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So many talented storytellers with so many enticing stories to tell! We love our homegrown wordsmiths and can’t help bragging about them! In fact, if you've got some time on your hands and are looking for some good reads, then check out any of these Edmonton-born-and/or-raised writers:
Nasra Adem, Bert Almon, Wayne Arthurson, Todd Babiak, Jalal Barzanji, David Belke, Eileen (E.C.) Bell, Ted Bishop, E.D. Blodgett, Tim Bowling, Andrew Brook, Marty Chan, Daisy Chang, Myrl Coulter, Charlotte Cranston, Diana Davidson, Laurel Deedrick-Mayne, Candas Jane Dorsey, Caterina Edwards, Marina Endicott, Minister Faust, Rita Feuti, Helen Forrester, Brad Fraser, Gary Garrison, Pauline Gedge, Martyn Godfrey, Katherine Govier, Darrin Hagen, Greg Hollingshead, Carl Honoré, D.C. Hooke, Mel Hurtig, Phillip Jagger, Zillur Rahman John, W.P. Kinsella, Jessica Kluthe, Myrna Kostash, Robert Kroetsch, Stewart Lemoine, Janice MacDonald, Laurie MacFayden, Alice Major, Conni Massing…
To be honest, I can drink a cup of coffee from just about anywhere, but there’s no denying that some places simply serve up superior brews. Just as Edmonton’s culinary scene matures and expands, so does its coffee landscape, broadening local bean buffs’ alternatives to include more than the ubiquitous Starbucks or Timmy’s.
There are java joints offering up specialty coffees and tasty cafe cuisine in virtually every corner of the city, from the Burrow in the downtown Central LRT station to the Carrot on Alberta Avenue. Some of the “older” shops have even grown into local franchises, like Transcend, Credo, or the Remedy Cafe, all with multiple locations around town.
Filming of MGM’s iconic The Wizard of Oz began on a lot 2,800 kms away in Culver City, California on October 13, 1938. On that very same Thursday, Edmonton began it’s own cinematic legacy, as the doors of The Roxy Theatre opened up for the first time on the corner of 124 Street & 107 Avenue.
At the time, the Roxy was considered one of the most luxurious movie theatres around, built by I.F. Shacker of Hanna with spring seating, air conditioning, and plenty of legroom! Designed by Edmonton architect William G. Blakey, the Roxy would eventually screen The Wizard of Oz (1939), but the very first feature lit up on the theatre’s marquee was Deanna Durbin’s Mad About Music, which started at 6:00 that evening.
Eventually, in 1988, the Roxy became a live performance venue, and by 1989 was the home of the Theatre Network and their Nextfest. It remained one of Edmonton’s most beloved venues for local artists up until January 13, 2015. That day, the Roxy burnt to …
There’s a #foodie revolution happening in Edmonton, just ask any of the growing number of food bloggers and social media gluttons online. They’ve been pretty busy telling us about the delectable delights that are all of a sudden all over town, as exciting new cafes and eateries pop up mostly - but not exclusively - in the downtown and Old Strathcona regions.
The culinary scene in Edmonton has finally earned some respect and is no longer just that place where big U.S. franchises come to test the waters before expanding throughout the rest of the country. Nope, we’ve evolved into something kind of like the Portland or Atlanta of Canada, this sort of overlooked market for emerging chefs and their maverick menus.