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Urban Edges

Technology has had an interesting impact on Fraser Brinsmead life. The 61-year-old architect got into his chosen career path because he loved art. Early in his career, he would draw projects by hand before presenting them to clients. But about 10 years ago, computer renderings became the standard for client presentations. Because computer technology had made his drawings at work obsolete, Brinsmead resolved to take up oil paintings to fill the void. Now, his work has appeared in the West End Gallery in Edmonton and Victoria, the...

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The Last Call Tour

It’s been epic, but it’s time to pack it in. That’s the sentiment behind Ten Second Epic’s recent decision to retire. The Edmonton-based alternative rockers are wrapping up their 12-year career with one final farewell tour in May. The nine-city Canadian tour will end with three shows in Edmonton. The first two shows, which will be held at the Pawn Shop, have already sold out, says Andrew Usenik, lead vocalist of the band and a Top 40 Under 40 from the class of 2012. “We...

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Avenue's Best Neighbourhoods Survey 2014

In each of the two previous years, we’ve run a Best Neighbourhoods issue, where we ask our readers to vote for the places they feel the grass is greenest. In both 2012 and 2013, Strathcona came out on top. Avenue’s Best Neighbourhoods issue is slated for August, 2014. And, once again, with the help of Banister Research and Consulting Ltd.,  we are asking our readers to help us determine the best places in the city in which to...

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Hurrying Hard

Our special guest blogger, Davin T. Robertson, gives us the low-down on the 2014 Canadian Gay Curling Championships. It’s not just Red Bull Crashed Ice bringing a bunch of energetic athletes from across Canada to Edmonton — this weekend, our city hosts the 2014 Canadian Gay Curling Championships, or CGCC for short. Organized by our local LGBTQ curling league — yep, it exists, and yep, it’s an awesome, inviting, time — Curling with Pride, CGCC 2014, is welcoming 16 teams from seven...

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Word Bridges

Two communities will come together this month at Edmonton’s Poetry Festival: The page poets and the stage poets. Says Jannie Edwards, vice president of the festival’s board: “We are looking at bridging between oral traditions and printed page traditions, music and poetry; between cultures, between writers who are both novelists and poets, history and poetry, burlesque and erotic poetry. We’ve tried to dramatize that and bring that theme to life.” The artists involved with this year’s festival...

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Q&A: Michael Hingston

Avenue: How old were you when you began writing? Michael Hingston: I remember sneaking into my elementary school’s computer lab to type out the first chapter — it was only ever the first chapter — of several fantasy epics starring woodland elves who behaved suspiciously like a certain pre-teen boy. Ditto when my family got our first home computer, in the mid ‘90s. I liked the feeling of word processors. To this day, I’m suspicious of people who claim to write by hand. Avenue: When...

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Wayfinding in the Pedways

When I was 20, I (barely) remember going on my first pubcrawl. Dozens of hormone-filled 18- to 25-year-olds crammed on a rented school bus, heading out to the city’s coolest bars (at least, what we thought were cool at that age). At each destination, we’d hurry off the bus to stand in line at an overcrowded night club to pay seven dollars for a domestic beer, dance among a group of strangers, unaware and uncaring of whose sweat is dripping all over us, pile back on the bus, fight off the motion sickness and get ready to do it all again. On Friday, March...

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Iceland's PM Meets Edmonton's Business Leaders

The stereotype exists; because of its proximity to the Scandinavian nations on the European mainland, chances are you think of Iceland as a place of high taxes, government involvement and state-monitored economic growth. But, in the wake of the country’s mortgage-driven near-collapse during the worst of the recent financial crisis, a new Iceland is emerging. And it wants to let Canada know that it’s...

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The Conservation Caravan

The Conservation Caravan is coming to Edmonton, and it’s bringing with it awareness of how ranching affects wildlife, food production and grassland in southern Alberta. A film, rather than a literal caravan, the Conservation Caravan is a short film featuring interviews with five different ranchers about how they steward the land through their ranching practices. The habitat conservation program Operation Grassland Community — an Alberta Fish and Game Association program — is bringing the film to Edmonton to showcase...

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Shakespeare out of the Park

Every summer, from the end of June to the end of July, around 15,000 people head down to Hawrelak Park for the Freewill Shakespeare Festival. Since 1989, Edmontonians have discovered, shared and rediscovered the 16th century wordsmith’s works under the protective cover of the Heritage Amphitheatre’s giant canopy. But this summer, they may be disappointed, in one way or another. On January 25 or 26 (no one is sure of the exact date), the amphitheatre’s brand-new, $400,000 canopy was destroyed by...

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