May 15, 2018 marks the province’s first Alberta Book Day!
It’s a great day to pick up a made-in-Alberta book, curl up in your favourite spot in the sun, and delve into the pages. Share your favourite books online using the hashtag #ABBookDay. If you are in Edmonton, swing by the Federal Building to meet some of our publishers and see some quality works.
Championed by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) and Alberta Culture and Tourism, Alberta Book Day celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of the book publishing industry in our province, as well as Alberta’s talented writers, publishers, and creative minds.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Frank Slide Interpretive Centre
The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, 50 km east of Edmonton on August 24, 2013. Photo by Ryan Jackson, ryanjackson.ca
You don’t need to travel far this summer in order to find a history-filled adventure in Alberta. Now is the perfect time to get a jump-start on your summer itinerary by planning a visit to our own historic sites and museums and Provincial Archives of Alberta with new programs and activities to offer.
As of May 15, most provincially owned and operated historic sites and museums are officially open for the summer season with a jam-packed lineup of activities for all ages to enjoy. Check out the listing below to discover what each facility is about and what you can do there!
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
One of our province’s greatest gems will soon open for the summer and you’re invited to celebrate! Head to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village on Monday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the annual Celebration of Spring kickoff event filled with food, dance, music, family-friendly activities and the unveiling of a new exhibit!
BADBADNOTGOOD in France, 2012 Credit mattsches, Flickr
On the night of April 6, 2018, a funny thing happened at a jazz concert in Edmonton: bar security pulled dozens of people from the audience…for crowd-surfing.
The concert in question featured Toronto’s boundary-pushing jazz outfit BADBADNOTGOOD, who performed at Union Hall to a capacity and clearly raucous crowd. While Union Hall’s security team may be accustomed to people crowd-surfing or breaking other bar rules, the sight of person after person being lifted up and then out at what was ostensibly a jazz show seemed unusual to say the least.
Did this ever happen at performances by jazz giants like Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis, or Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan?
At the intersection of jazz’s storied history and its crowd-surfing future, this question is worth pondering today: International Jazz Day. Continue reading
In the Crowsnest Pass, nestled in the magnificent Canadian Rockies, there is a story to be told.
At first, it almost sounds like a movie of fiction: 110 million tonnes of rock, 90 seconds and 90 lives lost.
But Albertans may be surprised to learn that the events of April 29, 1903 are not only real, but they happened right here in Alberta. Continue reading
Happy #MuseumWeek! Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda is challenging Albertans to explore our own provincial history through visiting Alberta historic sites and museums from April 23 to 29! Continue reading
Across Alberta and the country, Canadians are celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 15 – 21. These seven days are set aside to recognize those who offer up their time, talents and energy to make a difference in their communities. Their impact is felt in some way – direct or indirect – by every member of the community they serve. Continue reading
Have you been itching to read a good comic lately? Frank Slide Interpretive Centre has you covered! Continue reading
World Poetry Day is now underway, and we’d like to convey its importance today! Poetry is musical, magical, wonderful, fantastical and plays an important role in society. The people that make it (and, like us, even fake it) are impressive and worthy of celebrity. Did you know here at home many fine poets roam spreading wordplay, joy and community? And don’t forget the events, with the bright lights and tents, that make poetry fun for the family. So check out this post we are so proud to host and learn more about Alberta’s love of poetry. Continue reading
Students from Francophone schools in Alberta celebrate their heritage with “Grosses têtes,” or big heads made of paper mâché, to help kick off the March festivities.
Today is the 30th International Francophonie Day, a time to celebrate the French language and culture. This March has been a big month for French-speaking Albertans too. On March 1, 2018 the Alberta government officially and permanently proclaimed March as Alberta Francophonie Month, or Mois de la francophonie albertaine. This first in Alberta’s history recognizes the contributions, past and present, of Alberta’s Francophone communities. March 1 to 21 is also Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF), a pan-Canadian celebration of the French language and its many cultural expressions.
Therefore, in honour of this day and month, and at the close of Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, we bring you 15 fun French phrases (and mishaps)! (Say that 10 times fast.) Continue reading