The St. Albert Amplify Festival is planning an eclectic two days of workshops, concerts and free activities for students from Grade 7 to age 21.

Taking place at the Enjoy Centre on Oct. 16 and 17, it’s a full-blown cultural experience blending visual arts, dance music, theatresports, media arts and poetry.

Each day ends with a concert. On Friday, there’s a battle of the bands between five emerging acts including Calling All Captains, Thursdays, Julia Nicholson and Kaylin Kowalyshyn.

The Show 2.0 on Saturday night features ex-pats and indie-rock success story, Zerbin, with support from The Royal Foundry, Nature and Andrew Salcedo.

Complete information on activities, workshops and concerts is available at

Workshops and individual evening tickets are $10, a two-night pass is $15 and a weekend pass for two concerts and two workshops is $30. Call the Arden box office at 780-459-1542 or in person at 5 St. Anne Street or online at

As part of its family series, the Arden Theatre once more welcomes Splash’N Boots on Sunday, Oct. 4 for a double bill at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The dynamic Canadian duo Nick Adams and Taes Leavitt continue to reach out to audiences with their infectious melodies and fresh approach to young children’s entertainment.

National celebrities, their television series on Treehouse TV continues to engage and delight St. Albert audiences.

“They are like family to us and we are very appreciative they will be here for this special event to raise funds for the (International Children’s) Festival’s 35th anniversary in 2016, and to kick-off a new collaboration with the Arden Theatre in providing outstanding family entertainment,” said children’s festival co-ordinator Stephen Bourdeau.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased in person at the box office or by phone at 780-459-1542 or online at

The Nutcracker season is back and the School of Alberta Ballet is holding auditions for children wishing to take part in the production running Dec. 10 to 13 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

Children must be a minimum age of eight years to audition for roles as mice, rats, palace pages, soldiers and party children.

Auditions take place at Lecky’s School of Dance on Sunday, Oct. 4. Registration is 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mice auditions are 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All other roles 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Lecky School of Dance is at 9764 182 St.

Organizers for the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree are partnering with Viva Dance, an Edmonton based contemporary dance company to create show-stopping numbers for their Dec. 17 to 20 concert.

They are searching for dancers ages 10 and older with previous dance experience and the time to commit to all rehearsals and performances. To register for an audition or request more information email


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