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Gifted by Edmonton Made

Looking for the perfect gift? Love shopping local? Edmonton Made loves shining a well-deserved spotlight on this city’s talented makers and their amazing success stories. And they started taking it one step further with their holiday gift guide: a specially curated collection of the best of Edmonton.

The second edition of the Gifted catalogue contains 111 products from 84 (!!!) different local businesses. Find gorgeous products from one of the convenient categories—Apparel & Accessories, Artwork, Bath & Body, Food & Beverages, Furniture & Home, Jewelry, Notebooks & Stationery, Pet, and Toys & Hobbies—that are easy to browse online.


The fan-voted cover features local distillery Strathcona Spirits, the first distillery in Edmonton. Ever. And they are currently also the smallest distillery in North America, working out of a tiny boomtown building in Old Strathcona making small-batch gin and vodka. It began with Adam Smith’s growing fascination in distilling, aging spirits, and local flora, which eventually evolved into deep knowledge and passion. They seek to embody the essence of Alberta by using locally farmed and foraged grains and botanicals—some of which can be found only kilometres from the facility.

Specialty of the House: Their barrel-aged gin is perfect for both gin and whiskey lovers. It’s smokey, oaky, and slow-distilled—a whiskey drinker’s botanical dream.
Perfect Pairing: Enjoy on its own or in a gin or whiskey cocktail. Try a Smoky Negroni, White Negroni, or an Old Fashioned. You can find suggested recipes on their website.

Other makers in the catalogue include Smithstine Copper, The Violet Chocolate Company, Pura Botanicals, The Columbian, Rig Hand Craft Distillery, JACEK Chocolate Couture, Like Grandpa Shave Products, The Dressmaker, and so many more.


Edmonton Made, a program managed by Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, increases the exposure of locally based businesses through telling stories, connecting entrepreneurs to resources to help them grow and making it easy to shop local. Gifted is Edmonton Made’s annual gift catalogue, and the second edition features 111 products by 84 different local businesses. Shop Gifted to find uniquely Edmonton gifts at edmontonmade.com.

Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Edmonton

Honour veterans and those Canada lost in service at one of these Remembrance Day ceremonies in Edmonton. Here are some of the venues in Edmonton where you can pay your respects on November 11:

Remembrance Day Service at City Hall | 9:45–11:30 am
City Hall will host a Remembrance Day service to honour the achievements and sacrifices of those who served our country in times of war and piece. Commanding Officer of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment will lead the service, and Mayor Don Iveson will be in attendance. Following the service, there will be an outdoor procession to the City Hall cenotaph, where wreaths will be laid. Please note: Seating begins at 9:45 am and must be completed by 10:10 am so that the service can begin promptly at 10:15 am.
City Room, City Hall | 1 Sir Winston Churchill Sq. | 780-442-5311

Armistice 100 Tribute at the Legislature Grounds | 11 am–4 pm
This Remembrance Day, Albertans are invited to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the WWI Armistice. Experience the “Piling of the Drums” tribute ceremony and honour guard, leave a message of peace at the John McCrae Poppy Labyrinth, see the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), and take in the many exhibits. Bring your stories and mementos to the Memory Wall. Check out the military tank and witness a 21 gun salute.
Capital Plaza, Alberta Legislature Grounds | 10800-97 Ave.

Alberta Aviation Museum Remembrance Day Service | 10–11:30 am
Hosted by the Air Force veterans and the museum’s staff, this annual service will honour all of those who served in the air force and is open to all those who would like to attend.
Alberta Aviation Museum | 11410 Kingsway | 780-451-1175

Service at Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum | 10 am–2 pm
Located in the Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre, the Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military museum will be open to the public and will hold a brief Remembrance Day ceremony with a minute of silence at 11 am.
Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre | 10440-108 Ave. | 780-421-9943

Remembrance Day Service at West Edmonton Mall | 10 am–12 pm
Join the Jasper Place Branch #255 of the Royal Canadian Legion as they honour and remember Canada’s war veterans, peacekeepers, and those who lost their lives serving alongside them.
Ice Palace, West Edmonton Mall | 8882-170 St. | 780-444-5321

Remembrance Day Ceremony at the U of A Butterdome | 10 am
This Remembrance Day Ceremony will be led by Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor as Albertans pay their respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for Canada. Parking at the Butterdome will be free for those attending the service.
Van Vliet Centre, Butterdome, University of Alberta Campus | 112 St. & 89 Ave. | 780-492-2555


You can also pay a visit to one of the war memorials located throughout Edmonton commemorating the lives lost in wars fought all over the world.

