5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend

With Remembrance Day coming up on Monday, the weekend full of events recognizing and commemorating the sacrifices of Canadian veterans. There are, however, a couple of other events worth checking out!

No, No Nanette

What: Ever feel like Broadway has gotten just a little out of control but still love it all the same? Then Forbidden Broadway is for you. This jam-packed, 90-minute parody draws upon some of the most universally beloved and mocked monster musicals Les Misérables, Annie, Chicago, Rent and more – making use of almost 100 costume and wig changes to imitate the best of Broadway. And it’s all yours for just $26 at La Cité Francophone. Tickets are available here.

When? Running nightly from Nov. 8 to 16 at 7 p.m.

A successful bidder shows off her prize in the 2012 Edmonton event. (Timeraiser/Facebook)

Pay it forward

What: There’s a new kind of auction in town  and you won’t need your wallet. Timeraiser is a volunteer matching fair and silent art auction; to participate, you simply show up at the ATB Financial Arts Barn, find a volunteer opportunity that looks good and then bid using your offered time as currency. Winners then have 12 months to complete their pledge, at which point they get to bring their coveted items home. You do need to purchase a ticket,

When? November 9 at 7 p.m.

Ceramics on sale

What: The Edmonton’s Potters’ Guild is holding its61st annual pottery show and sale this weekend at the Alberta Avenue Community Centre (9210 - 118th Avenue). The ceramic stylings of more than 80 local potters will be on display just in time for those who like to avoid the hordes by starting their Christmas shopping early.

When? November 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Remembrance Day Activities

What: With Remembrance Day coming up on Monday, the weekend features many events recognizing and commemorating the sacrifices of Canadian veterans.

  • Edmonton’s A Joyful Noise choir, performing with Of War and Peace, will treat audiences to a concert of music that spans works from 19th-century Felix Mendelssohn to the 21st with St. Albert’s Roland Majeau at St. Andrew’s United Church (9915 - 148th Street) on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are available here.
  • The Royal Canadian Artillery Band will perform A Musical Salute: A Tribute to Our Veterans, a free show, Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at City Hall
  • The Richard Eaton Singers will perform a program Monday afternoon at the Winspear Centre, featuring Fauré’s Requiem, Christine Donkin’s In Flanders Fields and Stephen Chatman’s Remember. Tickets are available here.
  • The Commanding Officer of The Loyal Edmonton Regiment and Mayor Don Iveson will attend the  Remembrance Day service at City Hall at 10:15 a.m. Monday. A wreath-laying ceremony will follow.
  • Premier Alison Redford will attend a separate ceremony held in the University of Alberta Butterdome on Monday morning. Attendees are asked to be in their seats by 10:10 a.m.
Two children lay a wreath outside of Edmonton City Hall.

Die Nasty does Downton

What: This season Die Nasty! the live improvised soap opera currently in its 23rd season delves into the phenom of upstairs/downstairs dynamics in Edwardian England. While the season started on October 21, it’s still early enough that you could probably catch up. Tickets are available online and at the doors to the Varscona Theatre.

When? November 11 at 7:30 p.m.


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