The public art, Turbulent, by Vancouver-based artist Jill Anholt, creates a viewpoint of the river valley complete with seating. It's made of thin, bright blue ribbons of metal combined with concrete benches. The seats are inspired by the waters of the North Saskatchewan River which they over look.
Residents and visitors to the city centre can spend their time at art galleries, live entertainment venues, a performance or festival on Churchill Square, attend a class at any number of post-secondary institutions, shop local at the downtown Saturday Farmers’ Market or enjoy a delicious meal at one of many cafes and restaurants. Soon the business district will welcome the new Royal Alberta Museum as well as Rogers Place, home to the city’s NHL team, the Edmonton Oilers. Supported by multiple LRT stations, the young and professional population continues to grow, embracing apartment and condo living in the heart of the city.
The Edmonton Chinese Garden, located in Louise McKinney Park - just southeast of the Shaw Conference Centre. It's a 1.25-hectare landscaped garden showcasing authentic Chinese architecture and sculptures.
An Entrance Gate was added in 2017, opening officially in mid-September.
The original location for this locally-owned cafe with the craft of coffee at its heart. Focusing on responsibly and freshly sourced products, they serve Intelligentsia Direct Trade™ coffee and bake up muffins, cookies, cake and granola bars all throughout the day.
The town square of Edmonton. The massive, paved, tree-lined gathering place hosts events year-round including the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, the New Year's Celebration, The Works Art & Design Festival, Taste of Edmonton plus more. The City of Edmonton is committed to enlivening the site with fitness classes, light saber training, break dancing and other programs for all ages.
Studying the physiology of chocolate, mastering techniques and developing recipes JACEK’s unique boutique style chocolate collection is continuously evolving. Run by and named after local artisan chocolatier, Jacqueline Jacek (née LaBerge) the purveyor of edible creations has been treating Edmontonians since 2009.
Every week sun or snow, the City Market offers Edmontonians a welcome place to find farm-fresh produce, locally raised meats, fresh bread as well as handcrafted jewellery, art and clothing. During the winter season (October-May) the market is housed in City Hall while during the summer season (May-Thanksgiving) the market can be found on the quaint 104 Street between Jasper Ave to 103 Avenue.
A collection of shop and studio spaces showcasing homegrown artists, designers and artisans. The flexible rental spaces has short to long-term tenants, enabling local entrepreneurs a chance to try out their ideas. Current tenants include Clo's General Leather Co., MINBID One Art Gallery & Shop and The Skinny.
An extensive showcase of Alberta Craft Council artists' creativity including contemporary designs to time-honoured techniques and disciplines. Find pieces crafted out of indigenous wood, wools produced on Alberta ranches, clay from local deposits and modern polymers.
An innovative place for the learners of all ages. Patrons can borrow books, music, movies from the massive collection as well as access many services and programs. The Makerspace provides technology and guidance to make books, films, record podcasts, make animations and more. The Outreach Program, staffed by registered social workers, helps clients find social support and much needed assistance.
*It's in a temporary location at Enterprise Square while the original location is renovated
The Citadel Theatre complex boosts five performance spaces for a wide-range of entertainment experiences. Beyond the stage, the Citadel fosters the love of performance through their Academy which includes The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program, the Young Companies, The Eldon and Anne Foote Theatre School and the Play Development program.
The AGA presents an ongoing series of contemporary and historical exhibitions from across Canada and the world, in five gallery spaces. Attend the AGA free-of-charge on the last Thursday of every month, courtesy of Servus Credit Union. Classes and public programming related to the exhibitions are available for children, school groups, families and adults.
CLOSED INDEFINITELY A sports bar meets live music venue. Committed to supporting the local and national music scene, the venue hosts music nearly every night of the week. Patrons can enjoy the music, a pint and classic tavern fare while keeping tabs on the score of the big game.
A private, live music venue hosting local, national and international acts. To get around city bylaws, all attendees must be members (a yearly membership costs $5). The lower level of the establishment is The Brixx Bar & Grill for more intimate shows. Attendees don't require memberships for entry.
The place for some of Edmonton's best chai, the cafe is known for putting a twist on traditional Indian and Pakistani dishes while accommodating food sensitivities and diet restrictions. The Jasper Ave locale is one of five licensed chai bars for this Edmonton original.
Part of local chef Nate Box’s family of cafes and restaurants, District Coffee is distinct as it caters to the downtown crowd. Customers of the newly expanded cafe and bakery are treated to from-scratch baking and salt caramels along with Calgary-roasted Phil & Sebastian coffee.
Part of the network of University of Alberta campuses, Enterprise Square is home to the institution's Alumni Relations, Faculty of Extension, Museums and Collections School of Business and more. The building also houses commercial tenants including Citytv/OMNI and TEC Edmonton.
MacEwan University's School of Continuing Education is open to the public to enroll in non-credit sources from bookkeeping, to website developing, painting and cooking. The campus is also home to the Conservatory of Music, where music lessons and performances happen year-round in the 50+ private music studios and four recital halls.
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