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June 18, 2019

25 Things to Do in Edmonton This April

Music, theatre and improv — April has it all.

Courtesy of Ryan Parker

See the candidate …

The Candidate is the comedic story of a politician poised for victory who must avoid scandals, which are being set in motion in the theatre next door. Runs until April 21.

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 until April 21.

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

A night of (weird) Karaoke 

The hit comedy show “Weird Al” Karaoke returns to Edmonton. It’s a night of parody songs written by comedians, improvisors and musicians over karaoke tracks of the originals. April 4 at the Grindstone Theatre.

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

Rev up!

With almost 750 vehicles and the latest from manufacturers, classics and customs, come see why the Edmonton Motorshow has been the biggest and best in Western Canada for the past 42 years, at the Edmonton EXPO Centre, April 4 to 7.

Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 – 118 Avenue, 780-471-7377, edmontonexpocentre.com

A bonfire of improv

Rapid Fire Theatre’s Bonfire Festival is a series of never before tried, long-form improv shows by the ensemble of Rapid Fire Theatre, from April 4 to 13, at the Citadel Theatre.

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

In bloom

The sun is shining and the snow is (almost) gone. What better way to celebrate than at the Enjoy Centre’s Orchid Fair? With plants, workshops, art and photography, it’s a weekend of colour and fresh air (April 5 to 7).

The Enjoy Centre, 101 Riel Dr., St. Albert, 780-419-6800, enjoycentre.ca

Watch a misadventure

Rossini’s final comedy, The Misadventures of Count Ory, is full of naughty nuns, scandalous set-ups and way too much wine. Follow the love triangle between Count Ory, his cunning Page and a feisty Countess April 6, 9 and 12 at the Jubilee Auditorium.

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

See and hear one of the first movie classics ever

Watch the big top adventure, The Circus — and hear the Charlie Chaplin-written score performed live by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra — at the Winspear Centre, April 11.

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

A groundbreaking musical

Based on the best-selling graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home is an original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. Runs April 11 to 20 at the Varscona Theatre.

Varscona Theatre, 10329 – 83 Avenue, 780-433-3399, varsconatheatre.com

Listen to Edmonton’s best

The Most Amazing Symphonies, conducted by Cosette Justo Valdés, will bring out the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s best, telling stories of firebirds, love and passion, on April 13.

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

A weekend for women

On April 13 and 14, gather your gals for some quality bonding time, full of shopping, inspiration and education, at the Spring Edmonton’s Woman’s Show at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.

Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 – 118 Avenue, 780-471-7377, edmontonexpocentre.com

See and hear the sonic master of progressive rock 

Allan Parsons, the 11-time Grammy winner and music icon, takes the Winspear stage April 16.

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

A timely play by one of Edmonton’s best

In The Empress and the Prime Minister, Darrin Hagen tells the story of drag queen Ted Northe, the Canadian activist known as the Empress of Canada, who formed a remarkable connection with a young Pierre Trudeau. April 18 to May 5 at the Roxy Theatre,

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

Morrissey’s return

The former Smiths frontman returns to Canada, and Edmonton, on April 18, as part of his spring tour. A portion of ticket sales will go towards 15 animal save organizations.

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

Immerse in Viking history

See 650 artifacts, including the longest Viking warship ever found, along with multimedia shows and interactive stations at Vikings: Beyond the Legend, April 18 to October 20 at the Royal Alberta Museum.

Royal Alberta Museum, 9810 103a Ave NW, 825-468-6000, royalalbertamuseum.ca

Shakespeare retold

Directed by Josette Bushell-Mingo, this unique retelling of Shakespeare’s most magical story of The Tempest is a tale of loss and reconciliation, playing at the Citadel Theatre April 20 to May 12. The performance will feature deaf and hearing actors onstage together.

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

Catch two Canadian indie institutions

Metric and July Talk take the Edmonton Convention Centre stage on April 21 for an evening of catchy rock tunes on their Art of Doubt tour.

Edmonton Convention Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue, 780-421-9797, edmontonconvetioncentre.com

Celebrate poetry

The Edmonton Poetry Festival, around the city from April 22 to April 28, shares works from leading local, national and international poets.

Various venues, edmontonpoetryfestival.com

Get a Winspear backstage tour

The Winspear Overture Tour will give you a historical and facility tour of the Edmonton Symphony Opera and Winspear on April 24.

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

Laughs and brews

Join Town Square Brewing Company for the Canadian Comedy Tour for an evening of drinks and laughs with top North American comedians.

Town Square Brewing Company, 2919 Ellwood Dr. SW, 780-244-0212, townsquarebrewing.com

Get summer ready

See over 150 exhibitors covering all your cabin, cottage, boat and summer decor needs at the Edmonton Cottage Life and Cabin Show, April 26 to 28 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.

Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 – 118 Avenue, 780-471-7377, edmontonexpocentre.com

Get stage struck

La Cité Francophone presents Stage Struck!, a one-act play festival running April 26 and 27.

La Cité Francophone, 8627 91 Street, 780-463-1144, lacitefranco.ca

Artistic ink

See the best tattoo art from over 300 local and international artists at the Edmonton Tattoo & Arts Festival, the biggest tattoo and art show in Canada, at the Edmonton EXPO Centre April 26 to 28.

Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 – 118 Avenue, 780-471-7377, edmontonexpocentre.com

West Side Story, violin style

See the classic musical, arranged for violin and directed by Bill Eddins with Concertmaster Robert Uchida, at the Winspear April 26 and 27.

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

Canada’s Astronaut 

Share an evening celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon-landing with our country’s most renowned astronaut, Chris Hadfield, as he discusses the history and future of space exploration, April 30 at the Winspear.

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

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