Edmonton Cenotaph | City Hall
Unveiled August 13, 1936, the cenotaph stands 23 feet high, weighs more than 100 tonnes, and was constructed from B.C. marble, concrete, and steel. The memorial represents the tombs of approximately 3,000 veterans from the Edmonton area who died in WWI.

Aboriginal Veterans’ Monument | Legislature Building Grounds
Placed in 2004, this plaque honours the Indigenous veterans of Alberta who have served in Canada’s military.

Korean War Memorial | Legislature Building Grounds
This cairn is in memory of the Albertans killed in action in the Korean War (1950–53).

Albertans in the Canadian Naval Service | Legislature Building Grounds
Placed in 1985, this plaque honours all Albertans who served in the Canadian Navy.

Canadian Merchant Navy | Legislature Building Grounds
Unveiled in 1996, this plaque commemorates the Canadian Merchant Navy and was placed on the 52nd anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.

War Memorial Pipe Organ | U of A Convocation Hall
Erected in 1925 by Casavant Frères, a Canadian pipe organ company, the organ is in memory of the 80 University of Alberta comrades who lost their lives during WWI. There are also tablets near the entrance of the hall with the names of the students, staff, and alumni who did not return from the First and Second World Wars.

Beautiful—The Carole King Musical

Photo by Matthew Murphy

This Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical tells the true story of Carole King’s journey from teenage songwriter to accomplished singer in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. King began her career writing pop hits like “You’ve Got a Friend” and “Natural Woman” with her husband, Gerry Goffin, but it wasn’t until she found her own sound that King became the voice of a generation. Catch this inspiring performance that will have you laughing, reminiscing, and singing along.

Beautiful—The Carole King Musical | November 6–11
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium11455-87 Ave.

Want to win tickets to the opening night? Enter our contest on Instagram!

Talent Spotlight: Wen Wei Wang

Born and raised in China, Wen Wei Wang immigrated to Canada in 1991 to join Ballet British Columbia. In 2003, he founded Wen Wei Dance and has since produced seven major works, toured Canada five times, performed across the globe, and received an RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award. Impressed? There’s more where that came from. Meet Ballet Edmonton’s artistic director, Wen Wei Wang…

Photo by Daniel Conrad

How did your career shift from performer to choreographer?
I have always loved creating things. As a child, I moved pieces on chessboards like they were dancers, creating patterns and formations. After joining Ballet BC as a dancer, I began creating ballet works… but the event that really changed the course of my career was in 2000, when I won the Clifford E. Lee Award for Choreography at the Banff Centre. It was at that point that I made the transition from professional dancer to professional choreographer.

How has the world of ballet changed since you began dancing in 1978?
Ballet is always growing and moving with the time, trends, and culture. When I first saw Ballet BC performing work that William Forsythe created, it was new, electrifying, and powerful. He pushed bodies to their physical limits, beyond classical ballet. Since that time, ballet companies have been enriching their repertoire, especially in Canada. I am excited to be part of Ballet Edmonton because it’s on the cutting edge of contemporary trends.

You’ve said that dance has its own language. What do you hope to communicate that can’t be said in words?
I think everyone understands music, but nobody asks what that means: nobody demands a narrative. For me, dance movements are the same, just like music: something you feel and experience. You see something through the colour, texture, tone, sensuality, strength and vulnerability, the breathing and physicality—to me it’s moving pictures, it’s sculpture. That’s how you
communicate with the audience.
—By Shawna Bannerman

Check out Wen Wei Wang’s new upcoming series with Ballet Edmonton, Where We Are, November 2–4, 2018.

