25 Things To Do In Edmonton This April

Support local filmmakers, check out a musical laser show and learn about Ukrainian culture.

March 29, 2017

Open your mind to some experimental performances

The next Dirt Buffet Cabaret is on April 23. If you’re not familiar with this series from Mile Zero Dance, you’ll be treated to a cabaret of unexpected works from comedy, dance, performance art, music and who knows what else. Hosted and curated by Ben Gorodetsky, the show acts as an experimental lab for local artists.

Spazio Performativo, 10816 95 St., milezerodance.com

Dine outdoors in a “sugar shack”

If you missed out on Café Bicyclette’s Annual French Canadian Sugar Shack in March, you have three chances in April to enjoy a special dinner from the inside of a historic outfitter tent, or “sugar shack,” on April 1, 7 and 8. Tickets are $75 with limited seating, so you may want to make a reservation before they're all sold out.

Café Bicyclette, 8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury (91 St.), 587-524-8090, cafebicyclette.ca

Connect with your local community for Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day, but on the local front it’s also the day of the Edmonton Resilience Festival — Edmonton’s biggest Earth Day celebration. The festival aims to strengthen community resilience and create a stronger sense of community through skill-sharing workshops, guided conversation cafes, art and social events, and more.

Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton, 7211 96a Ave., edmontonresiliencefestival.com

Watch the newest production from playwright Gary Kirkham

The donor-voted show for Walterdale Theatre’s 2017 season is Queen Milli of Galt, which is on stage April 5 to 15. Directed by Liz Cook, the production is based on a true story of the chance encounter of the Duke of Windsor, Edward VIII, and Milli in her home of Galt, Ontario. Milli isn’t so easily captivated by the Duke — will she succumb to his charms?

Walterdale Theatre, 10322 83 Ave., 780-439-3058, walterdaletheatre.com

Bid farewell to winter with an outdoor party

The days are getting longer and warmer; appropriate, then, that the folks of The Foundry Real Estate Co. are hosting their Second Season Street Party on April 1. The event serves as a kick-off to spring with a variety of family-friendly programming including free wagon rides, s’more-making, fire pits, music, and food.

Rice Howard Way, 101A Ave and between 100A St. and 100 St., secondseason.eventbrite.ca

Discover some homegrown hip-hop artists

Edmonton is home to a burgeoning hip-hop scene and on April 14 you can hear the rhymes of five local hip-hop performers, including K-Riz, Rellik, The Liberators, Young Tox and Dunna. DJ Koba will be providing tunes all night.

The Needle Vinyl Tavern, 10524 Jasper Ave., theneedle.ca

Experience the hilarity of long-form improvisation

Bonfire Festival, running April 4 to 8, is a four-day festival of long-form improvisation from the members of local improv troupe Rapid Fire Theatre. It’s a chance for the ensemble to try out some new ideas, some of which may or may not work. Fortunately, you’ll be too busy laughing to really take notice.   

Citadel Theatre, 9828 101a Ave., 780-443-6044, rapidfiretheatre.com

Then, get a laugh from The Irrelevant Show

The tomfoolery continues on April 21 with a live taping of CBC Radio One’s The Irrelevant Show featuring a hilarious buffet of comedy sketches and songs.

Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne St., St. Albert, 780-459-1542, ardentheatre.ca

Explore the art of Guy Roy

This solo exhibition from Quebecois landscape artist Guy Roy features a series of new paintings that burst with passion, spontaneity and movement as a result of bold colours and dramatic light. Roy’s paintings will be on display from April 8 to April 20 with an opening reception on April 8 with Roy in attendance.

West End Gallery, 10337 124 St., 780-488-4892, westendgalleryltd.com

Learn about natural hair

The Edmonton Natural Hair Show returns for a second year, but this time it’s being hosted on two days — April 8 and 9 — instead of one. The show is a celebration of natural hair and offers workshops, discussion panels with hair stylists and beauty experts, and more. A kid’s corner and men’s grooming section has been added for this year.

MacEwan University’s Robbins Health Learning Centre, 10910 104 Ave., 780-292-3293, edmontonnaturalhairshow.com

Start your International Dance Day celebrations a few days early

April 29 is International Dance Day, but you can get a head start on the celebrations with the screening of Mr. Gaga on April 23. The film tells the story of renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, Ohad Naharin, who redefined modern dance by showing a mix of rehearsal footage and breathtaking dance sequences. Before the film starts, Mile Zero Dance will perform a dance in tribute.

Metro Cinema at the Garneau, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org

Then, celebrate International Dance Day officially with a local dance company

Celebrate International Dance Day on April 29 at the eighth annual What’s Cooking? hosted by Good Women Dance Collective. The event provides artists a platform to showcase in-progress works to a live audience who then get a chance to give some constructive feedback to the artists after each performance.

