Scooting Around Town
Being an artist, I'm a visually inspired person. The views in Edmonton really grab me. Standing on top of the river valley, you can see the whole city. Sunsets. The moon. Clouds sweeping through.
When I come home from work some days, I still hop on my bicycle and spend a couple hours exploring the valley. Making your way out of it, you find these beautiful neighbourhoods like Glenora and Oliver, with those arched trees that cover the streets. Plus you've got the great architecture in there with the old houses.
Little Italy's a great part of Edmonton too. We used to go there all the time, 'cause I’m involved in a local scooter club. You know, Vespas and all that being from Italy originally. It started out with a bunch of us guys and girls who enjoy scooters just hanging out at Tra Amici (it's moved to Belgravia by the University now). We kind of created this Edmonton community where we can exchange ideas and help each other out with restoring the bikes. These days we also talk about the following year's rally plans and then we go for a drive around the city.
Yeah, there's actually an Edmonton Scooter Rally. People come over from all over. We put on this 3-day event with parties and scooter rallies and exploring the city, just driving all over.
In winter we get together about once a month, but in summertime we get together every Sunday. We drink some Italian coffee, eat panini, and scoot around the city. Just for fun.
The video below provides a glimpse inside the Douglass Udell Gallery in Edmonton. Situated in the Gallery Walk area on 124 Street, the gallery focuses primarily on contemporary Canadian art. Edmonton’s 124 Street Area is an inviting shopping district filled with local independent businesses selling everything from high fashion and deluxe beauty products to sporting goods and delicious food. Drop by some time – you’ll be glad you did.
Igor Woroniuk is an artist, teacher, scooter enthusiast, and bass player. Originally from Ukraine, Igor studied Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba and then graphic design and illustration at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, where he now teaches. He is part of a band named The Revtones, and also helps organize the Crude City Scooter Club's annual rally.