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 (plus) digital events happening between July 27 and August 2, 2020.
1. Bedtime Stories For Kids
The Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre has been providing storytimes, puppet shows and more to help entertain and educate children and families during these months of isolation. You can join them this week on Monday, July 27, for a Bedtime Story. They will be going live at 7:30 p.m. through Jolanta Norwood’s Facebook page, reading fun stories to help your family get ready for bed.
2. Poetry Readings
Local poet and the Gateway Associations’ Artist-In-Residence, Brandon Wint, is continuing his casual poetry sessions, Poems Are Still Blooming, on Facebook Live every Monday evening to the end of August. Join him this week on Monday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m., as he reads and shares poems he loves, answers your questions about writing and provides prompts to help you start your next poem.
Continue your poetic journey by joining the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Online Reading Series with Paul Pearson this week. Join Paul on the WGA’s YouTube channel Thursday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m. where he will be reading from his debut poetry book Lunatic Engine, followed by a Q&A led by Edmonton playwright and novelist Katherine Koller.
3. Science That's Out of This World
Has the comet NEOWISE piqued your interest in astronomy? Looking for info on what the difference is between a red giant and a white dwarf? Curious how old the Universe is, and how we know? Then join the Telus World of Science Edmonton’s biweekly astronomy livestream Tuesday, July 28 at 3:00 p.m. on their Facebook page and tweet about it using the hashtag #WhatsUpYEG to ask your questions.
4. What's Cooking?
Back here on Earth, if the idea of tacos in a bowl has you excited, then join the University of Alberta Campus Food Bank on Wednesday, July 29 at 5:00 p.m. for Cook With Us Virtually. They’ll walk you through the process of making a Summer Tortilla Soup complete with jalapenos, corn, beans and, of course, a lot of spice! Check out their Facebook page for details on ingredients and substitutions, and the Zoom link.
5. ECAMPing Trip
Edmonton City as Museum Project is hosting ECAMPing Trip: Revisiting Edmonton’s Metis History with Matt Hiltermann, Amber Paquette and Christina Hardie on Thursday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m. This is a follow up Q&A for their June event, Reading Metis History, and will continue the discussion. Register online to save your spot. If you can’t make the livestream, the presentation will be recorded and made available on the ECAMP website as well.
6. Summer Music Series
If you’re looking for cool, local beats for a hot summer day, check out the Summer Saturday Music Series hosted by Quarters Arts out of their new facility, CO*LAB. The series will run all summer long, highlighting local musicians, djs and artists. Watch them this week on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. via Facebook and Instagram, or join them in person from a safe, two-metre distance outside their downtown location, where they’ll be throwing their big yellow doors wide open to perform live for Edmonton.
7. Virtual Heritage Fest
The August long weekend is just around the corner and with it, one of Edmonton’s most cherished festivals, Heritage Fest. Things are a little different this year as they go virtual from Saturday, Aug. 1 to Monday, Aug. 3, but you can still enjoy a wonderful tapestry of entertainment, recipes, cultural stories and more through their website. The festival is encouraging everyone to celebrate multiculturalism throughout all of August, sharing pictures, memories and stories with each other to mark the occasion. Use the hashtag #yegheritagefest to join the conversation.
EPL from Home: The Best You May Have Missed
EPL from Home page to see all the online resources we have for you and check out these virtual classes and events happening at EPL next week:Visit the
- EPL Telephone Social on Monday, July 27 at 2 p.m.
- Survive and Thrive: Move Ahead Financially After Losing Your Job on Monday, July 27 at 7 p.m.
- BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Club on Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m.
- Energy Talks Online: The Currents - From War to Harmony on Wednesday, July 28 at 7 p.m.
Don’t forget to register for these events as spots are limited!