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STARFest 2015: St Albert Readers Festival

Heather O'Neill Book 2From October 16 – 28, St. Albert Readers Fest welcomes the stars of the Canadian literary world! Guest this year include the author of Lullabies for Little Criminals Heather O’Neill, history writer Sandra Gulland, the hilarious Susan Juby, and Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels. Events will include unique talks and opportunities for fans to meet the people behind some pretty life-changing books. All events will also include a wine reception!

For a complete look at all events and ticketing information, visit starfest.ca or call 780-459-1530. Events take place at The Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne St., St. Albert.

Readers Fest takes place at the same time as Edmonton’s Litfest! Click here for more information on the non-fiction literary festival.


Celebrating 40 Years of Heritage Fest Fun!

linfordj_Heritagedays-35 2The Servus Heritage Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and is amping up for a huge celebration! Five new countries have been added to the festival this year — Haiti, Lebanon, Morocco, Rwanda, and South Sudan — joining more than 80 other countries in showcasing their culture through food, performance, crafts, clothing, and artwork.

New this year, a large Heritage History Tent will join the 60+ pavilions in Hawrelak Park to offer a visual look back on how the festival grew into its renowned three-day celebration of Canada’s vibrant multicultural heritage.


The kids’ area, full of face painting, games, monster murals, a sandbox, and Jumpy Things has been expanded, and now includes a Let’s Talk Science display by the University of Alberta Outreach program.

Let’s not forget the food — this year adds over 60 new dishes for you to sample! And in the spirit of the festival’s 40th year, select food items will be 40% off during specific time periods. So watch out for special pavilion signs and Twitter posts!

Entrance to the festival is free, however food and cash donations to the Edmonton Food Bank are encouraged.

Visit the website for more information.

—Georgia Ashworth

Interview With David Suzuki

By Brendon Purdy

By Brendon Purdy

Where Edmonton Editor Lindsay Shapka had a chat with David Suzuki about his new book Letters To My Grandchildren, and about what is next for the well-known Canadian. Suzuki will be in Edmonton, at the Metro Cinema on June 27, 2015 for a live talk about this page-turning read.

WHERE (W): It seems like a very personal topic, writing to your grandchildren, but obviously you must have felt that there is a larger message in there, and a larger audience for it. Why did you decide to share these letters with the world?

David Suzuki (DS): It is a very personal book, but it was a very easy book to write compared to my other ones because it was like I was talking to my grandchildren. But, I did write it to appeal to other people. I am really issuing a call to elders to get off the couch and off the golf course and get on with the really important part of their lives, which is passing on the lessons that we have learned. Young people need to hear what we have gone through — our successes and our failures. I do hope young people will read it as well. A lot of my ideas come from my life [experiences], and I am hoping that [the book] will spark ideas in young readers.

W: Are there any important messages that you are hoping readers will take from the book?

DS: I do have some [messages in the book] regarding the First Nations people, as two of my grandchildren are Indigenous people that live on a reserve in Haida Gwaii.
There are a lot of environmental messages as well, which is kind of what people expect from me. But I also pass, on lessons from working with the media — the media creates a persona that you see on TV, but that has nothing to do with who I am.
The two things I didn’t talk about in detail are my foundation which I am very proud of, and my career as a scientist because I have written about both of those things extensively in other books.

W: Speaking to the idea of fame, I know that you are very famous for a lot of things — you have won multiple awards, you have countless honourary degrees — but what is it that you have accomplished that matters most to you?

DS: Well, to me there is only one thing, and that is my children and my grandchildren. My greatest contribution is children who are decent, hardworking and talented human beings who are contributing to society themselves. I am very, very proud of that.

W: When you were the same age as your grandchildren, what did you want to be when you grew up?

DS: I had an insect collection, and I used to run through the fields and search for new bugs. I was particularly keen on beetles and I wanted to be an entomologist. Then, as I got older people started telling me that I would never get a job as an entomologist, so then I wanted to be an Ichthyologist because I loved fishing! But, I fell in love with genetics when I was in college and that just changed everything for me.

W: What’s next for you?

DS: I want to spend more time with my grandchildren, but my wife has told me to stop using the word “retirement”. Right now my health is okay, and I really passionately care about environmental and social issues because of my grandchildren. I will continue to speak out whenever I have the opportunity and try to make any sort of impact.

