It’s a pretty quiet weekend in Edmonton. Go skating at Hawrelak Park, have a glass of wine at the new Somerville Wine & Cheese or spend the weekend reading all the books you received over the holidays.
A Byzantine Winter Festival
What: A whole weekend dedicated to all things cold – eats on the street, snow craving, ice-skating, outdoor hockey and curling. Inside you can heat up with a farmers’ market and a Saturday night dance.
Why: On Saturday, enjoy a delicious fire roasted suckling pig served on a bun. Sunday has a tasty line-up of fire roasted hot dogs. Embrace Edmonton’s winter with a ‘cabane a sucre’ - buy your baton and enjoy your warm maple syrup on the snow!
Where: Alberta Avenue (118 Avenue) between 92 and 94 Street. Event is free, but please bring a donation for the Edmonton Food Bank.
When: Saturday, Jan 8 – Sunday, Jan 9. Consult program for full event details.
Battle of the Bands
Showcase Band Concert
What: Two Showcase Bands - one led by MacEwan’s piano/theory section head, Bill Richards and the other led by MacEwan’s head of composition, Allan Gilliland. You’ll hear everything from Stevie Wonder to Aerosmith to Jaco Pastorius.
Why: It’s all about bringing the talent. There are some serious tryouts to be part of the band. Each ensemble consists of four vocalists, a rhythm section of drums, bass, guitar, two keyboards, and six horn players. These ensembles cover many different styles and genres.
Where: John L. Haar Theatre, Grant MacEwan University. Purchase your tickets ($9.50-$11.50)
When: Friday, January 7 at 5:30pm
Oil Kings Hockey
What: It’s hockey night in Edmonton; the Oil Kings take on the Regina Pats.
Where: Rexall Place. Tickets $17.75 - $32.50. And, here’s the unofficial Rexall Food Finder.
When: Saturday, January 8 at 7pm.
What: A round-of Edmonton’s music scene.
Why: When was the last time you spontaneously stumbled upon live music? Remember how great it was? Small, intimate venues, and artists playing because they love it - music at its best. Go take in a show this weekend.
Where/When: Every night, across Edmonton. For an insanely comprehensive listing of venues and artists, visit yeglive.ca and hit up Edmonton’s music scene.