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Reason #101.5 of '101 Reasons Why I Heart Edmonton'

The Donairs By Emil Tiedemann There was just no way I could come up with a list of all the reasons why I heart Edmonton and leave off the donair . Sorry, not sorry. Those slivers of heavily-spiced ground beef swarmed with sweet sauce and gooey cheese, cradled by a warm and often chewy Lebanese-style pita are irresistable to many - perhaps most - Edmontonians. The donair! (Photo courtesy of PrimeTime Donair & Kabab ). Unfortunately for the rest of Canada, Edmonton is one of the few places outside of the East Coast where you can find these savoury delectables in abundance. Although they are the official food of Halifax, the donair has made Edmonton its second home, and we’re more than grateful to welcome them with open arms and mouths.  If you don’t believe me, go to any of the dozens of donair shops around the city and try one for yourself. A warning though: they are highly addictive! #yegdonair

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

Our Bright Future By Emil Tiedemann There was a time not so long ago when Edmontonians probably felt like there wasn’t much to look forward to, in terms of new ideas and exciting concepts envisioned for our city. When designs for a new Art Gallery of Alberta started to come together, some folks were disillusioned and even downright angry, while others saw it as a turning point for Edmonton.  The Art Gallery of Alberta. I saw it as a giant leap forward for downtown’s lucid landscape, an effort for something different in a town that could use something different - something ostentatious! That brilliantly bizarre structure changed our downtown for good, and perhaps incited what was to come.  Edmonton is changing and growing rapidly and progressively, though somehow retaining its sustainable spirit and that precious sense of small-town community. One of the best examples of this is the epic Blatchford Project on the old City Centre Airport land, where the City has already be

Reason #100 of '101 Reasons Why I Heart Edmonton'

City Hall By Emil Tiedemann Edmonton City Hall is not just the home of our civic leadership, where our elected officials congregate to debate and discuss all the important and not so important issues facing all Edmontonians. City Council & Committee meetings are held at City Hall year-round and are open to the public, who are also free to ask questions or bring up concerns (in a civil and orderly fashion, of course!). During winter weekends, shoppers head to City Hall for the City Market , where dozens of vendors offer up handmade crafts and locally-grown foods. When it’s warm outside, children play in the adjoining fountain pool, while downtown workers spend their lunch hour at one of the outside umbrella tables or on the surrounding patches of greenery taking in the sun. Or they’ll stay indoors and try a dish made from fresh ingredients at the Kids In the Hall Bistro , located on the southwest corner.  Annual events such as Cariwest and the Street Performers Festiva

Reason #99 of '101 Reasons Why I Heart Edmonton'

The Oilers By Emil Tiedemann Peter Pocklington was intent on bringing a National Hockey League franchise to Edmonton, no matter the cost. When the NHL refused to merge with the struggling WHL back in the mid-’70s, Regina-born Pocklington went to work, putting together a behind-the-scenes team that would allow him to realize his dream for his adopted hometown.  In 1978, Pocklington hired Larry Gordon as general manager, and then brought on Alberta’s own Glen Sather (as vice president and coach), who had actually played on the Edmonton Oilers WHL team for the 1976-77 season, before leading the team to a championship the following year as their coach.  Gretzky and Messier were the cream of the crop during the Oilers' 'Dynasty Days.' In November of 1978, Pocklington paid $850,000 to sign on 17-year-old Brantford, Ontario phenom Wayne Gretzky (an Oiler from 1979-88) (as well as forward Peter Driscoll and goaltender Eddie Mio ), who had just inked a deal with th

Reason #98 of '101 Reasons Why I Heart Edmonton'

The Other Festivals By Emil Tiedemann I would be remiss if, in a town rightfully recognized as “Festival City,” I didn’t mention all of those other exciting and enticing festivals that happen all year round here in Edmonton. The 101 Reasons Why I Heart Edmonton book includes individual entries for the Fringe , Folk Fest , the Street Performers , Heritage Fest , and collectively the film festivals (‘The Cinema’), but there are so many others that deserve to be praised, and this list simply wouldn’t be complete without them. So, in alphabetical order, here they are from A to Zoofest... ALL IS BRIGHT FESTIVAL (since 2013) 124th Street and High Street light up for one vibrant Saturday night in November, as All Is Bright celebrates the coming of the winter season by providing illumination, entertainment, food, fashion, and plenty of all-ages fun. It is hosted by the 124th Street Business Association. ANIMETHON (since 1994) Japanese animation fanatics come out for three d