In the book I tell the story about the hummingbird. It is an old Indigenous story that tells about a forest fire that breaks out and a hummingbird going by sees the fire. He flies over to a pond, gets a beak full of water, flies back to the fire, drops the water on it, and goes back to the pond. The bird is going back and forth with a small beak full of water, and all the other animals of the forest are just laughing and saying, “What are you doing? You’re not going to put the fire out!” And he just looks at them and says, “I’m doing the best I can.”

And that’s all I have ever done and will continue to do — the best I can.


FREE Fun In Edmonton!

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Everyone loves having fun for free, and we have tons of ways to enjoy our vibrant city without spending a cent!

First up, take a free tour of the Alberta Legislature Building! Once you are done, cool off in the wading pools and fountains out front, catch some sun on the manicured lawn, and then, at noon and 6 pm every day, you can get a free concert! An instrument called a carillon plays beautiful, clear melodies that sounds like bells ringing!

The Ledge fountain is definitely not the only place to cool off though — you can enjoy the fountain in front of city hall or one of the city’s many free outdoor spray parks including the great one at the Kinsman Sports Centre.

Art fans, or those looking to experience something new, are in luck too! You can check out all of the amazing exhibits at the Art Gallery of Alberta for FREE on the last Thursday of every month.

The FAB Gallery (or Fine Arts Building Gallery) on the UofA Campus is currently showing work from the incredibly talented Master of Fine Arts students until July 11. You are sure to see some incredibly innovative and well thought out art!

The Works Art & Design Festival kicks off today (June 19) and there will be tons of interactive exhibits all over downtown. Head to Churchill Square for the bulk of the action that will be running until July 1.

Tomorrow (June 20) the SNAP Gallery will be printing huge large-scale prints using a steamroller just outside their studio on Jasper Ave.! The event, which will include live music, starts at 7 pm!

If music is what you are looking for, then you are in luck because Jazz Fest runs from June 18-29, and has a bunch of free performances throughout the entire festival.

It is also Aboriginal Day at Louise McKinney Park tomorrow (June 20)! There will be free fun from noon until 10:30 pm including music performances, and hands on interactive activities.

As seen on Global News Edmonton on June 19, 2015.

—Lindsay Shapka

Hot Docs: Global Visions Film Festival

Global Visions 2Canada’s longest-running documentary film festival, Global Visions (running from May 7–18, 2015) kicked off this year’s fest with one of the year’s most highly anticipated and critically acclaimed films, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. From director Brett Morgen, this film uses Cobain’s own journals, music, art, films, and audio recordings to paint a definitive portrait of Nirvana’s visionary frontman and highlight his lasting influence on popular culture.

Other notable docs featured this year include:

1 Dead Venues Created by locals Mike Siek and Eden Munro, this is a fond look back at some of Edmonton’s most beloved, “gone-but-not-forgotten” music venues.

2 Made In Japan From director Josh Bishop, this is the poignant and incredibly inspiring story of Japanese country music star Tomi Fujiyama.

3 How to Change the World Using never before seen archival materials, this doc is the story of the pioneers who founded Greenpeace and defined the modern green movement.

Visit the website for screening times, and check out the current issue for more fantastic festivals!

—Lindsay Shapka

Hot Art In Edmonton

The Peter Robertson Gallery and The Front Gallery have both moved to a brand new, modern space on 124 Street. If a new space isn’t enough to entice you to visit, the incredible artists they are featuring is sure to!

PeterRobertson Gallery

Shimmering Light and Shifting Hues
May 1–19, 2015

With a dazzling variety of colours, artist Steve Driscoll presents variations on images of Ontario’s Algonquin Park — a setting that was heavily represented in works by the Group of Seven — using a new form of landscape painting in the exhibit Actually Everything is Just About the Same. Rather than fighting it, he acknowledges that even our view of nature is digitally mediated, and his works seem to be washed with Instagram filters, perfectly capturing the manipulated landscape of memory rather than fact.
Peter Robertson Gallery, 12323-104 Ave., 780-455-7479.

