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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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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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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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Advice to Supporters of Wolverine Monument, from an SCTV Monument Supporter

I believe that Frank Miller and Chris Claremont’s 1982 four-issue Wolverine mini-series stands up as one of the greatest comic-book triumphs. I’m a fan of Logan, the mutant who can heal even a gunshot wound to the brain and who brandishes lethal adamantium claws. When Len Wein created the character in 1974 as a foil for the Hulk, little did anyone in the comics world understand that Wolverine would become the...

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Finding Roy Leadbeater

As I worked on this month's profile of sculptor Roy Leadbeater, I travelled through Edmonton and the surrounding area so I could look at his work, up close. In a lot of cases, these were sculptures I'd seen before, but I hadn't really stopped to have a good look. There are sculptures that are fairly easy to locate in the downtown core. And, then there's "Children Having Fun," which is found in a park in Cardiff, about a half-hour drive north of city, depending on how badly traffic...

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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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Crawl Helps Expose 124th St. Businesses

If you’re in the 124th Street shopping district, you can see the signs in almost all of the windows of local businesses. They advertise that it’s still business as usual in the High Street District, even though the project to rebuild the bridge that connects Glenora and points west to 124th Street won’t be completed until well into 2015. The bridge on 102nd Avenue was closed to traffic on July 1, and then taken down.  So, with that added pressure on 124th Street, this year’s ...

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