Goings on About Edmonton

I’ve been busy exploring Edmonton’s art scene for the past few weeks.

Last Friday Le Fuzz launched their new CD Usona, at the Yellowhead Brewery. Frank, Jason, Dwayne, Chris and Thom put on a great show, as always, and I got a copy of their new CD. Of course all of the tracks are great, but at the moment Jason’s Belle and their rendition of Dondaine are my favourites.

Le Fuzz, Usona
Le Fuzz, Usona

On Thursday after work Carla and I caught the second half of Literary Cocktails at the Faculty Club at the University of Alberta. It was part of The Edmonton Poetry Festival. We heard two of the poets read, spoke to some interesting people and listened to some great live music. It was the first ever road trip for the Cool Chicks Cocktail hour, a bi-weekly gathering that I usually hold at The Common on 109th Street.

On Friday night Tom and I attended The Red Gala at the Art Gallery of Alberta. It was also part of The Edmonton Poetry Festival. We would probably not have attended if I hadn’t won the tickets. We had a great time. It was a fundraiser for the Festival, but none of my bids were the winning ones. The gallery looked fantastic, the lobby was full of tables draped in black and red. The far walls are covered in a giant mural by Edmonton artist Jill Sandford so it looks like a giant graphic novel in black and white, with a stain of colour off to the side. It made a fantastic backdrop.

A Poet reading at the Red Gala
A Poet reading at the Red Gala

We arrived just as the entertainment was about to start and we found seats at an empty table at the back. It turned out we had the best seats in the house to watch some of the performances by Burlesque Edmonton. There were also readings by four poets. The invitation said “An evening of Burlesque and Erotic Poetry” but I think two of the poets were a little surprised to find themselves on such a bill, but they all gave great readings. It was a fun event in a cool space, and we met some interesting people, including a few local poets.

Edmonton Burlesque
Edmonton Burlesque

Yesterday we took Jasmine and Paris and two of their friends to see Mama Mia at the Jubilee on the University of Alberta Campus. It was a great show, we all enjoyed it. The music was great, with songs everyone seemed to be mouthing the words too. We got the tickets through Girl Guides who had arranged for a Q & A session with some of the performers after the show. They answered lots of questions, including ones from Jasmine and Paris and then signed autographs and posed for photos. It was a great day.

The girls with "Sky" from Mama Mia
The girls with “Sky” from Mama Mia
The girls with the Dance Captain from Mama Mia
The girls with the Dance Captain from Mama Mia

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