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Talent Spotlight: Andrea Nixon

Photo by Candice Anne Marshall

She’s an independent singer/songwriter and Alberta Country Music Award nominee. While navigating a rising career in the music industry, she balances the demands of managing a family and inspires fans to chase after their dreams unapologetically. Meet 2018 ACMA Female Artist of the Year nominee, Andrea Nixon…

WHERE: For anyone just discovering you, describe your sound and influences.
Andrea: I absolutely love the storytelling and sonic signature of classic country and what was called Adult Contemporary in the mid 90s, when I was coming into my angst-ridden teen years. I tend to appreciate a wide range of genres, as long as there’s a story that hooks me and a line that stops me in my tracks.

W: What’s your greatest strength as a songwriter?
A: I think my greatest strength is my focus, which is quite singular. Every time I put pen to paper, I aspire to paint a story through melody and words that makes the listener understand themselves better… Through song, I express answers to questions I’ve asked myself in the hopes that those answers uncover something significant to my audience and connect us to one another.

W: What informed this album, Diary of a Housewife?
A: I was off from work raising young kids, and my husband asked if there was anything I wanted to explore in my “off time.” Having had 3 kids in 4 years, “off time” was a bit of a joke, but I began to exploit the evenings, tucking the kids into bed, then getting to work crafting the stories and melodies that would eventually find their home on this album.

W: What’s the first song you remember wishing you’d written?
A: It was “Unloved” by Jann Arden. It came out after the death of my father, and the lyrics made me feel more seen and heard than any of the condolences I was receiving from well-intentioned strangers.

W: What’s coming up for you?
A: I’ve begun putting on workshops to help budding songwriters through my partnership with Edmonton Public Library and performing at Sunrise Records, who have been a huge support in promoting my album. In the fall, I’m heading to Nashville for the first time, so lots of new adventures await.

Celebrate Mother’s Day in Edmonton 2019

Make your mom feel special this Mother’s Day by treating her to one of these special events in Edmonton on May 12!

Daffodils at Muttart Conservatory. Photo by Fred Rushworth.

1. Rejuvenate yourself in floral displays
At Rejuvenate: Mother’s Day at the Muttart, you’ll spend a tranquil afternoon exploring the beautiful floral and fauna displays in the pyramids at the Muttart Conservatory, including planting, music, and more. $12.50 Adult; $10.50 Senior (65+)/Student (13-17); $6.50 Child (2-12); Children under 2 free; $37 Family.
Muttart Conservatory | 9626-96A St. | 780-442-5311

2. Take her out to a movie
Northwestfest runs until May 12, and it’s a great opportunity to see a new documentary flick. View films from around the world commenting on global human rights, social and environmental issues, and the strength of the human spirit at Canada’s longest-running documentary film festival. See the complete schedule on the website.

3. Feast on a lovely brunch
Though most restaurants in the city will be serving a fantastic brunch, be sure to make a reservation to guarantee a spot! At Zinc Restaurant—on top of an artfully prepared meal—all mothers get complimentary access to the Art Gallery of Alberta for after their brunch! Or, Fort Edmonton Park includes favourites like Eggs Benedict to personalized omelettes, a pierogi station, fresh salad bar, and specialty desserts, as well as performances by renowned magician Ron Pearson, a craft station for the kids, and a chance to capture the memory at a photo booth.

4. Purchase a hand-crafted gift
Browse the beautiful boutique-like displays from independent vendors selling unique handmade clothing, jewellery, accessories, artwork, toys, and magazines from May 10–12. The Royal Bison Craft & Art Fair welcomes all that is weird and eclectic from across western Canada!
Royal Bison Craft & Art Fair | Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre | 8426 Gateway Blvd. | 780-436-6606

5. Enjoy tea and cake together
Celebrate Mother’s Day in the beautiful U of A Botanic Garden, surrounded by outdoor gardens bursting with roses, lilacs, peonies, fauna, and more. Stroll the gardens, dine on strawberry shortcake and tea, enjoy live harp music, and a receive a special gift for mom’s garden.
University of Alberta Botanic Garden | Located on Hwy 60, 5 km north of Devon | 780-987-3054

6. Enjoy Mother’s Day at the Zoo
The Valley Zoo is putting a spotlight on moms—animal and human—this Mother’s Day! Enjoy airbrush tattoos, animal encounters, planting activities and live music. The zoo’s resident animal moms will be getting special enrichment treats throughout the afternoon.

7. Spend a day at Prairie Gardens
Head out to Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm for a special brunch to celebrate Mom and spring with brunch amongst the blossoms! Reservations include a petting farm with baby goats, kids’ planting projects, spring crafts, and a bale maze. Don’t have brunch tickets? You can still enjoy gem mining, train rides, and all the farm fun activities at this charming Bon Accord attraction about a 40 minute drive from downtown Edmonton.

