Edmonton boasts more than 30 festivals throughout the year, including the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, the second-largest fringe festival in the world.
- A Spontaneous Decision - Dianna Bowes
This city has changed, and I was only a few miles away and had no idea. Around every corner is an opportunity to discover something new.
- Coincidence? Maybe not... - Martin Galba
I couldn't find the location of the studio; the way the whole address system works was totally new to me. I was about to give up when something in the back of my mind told me to look one last time.
- Crossing One Bridge - Ann Henry
As I crossed the High Level Bridge today, it reminded me why Edmonton is a great place to call home. My attention was drawn first by the bright blue sky and then the valley which stretches for miles in either direction.
- Downtown Dwellers - Downtown Dwellers
What’s it like to live in downtown Edmonton? The Edmontonstories team met up with some downtown dwellers who wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Meet Kassie, Eric, Josh and Kent and learn what living in downtown Edmonton means to them.
- Edmonton/Paradise - Kelly Jordan
Armed with nothing more than our bikes and sheer determination, my fifteen-year-old brother, Cory and I scale the hills and the lush forests that engulf our city.
- Feels Like Home To Me - Rachel Foley
It’s been a long time since I actually felt that a place is home. I stood there realizing, “Yeah, this is home, and they are my friends.” I’m going to be hanging out with them for years.
- Fireworks and a Waterfall in Edmonton - Rachael Smillie
We truly do live in an amazing city; I can't think of too many with beautiful blue skies, waterfalls, and fantastic fireworks!
- I Didn't Even Notice the Cold - Tita Francisco
My favourite season is Edmonton winters because that’s when I can watch hockey. It’s my favourite sport. I'm a big fan.
- I Wanna Be A Rock Star and Stuff - Hannah Karvonen
RockerGirl Camp is for girls who wanna rock. But 10-year-old Hannah Karvonen Parsons wasn’t sure about going. “I was afraid that everyone was gonna be older than me and that I wouldn’t know anyone.”
- My First Time on the Mindbender - Marie Drake
The idea was hatched even before class had started. Me and my cousin are going to go ride the Mindbender after class today.
- Our Great City: Then and Now - Sherry Laderoute
I remember when my Dad was working on the Fort Edmonton replica when they were first building it. My Mom and a sister and a brother used to go and take him supper up that way sometimes.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Years at TELUS Field - Alex Karen
Got my Sprite. Got my soft pretzel. And one of my favorite players, Valentino Pascucchi, is up to bat. This...this is the life.
- Why I Love Edmonton: A Poem - Dan Lokhorst
But if I had to choose a single spot to call my own, Then I'd have to say it's Edmonton, my river city home.
- 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 Job with a Bonus - Richard Andersen
My first question was, "Where is Edmonton?". Richard soon found out and thinks Edmonton and Edmontonians are a wonderful bonus.
- 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.
- An Edmonton Theatrician - Ken Brown
Edmonton is a great town in which to produce theatre, and it’s a mysteriously active and supportive theatre community. Nationally recognized writers have come from here, and Edmonton has had a profound effect on English-Canadian theatre. It’s interesting that this prairie city produces a lot of theatre.
- Circus City - Annie Dugan
It’s a lot of work, but I can’t stop doing it. I love it too much. We’re the only company that offers the classes and then works with our students to create theatre together.
- City of Champions Means So Much More - Len Rhodes
Len Rhodes, President and CEO of the Edmonton Eskimos understands now that the City of Champions means more than success of our sports teams.
- 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.
- 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.
- Home Of Strange Records - Aaron Levin
Folkways was this label from New York City by Moses Asch. It was a very forward-thinking, independent label. Moses wanted to capture sounds that would’ve otherwise been lost because they weren’t commercially viable.
- Johnny Rains - John Ullyatt
Edmonton allowed me to do all kinds of crazy things like being a dung beetle and hanging off the side of the National Bank Building downtown. And then I had this idea of turning myself into The Human Fountain.
