The Painter’s Hand’. This versatile artist started in classical choral music and performed with Pro Coro Canada for nine seasons and then branched off into ‘VOCE, the a cappella experience’ and the still ever popular Operatic Comedy sensation ‘The PreTenors’. In the musical theatre world, Murphy has been working steadily across western Canada in productions ranging from the Wizard of Oz to CATS and most notably as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Recently, he has been composing and performing comedy sketches for CBC’s Irrelevant Show. This solo effort is a journey through one man’s life and the bonds and relationships he has made. The album plays like a live concert with a great mix of musical styles. There are flavors of Country, Celtic, Pop, Latin, R&B and Gospel. Monday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.at the Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne Street. Tickets: $20, available from the Arden box office, call 780-459-1542, through www.ticketmaster.ca or at the door.
Celebrate the holiday season with turkey dinner with all the trimmings (including eggnog and wine) – and entertainment too!Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 12.Takes place Thursday, Dec. 19; the fun goes from noon go 2 p.m. Tickets: $25. Call the St. Albert 50+ Club at 780-459-0433. You may purchase your tickets by phone using your credit card. Location: 7 Taché St.
Pottery is an integral part of human existence around the world. As long as 2,000 years ago pots were being made in Alberta. The province's current clay scene features a rich array of classic, innovative and experimental work by studio potters, as well as prominent clay projects and educational programs. Potworks features creative tableware and ceramic work related to cooking, dining and celebration. From centrepieces to full place-settings, tagines to chicken roasters, casseroles and so much more. More than 100 pieces are featured by 28 Alberta potters. Studio pottery is thriving in Alberta and it is particularly exciting to see so many "youngsters" embarking on studio practices with some really unique work. Runs from Oct. 5 to Dec. 24 with the opening reception on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. Feature Gallery, Alberta Craft Council 10186 - 106 St.
This exhibition showcases Marc Chagall’s 42 full-colour lithographs that illustrate the tale of Daphnis and Chloé, a classical romantic fable written in the second century CE by the Greek poet Longus and one of the most popular of the Greek pastoral romances in Western culture. With their vibrant colours and technical brilliance, Chagall’s illustrations are considered his most important works among his vast graphic production. Lauded by his contemporaries—Picasso called him the best colourist since Matisse—Marc Chagall is one of the pioneers of modernism. Instead of following one of the major 20th century pictorial trends, Chagall developed a unique symbolic representation and a style all of his own— presenting an ethereal and richly coloured vision of the world. While his works were mythical and fantastical in appearance and subject matter, he drew inspiration from the everyday and infused his works with spirituality and sentiment.On view until February 17, 2014.CHAGALL: Daphnis & Chloé is organized by the National Gallery of Canada and is part of the National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta program.Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square. For more info, including hours and admission fees, visit the website: www.youraga.ca
This exhibit spans five decades of Inuit artworks, created by more than 50 artists from 22 different northerncommunities across Canada’s arctic. Showcasing a variety of media, which include stone and antler carving, whalebone sculpture, prints, drawing and select ceramic and textile works, thisexhibition highlights the persistence of mythological and spiritual figures in Inuit art. Images ofangakkuq, the shaman and mediator between the spiritual and physical worlds, sea women, drum dancers and scenes of transformation are common in these works. Angakkuq: Between Two Worlds; Spiritual and Mythological Figures in Inuit and Inuvialuit Art is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and guest curated by Bill and Michelle Tracy, members of Edmonton’s Inuit Art Enthusiasts: a group of collectors who have generously loaned the works in the exhibition. Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square. For more info, including hours and admission fees, visit the website: www.youraga.ca
Explore St Albert through the lens of our youth! Along with their photos, we invited younger members of the community to tell us why they chose the subject of ‘play’ in St Albert. The words and images of youth from grades 3 to 12 are featured in Take Your Best Shot.Come to see what creative places they’ve chosen to photograph. Please join us for a special reception on Friday, Nov. 29 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., the prize presentation begins at 7 p.m. Gift cards to McBain Camera will be awarded to the top three photos in each group: grades 3 to 6, grades 7 to 9 and grades 10 to 12. Exhibit runs from Nov. 26 to Jan. 12, at the Musée Héritage Museum is located at 5 St. Anne St.
