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 25 and May 31, 2020.
Start the week off by joining art therapist Allison Tunis for Craft as Therapy on Monday, May 25 at 3 p.m., part of the Alberta Craft Council’s Monday MeetUp series. Learn the different ways that crafting can benefit your mental health and ask her questions on the topic. Make sure to register.
2. Let the Music Take You
Edmonton is well represented this week through the National Art Centre’s #CanadaPerforms program:
- On Monday, May 25 starting at 6 p.m., The Tiger’s Hearts Collective will perform Shakespeare's Troilus & Cressida via Facebook Live. You can find out more information about the performance and catch a sneak peek of their first Zoom read-through of Act 1, Scene 1.
- Megan Evans, of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, will be presenting Heroic Horn on Monday, May 25 at 7 p.m. as part of the Live at the Winspear: From Stage to Screen series. Join her as she explores the history of the horn, why it’s one of the most difficult instruments to play and, in her words, “what makes horn players so cool and pretty and fun, like everyone is always telling us.”
- Charlene Bearhead and Elder Wilson Bearhead will be launching their newest children’s book, Siha Tooskin Knows the Sacred Eagle Feather, on Tuesday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m. as part of #CanadaPerforms. Elder Wilson Bearhead was our Elder in Residence in 2017 and you can hear him speak as part of the Voices of Amiskwaciy project.
Edmonton baritone Connor Hoppenbrouwers kicks off a new online series, Coast to Coast, with Opera Nuova on Sunday, May 31 at 3 p.m. With Shannon Hiebert accompanying him, Connor will be performing works from Rossini, Finzi, Mahler and others. Register for the event.
If you’re looking for music that will get you up on your feet and dancing, Edmonton’s Sugar Swing Ballroom is hosting Online Socials every Saturday night starting at 8 p.m. Using Zoom, up to 100 people can join for an evening of dance, music and good conversation.
3. Green Thumbs
The Edmonton Horticultural Society (EHS) will be hosting Gardening for the Environment on Monday, May 25 at 7 p.m. as part of their Speakers Series. Jocelyn Crocker will be speaking about environmentally-friendly gardening techniques, including composting at home and planting biodiverse gardens. You don’t need to be an EHS member to take in this webinar, register now.
4. Green Drinks
Moving on from green thumbs, the informal networking event Green Drinks has gone online. Their next event, the Local Goodness Edition, will be on Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. Join them for a celebration of arts and community with a line-up of poets and musicians as well as an Open Mic.
5. Asian Heritage Month
May is Asian Heritage Month and the Edmonton City as Museum Project invites you to join them for an ECAMPing Trip: Aspects of Edmonton’s Asian History. This is the first in a new online series of ECAMPing Trips which will bring monthly online experiences to heritage lovers. This month, explore and celebrate the contributions Canadians of Asian origin have made to the history of Edmonton with guest speakers Shreela Chakrabartty, Lan Chan-Marples and Grace Law from the Aiya哎呀 collective. Space is limited, so register online now for your tickets.
6. RISE Film Fest
Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton’s (RISE) Reconciliation Film Festival, now in its third year, has also moved online for 2020. Starting Friday, May 29 and running until Sunday, June 7, RISE will be posting links to free Indigenous films on their Facebook page and website. Join the conversation and share your reviews of the films on your social media accounts and be sure to tag @RISEdmonton and use the hashtag #RISEfilmfest.
EPL from Home: The Best You May Have Missed
And if you’ll allow us to toot our own horn, we're continuing to provide a variety of online classes as part of EPL from Home. This week includes:
- Online English Conversation Circles presented in partnership with the Catholic Social Services program LACE at various times Monday to Wednesday and Saturday mornings
- The Complexity of Character: Making Words into Flesh with Natasha Deen, hosted by our Writer in Residence, Susie Moloney is on Tuesday, May 26 at 2 p.m.
- A second edition of BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Club is on Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m.
- And our ever-popular Online nehiyawewin: Cree Language Classes are back on Monday and Wednesday evenings, in partnership with the Canadian Native Friendship Centre.