6 Digital Events Happening in YEG – Aug. 10-16 edition

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 six (plus) digital events happening between Aug. 10 and Aug. 16, 2020.

1. The Show Will Go On (Sort of)

This week would have marked the start of Edmonton’s beloved theatre festival, The Fringe. While we aren’t able to gather and partake this year, we can all take part in the Fringe that Never Was, a digital celebration, instead. Opening Ceremonies will air on Sunday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. and there are a series of events and social engagements planned throughout the non-festival, all available through FringeTV. As well, from Monday, Aug. 10 to Friday, Aug. 21, the Fringe is partnering with CKUA for a nightly 10-minute radio spot. Running Monday through Friday at 5:45 p.m., the spot will feature artists, their work and their Fringe stories. Check out all the many scheduled events on the Fringe website to make sure you don’t miss anything.

If you’re interested in taking in a drag show from the comfort of your own home this week, then tune in to The Baby Shower: A Show for Baby Drag Royalty. Local Edmontonian, Andrea Beça will be performing alongside other new drag performers live on Twitch on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m.

2. A Dose of Poetry

As part of the ongoing Online Reading Series being offered by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, Edmonton poet, Kat Cameron will be reading from her latest collection, Ghosts Still Linger on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. Following the reading, fellow Edmonton poet Paul Pearson will host a Q&A with Kat where viewers can send in their questions during the event. Watch the livestream, or subscribe to the WGA’s YouTube channel to be notified when they go live.

3. Summer Music and Dancing

Don’t forget about these great music and dance series happening throughout the summer online:

  • Every Tuesday and Friday night this month, check out the Yardbird Suite for their virtual jazz series. This week they’re featuring Sam Malowany and Eric Wildeman on Tuesday, Aug.11 and Roya Yazdanmehr and Justin Khuong on Friday, Aug. 14 both at 7 p.m. live on their Facebook page.
  • Summer Saturday Music Series, hosted by Quarters Arts out of their new facility, CO*LAB, continues throughout the summer. Visit them in person or watch them streaming online on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • And if all this music has you itching to get up and dance, don’t forget that Sugar Swing hosts a weekly Swing Dance Online Social every Saturday night from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. via Zoom.

4. Astronomy Live

The Telus World of Science Edmonton continues their biweekly astronomy livestream, #WhatsUpYEG this week on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 3 p.m. There will only be one more after this, so don’t miss out! For more information and access to the live event, check out the TWoSE Facebook page.

5. Community Connection

Interested in connecting more with your community and Edmonton as a whole? On Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m., the City of Edmonton’s Neighbourhood Services is hosting an online screening of The Great Disconnect, a film that “speaks to the health and social impacts of loneliness and the value and potential of neighbouring approaches unique to Edmonton.” Following the film there will be a discussion featuring Tamer Soliman, the filmmaker, and Kalen Anderson, Director, City Plan. Visit the Eventbrite page to register for this free event.

6. Sports, Sports, Sports

For those of you who haven’t heard yet, the NHL Playoffs are back. To watch, CBC is live streaming all games across their digital platforms. Download their iOS app or their Android app to gain access to all the Hockey Night in Canada games this summer for free.

EPL from Home: The Best You May Have Missed

This past week, EPL expanded our in-branch services. You can access even more in-person services such as computers, printing, faxing, photocopying, using the study rooms and more. However, we continue to provide online resources, events and classes through EPL from Home

This week, check out:

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