5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend
Lots of live music, live hockey and the opportunity to live the 80s again
The holiday season is winding down, likely leaving many in need of a palate cleanser and feeling the need for a little post-feast exercise - whether it be in the form of dancing or getting amped up for a much-beleaguered sports team.
Take in some tunes at the Yellowhead Brewery
What: Indie-folk darlings the Scenic Route to Alaska will be performing with 100 Mile House and Cayley Thomas at the Yellowhead Brewery (10229 -105th St.) Friday night. And the best part is - this event is licenced (and will be serving Yellowhead brews), but is also all ages and therefore family-friendly. Admission costs $15.
When? December 27 at 8 p.m.
Plug it in
What: There are two pretty big electronic-type musical deals happening this weekend. First, Skrillex, of the Skrillex dubstep and asymmetrical hairdo fame, is playing Shaw Conference Centre Friday night (with his three Grammy’s in tow, one imagines). Joining Skrillex will be 12th Planet, French producer Brodinski, Cashmere Cat and locals Wright & Wrong.
Also, the Kocheda Winter Music Festival is taking place Saturday at the Edmonton Expo Centre, and will be featuring some notable names from the electronic music and hip-hop field, including deadmau5 and 2 Chainz.
When? Skrillex plays on December 27 at 8 p.m.; Kocheda kicks of December 28 at 8 p.m.
Keep the faith
What: While some fans may be losing faith in the Edmonton Oilers, head coach Dallas Eakins said they're leaving "no stone being unturned" to improve the team's performance, and that it's up to everyone - fans and players - to not give up. The Edmonton Oilers take on the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday night at Rexall Place. If, however, you’re looking for something closer to a sure thing (plus, a little cheaper), check out an Oil Kings game. They’ll be taking on rivals the Red Deer Rebels on Sunday.
When? Oilers play December 28 at 8 p.m., Oil Kings on December 29 at 4 p.m.
Dance it off
What: The Pawn Shop is hosting an I Love 80′s Dance Party Saturday night, complete with era-appropriate visuals - making this the perfect opportunity for you to slough off some holiday weight and angst. DJ's Nazz Nomad and Blue Jay will be playing the best of 80s New Wave, alternative and guilty pleasures all night long. For the truly gung-ho, 80s dress is also recommended. Cover costs $5.
When: December 28 at 9 p.m.
What: The All Saints Anglican Cathedral (10035 - 103rd Street) will be hosting an Epiphany in Brass Saturday night. Five of the city’s top professional musicians will play a program made up of Vespers by contemporary American composer John Harbison, as well as carol arrangements and a singalong of seasonal favourites. Admission is by donation.
When? December 29 at 7:30 p.m.