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May 21, 2019

25 Things to Do in Edmonton This March

March is action packed with dance, theatre, comedy and music.

Courtesy of Ballet Edmonton.

See gorgeous choreography on stage

Ballet Edmonton welcomes back Alberta-born choreographer Joshua Beamish and Vancouver-based Rachel Meyer for the second stunning performance of the season, I’m still here. The production runs March 1 to 3.

Triffo Theatre, MacEwan University, 11110 104 Ave., 780-970-4979, balletedmonton.ca

Watch Puccini’s tale of youth, love and despair

Mercury Opera returns to Chez Pierre Cabaret with La Boheme, the opera that inspired RENT and takes you back to New York’s Alphabet City, circa 1979, where disco and drag queens, painters, punk rockers and poets converged. The show is running until March 9.

Chez Pierre Cabaret, 10040 105 St., 780-803-1849, mercuryopera.com

The magic of Matilda

Hear the story and music of a girl who takes a stand and changes her destiny in the musical version of one of Roald Dahl’s most beloved tales, Matilda, until March 17.

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

Go for a shop and skate

Check out the shops in Bonnie Doon Centre, then skate some laps on its pop-up ice rink, every Thursday to Sunday until it melts.

Bonnie Doon Centre, Suite 160, 82 Ave. and 83 St., 780-465-7902, bonniedoonshoppingcentre.com

Celebrate the birthday of Canada’s greatest children’s entertainer

Raffi turns 70 this year, and he’s celebrating with a new album and series of #belugagrads concerts. Sing along at the Winspear Centre on March 3.

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

See the herstory of arts unfold

SkirtsAfire is a multidisciplinary arts festival that takes place around the city from March 7 to 17. From theatre to spoken word and musical performances, gallery art and delicious food — all in conjunction with International Women’s Day — SkirtsAfire will entertain and inspire.

SkirtsAfire, various locations, skirtsafire.com

Stay warm with laughs

The Snowed In Comedy Tour brings four hysterical acts to The Club at the Citadel Theatre on March 7.

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

Watch a wonderful weaving of cultures through music and dance

Shumka presents Ancestors and Elders on March 8, featuring Shumka dancers with interdisciplinary Indigenous artists, which tells the story of the first Ukranian newcomers to Canada meeting the First Nations people, and explores their shared values and differences.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 780-455-9559, shumka.com

Sit down for some stand-up

See some of Edmonton’s best stand-up comics at The Stand Up show on March 8 at the Grindstone Theatre.

Grindstone Theatre, 10019 81 Ave., 780-244-9076, grindstonetheatre.ca

Listen to beautiful, bilingual music

Singer, songwriter and pianist Béatrice Martin, known to the world as Cœur de pirate, brings her captivating live performance to the Winspear Centre March 8.

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

Hear a vintage take on modern songs

After more than 740 million YouTube views in ten years, Scott Bradlee brings his Post Modern Jukebox to the Winspear Centre on March 10. It’s a motley of modern songs — including Lady Gaga, The White Stripes and Radiohead — interpreted by his multi-talented collective.

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

See the true story of the town that welcomed the world

Broadway’s Come from Away tells the true story of the Newfoundland town that welcomed 7,000 stranded passengers in the aftermath of 9/11, March 12 to 17.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 780-427-2760, auditoriumedmonton.org

Watch a couple deal with family, hope and change 

Shadow Theatre presents Lungs, a tale about a couple thinking of having a baby amid a warming and tumultuous world. It explores betrayal, happenstance and the terrible pain that you can only cause the people you love. The production runs March 13 to 31.

Shadow Theatre, 10329 83 Ave., 780-434-5564, shadowtheatre.com

Listen to a uniquely silent theatrical gem

Watch six characters deal with enforced silence on a healing retreat in Small Mouth Sounds, March 14 to 24 at the Roxy Theatre. A challenge for actors and audience alike, characters must fumble forward and look for answers — minus words. It’s a humourous and touching journey without a roadmap.

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

Add a few restaurants to your must-try list 

Looking for a new restaurant to try out? We’ve got you covered. Our annual Best Restaurants 2019 issue is officially out, and we’ve got recommendations for every mood. Whether you’re looking for a spot to go for date night, a place to dine with your family, or simply want to try out what’s best of the new restaurants in the city, there are plenty of selections to choose from.

Various locations, avenueedmonton.com

Enter the enchanted world of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedic tale

With Felix Mendelssohn’s otherworldly score, the Alberta Ballet brings A Midsummer’s Night Dream to life, March 21 to 23.

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

Get prepped to renovate your home and garden

Talk to experts and see exhibits about your home and garden renovation projects at the Home + Garden show, March 21 to 24 at the Edmonton Expo Centre.

Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Ave., 780-471-7377, edmontonexpocentre.com

Listen to a conversation with Michelle Obama

On March 22, former First Lady Michelle Obama will discuss her life and memoir with a series of moderators. Prepare to be inspired and enlightened.

Rogers Place, 300, 10214 104 Ave., 780-414-5483, rogersplace.com

(Beer) bottoms up!

On March 22 and 23, Edmonton’s International Beerfest once again takes over 30,000 square feet of the Edmonton Convention Centre, with over 300 beers and live entertainment.

Edmonton Convention Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave., 780-421-9797, edmontonconventioncentre.com

Get caught in a trench

Multi-double platinum, progressive pop band Marianas Trench takes their Suspending Gravity Canadian tour to the Jubilee Auditorium on March 26. Get an up-close and personal experience of their new album Phantoms along with all their previous hits.

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

Watch a quirky yet poetic small town story

Middletown is the story of a handyman who forms an unlikely friendship with a pregnant woman, who together explore a longing for love, warmth and contact. The production starts March 28 at Timms Centre for the Arts.

Timms Centre for the Arts, 87 Ave. and 112 St., 780-492-2273, ualberta.ca

See the candidate …

The world premiere of The Candidate opens March 30 at the Citadel. It’s the comedic story of a politician poised for victory who must avoid scandals, which are being set in motion in the theatre next door.

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

… and the party

Showing in tandem with The Candidate, the audience are guests at The Party, a fundraiser full of secrets and scandals, with actors racing between The Maclab Theatre and The Club to appear in both performances, which run simultaneously starting March 30.

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

Watch an entertaining live variety talk show

Join Misses Davina Stewart, Cathleen Rootseart, Leona Brausen and Mr. Noel Taylor for an info-taining variety talk show on March 29 at the Roxy Theatre.

The Roxy Theatre, 8529 Gateway Boulevard, 780-453-2440, theatrenetwork.ca

Enjoy an evening of jazz and burlesque 

The Crash Hotel’s cocktail bar presents The Canary Room, an intimate, food-filled night of burlesque and jazz, on March 29.

Crash Hotel, 10266 103 Street, 780-719-3807, crashhotel.com

 

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