25 Things To Do In Edmonton This January
Kick off the New Year right with some of these exciting events.
December 20, 2016
Welcome 2017 with an elegant concert
On January 2, ring in the new year with Salute to Vienna, a celebratory concert featuring Strauss waltzes and operettas, beautiful costumes, ballroom dancers and ballet.
Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-416-323-1403, salutetovienna.com
Visit the Art Gallery of Alberta’s newest exhibition
From January 28 to May 7, Survival Guide will be on display at the Art Gallery of Alberta, featuring works by Canadian and international artists including James Beckett, Patrick Cruz, Brendan Michal Heshka, Isuma Productions, Antti Laitinen and more. The exhibition is a demonstration of collective survivalism — based on a process of triaging the best way to adapt to untenable circumstances —through photographs, print, sculpture, video and performance artworks.
Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-422-6223, youraga.ca
Laugh at this one-man show inspired by the Star Wars films
Charles Ross spent much of his childhood watching Star Wars over and over again, which led to the hilarious One Man Star Wars, where he single-handedly plays all the characters, sings all the music, flies the ships and fights the battles in all of the Star Wars films.
Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, festivalplace.ab.ca
Take in a special performance showcasing a Charlie Chaplin classic
On January 19, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will perform the score from Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 silent film City Lights, while the movie plays above the stage. For fans of the classics, it’s a can’t miss event.
Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com
Treat yourself to some Latin music
2015 World Music Awards winner Marco Claveria will perform the music from his most recent release, Origenes, which references Claveria’s homeland of Santiago, Chile, at the Arden Theatre on January 27. Fusing together Afro-Peruvian, Brazilian, Cuban and Chilean music together, listening to his songs will make you feel like you’ve taken a trip to South America.
The Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne St., St. Albert, 780-459-1542, ardentheatre.com
Celebrate anime culture
Good news anime fans — you don’t have to wait six months until Animethon. A Taste of Animethon, held on January 20 and 21, should hold you until the summer event comes around by offering a smaller-scale conference featuring Cosplay contests, gaming, fan panels, pop culture vendors and more.
Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave., atoa.animethon.org
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Embrace the cold for some winter fun
Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival, presented by Arts on the Ave, is celebrating 10 years of winter magic on January 14 and 15 with a free family event that brings together Ukrainian, Franco-Albertan, Franco-African, Indigenous and Acadian/East Coast communities by melding the arts and outdoor games.
Alberta Ave., 118 Avenue and between 90 and 94 Streets, deepfreezefest.ca
Drink some whisky for a good cause
Like whisky? This one’s for you. Master blenders, distillers and whisky experts will set up shop to display and discuss over 175 whisky varieties from Canada, Ireland, Scotland and the USA on January 18. There will be silent auction, featuring whisky-themed items, and appetizers provided by Delta Edmonton South. All proceeds from the event will help support the MS Society of Canada.
Delta Edmonton South, 4404 Gateway Boulevard, 780-463-1190, edmontonwhiskyfestival.ca
Experience a gender-bending ballet show
The ballet isn’t always so serious and this sentiment holds especially true when the all-male dance company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo comes through to Edmonton on January 17 and 18 with its hilariously gender-bending, sublime take on a popular ballet.
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 844-355-9494, albertaballet50.com
Bundle up and head to Hawrelak Park for Ice Castles
If you missed out on Ice Castles last winter, now is your chance to visit the giant ice fortress in Hawrelak Park as it returns to the capital region for a second year. The castle, which opened on December 30 and will be open until March, is constructed by hand using only icicles and water. Edmonton is the only Canadian stop for the US-based company, so don’t miss out!
Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Road, icecastles.com/Edmonton
Watch a special screening of Train to Busan
If you’re not too tired from your New Year’s Eve festivities, visit Metro Cinema at the Garneau on January 1 for the free screening of Train to Busan. Directed by South Korea’s Sang-ho Yeon, the film is a harrowing zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of passengers fighting their way through a country-wide viral outbreak. The film won “Best Film” at the 2016 Fantasia International Film Festival.
Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org
Or, watch a special screening of Hunt for the Wilderpeople
If blood and gore aren’t your thing, you can catch a special screening of Hunt for the Wilderpeople for free instead. The film, directed by Taika Waititi, follows a foster kid, Ricky, as he gets a new start in the New Zealand countryside. When tragedy strikes and threatens to ship Ricky to another home, he runs away and a manhunt ensues.
Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org
Listen to the folk sounds of Ben Rogers
Presented by New Moon Folk Club is a performance from Ben Rogers, a classical storyteller with a voice described as “smoke-damaged velvet soaked in Tennessee whiskey and the wild charm of a young Johnny Cash,” on January 13. Rogers will be sharing the stage with Tim Isberg.
St. Basil’s Cultural Centre, 10819 71 Ave., 780-278-6407, newmoonfolkclub.com
Tap into your inner child with some board games
Remember those childhood game nights playing Monopoly? Scrabble? Clue? Try your hand at some new board games and video games at the Telus World of Science Dark Matters adults-only event on January 19.
Telus World of Science, 11211 142 St., 780-451-3344, telusworldofscienceedmonton.com
Help celebrate the silver anniversary of AfroQuiz
The Council of Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage (CCACH) is celebrating the silver anniversary of AfroQuiz — an annual Jeopardy-style quiz competition for kids of all ages, which celebrates the rich history of African and Caribbean people — with a fundraising gala on January 28.
La Cite Francophone, 8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury, 780-426-5807, ccach.org/afroquiz
Check out a New York-based show here in Edmonton
New York’s STOMP — the eight-member troupe that makes noise using nonconventional percussion instruments like matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans and hubcaps — is touring North America and will be in the capital region on January 10 and 11.
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., stomponline.com
Giddy up to the music of Blue Rodeo
Country rock band Blue Rodeo is on tour for its latest album, 1000 Arms, which was released on October 28, 2016. See them on January 19 and 20 in Edmonton.
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., bluerodeo.com
Discover how to make the perfect bowl of ramen
You don’t have to go far to find the perfect bowl of ramen — you can make it right at home if you take a four-hour cooking class from Chef Chris Tom-Kee. On January 10, you’ll learn how to make your own noodles, broth and perfect the six-minute egg. You’ll also be making gyoza and other Japanese snacks.
MacEwan University City Centre Campus, 11050 104 Ave., 780-566-2106, getcookingedmonton.com
Embrace the north with some Northern-Canadian music
The New North Collective (NNC) is a seven-member ensemble of Northern Canadian performers from Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut that showcase throat singing, drum dancing, spoken word and traditional music. You can experience NNC on January 28.
The Arden Theatre. 5 St. Anne St., St. Albert, 780-459-1542, ardentheatre.com
View a special exhibition featuring six talented artists
FLUX: Responding to Head and Neck Cancer will be on display from January 5 to the 21 and will feature work from six participating artists — Brad Necyk, Heather Huston, Ingrid Backmann, Jill Ho-You, Jude Griebel and Sean Caulfield — which reveals aspects of the cancer experience and conveys the confusion, catastrophe and hope associated with a serious illness.
Dc3 Art Projects, 10567 111 St., 587-520-5992, seemehearmehealme.com
Catch Catalyst Theatre’s newest musical
Fortune Falls — directed by Jonathan Christenson and presented by Catalyst Theatre — is the allegorical tale of the rise, fall and reinvention of a prosperous town that was once home to the world’s largest candy factory. The show runs from January 17 to February 5.
Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., 780-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com
Indulge in a scrumptious brunch for 2017
Start your 2017 with a delicious Sunday brunch at Hotel Selkirk, a 1920s-inspired hotel, at Fort Edmonton Park. There are still some slots available, so book soon!
Fort Edmonton Park, 7000 143 St., 780-496-7381, fortedmontonpark.ca
Get in the Harry Potter spirit with the Yule Ball
Remember when Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley attended the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? Well, you can relive that experience in real life on January 7 when the Edmonton Potterwatch Institute throws its own Yule Ball for a third season in support of iHuman. Music will be provided by Amy Voyer, Paul Woida and Carter and the Capitals. There will be appetizers, desserts, silent auction and butterbeer! You don’t have to dress in your Hogwarts gowns, either — cocktail attire will do.
German Canadian Cultural Association, 8310 Roper Road, potterwatchyuleball.eventbrite.ca
…or, try painting the famous wizard
Keeping up with the Harry Potter theme comes this Art After Dark night on January 19 where you’ll be painting Harry Potter.
Good Earth Coffeehouse, 130 Bellerose Drive, St. Albert, artafterdark.ca
Attend Fruit Loop’s Winter Ball
On January 7, the first Fruit Loop of 2017 takes place, with the support of the Jasper Pride Festival, SGA, and Outlaw. Stop by the Shoctor Lobby at the Citadel and enjoy the musical stylings of DJ Thomas Culture and Polyesterday, as well as a cast of talented performers and a silent auction.
Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., facebook.com/fruitloopedmonton