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Where to Go Edmonton

Best Spots to Shop for Books in Edmonton

Photo from wce.wwu.edu

With LitFest: Edmonton’s Annual NonFiction Festival (the only NonFiction book festival in Canada, I might add!) taking place October 16 – 17, 2013, what better time is there than to pick up some new reading material and explore some of Edmonton’s book shops and literary talent? You’ll find great reads in some unique places!

Be sure to check out daily LitFest events, including headliner Dan Savage on Monday, October 21, 2013. The provocative, progressive relationship “Savage Love” columnist and “It Gets Better” campaign creator speaks at the Winspear Centre; tickets must be purchased in advance at www.winspearcentre.com. A complete schedule of LitFest events can be viewed at www.litfestalberta.com.


Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo: From Back to the Future to Walking Dead

“The Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo returns September 28-29, 2013 to the Edmonton Expo Centre to celebrate all things pop culture. Coming off a highly successful inaugural year in 2012, the second annual Edmonton Expo has expanded to over 150,000 sq.ft of exhibit space providing fans with triple the action.  With more space to explore over the two days fans can feed their inner geek with celebrity Q&A panels, autograph & photograph sessions, exhibitors, workshops, and more.”

Edmonton Expo 2

Courtesy Edmonton Expo

“We are proud to expand the exhibitor space almost three times as much as 2012, which enables us to provide the fans with what they want ­ more exceptional programming and a bigger outlet to explore their passions,” states Kandrix Foong, event director Edmonton Expo. “We feel privileged to be able to provide this opportunity for Edmonton fans to connect with their heroes and our special guests from hit shows like Arrow to Walking Dead.”

In 2013, over 50 programming events and over 300 vendors from industry artists, designers, retailers, and creators at the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo Centre will fill Halls E, F, G, and H of the Edmonton Expo Centre (7515 – 118 Ave.). Programming includes workshops, shop talks, industry insights, guest spotlight panels, and meet-and-greet photograph and autograph sessions with 15 media and celebrity guests. 20 industry guests (comic book creators, video game personalities, and more) will also be on-site to talk about new and current projects, industry career insights, and all things creative.

John Barrowman © BBC 2009

John Barrowman
© BBC 2009

Robert Englund as Fredddy Krueger Photo courtesy Edmonton Expo

Robert Englund as Fredddy Krueger
Photo courtesy Edmonton Expo

Q&A panels, autographs, and photo sessions will be available with celebrity guests, including:

·       JOHN BARROWMAN (Cpt. Jack Harkness in Doctor Who, Torchwood; Arrow)

·       ROBERT ENGLUND (Freddy Kruger in Nightmare on Elm Street)

·       JOE FLANIGAN (Lt. Colonel John Sheppard in Stargate Atlantis)

·       CHRISTOPHER LLOYD (Doc Brown in Back to the Future)

·       CHAD COLEMAN (Tyreese in Walking Dead)

·       SARAH WAYNE CALLIES (Laurie in Walking Dead)

·       JON HEDER (Napoleon Dynamite)

Visit edmontonexpo.com for a complete list of celebrity guests and industry vendors!

Tickets: Available in advance or at the door; tickets at the door are first-come, first-served and venue may reach capacity. Guests who pre-purchase tickets will be guaranteed admission. Cost: $20 in Advance; $35 Weekend Pass in Advance. $25 At the Door; $45 Weekend Pass at the Door. Tickets available online via Ticketmaster or by calling 1-855-985-5000.

Date: September 28-29, 2013; Saturday 10 am -7 pm; Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

Location: Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 – 118 Ave. NW Edmonton, AB. Easily accessible via Edmonton public transit by taking the LRT to Stadium Station.

Edmonton Guide to Weekday Nightlife



The sleek bar at Hundred is one of the great fixtures of Edmonton’s nightlife scene where you can unwind with a drink after work or before heading out for a night on the town.

These atmospheric nightlife spots offer a variety of quality drink specials that are perfect to enjoy at the end of a long work day or before heading out to another event. Plus: all of these venues are open late, so you can pop in for a refresher or wind-down beverage any time of night.


Edmonton Nightlife: Cavern Cafe & Bar


Cavern is a new addition to the Edmonton dining — and retail — scene; it’s a retail cheese shop (hence the way the name plays off the concept of the “cheese cave”) and cafe and bar, serving up a selection of coffee, alcohol, and light breakfast, lunch, and dessert fare. WHERE Edmonton went to the cheesiry to enjoy the venue during it’s opening week — and we very much enjoyed our experience!


