A frozen festival, a brand new art exhibition, tons of opportunities to check out live theatre…how will you spend your weekend? Here’s what’s on in Edmonton.
Dean Drever: In Black and White | January 21–May 1
Join the AGA for the opening of this exhibition by Edmonton artist Dean Drever. Using black and white, Drever creates a timely display that grapples with white male power and authority. Tour the exhibition with Drever on January 21 at 2:00pm for further insights into his work and process.
This weekend also marks the opening of Esmaa Mohamoud’s To Play in the Face of Certain Defeat, which is inspired by the work of African American writer Ralph Ellison and re-examines contemporary Blackness and racial marginalization.
Deep Freeze Festival | January 21–22
The first festival of the winter season is here! Head down to 118 Avenue to celebrate Edmonton’s vibrant Alberta Avenue community. This event will feature live performances from local artists, the Local Heroes Film Festival, traditional Indigenous storytelling and art demonstrations, and so much more! Also make sure to check out the brand-new Heritage Village & Prairie Homestead which will transport you back to the 1900s. There is so much fun to explore at this festival, so make sure to check out their website for a full schedule of events.
We caught up with festival organizers for the January/February issue! Read more about Deep Freeze’s roots here.
CHeck out some Live Theatre | Various
Edmonton’s theatre scene is bustling with the opening of three separate shows this weekend! The Citadel Theatre’s new tragicomedy Deafy follows Deaf public speaker Nathan Jesper as he arrives desperately late to his speaking engagement. This innovative show combines spoken words, ASL, and captions for a completely unique theatre experience.
You can also catch Shadow Theatre’s Fresh Hell depicts imaginary encounters between Joan of Arc and Dorothy Parker as both figures face death. Finally, check out the Canadian premiere of Enough. Presented by Norther Light Theatre, join Jane and Toni, two immaculate flight attendants who seem to have everything together. But, as the show progresses, audiences learn that everything might not be as perfect as it seems.
Winter Pride Party | January 20
Edmonton Ski Club is hosting their first ever Winter Pride Party featuring DJ Pengwen, Vanity Fair, and Gabe Itch! Hit the slopes and then party the night away in the Après Chalet. The party continues with an event at Evolution Wonderlounge.