VASA’s annual Christmas show features all our artists! Interested in buying art for Christmas? We have many small works from many VASA artists, residents and otherwise. Come for the opening reception or just come in and see the show, which continues into January. Runs from Dec. 3 to Jan. 24. Meet the artists Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m.VASA in the Hemingway Centre, 25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave. Telephone 780-460-5993. Gallery hours: Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays until 8 p.m., Other times by chance or by appointment, 780-460-5993.
"Iconic" characterized by 'fame', culturally someone or something admired as an icon. "Canuck" an affectionate, friendly or patriotic slang term for Canadian people, when used by Canadians.In a series of symbolic and sometimes humorous paintings, Canadian visual artist, Brandy Saturley, brings into view a broad range of Canadian cultural Icons. Personalities, pastimes, symbols and the landscape, as depicted through the artist’s social commentary on being a 'Canuck'. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.Exhibit runs from Dec. 5 to Jan. 25 at theVAAA Gallery, 3rd floor, 10215 – 112 St. Note: Gallery closed from Dec. 20 to Jan. 8.
Learn about the secret lives of the Morphoids, where they live, what they eat, and how they procreate! The exhibit consists of informational panels, photographs, actual Morphoid specimens, and a video presentation, Morphopodia: A Strange New World in Our Own Back Yard. Please join us for the most comprehensive exhibit by the IMR to date! Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.Exhibit runs from Dec. 5 to Jan. 25at theVAAA Gallery, 3rd floor, 10215 – 112 St. Note: Gallery closed from Dec. 20 to Jan. 8.
The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts in Edmonton provides a supportive place where people with developmental disabilities can become practicing artists. The exhibition, Fruits Off the Looms, will feature an array of mixed media, clay and fibre works created by artists from the Nina Haggerty Collective. Featured artists include; Karen Baum, Scott Berry, Tabatha Blanchette, Dominique Bugeaud, Leona Clawson, Kelsey Hawkins, Ken Hayward, Colleen Honish, Jasmine Moman, Sherri Platts, Vanessa Ryl and Scott Steinwandt.Exhibit runs from Dec. 5 to Feb. 1., opening reception on Friday, Dec. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron Street, phone 780-460-4310.
InBeyond Traditions, Rachelle LeBlanc creates hand hooked tapestries using innovative fibre hooking techniques, developed throughout her career as a visual artist. The exhibition features impressionistic, figurative works by LeBlanc that explore themes of family, childhood and innocence. Exhibit runs from Dec. 5 to Feb. 1., opening reception on Friday, Dec. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron Street, phone 780-460-4310.
Escape the icy grip of Jack Frost with a trip to this festive feature display. This seasonal show will feature hundreds of Poinsettias in a spectrum of colours and shapes, accented by snowflakes, icicles, and intricate frost patterns on the pyramid glass. Running from Nov. 23 to Jan. 5.Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St. Regular admission fees apply.
You can come help light up Christmas for those less fortunate this holiday season. Come view the Christmas light display from 5 to 10 p.m. daily, Dec. 1 to 24. Santa’s first stop will be at 4 Swallow Crescent! Please bring a donation for the St. Albert Food Bank and/or donations for the Bag of Hope campaign to help Edmonton’s homeless. Visit www.bagofhope.ca for more information.
Enjoy the colourful lights and displays as you drive down Elliot Place or walk under the arches lining the cul-de-sac. Non-perishable food donations for the St. Albert Food Bank are greatly appreciated and can be deposited in the designated box at 9 Elliot Place during the month of December.
Come celebrate the holidays with us and join us for this festive program! Step back in time to a Christmas’ past. Gather your friends and family for some quality time in celebration of the season and unwind at Fort Edmonton Park’s winter wonderland. Christmas Reflections is a great way to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. View charming Christmas displays, savour a warm cup of cider or hot chocolate, visit costumed interpreters along 1905 and 1920 Street, sample baking from the wood stove, construct Christmas crafts and much more.Runs fromDec. 4 to 23: weekdays from 5 to 9 p.m. and weekends from 2 to 6 p.m. at Fort Edmonton Park. Excludes Dec. 7, 9 and 16. For additional info, or to purchase tickets, go to: www.fortedmontonpark.ca/events/christmas-reflections/
Free hot chocolate is served evenings in the rotunda, with Alberta choirs performing every evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and school groups performing weekdays at noon. Admission is free. Website: assembly.ab.ca
This modern take on the classic children’s tale is back. Watch the story of Willow and her father as they dive into her favourite book, The Velveteen Rabbit. Willow leads her father and the audience through her own version of the rabbit’s quest to become real. This family show is not to be missed by children and adults alike!Runs from Dec. 6 to 24 at Fort Edmonton Park. For ticket info, visit: www.fortedmontonpark.ca/events/the-velveteen-rabbit/
You can do your Christmas shopping and we will entertain your kids! Games, stories, crafts and snack! Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. The church is located on Coal Mine Road across from the Home Depot and Future Shop and close to the new Costco! For more information call the church 780-459-1909.
