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 June 15 and June 21, 2020.
1. Keep that Tune Going
This is a great week for music lovers to catch a wide variety of concerts and musical events. The newly announced Alberta Spotlight weekly series will support and showcase the diverse music talent of Albertans. This virtual concert series kicked off Thursday, June 11 with performances by Nuela Charles, Reuben and the Dark, Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire and Tim Williams. Alberta Spotlight will run every Thursday all summer long. Visit the CKUA website for information on upcoming performers and more.
Speaking of local musicians, Scott Cook and the Indoorables will be performing a yard concert and release party for the second single from their album, Tangle of Souls, "Say Can You See". Watch live on Friday, June 19 starting at 7 p.m. and if you like what you hear, you can access more of Scott Cook’s music through EPL’s Capital City Records.
If you’re looking for something a little different, the Virtual Flute Slam will highlight the wealth of talented flautists in our city. Hosted by the Edmonton Flute Association, you can watch online Saturday, June 20 at 12 p.m.
Celebrate Father's Day with a special concert on the Winspear Stage. This performance features Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) cellists and married couple Meran Currie-Roberts and Rafael Hoekman, with their son Samuel accompanying them on piano. Tune in Sunday, June 21 at 9 a.m. to the ESO’s Facebook page.
2. Summer of Science
The COVID-19 crisis has got us all talking about face masks and with a wealth of free patterns online many of us have taken to making our own. If you’re interested in learning more of this now ubiquitous garment, join Dr. Anne Bissonnette, Associate Professor in Material Culture at the University of Alberta for The Science of the Homemade Mask, as part of the Alberta Craft Council’s Monday Meetups on Friday, June 15 at 3 p.m. Dr. Bisonnette will answer your questions about making face masks and demo the making of a mask in various stages of construction. This Zoom webinar is free or by donation and tickets are available through Eventbrite.
Want to kickoff summer with some science fun for the whole family? The Telus World of Science is hosting Summer Science at Home: a family friendly FUNdraiser Thursday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. Book your tickets online for what is sure to be an exciting evening of science activities, special guests and music from Edmonton’s own Martin Kerr.
3. Feel Pride Every Week
Queerout, a Pride Centre youth program, has moved online and now hosts weekly meetings every Wednesday on Discord. For more information about this program you can send them an email or add YEG_PCE #1054 on Discord for the weekly server login information.
Aging With Pride, a telephone-based supportive space to connect with other 2SLGBTQ+ seniors, is hosting The Weavings: Spiritual Health this coming week on Wednesday, June 17 at 6 p.m. They will be sharing their favourite tunes that have shaped the community over the ages. Sign up for this and other Aging with Pride events.
4. Capture a Piece of Summer
As summer officially starts this week and the weather heats up, more and more of us will be spending our days outside exploring the city and surrounding area. Learn how to best capture a photograph of your experience, edit and share to social media using your mobile phone with a free online webinar hosted by Focus on Photography, Wednesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. Using Your Phone to Take Amazing Pictures is part of an ongoing series of virtual classes to help you take your photographs to the next level.
5. Don't Disconnect from this Movie
The City of Edmonton’s Neighbourhood Services is hosting a virtual screening of the film The Great Disconnect on Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m. This short film “speaks to the health and social impacts of loneliness and the value and potential of neighbouring approaches unique to Edmonton”. A panel discussion will follow featuring filmmaker Tamer Soliman and Dr. Richard Lewanczuk, Senior Medical Director for Enhancing Community Care at Alberta Health Services. Register through Eventbrite as tickets will go fast.
6. Dance like No One is Watching
If you’re looking to get up and groove, Edmonton based La Connexional and Alberta Dance Alliance are hosting Afro Fusion with Yoofi Greene, a dance workshop on Saturday, June 20 at 12 p.m. Yoofi is an accomplished Afrobeats professional Dancer, Choreographer and Instructor normally based in Guangzhou, China and currently in Ghana. Registration is free or by donation. Sign up for this online, open-level dance workshop.
EPL from Home: The Best You May Have Missed
We have a wide variety of events happening this week, which you can check out through the EPL from Home page. Special events include:
- Summer Starts at EPL is kicking off its online programming this week with Dino Dance. Stomp your feet, clap your claws, shake your tail and find your dinosaur roar in this live event June 15 at 2:00pm. Dino costumes are highly encouraged. Register online to reserve your spot!
- Talking TED: The Danger of a Single Story is the first in our new Talking TED meetup series for teens aged 13-18. Join us June 16 at 2:30 p.m. via Zoom as we watch TED Talks on a powerful, challenging topic, and then sound off on what we think.
- And our ever popular online Baby Laptime is back this week on June 17 at 10:30 a.m. Watch live from our Facebook page or catch up with all our past videos through the EPL YouTube channel!