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Good Neighbour Open Mic Night, Canadian Kerala Cultural Association of Alberta, and comedian Dara ÓBriain's Voice of Reason Tour offer summer diversity

It used to be that Edmonton dubbed itself The Festival City and St. Albertans rushed to check out its events. But the pandemic forced us to rethink our choices and in the past two years, our city's entertainment organizers have broadened their scope.

The next week presents a diverse lineup of vibrant entertaining artists from around the world. 

Good Neighbour Night 

The Arden Theatre’s Plaza Series's big strength is it boasts some of the best singer-songwriters in the province. Whether it’s seasoned musicians or emerging, raw talent, the series always creates a great vibe. 

As summer's end nears, visitors can find some of the best and brightest emerging singer-songwriters through Good Neighbour Open Mic Night on Thursday, Aug. 25. 

Hosted by Amplify, it is a celebration of 10 young singer-songwriters honing their craft. Performers include Nick Lumley, Trey Maruyama, Tommy Schaaf, Asher Halinda, Ayla Chin, Darragh McManus, Jaimi Rempel, and Jake Alexander Souch. In addition, Ange Caroline and Amy Polczer are the evening's emcees and will play a 20-minute set. 

The 90-minute showcase begins at 7:30 p.m. at St. Albert Place Plaza, 5 St. Anne St. Tickets are a pay-what-you-can price. All individual theatre-style seats and premium tables are valued at $5 to $15. Visit for more information. 


The Canadian Kerala Cultural Association of Alberta is set to bring a touch of India and the Middle East to Mizhiv-22 on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. 

The dazzling multicultural extravaganza boasts a concert performance from youth band Octave Remixed, a few rhythmic moves from the University of Alberta Bollywood Dance Club, and a few Middle Eastern dances from Desert Rose Dance Studio. Another major highlight is the Shivamanohari School of Performing Arts featuring Indian classical dance. 

Mizhiv-22 takes place at the Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne St. Ticket prices are $15 adults, $10 youth five to 15 years, and children under five years are free. Visit for more information 

British comedy 

Just for laughs is excited to announce Irish comedian Dara Ó Briain, who will bring his Voice of Reason Tour to the Arden Theatre on Wednesday, Aug. 31. 

Ó Briain is an Irish comedian and television presenter. He is one of the most recognized, in-demand personalities in British stand-up comedy. In addition to performing stand-up, he has hosted topic panel shows such as Mock the Week, Star Gazing Live, Robot Wars, and Blockbusters. 

Through the Voice of Reason Tour, Ó Briain pokes a stick at problems with virtual reality, having too much technology at home, dealing with missing patrons in the front row, and handling reports of your own demise. 

Showtime is 7 p.m. at 5 St. Anne St. Tickets are $45 and are available at

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