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It's All in the Details

Diana Davidson is used to doing a lot of research. Born and raised in Beaverlodge, Alta., Davidson has a PhD in literature. She put those researching skills to good use during the years she spent studying Aboriginal culture and what life was like in 1890s Alberta. The result of seven years of labour is her first novel, Pilgrimage, a work of historical fiction. The novel, which came out last September, takes place in central Alberta, at the Lac St. Anne settlement, during the time shortly after the...

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Ladies on the Green

Every summer, there is an abundance of charity golf tournaments in Edmonton. Some are aimed specifically at women, and they usually support a worthy cause. Many women are generally eager to sign up for a day in the sun helping a charity, but some ladies don't want to have to stress out about their score or their swing. Now, even women who have never swung a club in their life can get involved in a golf tournament for charity. The Ladies on the Green golf tournament caters to both golfers and non-golfers, with a special...

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The Gift is in the Giving

When country singer Beverley Mahood first got involved with the Kinsmen Telemiracle 17 years ago, she had no idea what she was getting herself into. She was asked to be a part of the event, but assumed she would only be performing. “Back then, I wasn’t really someone who liked to speak a lot,” she says. “My manager knew before me that I would have to host as part of my duties performing at the Kinsmen Telemiracle.” When Mahood arrived at the...

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Street Art from the Start

Shelley Switzer came to Edmonton’s International Street Performers Festival 26 years ago as a volunteer and hasn’t missed a celebration since. Currently going on her 15th season as the festival’s artistic producer, Switzer labours year round to bring this beloved, 10-day street party to downtown Edmonton. Edmonton’s Street Performers Festival stemmed from what began in 1981 as Summerfest. As Alberta rejoiced in its 75th birthday, the government fronted 75 million dollars to support worthy endeavors and exciting organizations —...

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Meet K Division's New Deputy Commish

Marianne Ryan felt deprived as a child. She loved being active outdoors — on the tractor and being with her father — but growing up on a farm meant less time for sports and other activities because she had to get home right after school to do chores. In hindsight, it may have been the best experience for her chosen career. “We worked really hard in some really hot summer days in southern Ontario,” says the top officer of Alberta’s RCMP. “I think it brought to light for me the importance of teamwork and that, if we all pitch in, we can...

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A Night in Foodie Heaven

For the foodie looking for a challenge, Dishcrawl presents the perfect opportunity: Instead of having the standard one meal per evening, try three different restaurants in the span of about three hours. The event entails guests sampling three courses each at three different restaurants. Each place serves up two savoury dishes and one sweet. Often, the evenings are themed around a specific type of food. This month's Dishcrawl in Edmonton will not be themed, but rather, will take place in the same area: 124th Street....

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Taste of Edmonton

In Alberta, most people are pretty familiar with perogies, those Ukrainian dishes that are usually stuffed with cheeses or potatoes. They can be boiled or fried and they’re often smothered in butter and sour cream. But where some see familiarity, others see the opportunity for innovation. Enter the chicken masala perogy, a creative fusion affair that will be presented by Select restaurant at Taste of Edmonton. Paul Lucas, general manager of Events Edmonton, says the perogies are an...

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Baby, You're a Firework

Who doesn't like fireworks? Katy Perry is a fan, and I tend to agree with her. Luckily, fireworks season is upon us! And that's not all that is happening this July 1st. This Canada Day marks not only Canada's 147th birthday but also the first time Edmonton's High Level Bridge will light up with the glow of 55,000 LED lights as part of the Light the Bridge campaign. The bridge's bulbs will go on at 11 p.m., the same time the...

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Wicked: Behind the Scenes

A giant prop dragon lies next to witches hats, which are piled atop lighting equipment, massive props and countless other backstage items, all packed from floor to ceiling, front to back in a semi trailer. Thirteen of these trailers carry everything needed to put on Broadway Across Canada’s production of Wicked. Everything that is, except the crew members, of course, who clock in at about 80 people, including all those needed behind the scenes....

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High-School Pals Will Recreate L.A. Vibe in Edmonton

Alex Sneazwell and Mike Maxxis were high-school buddies at St. Francis Xavier. Sneazwell went on to establish a culinary career — earning praise as the executive chef at the Manor Casual Bistro, before moving on to Von’s. Maxxis left Edmonton for Los Angeles, and earned an international reputation as a music-video director, creating clips for the likes of Our Lady Peace, Billy Talent, Alexisonfire and City and Colour.  Two videos that Maxxis made were nominated for 2014...

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