Book of Mormon Returns to Edmonton

Photo by Joan Marcus.

Photo by Joan Marcus.

The hilarious hit musical is back in Edmonton! Dubbed “the best musical of the century”, by The New York Times, this show from the creators of South Park follows the adventures of two Mormon missionaries who are sent to a remote Ugandan village to spread the Good Word.

Their attempt to share the scriptures meets resistance from locals who are more concerned with famine and oppression, so the young men decide to get creative. For as much as it may offend some attendees with vulgar moments, the show also offers some heartwarming lessons about believing in yourself and achieving your dreams.

Buy your tickets through Ticketmaster today!

Book of Mormon | September 18 – 23
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium | 11455-87 Ave. | 1-855-985-5000


Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo

Photo courtesy Edmonton Expo

Get your geek on and celebrate sci-fi, comics, fantasy, and more at Edmonton’s biggest pop culture convention. Shop vendors from around the country, watch cosplay contests, attend panels and workshops, grab a drawing from your favourite comic book artist, and meet the creators and stars of your favourite films, TV shows, and comics. This year’s special guests include Doctor Who’s David Tennant and Matt Smith, Michaela Conlin and TJ Thyne of Bones, and Star Trek’s Karl Urban—to name just a few! Edmonton EXPO Centre, $20 day pass or $70 weekend pass; visit the Edmonton Expo website for more event information and photo-op opportunities.

Chef Spotlight: Nevin & Kara Fenske

The bright teal truck is hard to miss and is always a welcomed sight for hungry downtowners and festival-goers. And inside, hard at work, is the beloved local dream team. Nevin and Kara Fenske of Drift Food Truck are both NAIT graduates—Nevin from the culinary program and Kara from business management—who love working closely together on their shared passion. Meet Nevin and Kara… 

Photo by Laughing Dog Photography

1. Drift is a staple of Edmonton’s mobile eatery scene. How does that feel? We have worked so hard over the years, so it’s great to know our customers still look forward to us coming out of hibernation every spring. We also love that we have inspired so many other entrepreneurs to open mobile eateries. 

2. What do you love about working and living in Edmonton? We truly are a festival city, and not just in the summer! There is a great community of entrepreneurs here, and everyone is always willing to lend a hand or offer advice. 

3. You’ve helped create other menus in the city. Where else can readers try Drift-inspired dishes? We’ve collaborated with Plaza Bowling, run the food program at the Shamrock Curling Club in the winter season, and now have a concession space at RE/MAX Field during the Prospects [baseball] games. 

4. Tell us more about your collaboration with RE/MAX Field! This year they decided to open four of the concessions to local businesses to create a variety of food options for their fans. We feel that our food is a good fit, and we think it’s great for us to be part of another community-based venue. 

5. What’s a piece of wisdom you’ve learned “on the road”? Never stop trying new things, be adventurous in your business, and there is no such thing as failure. 

Photo by Adrien Guyot

Cariwest Festival

Are you ready for the very best of Cariwest?

Experience a full weekend of Caribbean colours, food, and music! The biggest and most popular festival of its kind in Western Canada, the Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival promotes Caribbean culture through music and dance.

This colourful and vibrant festival is back for another year—and with a slight change: they’ve moved to the Federal Building Plaza, near the Alberta Legislature grounds. Groove with the street parade down Jasper Ave. and then join in at the Federal Plaza for a grand celebration in the bright and bustling Caribbean Village.

Festival dates: August 10–12, 2018
Location: Federal Building Plaza, 9820-107 St.
For more info, visit the Cariwest festival website.

Schedule of Events

Friday, August 10

Friday Extravaganza—7 pm
Get a sneak-peek of the creative and glamorous parade costumes, plus a chance to enjoy enticing cuisine and vibrant Caribbean musical rhythms.

Saturday, August 11

Parade—starts 12 pm (Noon)
Let the pulsating beats of the Caribbean and the vibrantly coloured costumes carry you down Jasper Ave.! This favourite in Edmonton’s festival scene includes masqueraders in brightly coloured costumes dancing to the rhythms that are synonymous with the Caribbean.