- Lights, Camera, Action! - Anaid Productions
Edmonton has a talented and supportive production community with a multitude of opportunities for those just starting out, as well as experienced filmmakers.
- Optical Illusion - Brittany Reinbold
The man who does all the production at the club gave me a disco ball. Actually, he gave me like 5 disco balls. I asked to borrow one for my new flyer, and he’s like keep them.
- 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 Family Destination - Stephanie Sewap
Every year, Stephanie Sewap visits Edmonton with her husband and four children. Their favourite spot? West Edmonton Mall.
- 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.
- Art is a Lifestyle - Sandra Sing Fernandes
Edmonton's such a creative town. You really don't have to go sit in a big scary city by yourself and work incredibly hard and maybe not get anywhere. There's a strong and thriving arts community.
- Bucking Broncos - Canadian Finals Rodeo
The Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) is a world-class event that attracts some of the best in the bucking business. In the CFR videos, you’ll meet 4 of the 2009 contestants, as well as rodeo clown CrAsh Cooper.
- Canadian Finals Rodeo 2005 - Nancy Villegas
When I remember November 9, 2005, cowboys and cowgirls, beautiful horses and big cows, a lot of colours and lights, a lot of sounds and smiles come to mind.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival - Blues International
Edmontonians love their blues music. Edmonton’s Labatt Blues Festival is Western Canada’s premier blues event. The festival takes place for 3 days every August in Hawrelak Park’s Heritage Amphitheatre.
- Feats Festival of Dance - Alberta Dance Alliance
There are endless opportunities to learn all types of dance in Edmonton. There are province- and city-wide competitions, festivals, and workshops as well as many studios to help perfect your technique. And if you like to watch dance from around Canada and the world, the annual Feats Festival of Dance is a must-attend festival.
- Festival for Kids - Lucien Levesque
St. Albert in the greater Edmonton area recently hosted the International Children's Festival. I had such an amazing time and enjoyed so much being a part of a great festival for kids.
- Hot to Huddle in Edmonton - Grey Cup Festival
Edmonton has some great 2010 Grey Cup memories from everyone who came out to celebrate with us. We captured the pre-game excitement on Churchill Square at Edmonton’s Hot to Huddle 2010 Grey Cup Festival.
- Magical Volunteer Army - The Magical Volunteer Army
What does it take to become one of the world's best folk festivals? Blood, sweat, toil, and tears? Definitely. Volunteers? Absolutely. Watch 2 short videos to find out what keeps everyone coming back each year.
- 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!
- My most adrenaline-filled Edmonton moment... -
Suddenly my eyes popped wide open as a Formula Ford spun out of control and started heading directly for our marshal station.
- My most memorable Edmonton Indy moment... -
We asked people to share their most memorable Indy moment for the Race to the Honda Indy Edmonton Contest. The response we got was fantastic. Check out the cool experiences racing fans have had in Edmonton.
- Perfect Edmonton Summer Experience -
Bang! A flash in the air and colours are flying all over the place. I was standing watching it all happen.
- Rent At The Jube - Christian Mena
There’s something about the concept of coming to do a show like Rent in your hometown, at the Jubilee Auditorium, a place I’d never performed at. I mean I’d performed in that space but not on the actual stage.
- River, Light, Snow & Art - Randall Stout
And then, of course, the presence of snow throughout so many months of the year. We took the position that it’s something we ought not to hide, but rather celebrate. Even at the time of the competition, we started doing renderings of our design proposal in a snowstorm, trying to think about the aesthetic of the building in that winter condition.
- 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.
- Tour of Edmonton - John McLaughlin
I’ll never forget the 10-day visit from my folks – Ted, my Dad, Uncle Harold and Aunt Eileen, and 11-year-old nephew Ben. They arrived via Air Canada on a warm, beautiful Canada Day.
- Yardbird Suite - Yardbird Suite
Hear about one of Canada's hippest Jazz venues.