Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- The 31st Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival wrapped up today and this year’s edition smashed all previous records. A total of 680,000 people visited, and a total of 112,006 tickets were sold marking the first time that sales generated more than $1 million in revenue for artists!
- Finally: GPS and automated stop announcements will be added to 45 buses next year as part of an ETS pilot project.
- I was really pleased to see the Farming in the City tours full of Edmontonians today, all wanting to get a first-hand look at the agricultural land in the northeast. Global covered the tours here.
- In a surprise announcement this week, Concordia High School announced it is closing permanently.
- The EPS has added six more beat officers along Jasper Avenue. They’ll be proactively working with the community instead of just reacting to crime.
- The Petroleum Club has a new general manager, and he wants to turn the club around. Charles Rothman says “sadly, the handsome building has been a little neglected over the years and we have plans to restore its charm and modernize in some areas.”
- Taylor Hall and the Oilers have agreed on a new seven-year contract extension with an average annual value (AAV) of $6 million. Let’s hope there’s hockey this season!
- Don’t miss this: ETS, the Edmonton Arts Council, and Edmonton’s First Nations community unveiled 15 panels of original art created for the South LRT.
- Edmonton has a new neighbourhood and it has been named in honour of the founder of Edmonton’s Fringe, Brian Paisley.
- You might have heard that Travel Alberta and Edmonton Tourism decided to pay for former Bachelorette Ashley Hebert and her fiancé JP Rosenbaum to visit our city. The primary reason presumably was to drum up media coverage in other markets, but so far that strategy has failed miserably. The only organization that has written about the trip is the Edmonton Journal. Worse still, the couple came all the way here and ended up eating at Joey’s. So much for promoting Edmonton’s growing food scene!
- Check out these locally made iPhone cases called knottycase.
- Despite an increase in calls due to an infestation found in Medicine Hat, no rats have been found in Edmonton.
- Great piece by Tony Cashman on the High Level Bridge.
- Good question from Dave: Is Edmonton’s former Capital Health board being targeted by a Calgary-led witch-hunt?
- There’s still time to nominate a Scotiabank Game Changer – a program to help uncover local community heroes.
Here are some upcoming events:
- Crafting Type runs all week at the Robbins Health Learning Centre.
- I was going to write that this week was the final Tuesdays on the Terrace event at the Art Gallery of Alberta, but it has been extended until September 18!
- Edmonton’s City Hall turns 20 on Tuesday, so stop in to celebrate with free cupcakes and guided tours. Fun fact: this is our third city hall.
- The next Capital Ideas Edmonton event takes place on Wednesday, this time after work. Join other local business owners for a mixer at Yellowhead Brewery.
- Another favorite summer festival coming up – Symphony Under the Sky kicks off on Friday!
- Looking for something fun to do outside on the weekend? Get Lost For Hunger at the Edmonton Corn Maze!
- Weather permitting, the next Movies on the Square evening is Friday.
- On September 8, the Rock Skipping Open will take place at the Laurier Park Boat Launch at 3pm. There’s a $20 entry fee, 50% of which goes to prizes and 50% of which goes to support the Edmonton Food Bank. For rules, details, and to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch with David.
- The Parkdale Cromdale Community League is hosting a Cromdale Hotel Demolition Party on September 16.
Goodbye Cromdale Hotel by Darren Kirby