Reason #45 of '101 Reasons Why I Heart Edmonton'

Shaw Conference Center

By Emil Tiedemann

My friend Cindy introduced me to donairs back in the day, and so I owed her in a big way! If you like donairs, then you know what I’m talking about. That just might have been the reason why I agreed to cancel my New Year’s plans and join her for the very last Big Sugar concert before they called it quits (until reuniting in 2010, that is). 
A view of the Shaw in downtown Edmonton, overlooking the river valley.

That was December 31, 2003, and the Shaw Conference Centre was already 20 years old. That was the first time I had ever been to the Shaw, this strange - but in a good way - looking structure dangling on the side of the river valley in downtown Edmonton. 

That night, I got drunk, Cindy met some guy, and I scarfed down two - yes, two - donairs by the time I made it home on the LRT. It was a good night, overall. 

The Shaw is one of the premier venues for trade shows, festivals, concerts, galas, luncheons, conventions, awards shows, and of course, conferences, including some of our most favourite annuals: the Edmonton International Beerfest, the Halloween Howler, Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival, Festival of Trees, and even A Taste of Animethon
Edmonton's first-ever Red Bull Crashed Ice took over the Shaw in March 2015. Photo by Clayton Hannah.

And then there’s the view! Walk alongside the back end of the Shaw, and the river valley welcomes you to bask in all its glory. It’s nestled in prime real estate in Edmonton’s ever-growing downtown, in near perfect distance from everything you might need in order to attend a cartoon convention, a booze fest, or an unforgettable concert from one of Canada’s most beloved bands. How many places on Earth can provide that! #yegscc


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