Cannabis Laws in Edmonton

Canada made headlines last year when recreational cannabis was legalized across the country on October 17, 2018. But just like with alcohol and tobacco, there are laws and regulations regarding its consumption.

The federally legislated Cannabis Act outlines the legal amount of cannabis that an adult may possess, share, purchase, and grow. However, if you are travelling within Canada, you are responsible to learn the laws of the provinces, territories, and even the individual municipalities you will be visiting. Individual municipalities (Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, etc.) may create additional restrictions on top of provincial and federal legislations.

— In Alberta, you must be 18+ to use and/or purchase cannabis.
— You may purchase cannabis from provincially- and federally-licensed retailers only.
— In Edmonton, you may consume cannabis in designated cannabis consumption areas, and in some parks and trails.
— The City of Edmonton website includes maps of permitted smoking areas along Whyte Avenue and Jasper Avenue.

Stay Up to Date

For the most current and accurate information, visit these official websites.

Municipal:
City of Edmonton
City of St. Albert
Strathcona County (Sherwood Park)

Provincial:
Government of Alberta

Federal:
Government of Canada

5 Spots for a St. Patrick’s Day Pint in Edmonton

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Don your greenest finery (or finest greenery) and celebrate the Irish at one of these Edmonton pubs this St. Patrick’s Day weekend (Sunday, March 17, 2019)!

1. O’Byrne’s Irish Pub
An authentic Irish pub in the heart of Old Strathcona with snug rooms, a friendly ambience, Irish dancing, live music, and perfect pints of Guinness!
10616 Whyte Ave. | 780-414-6766

2. Kelly’s Pub
Located on the hip 4th Street Promenade, this local watering hole broadcasts live sporting events all day, every day, and has regular drink specials.
10156-104 St. | 780-451-8825

3. Fionn MacCool’s
The live entertainment and great selection of premium whiskys are sure to keep party-goers happy into the wee hours of the night.
Edmonton City Centre | 10200-102A Ave. | 780-424-4330
4485 Gateway Blvd. | 780-435-6796

4. Duggan’s Boundary
Grab a perfectly poured pint of Guinness and enjoy live music and some friendly shenanigans at this cozy Irish pub.
9013-88 Ave. | 780-465-4834

5. Underground Tap & Grill
With over 72 beers on tap, monthly brewery tap takeovers, limited-edition beers from breweries across Canada, and monthly cask nights, you’re sure to find a beer you’ll like here no matter whether you’re a craft beer newbie or aficionado.
10004 Jasper Ave. | 780-425-1880

5 Restaurants for Valentine’s Day (2019)

You’ve left it too long. It’s almost February 14th. What could possibly still have reservations available this late in the game? Well, we’ve curated an emergency list of fantastic Edmonton restaurants hosting Valentine’s menus all weekend long!

Under the High Wheel
10159 Whyte (82) Ave., 780-439-4442
Valentine’s Week menu at this favourite Whyte Ave. spot includes Emmental and Gruyere Cheese Fondue and Dark Chocolate Creme Brulee, along with options for wine pairing and fresh oysters.

SC Damn Good Food
300 East Lapotec Blvd., Enoch, 780-930-2636
At the River Cree Resort & Casino, you can enjoy the 5-course Valentine’s Day menu, including Baked Oysters, Tenderloin with Lobster Tail, and Strawberry Panacotta.

L2 Grill
West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St., 780-444-5538
Spoil your valentine with an incredible 6-course dinner! Two recommended wine pairings will also be available.

Cave Paleo Beastro
102, 6104-104 St., 780-540-2283
The entire menu is paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free, and it will be available along with a few specials, $6 bubbly, and even a special Valentine’s gift.

Melting Pot
117, 2920 Calgary Tr., 780-465-4347
Valentine’s MONTH? Now you have no excuse. Throughout the month of February, try the romance-inspired Cupid’s 4-Course Fondue Experience for 2, as well as the themed drink specials! When booking your reservation, you can request roses, candles, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and/or champagne to make the evening even more romantic.

Black History Month in Edmonton

Delve into culture and community with these events that deliver and celebrate solidarity and social change through art.

Photo by Marc Chalifoux Photography

Black Arts MatterFebruary 8–17 
Arts Barns | 10330-84 Ave.

Black Arts Matter is a multi-disciplinary art festival celebrating Edmonton’s Black artists. As part of the Chinook Series, BAM poses itself as a festival within a festival that highlights the magic in Black and Indigenous art.

Whether you’re a fan of hip-hop or Afrobeats music and dance, an artwork aficionado, a theatre buff, or a poetry enthusiast, this eclectic festival promises to celebrate the richness and versatility of collaborative Black art in all its different forms!

