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 29 and July 5, 2020.
1. The Best in Professional Theatre
The 33rd Annual Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, which celebrates the best in professional theatre in Edmonton, is going online this year. Watch through their YouTube page as they announce the winners in twenty-four categories on Monday, June 29 at 7 p.m. Visit their website at www.sterlingawards.com for a full list of nominees.
2. National Indigenous History Month
Celebrate National Indigenous History Month with The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund: Kanata Event on Tuesday, June 30 at 12 p.m. as they showcase the rich history and culture of Indigenous People from coast to coast. Further details will be shared on the event page.
Visit the University of Alberta’s VR Art Exhibit Shifting Geographies ᐊᓯᔾᔨᕐᓂᖏᑦ ᓄᓇᖏᑦ online now. Drawn from the university’s holdings of Inuit Art, this virtual exhibit shows how knowledge and skills have been passed on and transformed from one generation to the next. The exhibit includes embedded links to help you discover the collection, audio clips recorded by UAlberta Museums’ curators and staff, and details about the artworks on display.
3. Canada Day
Things may be a little different this Canada Day, but you can still celebrate virtually through a number of events happening in the Metro Edmonton Region, as well as nationally, on Wednesday, July 1:
Telus World of Science
The Telus World of Science is celebrating its 36th birthday by hosting its traditional Rocket Launch (weather permitting) at 11 a.m. Watch live through their Facebook page as they broadcast the launch. You can also join them in a Digital Scavenger Hunt, running Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, July 5, to commemorate the first anniversary of The Nature Exchange gallery. Visit TWOSE website for more information on the scavenger hunt and get access to fun DIY science experiments for you to try at home.
Regional Canada Day Virtual Celebrations
The City of Beaumont, Town of Devon, City of Fort Saskatchewan, City of Leduc, City of Spruce Grove, City of St. Albert, Town of Stony Plain, and Strathcona County have come together to offer an online celebration this year for Canada Day with crafts, music and more. Access the Regional Canada Day Virtual Celebrations through the Facebook event page from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. In the meantime, check out the activity booklet they’ve put together, which includes activities that represent each participating municipality as well as the online concert series schedule.
Canada Day Trivia Night
Edmonton based web-entertainment company Mercy of Whims is bringing you a Canada Day Trivia Night in collaboration with Fort Saskatchewan sports bar, The Bears Den. Join them on Twitch at 4 p.m. to test your knowledge of Canadiana and compete for a chance to win a prize!
National Canada Day Festivities
Join others from across the country for the online National Canada Day Festivities being hosted by Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord this year. The daytime show will run from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. local time and the evening show from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. local time. Watch on CBC and on Canadian Heritage’s social media platforms.
Animal Crossing Game Night
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the game everyone is talking about. Join the Edmonton Expo as they host the Virtual Fan Meetup: Animal Crossing Game Night on Thursday, July 2 at 8 p.m. Discuss all things Animal Crossing, play with other enthusiasts and visit each other’s islands. Don’t forget to watch the Library Crossing videos through our EPL YouTube channel, where we’ve built some of our library branches for you to check out. And if you’re interested in getting your hands on your own Nintendo Switch Lite, you can take part in Summer Reads ’20 for a chance to win one!
Virtual Block Party
The Edmonton community of Inglewood is hosting a Virtual Block Party on Saturday July 4 at 4 p.m. Tickets are free through Eventbrite and you don’t have to be an Inglewood resident to participate. Invite your own neighbours to join you online as you groove to the beats of DJ Johnny Mazeeka of Talent Productions, and you might even win a door prize. Register through Eventbrite and see the Facebook event page for more info.
5. Edmonton International Jazz Festival
Edmonton is known as the City of Festivals and despite the setbacks that COVID-19 has caused, we’re still living up to that name. This year the Edmonton International Jazz Festival kicked off their virtual program on Friday, June 19 and will be hosting live and prerecorded jazz performances every weekend throughout July. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
6. Pysanka Festival
Keeping with the festival spirit, the 47th annual Pysanka Festival is going online this year from Friday July 3 to Sunday, July 5. Celebrate Ukrainian culture with workshops, demonstrations, an online Yarmarok and more. Visit the website at www.pysankafestival.com to view the schedule of events and find out how to take part.
EPL from Home: The Best You May Have Missed
Check out all the great events happening at the library through EPL from Home. Exciting events this week include:
- Free Citizenship Preparation Class on Saturday, June 27. (Registration required.)
We also have online summer programs for kids, teens and adults ongoing until Saturday, Aug. 29!