Lindork’s Lists #180 – Cariwest, FREE concerts, 3-course meals, BOGO Pizza & More!
Newsletter for Aug 9-15, 2023
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Things to Do This Week
Experience Sounds from the Valley: Music & Poetry (13204 Rainbow Valley Rd.)
Don’t miss the Edmonton Public Library’s FREE Sounds from the Valley concerts every Tuesday night at Snow Valley. The last few performances run weekly until Aug. 29.
Check out Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival (Churchill Square)
Western Canada’s largest Caribbean Arts Festival Cariwest returns this weekend Aug 11-13 at Churchill Square. It’s FREE to check out the Caribbean Village (featuring food, vendors and entertainment), as well as the parade. The parade is so fun and vibrant with incredible outfits but just a caution: the parade may not start on time (they run on Island time lol).
Get tickets for the Freewill Shakespeare Festival (Edmonton Expo Centre)
The Freewill Shakespeare Festival returns this week Aug 8 until Sept 3 at a NEW venue The Cristal Palace Spiegeltent at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Watch performances of Romeo & Juliet (Tragedy) and Twelfth Night (Comedy) on the Main Stage. There’s also pre and post-show mini stage / events.
Attend the Untouchable Chinatown Photography Exhibition (10601 97 St.)
Chinatown Greetings presents the Untouchable Chinatown Photography Exhibition + Pop-up Gift Shop Aug 10-12 from 12-6 p.m. It’s FREE to attend. You can purchase a photo book to support future arts initiatives in Chinatown.
Grab Thursday night tickets to the Edmonton Folk Festival (Gallagher Park)
You can still get Thursday night tickets to the Edmonton Folk Festival!
Join the second annual Edmonton Pride Float (Terwillegar Boat Launch)
Be part of a rainbow river float supporting the local LGBTQ2S* community on Saturday, Aug 12. “Bring your fun inflatable, decorate a kayak or canoe, and experience a float like no other! Entertainment includes local drag queens, music, and mermaids who will join us on our journey down the river.” The route is from Terwillegar to Laurier and there are rentals and transportation options available. Ages 18+ only.
Check out some FREE, outdoor, family-friendly events on Saturday, Aug. 12:
Youth Day featuring bouncy castles, face painting, a live DJ, free food, and more runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug 12. Bring a water bottle to refill at EPCOR’s water station too!
The Arts & Heritage Foundation of St. Albert’s 25th Anniversary Community Picnic runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 12. Free family-friendly activities like face painting, live music, a scavenger hunt, historic building and grain elevator tours and more.
Save the Date! The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is bringing the MAGIC OF DISNEY to the heart of downtown Edmonton on Sept. 1 & 2 for a FREE Disney concert at Churchill Square! ✨
Disney in Concert: A Dream is a Wish will feature music from beloved Disney animated feature films including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, and more! The FREE shows Sept. 1 & 2 start at 7 p.m. each night and runs for two hours. Plan to arrive early, bring your own chairs, cushions, blankets to grab a good spot and enjoy the festivities. There will also be food trucks on site and a fireworks show to cap off the performance. And bring your own water bottle too!! EPCOR’s Glass of the Sask water tank will be on-site with free water too.
Food to Try This Week
Celebrate Meuwly’s 5-year anniversary! (10706 124 St.)
Meuwly’s Artisan Food Market is five years old! They’ve overcome a ton of challenges to be here and do a lot in the community. If you haven’t tried or haven’t been in awhile, pop in for some locally goods + meats this week!
Celebrate Dream Tea House’s 20-year anniversary! (various locations)
One of Edmonton’s longest-running, independent bubble tea shops is now 20 years old! There are many Dream Tea House locations to choose from in downtown, deep south, north, and Old Strathcona. Enjoy!!!
Check out the grand re-opening of Barbacoa (470 South Ave., Spruce Grove)
Take advantage of the pizza deals from Sepp’s (11053 86 Ave. / backalley)
Sepp’s Pizza is now offering BOGO Buy one Get One Free Pizzas of their “New Yorker” and “Four Seasons” pizzas on Wednesday AND on Thursdays, Buy One Get One Free on two new pizzas the “4 Cheese” and “Spicy Calabrese Sausage.” Only available by order on Uber Eats!
Try an Alberta on the Plate Dine Around Festival Deal (various locations)
Alberta on the Plate Dine Around Festival kicks off this week August 11 an runs until August 20, featuring almost 100 participating restaurants across the province (including 10 spots in Edmonton). Check out the 3-course menu options at participating restaurants and enjoy celebrating local Alberta food!
Order my drink the Summer Sakoma at Fu’s Repair Shop (10524 Jasper Ave.)
I partnered with Homestead Coworking and Fu’s Repair Shop to share more about the co-work space that houses one of the best restaurants in the city, and worked with Cocktail Director + General Manager Niki on a custom cocktail: The Summer Sakoma! This grapefruit sake cocktail is available to order until August 31.
Plan an Arby’s Picnic! (various locations)
I’m back this week with my latest Arby’s Ambassador post sharing some picnic inspiration featuring Arby’s! 🤭 Their Bacon Ranch Wagyu Blend Burger is on for a limited time plus new poutines and loaded fries and a $6 slider bundle! #ArbysCanada_Partner
And here’s a few food events you may want to check out…
Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day is Aug 10. Net proceeds for every Blizzard sold that day will go to local children’s hospitals (in Edmonton, supporting the Stollery!)
Get tickets for a dreamy Night in Rome on Aug 13 at Tiramisu Bistro!
Don’t forget to book a spot at a farm dinner as part of Alberta Open Farm Days happening next weekend Aug. 19 & 20.
I’d love to attend the first Long Table Brunch at Métis Crossing on Aug 20 but can’t, so let me live vicariously through you!
Small Business Spotlight
Congratulations to Hideout Distro on their eight-year anniversary (five years in their brick and mortar shop on 124 Street). If you’ve never been, this is a creative studio and local goods store housing a collection of unique gifts, home goods, decor, bath and body products, books, art and more! Hideout Distro is located at 12407 108 Ave. and they’ll be doing some anniversary sales this August—be sure to check them out!
Q&As with… Coming Back August 20!
My Lindork’s Lists Q&A with… series is coming back on Sunday, August 20! These are profiles I do featuring interesting people doing interesting things, that I used to release every other Sunday first to paid subscribers, then published one month later publicly on my blog. I took a bit of a hiatus but have got some really great folks lined up for the series’ return on August 13 (and subsequently every second week after that!)
From the Blog Vault
Some News to Know
Here’s a few local / national news you may be interested in—from light and heartwarming to hopeful, political, and more!
lol if ever I were convinced we are living in a simulation… a mysterious question mark was picked up by the James Webb Space Telescope.
The biggest search for the Loch Ness Monster in 50 years is set to begin this month in Scotland!
Getting reputable news easily (on your social media feeds) won’t be a thing soon—as Facebook and Instagram move forward with ending news article + video posts in Canada. News will also be removed from Google Search soon too. Seriously! I’m pretty worried about what this will mean for informed Canadians and the spread of misinformation. Google points out some very valid concerns (and flaws) with the Online News Act. I just don’t think making tech companies pay news organizations to try and fix their broken model makes a ton of sense…
Danielle Smith’s UCP government is suspending renewable energy projects in the province because of course they are. The hypocrisy—and damage / loss for the province… sigh.
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