Edmonton boasts more than 30 festivals throughout the year, including the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, the second-largest fringe festival in the world.
- A Daily Feast - Sandra L. Hatch
I discovered the secret ingredient to Edmonton. It is and always will be generated from the heart.
- A Lesser Known Edmonton - Todd Smith
Within the next year I had come out to my family, which was only possible with the great friends I had met and grown to love, both within the gay and greater Edmonton communities.
- A Year or Two - Penny Ritco
My husband and I thought we’d be here for a year or two. That was fifteen years ago.
- All-Season City - Sunny & Ishpreet Lamba
Sunny and Ishpreet Lamba weren't sold on the move to Edmonton until they realized the lifestyle advantages. For Sunny and Ishpreet, Edmonton is an all-season city.
- Bridging Generations with Language - Wei Wong
You kind of have to know where you come from. That gives you, I guess, your character ... If this program wasn’t here, I would not have been able to teach my kids any part of their culture really, myself, right?
- Coming Home - Kristi Tencarre
I admit there are times when I miss the ocean and green of the rainforest, but the constant sunshine is a bright reminder of why I love this area of Canada.
- Discovering Two Sides of Edmonton - Tiffany Kemp
I’ve discovered if you get involved, there's a lot to keep you busy in Edmonton. When I first got here I volunteered, met some really great people and made some fabulous friends. It's how my social network started.
- Edmonton Chinese Garden - Marty Chan
Nothing fills my heart with dread more than the question, “Where are you from?” As a Chinese-Canadian, I know that when I answer “Alberta,” this will prompt the inevitable follow-up query: “no, where are you really from?”
- Everyday Champions - Kaitlyn Perrin
It wasn’t until I gave him my last toonie from my pocket and pointed him towards the next bus stop that I realized my wallet went with him on that bus.
- Field Trip - Adrianne Thomson
We were trying to figure out where in Canada we should live. And then I remember being somewhere in the McKernan area and seeing all these little kids from a daycare out on a field trip.
- Grant MacEwan Music Program - Bill Uren
In elementary school, I'd learned Edmonton was the capital city of Alberta, and that was pretty well it.
- I Love Edmonton's North Central Communities - Chris Hayduk
There aren't many places where you can get some of the best Ethiopian cuisine, excellent Thai food, then some of the best Mexican/Salvadorean fare and everything else you might want, all within a few blocks.
- I'm Coming Home - Heather Riddell
My family and I have been lucky in the amount of world we have been able to travel to. As a child my grandmère traveled extensively and we saw many places vicariously through her.
- Monks Drive SUVs Too - Kushok Lobsang Dhamchoe
Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe has rights in Canada that he didn’t have in India, where he grew up after fleeing Tibet as a child.
- Moving to Edmonton? - Jay Palter
Are you thinking of moving to Edmonton? If you are, I’m your man. I’m just a lifelong Torontonian who moved to Edmonton with my family last year. So I understand a lot of the questions and concerns you may have - the doubts and the fears.
- My Home in the Forest - Joy L. Magnusson
Some of my history books say the first people who walked here called this place “Amiskwaciwaskakikan.”
- Not a Hockey Game or a Pile of Rocks - Paul Balanchuk
I was born in this city at Edmonton General Hospital in 1966 and after 43 years considering what was a defining moment that I felt truly an Edmontonian?
- Once Upon a Time, in a Land Far Far Away... - International Day of Sharing Stories
This video is not your average fairy tale. Meet 5 Edmontonians who attended the International Day of Sharing Stories.
- Peaceful City of Nations - Bob Coe
Edmonton’s Heritage Festival is a long midsummer weekend of cascading sounds, smells and colourful sights as nationalities from around the world display their foods, dances, traditions and histories.
- People Can Live In Ice? - Joseph Florent Feulefack
When I saw the snow, I remembered how we used to learn about the Inuit in my geography textbooks back in Cameroon. And I thought to myself, “So it’s really true. People can live in ice.”
