Calling bookworms: May 15 is Alberta Book Day


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.

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Choose your own adventure this summer at historic sites and museums

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!

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Dance, food, music and fun: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village opens for the summer!

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!

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Hey, you cool hepcats, it’s International Jazz Day!

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

We’ve got poets, and you may not have even known it!


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