Edmonton Weekend Guide: January 19-22

Cheer: Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames
Sunday Swing ‘n’ Skate: Live jazz and swing bangs to entertain the skaters at City Hall Plaza.
Get Furry:
Edmonton Pet Expo
Alex Abboud (Edmonton Journal’s first blogger in residence)
Gettin' Hitched?: Bridal Fantasy

Warm with Ideas
WinterCity Strategy Kick-off Party

Edmonton wants to be a kickass winter city. Have ideas about transforming public spaces or creating warmth during long winter days? What would make you fall in love with Edmonton in the winter? Go share your thoughts at the party! (p.s. read the strategy here)
Why: A party, refreshments and your chance to listen to a keynote address by John Furlong (the man behind the vision for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics).
Where: Edmonton City Hall
When: Thursday, January 19 from 6pm-9pm

Romantic Comedy
Date Night
What: Your comedy crushes and dreams of bromances come true with an evening of improv and a live auction where you can bid on a hot dates.
Why: Here’s a sampling of the dates you can experience: Comic Book Shopping (lunch at Next Act and then shop nerdily ‘til you drop), Gettin’ Ripped (a session with a personal trainer followed by sundaes) or a Trashy Karaoke date (drinks at The Next Act and karaoke at Filthy McNasty’s). 
Where: Varscona Theatre 10329 83 Avenue. Tickets $5 (available at the door only)
Saturday, January 21 at 7:30pm.

Contemporary Theatre
The Canoe Theatre Festival

What: A showcase of theatre rarely seen on local stages.
Why: The festival encompasses main five shows; Whitewater Theatre, a display of innovative works-in-progress; and a Big Ideas Speaker Series presenting discussions and debates about contemporary theatre practice in Canada.
Where: La Cite Francophone (Theatre) and Timms Centre for the Arts - Second Playing Space
Buy a Canoe Festival pass and save! Your 3 or 5 show pass is good for tickets to No2, The Last 15 Seconds, The House at the End of the Road, Homeless and Ladies Who Lynch.
January 17 – January 22. Check schedule for details. 

Pop-Up Restaurant
Big City Sandwich Restaurant Pop-Up/Kitchen Takeover #4
A future Edmonton gourmet food truck test drives its food with a ‘pop-up’ kitchen at The Billiard Club.
The menu sounds so damn tasty: tequila lime chicken sandwich, Asian/Mexican fusion fries and frozen chocolate dipped margarita cheesecake.
The Billiard Club (#200, 10505-Whyte Avenue)
Sunday, January 22 from 4pm-9pm

Ice, Ice Baby
Ice On Whyte
What: An international ice craving competition featuring artists from China and Canada.
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. 
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.

Foodies Rejoice
Fork Fest
Local restaurants offer 3-course meals at delicious prices ($25 or $45).
Why:The best eats in the city at scrumptious prices.
Where: Local restaurants across Edmonton. See full list and menus here.
Sunday, January 22 to Thursday, January 26

Winter Festival
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, Chinese New Year, Polar Brewhouse and winter crafts for kids.
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Friday, January 20 – Sunday, January 22

p.s. Buy the adorable Owl print in image above.