5 Things To Do In Edmonton This Week: January 11 to 15

Visit an ice castle, sample whisky from around the world and see what happens when four choreographers collaborate.

photography by Corey Schestak

Embrace the chilly temperature by visiting the Ice Castles

Chances are someone you know has mentioned stopping by the breathtaking Ice Castles that have been crafted in Hawrelak Park, so if you haven’t been yet, what better chance than now to take in the winter wonderland? This year is the first time that Ice Castles, LLC is bringing its popular winter attraction to Canada, and though the castles will be in Edmonton until mid March, why wait? The acre-sized icy paradise is crafted by hand using only icicles and water, and is designed to resemble organic formations found in nature such as frozen waterfalls, ice caves, or glaciers.

Hawrelak Park, 9930 Groat Road, icecastles.com

Watch four choreographers showcase their talent in a unique production

Are you still talking about the production of The Nutcracker you saw in December, brought to life by the Alberta Ballet’s talented dancers? Well, here’s another production you don’t want to miss — and it’s only in Edmonton for two nights on January 12 and 13. In Shaping Sound, Emmy Award-nominated choreographers Travis Wall, Nick Lazarrini, Teddy Forance, and Kyle Robinson have joined creative forces to craft a production that combines different dance styles and music genres.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 780-428-6839, albertaballet.com

Sample some whiskeys and support a good cause

The Edmonton MS Whisky Festival is back for another year on January 13, and whisky enthusiasts can expect to have a selection of over 175 whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, the USA, Canada and more. All proceeds from the event will go to the MS Society, so in addition to enjoying some fantastic whiskies, appetizers, and a silent auction, guests can support a worthy cause.

Delta Edmonton South, 4404 Gateway Blvd., 780-463-1190, edmontonwhiskyfestival.ca

Learn about the other Haydn

Everyone knows about Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn, but did you know that music ran in his family? His brother, Michael Haydn, was also a skilled composer, and this production will feature some of Michael Haydn’s pieces, including his Symphony No. 32. The program will also include Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins, Mozart’s Concertone for Two Violins and more.

Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 800-563-5081, winspearcentre.com

Listen to “A Story Told By Water”

Thomas Wharton, an associate professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, presents a lunch hour lecture on January 14 designed to compliment the University of Alberta Museums’ Brain Storms: UAlberta Creates exhibition. Wharton will discuss the elements of powerful storytelling, share some thoughts on his own creative process as a writer, and read a selection of his shorter fictions.

University of Alberta Museums at Enterprise Square, 10230 Jasper Ave., 780-492-5834, museums.ualberta.ca/EnterpriseSquareGalleries


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