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 8 and June 14, 2020.
1. Black Lives Matter
As the racial crisis in the United States continues to unfold, we are all looking for ways to support. One of the biggest pieces if you're not a person of colour is educating yourself. Bashir Mohamed has created a guide Edmonton Anti-Black Racism Tool Kit to inform Edmontonians on specific issues related to systemic anti-Black racism and policing.
There is also a webinar, Resistance and Resurgence: Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada on Monday, June 8 starting at 5 p.m. The event includes a list of homework (located beneath the panelist bios) that you can read before listening to the panel.
2. National Indigenous History Month
National Indigenous History Month is celebrated throughout June and this year also marks the five year anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report. Join Miranda Jimmy and the Local Good on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. for Truth and Reconciliation: Reflecting on the last 5 years. Panelists include Ry Moran, Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, Sharon Morin, Michif Cultural Connections Programs Director, and Richard Feehan, MLA for Edmonton-Rutherford. They will discuss how far we’ve come since then and how far we still have to go. Register online to get your tickets.
The second annual Alberta Métis Festival is going virtual for 2020. Just announced, the festival will include Métis musicians, jigging, door prizes and more! Visit their website for information on how to download the Chime Live App so you don’t miss a thing, including the online tradeshow, breakout rooms and digital content, or watch online through their Facebook page. The festival will run Saturday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
3. Let the Pride Flag Fly
June is also Pride month and while we might not be able to celebrate like we normally do, there are plenty of online events to mark the occasion. On Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. seniors can join the Pride Centre of Edmonton’s Aging with Pride group for a 2SLGBTQ+ Movie Club Watching event and then connect online on Friday, June 12 at 5 p.m. for their 2SLGBTQ+ Movie Discussion.
An annual Pride event, this year Fruit Loop will be hosting the virtual Pride at Home on Saturday, June 13 starting at 8 p.m. Take in an evening of performances by Cedar Wildcat, Duke Carson, Beau Creep and many more, livestreamed directly from the Starlite Room. Visit their Facebook page for information on how you can watch from your own home.
NextFest 2020 started on Thursday, June 4 and is running most evenings this week until Sunday, June 14. This multi-disciplinary arts festival showcases young and emerging artists from across a wide variety of disciplines and this year they are broadcasting live on Twitch and through their website. Check out the schedule of events on their website and tune in every evening except Mondays to see what the next generation of artists is up to in Edmonton.
5. House of Hush
Let the House of Hush Burlesque show entertain you on Friday, June 12 starting at 8 p.m. with a free/pay-what-you-can livestream show. Coming to you from the comfort of their own living rooms, join top notch entertainers from across Canada for live burlesque, comedic theatrics, glamour, glitter and “gin-soaked revelry”.
6. Find the Truth with Science
If you’re interested in getting outside a bit more and exploring the wonders that this city has to offer, join the Alberta BiodiverCity challenge. Take part in a city-wide BioBlitz using NatureLynx, a new citizen science app, in order to document as many species of birds, plants, mammals, moss, lichen, mushrooms and insects as you can. For information on how to get started on this challenge, join the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute on Tuesday, June 9 at 6 p.m. for a webinar that will introduce you to the challenge and share information on how to get started. Register online to reserve your space.
Every day there seems to be more and more information coming at us through the news, social media sites and blogs. But how do you determine what’s real from what’s fake? Join the Telus World of Science on Wednesday, June 10, starting at 7 p.m. for Science on Tap: Navigating the News as a panel of experts including Jeff Samsonow, Serena Mah, Neill Fitzpatrick and Tristin Hopper. They'll discuss this topic, share tips and tricks to help you separate fact from fiction, and take you through how professionals ensure that only factual news gets published.
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:
- A webinar on the Utility Payment Deferral Program with a guest speaker from the Government of Alberta, Monday, June 8 at 12 p.m.
- Energy Talks Online: Power on Demand - Renewable Energy Storage with guest speaker Professor Pierre Mertiny, Tuesday, June 9 at 12 p.m.
- The Truth & Reconciliation 5th Anniversary Online Book Club Series hosted by RISE (Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton) Tuesday, June 9 at 6 p.m.
- GIFT (Girls in Film and Television) presents A Virtual Intro to Screenwriting for female identifying and non-binary youth aged 14-24, Friday, June 12 at 2 p.m.