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Mayor Optimistic Commonwealth Will Be Full for WWC Opener

In 100 days, Canada will host China at Commonwealth Stadium to kick off the Women’s World Cup. The 100-day countdown was marked Thursday at City Hall, as Mayor Don Iveson joined with kids and members of the Voyageurs soccer supporters group to celebrate the occasion. The Voyageurs came up with a unique terrace chant: “We’re red, we’re white, we’re awfully polite.” But beyond the photo-op, there was no...

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Artery to Close its Doors

A venue that has helped establish the pulse of the Edmonton music scene is shutting down, but the owner is hoping that the beat will go on. The building housing The Artery, a music and arts venue located on Jasper Avenue near 95th Street where many local bands got their start playing live gigs, has been deemed structurally unsound by the City of Edmonton, and tenants have until March 31 to vacate. Owner Philip Muz wrote a post on The Artery's Facebook page...

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Edmonton's 2015 Best Neighbourhoods Survey — Fill it Out and Win!

For the fourth consecutive year, Avenue Edmonton is taking the pulse of the city. With our friends at Banister Research & Consulting Inc., we are asking Edmontonians about what they think makes for great neighbourhoods. And, we’re once again asking what neighbourhoods are the best in the city in which to live. The results form the backbone of our Best Neighbourhoods issue, which comes out in August. Find the survey...

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Meet the City's Cocoanista

The chocolates look almost too good to eat. With hand-painted, vibrant designs, they have a crunchy coating that snaps in your mouth, releasing distinct flavours that dance delicately with your taste buds. These are the creations of Jacqueline Jacek, the owner of Jacek Chocolate Couture. “I’m not a chocolate maker,” explains the self-proclaimed cocoanista, a title she coined to describe her unique combination of chocolatier and fashionista. “A chocolate maker makes chocolate from the bean, so they...

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O'Flynn Rehearses Ahead of Gold Medal Plates

Ryan O’Flynn hates gimmicky cooking-contest shows. Ask him what he thinks about Chopped, the famous TV franchise where chefs are tasked to make cohesive dishes from a black box filled with ingredients that shouldn’t go together. He’ll tell you it’s embarrassing. That it’s degrading to chefs. That, when he sees it, it just makes him mad. But O’Flynn, who oversees the massive kitchen at the Westin Edmonton, will be off to Kelowna in early February 6 and 7 for an, ahem...

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Eskimos Take the Pulses of Their Fans

February is an odd month to be having a conversation about Canadian football. The Grey Cup was hoisted at the end of November, and the Edmonton Eskimos won’t have a home game at Commonwealth Stadium until July. But this is the month that the Eskimos really begin their ticket sales push. And, for the past couple of seasons, they’ve enlisted Banister Research and Consulting Inc. to survey their fans. The upcoming season will be an unusual one for the Eskimos. Edmonton is hosting more 2015 FIFA...

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A New Dimension

A new production is hoping to take filmmaking in Edmonton to another dimension. In late January, media were invited to a non-descript building in an industrial area near the old City Centre Airport to witness a little bit of history, as the first-ever romantic comedy to be shot in 3D was being filmed in Edmonton. Dubbed 40 Below and Falling, the movie tells the tale of a school teacher from northern Canada whose trip back to the big city to get married is derailed when a blizzard cancels her flight and she meets a handsome but gruff stranger who agrees to help...

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Dancer Has Positive Vibes

Linda Tyler laughs when she tries to describe the culture of Dance Moves. “One of my participants has a husband who is a minister,” says the 55-year-old.  “She calls what we have ‘a ministry’. We don’t have anything to do with religion, but people tell me they can’t live without it.” Dance Moves is fitness with a twist. It’s a complete body workout but, instead of aerobics, Tyler leads her classes with dances she has personally choreographed. Over a 10-week session, participants attend classes...

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Construction Sites for Charity

When you walk by a construction site, chances are the only things you notice on the hording are graffiti and posters for punk rock shows that happened two weeks ago. But, through a unique charitable initiative, Big Brothers Big Sisters will benefit from the hordings that will surround a number of new downtown construction projects. (For those of you who haven’t recently played a game of “enrich your word power," hording is the collection of wood barriers that go around a construction site.) ProCura Real Estate Services...

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Meet Alberta's Ethics Commissioner

Alberta’s new Ethics Commissioner is a former judge with a reputation for accomplishing anything to which she sets her mind.  “A friend of my parents who was a social worker told them that I was going to grow up a juvenile delinquent because I was the only child of a mother who worked,” says Marguerite Trussler. “She fought a lot of battles in the ’70s against discrimination. But I always had that role model that women could do anything.” After getting her law degree at...

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