Cheers for Edmonton Craft Beer Festival!

2013 is the year of the very first Craft Beer Festival in Edmonton

2013 is the year of the very first Craft Beer Festival in Edmonton

Raise your glass to toast the arrival of Edmonton’s first annual Craft Beer Festival, debuting Friday, June 14, 2013 (4 pm – 10 pm) and Saturday, June 15, 2013 (2 pm – 9 pm) at Edmonton Expo Centre (7515-116 Ave.).

Whether you’re a beer aficionado who’s looking for the newest releases, or you have no idea what IPA stands for (or even that it’s a type of beer!), this is a great event to learn more about how to enjoy craft beer!

5 Reasons to Attend Edmonton Craft Beer Festival:

1. Try Something New! Think you don’t like beer? Think again! With over 425 beers from breweries around the world available, the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival will present the opportunity to taste beers people may not have ever tried before. You’re certain to find something that suits your taste! “Even someone who thinks they don’t like beer will find something to suit them and those who are set on their personal preferences are likely to find a new favorite” Alberta Beer Festivals judge Dave Nuttall claims. So many breweries have signed up that this will be the largest craft beer festival in Canada, outside of Toronto!

2. Exclusive Sips! Several breweries will have sample of exclusive, limited-edition beers that will only be available at the festival —  Ribstone Creek Brewery (Edgerton, AB), for instance, is brewing a limited-edition IPA exclusively for the Alberta Craft Beer Festivals. WHERE Edmonton sampled their Buckin’ Bronco IPA at the Calgary International Craft Beer Festival, and it was delicious! Flavourful without being too dry or bitter, this beer will intrigue beer newbies and equally satisfy fans of IPAs. Beer Geeks shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to try some rare and unique brews!

3. Learn! Enjoy a Brew Masters Seminar to learn about the various properties, characteristics, and flavours of beers from top brew masters — some who have travelled from as far away as Europe to present! “This is a rare opportunity to speak with brew masters you wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to,” says Mark Kondrat, Project Manager of the festival. “This truly is an international festival and Edmontonians should be very proud to host such a prestigious event.”

Enjoy beers from over 110 breweries around the world — including an exclusive brew from Ribstone Creek Brewery — at the Edmonton International Beer Festival.

Enjoy beers from over 110 breweries around the world — including an exclusive brew from Ribstone Creek Brewery — at the Edmonton International Beer Festival.
Photo by Detour Photography

4. Have Your Beer and Eat It, Too! Attend a “Cooking with Beer” seminar and learn how to pair foods with beer — just like with wine! — and how to prepare foods using beer as an ingredient. “Beer really is more versatile than any other beverage when it comes to pairing with foods,” says Kim Spence, Alberta Beer Festivals judge.

5. Eat! Over 25 local restaurants will have delicious food samples available to try and pair with your beer during the event.

Single-day tickets are $19 in advance; Weekend passes are $29; Beer Geek VIP tickets (allow early admission and guaranteed seminar seating) $25 single-day, or $35 weekend-pass. Tickets are available online, at all Sobey’s grocery stores in Edmonton and surrounding areas, and single-day tickets will be available at the door for $25. Sample tickets are $0.50 and available at the event. More Info: edmontoncraftbeerfest.com



WHERE Edmonton has 10 tickets for each day of the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival to give away to our readers!

To enter: Follow @whereedmonton on Twitter and tweet us the name of your favourite craft beer and/or microbrewery! Be sure to direct your tweet to @whereedmonton. Enter any time through June 9, 2013. Draws will be made at random between April 8, 2013 and June 10, 2013; winners will be announced on Twitter. Each Twitter account may win only once.

Love Beer?

Look for the June/July issue of Canadian Cowboy Country magazine (available June 1) for an exclusive feature article on craft beer in Western Canada! Be sure not to miss the issue — subscribe here

Get Ready for Patio Season in Edmonton with Alley Kat Beer Launch Party

Summer starts early with the arrival of local brewery Alley Kat‘s seasonal summer beer! As the weather warms up and the sun starts to peek through, nothing seems more appealing then relaxing and enjoying a cold drink on an outdoor patio; Alley Kat helps to invoke those days of summer with their new Summer Squeeze Grapefruit Ale.


