25 Things To Do In Edmonton This March

This month, fill your calendar with plays, fashion, art exhibitions and great food.

March 1, 2016

Experience captured moments from pop culture history

courtesy of Bottom Line Productions

There’s no doubt about it — multi-Grammy nominated author and photographer Ethan Russell has had an incredible career. He is the only photographer to have shot album covers for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who, and his list of subjects includes Jerry Lee Lewis, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Eric Clapton. Get a peek at his work in this evening of non-stop stories, music, and hundreds of photographs — a must attend event for any pop culture enthusiast.

Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780-499-3378, festivalplace.ab.ca

Get some conversation starters for your next dinner party at Pecha Kucha 24

Edmonton’s NextGen is back with another edition of Pecha Kucha Night on March 3, and the presenter line-up promises to be as diverse and fascinating as in previous talks, featuring everything from architecture to fitness to films. The evening’s talks include “The Room: The Best Worst Movie Ever and Why It’s Essential Viewing,” “How to Create a Health Movement, One Tribe at a Time,” “Barbarella Psychedelia or Nature Can't Find a Way If There Was Nothing Natural Involved To Begin With” and more.

Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., edmontonnextgen.ca

Add to your art collection at this popular art auction

The Brian Webb Dance Company’s popular art auction returns for another year, and this time, rather than an early morning brunch affair, guests can enjoy a sit-down dinner by Chef Simon Smotkowicz before browsing the artwork. The auction will include pieces by local artists, Canadian talents, and international artists.

Shaw Conference Centre — The River Room, 9797 Jasper Ave., 780-452-3282, bwdc.ca

Learn more about one of the AGA’s new exhibitions from the artists 

Get some inside perspective on the inspiration and creation process behind a new exhibition with the unique opportunity to hear from the artists themselves. Brittany Bear Hat and Richelle Bear Hat, along with curator Kristy Trinier, discuss the artists’ practice and the making of their exhibition, Little Cree Women (Sisters, Secrets & Stories) in the RBC New Works Gallery.

Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-422-6223, youraga.ca

…and then go visit the exhibition to experience it for yourself

Brittany Bear Hat and Richelle Bear Hat, two sisters that grew up in Calgary, Alberta, feel that the complexity of being Native has had a significant impact on their own artistic practices. They have learned that being Native is about more than one viewpoint and that experience can be shared as storytellers through image and text — and they’re sharing their own perspective through their exhibition, Little Cree Women (Sisters, Secrets & Stories), which runs until July 3.

Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-422-6223, youraga.ca

Take in a play (or visual art installation, or spoken word performance) at SkirtsAfire

courtesy of Bottom Line Productions

The 4th annual SkirtsAfire herArts Festival features the work of women in theatre, music, dance, visual art, comedy, and spoken word, and this year’s multi-disciplinary line-up is absolutely jam packed.  Whether you’re looking for an intense play, a light-hearted improv production, or an an art installation with creations made from upcycled materials, you’ll find something to entertain you.

Various locations, skirtsafire.com

Before March Madness kicks off, check out some globetrotting basketball players

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters have been entertaining crowds for 90 years and show no signs of slowing down. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have thrilled hundreds of millions of fans in 122 countries, and they come to Edmonton for three exciting performances.

Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7424 118 Ave., 855-985-5000, ticketmaster.ca

Spend some time dining downtown

This year marks the Downtown Business Association’s 13th Annual Downtown Dining Week, taking place from March 11 to 20. For ten days, foodies flock to the downtown core to sample multi-course dinners at a variety of restaurants, from humble two-course lunches to lavish three-course executive meals. Stop by that restaurant you’ve always been meaning to visit and try the exclusive menu they’ve prepared for Dining Week.

Various locations, edmontondowntown.com

…or just eat your way through the city

Every Avenue reader knows that our March issue is the much-anticipated Best Restaurants issue, so why not get in the foodie spirit by scanning through our picks and trying out a few restaurants you’ve never experienced throughout March? Or, perhaps our list is just the nudge you need to go enjoy a meal at an old favourite and remember just how incredible the food scene in our city is.

Various locations, avenueedmonton.com

Take a trip back in time to the Motown era

The critically acclaimed musical Dancing in the Streets comes from London’s West End to North America. For one night only, the talented cast will bring some of the most beloved and infectious songs from the Motown era to life, including hits by The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas and more. If you’re constantly putting Motown albums on repeat, don’t miss this opportunity to see some of the hits performed live.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium 11455 87 Ave., 855-985-5000, ticketmaster.ca

…or enjoy some classic Big Band tunes 

courtesy of Bottom Line Productions

The Glenn Miller Orchestra has delighted big band enthusiasts around the world with their performances for years, and they bring their unique sound to Edmonton audiences for one night only on March 6. They will be performing classics including “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000” and more. The band’s skilled musicians will transport you back to an earlier era — and get your feet moving.  

Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com

Experience the popular Parka Patio once more — with a futuristic twist

Latitude 53’s annual winter fundraiser is back, and this year the popular parka patio is reinvented as Future City. The evening will feature music by DJ Teller and DJ SpennyB, with special performances by Goldtop, food by Clever Rabbit, The Butchery, Rge Rd, and El Cortez, sweet treats from Duches Bake Shop, as well as a cold-brew coffee cocktail by Credo Coffee. There will also be artist installations by OneTwoSix Design, Michael McInnis, and Danny Ross.

