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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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The 29th Works Art & Design Festival

This year, there will be no standing still at the Works Art & Design Festival. The theme of this year’s event is movement[s], says Amber Rooke, executive artistic director of the festival. “We’re looking at physical movement and also social movement,” she says. That includes performance art, such as an act from a local dance artist, titled "The Traveller." “It will be a three-hour performance that he will perform three times during the festival. It will be different each time because he interacts with the audience each time,” says Rooke...

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Citie Ballet Home Tour 2014

Citie Ballet showcases some of the city's great talents every time they put on a production. ...

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EPL Wins Big

Like a fine wine (or a good book), the Edmonton Public Library just gets better with age. Today, the 101-year-old library celebrated being named Library of the Year by Library Journal magazine and Gale, "a leading publisher of research and...

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