Lindork’s Lists #116 – Film Fests, Comedy, Charitable Brews, Fried Chicken and more!

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

If attending events, please check their COVID-19 safety requirements. It’s still a good idea to mask-up even if it’s no longer a provincial requirement. Get vaccinated/boosted. Stay safe!

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Things to do this week: film fests, comedy shows, musical performances and more!
  • 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!

Got an Edmonton area event, virtual event, or something coming up you think my readers would be interested in knowing about? Let me know!

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.

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Eats to consider this week: sashimi in St. Albert, pastries on 124 Street, and beers for a good cause!
  • Sip a ‘First Call’ brew in support of First Responders (various locations)

  • Grab some pastries from Duchess Bake Shop (10718 124 St.)

  • 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.)

  • 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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Ate something amazing recently? Want to show some love to a struggling restaurant? Have a take-out suggestion? Let me know to include in this newsletter.

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!

Learn More

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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

Episode 34 of my new YouTube video series #LindorkDoesLife is out!

In this episode, I take you on a brunch crawl across Edmonton!


* note the listed playlist view count is wrong—I have more video views than that!! lol 

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.

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My Q&A with Nisha Patel goes out first to paid newsletter subscribers on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

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.

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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.

How to Celebrate Asian Heritage Month

Popular on my Blog Right Now

Popular posts on my blog the week of May 12, 2022.

For the third week in a row…

Here are the top four most popular posts on my blog this week:

  1. BTS in Las Vegas – Deals, Specials, Themed Events and other Activities (March 2022)
  2. 12 Local Foods to eat in Maui, Hawaii (May 2019)

  3. Dog Friendly Patios and Markets in Edmonton (May 2017)

  4. Guide to Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton (June 2017)

Discount Codes You May Want To Use

I regularly partner with amazing businesses to promote their products or services and love to pass on discount codes for my followers. Here’s a few you might want to use this week:

  • Get 10% off your appointment at Vietnamese family-owned nail salon V5 Nails with code LINDORK10 until end of May 2022. (Use for as many appointments as you want during May)

  • Get 10% off your booking at Baker Creek Mountain Resort using code LINDORK

  • Get a free interior fridge cleaning add-on with Lil Sparkle or The Sparkle packages from Miraculous Maids with code LINDORK.

See more discount codes from great local businesses!

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