November 16, 2020
Category: Blog Posts
How to Support Downtown Edmonton November 20-22
A virtual How To Festival, Black dance history, Christmas tree shopping and other ways to support Downtown Edmonton this weekend November 20-22.
1. Score some vintage finds
Sunday, November 22
It’s best known as a beer lover’s paradise where discerning Edmontonians can drink top-quality beers from IPAs to seasonal sours, but Campio Brewing is also the place to find serious vintage finds. Every second Sunday through to Dec. 20, the basement is filled with vendors selling vintage clothes, home items and artisan food products. Hit the Campio Brewing Winter Market early (the market opens at 11 am) to snag some coveted cinnamon buns from Typ Top Bakery - a social enterprise endeavour that employs local youth. All booths are properly distanced and Campios strict covid measures (temp checks, contact tracing and mandatory masks are in place) prior to entry.
2. Attend the EPL’s virtual How to Festival
Saturday, November 21 & Sunday November 22 online
Learn how to research your family tree, start a podcast, stay positive in the face of diversity, and more at Edmonton Public Library’s virtual “How To Festival." Local experts are sharing their knowledge and insight during 17 different events. Register for any of the events that interest you then tune in live (or watch a replay) from the comfort of your own home. Our pick is how to use heat transfer vinyl so you make your own holiday gifts at the Downtown’s library’s Makerspace.
3. Brush up on Canadian dance history
Tuesday to Saturdays
The dance history of Canada’s Black population is largely undocumented before 1970 though it can be traced back to the early 1900s. It’s About Time: Dancing Black in Canada 1900 – 1970 and Now, an exhibit at Mitchell Art Gallery, celebrates more than 100 years of performances. Paintings, artefacts, photographs and newspaper articles document the complex representations of Blackness, the impact of Canada’s immigration laws on Black dancing bodies and how dance became a creative resistance to racism in Canada. It’s About Time: Dancing Black in Canada 1900 – 1970 and Now is at the Mitchell Art Gallery at MacEwan University until December 5.
4. Adopt a Downtown shop
Through November 22
Eight Downtown retailers and restaurants have been selected to participate in the #AdoptAShopYEG: ATB Neighbourhood Hop initiative. Sign up for the Downtown neighbourhood itinerary and commit to spending a least $20 at a minimum of three of the participating businesses, such as Sweet Lollapalooza Confections, Tanuki Kyoto Suschi and The Artworks. Registrants will be entered to win a $100 prepaid Visa gift card to spend at participating Neighbourhood Hop stores. Registration is limited so you sign up right away, but even in you can’t get in on the hop, there’s nothing stopping you from supporting local.
5. Decorate your home for the holidays
Monday to Saturday in-store and online
No matter what your holiday decorating style is, you will find a Christmas tree to suit it at Shop Chop on 107 Street. There are tiny paper trees made from recycled paper , colourful ombre brush trees, minimalist velvet trees, and so much more. If you want the real deal, there is also a selection of potted Christmas greenery including Alberta Spruce and Christmas Cacti. They have a great selection of giftware and cards, too. Shop in-person or online.
6. Wine, dine & learn at The Westin
Friday, November 20
Treat yourself to a relaxing Downtown Edmonton staycation at the Westin with the Westin Experiential Night Out. Your evening begins with an event-exclusive three-course meal of spice marinated chicken, grilled flank with brussels sprouts, corn, cumin roasted fingerlings and avocado chimichurri, and coconut panacotta for dessert. And just when you think you can’t possibly indulge any more, local chocolatier Colleen Heidecker of Colleen’s Chocolates, will lead a chocolate tasting after your meal. Finally, retreat to your room and relax with a bottle of wine.