6 Digital Events Happening in YEG – May 18-24 edition

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 18 and 24, 2020.

1. Write it Out

It’s a busy week for live-streaming in Edmonton. Local poet Brandon Wint will be hosting a new series of casual poetry sessions called Poems are Still Blooming, through the Gateway Association. The sessions begin on Monday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. and run every Monday until June 29 on Facebook

Local publishing house NeWest Press is hosting a reading and Q&A with three NeWest Press authors who have been nominated for the Kobo Emerging Writer prize, on Thursday, May 21 at 4 p.m. Edmonton’s own Bruce Cinnamon, Calgarian Niall Howell and Kelowna-based Meaghan Marie Hackinen will be participating. Tickets to the virtual reading are available through Eventbrite and the Q&A will take place on Twitter using the hashtag #NWPKoboPrize.

2. Distance Can't Stop Laughter

Looking for a laugh? Check out Rå Power: 1159 with Amy Shostak & Joleen Ballendine as part of the National Arts Centre #CanadaPerforms series on Thursday, May 21 at 6 p.m. Edmontonians will know Amy and Joleen from their work with Rapid Fire Theatre, though Amy now makes her home in Vancouver. Watch as they “create an improvised show based on collective experiences of our time in isolation” from 1,159 kilometres apart.

3. Let the Beat Drop

Edmonton country music band, The Prairie States, will be live-streaming as part of the Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) Spotlight Series. The Prairie States were the 2019 ACMA Group of the Year, recipients of the ACMA Video of the Year Award and have already released three new songs in 2020. Tune in to the ACMA Facebook page to listen on Thursday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m.

The music continues with the Bigger than Borders Music Festival, which has been running every Saturday night this month. They will be hosting their final dance party on Saturday, May 23 starting at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Edmonton’s Kim de Vries, the May 23 show includes Edmonton folk singer and Capital City Records artist Scott Cook, and is raising money to help with COVID-19 relief efforts for artists. 

4. Musings from the Museum

Friends of the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) Society are hosting their 4th Annual International Museum Day Lecture online on Thursday, May 21 at 6 p.m. The lecture, entitled Picking Up the Pieces: How Museums Collect in a Crisis will be hosted by the Julia Petrov, RAM’s acting Head of History, Jan Ramirez, founding chief curator and head executive vice president of collections of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, and Dr. Karine Duhamel, curator specializing in Indigenous rights at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. 

Speaking of the RAM, did you know they have live cams tuned into some of their animals? Check in on their Western Painted Turtles every day between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and their Peacock Mantis Shrimp between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. through their website.

5. Gather Your Garden Tools

It’s gardening season and if you’re looking to learn more about how to start your garden, there are a number of webinars available for you to enjoy. Check out Spruce Permaculture’s Facebook for a list of their online gardening webinars, including a Central Edmonton Permaculture 101 event on Saturday, May 23 at 1 p.m. Registration is limited so be sure to save your spot!

6. Explore Inside and Out

It’s not exactly a live-stream event but with the weather warming, I thought I’d mention the TELUS World of Science Edmonton’s new nature game, Online Nature Exchange (ONE). A mix of virtual and outside adventure for the family, ONE is a nature-based scavenger hunt with new challenges posted to the free GooseChase app on your iPhone or Android device. The first challenge started on Tuesday, May 5, but there is still time to catch up. The next challenge will be posted on Tuesday, May 19. Get more information on how to download the app and play the game.

EPL from Home: The Best You May Have Missed

Don’t forget that EPL has live-stream events happening all week as part of our EPL from Home initiative:

    • Join us for our third live Baby Laptime session on Wednesday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m.
    • And there’s still space in our Online nehiyawewin: Cree Language Class, which is also on Wednesday, May 20 at 6 p.m.
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