25 Things To Do In Edmonton This November
Dance productions, festive fundraisers and more.
November 1, 2018
photography Matthew Murphy
If you’re a fan of legendary songwriter Carole King’s works, you won’t want to miss Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which runs from November 6 to 11. See her journey from a young girl in Brooklyn trying to make her dream come true to the music industry staple she came to be.
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 855-985-5000, edmonton.broadway.com
This year marks 10 years of Top 40 Under 40 issues, and we’re celebrating with a big event on November 7. Enjoy a formal program, hors d’oeuvres and get to know this year’s inspiring class of recipients.
Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-451-1379, events.odvodpublishing.com
Ballet Edmonton presents the first performance of their season, Where we are, a new work of a series of balletic movements en pointe featuring the masterful choreography of incoming artistic director Wen Wei Wang. The production runs from November 2 to 4.
Triffo Theatre — MacEwan University, 11110 104 Ave., balletedmonton.ca
Take part in a tour that brings together local designers and decorators to transform five beautiful homes into holiday havens. This festive fundraiser put on by the Junior League of Edmonton provides a dose of holiday inspiration and an opportunity to support their cause of girls’ self-esteem and mental health. The tour takes place from November 16 to 18.
Westmount Community Hall, 10978 127 St., homesfortheholidays.com
Here’s Nina, presented by ATB Financial, is the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts’ beloved annual fundraiser. Join honourary chair Bruce Hogle at the event, which will feature performances by Martin Kerr, Alfie Zappacosta, Ann Vriend and more.
Italian Cultural Society, 14230 133 Ave., thenina.ca
The Edmonton Public Library returns with another great event in their Forward Thinking Speaker Series, featuring best-selling author Neil Gaiman, on November 13.
Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave., eventbrite.ca
From November 1 to 4, Alberta Ballet brings The Sleeping Beauty to the stage. Experience the world premiere of Christopher Anderson’s retelling of the classic fairy tale, set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score.
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 780-428-6839, albertaballet.com
If you’ve always wanted to participate in a paint night — or want to elevate your paint night experience — stop by the Art Gallery of Alberta on November 1 for a paint night with award-winning visual artist Brenda Draney. The event is a fundraiser for the AGA and will include a reception with drinks and treats.
CKUA Performance Space, 9804 Jasper Ave., 780-425-5379, youraga.ca
Have you always wanted to be the type of person who had delicious freshly baked treats for the holiday season, but just never really knew where to start? ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen is here to help with their Hands On: Make Ahead Holiday Treats workshop on November 3. Learn how to make a variety of festive treats including earl grey-infused raspberry thumbprint cookies and candy cane Nanaimo bars.
ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen, 10035 105 St., 780-420-7282, atcoblueflamekitchen.com
In honour of Remembrance Day, the Cosmopolitan Music Society will fill the Winspear Centre with music, ceremony and colour in Lest We Forget: A Musical Tribute. The annual concert takes place on November 4, and will feature the RCMP Regimental Pipes and Drums as special guests, with a varied repertoire of military marches and popular wartime music.
Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-432-9333, cosmopolitanmusic.org
Vienna may be a long flight away, but on November 29, the sounds of the city are coming to the Winspear. Alexander Prior conducts the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Viennese Favourites, a production that will include dances and operettas from classical composers such as Bach and Strauss.
Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com
On November 7, the University of Alberta features two globally renowned sound artists — Gary James Joynes and Laurier Fagnan — presenting their work and sharing their research and creative process in LASERAlberta: Art and Science of Sound.
Fine Arts Building, University of Alberta, 116 St. & 85 Ave., ualberta.ca
On November 17 and 18, Etsy’s Made in Canada Market comes to the Shaw Conference Centre. The popular market features 250 artists, designers, makers and creators from all over the Edmonton region showcasing their works, which include everything from toys to soap, jewelry, art, home decor and more.
Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave., onthespotpopups.com
Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, stops by the Pehonan Theatre on November 22 for In Conversation: Lieutenant Governor Lois E. Mitchell. She will share some insight on her life and journey in a one-on-one interview.
Pehonan Theatre — Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre, 9820 107 St., 780-427-7362, assembly.ab.ca
Stop by the Backstage Theatre to see playwright Conni Massing’s latest work, Matara. The piece explores how an elephant keeper, security guard and marketing consultant deal with a crisis at the zoo at which they all work.
Backstage Theatre, 10330 84 Ave., 780-477-5955, workshopwest.org
Conductor Melanie Leonard comes to the Winspear on November 9 and 10 to lead Women Rock, a production that pays tribute to incredible female pop vocalists. The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, along with vocalists Cassidy Catanzaro, Katrina Dideriksen and Shayna Steele, will bring some of the biggest hits to the stage, including “Piece Of My Heart,” “Love Is A Battlefield,” “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,” “Proud Mary” and more.
Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com
Studio 54 was the epicentre of the ‘70s party scene, symbolizing an era of excess and luxury. Get a behind the scenes look at the real story behind the legendary nightclub in Studio 54, a documentary by director Matt Tyrnauer.
Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org
The Festival of Trees, which kicks off on November 29, is a popular event that includes a gala evening, luncheon, fashion show, silver bell soiree as well as a chance to just tour the gorgeously decorated trees. The festive event is a fundraiser for the University Hospital Foundation.
Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave., 780-407-2786, festivaloftrees.ca
Head to the Muttart Conservatory on November 2 for Day of the Dead. The adults-only evening will feature traditional day of the dead bread from Bizcochos Artisan Bakery, Mexican jewelry and clothing, a tequila agave planting activity, music, local food and more,
Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St., 311, edmonton.ca
Some incredible pieces from The Victoria & Albert Museum’s collection of around 700 Dutch and Flemish drawings is travelling across the pond and will be at “Master Strokes,” the first exhibition to present this little-known collection to a wider audience. The exhibition will feature works by Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, Rembrandt van Rijn and many other amazing artists.
Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-425-5379, youraga.ca
From November 17 to December 9, you can immerse yourself in Jane Austen’s world thanks to Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley. The production, directed by Nancy McAlear and starring Allison Edwards-Crewe as Elizabeth Darcy and Mikaela Davies as Mary Bennet, takes you into Mary’s love story.
Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., 780-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com
If you’re a fan of all things spooky, why not extend the Halloween festivities into November with this special edition of Deadmonton on November 2, where you can tour the scary venue with only a flashlight to illuminate your path.
Deadmonton House, 7031 Gateway Blvd., deadmontonhouse.com
Support all the work that Ronald McDonald House does in the community by attending their inaugural Light the House Gala on November 8. The evening will include entertainment and a culinary showcase with some of Edmonton’s top chefs.
Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave., 780-439-5437, rmhcna.org
Whether you’re interested in building a garage or garden suite, or simply want to know more about them, the EG Garden Suites workshop series is guaranteed to shed some light. The workshops take place on November 20, 21 and 29, and will take you through everything from the rules and regulations you need to know, to the principles of small space design.
Alfred H. Savage Centre, 13909 Fox Dr., yegardensuites.com
Magician Sheldon Casavant brings his show Before Your Eyes to the Capitol Theatre stage on November 3. The interactive, engaging experience is sure to stun.
Fort Edmonton Park, 7000 143 St., fortedmontonpark.ca