Cinnamon and ginger are more than just spices used in holiday cooking. They come from plants that can be found in our pyramids. To celebrate the holiday season, come discover plants that produce the festive herbs, spices and ingredients that we associate with this joyful time of year. Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8. Guided tours of the pyramids last approximately 45 minutes and begin at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St. Regular admission fees apply.
Discover the wonders of winter in the river valley. What animals make their home under the snow and what creatures grow a thick coat to stay warm and dry? Try making your own “snow crystals”, or see if you can spot animal tracks after a snowfall. It’s a wonderful wintry world.Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3:30 p.m. in the Exhibit Room. Self-guided activities include: Watch bees, busy at work, in our indoor/outdoor working beehive exhibit located in the new Tegler Discovery Zone (socks-only area). Small local wildlife such as salamanders, garter snakes, frogs and toads are on display in the Exhibit Room. Enjoy a self-guided hike on four kilometres of interpretive nature trails through some of the most interesting river valley scenery in Edmonton. Examine pond life up close. This small pond next to the nature centre attracts ducks, blackbirds and frogs in the spring and summer. The backyard compost education centre demonstrates how you can incorporate composting into your waste disposal routine. Learn the composting process and sample composting units designed for large and small yards. John Janzen Nature Centre, corner of Fox Dr. and Whitemud Dr., next to Fort Edmonton Park. Regular admission fees apply. The centre is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more details, visit: http://www.edmonton.ca/attractions-and-recreation.aspx and select ‘John Janzen Nature Centre’ from the choices on the left side of the page.
Jack Frost might be alive and well outside, but inside it’s tropical, temperate and even a little bit arid. Kick off your holiday fun with a craft, tours and Christmas cactus planting at the Muttart Conservatory. Hand bells will fill the air in Centre Court. Enjoy the warmth of the holiday season as you take in the Feature Pyramid, “Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose.” Make sure to pick up a Muttart grown poinsettia!Sunday, Dec. 8 from noon to 4 p.m.Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St. Regular admission fees apply.
For ages 6 to 12. Here is an opportunity to create some Christmas treats in a shortened version of our regular class, but you will still get to make a number of desserts so bring a container and take them home to share with your family—your creations! Instructor: Marie Hurtubise. Friday, Dec. 13 from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre. Fee: $15/child. Registration deadline: Dec. 6(must meet minimum enrollment). To register, call 780-939-7839.
You won’t find any video games here. You’ll find the old games, the great games, and the BEST games! Learn a new game, or play one you’ve loved for years. Kids in grades one to six are invited to come down to the Library each month for some games that are fun AND make your brain work. Next meeting is onThursday, Dec. 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. Register in advance by visiting or calling the children’s desk at 780-459-1532. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
The library welcomes Grant Lawrence as he launches his second autobiographical book, The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie – a wonderful compilation of hockey lore, Canadian music history and personal anecdotes. This book chronicles his love/hate relationship with one of Canada’s favourite sports and pastimes – hockey, and how it has impacted his life, first as a bully-magnet, then as a rock star, and finally as a CBC broadcaster. Grant’s first book and national bestseller, Adventures in Solitude, was a collection of funny and interesting stories around his time spent in Desolation Sound, B.C. Grant hosts shows for CBC Radio in Vancouver including the top-rated CBC Radio 3 Podcast and Grant Lawrence Live. He was a founding member and lead singer of the rock bank The Smugglers. Copies of Grant’s books will be available to purchase at this event. See him Sunday, Dec. 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.Register in advance at the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Program theme: "Christmas In Our Hearts.” Please contribute to the Kinettes’ Christmas Hamper toy/food drive.Join us Friday, Dec. 6 at the Sturgeon Valley Golf & Country Club, 25114 Sturgeon Rd. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., breakfast at 9 a.m.Cost: $19/person. There will be a door prize for someone in attendance this month. New members welcome; first year membership free! RSVP to Dale Smith 780-471-5519.
