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It’s The End of the World as We Know It!

Whether or not you believe in the ‘end of the world’ theory, December 21 is worth celebrating because it marks the first day of winter and the longest day of the year! Here are a few end-of-the-world and/or winter solstice events to get you out and cheered up while celebrating the wonder and mystery of the day:

Winter in Edmonton; Muttart Conservatory
Photo courtesy of the City of Edmonton.

Deep Winter Song: A Mystical Evening of Music and Story
Where: Southminster-Steinhauer United Church 10740-19 Ave.
This event takes place a little earlier than Winter Solstice (December 18, 7:30 pm), but its a great way to reflect on the positive features of the season. Sip on some Wassail and Mulled cider, nibble on delicious tapas, and enjoy an acoustic musical presentation that celebrates winter and the magic of winter solstice. The program includes both traditional and modern songs along with storytelling, poetry, and vocal performances. $10 – $25; tickets are available at the door, in advance at Earth’s General Store (9605-82 Ave), or online.

Pourhouse Bier Bistro | 10354-82 Ave. | 780-757-7687 | www.pourhouseonwhyte.com
The crew at the Pourhouse allege that there’s no better “last meal” than a pint of beer and some pretzels, and are hosting an end-of-the-world-party so you can indulge in just that. Affectionately titled “That’s All, Folks!”, their party features drink specials, a live dj, a disaster movie marathon, and other activities throughout the night. There will also be a costume contest, so dress up in your most elaborate costume or finest suit (yes, suiting up counts as a costume) to enter to win free beer for the whole of 2013… if we make it there! No cover charge.

Haven Social Club | 15120A Stony Plain Rd. | 780-756-6010 | www.thehavensocialclub.com
Rock out the final hours of December 21 at Haven’s End of the World Party with music from local bands The Electric Religious and Between Brothers, food and drinks, and a countdown to midnight. General Admission $10 at the door.

Winter Solstice Party
Where: Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre | 11834 Kingsway Ave.
Spend the first day of winter warming up with some lively music and dance at this Winter Solstice Party, presented by the University of Alberta Students Association. Semi-formal attire is required, and enjoy an evening of food, drink, dance performances, and live Latin-style music. Adult $37.50; Student $33.25; Child $16.75. Tickets available at www.tixonthesquare.ca

Brewsters Pub | Five locations in Edmonton | brewsters.ca
The crew at Brewsters allege that “if the world ends might as well enjoy it with a great strong beer!” Strong indeed, as their brand-new, limited-edition beer, the “End of Days Extreme Ale”, is 14.7% ABV, 100 IBU (Translation: VERY bitter and a VERY high level of alcohol; most beers have an ABV of 4-6 %). The beer will be tapped at each location on Friday and available for about three weeks… or until the world ends. So arrive early to try a pint, then stay to countdown to midnight!

Expressionz Cafe | 9938-70 Ave. | 780-437-3667 | www.expressionzcafe.com
You’ll be in good company during the “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” Variety Night at this quaint local eatery. Enjoy good food and drinks while mingling with local artists and performers, then watch a variety of performances including stand-up comedy, love music, and dance. Got a talent you want to show off? Go for it! Following the performances, there will be open stage acts until the countdown to midnight.

The Underground Tap and Grill | 10006 Jasper Ave. | www.undergroundtapandgrill.com
Winter Solstice also marks the shortest day of the year, so spend the night indoors at the Underground and try a pint of Yukon Brewing Co.’s limited-edition beer, created just for the occasion and fittingly-titled the “Longest Night Black IPA”. There will also be a charity raffle to benefit the Rainbow Society of Alberta; spend the longest night of the year donating to this wonderful organization. No cover charge.

Metro Cinema | 8712-109 St. | 780-425-9212 | www.metrocinema.org
Await the impending apocalypse with an exclusive showing of the anime film AKIRA which details a futuristic, dystopic society — not unlike the one predicted to come about on December 21. Show begins at 9:45 pm; Adults $10; Senior/Student $8; Children (2-12) $6.

Sherlock Holmes Pub | West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St. | 780-426-7784 | www.edmontonpubs.com
If the world doesn’t end on December 21, as certain readings of the Myan calendar allege, then we’ll just have to worry about the Zombie Apocalypse. This pub is hosting an End-of-the-World Zombie party on New Year’s Eve (December 31), and costumes are encouraged! Enjoy food and drink specials all night long, as well as live music from local musical duo Alesha & Brendon. No cover charge.

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