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ICE District

Transformations have been ongoing in Edmonton’s ICE District, continuing its quest to be Canada’s largest sports and entertainment district. The luxury JW Marriott hotel opened in 2019 and includes a spa, fitness centre, banquet rooms, and restaurants. The district also includes Rogers Place— the state-of-the-art arena and home to the Edmonton Oilers—as well as the Grand Villa Casino, premium condos and office towers, and a giant public plaza featuring oversize art installations. Upcoming additions include a skating rink (scheduled winter 2020) and new dining options that will include an ice room with in-house vodka expert and Edmonton’s largest rooftop patio (scheduled 2021).

Canadian Icons Bob & Doug

Immortalized in bronze near the Rogers Place arena is a piece of Edmonton’s pop culture history. The sketch comedy show, SCTV, included the beloved fictional duo, Bob and Doug McKenzie—beer-drinking, tuque-wearing brothers who played up many Canadian stereotypes. The show aired on and off from 1976 to 1984 on various networks in Canada and the U.S., and was filmed for much of that time in Edmonton. Local sculptor Ritchie Velthuis collaborated with comedians Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas (who played Bob and Doug) to capture their likeness. The life-like statues sit on a bench at 103 St. & 103 Ave.

Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium

The first planetarium in Canada is set to reopen in 2020, after its designation as a Municipal Historic Resource in 2017 and a $7-million restoration. Operating from 1960 to 1983, it was first built to commemorate the Edmonton visit of Queen Elizabeth II. Modern upgrades include LED lights, new mechanical systems, and a new accessible washroom. Located in Coronation Park (114 Ave. & 142 St.), it will support public programs and events for the TELUS World of Science.

Stanley A. Milner Library

The revitalization of the Edmonton Public Library’s downtown branch has been ongoing since January 2017, and everyone is ready for the grand opening in spring 2020. Nicknamed the Think Tank, the new Stanley A. Milner Library includes a multi-storey interactive simulation wall; hands-on STEM activities for children; Indigenous Gathering Space; dedicated culinary centre; and a Makerspace area suitable for 3D printing, robotics, and other fabrication projects. There will also be over 28,000 square feet of community space, with some overlooking Churchill Square.

What’s on Tonight
Damian Moppett: Untitled Abstract Drawing in Space
March 17, 2020 - December 31, 2024    
11:00 am
The Art Gallery of Alberta commissioned Canadian artist Damian Moppett to create an installation for long-term display in the AGA Atrium. This work is intended to be a scaled-up sketch that occupies the space in the AGA's atrium as if it was drawn in the air. Shapes and lines are fabricated out of cut aluminum plate, which have been arranged and painted to recreate a 'fast' artistic abstract drawing. Moppett's recent large-scale public sculptures have all been centered around the idea of making a relatively 'quick' drawing or painting into a large three-dimensional sculpture while still trying to convey the immediate graphic simplicity of the original drawing or painting. This work will maintain the qualities of a sketch with drawing materials and blow them up to architectural or larger-than-life scale.
One Night With The King
February 6, 2024 - March 31, 2024    
7:30 pm
This is one Elvis Tribute Artist you don’t want to miss! The Mayfield Dinner Theatre welcomes Matt Cage back to the stage, this time with his own famous tribute show – joined by a surprise special guest! Mayfield audiences will remember Matt from the 2019 production of Million Dollar Quartet. The Toronto-born performer has a love of Elvis and strives to keep his memory alive. From the hip-swivelling 50’s to the stunning vocals of the 70’s, Matt Cage does it all. He is a multi-award winner, holding Professional Championship titles across Canada and the United States. Matt has portrayed The King in sold-out theatres, festival headlining shows, musical plays, television and more, and has played in Las Vegas as a featured Elvis performer in All Shook Up: A Tribute to the King at Planet Hollywood. Don't miss the Edmonton debut of this spectacular show. Seating will be limited, so book early.
Angkor's way!
February 23, 2024 - June 28, 2024    
10:00 am
In the heart of an ancient empire lies a tale waiting to be told, and this February, the world is invited to embark on an extraordinary journey through history. Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia, an international feature exhibition, promises an immersive experience that unveils the secrets of one of the greatest empires the world has even known. Become a part of the Angkor narrative with interactive activities that let you build a temple, touch ancient sculptures, and flex your archaeological detective skills. It’s not just a spectator sport; it’s an opportunity to be an active participant in the unravelling of Angkor’s mysteries. 
Dwayne Martineau: Boreal Fortress
March 2, 2024 - August 4, 2024    
11:00 am
Boreal Fortress uses images of trees, bark, weeds and detritus from our aspen parkland ecosystem that are made uncanny through mirroring techniques. This installation towers above Main Hall and its massive scale is designed to make the images of trees feel strange yet familiar. This cluster of trees suggests a secret passageway or a swirling vortex. However, this is an illusionistic fictional entryway into an elusive space that cannot be entered. This fortress gives a feeling of discovery but confronts viewers with a space they cannot enter and forces you to think about what we can and cannot access. Boreal Fortress evokes a sense of ancient connection to environmental knowledge that lays beyond the conscious mind.
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Edmontonia Trading Cards

Edmonton scenes and landmarks—like the Walterdale Bridge, West Edmonton Mall, Accidental Beach, and urban wildlife—are available in trading-card form. The all-ages set of collectible trading cards, created by Michael Hingston and designed by Justine Ma, feature illustrations and photography of various local artists. Celebrate all things Edmonton, trade with your friends, and try to collect all 60! Available online and in local shops like Audreys Books, Parcel + Paper, and Glass Bookshop.

Poetic Solar Energy

The new solar installation at the Edmonton Convention Centre is the largest of its kind in Canada. The ECC’s iconic multi-level atrium slopes down towards the river valley from downtown’s Jasper Avenue, and a modernization project replaced the 35-year-old skylight panels with new photovoltaic (solar cell) glass units. An added touch is the pattern of the cells, which spell out the excerpt of “Gifts of a River” in Morse code. The poem was written by E.D. Blodgett, a former Edmonton Poet Laureate—and more of his works can be found etched onto poetry rings in the nearby Louise McKinney Park. Enjoy the artistic sustainability project from within the Edmonton Convention Centre (9797 Jasper Ave.) or from the river valley itself.

Award-winning Funicular

Edmonton’s Mechanized River Valley Access won the 2020 National Urban Design Award of Excellence in Civic Design! Its award-winning allure comes from a combination of built structures, open spaces, and public art—as well as how it makes the river valley more accessible for everyone. The multi-million-dollar project connects the top of 100 Street in downtown Edmonton (near the Hotel Macdonald, 10065-100 St.) to Louise McKinney Park. Inside a fully enclosed glass funicular, up to 20 riders can ride down to a lookout point where they can enjoy breathtaking views of the expansive parkland. From there, riders have the option to take either the stairs or an elevator down to the park. Whether you’re just joyriding or need a fast way down that will accommodate a mobility aid, stroller, or bicycle, the funicular is a great way to get around and is free to everyone, at just the push of a button.