Celebrate the release of this refreshing, citrusy brew with a FREE launch party at the brewery (9929-60 Ave) on Thursday, April 4. Drop-in any time between 5 pm – 8 pm. Their new Full Moon Belgian Pale Ale — an updated version of their standard Full Moon Ale — will also debut at this event. Samples of the brew and appetizers will be served, and there will also be complimentary brewery tours for those interested in having a behind-the-scnes look at the brewing process.


Diana: A Celebration — Exclusive Exhibit at West Edmonton Mall

Diana: A Celebration is an exhibition that pays tribute to the life and legacy of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, through a display of over 150 personal artifacts and exquisite family heirlooms. The exhibit is displayed for two months every year at the Spencer family’s Althorp Estate in Northampton, England, and typically only travels to one other city each year. The exhibition has not toured in Canada since it was on display in Toronto ten years ago, and is now on display in Edmonton for a limited engagement through June 9, 2013 at West Edmonton Mall (8882-170 St.) during regular mall hours: Mon – Fri 12 pm – 9 pm; Sat 10 am – 9 pm; Sun 11 am – 6 pm. Last admission will be one hour prior to closing.

Photo courtesy West Edmonton Mall

The exhibit is divided into nine displays, each focusing on a different aspect of Diana’s life. Displays include the Royal Wedding — featuring Diana’s elaborate wedding dress — a moving memorial tribute with her brother’s original, handwritten eulogy (boxes of Kleenex are strategically available in this room! It’s hard not to tear up while Candle in the Wind is playing alongside footage of her funeral), and a fashion showcase featuring 28 of Diana’s most memorable designer outfits. Written tributes to Diana are found throughout, and staff members are on-hand to answer questions and provide additional information about the items on display, the history of the exhibition, and Diana herself.

WHERE Edmonton has visited the exhibit and it is absolutely stunning! It is amazing to see how much interest there still is in Diana, and how much of an influence she has as her life work and kindness that created her legacy continues to serve as an inspiration to others. Even if you are not familiar with Diana’s life and work, this exhibit is especially interesting because it details some of the most iconic moments in recent history and is very informative, engaging,  and accessible to a large audience.

A small selection of  souvenirs (bookmarks, mugs, tote bags, decorative plates, magnets, ornaments, and postcards) are available in the gift shop. All profits generated from Diana, A Celebration go to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund which continues Diana’s charity work to help improve the lives of disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world. However, don’t expect to find knock-offs of Diana’s famous engagement ring or stunning tiara’s here — her brother requested that no replicas be sold in the gift shop, and instead everything is adorned with imagery of the Althorp Estate, her childhood home and burial site.

Admission: Adult $27.30; Senior (60+) $23.10; Children 12 and under $14.70. Discounted rates are available Mon – Thu. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by calling 780-444-5321 or via Ticketmaster.

Need-to-Know Info for the Business Traveller

Where to Stay:
One of our choices for the best business hotels in Edmonton is the sleek and modern Metterra Hotel (10454-82 Ave., 1-866-456-8150). It’s located on the trendy Whyte Avenue and is within walking distance of plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy a glass of wine and tapas, or arrange a business dinner (try Murrieta’s Bar and Grill, 10612-82 Ave., 780-438-4100). Also nearby are several pubs and lounges perfect for grabbing an after-work pint and enjoying live music or a sports game (try O’Byrnes Irish Pub, 10616-82 Ave., 780-414-6766).

A small boardroom and gathering area are available for meetings, and a posh hospitality suite can provide a place for social events and corporate mixers. Complimentary high-speed Internet is available in all guestrooms, plus guests have 24-hour access to a business centre with computer and printing stations. The downtown core is an easy 10-minute drive away — complimentary parking is available — and there are plenty of Edmonton Transit bus routes along Whyte Avenue if you opt to use public transportation. View our complete list of Best Business Hotels in Edmonton for more recommendations.


Hot Entertainment: Entertainment Venues in Edmonton

Ready for a night of live entertainment? Though Edmonton’s concerts and performances sell-out fast, those held at smaller venues in the city usually have tickets available at the door. Check out one of these entertainment destinations next time you need a night out! Most venues are only open during performances, so call ahead or visit the venue’s website to find out which shows are playing and when.

