25 Things To Do In Edmonton This January

Start the New Year right by filling your schedule with interesting events.

December 22, 2017

Marvel at intricate ice sculptures at the Ice on Whyte Festival

Boardwalk Ice On Whyte Festival is open from January 25 to 28 (and a second weekend, February 1 to 4). There are plenty of frosty activities, including an ice carving competition and ice bar.

10208 82 Ave., iceonwhyte.ca

See a stunning production by choreographer Travis Wall

On January 16 and 17, Alberta Ballet kicks the year off with a bang with their show Shaping Sound: After the Curtain. The show is created by choreographer Travis Wall, who previously wowed audiences with his show Dance Reimagined; the production tells the tale of a man who is trying to find his voice and creativity after the death of someone close to him.

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

Watch a twist on a Russian literary classic

Catalyst Theatre is launching Catalyst Presents, a new programming initiative, with indie-rock musical Onegin. The adaptation of Pushkin’s poem and Tchaikovsky’s opera, with book, music and lyrics by Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille, brings an energizing new twist to a classic. It will be running from January 17 to 28.

Maclab Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., 780-425-1820, catalysttheatre.ca

Get the inside scoop on HMS Pinafore

On January 17, Edmonton Opera returns with their Opera 101 series, which offers discussion and insight on the productions that season. This edition, hosted by Stephan Bonfield, focuses on Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta HMS Pinafore and the story behind it.

CKUA Radio Network, 9804 Jasper Ave., 780-429-1000, eventbrite.ca

Hear Lisa Loeb perform live

You may be a Lisa Loeb fan from back in the day, when her single “Stay (I Missed You)” topped the charts. Since then, Loeb has taken on countless projects, from a series of children’s albums to scoring a musical, but her passion for music has remained consistent. She comes to the Arden Theatre on January 12 for a performance.

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

Sing along with the The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music, a classic musical starring Julie Andrews, has earned countless fans over the years — and on January 20, you have the opportunity to experience the film on the big screen in an interactive viewing. There are subtitles throughout the film so you can sing along, and attendees are encouraged to participate.

Horizon Stage Performing Arts Centre, 1001 Calahoo Rd., Spruce Grove, 780-962-8995, horizonstage.com

Check out Anita Sarkeesian’s talk about online harassment

On January 24, Edmonton Public Library brings Anita Sarkeesian for the first Forward Thinking Speaker Series event of 2018. Sarkeesian, a media critic and the creator of Feminist Frequency, will discuss issues surrounding the harassment of women in online and gaming spaces.

Chateau Lacombe, 10111 Bellamy Hill Rd., eventbrite.ca

Experience a stunning collaboration between a chamber orchestra and film director

Director Jennifer Peedom and the Australian Chamber Orchestra joined forces for Mountain, a unique 2017 Australian film that explores our obsession with the snow-topped peaks. It screens on January 19, 20, 22 and 23.

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

Listen to the Gryphon Trio perform live

The Gryphon Trio — Annalee Patipatanakoon, James Parker, and Roman Borys — have been together for over two decades now, and have a varied repertoire that includes classical to contemporary. They are performing on January 26, and will be playing classics from Haydn, Brahms and Wijeratne.

Robertson Wesley United Church, 10209 123 St., 780-420-1757, edmontonchambermusic.org

See a production that delves deep into a family reunion

The first production of 2018 for the Citadel's season is The Humans, a poignant tale about a family reunion in which secrets and struggles are revealed. The play is written by Stephen Karam and directed by Jackie Maxwell, and is a co-production with Canadian Stage; it runs January 6 to 27.

Shoctor Theatre, 9829 101A Ave., 780-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com

Add to your vinyl collection

On January 7, another edition of Bring Out Your Dead Vinyl Sale & Swap comes to Daravara. Stop by for a drink, meet a few fellow vinyl enthusiasts and find a few new additions to add to your collection.

Daravara, 10713 124 St., facebook.com

Celebrate your love of board games at another edition of Dark Matters

Telus World of Science brings another edition of their Dark Matters events with Game On!. Test out some locally made games, battle for first place in the IMAX Theatre and explore some of the technology and physics behind beloved games.

TELUS World of Science Edmonton, 11211 142 St., 780-451-3344, twose.ca

Get some design inspiration at the Edmonton Renovation Show

Discover new products, get some tips from the experts and find some design inspiration at the Edmonton Renovation Show, which takes place January 26 to 28.

Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Ave., 866-941-0673, edmontonrenovationshow.com

Enjoy the cooler temperatures at the Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival

On January 13 and 14, this popular outdoor festival is returning courtesy of Arts on the Ave. Enjoy activities from Franco-African, Indigenous, Franco-Albertan, Ukrainian and Acadian/East Coast communities in this cultural and heritage festival.

118 Ave. between 90 and 95 St., deepfreezefest.ca

Check out a stunning exhibition that takes a look at Edmonton’s alleys

In her latest exhibition, “The Heritage Collection,” artist Kari Duke explores the beauty and interesting details of Edmonton’s alleys. The works in the collection will be at The Front Gallery from January 11 to 31.

The Front Gallery, 10402 124 St., 780-488-2952, thefrontgallery.com

Get to know everything you need to know about pets

On January 27 and 28, stop by the Edmonton Expo Centre for the 2018 Edmonton Pet Expo. While you should leave your own furry friends at home for this particular event, you can check out plenty of animals from local rescues and breeders, get some great tips from industry experts, find products to bring home to your pooch and more.

Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Ave., 780-490-0215, petexpo.ca

Travel back in time for a 17th century dinner

Ernest’s is holding a dinner to complement Dr. Kristine Kowalchuk’s release, Preserving on Paper, which is focused on 17th-century cooking and cuisine. Ernest’s will craft dishes directly from the book to allow you to experience what was on the dining table in the 17th century. Proceeds from the event go to Food for Thought.

Ernest’s at NAIT, 11762 106 St., 780-471-8685, nait.ca

Get your resolutions in motion with the Resolution Run

If your New Year’s resolution involves getting active, why not start bright and early on the first day of 2018? Join the Running Room for their 33rd Annual Resolution Run on January 1.

William Lutsky YMCA, 1975 111 St., resolutionrun.ca

Help make the city a better place by volunteering

Looking for local organizations where you can give a bit of your time, and help do some good in the city? We pulled together 10 great spots where you can get involved in our January issue.


Learn a bit more about the history of the RCMP

Stop by the Alberta Aviation Museum on January 11 for an event in their AAM Lecture Series, Winged Mounties: A History of the RCMP Air Division. Guest speaker and AAM board member Jack Van Norman spent the majority of his RCMP career serving in the Air Division, and has flown in over 45 countries on over 80 types of aircraft.

Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway, 780-451-1175, albertaaviationmuseum.com

Figure out what makes music tick

Get inside the musical mind of a composer in this unique event, taking place on January 13 and 27. Learn more about the rhythmic structure and phrasing of music, and get an introduction to Schenkerian analysis, with instructor Reinhard Berg.

MacEwan University Conservatory of Music, 10050 MacDonald Dr., 780-633-3725, macewan.ca

Enjoy an eclectic mix of music

On January 19 and 20, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra presents Dreaming of the Masters, conducted by William Eddins. The repertoire will include songs from Gilliland, Peterson, Russel and Sigman. Guest artists include Mallory Chipman, Joel Grey, Chris Andrew and PJ Perry.

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

Attend a lecture about emotional intelligence

Marcy Levy Shankman comes to Peter Lougheed Leadership College for the Lecture Series, and will be presenting a talk entitled “Be The Change: Emotional Intelligence.” The session will allow participants to reflect on what emotionally intelligent leadership is, what it offers them, and how to tap into their own strengths.

Tory Lecture Theatres, Saskatchewan Dr., 780-248-1305, ualberta.ca/lougheed-leadership-college

Participate in a real life kitchen challenge

Are you a fan of all the cooking shows with a competition challenge? Well, Get Cooking is giving you an opportunity to feel like you’re in the midst of the action with the Get Cooking Kitchen Challenge 2018. Test your skills in the kitchen — and go up against Doreen Prei and Kathryn Joel for the final showdown!

Get Cooking, 11050 104 Ave., 780-566-2106, getcookingedmonton.com

Plan the wedding of your dreams

On January 21, Bridal Fantasy is taking over the Edmonton Expo Centre. Check out some fantastic vendors, from stylists and make-up artists to photographers to spots you can go on honeymoon.

Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Ave., 780-900-5999, bridalfantasy.com


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