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 seven digital events happening between April 27 and May 3, 2020.
1. Engage with Short Story Authors
This Monday, April 27, join the Writers’ Guild of Alberta as they host A Virtual Reading with the Finalists for this year's Howard O'Hagan Prize for Short Story. At 6:30 p.m., authors Ali Bryan, Tyler Hein and Joelle Tymchuk will be on Facebook Live reading from their nominated works and answering your questions.
2. Feel the Festival Vibes
COVID-19 has impacted festivals across the country, but many of them are taking their content online, including the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD Fest). Usually held in Brampton, Ontario, this year everyone can enjoy FOLD Fest from the comfort of their own home. Running Thursday, April 30 to Sunday, May 3. Of special note, Billy-Ray Belcourt — winner of both the City of Edmonton Book Prize and the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2018 — will be speaking at two events:
- Breaking Down Poetry Wokshop - Thursday, April 30, 10 a.m. MST
- Reconciliation and Resistance: Part 1 - Friday, May 1, 6 p.m. MST (currently full, but there is a waitlist)
3. Get a Little Classical
The National Arts Council (NAC) continues to support and promote Canadian artists through their #CanadaPerforms events. On April 28, 10 a.m. MST, Edmonton-born cellist, Rachel Mercer, will be performing as part of the NACO Lunch Break series. While that’s a bit early for lunch out here in Alberta, don’t let that stop you from tuning in for what’s sure to be a masterful performance.
4. Enjoy a Whale of a Tale
Have children in your life who need a bit of entertaining? NAC’s #CanadaPerforms series has events for children as well! This week, join Edmonton-based performer, Peter Puffin for Peter Puffin’s Whale Tales, April 28, 2 p.m. MST.
5. Root Around for the Paintbrushes
If your children are more interested in art, then take a look at Edmonton art education company, Artventures. They’ve taken to YouTube to host the Creative Readers Club. Using the book The Wild Robot as inspiration, every Tuesday and Thursday, Artventures posts art challenges to their YouTube channel. You don’t have to read the book to take part and all the past challenges are up on the channel for your family to explore.
6. Unleash Your Inner Artist
Art videos aren’t just for kids. The creative minds behind Artventures have also started The Emma and Daphne Show. Join them every Friday night at 8 p.m. MST to connect, create and learn.
7. Read with Rena
Looking for more storytime content to keep your kids entertained? One of our Librarians has you covered with her Reading Rena YouTube channel. She posts one-two stories every day. Between our EPL from Home Storytime videos and Reading Rena, there are hours of content to keep your young learners going.
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And last but not least, we're hosting a number of upcoming virtual events:
- Local writer, Janice MacDonald will be hosting All the Puzzle Pieces: Creating Detective Fiction Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m.
- Librarian Meg DeForest is running our first ever BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Club via Zoom on Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m.
- We're hosting our second movie night on Saturday. May 2. Keep an eye on our website for more details as we will be asking you to help us pick the movie!