Human Form 
May 2–25, 2015

Provocative sculptural figures challenge viewers to explore the connection between the mind, body, and spirit in Blake Ward’s exhibit Silent Metaphors. Raised in Edmonton, Ward works out of a studio in Monte Carlo and exhibits his stunning figurative sculptures all over the world. The Front Gallery, 12323-104 Ave., 780-488-2952.

Lindsay Shapka

5 Unique Movie Theatres in Edmonton


Photo by Pedro Escobar

Watching a movie is a great way to relax, especially if you need to escape some bad weather! We recommend checking out a flick at one of these one-of-a-kind venues.

1. VIP Windermere Cinemas | 6151 Currents Dr. | 780-822-4250 | cineplex.com/Theatres/VIP
Get the red-carpet treatment at the only Cineplex Odeon VIP theatre in Alberta! In addition to the seven regular theatres, three VIP theatres offer movie-goers a unique way to enjoy the latest films. The extra admission price allows patrons to relax in an adults-only theatre and access a private concession stand and lounge with a full restaurant menu and bar. Once in the theatre, extra-wide, high-back rocker seats—accompanied by seat-side food and drink service—await guests.

2. Garneau Theatre |  8712-109 St. | 780-425-9212 | metrocinema.org
The Garneau Theatre has been a fixture of the trendy Garneau area since 1940. It’s maintained some of its nostalgic features like it’s outdoor neon sign and marquee, two-level seating in a single-screen theatre and a retro concession stand. It’s currently home to the Metro Cinema, which screens a selection of independent new releases and nostalgic favourites—this is the place to re-live the “Golden Age” of film and see Hollywood classics on the big screen! Monthly film series like Crime Watch, Science in the Cinema and Reel Family Cinema show pop culture favourites and open with a brief, entertaining talk. The lineup changes weekly; two films are screened every weekday evening, four films are shown each day on the weekend.

3. The Princess Theatre | 10337 Whyte (82) Ave. | 780-433-0728 | rainbowcinemas.ca/A/Princess
For a dose of history and entertainment, see a film at Edmonton’s oldest surviving cinema, The Princess Theatre. The ornate building still features the original auditorium and balcony from 1915, and screens an interesting mix of independent, foreign and alternative new releases.Two or three films are shown every week; two screenings on weekday evenings, four screenings on the weekend.

4. Capitol Theatre at Fort Edmonton Park | fortedmontonpark.ca
Enjoy some of the most classic, popular, and influential films of all time on the big screen in the historic one-room Capitol Theatre! Movies are shown every Thursday evening at  7:30 pm, and there is a different film series film each month. June 2014 is “Clint Eastwood and John Wayne,” July 2014 is “Family Favourites,” and August 2014 is “Musical Requests”. 

5. Telus World of Science—IMAX Theatre | telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca
This theatre shows a variety of made-for-IMAX films that are both educational and stunning. Now playing are Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D, D-Day: Normandy 1944 3DJerusalem 3D, and Rocky Mountain Express. The theatre also shows some of the latest big blockbuster hits, and has shown films like Gravity and Captain America: The Winter Solider. You can enjoy a film in the IMAX theatre without paying admission to the science centre exhibits. If you do want to check out the rest of the science centre, discounted combo tickets are available. Showtimes vary daily.

5 Best Burger Spots in Edmonton

Nothing beats a good burger! After a lot of taste testing — with a few suggestions from our local Twitter followers — we’ve selected the 5 Best Burgers in Edmonton so you know where to go to grab a bite when hunger strikes:

1. The Next Act Pub (8224-104 St.) 
This trendy watering hole features some of the best burgers (and beer!) in the city, each version is made with a housemade patty and loaded with fresh ingredients. Topped with bacon, cheddar, and an over-easy egg, The Class Act burger is a toothsome indulgence — just be sure to have some extra napkins on hand! There’s even a delicious veggie burger option, topped with avocado and pea shoots. Need a burger alternative? The Sweet & Savoury Chicken Sandwich is simply addictive with its mix of goat cheese, rosemary honey honey, and roasted pecans combining for a sensational taste and texture experience. The staple menu options are always complimented by a weekly burger special affectionately referred to as The Cameo: each weekly special is packed with unique ingredients to create taste-bud-exploding combinations. Pop-culture favourites like Popeye, Honey Boo Boo, and James Bond have all made appearances at The Next Act in the form of a delicious burger tribute.

