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Avenue Editor Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

As some of you may know, I have a bit of a passion for football... as in soccer. I really enjoy spending some of my Sundays doing colour commentary on FC Edmonton home matches for Citytv. FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller, after receiving an ice bath of his own, challenged me to take the ice bucket challenge. Because of the wind, the audio isn't super, but I decided not to challenge anyone. What I said is that I want to be like the team on The Amazing Race who decides not to U-turn anyone. Instead, I ask anyone who watches the...

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Adios American Dream

Walking into Audreys bookstore, I slither through about fifty people to find a spot where I can see. It’s nearly 7pm and approximately 200 Edmontonians are jammed shoulder to shoulder in the basement to meet “The Minimalists.” The Minimalists — Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus — discovered a newfound sense of purpose living life with less stuff after both dedicating their entire 20s to an unsatisfying corporate cause. By this I’m referring to money, status, and the...

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Block Party Has Special Guest of Honour

To call Dr. Audrey Evans a medical pioneer would be a bit of an understatement. Evans is the mother of Ronald McDonald House movement, which now independently operated facilities throughout the world. And, this past weekend, she was the special guest of honour for Ronald McDonald House of Northern Alberta’s Block Party. The house, located a few blocks south of Whyte Avenue, and an easy jaunt from the...

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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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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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Q&A: Marty Chan

Avenue: You dropped out of the engineering program at the U of A and returned a year later to major in English. Had you already decided to become a writer at that point or did that come later? Marty Chan: I had an inkling that I wanted to be a writer when I returned to the U of A for my English degree. I wanted to pursue a dream to someday write a manuscript while living in a cockroach-infested apartment in New York. When my play, Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl opened off Broadway, the producers flew me to New York, and I...

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