Black History Month at the Metro | Throughout February
Garneau Theatre | 8712-109 St.
Throughout February, Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre will bring back its annual curated line-up of Black films in commemoration of Black History Month. Come with friends or family, and expect a variety of films and documentaries that will educate you about history and celebrate the beauty of Blackness. Visit the Metro Cinema website for a complete list of films and showtimes.

5 Artists 1 Love | February 9 | 7 pm 
Art Gallery of Alberta | 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq.

Take part in a one-night musical journey and discover how Black music has evolved over time from Africa to North America. This year’s event explores the inner sanctum of Black Barbershops and Beauty Salons through music, poetry, comedy, and a whole lot of Soul.

AfroQuiz 2019 | February 23 | 12 pm |
Citadel Theatre | 9828-101A Ave.
Give your children a chance to have some fun and show off their trivia skills! This Jeopardy!-style event—hosted by the Council for Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage (CCACH)—provides children and youth an opportunity to learn Black peoples’ contributions to both Canada and the world.

This year’s theme, “Black Women and Girls” will explore the outstanding contributions of women of African and Caribbean heritage in Canada and across the globe. And the event is free!

2018 Best Restaurants in Edmonton

Welcome to our annual celebration of the best food in Edmonton! This year, we’re shining our spotlight on six categories, sixteen winners, and all kinds of deliciousness. Check out the January/February 2019 issue of WHERE Edmonton magazine for the list of finalists and more great dining recommendations.

Photo by Adam Borman

Best New Restaurant: Noi Thai Restaurant

10724-95 St. | 780-423-3213 | noithairestaurant.com
Subtle, simple, and satisfyingly scrumptious—that’s what you want in a best new restaurant, right? Noi Thai set up on the edge of Little Italy, in the space previously housed by Viphalay. This casual restaurant has a stocked menu of flavourful dishes, each well priced and well made. Definitely try the Drunken Noodles—it has enough spice for a little kick without blowing out your palate for the rest of the meal. Plus, we have it on good authority that it’s the perfect plate of leftovers for the occasion it describes. And like at any great Thai place, the meals here end with a handful of guava candies. No reservations required.

Best Tried & True: Tony’s Pizza Palace

9605-111 Ave. | 780-424-8777 | tonyspizzapalace.com
If you’re an Edmontonian, chances are you have a favourite Tony’s pizza that you always order. For many, it’s the Original New York Style—a thin and crispy-yet-chewy crust, topped with spicy homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and Tony’s special spices. It also only comes in one size: extra-large, which is never a problem. Other house favourites include Mario’s Special (prosciutto, capicollo, artichokes, and capers) and Sal’s Delux (marinated tomato sauce, prosciutto, capicollo, and bocconcini). There’s also a terrific menu of appetizers, pastas, and entrées to choose from. Reservations recommended.

Best Breakfast: OEB Breakfast

10174-100 A St. | 587-520-0936 | eatoeb.com
At long last, Edmontonians don’t have to trek all the way to Calgary for this mouth-watering breakfast spot. Enjoy modern, colourful, and playful décor at OEB, where they’ve also got waffles, pancakes, crêpes, omelettes, breakfast poutines, Bennys, and more. Whatever you opt for, the spot-on flavours and high-quality ingredients ensure there are no wrong choices. Weekday reservations available; use the Yelp app to join the waitlist remotely.

Best Drinks: Baijiu

10359-104 St. | 780-421-7060 | baijiuyeg.com
Shanghai chic meets hip-hop in this trendy cocktail joint with Asian-inspired plates. Order yourself a kicked-up creative Last Days in Vietnam cocktail (lemongrass soju, cognac, oloroso sherry, a Thai basil syrup, and a bird’s-eye chili), or finish off the evening with a Hennessy & Green Tea shot. Add a little Prohibition-style ambience with the new secretive speakeasy, Little Hong Kong, found discretely behind a cabinet within Baijiu. Reservations recommended for the dining room, though Little HK is “first come, first discovered.”

Best Treat: Gelato at La Carraia

The Mayfair, 10067-109 St. | 780-244-0648 | lacarraia.ca
For traditional gelato that sends your taste buds on a one-way trip to Florence, check out La Carraia Gelateria. Priding itself as “Edmonton’s own sweet taste of Florence, Italy,” this tiny café serves 30 rotating flavours of gelato served in cones, cups, and even between brioche buns topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce! Sorbets and lactose-free options are also available. Leave your restraint at home.

Contest Alert

To celebrate the Year of the Pig, we’re giving away a Lunar Year coin from West Edmonton Coin & Stamp! Check out our Twitter for your chance to win.

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.

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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

WAR MEMORIALS IN EDMONTON

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