February 27, 2020
Category: Blog Posts
Nine Things to Do Downtown this March & April
Now that we’ve finally gotten past deep freeze season, it’s time to get out and see why the Downtown core remains a vital area for the creative arts. Here are a few things to check out in March and April.
1. See the Garneau Block on stage
Lately he’s been traipsing about Tasmania, but Todd Babiak is not done with Edmonton, not by a long shot. Especially with the Citadel Theatre adapting The Garneau Block, the acclaimed author’s tribute to his old south side neighborhood. Belinda Cornish directs a cast that includes local favourites Julien Arnold, Shawn Ahmed and Rachel Bowron. The Garneau Block runs Saturday, March 14 to Sunday, April 5; tickets are $25 and up, available from the Citadel box office.
2. Learn the story of the horse
The mini-series took you across three continents as it explored the bond between humankind and horses, but Equus in Concert at the Winspear Centre boils the whole thing down to just a couple of hours with the help of video screens, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and filmmaker Niobe Thompson’s narration. The Chronos Vocal Ensemble also add to the fun taking place Thursday, March 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32 and up and available from the Winspear box office.
3. Walk in a night-time lantern parade
To get the full measure of it you’ll need to devote nearly the whole day to Glow, taking place on Saturday, March 21 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Starting with a lantern-making workshop in the afternoon, the family-friendly event progresses to an evening lantern parade through The Quarters neighborhood, followed by firepits, DJs and art installations? Sound groovy? The whole thing starts at 9641 102a Avenue and ends there as well. Best of all? It’s free! Learn more.
4. Catch a rising Edmonton star
He’s leaving to continue his career in the Big Apple, so why not head to the Starlite to bid goodbye to up-and-coming rapper and singer Cab’Ral? The prolific northside artist will be working with some heavy hitters in New York, developing the wildly eclectic style that’s given us such bangers as Illusions of Grandeur and Feelin’ U. It all goes down Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18.75, available at the door or in advance from The Starlite.
5. Rediscover legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor
From introspective folk-rocker to genteel interpreter of popular music, James Taylor has certainly staked out his own musical terrain. The 71-year-old singer-songwriter will still pull out You’ve Got a Friend, Sweet Baby James or his version of How Sweet It Is in concert, but lately he’s been affably grooving to songs on his just released American Classic album: Almost Like Being in Love, Old Man River, Teach Me Tonight. Expect a mix of old and new as he and his All Star Band hit Rogers Place on Friday, April 17, with Bonnie Raitt opening. Tickets are $92 and up, available from Ticketmaster. Or better yet, enter our Downtown Dining Week contest to win two tickets to her concert, a two-night stay at JW Marriott Edmonton Ice District and a $500 shopping gift card. Contest closes March 22.
6. Catch country superstar Miranda Lambert at Rogers Place
If Miranda Lambert is sure of one thing, it’s that it’ll all come out in the wash. That’s what the Nashville-based country singer named the first single off her latest album, Wildcard, and that’s likely the philosophy that’s kept her on top of the charts for close to 20 years. Lambert and her number one record will be making their way to Rogers Place on Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m. with Cody Johnson and Lanco in tow; tickets are $31 and up, available in advance from Ticketmaster.
7. Get hands-on at the AGA
Granted we’re now long past New Year’s resolution-making, but that doesn’t mean you can’t think about stretching yourself a little this spring. The Art Gallery of Alberta offers Adult Drop-In Studio Classes every Thursday from 7 p.m to 9 p.m., laying out all the materials you need for just $20. Each class offers a different two-hour course; check the AGA website for one that suits you, register online or just drop in and see if there’s a space for you.
8. Learn about the Arts District
On Saturday, March 14, curious Edmontonians get the chance to peek behind the closed doors of of the Art District’s most iconic buildings and Instagrammable locations at the Arts District Open House. Participating organizations include the Art Gallery of Alberta, CBC Radio-Canada Edmonton, the Citadel Theatre, CKUA, TIX on the Square, Edmonton City Hall, Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market, the Winspear Centre and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Discover hidden stories, marvel at these architectural structures and explore areas that are normally closed to the public. Enjoy a free tour of the Winspear Centre Concert Hall, voice a CKUA station ID or check out the University of Alberta Student Design Association BUILT pop-up shop. Best of all, most events are free and free parking is available at the Edmonton City Centre East Parkade from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm to those attending Art District Open House.
9. Plan your Downtown Dining Week restaurant crawl
Ok, we know that what we’re about to tell you has nothing to do with the arts but we’d be pretty upset with ourselves if we didn’t tell you about the biggest restaurant celebration in Edmonton. Explore Edmonton’s dining scene during Downtown Dining Week, March 11 to 22. Enjoy specially-priced lunch, brunch and dinner menus at more than 45 particpating restaurants. New this year, Braven, Kindred, Ramen Misoya, Filistix, Say Uncle, El Beso and Royal Burger join the pack, along with old-faves like Sabor, The Marc, Tzin, Ruth’s Chris and Pampa. View all the menus online and book your table directly with the restaurants.