2. Delux Burger Bar (14111-23 Ave. & 9682-142 St.) 
Alberta beef from the Spirit View Ranch is used to make all the succulent burgers at this innovative hamburger hot spot. Try one of their nine varieties, or get yours in fry-form with their delicious Hamburger Poutine. Going gluten-free? Ask for one of their freshly made gluten-free buns! Feeling adventurous? Attack their Grilled Cheese Stacker: a 7 oz patty, and delicious toppings, piled between two grilled cheese sandwiches! Or try the monthly specialty burger — their Peanut Butter Burger was such a hit that you can now ask them to add crunchy peanut butter anytime.

One of the delicious – and intense – burger creations from Delux Burger Bar.
Photo by Troy Griffith


Movember Madness!

In the month formerly known as November, men everywhere will refrain from shaving their upper lip and sport spiffy moustaches in order to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues; thus, the month has been (all but officially) reinvented as Movember.

Moustaches and beer – the perfect “manly” pairing! Donate to the WHERE Edmonton Movember Team to be entered to win a pair of limited-edition Moustache Glasses.
Photo by: Bri Vos & Patrick Kerby, Detour Photography

The men of WHERE Edmonton magazine have risen to the challenge of not shaving their upper lip and donning a Movember ‘stache for an entire month in order to support this excellent cause. We’d love our WHERE readers to donate to our team (http://ca.movember.com/team/618517) and we have an exclusive contest to thank you for your donations: Your donation to the WHERE Edmonton Team will earn you an entry into a draw for a set of limited-edition Movember Moustache Beer Glasses from Alberta’s own Ribstone Creek Brewery. These fun glasses are perfect to use to enjoy a beer to celebrate Movember success all year round!


Telus Toll Building—Edmonton, Alberta

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Why We Chose It

The glass-and-concrete Telus Toll Building across from Edmonton’s splashier, pyramid-topped City Hall is normally no great charmer, but this photographer has found the beauty in it by capturing reflections in the windows in just the right light. We love the way the windows and beams frame the photo. With the benefit of a good eye, this somber building has become a piece of modern art.

Photo: Darren Kirby

Long Weekend Roundup: August 31 – September 3

Happy Labour Day! In addition to taking in a performance at Symphony Under the Sky, we highly recommend that you use the extra time you’ll have this weekend to enjoy some of the events happening around Edmonton:

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Edmonton: Weekend Roundup August 24 – 26

Photo courtesy of Chubby Carrier

The last weekend in August is officially upon us, so be sure to make it a memorable one! In addition to viewing a production of Jersey Boys or exploring the activities at the Fringe Festival, visitors and locals alike will want to be sure to check out one of the exciting events happening around the city:

August 24 – 26: The Edmonton Blues Festival promises a weekend of great blues music, from new talents and award-winning musicians, at The Heritage Ampitheatre in Hawrelak Park. Enjoy continuous music performances from a rotating set of acts while seated on the grounds of this outdoor venue, or while showing off on the dance floor. A great selections of beer, wine, and food will be available for sale at various vendors on-site, and there will even be opportunities to meet the artists! Day passes are required to attend this event. Visit the official Blues Festival website to purchase passes and view the performance schedule.

August 25: The legendary Tony Bennett is making a stop in Edmonton on Saturday to delight crowds with his soulful crooning and captivating charm. His daughter, jazz singer Antonia Bennett, will open the show and join Bennett for a duet. A limited number of tickets are still available for the show; call 1-855-985-5000 or visit the Winspear Centre’s website for tickets.

August 24 – September 9: If you have not checked out Robots: The Interactive Exhibition yet, be sure to visit the TELUS World of Science Edmonton to view this fun, family-friendly exhibit before it ends its run on September 9. This exhibition features more than “15 interactive areas offering scientific adventures that allow visitors to enter the world of robotics”, with influences from the 2005 animated film Robots. While you’re there, be sure to check out a showing of Hubble at the IMAX™ theatre. This film, which runs twice daily until September 3, offers a history of space exploration with images taken from the Hubble telescope and is narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. General admission will cover admission to Robots; separate admission is required for Hubble but can be combined with general admission for a discount. Call 780-452-9100 or visit the website for tickets.