Some of the latest happenings in & around Edmonton (Fort Edmonton Park, Bikefest, Oil Kings...)


The Edmonton Oil Kings celebrate their WHL win. 
IT was a much-needed reminder as to why Edmonton is called the "City of Champions." Our hometown Oil Kings major junior hockey team defeated the Portland Winterhawks 4-1 in Game 7 to take the Western Hockey Championship on Sunday, May 13. The game went down at Rexall Place, where a record 12,513 spectators witnessed the 5-year-old team's first WHL Championship victory, giving them the Ed Chynoweth Cup and earning them a spot in the battle for the 2012 Memorial Cup (May 18-27).

IF you're one of those folks who actually likes to take care of their physical selves (I know, crazy!), then you might wanna pull your bicycle outta the closet or garage and head over to the MEC Bikefest at Ezio Faraone Park (11004-97 Ave. NW) on Saturday, May 26 (11AM-4PM). Put on by Mountain Equipment Co-op, the daylong "celebration of all things bike related" will feature bike demos, group rides, family activities, a MEC marketplace & bike swap, free mechanical checks, clinics & workshops, a charity bike drop-off, and much more. To register click here.

EDMONTON Tourism, Tourism Jasper and the Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration have signed a memorandum of cooperation to jointly promote travelling between Alberta and Shanghai, China. "Having this agreement in place symbolizes the strong partnership between Edmonton and Jasper and, just as importantly, our longstanding relationship with China," said Mayor Stephen Mandel. "As a capital city, Edmonton offers a lot for our visitors, with a blend of urban sophistication with the outdoors right on our door step." One of Edmonton's four official "sister cities" is Harbin, China (since 1985).

FROM Friday, June 8th to Sunday, June 10th the Timms Centre for the Arts (87 Ave. & 112 St.) at the UofA will be home to the 5th annual Creative Age Festival. Creative older adults are celebrated for their expressive artwork in various formats, including music, drama, dance, and visual arts. "The Festival is the perfect opportunity for Edmonton's older adults to enjoy the creativity of their peers and explore the arts in a safe, supportive environment," says David Barnet, Artistic Director of the Festival. Tickets for the 3-day event are just $10 and are available at Tix on the Square.

Fort Edmonton Park, which was established back
in 1974, is now open for the 2012 season.
IN case you hadn't heard yet, Fort Edmonton Park is now open for the 2012 season. There's plenty of upcoming events at the Park to look forward to, including Father's Day & Dinner Buffet (June 17), Dominion Day Celebration (July 1), and High Tea at the Hotel Selkirk (May 23-August 22). Admission into the Park (7000-143 St.) is just $15.75 for adults, $11.75 for youth (ages 2-17) and seniors, or $55 for a family. For hours of operation click here.

"ON behalf of the City of Edmonton, I am proud that we are now offering this convenient and affordable way to travel to and from the Edmonton International Airport," claimed Mayor Stephen Mandel, referring to the airport and the Edmonton Transit System's decision to offer specially-marked buses to travel directly to the EIA (designated "Route 747") from the Century Park Transit Centre, starting April 29. Buses will run 7 days a week from 5-12:30AM, and are $5 a ride ($100 for a monthly pass). The buses are equipped with free WiFi and luggage racks (no bikes allowed).

LOCATED just minutes outside of Edmonton, the 40-acre prehistoric preserve Jurassic Forest (Township Road 564, Gibbons/ 780-470-2446) is also open for the Spring/Summer season. Admission is $13.33 for adults, and $7.62 for kids (2-12) and $9.52 for youths (13-17).

IF you don't mind swaying alongside drunk, sweaty strangers, then you might wanna look into one of these upcoming concerts: Bon Iver at the Jubilee Auditorium (May 21 @ 8PM), George Thorogood & the Destroyers at Jubilee (May 22 @ 7:30PM), Apocalyptica at Edmonton Event Centre (May 24 @ 8PM), Alan Doyle at the Starlite Room (May 25 @ 7PM), Tommy Roe at Century Casino (May 25 @ 8PM), Peter Belec at the Yardbird Suite (May 25 @ 9PM), Ralf Buschmeyer at Yardbird (May 26 @ 9PM), Roger Waters at Rexall Place (May 28 @ 8PM and May 29 @ 8PM), Charley Pride at Jubilee (May 31 @ 7:30PM), Graham Guest & Band at Yardbird (June 1 @ 9PM and June 2 @ 9PM), Restless Heart at Century (June 2 @ 8PM), Henry Rollins at Myer Horowitz Theatre (June 6 @ 8PM), Wintersleep at The Pawn Shop (June 6 @ 10PM), Andrew Glover at Yardbird (June 8 @ 9PM), Dr. Hook at Century (June 15 @ 8PM), or Bryan Adams at Rexall (June 19 @ 8PM). Tickets for all of these shows are available at Ticketmaster.

Or you could check out local band White Lightning at the Starlite Room (10030-102 St.) on Saturday, May 26 (9PM), with guests Tanner Gordon & The Unfortunates and Zerbin. Below is White Lightning covering David Bowie's "Space Oddity."


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