6 Digital Events Happening in YEG – Oct. 12-25 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 6 (plus) digital events happening between Monday, Oct.12 and Sunday, Oct. 25.

1. Exploring Post Secondary

The return of fall brings cooler weather, darker evenings and, if you’re like me, memories of school. If you’re feeling nostalgic or are interested in going back, then there are many events over the next two weeks that should pique your interest.

  • The University of Alberta’s Virtual Open House runs Thursday, Oct. 15 to Saturday, Oct.17 and includes presentations and exhibitor events for you to check out. 
  • NAIT is hosting their Virtual Open House from Friday, Oct. 16 to Saturday, Oct.17. Visit over 20 virtual booths, chat with program area experts and attend virtual presentations on a variety of topics. 
  • On Friday, Oct. 23, The King’s University is hosting their Virtual King’s View Friday, which will include King’s 101 and a Q&A with Admissions Counsellors, along with opportunities to connect with the school and learn more about their programs. Register online for the Zoom link, and visit their website to find out more about other King’s events.


If you are more interested in attending one-off lectures rather than signing up for a degree, these post-secondary institutions around Edmonton have you covered.

  • On Wednesday, Oct. 14 the University of Alberta is hosting the pre-recorded lecture premier of “Lux et Silesia: Silesian Identity in the Art of Ireneusz Walczak" with Ewa Wylężek, Ph.D., Institute of Literary Studies, University of Silesia, Poland. There will be a live Q&A with Ewa Wylężek on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m.
  • The King’s University Alumni Office and The Micah Centre are presenting The King’s Justice Lectures: When Pandemic Meets Poverty on Monday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. Join Ida Mutoigo, Director of World Renew Canada, and Roy Berkenbosch, former director of The Micah Centre as they discuss the impact of the pandemic on food security and livelihood, women’s rights, refugees and more. Learn more about The King’s University Public Lectures and register for the Zoom event.
  • MacEwan University is hosting a free Design Thinking Webinar with Ruth Younie, an experienced Business Analyst, Project Manager and Change Management professional, on Friday, Oct. 23 at 12 p.m. If you’re interested in learning how to apply design thinking principles to your work and exploring various techniques to draw out your creative side, make sure to register.

2. Develop those Skills

Post-secondary institutes aren’t the only places for you to learn new things in the coming weeks. Monday, Oct. 19 to Friday, Oct. 23 marks Edmonton Startup Week. Startup Edmonton is celebrating with five days of workshops, socials and other events that will help you build connections and discover new opportunities in the city. Most events are free and you can check out the full schedule of events and register online.

The City of Edmonton is also hosting a number of events to help you start your own business in the coming weeks. Join them on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 12 p.m. for Starting a Home Business, where they will lead you through the ins and outs of obtaining a business license and what permits are required. You’ll also hear from an entrepreneur about his own journey. Register for this event and check out other events in the coming weeks including Starting your Dream Food Business on Thursday, Oct. 22.

3. Pick up that Pen

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) is continuing their Online Reading Series with author Alison Clarke speaking on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. She’ll be reading from her new book of poetry, Phyllis, followed by a conversation with fellow Edmonton poet, Brandon Wint. You can watch this online and ask your questions through the WGA’s YouTube channel.

For those of you gearing up for NaNoWriMo, the local group, the EdMoWriMos, will be hosting their annual Plot Planning Panel this year on Zoom. They're joined by our Writer in Residence, Susie Moloney, past Capital City Press Featured Writer, Premee Mohamed and past Alberta Readers' Choice Award nominee, Kate Boorman. If you're interested in taking part you can join them on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 1:30 p.m. by signing up to NaNoWriMo and joining the Edmonton region. 

4. Edmonton Short Film Festival

The Edmonton Short Film Festival has gone online this year and is kicking it off with a Virtual Red Carpet Gala on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. They’ll be livestreaming short films that evening and featuring long shorts on Sunday, Oct. 18 as well as handing out awards for the best in Alberta short films. All films and the award ceremony will be recorded and available for viewing until Tuesday, Oct. 20. Check out their event on Facebook for more information.

5. AGA Live

The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is hosting their next #AGALive event on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 12 p.m. with visual artist Jonathan Luckhurst. He will be joined by Head of Education & Learning, Dara Armsden, as they explore Luckhursts’ current exhibition in the Children’s Gallery, Animal Architects. Registration for this event is free through the AGA website.

6. Teen Zoom Room

If you’re a teen or know a teen who just wants to get together and hang out with their friends, then check out Zoom Room. It's a weekly teen program hosted by the Family Futures Resource Network. The Zoom Room is for youth 14 to 18. It will run every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. from Wednesday, Oct. 14 to Wednesday, Dec. 9. Join other teens for games, discussions and a safe place to connect with others. Registration is required and you can find out more information through Family Futures.

Online Events: The Best You May Have Missed

There is still plenty to see and do online through EPL from Home. Upcoming online events include:

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