25 Things To Do In Edmonton This January

Some of the city’s best winter fests happen this month, along with lots of beautiful music

Courtesy Boardwalk Ice On Whyte

Frozen in real life

See the award-winning frozen fortress as Ice Castles return to Hawrelak Park from January until the snow melts (so probably March). Venture through the stunning display, take selfies in the throne room and in front of the waterfall, and find your way through the ice maze.

Hawrelak Park, 9330 Groat Road, 780-442-5311, icecastles.com

Snowy shoes and starry skies

Take a guided snowshoe hike around Astotin Lake, then relax by the fire under a starry night sky at Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve, at another Snowshoe and Stargaze at Elk Island park on January 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Elk Island National Park, 54401 Range Rd 203, Fort Saskatchewan, parkscanada.gc.ca 

Learn about a dark history

The Edmonton Public Schools Archives and Museum is hosting an exhibition on the life of Anne Frank, the history of the Holocaust and the experience of Canadian soldiers during the Second World War. It’s a sombre but sadly relevant display, on until the end of January.

Historic McKay Avenue School, 10425 99 Avenue, 780-422-1970, archivesmuseum.epsb.ca

Feel some country soul

Jim Cuddy reimagines solo and Blue Rodeo gems along with classic covers from his new album, Countrywide Soul, with his band, January 2 at the Winspear Centre.

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

New year, classical music

The Winspear welcomes Winnipeg’s Symphony Music Director Daniel Raiskin to conduct Beethoven’s Eroica, and pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin returns for Chopin’s dazzling Piano Concerto No. 1 January 10 and 11.

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

Byzantine Empire in Edmonton

Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival is a two day, cold climate celebration of the Russian/Ukrainian “Olde New Year.” Throw a rock in some Old Tyme curling, take a snow wagon ride, play winter mini golf and zip down a giant ice slide, with some delicious Canadian food in between.

Alberta Avenue ,118 Avenue NW & 91 Street, deepfreezefest.ca

At what cost?

The Citadel Theatre has the Canadian premiere of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, The Cost of Living, a story that explores the space where abled and disabled bodies meet, January 11 to February 2.

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

Rattle and strum

Toronto’s The Strumbellas bring their swinging pop-folk sound (and toques!) to the Jubilee stage on their Rattlesnake Canadian Tour, January 15.

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

Krup you!

Join conductor Alexander Prior in celebrating two centuries of quintessentially American classics as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra presents music from West Side Story, January 16.

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

Embrace your winter blues

Regina’s Jack Semple brings his internationally-renowned (and JUNO-winning) blues sound to the Festival Place Stage on January 17.

100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780-449-3378, festivalplace.ab.ca

All paws on deck

The heroic pups from PAW Patrol embark on a high seas exploit in “The Great Pirate Adventure,” an action-packed, music-filled production your kids will love, January 17 to 19.

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

Rock at the moon

Canadian indie rock band Half Moon Run, with guest Taylor Janzen, comes to Edmonton January 18.

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

Hear Russian and American classics

ESO Chief Conductor Alexander Prior brings Russian and American masterpieces to life with Tchaikovsky and Bernstein, and is joined by violinist Alice Lee and cellist Rafael Hoekman to perform Nicole Lizée’s Zeiss After Dark, January 19.

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

Watch dance and architecture collide

Los Angeles-based dance company Diavolo (who were top 10 finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent) push physical and engineering limits with fearless feats and breathtaking displays, January 21 and 22.

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

This could be anywhere in the world

Rock out with one of Canada’s best as Alexisonfire (with punk icons The Distillers) come to Edmonton January 22.

Rogers Place, 10220 104 Ave NW, 780-414-5483, rogersplace.com

Clash of the classical titans

Guest Conductor Alexander Shelley, along with virtuoso cellist Stéphane Tétreault, celebrates the greats in Mozart, Hadyn & Cello, January 23.

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

Walk on ice

The Boardwalk Ice on Whyte Festival is a wicked winter festival that never runs out of ice (assuming 96,000 pounds is enough). Check out the ice carving competition and all the food and festivities January 23 to 26, and January 28 to February 2.

Boardwalk Ice on Whyte, 10208 82 Avenue, iceonwhyte.ca

Music to melt to

The first annual Winterruption YEG festival is a multi-venue music and arts festival running January 23 to 26, across multiple downtown venues. Bring your dancing boots to move along with great musical acts and laugh along with comedians Brian Posehn and Edmonton’s own Kathleen McGee during the four-day affair.

Various venues, winterruptionyeg.com

A free winter concert

On January 24, the Winspear welcomes 150 Youth Orchestra of Northern Alberta students as they perform their winter concert featuring works by Mozart, Brahms, Bartók and more!

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

I thought the Generals were due!

Harlem’s best spinners, passers and pants-ers will try to keep their undefeated streak alive when the Globetrotters come to Rogers Place January 25, along with the Flying Globies trampoline dunk team, back by popular demand.

Rogers Place, 10220 104 Ave NW, 780-414-5483, rogersplace.com

A symphony that’s out of this world

National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Alexander Shelley conducts three dynamic and contrasting works in Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, a January 25 concert featuring Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and JUNO-winning My Name is Amanda Todd.

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

Human see, human do

Biological anthropologist Cheryl Knott and wildlife photojournalist Tim Laman use innovative techniques and new technologies to give you a closer look at the secret world of orangutans in Adventures among Orangutans, January 27.

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

Take a flying canoë ride

One of Edmonton’s best winter festivals returns as The Flying Canoë Volant paddles in January 30 to February 1. Loosely based on French-Canadian, First Nation and Métis traditions, it’s a creative, interactive and cultural event that celebrates local history and living in a winter city.

Mill Creek Ravine and La Cité francophone, 8627 Rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91 Street), 780-463-1144, flyingcanoevolant.ca

What’s going on

Hear (and see) tributes to to The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and more in Legends of Motown, a cast of 16 singers and musicians taking you back to the Motown era January 31.

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

Little miss country

Catch Little Miss Higgins and her rich, country blues sound, including songs from her new album, My Home, My Heart, January 31 in Sherwood Park.

100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780-449-3378, festivalplace.ab.ca

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