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 June 22 and June 28, 2020.
1. Inside the Box Artwork
The Art Gallery of Alberta is back live streaming this week with AGA Live: Making Parfleche Boxes on Tuesday, June 23 at 12 p.m. Dakota/Lakota artist Alaynee Goodwill-Littlechild will share the history of Parfleche boxes and show you how to make your own. Register for the event and download the Parfleche box template in advance through their website.
2. National Indigenous History Month
Celebrate National Indigenous History Month by learning more about Edmonton’s Métis history. Join Edmonton City as Museum Project Curator, Christina Hardie, and Matt Hiltermann, Métis ethnohistorian, researcher, public historian and artist for ECAMPing Trip: Reading Métis History into the Landscape of YEG on Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m. The event will consider how the frontier myth works to obscure Métis history, re-evaluate some of Edmonton’s earliest settlers and share the legacy of the Métis people in Edmonton’s historic urban landscape.
3. Add Some Theatre and Magic
Ghostlight Theatre Projects presents their weekly Leave the Lights On Series, you can enjoy play readings by emerging actors and playwrights online. This week they’ll be reading In the Middle of the Day by Katy DeCoste, a play about the things we want and the things we want to want. Catch it live on Facebook Monday, June 22 at 7 p.m.
If you’re looking for a show that’s fun for all ages, join Kent Wong on Thursday, June 25 at 4:30 p.m. for a virtual magic show. Kent recently performed his virtual show for us at the Edmonton Public Library to much acclaim. Don’t miss out on this chance to see what tricks he has up his sleeve. More information on the event.
Move over Taco Tuesdays and bring on Shakespeare Sundays! Internationally acclaimed theatre company, the Malachite Theatre Collective is hosting weekly online readings of the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Join them on Sunday, June 28 at 6 p.m. for a reading of The Tempest, one of the last plays Shakespeare likely wrote on his own. They’ll be streaming the event live on Facebook or you can send them a message if you’re interested in being a reader.
4. More, More Music
There’s a lot of live and local music online this week, starting off with Ryan Snow’s Traditional Country Music Tuesdays. Join this week's event on Tuesday, June 23 at 8 p.m. Ryan has been streaming every Tuesday since before the COVID-19 crisis hit Edmonton. You can catch up with all his videos and watch his live streams.
On Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. catch folk/blues duo Double Double as they live stream a concert on their Facebook page.
5. Easy as 1, 2, 3
If all that music has got you tapping your toes, you can learn how to line dance with classes live streamed every Thursday through the Boot Scootin’ Boogie Dancehall at 7 p.m. If you’ve never line danced before, have no fear! Line dancing doesn’t require a partner and, as they say on their website, is as easy as 1, 2, 3, literally.
6. 2SLGBTQ+ Book Club
Aging with Pride presents their 2SLGBTQ+ Book Club Wednesday, June 24 at 6 p.m. They’ll be discussing the first two chapters of The Book of Pride by Mason Funk. This book brings together 75 interviews with LGBTQ heroes who changed the world, most of whom are now in their seventies or eighties. You can register for this phone-in book club or email for more information.
7. Get Closer to the Stars
Have you ever looked up at the stars and wondered what’s out there? The Royal Astronomy Society of Canada, Edmonton Centre is hosting an Introduction to Stargazing and the Universe on Wednesday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Join them for this thirty minute presentation and Q & A session to learn more about star magnitudes; the comet NEOWISE, which should be visible to naked eye in July; and the Mare Crisium, one of the dark “seas” that covers the moon’s face. Access the Zoom webinar along with current star charts through their website.
EPL from Home: The Best You May Have Missed
Check out all the great events happening at the library through EPL from Home. Exciting events this week include:
- A Live Q & A with Melissa-Jo (MJ) Belcourt, Indigenous Artist-in-Residence for the City of Edmonton and Art Curator for EPL’s Stanley A. Milner Library, Monday, June 22 at 12 p.m.
- DIY @ EPL: Finger Knitting, Tuesday, June 23 at 7 p.m.
- A Live Storytime with Richard Van Camp, Thursday, June 25 at 2 p.m.
- And BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Club - Pride Month Edition, Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m.