This exhibition focuses on ornamental seeds "disguised" as beads in jewellery, trinkets and ornaments. Seeds, like people, have many interesting facets to their complex biology. Travel, chemistry, medicine and industry are part of the stories of the ornamental seeds in this exhibition. Aspects of seed biology and the plants they come from are revealed. This bilingual travelling exhibition is on load from the Royal Ontario Museum. Runs until Feb. 23 in the Spotlight Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum, 12845 - 102nd Ave. For information regarding times and admission fees, call: 780-453-9100 or go online to: www.royalalbertamuseum.ca
This exhibition showcases 24 photos of species at risk in Alberta, with accompanying information about each species and ways that people can help to conserve them and their habitats. The exhibition aims to make people aware of the variety of species at risk in Alberta and is on loan from the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division of the Alberta Government. Runs from Nov. 24 to March 16 in the Orientation Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum, 12845 - 102nd Ave. For information regarding times and admission fees, call: 780-453-9100 or go online to: www.royalalbertamuseum.ca
Mark Bailey, conductor; Shannon Mercer, soprano; Aidan Ferguson, mezzo-soprano; Antonio Figueroa, tenor; Stephen Hegedus, bass-baritone; Richard Eaton Singers. Whether it is your first live experience of this incredible work or a long-held tradition, our ever-popular annual performances of Handel’s Messiah will inspire you this Christmas season. Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.,Winspear Centre for Music. Ticket info from: 780-428-1414 or www.winspearcentre.com
Singing teddy bears, dancing zoo animals, snowmen that want to go to Hawaii and a Cinderella that speaks up for herself! What do these things have in common? St. Albert Youth Musical Association, that's what! What do these things have to do with Christmas? Come and see for yourself at the Arden Theatre on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. The four choirs of the St. Albert Youth Musical Association give you four fabulous and quirky tales of Christmas for the price of one! And the big overriding theme? Love, giving, family and friendship of course – it's Christmas, after all! Call 780-418-4184 for more info and to purchase tickets ($12 general admission). Visit: www.sayma.ca
This collective of award winning Western Canadian musicians will provide an outstanding evening of blues, folk and country music with a touch of Christmas flavour. Led by the gifted Ron Rault on bass and vocals, band members include guitarist Gord Matthews, drummer Thom Moon, harmonica ace and vocalist “Crawdad” Canterra and Stewart MacDougall on piano. The group will be joined by a number of special guests including critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Karla Anderson, recent winner of a coveted Canadian Folk Music Award. Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.,at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre, 9502 – 100 Ave., Morinville. Tickets: $25/adults; $20/seniors and $10/students. Tickets are available at www.tixonthesquare.ca,at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre, call 780-939-7888 and at the door one hour prior to the performance.
Christmas is a wonderful time of peace, harmony, optimism, and good will towards others. So it is in that spirit that the annual Huron Carole concert series returns this year with its national tour to help raise funds and awareness for Canada’s hungry. With 18 stops throughout the country and an assortment of high quality musical talent including George Canyon, One More Girl, Beverley Mahood and Shannon Gaye, founder Tom Jackson’s call to end hunger is ready to be heard once again in communities large and small, near and far. Since 1987, Canadian actor and musician Tom Jackson has been working hard to bring the message to end hunger by cultivating a network of like-minded artists from around the country brought together with the common interest of helping Canada’s needy. While under the name of The Huron Carole and Singing for Supper, the concert series has helped spread awareness of the nation’s hunger problems and raise funds to help food bank workers and volunteers accomplish their mission of ending hunger. The Huron Carole is a project of the Christmas & Winter Relief Association whose mandate is to support organizations doing hands-on work with the homeless and hungry in Canada. Jubilee Auditorium, Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. For ticket info, call 1-855-985-5000 or visit: www.ticketmaster.ca
The evening concert will feature three of the four Festival City Winds’ concert bands – Intermediate 2 Band; Intermediate 1 Band; Advanced Band – each performing their own selections. The bands are conducted by Wendy J. Grasdahl. There will be a reception following the concert as well as door prizes. The evening’s program will transport the listener to a winter wonderland with a variety of music for the season. There will be well-known Christmas “pops” classics – like Silver Bells, White Christmas, Let it Snow! and Winter Wonderland – and some arrangements of Christmas carols – including an arrangement of the Canadian Christmas carol In the Moon of Wintertime. In addition, there will be many other festive pieces evoking the feelings and senses often felt and experienced at this time of the year. Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., in the Robert Tegler Centre, Concordia University College, 7128 Ada Blvd. – 73 St. south of 112 Ave. Tickets: $10, can be purchased at the door.