Latitude 53, 10242 106 St., 780-423-5353, latitude53.org

Attend the Art Gallery of Alberta’s latest Refinery in style

The AGA’s Refinery is a series of late-night art parties themed around current exhibitions featuring projects by artists, designers and performers in the local arts community.  Refinery en Vogue, the latest edition taking place on March 19, celebrates design-related programing through the Poole Centre of Design. The evening will feature textile-based installations commissioned specifically for the party, a fashion show, custom creations, new looks by West Edmonton Mall and more.

Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-422-6223, youraga.ca

Get to know Bridget Ryan’s musical side 

photography by Marc Chalifoux Photography

Many know television host Bridget Ryan from her time on Breakfast Television, and now on Dinner Television. However, before she ever graced the small screen, the entertainment industry veteran was taking the stage in New York City with her musical and theatrical performances. Ryan began performing cabaret in 1997, and this production, Bridget Ryan: Under The Influence, brings her back to her roots in an evening of musical cabaret.

Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., 888-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Celtic music concert

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day that doesn’t include green beer, stop by the Muttart Conservatory on March 17 for Concerts at the Conservatory: Celtic Connections. A local artist will play live Celtic music in Centre Court, and during the intermission, a Muttart Conservatory interpreter will take attendees on a guided tour — perhaps to search for some four leaf clovers?

Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St., 311, edmonton.ca

…or learn more about a true Irish institution

Before you sample some of Ireland’s finest products in honour of St. Patrick’s Day, why not learn a bit more about a true Irish institution — the Irish pub. This 2013 documentary by director Alex Fegan focuses on the Irish publicans who run and own pubs that have been in their family for generations. There will be Irish drink specials to get into the spirit of the documentary, as well as a Skype Q+A with filmmaker Alex Fegan following the screening.

Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org

See a classic love story told through dance

Choreographer Jean Grand-Maitre has brought Shakespeare’s classic love story to life through dance in the Alberta Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet. The performance is set to the music of composer Sergei Prokofiev, performed live by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and captures the intimate and tragic story of the iconic star-crossed lovers. 

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., albertaballet.com

Watch the worlds of dance, theatre and music collide in a dark comedy

Pyretic Productions and the Good Women Dance Collective present The Other, by Matthew MacKenzie, as part of the Roxy Performing Series. From the creators of Bears, The Other is a unique multi-disciplinary collaboration of dance, theatre, and music, a sexy, dark comedy about longing and not belonging. If you’re finding yourself growing tired of the same old productions, spice up your theatre routine with The Other, which runs March 1 to 13.  

The Roxy on Gateway, 8529 Gateway Blvd., 780-453-2440, theatrenetwork.ca

Listen to some of cinema’s greatest scores, performed live 

courtesy of Bottom Line Productions

Cinemaphiles can enjoy some of the greatest scores from cinematic masterpieces are brought to life by Emilio De Mercato and a group of talented musicians in Symphony Paradiso: The Movie Music of Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota. The evening’s repertoire will include scores from movies including The Godfather, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Romeo and Juliet, Cinema Paradiso and more.

Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780-499-3378, festivalplace.ab.ca

Pick up some sweet treats for Easter

You could pick up some foil-wrapped chocolate treats from your nearest grocery store for Easter, but why not make the holiday extra special by indulging in some Easter confections from JACEK, who won #1 Chocolatier in our 2016 Best Restaurants?

JACEK Chocolate Couture, 406 Kaska Road, Sherwood Park, 780-464-5200 / 10140 104 St., 780-705-9927, jacekchocolate.com

Watch Jeffrey Hatcher’s take on an iconic artist

In Jeffrey Hatcher’s A Picasso, the iconic artist is summoned and ordered to identify which pieces within a collection of confiscated paintings are the real Picassos. Hatcher explores politics, culture and sex in the dramatic production, which was the winner of the Critics Award for Outstanding Production at the 2013 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.

Varscona Backstage Theatre, 10330 84 Ave., 877-888-1757, shadowtheatre.org

Spice up your fitness routine with a new work-out 

photography by Ali Mathieson from Blondy Photography 

Even fitness enthusiasts can get burned out if they’re doing the same old routine for months on end. Venture out into the city to try one of the many unique workout classes available to jump start your spring fitness regime — if you need any ideas, check out our picks for 9 unique workouts that will have you doing everything from surfing on land to channeling your inner Beyoncé.   

Various locations, avenueedmonton.com

…or lace up your running shoes and compete with your fellow Edmontonians

The first race in MEC’s popular race series is called, aptly, The Rust Buster — so if you’re feeling guilty about your less than ideal winter workout regime, why not lace up your running shoes and start things off with a fun race on March 6? While many have registered ahead of time, day-of registration is available, so kick start March with a ramble through Rundle Park.  

 Rundle Park, 2909 113 Ave., 780-488-6614, mec.ca

Entertain your inner fashionista at Western Canada Fashion Week

Western Canada Fashion Week is back from March 24 to 31, and this year there will be over 40 designers from Edmonton, Calgary, Quebec, Ontario, France, Turkey, Indonesia and Finland. Whether there’s a particular designer you’re dying to see, you want to see rising stars in the Emerging Designer Competition, or you just enjoy keeping up with the latest trends, there’s sure to be a show that captures your attention.

ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Ave., 877-888-1757, westerncanadafashionweek.com

Attend the inaugural TEDxUAlberta

If you love catching the latest TED talks and finding out new information about change-makers around the world, this local interpretation is a can’t miss event. The conference on March 6 is put together by TEDx UAlberta, a student group at the University of Alberta, and they will bring together speakers in fields including design, science, business, technology, entertainment and more to share their knowledge and expertise.

Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., 888-425-1820, tedxualberta.com

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