Caribbean Village—12 pm–11 pm
Festivities continue at Federal Building Plaza (aka the Caribbean Village). Enjoy the tastes of the Caribbean with authentic cuisine like jerk chicken and roti. On the main stage, there will be performances from local artists with everything from reggae to soca. Plus, check out the market for its collection of art, crafts, and fashion.

Island Rave—starts 10 pm
Head to Union Hall to party all night with Jeff Jam, Fyah Blazin, Drew Atlas, and Marcus G. This official after-party promises the best in soca and island music. Tickets available online, or last-minute tickets will be available at the Cariwest info booth on the event grounds.

Sunday, August 12

Caribbean Village—12 pm–9 pm
Head back to the Plaza’s Village as it transforms to the laidback island feel. Sip and savour a featured drink in the Appleton’s Rum Gardens.

WHERE Edmonton Instagram Contest


Contest: On your Instagram, post a photo of yourself, friends, or family with a current issue of the WHERE Edmonton magazine at any eatery, attraction, shopping area, hotel, or event in Edmonton. Use the hashtag #WHEREinEdmonton, include the location where the photo was taken, and follow @WhereEdmonton on Instagram. Your account must be public, as we cannot see posts with the hashtag if your account is private. There will be 12 winners chosen every two (2) months.

Criteria: To be eligible, all entries must (a) have the rights and permissions to share all photos that contain easily identifiable individuals, (b) include the hashtag #WHEREinEdmonton, (c) “Add location” of where the photo was taken (business, park, hotel, restaurant, etc.), (d) come from a public account following @whereedmonton on Instagram, and (e) use the current* issue of WHERE Edmonton magazine.

Submission Dates: Photo submissions for the July/August 2018 issue of WHERE Edmonton starts on July 1, 2018 at 12:01 am MDT and ends on August 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm MDT. *Submission dates change per issue, with the current issue updating every two months. This contest will run every issue up to and including May/June 2019.

Prizes: Win one of 12 special edition WHERE Edmonton Magazine Tim Hortons Gift Cards every issue. Card denominations: one (1) $100 card, one (1) $50 card, and ten (10) $10 cards.

Judging: WHERE Edmonton magazine’s editor and social media manager will evaluate all entries that follow all contest criteria. Winners for the $100 and $50 cards will be chosen at the discretion of the WHERE team, looking for fun and creative experiences. Winners for $10 cards will be chosen by random draw.

The #WHEREinEdmonton Instagram Contest is provided by WHERE Edmonton. All questions regarding the contest rules should be directed to the WHERE Edmonton social media manager at listings(at)whereedmonton(dot)com.

Find a current copy of WHERE Edmonton magazine here!

Rules & Regulations

1. No purchase is necessary to enter this contest. The chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries received. Entrants may submit multiple entries, so long as they are different photos in different locations.

2. The prize must be accepted as awarded, is non-transferable, and cannot be redeemed for cash. WHERE Edmonton reserves the right to substitute any portion of the prize with a prize of equal value whatsoever. All federal, provincial, and municipal taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner.

3. To be eligible, all entries must (a) have the rights and permissions to share all photos that contain easily identifiable individuals, (b) include the hashtag #WHEREinEdmonton, (c) “Add location” of where the photo was taken (business, park, hotel, restaurant, etc.), (d) come from a public account following @whereedmonton on Instagram, and (e) use the current* issue of WHERE Edmonton magazine. In the event that a selected entrant does not comply with these Contest Rules and Regulations, an alternate entrant will be selected from the remaining entries.

4. Contest winners are responsible to reply with an acknowledgement and acceptance of prizing within five (5) working days of notification. WHERE Edmonton magazine reserves the right to redraw winners in the event of a failure to respond to winner notification and return of signed declaration.

5. This Contest is open to all residents of Canada, excluding residents of Quebec, and excluding employees of Tanner Young Publishing Group and their respective interactive, advertising, and promotional agencies, persons with whom any of the above are domiciled, and/or members of their respective immediate families.