- Potluck - Nan Gai
When I first arrived she helped me with the transition to this culture. To the community, and school especially. It saved a lot of time, because when you’re new to a country, sometimes you just don’t know what to do.
- Reaching out from Edmonton - Caitlin Jackson
In the summer of 2010 we decided that Project HOPE needed to facilitate more for our community so we founded a not-for-profit organization.
- Reveling in the Edmorgasbord - Tamara Soltykevych
Tamara is an Edmontonian who stays here because of the wonderful cultural diversity found in our city.
- Room to Grow - Collette Featherstone
I was born and raised in Edmonton, and though I’ve traveled the world, there’s just something about this city that always pulls me back.
- Sojourn - Alison Clarke
A poem about Edmonton's Whyte Avenue
- Something for Every Taste - Kane Lambert
This event shows the true character of hockey fans in Edmonton. Minus 27 with an extreme wind chill and we still put 57,167 cold but excited butts in the seats.
- Things I Must Do - Sandy Mowat
Sandy moved to Edmonton with her husband. She is getting to know Edmonton with new friends and getting involved in the community by volunteering.
- Trees Like Crystal - Shantelle Henderson
When I stepped off the plane it was January 21, 1999 and it was -28. It was soooo cold my whole body went into shock till I got to my dad’s house. But that all disappeared the next day when it started to snow.
- You Grow Up One Way Or The Other - Emmy Stuebing
When you grow up in Red Deer, you are either an Edmonton fan or a Calgary fan.
- A City of Choice - Shawn Jones
After nine months of travelling between my family and my job, we finally decided to make Edmonton our home. It was a big change for them, but we’d expected it. What I didn’t expect was that it’d be a big change for me too.
- A Core Crew Story - The Core Crew
Once upon a time there was a group of five summer students all dressed in red.
- A Good Move So Far - Kay Oladele
Having just arrived in Edmonton, Kay is waiting to see what an Edmonton winter can serve up.
- A Love Of Place - Paul Morgan Donald
I moved here without any plans and I found a really exciting theatre community that I could be a part of. When I was younger I thought I might move on eventually, but you develop roots. And just a love of place.
- A New Beginning - Gerry Ens
Gerry thought he was going to retire in Edmonton, but retirement didn’t stick. With so many phenomenal opportunities here, he found it impossible to go cold turkey:
- All the Stories Stay Together - Lisa Thang
One of Lisa's favourite memories involves chopstick day, and she was really excited to find out that it still existed when she returned to Kildare to teach.
- Come Give Us a Try - Joanne Beaton
Joanne Beaton loves doing business in Edmonton.
- Creative Writing - Marty Chan
At the time I was trying to break in as a writer, I was fortunate enough to get into the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. I decided to put on my own play.
- Darling Alexis - Aaron Langvand
Encountering the Old Strathcona Foundation's enthusiasm for the idea and Jill Wright's acceptance to be a part of the production goaded me into writing the script—lightning fast –and DARLING ALEXIS was ushered into the world.
- Don't Diss Edmonton - Ava Karvonen
Edmonton surprises people. Look at our TV industry. We have a really strong independent film community here. And we’ve got a really strong industry community here actively engaged in the arts business.
- Happy to be an Edmontonian - Dr. Gary Lopaschuk
I moved to Edmonton with a five year plan--I expected to move away in five years. Twenty-six years later, I'm still here and happy to be an Edmontonian.
- Immense Mode - Brian McArthur
Yeah, there’re a lot of bricks involved. They came to us wet in Red Deer. On 16 pallets. And each pallet weighed about 2 tons. We had to store them inside so they didn’t freeze.
- Ms. Edmonton 2005 - Leila Houle
I'd never jigged before, and I don't think Mayor Mandel had ever jigged before, and here we are, jigging across the stage. It was quite an experience. And it was totally unplanned.