The ARTery | 9535 Jasper Ave. | 780-441-6966 | theartery.ca
View an ever-changing display of local artwork, then enjoy a performance from some incredible local and national music acts.

The Starlite Room | 10030-102 St. | 780-428-1099 | www.starliteroom.ca
This adults-only (18+) venue hosts a variety of concerts, DJs, and local events — something is going on practically every night of the week! A $5 lifetime membership is required for you to attend an event at the Starlite Room, which can be purchased online or at the door.

See the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra perform at the impressive Winspear Centre
Photo by Michael Woolley

The Winspear Centre | 4 Churchill Square | 780-428-1414 | www.winspearcentre.com
The phenomenal acoustics at this concert venue make it the perfect place to see a variety of renowned musical acts, and is also home to the talented Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.


Your Guide To Edmonton’s Hottest End-of-December Events!

Just because Christmas wraps up on December 25, doesn’t mean the celebrating has to! If you are looking for something fun and exciting to do, we’ve gathered a list of events going on in the city from December 26 – 30:

View a variety of original props from the Star Wars films while discovering the secrets behind your identity.
Photo courtesy of LucasFilm

Star Wars™ Identities: The Exhibition 
When: Through April 1, 2013; Daily 10 am – 8 pm
Admission: Adult $26.50; Senior/Student/Youth (13-17) $23.50; Child (3-12) $16.50. Tickets can be purchased in advance; call 780-451-3344 or visit www.telusworldofscienceedmonton.com
Where: TELUS World of Science (11211-142 St.)
About: Suitable for all ages, this exhibit features over 200 original props from the Star Wars™ films and uses interactive technologies to help guests make interesting discoveries about their personalities. Admission also includes entry to the 6 permanent exhibits, so a visit to the Telus World of Science can easily be an all-day activity! Entry to the Star Wars™ exhibit is timed (entry takes place every 15 minutes), so reserve your ticket in advance if timing is imperative.


20 Ways to Ring in 2013

With 2012 drawing to a close, it’s time to start planning how you want to ring in the New Year! Whether you’re wanting the emphasis of the night to be on good food, unique drinks, or entertainment, we’ve scoped out 20 venues hosting fun New Year’s Eve events! Reservations are required for all ticketed events; please call to inquire about further details or to book tickets.

1. Churchill Square (780-442-5311)
When: 7 pm
Admission: Free
About:The biggest all-ages party in Edmonton takes place in front of city hall, featuring kids’ crafts and activities, magicians, balloon artists, face painters, horse and wagon rides, ice skating, food concessions, fireworks, and more. Live music entertainment will begin at 10 pm, including an energetic performance from Canadian country music group Hey Romeo! from 11:05 – 11:35 pm.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Churchill Square!
Photo courtesy of City of Edmonton

2. Fairmont Hotel MacDonald (10065-100 St., 780-429-6495)
When: 5:30 pm, 8:30 pm
Admission: $79 per person (First Seating), $139 per person (Second Seating)
About: Enjoy a gourmet New Year’s Eve dinner in the elegant setting of The Harvest Room. Two sittings are available; the first sitting will be a 3-course meal, the second sitting is a 6-course meal. Reservations are required.


You Are Here: Garneau!

For the November/December issue of WHERE Edmonton, we explored the trendy Garneau Area along 109 Street South, where something interesting is always going on — whether you’re out shopping, looking for a place to grab a bite, or looking for something to do. You can view all of our highlighted spots here, plus here are some more of our favourite venues in the area:

High Level Diner (10912-88 Ave.): Stop by for breakfast to try one of their gigantic cinnamon buns, view the ever-changing displays of local artwork that adorns the walls, or come by for lunch/dinner and sample some delicious comfort food. They even have a separate menu for those who need to eat gluten-free, including a delicious Ukrainian plate with gluten-free pyrogys.

The Californian Hot Dog from Urban Diner

Urban Diner (8715-109 St.): Waffles with wild berry compote! Three cheese grilled cheese sandwiches! Fried chicken and gravy! Yum! In addition to their regular menu, Urban Diner has recently started hosting beer + dinner pop-up parties that have been quite successful (Jelly Donut Beer and Gourmet Hot Dogs, anyone?). The best way to find out about these hot dining events? Follow @whereedmonton and @UrbanDinerYEG on Twitter to get up-to-date information.