Lindork’s Lists #116 – Film Fests, Comedy, Charitable Brews, Fried Chicken and more!
Newsletter for May 11-17, 2022
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Things to Do This Week
Laugh at the Bonfire Improv Festival (10330 84 Ave.)
The annual Bonfire Improv Festival runs this weekend at the Backstage Theatre, featuring a number of shows that are bound to make you laugh. Every show at Bonfire is a new idea that they’ve never tried before! “It might work, it might not, but either way, it’ll be a joy to witness.” Tickets are pay what you can from $5-$20.
Check out NorthWest Fest (online and in-person at Metro Cinema 8712 109 St.)
This is the final weekend to catch Western Canada’s premiere non-fiction film, music and arts festival NorthWestFest, which features screenings in-theatre or online. Get tickets to Canada’s longest-running non-fiction film festival!
Attend the free Jewish Film Festival (online and in-person)
This is also the final weekend for the 26th Edmonton Jewish Film Festival, which showcases Jewish-themed films and shorts from Europe, Israel and the US. Complementing the films are Zoom talks with filmmakers. All films will be available online and three will be shown in-person at the Edmonton Public Library downtown. All films and events are FREE and open to one and all!
Experience 5 Artists 1 Love (Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Sq. )
Get tickets to the debut Winspear performance of 5 Artists 1 Love, a music concert that provides a much needed stage for diverse, talented local singers, musicians, poets, and dancers focused on unique and historical impact that Black arts have had on the world.
Attend Paris Jewellers’ Asian Heritage Month event (16819 111 Ave.)
My friends at Paris Jewellers are hosting an Asian Heritage Month event on Thursday May 12, with 50% of ticket sales being donated to the Canadian Asian Solidarity Fund. Your ticket includes wine, appetizers, sweet treats, a gift bag and a first look at six new pairs of earrings!
Food to Try This Week
Please continue safely supporting local restaurants, in whatever way works for your comfort levels. If not dining in, please do take-out! Mask-up and please stay home if you’re sick.
Sip a ‘First Call’ brew in support of First Responders (various locations)
Campio (in Edmonton) and its sister brewpubs Last Best (Calgary), Banff and Jasper Brewing Co. have released the ‘First Call’ special brew with proceeds supporting First Responders in Alberta. You can find this limited edition brew at the breweries and liquor stores in May.
Grab some pastries from Duchess Bake Shop (10718 124 St.)
After 12 years, Giselle and Jacob, two of the three co-founders of renowned Duchess Bake Shop on 124 Street, are moving on. Jay and Ewa (also seasoned pros in the local food scene) are taking on the reins with original co-founder Garner. So bid Giselle and Jacob goodbye and welcome Jay and Ewa by picking up some pastries at Duchess!
Have sushi and sashimi at Sushi Park in St. Albert (9 St. Anne St.)
I enjoyed my sushi and sashimi at Sushi Park in St. Albert recently! This is a teeny tiny spot (no reservations) that serves up some delicious Japanese cuisine. We had to try the St. Albert Roll (you gotta order the roll of the city the restaurant is in—right?) which was great, and so was the torched salmon Awesome roll. I love me a chirashi raw fish bowl—and my friend liked the Viking roll though I thought it was too deep fried and heavy lol.
Eat fried chicken from Ralph’s Handi Mart (9508 87 St.)
The Travel Alberta video I did with my friend Chad K Productions, showcasing Ralph’s Handi Mart—a surprising hot spot for fried chicken in the Strathearn neighbourhood—is now out! It unfortunately came out after news that Ralph’s and other stores in that strip will be shutting down due to the LRT construction (cries) so get the fried chicken and meet Wally and the Saleh family while you can (uncertain if they’ll open in a different location after this one shuts down).
Try some ‘za for Pizza Week (various locations)
It’s the final weekend of Pizza Week, where various restaurants across the city offer different pizza specials including an Irish Potato Leek Pizza from Duggan’s Boundary or Campio’s OG deep dish Pepperoni.
And if you’re headed to Jasper, Alberta anytime soon—be sure to check out “secret dim sum” at the new-ish bubble tea spot downtown (Wishing Tea, at 621 Patricia St.) Someone told me they showed my video at the shop and got 10% off.
(I can’t guarantee they’ll do that for everyone but doesn’t hurt to ask! lol)
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Stay tuned: Sign up to #AdoptAShopAB on Monday, May 16, 2022!
Thanks to everyone who nominated businesses for this year’s #AdoptAShopAB: Foodie Edition powered by ATB Financial! We had 300 nominations, and my friend Carmen (from Calgary) and I have now finalized our list of 50 food/drink-focused businesses in Edmonton and 50 in Calgary, that we’ll be sharing on Monday, May 16—encouraging you to sign-up to “adopt” then shop (spend at least $25 at the business you signed up for) in an effort to collectively support these amazing local businesses!
Stay tuned for the business lists and sign-up sheets to be released May 16 then get ready to Adopt a Shop from May 16-30! Those who sign-up and those who share how they’re supporting businesses as part of the initiative will be entered for a chance to win gift card prizes from ATB—to continue your support of local businesses!
In the last three #AdoptAShopYEGs, hundreds of people signed up to participate and collectively spent more than $50,000 at local businesses (this figure included cash bonuses contributed by ATB) and injected much needed money to local businesses struggling during the pandemic.
We hope to do that again—but this time include Calgary shops as well! Businesses are still struggling and could use our support.
Watch Episode 34 of Lindork Does Life
This Sunday: Q&A with Nisha Patel
Every other Sunday, I profile a new “interesting person” in a Q&A series just for paid newsletter subscribers. The next person I’ll be profiling this Sunday, May 15, 2022 is Nisha Patel, an award-winning disabled, queer spoken word author & artist.
Here’s an excerpt from our Q&A:
Nisha: Being a disabled writer who is not at this point formally educated in art has required me to create my own metrics of success. This means working in a body that is differently productive and in flux; my normal is not the same as yours or my partner’s, it all varies by the hour. It also means if you’re disabled that even traditional artistic paths are not always on the table. The reality is that most artists in the world don’t achieve fame but instead work at the community level, so creating art in that settings is what matters. To do that under capitalism means valuing your own work, valuing each other, and ensuring there is sustainable success for you. And if you can’t survive off your art that’s not a requirement. You’re still an artist deserving artist payment. Living the life that keeps you safe and fulfilled is what matters.
New on the Blog
Continuing with Asian Heritage Month content, new on my blog: I share a few tangible actions you can take this May to mark the month—from eating really good Asian food to exploring and appreciating Asian pop culture, and also a few ways to become a better anti-racist ally.
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For the third week in a row…
Here are the top four most popular posts on my blog this week:
Discount Codes You May Want To Use
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