Westbury Theatre, 10330 84 Ave., 780-802-6867, goodwomen.ca

Nominate an Edmontonian for Top 40 Under 40

Each November, we honour 40 Edmontonians under the age of 40 who are doing extraordinary things for the community. Know someone who’s excelling in their careers, giving back to the community or raising the profile of the city? Nominate them by April 30. 


Listen to the Americana-folk sounds of two notable musicians

The Small Glories is the union of two singer-songwriters, Cara Luft (The Wailin’ Jennys) and JD Edwards, coming together to make Americana-folk music. The duo will be performing songs from their album, Wondrous Traveler, on April 20 with Juno nominee John Wort Hannam.

Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne St., St. Albert, 780-459-1542, ardentheatre.ca

Delve into the lives of nine Iraqi women

9 Parts of Desire, written by Heather Raffo, is a portrait of the extraordinary lives of nine Iraqi women as they navigate a country overshadowed by war. This Maggie Tree production, playing April 6 to 15, will bring nine Edmonton actors together to make up this ardent show.  

The Varscona Theatre, 10329 83 Ave., 780-433-3399, varsconatheatre.com

Check out Edmonton’s newest record label

MacEwan University is launching its own record label, Bent River Records, which is Canada’s only university-run record label. Join them on April 6 for the official launch with performances by Mallory Chipman, Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet and Jean-Nicolas Trottier.

John L. Haar Theatre, 10045 155 St., eventbrite.ca

Tickle your funny bone with this comedian

Comedian Steve Byrne — you know him from Sullivan & Son and Couples Retreat — will bring his hilarious stand-up to the capital region April 27 to April 30.

The Comic Strip, 8882 170 St., 780-483-5999, thecomicstrip.ca

Reacquaint yourself with some Motown legends

Listen to the smooth sounds of Motown’s greatest, such as The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5, when Terrell Edwards and friends cover popular Motown hits on April 23.

Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne St., St. Albert, ardentheatre.ca

Browse over 250 exhibits of antiques and collectibles

Antiques Roadshow doesn’t typically come to these parts, but luckily the Wild Rose Antique Collectors Show on April 1 and 2 will fulfill Edmontonians’ need for antiques. Plus, if you think that item you found at that garage sale might be worth something, consider getting it appraised. Appraisals are $15 for one item, or $40 for three.

Halls G & H, Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Ave., 780-471-7210, northlands.com

Get familiar with Alberta’s food culture

Eat Alberta, on April 23, brings together farmers, chefs, winemakers, foragers, bakers and other food professionals together to learn about Alberta food through educational seminars, food tastings, demonstrations and more. This year’s program will have a “back to the basics” focus by examining the cultural influences that have shaped Albertan cuisine. The sessions will highlight four cuisines — French, Ukrainian, Indigenous and Chinese — that have contributed to the province’s culinary landscape.

NAIT’s Hokanson Centre for Culinary Arts, 11762 106 St., eatalberta.ca

Visit the Telus World of Science for a musical laser show

For a limited time, running until September long-weekend, the Telus World of Science will be hosting laser shows every Friday and Saturday night. Each month brings a new laser theme and April brings Laser Metallica and Laser Floyd (Welcome to the Machine).

Telus World of Science, 11211 142 St., 780-451-3344, telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca/films/laser-shows-2017

Support your local filmmakers

FAVA Fest (Film and Video Arts Festival) returns on April 18 to 22 with five days of film screenings and multimedia programming. Submissions include Champ, Levitate, The Last Bastard, Lana Gets Her Talk, and more.

Various locations, fava.ca

Join Shumka as they honour the life of an important Ukrainian figure

Two Ukrainian arts ensembles, Shumka and Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, are coming together on April 8 and 9 to celebrate the legacy of Taras Shevchenko — a Ukrainian poet, writer, artist and political figure — through song, music, dance and bandura.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 780-427-2760, shumka.com

Keep up with your fitness resolutions

It’s April, which could mean one of two things: you’ve given up on your New Year’s resolutions or you’re still making some progress with it. Whatever it is, Get Cooking’s “Undercover Chef: Surprisingly Healthy Food” on April 20 will help you stay on track. The four-hour class will teach you how to incorporate seasonal superfoods and healthy cooking techniques into your routine.

MacEwan University Residence Building, 11050 104 Ave., getcookingedmonton.com

Travel back in time to the 1700s with this Jane Austen favourite

Closing out Citadel Theatre’s season is Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility, better known as a comedy of manners, which will be on stage from April 22 to May 14. This world premiere adaptation from Tom Wood portrays the life and loves of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, who represent the “sense” and “sensibility” of the title, as they navigate the loss of their father who leaves all the money to his first wife’s son.

Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., 780-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com


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