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. 3 and Aug. 9, 2020.
1. Seniors Without Walls
This blog is often filled with Zoom meetings, Google Hangouts and Facebook Lives, requiring internet or a smartphone to access, which can be a barrier for some. If you’re a senior and looking to take part in a fun social gathering in this physically distanced world without having to access the web, the Seniors’ Centre Without Walls hosts multiple events a day, seven days a week over the phone. Events this week include Jeopardy on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 3 p.m., Beginner’s French on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 11 a.m. and Museums at Home on Friday, Aug. 7 at 3 p.m., along with many others. Just dial-in to take part, no internet connection necessary. Check out all the programs they host and find more information on how to join in.
2. Walking with Artists
If you’re interested in learning more about the Art Gallery of Alberta’s (AGA) upcoming exhibition, borderLINE: the 2020 Biennial of Contemporary Art, join artists Grace Law and Shawn Tse of the aiya哎呀 collective as they visit a number of locations relevant to their work including the former site of the Chinatown gate in Edmonton, the LRT, the outdoor storage where the gate sits dismantled, the location slated for the construction of a new Chinatown gate and the AGA itself. AGAlive: Walking conversation with aiya哎呀 premiers on the their YouTube channel on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 12 p.m.
3. Two Spirit Identities and Resurgence
Join Kai Bureau, a two-spirit Nakota Sioux person, who uses he/him and they/them pronouns, for IQS 2020: Two Spirit Identities and Resurgence, a dialogue styled workshop that “will explain the history of the term 'Two Spirit' as it relates to Treaty 6 and the surrounding communities.” The event will run on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. and will be recorded for those who cannot attend live. Registration is required and you can find out more information about the event on their Facebook page.
4. Enjoy a Short Story or Two
The Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s (WGA) ongoing Online Reading Series is hosting local playwright, novelist, screenwriter and past Capital City Press Featured Writer, Katherine Koller on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. She’ll be reading from her collection of short stories, Winning Chance, followed by a Q&A with the audience. The event will be livestreamed on YouTube and you can catch up with all the previous recordings through the WGA’s YouTube channel.
5. Alberta Music Spotlight
If you’re looking for great local music, don’t forget that the CKUA Alberta Spotlight runs every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Watch live or browse through all the past spotlights through the National Music Centre’s YouTube channel.
6. Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Speaking of music, this coming weekend would have been the 40th anniversary of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival (EFMF). The pandemic may keep us from gathering at Gallagher Park this year, but the beautiful people at the EFMF are bringing the music to you. Lay out your tarp and chair, buy your festival merch, check out the artisan market and order in some local food and beer for The Hill at Home running from Friday, Aug. 7 to Sunday, Aug. 9. The programming schedule will be posted on their website on Friday, Aug. 7 along with links for the livestream. In the meantime, check out some fun #HillAtHomeFamilies activities including EFMF colouring sheets and crafts at home.
EPL from Home: The Best You May Have Missed
Don’t forget to check out these great online classes and events happening through EPL from Home this week: