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 7 (plus) digital events happening between Monday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 27.
1. Alberta Culture Days
Celebrate Alberta Culture Days throughout September with a variety of events happening both online and in person. Virtual events over the next two weeks include Alberta Views: Our Landscape, Our Home, Our Legacy Artist Feature. Curated by Edmonton artist, writer and filmmaker Alexis Marie Chute, you can watch the next feature artist video premier live on the Women's Art Museum of Canada YouTube channel on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.
Edmonton Opera is hosting Opera Tots! on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. Explore classical music with your toddlers along with Catherine Daniel and Robert Clark (anthem singer for the Edmonton Oilers).
The Institute for Cultural Performing Arts is celebrating September with a Vegetarian Cooking demonstration. This pre-recorded video, along with other events, will be posted to their website on Friday, Sept. 25 at 1:30 p.m.
2. Literary Delights
Join local author Marty Chan as he launches his newest novel for reluctant teen readers, Haunted Hospital, on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. Hosted by the Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre, Marty will discuss the real-life hospital that inspired this spooky tale of four teens sneaking into an abandoned hospital in search of ghosts. Register for this Zoom event to save your spot.
The Writers' Guild of Alberta (WGA) is hosting their annual Fall Kick-Off online this year on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Pull out your pencil and fill up your calendar with all the information on festivals, workshops, seminars, webinars, author talks, readings, and book launches planned for the year ahead. Watch live on the WGA YouTube channel.
3. Plants and Pups
Interested in learning more about the North Saskatchewan River and River Valley? Then join the Edmonton River Valley Conservation Coalition for Night Out on the North Saskatchewan 2020 on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. This free/by donation event will feature talks by four river valley experts: Michael Sullivan, Dr. Dwayne Donald, Christopher Smith and Carolyn Buffalo. It's sure to be a fascinating evening so make sure to register.
On Sunday, Sept. 20 starting at 10 a.m. join the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) as they celebrate the 28th Annual Pets in the Park: Neighbourhood Edition. They've reimagined their annual festival this year so you can take part virtually. EHS is encouraging you to get out in your community with your pets, play #PITPBingo for a great EHS prize pack and join them on social media throughout the day.
4. Tasty Eats and Sippin' Treats
Monday, Sept. 14 to Sunday, Sept. 20 is Negroni week, and what better way to celebrate than with a Negroni Masterclass on Thursday, Sept 17 at 7 p.m.? Learn how to make canapes with Top Chef Judge and Creator of Follow Me Foodie, Mijune Pak and then join award-winning bartender from Edmonton's own Baijui and Little HK, James Grant to learn how to make a classic Negroni. This pay-what-you-can masterclass will donate all proceeds towards the Bartender Benevolent Fund. Learn more about Negroni week and get your tickets.
5. Alberta Queer Calendar Project
Throughout 2020 the Alberta Queer Calendar Project has been hosting their twelve months of podcast dramas and this month, for episode nine, you can experience My Boyfriend's Boyfriend, a musical comedy about video games, polyamory, transition and friendship by Edmonton voice actor and musician Jamie Price. Visit the Alberta Queer Calendar Project website to check out the podcast once it's posted.
6. Enjoy Some Local Jazz
The Yardbird Suite continues its virtual series over the next two weeks with six concerts showcasing local jazz musicians including the Miranda Smith Duo, Jeff Hendrick Duo, Marty Majorowicz and Paul Richey, Joshua Banks, Michael Campbell and the Yano Loo Duo. Watch live or catch up on past streams on the Yardbird Suite Facebook page.
7. Online Art Exhibition
If you're interested in viewing locally produced art, but don't feel comfortable visiting a gallery in person, join the Allied Arts Council and the Spruce Grove Art Gallery for their 2020 Online Open Art Contest. This exhibition will be available for the public to view from now until Friday, Oct. 2.
EPL from Home: The Best You May Have Missed
As always, EPL is hosting a number of online events through EPL from Home.
- Join the Together We Read Digital Book Club Meet-Up will be discussing Bad Ideas by Missy Marston on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.
- Watch The Spelling Bee semifinals on Tuesday, Sept. 15 and Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. as well as the finals on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. via Facebook Live.
- Learn more about history through our Talking Archaeology series: The Birth of Civilization in Egypt and Mesopotamia on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.
- And make sure to book your tickets to attend our Grand Opening Celebration from Thursday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Sept. 20.