Just because we aren't able to physically go out and enjoy the local Edmonton arts and events scene, doesn't mean they aren't still happening. To keep you and your family entertained while you're at home, we've compiled five (plus) digital events happening between July 20 and July 26, 2020.
1. Tour the Galleries
While the Art Gallery of Alberta is now open to the public via reservation, you can still view some of their content online and take part in their programming through #AGALive. This week, join them on Tuesday, July 21 at 12 p.m. for a short exploration of Luanne Martineau’s “The Knitter Woman”, part of the Nests for the End of the World exhibit.
If this has piqued your interest in art and how artists work you can also check out Art From Here, a collaborative venture involving Latitude 53, The Mitchell Art Gallery, Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective and SNAP Gallery. This week, you can view One Molecule of Perfect & Opulent, 2020, a collaborative exhibition between Marilyn Olson and Richard Boulet, and join the artists for a live studio session on Thursday, July 23 at 6 p.m. .
2. Theatre at Home
The theme of this year’s Fringe may be “The Fringe that Never Was” and physical curtains may not be rising this August, but you can still partake in some virtual theatre with Fringe Revue. From the creative team behind The Late Night Cabaret, Fringe Revue is a digital TV show described as “part late night talk show, part live concert, part social commentary, part fun and games”. The second episode airs Saturday, July 25 at 8 p.m. and you can watch the pilot episode if you missed it. Stay tuned for episode three in August.
The Citadel Theatre has also postponed their in-person plays until 2021, but they are working to bring new, local works online through their [esc] series. Being Alone, a series of webisodes, will run Friday, July 24 to Sunday, July 26. You can catch all the [esc] plays, as well as other videos, interviews and master classes on their Facebook page and learn more about their various online programs.
3. Virtual Festivals
Edmonton musicians continue to create great online content and share their work for the world to see during this crisis. Drawing on dance, R&B, rock and soul, local alt-pop musician, VISSIA live streams every Tuesday at 9 p.m. on her Instragram and you can check out her YouTube page for more videos. She was also recently featured on the #ABSpotlight series.
Speaking of music, many of our great summer festivals may be cancelled until next year, but all is not lost. This year the Calgary Folk Music Festival is offering a pay-what-you-can model for their virtual festival running Thursday, July 23 to Sunday, July 26. Edmonton band, Jr. Gone Wild will be playing the (virtual) main stage on Friday, July 24 at 7:40 p.m., joining a host of other provincial, national and international folk musicians to delight your ears.
4. Maker Mondays
Looking for fun activities to do with your children this summer? Then join the Telus World of Science Edmonton every Monday for #MakerMonday. New videos will be posted every week to help you and your family design, build and test your awesome creations in a bunch of engineering challenges. All their past videos are available on their website, so there are tons of fun activities to help keep you busy all summer long.
5. Great YEG Content
While not strictly live streaming or pre-recorded events posted this week, there are a number of online websites that you can check out for fun videos and activities that highlight the diverse talent and interests of Edmonton.
Rampage with Moe
Check out the Royal Alberta Museum’s video game, Moe’s Mammoth Rampage, where you move Moe the Mammoth through the museum, collecting artifacts along the way and avoiding pits and traps.
If things had gone differently, this week we would have been celebrating K-Days, eating corndogs and listening to the sound of fireworks as they echoed over the river valley every night. Instead, you can visit the K-Days website for some videos or share your favourite memories of the festival online using #KDaysYEG.
Doing Comics Wrong
Local comic writer and manager of WonderHarbor comic shop, Andrew Foley, is attempting to drawing his own comic, VANQUISHED, and streaming it through his Twitch channel. According to him the process is “an act of skill, focus and patience he absolutely does not possess.” Sounds fun, right! There isn’t a set schedule of live streams, but you can check out the channel for previous videos and subscribe or follow him on Twitter to learn when the next live stream is coming up!
EPL from Home: The Best You May Have Missed
Visit the EPL from Home page to see all the online resources we have for you and check out these virtual classes and events happening at EPL next week:
- On the Edge: Emerging Scholars - Re-view Reviewing in Math Education on Monday, July 20 at 7 p.m.
- Campfire Time with Peter Puffin's Whale Tales on Tuesday, July 21 at 2 p.m.
- Capital City in Conversation with guests Marty Chan, Linda Hoang and Martin Kerr on Tuesday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m.
- Baby Laptime: Facebook Live on Wednesday, July 22 at 10:30 a.m.
- Author Spotlight: Live Q&A with Alison Hughes on Thursday, July 23 at 2 p.m.
Don’t forget to register for these events as spots are limited (except for the Baby Laptime, which you can watch live on Facebook, no need to sign up).