Showing posts from June, 2012

A Few Minutes With...Nolan Crouse

St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse goes above and beyond his duties, sparing plenty of his free time to make St. Albert one of the best places to live in Canada...


IT'S easy to see that Nolan Crouse loves his city. It's written all over his Facebook page, which seems to be crowded with statuses congratulating local high school grads, and of folks thanking him for making an appearance at any number of events, or posts alerting residents of recent criminal infrequency, btw, in the city of St. Albert.

There's even photographs of things such as graffiti, in which Crouse proposes "let's find ways to rid ourselves of graffiti and report all this garbage." Clearly, Crouse is dedicated to making St. Albert a great place to live, work, or simply visit. In fact, that's his job!

But Crouse, as I soon discovered, is more than just the Mayor of Edmonton's closest neighbour. He's an advocate, a campaigner, a spokesman for St. Albert, it…

Edmonton's Summer Events, 2012

Edmontonians will have no shortage of things to do this summer, and we're here to help guide you through the countless concerts, festivals, and other events for the season (June 20-August 31)...


♥ 10 writers will each have just 5 minutes to garner your approval at June's instalment of the Edmonton Story Slam on Wednesday, June 20 (7:30PM), at the Haven Social Club (15120-Stony Plain Road). It's a free event, but there's a suggested donation of $5.

♥ Canadian comic & actor Russell Peters will take over Rexall Place on Thursday, June 21 (7:30PM), as part of his "Notorious 2012 World Tour." Tickets for the show are available at

♥ Space is limited for the 2012 "Summertime Music at Muttart" event on Thursday, June 21 (6-9PM), featuring various musicians performing at the tranquil & subdued Muttart Conservatory. Tickets are $11.75 (adult).

♥ Cafe Haven (9 Sioux Road, Sherwood Park) is hosting the free, all-ages "Raisin'…

Music Clip of the Month/ 06-12

Zerbin's "New Earth" (2011)


IT was only last year that Zerbin, led by namesake Jason Zerbin, garnered our full attention and immediate approval when local radio began spinning a song destined for national obsession. Zerbin's "New Earth"--conjured up, inked out, and laid down within a ridiculous span of just 30 hours--easily became one of the tracks I hoped to hear while listening to Sonic on the way to work every morning. In the end I buckled down and spent the 99 cents on iTunes.

And soon I had to know more about this band, conceived right here in our own backyard. Turns out it was only in 2010 that they launched a prophetic alt-rock debut LP, Of Fools and Gold, 14 tracks that have since earned them various awards and accolades, Top 40 airplay, and even appearances in Degrassi, America's Next Top Model, and the Drew Barrymore film Going the Distance.
That's why I decided to give Mr. Zerbin himself a call, just one day before he got …

Reebok Fan Package Contest!

Reebok has graciously offered a lucky 'I Heart' reader the chance to win an ultimate fan package that includes a new reengineered Eskimos jersey!


WITH just a few weeks left until the 2012-13 CFL season kicks off (June 29), 'I Heart Edmonton' has teamed up with Reebok--the official outfitters of the Canadian Football League--to celebrate the new reengineered team jerseys!

It's been a 2-year process that's included input from all eight CFL teams, a culmination that's led to an elite new product that's now available for players and fans alike. The fan's Premier jerseys are 100% polyester with double hole mesh that increases durability, and offers a more lifestyle fit with no more drop tail. The jerseys, which are available in both home and road styles, are also offering stitched down names & numbers for your personal preference.

Reebok has also tweaked the on-field jerseys, incorporating moisture wicking technology into the fabric, …

West Ed Welcomes Kiehl's

With more than 16 decades of experience, the New York City-based Kiehl's finally takes up residence at Canada's largest shopping centre


THESE days guys just aren't as reluctant to admit that they use products to exfoliate, embellish, and enhance their skin or whatever is left of their mane. Well, some guys. But that's not to say that they...we...are all that crazy about dealing with stuffy salesfolk pestering us in stuck-up decors.

But in case you were unaware, there's an alternative, where women and men alike can feel at ease browsing for everything from skin cream & hand lotion to hair gel & lip balm. Last Wednesday (May 30) 'I Heart Edmonton' was invited to the pre-grand opening of the new West Edmonton Mall location of Kiehl's (pronounced 'keels'), a cosmetics brand retailer that specializes in premium skin, body, and hair products.

"Over 160 years ago, Kiehl's was founded in New York City and it's throug…