• eat
  • shop
  • see
  • go
  • stay
  • daytrip
  • map
  • calendar
  • transport
  • weather
  • currency
  • tofrom


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.

Retail Spotlight: Bang Bang Bijoux

Whether she’s strolling through local galleries or travelling to old factories to treasure hunt, Rachel Bingham has jewellery on the mind. Luckily for Edmontonians, those travels are the inspiration behind Bang Bang Bijoux—a jewellery collection inspired by inspiration. Meet Rachel Bingham…

You incorporate vintage materials in your designs. Where have your treasure hunts taken you?
I used to typically take one fantastic trip a year to Europe and wander through the markets and auctions. It was so fun and easy to incorporate into my holiday. Now I prefer a more targeted approach. The East Coast of the U.S. has a wealth of vintage jewellery factories that I visit. That area was the jewellery capital of the world before production moved to China, and you can still visit these factories and buy the old materials.

What led you to jewellery design?
I remember feeling pretty lost after graduating from the U of A. I knew I’d like to live a creative life, but I wasn’t confident I could make a living at it. When I ended up at a job that was a terrible fit, I decided to make my business a priority for one year to see if I could make a go of it. There were some really tense moments, but it was the best decision I could have made. No regrets.

Is there a particular era or style that inspires your work?
My influences are always shifting. I used to be heavily influenced by the 20s, but now I take my influences more from colour schemes, art, and different architecture. I really enjoy looking at abstract paintings to see how different artists combine colours in unusual ways.

Where can people find your jewellery?
The Makers Keep, TIX on the Square, Majesty & Friends, the City Market Downtown, Shop Chop, and the Bang Bang Bijoux website.

People often give your jewellery as gifts. What’s your favourite piece of jewellery, and who gave it to you?
I absolutely love my wedding ring! It was made by (former) local designer Andronyk Jewellery. It’s beyond beautiful.

Alberta Ballet’s All of Us

Photo courtesy Alberta Ballet

This remarkable show melds together the talents of the Tragically Hip, artistic director Jean Grand-Maître, and the dancers of the Alberta Ballet to tell the story of the last humans left to survive in a scorched and desolate world. Drawing inspiration from Mad Max, Burning Man, and Blade Runner, the surreal All of Us is unlike anything previously created by the dance company. Witness the best and worst of human desires captured on the stage as these classically trained dancers celebrate the iconic Canadian rockers.

All of Us | May 10–12 | $46–$145
Jubilee Auditorium | 11455-87 Ave. | 780-428-6839

Chef Spotlight: Sean O’Connor

Even though it involves hard work and long hours, there is an upside to working with two restaurants. As the Executive Chef of both the Red Ox Inn and Canteen, Sean O’Connor explains, “I work on the menus at each place independently, but sometimes I’ll be working on a dish for one restaurant and it turns out to work better for the concept of the other.”

The Red Ox Inn is older, smaller, and more refined than its casual sister restaurant, Canteen, and both allow for more opportunities to experiment. O’Connor reads cookbooks from chefs from all over the world and experiments with different concepts and ingredients. “You have to challenge yourself and do things that make you feel uncomfortable,” he says. “I love how a new dish can start from a single ingredient or idea and, through trial and error, it eventually becomes something we can be proud to serve.”

Both restaurants will roll out new menu items when the season changes, as the change of weather usually means an influx of local crops. “The hardest part is being patient,” says O’Connor. “I’ll always choose the best quality products, and when it’s in season that’s usually the local product.” This spring also brings their annual fundraiser dinner for the Edmonton Humane Society, where guests get to enjoy a set menu with several courses and wine pairings, with all the proceeds going towards the non-profit organization.

While he enjoys the work and projects, it’s essential to try to maintain a work-life balance, which is not easy in this industry. O’Connor credits American chef Jeremy Fox as an inspiration. “Fox is making great food while his staff work a regular 40-hour week,” he explains. “Too many restaurants require you to spend every waking moment at work, which just isn’t healthy.” The Edmonton chef thus tries to get outdoors when he can, whether it’s walking his dog, canoeing down the North Saskatchewan, or travelling to try new things.

Along with various international restaurants, O’Connor enjoys the diverse dining scene in Edmonton. A few of his favourites include OTTO Food & Drink, Izakaya Tomo, and Baijiu.

Artist Spotlight: Gloria Mok

What made you want to be an artist?
I wanted to create something that surprises me and leads me to an imaginary world that is meaningful and gives me satisfaction.

What mediums do you prefer to work in?
For my show at the Art Gallery of Alberta, I am using gouache, which is an opaque watercolour. I have also used collage, digital manipulation, oil, acrylic, and mixed media.

What themes or issues do you explore in your art?
Science and medicine, which are my areas of interest and expertise. I am a family physician, so my training and work involves understanding how the body functions. My work involves creation of a singular cosmos. I suppose one can use the analogy of myself as Miss Frankenstein (not in a malevolent way), making up my own world.

What artists or works inspire your own?
There have been a number of artists over the years, depending on the project. My current inspirations are Cy Twombly, who used calligraphic marks to create poetic paintings, and Marcel Duchamp, who was an original thinker and made the world look at art in a totally new way. His work is always challenging and unpredictable.

What do you hope people take away from your art?
I would like it to have an immediate impact. The work is mysterious and allows the viewer to interpret what they see. On seeing the artwork again, I hope some further details, interest, or interpretation will emerge.

Where can readers view and/or purchase your work?
I have selected works at the Scott Gallery, and an exhibition—Metamorphosis—at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Retail Spotlight: Shop Chop

Photo courtesy Shop Chop

1) What inspired you to open shop?
We (Prudie and RJ) first opened our hair studio in 2004 and always had the intention of turning the space into a retail store. We eventually reworked the existing space to include a full salon in the back and enough space in the front for the shop.

2) How do you choose what products to stock?
We bought stuff that we liked, thinking it was the best way to express who we were as a store. We both are always hunting for new brands, go to a lot of craft sales, and get cold-call offers from people wanting to sell here. We like to keep new stuff coming in, but there are some essential items we keep in stock all the time.

3) How much of your stock comes from local artisans, and why is it important to support them?
We stock as much local stuff as we can, especially when it comes to handmade items. It’s about 25% local, 50% Canadian, and 25% global. The Shop Local movement has created a new intimacy between shoppers and makers. When people walk in and see local brands that they recognize—like Justine Ma, Bang Bang Bijoux, Pura Botanicals, and Beton Brut—you can see a connection when they buy it. There are also a lot of creative people out there who can’t imagine an outlet for their products. When they come in and see a local artist prominently displayed in a shop, it’s encouraging.

4) What is surprising about downtown Edmonton?
That people make the trek downtown just to come to our store. We’re a stand-alone destination and a surprising number of people say they drove 30–40 minutes just for us. It makes us feel great, but also makes us hopeful that further development in the core will help close the gap between the destination shops.

5) Is there anything in particular that you feel people should know?
Shopping in local boutiques really does improve your city and your neighbourhood. Independent shop owners take a huge risk to do something they feel passionate about. And when we see someone buy anything, no matter how big or small or expensive it is, it feels like a win, because we liked the same thing.

Follow them on Instagram to stay up to date on their inventory!