For nearly 30 years, UMCE has developed, promoted and fostered the traditions of Ukrainian choral singing. This year’s annual Christmas concert features piano and vocal duoMemorable Music, the Gateway Big Band, Excentrica Women’s Chorus andUMCE. Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.,McDougall United Church, 10086 Macdonald Drive.Tickets: $15/adults; $10/students; free for children under 10, available at 780-499-0422, UMCtickets@gmail.com, and at the door. For more information, visit www.ukrainianmalechorus.ca.
Messiah and more – not your typical Messiah concert by any means! These not-to-be-missed concerts feature four familiar selections from Messiah plus "more" – everything from jazz, Gospel, traditional carols and contemporary Christmas music. Enhanced by the Vaughn String Quartet, trumpets, flutes, timpani and your audience voices too, join us as we celebrate Christmas in song! Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m.at the St Albert United Church, 20 Green Grove Drive. Call 780-418-4184 or go online to www.stalbertsingers.orgfor more information or to purchase tickets ($15 general admission).
Stuart McLean is known as "Canada's favourite storyteller." His hit radio show The Vinyl Cafe is heard by 1.5 million people each week. The show is broadcast on CBC Radio in Canada, on close to 100 public radio stations in the USA and around the world on Sirius Satellite Radio 169 and via podcast. In addition to the popular Dave and Morley stories, the show also features live and recorded music by both up-and-coming and established Canadian musicians. Increasingly, it is becoming a place where Canadians go to find new, undiscovered talent. This year's Christmas concert will feature the Juno Award winning trio, The Good Lovelies. The Vinyl Cafe Christmas Tour 2013 will feature new Dave and Morley stories and live music. Jubilee Auditorium, Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m.; second show at 7:30 p.m. For ticket info, call 1-855-985-5000 or visit: www.ticketmaster.ca
Cantilon Choirs invites you to experience the joy and wonder of the holiday season. More than 175 choristers from Cantilon’s full family of choirs, including KinderSingers, Primary Choir, Children’s Choir, Chamber Choir and Belle Canto, will perform a classic Christmas concert showcasing some of the finest repertoire written for treble voices. A Ceremony of Carols willfeature Benjamin Britten’s acclaimed choral work A Ceremony of Carols, an adapted version of Susan Hammond’s A Classical Kids Christmas and two new works composed for Cantilon Choirs by Canadian composer Willi Zwozdesky. Cantilon is pleased to welcome special guest performers Julie Amundsen, cello; Nora Bumanis, harp; John McCormick, percussion and Jeremy Spurgeon, organ. Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2:30 p.m.,at the Winspear Centre. Ticket info at 780-420-1757 or online at www.tixonthesquare.ca
This concert kicks off the choir’s 34th season and will see the launch of the choir’s new Christmas CD – It is Good to Be Merry. From motets of Renaissance Europe to sparkling arrangements of beloved Christmas carols to favourite popular holiday songs – complete with full rhythm section – you won’t want to miss this annual musical celebration of Christmas. The program will also include the lively music making of the University of Alberta Faculty of Education Handbell Ringers. The choir will also be joined by organist Marnie Giesbrecht, pianist Helen Stuart, bassist Jeff Johnson and percussionist Brian Thurgood. Monday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 10025 105 St.
With an insightful wisdom that belies her sweet voice, Winnipeg’s Chantal Kreviazuk has become one of Canada’s top music artists. This Juno Award-winning Canadian superstar songwriter returns to perform hits and holiday songs with the backing of the full Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.,Winspear Centre for Music. Ticket info from: 780-428-1414 or www.winspearcentre.com
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 Howard Benton. An ode to the imagination. Haunted by the ghosts of what could be, the play entangles poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, gothic novelist Mary Shelley, poet Lord Byron and their muse Claire Clairemont Godwin in an enduring love circle, swirling with lyrical language, and swimming in provocative ideas. Preview Nov. 27; Runs from Nov. 28 to Dec. 7. No show Dec. 1; matinee Dec. 5. A Studio Theatre production. Timms Centre for the Arts, 87 Ave. and 112 St. For ticket info, call Tix on the Square, 780-420-1757.