6. To receive their prize, each contest winner must complete and sign a standard declaration and release form confirming compliance with the contest rules, including consent for WHERE Edmonton magazine to use the winner’s name and likeness online and in print in any other media in connection with the contest and for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation. If a winner is under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian may accept the prize on their behalf.

7. WHERE Edmonton magazine, Tanner Young Publishing Group, and its parents, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents assume no responsibility for the participation in the contest, or any liability, claims, personal injuries, loss, or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this contest or prize won, including any travel related thereto.

8. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by or associated with Instagram. All participants are providing information to WHERE Edmonton magazine and its publisher Tanner Young Publishing Group and not to Instagram. This personal information is being collected under the authority of section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. F-25 (FOIP) and will be used for contesting purposes. It is protected in accordance with the privacy provisions of FOIP. If you have any questions about the collection, you may contact the WHERE Edmonton social media manager at listings(at)whereedmonton(dot)com

9. By participating in this contest, all entrants agree to be bound by these Rules and Regulations. The decisions of the contest judges are final. WHERE, its sponsors, and its affiliates are not responsible for any typographical error in the printing, the offering, or the administration of the contest. WHERE reserves the right to withdraw or terminate the contest at any time without prior notice or to change the Rules and Regulations.

Ask the Expert: Les Clefs d’Or Corner (July/August 2018)


Photo by Jamie Tweedy of Tweedy Studios.

We asked Edmonton expert and Les Clefs d’Or Nella Mirante at The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald for her advice about summer fun in (and out of) the city!

1. What is your favourite thing about summer in Edmonton?
The best thing about summer in Edmonton is our festivals. Just a few of my (many) faves include the International Street Performers Festival, Sand on Whyte, and the Edmonton Blues Festival.

2. Where do you recommend visitors go for a refreshing cocktail?
I love to recommend the Confederation Lounge patio to indulge in our summer classics: the Basil & Ginger Mojito and the Funicular Cherry Twist. We also have fabulous panoramic views of our gardens and the river valley.

3. What are some of the best summer attractions within a few hours of the city?
Some of the best summer attractions just outside our city are Elk Island National Park and the U of A Botanic Garden. Go check out the new Aga Khan garden!

4. What do you suggest for someone looking for an adrenaline rush?
Soak up some fun and sun in the river valley. River Valley Adventure Co. offers rafting excursions, biking tours, and stand-up paddleboard adventures.

5. Where’s the best place to cool off on a hot day?
I love to send guests to William Hawrelak Park to have a picnic and take the paddleboats out on the water.

Les Clefs d’Or Concierges have been opening doors for hotel guests in Canada since 1976, and today there are more than 150 members from coast to coast and more than 3,500 members worldwide! You can find Nella at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.

Children’s Festival of the Arts

The International Children’s Festival of the Arts returns to the picturesque banks of the Sturgeon River in downtown St. Albert. This year’s theme, Stories Alive, offers a one-of-a-kind experience for kids to sing and dance to world music, listen to stories about faraway places, interact with roving artists, and create their own masterpieces with an array of hands-on activities.

From an enchanted retelling of Thumbelina that blends dance, puppetry, and live music into a spellbinding theatrical experience, to the stunning world of Neverland with aerialists, tumblers, and jugglers, imaginations and stories come alive with an abundance of main-stage performances. For a list of performance venues and addresses, visit their website!

International Children’s Festival of the Arts | May 29–June 3
St. Albert Place | 5 St. Anne St., St. Albert | 780-459-1542

Edmonton Ukrainian Festival

Ukrainian Shumka Dancers Photo courtesy UFest

What kind of Festival City would this be without a celebration of Edmonton’s Ukrainian roots? Get ready for the inaugural year of the Edmonton Ukrainian Festival, with live performances, Ukrainian food, a beer garden, and even a hands-on workshop to make your own pysanka (Ukrainian Easter egg). Bring picnic blankets, chairs, and the whole family to this amazing new addition to the festival scene!

Edmonton Ukrainian Festival | May 25 & 26 | FREE
Borden Park | 7507 Borden Park Rd.