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 May 11 and 17, 2020.
1. Family FUNdraiser
We may need to be physically distant from each other, but we can still support each other through a good cause while having fun. The Stollery Children Hospital Foundation’s Teddy Bear Fun Run is moving online this year. Starting Saturday, May 9 to Friday, May 15, join their virtual FUNdraiser from your own backyard. The Stollery will be posting challenges and activities every day to its Facebook events page. Registration is free and donations are encouraged.
2. Keep DisDancing
I hope you’ve taken part in the Social DisDances that have been happening every Wednesday these past few weeks, or maybe you’ve taken on the TikTok challenge that I mentioned in last week’s blog, since this week is the culmination of all of that. Dentons Make Your Mark (DMYM) Online Celebration of Student Leadership will be happening Wednesday, May 13 at 11 a.m. Join DJ Thomas Culture for one more Social DisDance, find out who will win the TikTok challenge, and vote for the People’s Choice Award for your favourite DMYM Project.
3. Bringing the Festival to You
If all this talk of dancing is making you miss music festivals, never fear. The Safe Inside Virtual Festival has you covered! On Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16, starting at 6 p.m., you can stream the festival on Twitch where a showcase of Alberta-based artists will be playing electronic dance and house music all night long.
4. Get Serenaded at Home
If you’re looking for something a bit more classical, Edmonton Opera at Home has you covered. Every Tuesday, they post a new Kitchen Concerts to their website. The Kitchen Concerts feature members of the Edmonton Opera Chorus serenading you with their favourite songs, as well as their favourite recipes. Be sure to check out the Edmonton Opera’s other videos as well, including Happy Hour with stars from their upcoming season, and a DIY Opera series for elementary students learning at home.
5. Writers Unite
Turning to the spoken and written word, rather than sung: Edmonton’s Regional Writer in Residence, Conni Massing will be hosting Literary Jam Sessions starting Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. and running every Tuesday until June 30. These meet-ups will include writing prompts and the occasional guest author. Visit the St. Albert Public Library website for more details on how to register.
As part of the Pandemic Response Reading Series, join the University of Alberta Press for Literary Cocktails on Thursday, May 14 at 5 p.m. Featuring readings from newly published poetry books, this is sure to be an inspiring evening of literature that you won’t want to miss. RSVP for the Zoom invite.
6. Reveal Your Inner Artist
The Art Gallery of Alberta has a couple of live talks coming up this week. First up is an Art Therapy Q&A with Registered Art Therapist Olga Perju on Tuesday, May 12 at noon. Then on Thursday, May 14 at noon, you can join the Curator of Interpretation and Engagement, Leonore-Namkha Beschi in an interactive discussion of the current exhibition, Nests for the End of the World. To register for either of these talks and see what other events are coming, visit their event calendar.
And if this inspires you, you can visit the Canadians Create website on Friday, May 15 for an acrylics class: Patchwork Landscape with local Edmonton business Amy Dixon Art. Exact details of the event will be posted on the website.
EPL from Home: The Best You May Have Missed
Have you been enjoying the EPL from Home digital book club title The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby this month? Well we’d love to hear what you think of the book. On Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. we’re hosting the EPL from Home Digital Book Club Meetup on Zoom. Registration is limited, so reserve your spot now.