Written just five years before the Bloody Sunday massacre that prefigured the coming Russian Revolution, Anton Chekhov’s play paints a portrait of a family in crisis and a world in transition. Presented by Broken Toys Theatre, and starring: Lora Brovold, Melissa Thingelstad, Elena Porter, Ryan Parker, Michael Peng, Ian Leung, Jesse Gervais, Laura Metcalfe, Jon Paterson, Taylor Chadwick, Justin Deveau, Catherine Wenschlag, and Kenneth Brown. Runs Nov. 28 to Dec. 7 at the Varscona Theatre, 10329 83 Ave. For ticket info, call Tix on the Square, 780-420-1757.
Directed by Bob Baker and Geoffrey Brumlik. Based on the story by Charles Dickens. Edmonton has embraced Tom Wood’s brilliant adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, and the tradition continues this year for an unprecedented thirteenth season. With an unforgettable story, rich cast of characters and dazzling special effects,A Christmas Carolis exceptional family entertainment.Runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 23at the Citadel Theatre complex, 9828 – 101A Ave. For ticket info, call 780-425-1820. For more details, visit: www.citadeltheatre.comRecommended for Children 7+
By David Auburn. Is there a link between genius and madness? Catherine worries that she may have inherited both. Proof, the 2001 Pulitzer Prize winning play by David Auburn, is also a story about human relationships, suggesting that trust and love can be as difficult as establishing the truth of a mathematical proof. Runs Dec. 4 to 14 at 8 p.m. (Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.) at Walterdale Playhouse, 10322 83 Ave. Ticket info available by calling 780-420-1757 or purchase online at: www.tixonthesquare.ca Ticketscan also be purchased at the door (cash only) one hour prior to each performance.
Sterling Award-winning Surreal SoReal Theatre has commissioned six writers to adapt the works of renowned French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in follow-up to the acclaimed 2010 production Beckett’s Shorts. The company joins with playwrights Jason Chinn, Darrin Hagen, Amber Borotsik, Nicole Moeller, Jon Lachlan Stewart, and Josée Thibeault, writing in both French and English, making this Surreal SoReal Theatre’s first bilingual production! Audiences will see Lulu struggle with the decision to either stay with her impotent husband or run away with the virile but obnoxious Pierre, while young Lucien questions his sexuality and humanity. Three men await their deaths in a prison cell, and a sociopath takes to the street to take five victims, then himself. Sartre’s Shorts is a twisted kaleidoscope of sex, blood, and revolution set within the subconscious of Sartre himself. Under the direction of Dave Horak, the show features choreography by Amber Borotsik, fight direction by Darren Paul, production design by Sydney Gross, Erin Gruber, and sound by Paul Morgan Donald. Running at C103, 8529 Gateway Blvd. from Dec. 5 to 13, nightly at 8 p.m., with additional Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Ticket info available by calling 780-420-1757 or purchase online at: www.tixonthesquare.caFor more information, visit surrealsorealtheatre.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
If you have lost a loved one, you might be wondering how to cope with your grief this holiday season. Traditional times to gather together with family and friends can be a painful reminder of someone who isn't with you anymore. If you are experiencing grief as the holidays approach, this presentation will provide some self-care strategies. Park Memorial Funeral Home and the Edmonton Bereavement Centre are pleased to host “It’s that Time Again: Going Through the Holidays When You’re Grieving” on Saturday, Dec. 7. Join presenter Linda Aris as she shares helpful ways to remember those you have lost and to build your understanding of bereavement issues. Everyone is welcome to attend this free information session which will be held in Park Memorial’s Reception Centre at 11015 101 Street, from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Free parking is available and the event is a drop-in session requiring no pre-registration. Call 454-1194 ext. 224 for more information.
Everyone loves a mall walk! Come out and join the Devon Discovery Walkers for a 6, 7 or 10 km walk at West Edmonton Mall.Saturday Dec. 7. Registration 8 a.m. Start: 8:30 a.m.Location: Gold's Gym, West Edmonton Mall, Suite 1764, 8882-170 St. Use Entrance 8, off 90 Ave. on the ground level, (covered parking) directly below the Palace Casino. Contact: Irene Miller 780-462-0726 or firstname.lastname@example.org