Don’t let the coming cold weather wreck havoc on your weekend - embrace it! Ice carving competitions, skating parties and winter crafts all need chilly air and snow. Let the winter festivities begin in full force!
Cheer: Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks
Do: Sunday Swing ‘n’ Skate: Live jazz and swing bangs to entertain the skaters at City Hall Plaza.
Play & Eat: Cafe Tiramisu: Yoga, Eats & Daycare
See: 19th Centry French Photographs
Ice, Ice Baby
Ice On Whyte
What: An international ice craving competition featuring artists from China and Canada.
Why: Warm up with hot beverage with a donation in the YESS café, chill to some live entertainment and watch in awe as snow cravers create a fantasy filled park. Take a ride on the giant ice slide.
Where: End of Steel Park (103 Street and Tommy Banks Way). Adult Admission is $5, Kids 2-12 are $2.50.
When: Friday, January 13 – Sunday, Jan 22. Monday to Friday gates are open 2pm-10pm. On Saturday and Sunday, festival is open from 10am-10pm.
What: Edmonton’s independent restaurants are offering tasty original fare at set prices of $25 or $45 for a multi-course affair.
Why:The best eats in the city at scrumptious prices.
Where: Local restaurants across Edmonton. See full list and menus here.
When: January 15-19 & January 22-26What: Local restaurants offer 3-course meals at delicious prices ($25 or $45).
What: Have you met Jocelyn Brown? As the Edmonton Public Library’s 2012 writer-in-residence, she is throwing a party with unusual performances, excellent readers and lively company.
Why: An assortment of fun: discover urban agriculture; watch dance to passage from Canadian novels; witness the launch of issue #3 of Eighteen Bridges; and more!
Where: The ARTery (9535 Jasper Avenue)
When: Thursday, January 12 from 7:30pm-9:30pm
What: A brand-new festival featuring a village downtown Edmonton. Local architects designed temporary, heated structures to host a whirlwind of events each weekend.
Why: On the agenda this weekend: A Taste of Winter, City of Edmonton Info Tech Form, Polar Brewhouse and winter crafts for kids.
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Friday, January 13 – Sunday, January 15
The Gallery: Your Art. Your Voice.
What: An evening of creative expression by youth of Muslim heritage. Celebrate art, photography and spoken-word poetry
Why: Mix and mingle with artists who love art and poetry… and admission is completely FREE.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta (2 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
When: Saturday, January 14 from 5:30pm-11pm
CHiMPROV featuring Rapid Fire Theatre
What: A tale of hilarity right on the spot.
Why: Punch lines delivered on time or awkwardly late – either way, you’ll be laughin.
Where: Varscona Theatre (10329 83 Avenue)
When: Saturday, January 14 from 11pm-2am
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.
* Photo by Doug McMasters.