- Single Best Find/Mistake - Tony Vesseur
I’ve got a lot of really good customers who are really devoted to the store. Who really support the store. The guy who bought the lamp comes up from Calgary to shop here all the time.
- The Choice Was Clear - Michael King
My first impression came from the people in Edmonton. There are people here from every country in the world who’ve come to better themselves and you don’t feel like an outsider because the city is made up of such a diverse population.
- The Most Unexpected Place - Sherryl Sewepagaham
One of my students asked me if we could sing it. We were on a field trip, riding on the bus. I said I didn’t think we were ready. It took me a long time to learn the song. Listening, listening. It’s a very long and complex song.
- A Different Type of City - Brad Fossen
I came here from rural Alberta. Back home it’s a different kind of life. I don’t want to say Edmonton’s like a small town, but it’s a different type of city.
- A Man With A Crush - Barry DeFord
I could draw you a map of the world right now. I love history. I love all the stuff you’re really not supposed to talk about at work, so I figure I should work in a place where I can talk about it all the time.
- A Place for Movies - Guy Lavallee
Lights. Camera. Action! At the Edmonton International Film Festival, it’s is all about the people behind the scenes – directors, writers, producers – who bring stories to life.
- Cabbage Soup is Very Normal - K. Maryniak
In 2003, after 22 years away from home, K. Maryniak came home to Edmonton. She's convinced there is no better place in the world to live as a Ukrainian.
- Carrying On Like Idiots - Jason Allsopp
My first time trip to Edmonton was with an ex. We wanted to go to the water park at West Edmonton Mall. So we drove up from Calgary and stayed in one of West Edmonton Mall’s theme rooms.
- Dancing with the Lions - Paula Kirman
One of the most exciting aspects of Edmonton, for me, is the multicultural face of the city.
- dEdmonton: City of Halloween Horrors - Derek Clayton
DEDFest is actually Canada’s only true horror film festival. There’re other festivals that go on, but they’re all genre.
- Discovering Live Theatre - Mack D. Male
You can do that here, and it’s awesome. I’m glad I had a friend who was keen to introduce me to the local scene, but don’t let that hold you back.
- Edmonton Int'l Street Performers Festival - Edmonton Int'l Street Performers Festival
If you’re a street performer or a fan of street performers, coming to Edmonton is a must. This festival celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2009, and has entertained 4 million visitors in that time.
- Highland Gathering - Fort Edmonton Highland Gathering
If you’ve a yen to listen to bagpipers and drummers, see Highland dancing, or watch guys muscle up for the caber toss, this is the festival for you.
- My Fab Fringe Festival Experience - The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
Edmonton is a wonderful place in summer for festivals. Read what the people we asked about their Fab Fringe Festival Experience said and check out what they had to say!
- My Fab Fringe Festival Experience - Part II - The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
Edmonton is a wonderful place in summer for festivals. Here's more what people have to say about their Fab Fringe Festival Experience!
- Russian Literature: Cadence Weapon - Roland Pemberton
I played a show in Charlottetown, PEI, and I met a girl with a hat on that said Republic of Alberta. I thought this was hilarious, so I asked her where she got it.
- Skipping Stone - Dean McKenzie
Dean McKenzie is a poet and retired English teacher. He has made 2 CDs, Prairie Hejira and The Silver Apples of the Moon, and is working on a 3rd CD entitled The Jazz Poet.
- The Citadel Theatre - The Citadel Theatre
I love what I do and I love being able to do it at the Citadel in Edmonton.
- This Art Thing - Dawn Detarando
I'm from Boston originally, so when I came to Red Deer years ago, they said, “Oh yeah, there's this thing, this art thing, you might want to go to.”
- We're Not Gonna Do Shakespeare... - Nextfest
Nextfest runs for approximately 10 days every year. The festival provides professional development opportunities for artists, and has over 80 performances in several venues in Edmonton’s downtown area.
- Yardbird Suite - Yardbird Suite
Hear about one of Canada's hippest Jazz venues.